February 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win sE Munro Egg 150 Worth Over £2,000

Deadline: 2012-03-11

In our review of the Munro Egg 150s last month, we were full of praise for their sound quality, tight bass and spacious high end. Good news for the winner of this month's competition then, as we've got a system to give away!

Reviews

AEA A840

Active Ribbon Microphone

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Passive ribbon mics can be fussy about what they’re plugged into, which is why AEA have made this active version of their popular R84.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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J G Harding takes a look at the Digitech iPB10 MIDI interface for iPad whilst Mike Watkinson examines the Moog Music Minimoog synthesizer for iPad.

ART DTI

Dual Transformer Isolator

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Probably everyone has suffered from ground-loop hum problems at one time or another — transformer isolators can help eliminate these problems. Hugh Robjohns takes a look at one such isolator from ART DTI.

ART Pro MPA2

Valve Microphone Preamplifier

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This two‑channel tube preamp offers a range of useful features, and all for a very modest asking price. Is it too good to be true?

Behringer C5A & C50A

Active Monitors

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Behringer’s take on the classic Auratones won’t break the bank — but will they help you make those crucial mix-balancing decisions?

Big Fish Audio | Brush Artistry 2

Sample Library

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Rock drum collections are plentiful, but as soon as something slightly out of the ordinary is required, such as a comprehensive selection of brush samples, the options die off rapidly.

Big Fish Audio | G-Strings

Sample Library

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Not content with the 'ooh missus!' title, Big Fish have based this new construction-kit library around the playing of a guitarist called Thomas Organ (thankfully, 'Tommy O' to his mates.)

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

Analogue Drum Machine

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The fruit of the union between synth and drum machine legends Dave Smith and Roger Linn ought to be something very special indeed. Is the Tempest set to take the world by storm?

DPA D:fine

Live Headset Microphone

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The latest headset mic from DPA is designed to offer crystal-clear vocals and a rock-solid, discreet fitting.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i6

USB Audio Interface

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In the new Scarlett range, Focusrite have teamed their Saffire technology with USB interfacing.

Hollow Sun | Music Laboratory Machines Series

Sample Library

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No doubt inspired in part by the wealth of real-world imperfections captured for his historic Novachord library, Hollow Sun's Steve Howell has once again donned his boffin's garb for this ongoing Music Laboratory Machines series.

IK Multimedia Black 76 & White 2A

Compressor Plug-ins

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IK Multimedia are the latest plug-in manufacturers to bring us their take on two iconic compressors.

Kenton MIDI USB Host

MIDI-to-USB Interface

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If you want to connect your USB keyboard to your MIDI gear without a computer, this little box might fit the bill...

Korg Monotron Delay & Duo

Analogue Synthesizers

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Korg’s analogue tribe has two new members, both with little more than pocket‑money prices. Resistance may be futile...

LD Systems Maui 28

Portable Line Array PA

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This portable line-array from LD systems is incredibly easy to use, but does it deliver the all-important sound quality?

Lindell Audio 17X

Mono FET Compressor

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What would happen if you upgraded every component in an 1176 compressor and added all the functions you wanted? One man set out to answer that question...

Looptrotter Monster

FET Compressor & Valve Distortion Processor

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With a FET compressor/limiter and tube-saturation circuit on each channel, there’s plenty here to dirty up your sounds. Get ready to mash with the Monster...

M-Audio BX5 D2

Active Monitors

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M-Audio’s aim for the BX5 D2 was to make a studio monitor that’s compact but doesn’t compromise on sound. Have they succeeded?

Novation Impulse 49

Controller Keyboard

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The Impulse controllers are cost-effective, yet seem generously specified — so where’s the catch?

Raindirk Audio Active DI Box

DI & Reamping Box

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A decent DI box is a must-have in everyone's recording toolkit, and Hugh Robjohns weighs up this offering from Raindirk.

Raindirk RM4 & RM6

Recording Channel Strips

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Raindirk consoles have been used in the past by the likes of Deep Purple, the Who, and even Rupert Neve. Do these new modules live up to the company’s illustrious heritage?

RME Fireface UCX

Audio & MIDI Interface

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Can the iPad really be a serious recording tool? When you add a state-of-the-art audio interface from RME, quite possibly...

Schertler Unico Classic

Acoustic Amplifier

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Schertler’s Unico portable acoustic amplifier is something of a stand-alone PA in disguise.

Steinberg UR824

USB Audio Interface

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Steinberg’s newest interface features USB 2 connectivity and a impressive degree of integration with Cubase.

Tascam DR40

Handheld Four-track Recorder

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Tascam’s new handheld recorder boasts four-track recording capability, but is that enough to help it break through in a very competitive market?

TC Helicon VoiceLive Play

Live Vocal Processor

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The VoiceLive Play offers powerful vocal processing with simple footpedal control.

Ueberschall | Looptool

Sample Library

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Ueberschall tend to design their products so that they serve a very specific genre of music. Looptool is rather different, in that it covers all genres by sampling the content of a huge number of Ueberschall libraries.

Waves Bass Rider

Automatic Level Control Plug-in

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Achieving a smooth, even bass part in a mix can require hours of tedious automation — unless, that is, you cheat!

XILS Lab Synthix

Software Synthesizer

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XILS Lab continue to trawl the depths of obscure synth history, this time with an emulation of that rarest of beasts, the Elka Synthex.

People + Opinion

All You Need Is Live

Leader

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We've been running a small amount of live sound gear coverage in the mag for a few months now. On the whole, it has been very well received...

Dae Bennett: Recording Tony Bennett's 'One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Tony Bennett’s continuing success showcases the value of old-school recording techniques — and the talents of his engineer son Dae.

Dallas Simpson & Swimming: The Binaural Gig

Interview | Live Engineer

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Why would a rock band play live at talking volume, and in a separate room? To give their audience the unique immersive effect that only binaural sound can provide...

J G Harding: Does it sound better... or different?

Sounding Off

Does it sound better... or different?

Mixing Live Legends

Paul Boothroyd: Engineering Shows For The Stars

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With a stellar client list that now ranges from Sir Paul McCartney to AC/DC, Paul Boothroyd has risen to the top of the live sound industry.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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District Myths * The Shed * The Destructors * Mick Nolan * Three Cane Whale * Henderson/Oken * Pepe Deluxé * Cyrion

Technique

Auto Filter

Ableton Live Notes

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Live’s outwardly simple Auto Filter has a lot more to it than you might think...

Flanger Management

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Take Sonar back to the ’60s with this vintage-style tape-flanging effect!

Keyboard Editing Shortcuts

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools lets you edit audio from the keyboard, without even touching the mouse. Here’s how.

Layering Using Environment

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Lift the bonnet on Logic’s Environment and open up some complex layering possibilities.

Mix Rescue: Sambasevam Shanmugam

Mixing & Recording Advice

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In working to perfect a Bollywood mix, our engineer found that there were plenty of lessons that could be drawn from it and applied to mixes in most genres.

Mix Rescue: Sambasevam Shanmugam | Media

Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article.

Multitrack Comping

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase’s new comping facilities allow you to assemble the perfect multitrack recording from several takes.

New Windows Store

PC Notes

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The Windows Store is due to open in late February, but will over-zealous security measures lessen its appeal?

Reason 6: Alligator, Gates

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Reason 6 has upped its game on the gating front, adding per-channel gates and the snappy new Alligator...

Recording The Cajon

Tips & Techniques

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This quirky instrument's versatility is making it popular — but how do you best record it?

Sinéad O’Connor ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’

Classic Tracks

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Recording Sinéad O’Connor’s breakthrough hit was easy in some ways, but difficult in others — for example, all compression was forbidden...

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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This month’s challenge was to turn a heap of boxes into a fully working studio!

The Mix Review | February 2012

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Maroon 5 'Moves Like Jagger' • James Morrison 'I Won't Let You Go' • Coldplay 'Paradise'

Understanding & Recording Guitar Speakers

Tips & Techniques

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Of all the factors that go into a great recorded guitar sound, the loudspeaker is the least well understood — but the right speaker can make all the difference.

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Tips & Techniques

Audio files to accompany the article.

Vocal Production

Contemporary Mixing & Processing Techniques

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Just how do you achieve that extra bit of professional polish for your vocal parts? Find out with our in-depth guide...

WALTER: Customisation In Reaper

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Customise your controls and layouts in Reaper, with our beginner’s guide to the WALTER interface engine.

What Does Logic Studio App Mean For Musicians?

Apple Notes

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Not only is Logic Studio now on sale at the Mac App Store, but its price has been massively cut, making Logic Express redundant. What does it all mean for the Logic musician?

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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No matter how ridiculous a line may be, it’s the media composer’s role to toe it — even if the fate of the world is at stake.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Atlanta’s hip-hop community has thrived in the last decade, but it seems that not all local studio owners are thrilled about it.

Sound Advice

Q. Can I output my final mix one channel at a time?

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I have recently purchased a Golden Age Project Pre 73 MkII and Comp 54 on the recommendation of someone from the SOS forums,...

Q. Is asymmetry in monitors a problem?

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I'm considering AVI's Pro Nine Plus system for my main nearfield monitoring, partly based on the great review they got from...

Q. Is flutter echo a problem in a well-treated room?

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My daughter managed to play a tough piece she's been practising on the keyboard this weekend. She played it so well that we...

Q. What’s the best system for backing up my work?

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Having recently started making and recording my own music, I need to start thinking about backing it up. At the moment, I'm...

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