March 2007 In This Issue

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Competition

WIN Pro Mastering Session with Jon Astley

Deadline: 2007-03-31

This month, a competition with a difference: five lucky readers can get up to three tracks professionally mastered for free (a service that would usually cost £1000) by one of the UK's most respected mastering engineers, Jon Astley.
Thanks to Jon Astley at Close To The Edge Mastering & Post Production for supplying the fabulous prize.
Tel: +44 (0)208 892 9236  www.closetotheedge.biz

Reviews

Auto-Tune vs Melodyne

Antares Auto-Tune 5 & Celemony Melodyne Plug-in Pitch-correction Processors

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Auto-Tune has been the industry standard pitch-correction tool for many years, and version 5 introduces many new features, but it faces its strongest competition yet from the new plug-in version of Celemony's Melodyne. So which one should you buy?

Beyerdynamic Headzone Pro

Surround Sound Headphone System

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If you thought you couldn't hear surround sound on headphones, it's time you thought again.

Digidesign Velvet

Electric Piano Instrument For Pro Tools

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Digidesign's march into MIDI sequencing territory continues with the launch of a plug-in emulating classic electric piano sounds.

DigiTech RP250

Amp Modeller, Multi FX & Audio Interface

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• Digitech RP250 Amp Modeller, Multi FX and Audio Interface • Tips: DIY Guitar Lube... plus news of TC Electronic's Classic Pedals.

Genoqs Octopus

Hardware Sequencer

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If you want a unique approach to hardware sequencing or a charming accessory for the bridge of your alien mothership, the Genoqs Octopus could be just what you're looking for...

Groove Tubes The Brick

Microphone & Instrument Preamp

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Well, it looks and feels as solid as a brick, hence the name. But there's more to this tube-based preamp than the gimmick. Let's find out...

Jazzmutant Lemur

Touch-sensitive MIDI Controller

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Jazzmutant's Lemur combines both touch-sensitivity and a completely customisable interface, to create an entirely new breed of MIDI controller.

Kirk Hunter Symphony Orchestra Emerald

Orchestral Sample Library

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This complete orchestral library is the jewel in its maker's crown, but are we talking Tiffanys or Ratners?

Korby KAT

FET Microphone

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Should Korby's KAT be in your kit bag? We put it to the test...

Korg MR1000 & MR1

High-resolution DSD Master Recorders

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SOS were invited to take an exclusive first look at Korg's powerful new 1-bit high-resolution master recorders. It wasn't an invitation we could resist!

Line 6 Gearbox Plug-in

Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac/PC]

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Line 6 first made their name with the Amp Farm plug-in, but since then they've concentrated on hardware products, and Gearbox Plug-in makes their latest range of amp and effects emulations available in a plug-in for the first time.

M-Audio NRV10

Analogue Mixer & Firewire Audio Interface

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This neat little unit offers great flexibility for both studio and stage work.

McDSP Project Studio Bundle

Native Plug-in Bundle For Pro Tools

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McDSP's Project Studio Bundle provides an affordable way for Pro Tools users to get their hands on versions of all the company's acclaimed effects and processors.

Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1

USB 2.0 Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

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Native Instruments' new hardware offering has a few unusual features that may just find it a niche in the crowded audio interface market.

Neumann KM184D

Digital Microphone

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Digital technology opens up a world of possibilities when applied to Neumann's classic KM-series microphones.

Plug-in Folder

Audeon UFO • Musicrow Vinyl Boy • URS Classic Compressors

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Another bunch of enticing plug-ins get the full-blown insert treatment and rough handling to see how they perform.

Presonus Digimax FS

Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

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A useful studio workhorse that does just what it says on the tin.

Sample Libraries On Test

Sample Shop

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• Sonivox Flying Hand Percussion• Davide Carbone's Drum & Bass Masterclass • Zero-G Kocktail Kollection

Schippmann Ebbe Und Flut

Analogue Filter & Signal Processor

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro; introducing Schippmann's über filter box...

SSL Alpha Channel

Channel Strip

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In the last few years, Solid State Logic have been concentrating a lot of effort on the project studio market, and this new Alpha Channel makes their high-end console technology available in an affordable rackmounting channel strip.

The Story Of The Clavioline

Retrozone

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The first electronic instrument to reach a mass market, the Selmer Clavioline pioneered many of the basic concepts of synthesis, along with a few features that are still remarkable today.

People + Opinion

Balanced Output

Paul White's Leader

Editor In Chief Paul White explains why the cynics who believe SOS " never seems to give anything a negative review" are plain wrong.

George & Giles Martin: Remixing The Beatles

The Making Of Love

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When The Beatles' record company tempted their producer out of retirement for one last project, no-one had any idea how radical the resulting album would be.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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More of your recordings scrutinised by the SOS crew...

Sounding Off: Chris Mayes-Wright

Imagine A World Without Undo...

Apple-Z, control-Z, step backward, or just simply Undo is a feature that is ubiquitous in technology today, but taken for granted by us all. How has it changed the way we record?

Technique

Audio Add-ons For Macbook Pro

Apple Notes

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With little new from Apple for musicians and audio engineers at the recent Macworld and NAMM shows, announcements from other manufacturers will allow Macbook Pro owners to take advantage of more sophisticated audio and DSP hardware while on the road.

Audiosnap Applications In Sonar 6

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar's Audiosnap time-stretching tools offer some mind-boggling possibilities, including REX-like beat slicing and sophisticated audio quantising.

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Jam 'The Eton Rifles'

Producers: The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven • Engineers: Alan Douglas, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

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'The Eton Rifles' captured both Paul Weller's growing talent as a songwriter and the raw power of his band the Jam, and gave the group their first top 10 hit.

Distributed Processing With Digital Performer

MIDI Networking

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Unlike Logic, DP doesn't have any sort of distributed processing scheme, but by using additional Macs in your DP setup, with a network connection between them, you can achieve a similar result. Here's how it's done.

EVOC20 Vocoding

Logic Notes & Techniques

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We attempt to demystify the EVOC20 vocoder plug-in and suggest ways in which it could be useful in all kinds of music, not just as a tool to produce silly robot noises!

Hacking Remote Files In Reason

Reason Notes & Techniques

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If Remote support has not been added for your favourite MIDI controller, consider doing it yourself.

Installing A Windows OS From Scratch

PC Musician

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As a PC user, one job you're almost sure to have to do at some point is a clean install of Windows, whether because you've built your own PC, as outlined in last month's issue, have suffered a serious crash, or have decided to change to a new OS. Here's what you need to know...

Mix Rescue: Krys Baxter

Overcoming A Muddy Mix

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When you're aiming for an in-your-face rock epic, the last thing you want is a muddy mix! Krys Baxter's Afterglow gets the Mix Rescue treatment...

Mix Rescue: Krys Baxter | Audio

Hear The Difference

Here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the March 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

Play Order Track

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase's Play Order Track is a powerful, but often overlooked, facility that is a Godsend for songwriters, composers and remixers alike.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tony Maserati

Inside Track: John Legend's 'Save Room'

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John Legend's silky, R&B-tinged sound has revitalised soul music. Mix engineer Tony Maserati explains how he crafted that sound for Legend's hit 'Save Room'.

Setting Up PT Preferences

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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It takes five minutes to set up your Pro Tools Preferences, but getting them right can smooth your workflow and even allow you to run more tracks from your hard drive.

Studio SOS: Darren Williams

A Drum Recording Room

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The SOS crew help drummer Darren Williams sort out a better space in which to record drums and operate as a remote session drummer.

Using Microphone Polar Patterns Effectively

Theory & Practice

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Knowing your cardioid from your omni can help you to achieve better recordings. If you're confused about what it all means, our guide to mic polarity should be a step in the right direction.

Windows Vista; Boot Management; Partitions

PC Notes

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More Vista-related musings, advice on 'boot management' for multi-partition setups and the usual handy tips — all in this month's PC Notes.

Sound Advice

Q. Are balanced connections essential?

I recently bought an old Trident VFM mixing desk, but I was disappointed to discover that it only offers unbalanced line...

Q. Can you help me with my drum recording?

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I'm taking the leap into recording drums. I already have a basic drum mic kit, but I want to get some professional mics to...

Q. What would be suitable for recording hypnotherapy sessions?

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I am a hypnotherapist, and I'm searching for a tool that will allow me to record sessions with my clients and put them onto CD. I need a recorder which is portable and allows me to record with no hiss and other noises in the background.

Q. What's the best setup for a DJ producer?

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I'm looking to create a home studio so that I can make beats and improve my DJ and production skills. My current set up is...

Q. What's the best way to record MIDI drum tracks without a keyboard?

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I want to start playing my drums on a real controller, rather than with my fingers. I've been looking at a few electronic...

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