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Reviews

Ableton Live 9 & Push

DAW Software & Hardware Controller

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Live 9 has been a long time coming, but, along with Ableton’s new Push controller, has the potential to revolutionise music-making.

Adam F5

Active Monitors

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Always wanted a pair of Adam speakers but couldn’t quite afford them? Then their new F-series might be just the ticket...

Analogue Performance Synthesizers

Spotlight

The recent resurgence of brand-new analogue synths means that there’s never been a better time to invest in one. We round up some of the more ‘hands-on’, performance-oriented models on the market, with links to the SOS review where available.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This months Apps: Steinberg Cubasis, Akai iMPC, Neyrinck V-Control, IK Multimedia iRig Stomp, MicW iShotgun

Apple iMac

Computer

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Apple have dramatically revamped the iMac — and have made it a tempting choice for the studio.

ART Dual RDB DI & Re-amping Box

Guitar accessory

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ART produce an impressive number of inexpensive problem-solving boxes, one of which is the Dual RDB reviewed here.

Avantone CK40

Stereo Capacitor Microphone

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A rotatable capsule design means that making stereo recordings with the CK40 could hardly be easier — but how does it sound?

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Focusrite RedNet

Ethernet Audio Interface System

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Ethernet-based audio interfaces seem set to be the next big thing in digital audio, and forward-looking manufacturers Focusrite are getting in on the ground floor.

Golden Age Project Pre 73 DLX & EQ73

Mic Preamp & Equaliser

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This Swedish company have a reputation for delivering professional sound quality at a budget price. Do the latest additions to their outboard range measure up?

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HK Audio Linear 5 112FA & L Sub 2000A

Active PA System

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These compact speakers approach the performance of HK’s higher-end systems, but at a surprisingly modest price point.

Izotope Insight

Analysis & Metering Plug-ins For Mac & PC

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As loudness standards evolve, so we need new metering plug-ins. Izotope’s suite covers all the bases.

Korg MicroKey

Portable USB Controller Keyboards

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Miniature controller keyboards can be incredibly useful for making music on location. The new Korg MicroKey family of velocity...

Lauten Audio Atlantis

Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

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Want a forward-sounding mic, something with a vintage character, or a more neutral tonality? With the Atlantis, you can have all three...

Microtech Gefell AP1

Discrete Transistor Mic Preamp

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German manufacturers Microtech Gefell share origins with Neumann and make some of the best mics currently available. Does that pedigree come through in their first preamp?

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Discrete Transistor Mic Preamp

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Native Instruments Session Horns

Virtual Brass Instrument

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NI’s Session Horns forsakes the cinematic to focus on a real-world brass section that’s well suited to pop and rock music.

Orchestral Tools Berlin Woodwinds

Sample Library

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An often overlooked part of the orchestra gets the royal treatment in a new sample library.

Playback

Reader's music reviewed

This month we feature: Straw Bear, The Neo-Kalashnikovs, Ken Nicol, Gibson, Gillie Nicholls, The Star Fields and Christopher Holland.

Retro Instruments 176

Vari-mu Compressor-Limiter

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This recreation of a Bill Putnam classic brings back to life the qualities of a long-gone era — and does so in a truly uncompromising fashion.

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Vari-mu Compressor-Limiter

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Serpent Audio SB4001

Stereo VCA Compressor

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Homages to classic processors abound — but this one is much more than a simple clone...

Sonoris Parallel & Mastering EQ

Equaliser Plug-ins

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Sonoris’s innovative plug-in designs prove that not all digital equalisers sound the same.

Strymon Mobius

Modulation Effects Pedal

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Guitar processor from US-based stomp-box manufacturer.

The Secrets of Subtractive Synthesis

Book Review

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Rob Papen is a well-known Dutch sound designer and creator of a variety of software virtual synthesizers, including Predator,...

Trautoniks Trautonium VT2012

Analogue Synthesizer

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German company Trautoniks have painstakingly recreated a lost classic from the annals of electronic music history. What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Trautonium? Then read on...

Trident Audio HG3

Active Monitors

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The unique design of the HG3’s cabinet is intended to offer the best traits of both large and small speakers. Does it work in practice?

Ueberschall | Thrash Metal

Sample Library

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Elastik

Waves Abbey Road REDD

Console Emulation Plug-ins For Mac & PC

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Waves’ latest analogue emulation has unrivalled pedigree. But is there still a role for a mixer that was declared obsolete 40 years ago?

Zero-G | Sax Supreme

Sample Library

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Kontakt Instrument

People + Opinion

Inside Track: The Lumineers

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Augunas

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Would you hire a mixer who doesn’t believe in panning? The Lumineers did — and were rewarded with a hit album.

Sire Sounds

Richard Gottehrer & Seymour Stein:The Sire Records Story

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Fifty years after their first hit, the duo who discovered Blondie, the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna are still producing great new acts.

Sounding Off

Jyoti Mishra offers inspiration.

Write, record and release a song today!

Unexpected Emotions

Leader

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Editor In Chief, Paul White tells all.

Technique

Apple Notes

Wireless MIDI

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This month we look at wireless options for passing MIDI between your iOS device and your Mac.

Feedback Form

Preventing Acoustic Feedback On Stage

Whether you’re a performer or an engineer, these simple feedback-reducing tips should ensure your gigs remain free from squeaks and howl-rounds!

George Michael ‘Faith’

Classic Tracks

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Wham! went their separate ways in 1986, but the triumph of George Michael’s debut album Faith in 1987 meant that the success of his solo career was never really in doubt.

Making Moves

Samplitude Tips & Technique

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As well as conventional track-based automation, Samplitude Pro X has a sophisticated Object automation system.

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Mix Rescue

The Wrong'uns

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As he gets to grips with another reader’s track, our mix engineer shows that distortion can often be as useful as EQ in sculpting sound sources.

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The Wrong'uns

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Pad World

Cubase Tips & Technique

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Steinberg’s Padshop can be used to create excellent rhythmic effects.

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PC Notes

What Price an App?

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As they scramble to catch up, Microsoft may have priced themselves way out of the tablet game...

Session Notes

Levi Szendro: Tracking Drums

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One of our engineers aims for a big sound from the smallest of acoustic drum kits, as he sets about creating a drum sample library...

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Levi Szendro: Tracking Drums

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Stem Sell

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Make use of the many benefits of stem mixing in Studio One.

Studio SOS

TV composer Kate Ockenden calls for help

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We visit the home studio of TV composer Kate Ockenden and discover that optimising monitoring needn’t require acres of acoustic foam.

Synth Showdown

Reason Tips & Technique

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Now that Rack Extensions are here, there are lots of Reason synths on offer — but which are the best?

The Joy Of EXS

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Often overlooked, EXS24 is a very valuable feature of Logic. So why and how should we be using it?

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Mike Senior discusses Kanye West, Jake Bugg, Amy Macdonald, Plan B and ABBA.

Transfer Windows

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools 10 has some new ways to help you move material to and from other systems — including older Pro Tools rigs.

Win By Default

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Some time spent customising your defaults in Reaper could save you hours in the future...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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It’s time media composers stood up for themselves — and their art.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Miami has long been a popular recording destination — and not only for the weather...

Studio File

Waterfront Studios, Hudson NY

We take a look inside one of the world's top studios.

Sound Advice

Implanting Awareness

Rachel Van Besouw & The Interactive Music Awareness Programme

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Cochlear implants help the profoundly deaf experience sound. But can users overcome the limitations of the technology to understand music?

Q. Are wow and flutter key to that analogue tape sound?

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I have come to the conclusion that wow and flutter are a lot more important in the sound of tape and analogue recordings than...

Q. Can you recommend a 73-key stage piano?

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I seem to be the only person in the world who wants an unfussy, weighted stage piano, with — at most — 73 keys. I have little...

Q. How can I easily match levels on MP3s?

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When I listen to MP3s on a PC or Apple Mac, they are all at different levels, with the louder ones seeming twice as loud as...

Q. Will using a multitracker limit me as a songwriter?

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As a songwriter, I write, record and master on my beloved Boss BR8 (I'm soon to updgrade, possibly to the Tascam DP32). Would...

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