March 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Fishman Solo SA220 PA System Worth £1,349

Deadline: 2012-04-22

The Solo SA220 offers two channels of mic or line input with switchable phantom power, and is up for grabs in this month's competition!

Reviews

Apogee Duet 2

Audio Interface

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Apogee's Duet 2 puts the company’s famed A-D/D-A conversion into a box that’s attractive in terms of both styling and price...

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Mike Watkinson reviews One Red Dog's Arctic Keys, a subtractive synth for iPad, whilst Hugh Robjohns puts TigApp's Audio Audit, an audio test app for iPhone and iPod Touch, to the test.

Arturia MiniBrute

Analogue Monosynth

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Arturia have broken away from their soft-synth roots with the MiniBrute, a 100 percent analogue monosynth. We put it to the test in our world-exclusive review.

Audio-Technica AT2031

Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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Audio-Technica’s latest ‘pencil’ mic is designed to provide a high-frequency boost. Could this help lift sources out of a busy mix?

Avid Pro Tools 10

Digital Audio Workstation Software

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With Pro Tools now catering for such a wide range of users, can the latest version provide both value and satisfaction for everyone?

BAE 1073 DMP

Microphone Preamplifier

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BAE's latest take on the classic Neve 1073 preamp design is presented in a sturdy, portable format. But does it deliver the familiar Neve sound?

BAE 1073 DMP | Media

Microphone Preamplifier

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Test plots to accompany the article.

Best Service | Forest Kingdom

Sample Library

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Forest Kingdom is another tour de force from developer Eduardo Tarilonte, once again featuring a generous 7GB of sample content, memorable artwork and wonderful presentation.

Big Fish Audio | Epic Drums II

Sample Library

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If BFA could make a TV ad for this sample collection, they would probably have it narrated by the late movie trailer maestro Don LaFontaine, saying something like, "In a world of laid-back percussion, Epic Drums II changed everything, forever!”

Big Fish Audio | Pop n' Soul Guitars

Sample Library

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Although the main title of this sample collection from Big Fish Audio only mentions pop and soul, the content also covers R&B guitar styles...

Blue Reactor

Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

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Blue’s new Reactor is certainly eye-catching, but does it sound as good as it looks?

Canford Audio

Phantom Power Supply

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Hugh Robjohns scrutinises this phantom power supply from Canford Audio.

Casio Privia PX3

Stage Piano

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An 88-note hammer-action stage piano as affordable as this seems far too good to be true. Is there a catch?

Cinesamples CineBrass

Sample Library

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West Coast samplists Cinesamples stay ethical with their major new orchestral brass library.

Cycling 74 Max 6

Modular Audio Processing Environment

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The latest version of Max might not look revolutionary, but its familiar appearance conceals some big changes.

Diago Little Smasher

Guitar Amplifier

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Paul White takes a look at this solid-state 5W guitar-amp head with enough gain to create blues or rock overdrive effects.

Event 20/20 BAS

Active Monitors

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Since Event changed ownership in 2006, their popular 20/20 BAS monitor has been completely redesigned, and relaunched at a very attractive price.

G-Force Software | The Streetly Tapes Vol. 1

Sample Library

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Despite the 'real versus sampled' debate continued by Mellotron purists, G-Force's M-Tron Pro VST plug-in has earned a justified reputation as an authentic and effective recreation of that famous tape-replay keyboard.

HK Audio Elements

PA System

Following the review of the HK Audio Elements in August 2011, Paul has been putting the PA system through its paces for the past 6 months in order to give an 'extended test' review.

Ingram Engineering MPA685

Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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It takes a lot these days to set a boutique mic preamp apart from the crowd. Does Ingram’s flagship design have what it takes?

Inta Audio i7 Ultimate Music PC

Studio Computer

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Does this luxuriously specified audio PC justify its premium price tag?

Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced

Mastering Software

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Izotope’s do-everything mastering suite expands again, with a new Advanced version offering even more user control.

Popper Blocker

Live Microphone Accessory

J G Harding takes a look at this microphone accessory that promises "No more pops!!!".

Prodipe IEM3

In-ear Monitors

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If you’ve always thought in-ear stage monitoring was out of your league, maybe it’s time to think again...

Soundcraft Si Compact 24

Digital Mixing Desk

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Soundcraft’s compact desk is designed to offer digital power and versatility combined with an operator-friendly ‘analogue feel’.

Spotlight

Keyboard Synthesizers

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Self-contained keyboard synths have an immediacy that is seldom matched by synth modules or software instruments. There's a great variety of them available at the moment, but how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s a selection of the models we've looked at over the last couple of years, with links to the SOS reviews, to help you decide.

Turbosound Milan M15 & M18

Active PA Speakers & Subwoofer

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The M15 active speaker promises Turbosound’s trademark warm sound, while the M18 subwoofer is designed to add some extra low-end level.

Zoom H2N

Portable Recorder

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Zoom’s latest recorder ups the ante on the features front — even including M/S recording — but remains very affordable.

People + Opinion

Hugh Robjohns: When Boutique's Not So Chic

Sounding Off

SOS Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns ponders whether 'boutique' actually means 'better'.

Jon Burton (The Prodigy): Outdoor Sounds — Engineering Sound For Festival Events

Interview | Engineer

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With the festival season fast approaching, The Prodigy's live sound-man, Jon Burton, talks to some of those involved about the unique demands of running open-air shows.

JR Rotem

Interview | Songwriter & Producer

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A combination of hard work, business acumen and old-fashioned musicality have brought JR Rotem huge success as a hip-hop and R&B songwriter and producer.

Miracles Take A Little Longer

Leader

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Over the past few years, we have seen computer software achieve what had previously been considered to be impossible.

Noah '40' Shebib: Recording Drake's 'Headlines'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Drake’s atmospheric, brooding sound has revitalised hip-hop, selling millions in the process. The man behind that sound is Noah '40' Shebib.

Paul Butler & Michael Kiwanuka: Recording Home Again

Interview | Producer

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The meteoric rise of Michael Kiwanuka has been founded on strong songs, great singing and Paul Butler’s unique production style.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Breton * Ove Engen * RJ Thompson * Burning Wire

Technique

Crafting Loud Mixes That Sound Great

Tips & Techniques

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Just how do you make a mix sound loud without squeezing the life out of the music? Find out in our in-depth guide...

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Tips & Techniques

This bonus content accompanies the Crafting Loud Mixes article.

Don McLean 'American Pie'

Classic Tracks

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The story of Don McLean's 'American Pie' goes from cryptic beginnings to massive chart success, and an eventual position as a perennial US radio favourite.

iTunes Match

Apple Notes

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Our intrepid columnist gets down and dirty with iTunes Match, confirming that it may indeed change the way people consume music.

Loop Recorder

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Build your own loop recorder in Reaper and test the limits of your creativity.

Mix Rescue: Kayle Clements

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Programmed classical and film music demands convincing use of sample-based instruments. But how do you achieve this? Our engineer explains, as he takes on this month’s remix...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article.

Multitracking Drums

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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If you’ve ever wanted to tighten the timing of multitrack drums in Cubase, look no further...

ProChannel Flexibility

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Previously a hard-wired channel strip, ProChannel is now an 'open' plug-in host offering unprecedented effects order flexibility — which can make a huge difference to your sound...

Rewiring Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Reason 6 and Live make a great double act, and now it’s even easier to Rewire them together...

Snap & Nudge Editing

Logic Tips & Techniques

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We're reading between the lines in Logic this month, with a look at editing using the snap and nudge facilities.

The Echo

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Reason 6's fabulous new device, The Echo, makes the creation of sophisticated delay-based effects child's play.

The Mix Review | March 2012

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Lady Antebellum 'We Owned The Night' • Cher Lloyd 'With Ur Love' • Snow Patrol 'Called Out In The Dark'

Thunderbolt Technology Vs AMD Products

PC Notes

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As the PC world embraces Thunderbolt technology on new devices and peripherals, AMD weigh in with budget-priced competition...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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If you make music for a living, now’s the time to unite with others to protect your rights.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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The rewards for studios that offer film-sound services can be substantial, but do they risk alienating clients who just want to record music?

Sound Advice

Q. Can I use two completely different mics in an M/S array?

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I have a vintage Neumann U87 mic, a GAP Pre73 preamp and also a Zoom H4N recorder (massive contrast, I know). If I want to,...

Q. Does it make sense for me to mix with a mono 'grot box'?

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I realise that there are advantages to monitoring on a single 'middly'-sounding small speaker (such as an Avantone MixCube)...

Q. How can I make using headphones less fatiguing?

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I have been making music for years now, and although I have a set of Genelec 8040s that I use during the day (when I'm home),...

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