March 2014 In This Issue

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Competition

Win! Blue Bottle Rocket Stage Two

Deadline: 2014-04-07

Thumbnail for article: Win! Blue Bottle Rocket Stage TwoFantastic chance to Win Toontrack Production Bundle in January's Issue Competition.

Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Korg already have an enviable track record for making high-quality apps, but in Gadget they've made their most serious step yet towards full music production.

Avenson STO2

Omnidirectional Microphones

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Need a stereo pair of high-quality omni mics for under £500$600? Look no further!

CME Xkey

Compact Controller Keyboard

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A compact USB MIDI keyboard controller for the musician on the move, but with full-size keys and polyphonic aftertouch too!

Crypton Hatsune Miku English

Vocaloid Instrument

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Hatsune Miku is the name of a fictional 16-year old girl, who can be made to...

DPA D:Facto II

Handheld Capacitor Microphone

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Danish mic legends DPA take their considerable mic-designing experience to the stage — with impressive results.

Eve Audio SC204 & TS107

Active Monitors & Subwoofer

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The 2.1 monitor approach may have its pitfalls, but there are also some very real benefits to be had, especially in small studios.

Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb & R2

Reverb Plug-ins For Mac & PC

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The market for reverb plug-ins is crowded, but Exponential Audio hope there's space for two more high-quality designs...

Fluid Audio F4

Active Monitors

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These compact and affordable monitors, from young US company Fluid Audio, turn in a surprisingly good performance.

Gem Audio Labs Sculptor

Discrete Preamp With EQ & Peak Limiter

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We check out Gem Audio's classy and charismatic interpretation of the recording channel strip.

IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430

Speaker Isolator

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This isn't the first time we've reviewed one of IsoAcoustics' innovative speaker stands: Paul White looked at the diminutive...

Kush Audio Electra

Analogue Equaliser

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Can Kush maintain their reputation for fine-sounding analogue gear with this interesting EQ?

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Mackie SRM550, SRM650 & SRM1850

Active PA Speakers

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The latest additions to Mackie's established SRM range offer the same level of flexibility, but in traditional wooden‑box enclosures.

Nektar Panorama P1

USB MIDI Control Surface

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Nektar's Panorama P1 is a control surface with a lot going for it — especially if you use Cubase or Reason.

NI Maschine Studio

Groove Workstation

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Native Instruments take their hybrid groove machine to another level with new hardware and a big software update.

Olympus LS12 & LS14

Handheld Stereo Recorders

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Do Olympus's latest recorders maintain the high quality and intuitive control of their earlier models?

Output Rev

Kontakt Instrument

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Fledgling company Output state that they aim to create 'groundbreaking concepts, new sounds,' and...

Playback

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This month we comment on releases from Testing Tomorrow, Clemistry & Audnoyz and Emiliano Cannavò

PMC TwoTwo 8

Active Monitors

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The eagerly anticipated flagship in PMC's new TwoTwo range is finally here. Has the wait been worthwhile?

PPG WaveGenerator

Software Synth

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Apps based on existing software are far from unusual, but Wolfgang Palm has chosen to go the other way.

Retro Instruments Doublewide 500

Mono Valve Compressor

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American company Retro Instruments are best known for having recreated the...

Rhythmic Robot Shortwave

Kontakt Instrument

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Rhythmic Robot's Shortwave is a Kontakt instrument crammed with ghostly voices,...

Roland MicroCube GX

Battery-powered Guitar Amp

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Guitar amps don't come much more portable than this updated model from Roland. But how does it sound?

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Samson Expedition Express

Portable PA System

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Designed for musicians on the move, this portable PA offers a wide range of uses for almost any gigging scenario.

Spitfire Audio - Hans Zimmer Percussion Volume 1

Sample Library

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The cinematic supremo enlists the best of British in a grand percussive collaboration.

The Analogue Revival

Spotlight

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Synthesists have been asking manufacturers to build new analogue instruments for years — and now they've...

Thermionic Culture Phoenix HG15

Mono Valve Compressor

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Vic Keary's latest design is a compressor that's also a mic preamp and an EQ — but not, apparently, a channel strip!

Tronical Tune

Self‑tuning Machine Heads

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Thanks to Tronical Systems, your guitar can now tune itself. Is this a valuable tool for committed guitarists, or a crutch for the lazy and tone‑deaf?

UA API Vision Channel Strip

Channel Strip Plug-in For UAD2

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The latest of many hardware emulations from Universal Audio reproduces a complete API channel strip in your DAW.

UVI Sparkverb

Reverb Plug‑in For Mac & PC

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UVI's rainbow‑hued reverb plug‑in is designed to help you instantly find the right ambience for your mix.

Zero-G Cyberstorm

Sample Library

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Cyberstorm has been produced by Frédéric Devanlay who was also responsible for Zero-G's Deep Impact and Perception Cinemascapes.

People + Opinion

Hits & Misses

Leader

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I'm writing this column in January just before setting off for the NAMM show in California, which is perhaps the highlight of...

Inside Track: Arcade Fire

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Korey Richey & Mark Lawson

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Despite recording mainly live, Arcade Fire spent more than a year recording Reflektor. It was up to Korey Richey and Mark Lawson to get the results to tape.

Prefab Sprout

Paddy McAloon: From Langley Park To Memphis (And Back)

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Prefab Sprout rose to fame in an era of indulgence and eye‑watering studio budgets. These days, things are a little different...

SOS Awards 2014

Winners announced at NAMM show!

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Each year, at the end of January, the NAMM exhibition in California brings together music equipment and pro-audio manufacturers from all over the world to show off their latest and greatest products

Sounding Off

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Why is the language of management being applied to the creative process of music making?

Technique

15 Popular Audio Myths

And Why They're Wrong!

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Some pieces of bad advice just won't die, no matter how unhelpful they are. Here's why you shouldn't believe everything you read on the Internet...

Apple's new Audiobus

Apple Notes

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The new version of Audiobus is really going places. All aboard!

Flex Appeal

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to Flex Pitch like a pro in Logic Pro X.

It's About Time

Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at what Live's built-in delays can do for you.

Make Some Noise!

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Create striking new sounds using Reaper's ReaSynth plug-in.

Making WAVs

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools often turns up its nose at corrupt WAV files. Here's how to bring them into line.

Mix Rescue

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Mixing dubstep: one of our engineers visits reader Alex Joyce's studio to help him bring the best out of his dubstep track.

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Open Wide

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One offers multiple methods of synthesizing splendid stereo from mediocre mono.

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Passing Chords

Part 1

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Bored of the same old chord sequences? In this short series, we explore some simple ways to spice up your piano chords.

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PC Notes

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Improve your PC's performance by taking the strain off your CPU.

Remote Collaboration

Long‑distance Recording Projects

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Once an expensive and futuristic dream, the technology for Internet‑based collaboration is now available and affordable — and more practical than you might think.

Take A Browse

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Find what you're looking for faster with Sonar X3's new Browser.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month tracks from Jason Derulo, Martin Garrix, Eminem and our Classic Mix, The Beatles, Yesterday from 1965.

Theory & Practice

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We look at how chord‑generating Rack Extensions in Reason could help you out of a musical rut.

Tomorrow 'My White Bicycle'

Classic Tracks

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Tomorrow's pioneering paean to the joys of communal public transport has proved to be a classic of the British psychedelic underground.

Vari Ability

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Perfect your vocal pitch-correction techniques with Cubase's VariAudio.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The pace of change in music technology can be scary, so let's be thankful for the one constant.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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What does the world of sports broadcasting offer the budding sound engineer?

Studio File

Funkhaus Studios, Berlin

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Reborn out of the Cold War East German TV and radio network site, Funkhaus Studios can be found deep inside Block B!

Sound Advice

Q Can distortion plug-ins achieve the same sonic effects as tape emulations?

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I've listened to music recorded on tape and the way the sound changes seems to be very subtle: the 'warmth' seems to be...

Q Does the centre of an image suffer with the ORTF recording technique?

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I keep reading in your mic reviews about the sound being more natural when hitting a mic on-axis. Does this mean that there's...

Q How do I recreate the vocal sound of Haim?

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I'm really interested in the vocal sound on Haim's debut album, Days Are Gone, and I've been following your Mix Review column...

Q What's the best way to add sub-bass?

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How do I add sub-bass easily to my tracks? I have a nice core 'bass' tonal synth but it lacks the low-frequency weight I'm...

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