April 2013 In This Issue

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Competition

WIN! Earthworks DK25/L Drum Mic Kit

Deadline: 2013-05-13

Thumbnail for article: WIN! Earthworks DK25/L Drum Mic KitFantastic Chance to Win! Earthworks DK25/L Drum Mic Kit Worth £1488 in April's Issues Competition.

Reviews

Allen & Heath GLD80

Digital Mixing Console

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This attractive desk, crammed with technology gleaned from A&H’s flagship iLive consoles, goes straight to the top of our live sound engineer’s wish list...

Allen & Heath XB10

USB Broadcast Mixer

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More and more of us are podcasting or Internet broadcasting, and this affordable dedicated mixer can make these tasks easier.

Amp Simulator Software

Spotlight

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With so many software amp simulators to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s our selection of current options, with links to the SOS review where available.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

This month we look at the PPG WaveMapper, Touch Press, 'The Orchestra', JamUp Pro and the IpTouch Logic controller App.

ART Tube MP/C

Mic Preamp & Optical Compressor

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ART's Tube MP/C combines a hybrid 12AX7 (ECC83) valve preamp section with the company's 'Vactrol' optical compressor, and the...

Audio-Technica ATM510 & ATM610A

Dynamic Microphones

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Not every mic on stage has to be one of the usual suspects, as Audio-Technica prove with these two dynamic vocal mics.

Audiokitchen Little Chopper

Valve Guitar Amp Head

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Recording guitar amplifiers presents a perennial problem in all but the most effectively soundproofed spaces: containing the...

Danfield Audio MX30T

Desktop Mic Preamp & Compressor

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With an emphasis on clarity and speed, and a not insignificant price tag, this preamp/compressor combo promises a lot. Does it deliver?

Digitech Whammy (5th Gen)

Pitch-shifting Effects Pedal

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The latest version of the Digitech Whammy — the pedal-operated digital pitch-shifter that has been keeping guitarists amused...

Echo Audio Echo 2

USB 2 Audio Interface

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The Echo 2 certainly looks the part, with its contemporary touchscreen interface, but does it back up the style with substance?

Effectrode Blackbird

Dual-channel Valve Guitar Preamplifier

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The Blackbird from Effectrode is a two-channel, valve-driven guitar preamp. Essentially the front end of a valve amp stuffed...

Event 2030

Active Three-way Monitors

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Event eye up the uncrowded market for affordable three-way speakers with their new active 2030s.

Korg KingKorg

Virtual Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

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It’s named in honour of everyone’s favourite giant ape, but will Korg’s new keyboard scale the heights or be shot down in flames? Find out in our exclusive review...

Mackie DLM8 & DLM12

Active PA Speakers With DSP

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Despite their small size, these dinky speakers each pack a mighty 2kW of power — as well as a useful array of DSP features...

Microtech Gefell CMV563 M7S

Valve Capacitor Microphone

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Gefell’s reissue of a historic Neumann mic, made in the same factory as the original, exudes class — and has a price to match...

Muse Research Receptor VIP

Virtual Instrument & Plug-in Host

Muse Research continue to refine their Receptor virtual instrument player.

Notion Music - Notion 4

Notation Software For Mac OS, Windows & iPad

Some score-writing packages are affordable, some are powerful, and some are easy to use. Is Notion 4 the first to tick all three boxes?

Playback

Reader's music reviewed

This month we feature: Animal Language, Arabella, Bark Prelude, Bright Lights, Patawave Sound Project, Pierre Vincent and Steve Burgan.

Plug-in Folder

VST and UAD2 formats

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This month we review the M-RGT Ambitron and Universal Audio, Precision K-Ambience Recovery Tool.

Prime Loops | Dubstep Reaper

Sample Library

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WAV/REX2/Live/Apple Loops/Refill

Prodipe RSL

Stereo Ribbon Microphone

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Think you need thousands to add a decent stereo ribbon mic to your collection? Think again...

Soniccouture | EP73 Deconstructed

Kontakt 5

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Sample Library

Sound Toys Radiator

Distortion Plug-in For Mac & PC

Sound Toys turn back the clock to bring some ’60s grit into your DAW.

The Secret World Of Modular Synthesizers

Weird Science - The SOS Guide To The Modular Synth Underground

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Bedroom-based boffins the world over are manufacturing increasingly bizarre and esoteric synth modules. Come with us as we step away from the modular mainstream and take a look at some of the more eccentric Eurorack synth modules this weird world has to offer.

TK Audio TK-lizer

Two-channel Equaliser

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The ingredients for this EQ are simple: a classic Baxandall tone circuit and a clean, modern rack unit — but TK have added to the recipe with some spice of their own.

Toontrack | EZX Blues

Expansion kit for Toontrack EZ

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Sample Library

Trident Audio Series 80B

Stereo Preamp & EQ

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For decades, Trident’s Series 80 consoles have graced world-class recording facilities. The new Series 80B dual channel strip makes this classic sound available with a much smaller footprint — and cost.

Trident Audio Series 80B | Media

Stereo Preamp & EQ

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Ueberschall | Chart Hits

Elastik

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Sample Library

Vintage Vibe 64 Piano

Electro-mechanical Piano

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Rhodes restoration specialists Vintage Vibe have turned their expertise to manufacturing. So how does their creation compare to the classics?

People + Opinion

A Modest Proposal

Leader

Editor In Chief Paul White asks "Should Plug-In 'vintage effects' offer something different?"

Producing Alt-J & Madness

Interview with Charlie Andrew

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When Charlie Andrew began working with Alt-J, both were unknown. The resulting album would change everything...

Sounding Off

Why are we lusting after vintage gear?

Producer Simon Gogerly talks about the trend of worshipping vintage studio gear.

Technique

A Project Shared...

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Now you can get your music to the outside world without ever leaving Pro Tools!

All Mixed Up

Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase 7’s Mix Console is far more capable than its predecessors, but can be daunting to newcomers. We show you how to configure it to your needs.

Apple Notes

MIDI networking

We revisit the world of MIDI networking, inviting multiple devices, and even PCs, to the party.

Go Large

Studio One Tips & Techniques | Audio Files

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Go Large

Studio One Tips & Techniques

Take a walk on the wide side with these Studio One stereo guitar techniques.

Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

Classic Tracks

Forty years after its original release, Mike Oldfield tells us the story of recording his hugely successful debut album, Tubular Bells.

Mix Rescue

SOS reader Tom McKenzie gets some help.

Our tame engineer shows that you can craft a great mix even using compression in moderation, and that a little editing up front can make the job of mixing a whole lot easier.

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Audio Files

Audio Files to accompany this month's article.

Off The Beaten Track

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Logic’s Ultrabeat is more than just a drum machine — so get creative with it and ‘glitch up’ your dance tracks!

PC Notes

Driver Support

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With lack of driver support for so much perfectly usable hardware, can anything be done to counter built-in obsolescence?

Philip Hobbs & Linn Records: Recording The Dunedin Consort

Passion Play

When you make recordings designed to show off your hi-fi systems, they had better be good! It’s no accident that Philip Hobbs of Linn is one of the UK’s leading classical engineers and producers.

Session Notes

Impossible Colours: Tracking Psychedelic Rock

With a band citing a particularly broad range of influences, our engineer came up with a plan for capturing a bit of them all. Find out how he fared...

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Impossible Colours: Tracking Psychedelic Rock

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Take Control

Sonar Tips & Techniques

Sonar X2 replaces Track Layers with Take Lanes, which come with far more flexibility...

The Dark Side

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Explore the secret paths to modulation on the dusty reverse of Reason’s cheery fascia...

The Les Misérables Sound Team: Part 1

Inside Track

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In his quest for authenticity, director Tom Hooper drove his Les Misérables technical crew to completely reinvent film soundtrack recording.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hits from PSY, Mumford & Sons, Devlin and go back to 1996 classic track 'Killing Me Softy' by The Fugees.

This Year’s Model

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Try some guitar-amp modelling with Live, a couple of plug-ins and a bit of know-how.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Stupidity is annoying, but at least it’s only a distraction. Isn’t it?

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

The aviation industry has more in common with the studio business than you might think...

Studio File

Jungle City, New York

Penthouse studio overlooking Time Square.

Sound Advice

Q. Can I use the front and rear sides of a Blumlein array simultaneously?

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Most of the recording I do involves tracking several musicians playing together in a room. I'd like to use a stereo pair to...

Q. Can you explain digital clocking?

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Phrases like 'digital clocking', 'word clock' and 'interface jitter' are bandied around a lot in the pages of Sound On Sound....

Q. What can I do to make my mixes sound more like commercial records?

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I'm producing my own music, but I want it to sound as professional as possible. I'm sure that there must be certain tools that...

Q. Which should I check first: monitors or FOH?

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I'm responsible for live sound at a lot of small shows where there isn't the budget for a separate monitor desk or engineer....

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