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Reviews

ADR Compex F760X RS

Analogue Compressor

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As another classic analogue processor is resurrected, we ask what made it so special, and find out how faithful the latest incarnation is to the original.

Antelope Audio Eclipse 384

Converter, Audio Interface & Monitor Controller

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This complex, multi-faceted device offers more than you’d imagine at first glance...

Apple GarageBand 10

Music Production Software For Mac OS

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The latest version of Apple's entry-level music software draws heavily from Logic Pro X. Is this the return of Logic Express?

Appworks

Making Music On The Move

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The iPad has been a runaway success since its release in 2010, and arguably remains the most popular tablet amongst musicians and audio engineers...

Arturia MicroBrute

Analogue Synthesizer

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Arturia’s new Brute is even smaller than the last and, quite frankly, very cheap indeed. What’s not to like?

Behringer X32 Core & Rack

Digital Mixers

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If you don’t need a large control surface, these two racks offer compact and affordable ways to harness Behringer’s X32 mix engine.

Closed-back Headphones

Spotlight

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Looking for a set of headphones that offer good isolation? Here’s our selection of models from some of the leading brands, with links to the SOS review where available.

Drumdrops

Sample Library

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Drumdrops 1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit Kontakt Instrument

Electro-Harmonix 8 Step Program

CV Sequencer

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The tiny 8 Step Program is capable of all sorts of creative CV control.

FXpansion BFD3

Virtual Drum Instrument

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BFD2 was always going to be a hard one to top, but that hasn’t stopped FXpansion from trying. Have they succeeded?

Håkan P110

Pop Filter

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Can a pop filter sound completely transparent? With some clever design, yes it can...

Heavyocity Aeon Collection

Sample Library

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Heavyocity’s latest contender delivers a winning one-two combination.

iZotope RX3

Audio Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows

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The latest version of iZotope’s RX restoration suite does more than before — and does it faster!

JBL LSR305 & LSR308

Active Monitors

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JBL’s new LSR3 series brings technology from the company’s premium monitor range within reach of the home studio.

Logic Pro X — How It Works

eBook Review

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Does this in-depth guide tell you everything you need to know?

Loopmasters Subliminal FX

Sample Library

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One-shots, transitions, drops, sweeps and swooshes are all types of effects that add those last finishing touches to a track.

Native Instruments Kinetic Metal

Sample Library

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By the look of it, a great deal of time and effort has gone into designing NI's Kinetic Metal interface to ensure that it functions as a very flexible sample-manipulation tool.

Playback

Readers' music reviewed

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This month we comment on releases from Seth Lakeman and The Cuckoo Clocks

Rode M5

Capacitor Microphone Pair

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Making quality stereo recordings has never been cheaper, thanks to the launch of Rode's new M5 mic set.

Sample Shop | Media

Sample Shop

Audio files to accompany the reviews.

Schoeps V4U

Capacitor Microphone

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Schoeps's unusual new vocal mic could give some of the long-established studio stalwarts a serious run for their money.

Steinberg Cubase 7.5

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Steinberg have packed a lot of new functionality into their bargain upgrade to Cubase.

StompAmp Brown

Guitar Amplifier

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Can this tiny amplifier really sound as good as a full-sized amp?

Ueberschall Action Cuts

Sample Library

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Action Cuts is the latest addition to Ueberschall's Elastik-based 'Inspire' series of sample libraries.

Waldorf Pulse 2

Analogue Synthesizer

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Waldorf have followed up their '90s blockbuster with a sequel — the Pulse 2.

People + Opinion

John Newman & Ant Whiting:

Producing Tribute

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Proving that not every pop star is a manufactured creation, John Newman is as at home in the studio as he is on TV.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Billy Bush - Mixing Jake Bugg

Inside Track

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When I first looked at the Jake Bugg sessions, I was like, 'Wow, this is really stripped-back.'

Sounding Off

Management speak is taking over the world.

War Is Over!

Leader

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Ask pretty much any musician planning to make a record what mastering is all about and they'll probably include 'making it sound loud' as one of the more important mastering tasks.

Technique

A Space Of Your Own

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Create custom impulse responses using Space Designer.

Ampire Attack

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One’s virtual guitar amp offers a surprisingly wide range of tone-shaping options.

Apple Notes

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It didn’t make the headlines, but a quiet revolution is happening in Mac OS Mavericks...

Engineering Drums Live: Part Two

Kit Parade

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Following on from last month’s article about drum miking, here we’ll discuss the various ways you can mix and process your drum-kit mics.

Free For All

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We introduce some of the best free plug-ins for Pro Tools 11.

Matrix Tricks

Reason Tips & Techniques

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When it comes to step sequencing, Reason 7 has all sorts of tricks up its sleeve.

Mix Rescue

28 Boulevard

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28 Boulevard: this month, our engineer figures out how to apply just the right amount of polish to an indie-rock track with a DIY aesthetic.

Mix Rescue | Media

28 Boulevard

Audio files to accompany the article.

Morphology

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live enters a state of flux as we get to grips with morphing.

PC Notes

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With '8 hate' remaining strong, Microsoft haven't had the best of years. Is that all about to change?

Recording Audio For A Short Film

Sound On Set

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Even with the simplest of setups, audio recording for film is no easy task — especially when the whole picture has to be shot in a day.

Studio One | Media

Studio One Tips & Techniques

Media files to accompany the article.

Taking Notes

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Use Melodyne Essential, included in Sonar X3 Studio and Producer, to turn your audio into MIDI.

The End Of The Loudness War?

The New Normal

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As the nails are being hammered firmly into the coffin of competitive loudness processing, we consider the implications for those who make, mix and master music.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month we analyse hits from Storm Queen, The Reflektors and Lorde plus our classic mix 'Roxanne' by the The Police. 

Tom Petty 'Learning To Fly'

Classic Tracks

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While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s writing partnership was certainly successful, it was the partnership between Jeff Lynne and engineer Richard Dodd that gave the records their distinctive sparkle.

Virtual Showtime

An Introduction To Cyber Performance

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The Internet is changing every facet of the music business — including live performance. There's never been a better time to take to the cyber-stage.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The world is full of products that promise to make our music better. But will clients or audiences notice the difference?

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Nashville is fast becoming the US's capital of music, but it risks losing its identity in the process.

Studio File

Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco

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Our story begins with one of the most famous names in the history of recorded music: Bill Putnam.

Sound Advice

Q Can I balance my mixing desk inserts using a patchbay?

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I recently bought an old analogue mixing desk, where all the channel and bus insert points are unbalanced, which is quite common, I think. But all my outboard gear has balanced inputs and outputs!

Q Should I pad or DI a line-level signal?

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I keep reading advice that it's bad for a padded line signal to be run through a mic preamp input, and that it's better to use a dedicated line input

Q What sort of double glazing do I need?

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I have double glazing but it's quite old, and I notice that other people's double glazing seems to cut out more sound.

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