April 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Audio-Technica AT4050 Urushi Microphone Worth $2,459

Deadline: 2012-05-11

Enter this month's competition for your chance to win this fabulous special edition of the AT4050 — Urushi — a hand-painted, urushi-lacquered microphone described by Paul White in its original form as a mic with “excellent technical performance” and “first-rate build quality".

Win DPA ST2006A Stereo Mic Kit Worth £1,482

Deadline: 2012-05-11

For this month's competition, DPA are kindly presenting the winner with a ST2006A stereo mic kit, comprising two DPA 2006A small-diaphragm condenser microphones with omnidirectional polar patterns.

Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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JG Harding takes a look at the Notion Music Progression Tab Editor for iPad, whilst Mike Watkinson examines the Camel Audio Alchemy Synth Mobile for iOS.

Audio-Technica ATM250DE

Kick Drum Microphone

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This ‘two-in-one’ kick-drum mic aims to offer all the benefits of multi-miking techniques, but without the risk of phase problems.

Audix CX112B & CX212B

Condenser Microphones

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The high-frequency lift on these mics from Audix might not suit everything, but for some styles of music, it could be just the ticket...

Audix CX112B & CX212B | Media

Condenser Microphones

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Avid HDX

DSP Cards

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The move from HD to HDX marks a leap into the unknown for high-end Pro Tools users. What exactly does Avid’s new DSP platform offer?

Big Fish Audio | Pop Rocks!

Sample Library

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Big Fish Audio's Pop Rocks! (their exclamation mark, not mine) is the company's latest addition to their massive genre-based...

Eventide Omnipressor & 2016SR

Native Plug-ins

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Eventide are among the last of the big-name hardware manufacturers to offer their wares as native plug-ins. Has it been worth the wait?

FXpansion BFD Eco

Virtual Drum Instrument

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The streamlined BFD Eco promises top-notch acoustic drum sounds at a budget price.

GForce ImpOSCar 2

Software Synthesizer

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GForce’s acclaimed OSCar emulator gets a major update — and a deluxe control surface, in the shape of the Touch Digital IMP2C.

Heavyocity Damage

Sample Library

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Big bangs, shattering impacts, unabated racket, sonic mayhem, deliberate destruction... Pass the earplugs, it’s Heavyocity’s new library!

Kemper Profiling Amplifier

Analogue Profiling Digital Guitar Amp

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This new approach to guitar-amp simulation from the creator of the Access Virus synth promises to let you accurately capture the sound of all your favourite tube amps...

Line 6 DT25

Hybrid Guitar Amplifier

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Paul White checks out the Line 6 amp that was designed in collaboration with US amp designer Reinhold Bogner.

Magix Samplitude Pro X

Digital Audio Workstation Software

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Can its new look and feel, 64-bit code base and killer feature-set help Magix's heavyweight DAW muscle its way to a bigger market share?

Neumann KH120A & KH810

Active Monitors

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Mic veterans Neumann turn their attention to the other end of the signal chain, with a miniature speaker that packs a big punch.

QSC K10 & KSub

Active Loudspeaker & Subwoofer

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QSC’s K-Series speakers look serious enough, but can their sound wow the crowd?

Roger Schult W2377

Mastering EQ System For API Lunchbox

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Employing a whopping three Lunchbox modules per channel, this EQ system may not come cheap — but it boasts some impressive features.

Sound Skulptor MP573 'Lunchbox'

Microphone Preamplifier

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Hugh Robjohns tests out this redesigned version of the MP73 module from the 1U rack system.

Spotlight

Digital Audio Workstations

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At the heart of most modern studios is a computer running a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW. The choice of DAWs available has increased significantly over the last few years...

Ueberschall | Jazz Colours

Sample Library

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Jazz Colors features 20 jazz-flavoured construction kits comprising over 3GB of sample data, spread across some 1400 samples.

Ueberschall | Urban Ballads

Sample Library

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According to its liner notes, the purpose of Urban Ballads is to provide R&B producers with "authentic” sounds.

Vermona Perfourmer 2

Analogue Synthesizer

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Vermona have beefed up their four-voice synth and the result is an analogue monster with the emphasis firmly on performance.

Wharfedale PMX710

Mixer & PA Amplifier.

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Wharfedale’s latest portable mixer-amp offers a compact solution for smaller venues.

Zero-G | Beats From The East

Sample Library

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As a title, Beats From The East is slightly misleading, as this library's real focus is on delivering Western-style commercial loops for hip-hop, R&B, crunk, trance, techno and house tracks.

Zoom R8

Multitrack Recorder, Sampler & Audio Interface

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Zoom have created another portable recorder that’s overflowing with features and functionality. Can it be all things to all people?

People + Opinion

Akira Kiteshi: From Dubstep To Disney

Interview | Artist

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Tommy Forrest is discovering mainstream success — without compromising the hardcore sample-mangling that has made Akira Kiteshi an underground hit.

Charlie Peacock & Richie Biggs: Producing The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow

Interview | Producer

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The Civil Wars chose to avoid the usual studio trickery for their debut album, and have reaped great success as a result.

DAW To DAW

Leader

April is the time of year when we traditionally wind you up with fake stories, impossible products and non-existent bands. However, whenever we come up with an 'impossible' idea to use as a spoof, somebody usually goes out and builds it.

Jez Wells: When Is An Engineer Not An Engineer?

Sounding Off

When is an engineer not an engineer?

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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The Hillmen * Little Black Holes * Primary Slave * Mine * Charlie Birnie * The Tempus * Pearl Handled Revolver

Robopop: Producing Lana Del Rey's 'Videogames'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Lana Del Rey has topped charts worldwide with her signature retro sound — and it all started with a demo that became a viral hit.

Technique

Active Controller Technology (ACT)

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Dust off that hardware controller and make it your best friend in the studio, with this simple way of using Sonar's Active Controller Technology.

Control Room

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Manage multiple monitor mixes with Cubase’s Control Room.

Digital Performer In Windows?

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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It's a moment we thought would never happen: DP meets Windows...

Echo

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Straight and vintage delays, ADT, psychedelia, glitch... Is there anything Reason's Echo device can't do?

Future-proofing Using Backups

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Simply saving your project in Logic doesn't mean it's safe from harm. To future-proof your masterpieces, get to know your backup options.

Loops Utility; iTunes Match

Apple Notes

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This month we wonder at Apple’s lasting appeal, show you how to regain the Apple Loops utility, and eat our words...

M/S Mastery

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Learn some Mid/Sides tricks in Reaper to open up your options at mastering time.

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Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Mix Rescue: Jokers, Jacks & Kings

Mixing & Recording Advice

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This month, our mix engineer develops a reader's track and shows that the difference between an average mix and a good one is less about the quality of the gear than about what you do with it!

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Mixing & Recording Advice

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Round Trip Latency (RTL), J-Scope Oscilloscope

PC Notes

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Checking real-world latency just got easier, with a new tool from DAW Bench...

Soft Cell 'Tainted Love'

Classic Tracks

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Soft Cell's cover of 'Tainted Love' not only catapulted the duo to stardom in the UK, but also went on to spend a record-breaking 43 weeks on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Step Sequencing

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Setting up an old-fashioned step sequencer in Ableton Live is easy.

The Mix Review | April 2012

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Lana Del Rey 'Videogames' • Tinchy Stryder 'Off The Record' • Emeli Sandé 'Heaven' • One Direction 'What Makes You Beautiful'

What Data Compression Does To Your Music

Feature

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Can you hear the difference between an MP3 and a WAV file? We explain how lossy audio data compression works, and how to spot the tell-tale signs it leaves behind.

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Music Business

Line 6 Stagescape & Stagesource

Modular Live Sound System

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Marcus Ryle of Line 6 talks to SOS about a radical new approach to live sound.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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When it comes to telling composers what to do, job titles are no barrier to meddling.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Internships are a long-established means of breaking into the recording industry — but where is the line between learning and being exploited?

Studio File: Avatar, New York

Inside The World's Pro Studios

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In this new regular feature 'Studio File', we open the doors on some of the world's most interesting professional studios with photographer Hannes Bieger. This month's studio is Avatar in New York.

Sound Advice

Q. Can I use my aux send/return loop, or do I need insert points?

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I'm trying to hook a Behringer Denoiser and an SPL Vitalizer MK1 into an older-model Alesis Multimix 16USB mixing console,...

Q. Can you recommend a low-cost heavy-duty mic stand?

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I have the usual selection of Stagg and anonymous mic stands, which are fine most of the time, but I now have some mics that...

Q. How important are microphone self-noise and SPL figures?

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I am interested in the Shure SM7b mic and have been looking at its specifications, but the Shure web site seems to be missing...

Q. Should I EQ my drum recordings?

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When recording a drum part, do I have to EQ it, or should it be left untreated?

Samuel Am, via email

SOS Reviews...

Q. Which budget tube preamp should I buy?

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I'm looking to get a tube preamp but am on quite a small budget. I've already looked at the ART Tube MP and PreSonus TubePRE....

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