February 2013 In This Issue

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Reviews

Akai MPC Renaissance

Sampling Workstation.

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The legendary MPC brand is reborn in a form that aims to marry its famous hands-on ethos with the unlimited possibilities of the software world. Does the combination work?

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Apps: Korg iPolysix synthesizer, Audiobus audio router, Samplr sample manipulation.

Audix BP7 Pro

Dynamic Microphone Set

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Most mic bundles economise on their included models, but Audix’s BandPack series features some of their leading designs. John Gatski takes a look.

Electro-Harmonix Superego

Stomp Box Effect

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Electro-Harmonix' Superego effect is a spin-off from their Freeze pedal, which was itself derived from one of their 'infinite...

Eve Audio SC307

Three-way Active Monitors

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Could Eve’s DSP-based approach to monitor design tempt users away from the more established brands?

Harbal 3

Analysis & Mastering Software For Mac OS & Windows

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If you want to know how your mixes match up to commercial masters, Harbal will show you!

HK AudioLucas Nano 300

Active PA System

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With its compact dimensions, the Nano certainly lives up to its name, but does it live up to HK’s reputation for quality sound?

iTunes Music: Mastering High Resolution Audio Delivery

Book Review

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We're told repeatedly that the future of music is in downloads, and a primary source of downloaded music is Apple's iTunes

MFB 522 & 503

Analogue Drum Machines

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Analogue drum machines are a rare species these days, so it’s a huge relief that a breeding pair have been found in Berlin...

Nine Volt Audio | Taiko 2

Sample Library

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Kontakt

Playback

Reader's music reviewed

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Silken Ladders, Rake Wickman, 21st Sentry, Angels In Architecture, Cat & Cage, Al Fleeman, Music To Drive Tanks To, Jon Durant.

PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & TubePre V2

Microphone Preamplifiers

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Tubey or not tubey? That is the question you can answer with the help of these affordable preamps!

Real Sound Lab CONEQ

Loudspeaker Equalisation System

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Real Sound Lab’s innovative speaker correction system provides high-precision equalisation tailored to your monitors and your room.

Roland Integra 7

Sound Module

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The Integra 7 might at first glance seem to be a Jupiter in rack form, but it turns out there’s more to it than that — much, much more...

Sonuus Wahoo

Analogue Wah/filter Effects Pedal

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With a pair of digitally controlled analogue filters, the Wahoo promises to provide the full spectrum of wah and filter effects, including something completely new...

Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac

Audio Editing Software For Mac OS

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One of the giants of the Windows audio world has made it to the Mac at last. Was it worth the wait?

Spitfire Audio Albion 2 Loegria

Orchestral Sample Library

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Rising from the mist of old England comes the successor to Spitfire’s flagship orchestral library.

SSL Alpha-Link MX

MADI A-D/D-A Converters

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Is there a place for MADI audio interfacing in the project studio? SSL believe there is, and offer a range of interfaces to fill it.

Steinberg Cubase 7

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Steinberg’s DAW software has received perhaps its biggest shake-up to date, with a new mixer and some clever chord functions.

Studio Headphones

Spotlight

If you value quality monitoring, it’s worth investing in a good pair of headphones. Here’s a selection of premium models from some of the leading manufacturers, with links to the SOS review where available.

Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard II LE

Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor

Almost three years since we reviewed the original version of Vic Keary’s impressive summing mixer, it’s time to test-drive Version II — and a special Limited Edition.

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Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor

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Toontrack | Rock Solid EZX

Sample Library

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Expansion kit for EZDrummer

Ueberschall | Nouvelle Discotheque

Sample Library

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Elastik 2

Warm Audio WA12

Microphone Preamplifier

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Warm Audio are a relatively new Texas-based company who have set out to produce a world-class preamp for rather less than a world-class price.

Yamaha MGP16X

Compact Mixer

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It might look like a simple analogue desk, but beneath the MGP16X’s familiar exterior lies some extensive digital processing.

Zynaptiq Unveil

Reverb Removal Plug-in For Mac & PC

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The Holy Grail of location recording is the ability to isolate the sound of a source from that of the space in which it was recorded. Have Zynaptiq found it?

People + Opinion

Beyond The Grave

Janus: Gravedigger Then And Now

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Signed to Harvest, Janus made one album — and hated the way it sounded. Four decades later, they finally got the chance to mix it properly...

Feedback Is Good

Leader

Recent Q&A seminars with readers have proved enlightening...

Inside Track: Recording Aerosmith

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Producer Jack Douglas

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Their latest album saw Aerosmith return to their roots, with Jack Douglas in the producer’s chair. But it wasn’t all retro...

Sounding Off

This month by David Greeves

Music is not the universal language. You’re thinking of Esperanto.

Technique

An Introduction To In-ear Monitoring

The Sound In Your Head

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In-ear monitoring is becoming a practical option for musicians and engineers at all levels. Is it time you made the switch?

Apple Notes

iPad Recording & Production

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Can you record and produce entirely on your iPad? Let’s examine the ins and outs...

Auto Routes

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One’s automation model might not seem very straightforward, but it can be extremely flexible...

Automatic Weapons

Reason Tips & Technique

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Take a guided tour of Reason’s automation armoury.

Digital Performer 8

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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DP8 for Mac has finally arrived — so here’s an upgrader’s guide to some of its new features.

Jesusonic Plug-Ins

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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The Jesusonic collection might not be the prettiest of Reaper’s plug-ins, but there’s more to them than meets the eye.

Outboard Bound

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools can integrate external hardware into its mixer, and even compensate for the delay that this introduces.

Parallel Compression

The Real Benefits

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Parallel compression is a powerful mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. Read on to find out what it really does — and how it can help you make better mixes.

PC Notes

Microsoft Surface

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Early adopters of the Microsoft Surface could be frustrated by cut-down software and uncertain support from third-party app developers.

Session Notes

Dunning Kruger: Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs

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This month, our engineer gets roped into the writing and arrangement process as he tracks cello parts in a living room.

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Dunning Kruger: Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs

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Smooth Operator

Ableton Live Tips & Technique

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From the conventional to the chaotic, Live’s Operator synth does it all.

Studio SOS

Ian Stephenson on the Isle Of Skye

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Like a bird on the wing, we travel over the sea to Skye to help last year’s SOS Awards prize winner set up his brand-new studio!

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hit records by Alex Clare, DJ Fresh, Wiley, Cheryl, Loreen and The Saturdays.

The Sound Of History

Richard Symons, Simon Bishop & Bob Clearmountain: Recording & Mixing The Price Of Kings

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Documentary films stand or fall on the strength of their soundtracks — and when you are recording the emotional outpourings of a world leader, there are no second takes.

We Got The Beat: Part 2

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Part 2: Having built our own beat repeater in Logic last month, let’s now see what more we can do with it...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

TV composers usually work at a safe distance, but you can’t beat the excitement of a big live spectacular.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Traditional and home studios haven’t always seen eye to eye, but there may still be room for both types in this ever-changing industry.

Studio File

Sony Scoring Stage, Los Angeles

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We take a look at the renamed Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) studio.

Sound Advice

Q. Can you help me with drum editing in Cubase 5?

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I have to edit eight tracks of drums on six songs. Generally there are four to six takes. I'm using Cubase 5 and would like to...

Q. Is there a better way of controlling sibilance than a de-esser?

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A recording of mine is suffering from excessive sibilance, so I have tried processing it using a de-esser. The problem is that...

Q. When was the click invented?

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I've been wondering: when was recording to a click first used? And when did it start to become widely used?

Q. Why shouldn’t I use mastering limiting during mixing?

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I often read recommendations to mix with compressors/limiters in the main bus so we can adjust to the effects of mastering...

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