April 2014 In This Issue

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Reviews

WSAEA N22

Active Ribbon Microphone

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AEA's new N22 hopes to bring the coveted ribbon-mic sound up to date and within reach of the masses. We power it up...

WSAlto Black 10 & 15 Sub

Active PA Speakers

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These affordable speakers perform admirably for their price, and also offer Bluetooth remote control via a free iOS app.

Appworks

Making Music On The Move

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A couple of weeks ago I visited Apogee's headquarters for a demonstration of several of the company's more recent products.

Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+

USB Capacitor Microphone

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Audio-Technica's AT2020 is often recommended as an modestly priced mic that gives much better results than you'd expect.

WSBrainworx Engl E765RT & E646VS

Amp Modelling Plug-ins For UAD2 & Apollo

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Eschewing the 'mix and match' philosophy of most amp modellers, Brainworx have turned their attention to capturing entire recording chains.

Bryant Unlimited SDU 112P

12-way Mains Distribution Unit

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Managing mains power distribution in a project studio can be frustrating. Simple plug-boards are cheap and easy, but professional rackmounted mains distribution units (MDUs) allow neat centralised cabling.

WSDrawmer MC2.1

Monitor Controller

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Very few monitor controllers deliver all the functions our Technical Editor deems essential. This one does — and at an attractive price, too.

WSEventide H9 & H9 Core

Multi-effects Pedals

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The latest addition to Eventide's stompbox range has the chameleon-like ability to emulate all of its siblings! Not only that, but the new H9 can be controlled and edited from your iPhone or iPad.

WSEventide Mixing Link

Mic Preamp & Effects Switcher

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Effects veterans Eventide aim to let singers in to the pedalboard party, with this cunningly designed effects-routing and switching box.

Korg littleBits

Analogue Synthesizer Kit

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Korg and littleBits have joined forces to make what's basically analogue Lego. What's not to like?

WSLittlepapercones

Single-driver Monitors

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Do these hand‑made, single‑driver speakers sound as good as they look?

WSMackie 2404 VLZ4

Analogue Mixer & USB Interface

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The latest generation of Mackie's VLZ mixer range incorporates their premium Onyx preamp design.

Native Instruments Cuba

Sample Library

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Released in 1997, the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album is possibly the best example of what most of us non‑...

WSPeluso P84

Capacitor Microphone

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Peluso's enviable reputation for building 'homages' to vintage mics looks set to continue with this tribute to Neumann's classic KM84.

Playback

Readers' music reviewed

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This month we review to music from Young Peculiar, The Situation, Vincent Pierce Smith & Karttikeya, Mark Barnwell and Christian Gregory.

Rhythmic Robot Grit Kit

Sample Library

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Rhythmic Robot continue to produce Kontakt instruments with a decidedly old‑school feel and tone, the latest described as a 'Source Variable Drum Synthesizer'.

Roger Mayer 456

Solid-state Analogue Tape Emulator

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Roger Mayer has an impressive resumé, having built effects for Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page back in the day.

WSRoland RD800

Stage Piano

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There's more to Roland's latest digital piano than meets the eye. We put it to the test.

WSRoland TB3 Touch Bassline

Bass Synthesizer

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As Roland revisit their classic Bassline, we ask does everybody need a TB3?

WSRoland TR8 Rhythm Performer

Drum Machine

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Roland's TR8 sees their classic TR808 and TR909 drum machines reincarnated in a single box. Is it what we've all been waiting for?

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Samson Resolv SE8

Active Monitors

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There's no shortage of active monitors in this price range. Do Samson's latest Resolv series speakers have what it takes to stand out?

WSSoftware Drum Instruments

Spotlight

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With today's sophisticated virtual-instrument technology, it's never been easier to create realistic drum...

Toontrack Rock! EZX

Expansion For EZdrummer Or Superior Drummer

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If you want the sound of a top‑notch acoustic drum kit but don't have the drummer, kit and studio environment within which to record it, virtual drum instruments such as Toontrack's EZdrummer or Superior Drummer provide a cost-effective alternative.

People + Opinion

WSCourse Work

Education & The Audio Industry: An Employer's Perspective

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Formal education has many benefits, but to become a successful engineer, you need more than a degree alone.

WSInside Track: Disney's Frozen

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Boucher & Casey Stone

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The success of Disney's Frozen underlines the importance of music in film, whether it be as songs or soundtracks.

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Boucher & Casey Stone

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WSLollywood nights

Izzat Majeed & The Sachal Studios Orchestra

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Izzat Majeed single‑handedly resuscitated Pakistan's moribund music scene — and built a state‑of‑the‑art studio to capture the results.

Sounding Off

Did the iPad kill the dinosaur?

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SOS reader Paul Wavell discribes his journey through the history of Apple computers from the Lisa to iPad.

Where Now?

Leader

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If you've read up on what was shown at NAMM earlier this year, you might wonder where there is for the industry to go next.

WSWild Beasts

Wild Beasts, Lexxx & Leo Abrahams: Recording Present Tense

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From their gear choices to their recording techniques, everything about Wild Beasts' approach to production is unconventional.

Technique

WS808 State 'Pacific State'

Classic Tracks

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Born of the fertile late‑'80s Manchester music scene, 808 State's 'Pacific State' was a landmark in British house music.

WSAngelic Hosts

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We look at ways to open up your Pro Tools plug‑in world through VST hosting.

WSBass In The Place

Improve Your PA's Bass Performance

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Proper subwoofer placement is often overlooked but, as you're about to find out, the difference it makes to bass reproduction can be vast...

WSCompression Session

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Join us as we delve into dynamics in Reason 7.

WSControl Freak

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase offers several different ways to take advantage of your master keyboard's knobs, buttons and faders.

WSOdd Times

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One MIDI sequences can incorporate any note division, no matter how bizarre!

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Sudio One Tips & Techniques

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WSOptimising Electric Guitars For The Studio

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Half the battle in capturing a great electric guitar sound lies in understanding problems with the instrument itself — and solving them quickly.

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Audio & Video Files

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Passing Chords

Part 2

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In part two of this series, we explore more simple ways to spice up your chord sequences.

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Part 2

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WSRemote Control

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at the best apps for iPad mixing in Ableton Live.

WSSession Notes

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A Big String Sound On A Budget: this month, one of our engineers sets out to fake a big, lush, recorded string sound with only a handful of musicians.

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A Big String Sound On A Budget: this month, one of our engineers sets out to fake a big, lush, recorded string sound with only a handful of musicians.

WSStudio SOS

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We visit a reader's studio in a converted garage to improve the acoustics, and to advise on mic selection and recording techniques for electric and acoustic guitar.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month's tracks from Miley Cyrus, One Republic, Black Sabbath and our Classic Mix - ZZ Top "Gimme All Your Lovin'' from 1983.

WSVersion Therapy

Craft the perfect cover version in Sonar X3.

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Craig Anderton explains his approach to creating a perfect cover version.

WSWell‑Stacked

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Be an architect of sound with Track Stacks in Logic Pro X.

What's The Catch?

Readers' Mixes Of Lyndsey Ollard's 'Catching Up'

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It's not often SOS readers get to mix a session tracked at Abbey Road — and when they did, the results were surprising!

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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There's a place for art in almost everything — even music for TV.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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The number of music grads is going up, but what of the number of experienced teachers?

WSStudio File

Estudios Areito, Havana

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Few countries in the world can boast a musical heritage as rich as that of Cuba.

Sound Advice

Q How best can I clean up old cassette tape recordings?

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I have several cassette tapes of concerts and recitals recorded when I was at music college in the '70s, which I want to transfer to CD, cleaning up the recordings in the process.

Q Should I use high sample rates?

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Is it worth using 96kHz or 192kHz sampling rates? Or do they just mean that my interfaces have exciting-looking numbers...

Q What's the best way to upgrade my audio computer's system drive?

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I want to replace my Windows 7 PC's system drive with a solid‑state drive, but I have a lot of software on there that I...

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