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Competition

WIN TL Audio M1F8 Tube Tracker worth 3876 GBP

Deadline: 2010-05-28

To celebrate their 20th year in existence, TL Audio are kindly giving one lucky SOS reader an M1F8 console. An updated version of the original M1, the M1F8 features eight channel strips, each with balanced inserts, a three-band EQ (with swept mid), and two aux sends. TL Audio's generosity doesn't end there: along with the M1F8, they're supplying their optional DOF card, which endows the M1F with Firewire audio-interface functionality. This means that the lucky winner will be able to record all of the desk's channels to his or her DAW individually, along with the stereo mix.
Prize kindly donated by TL Audio Ltd
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Reviews

Akai Miniak

Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

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This versatile compact synth takes the essence of its close cousin, the Alesis Micron, and adds a twist...

Cinematic Strings Pro Edition

Sample Library

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In the film world, orchestral strings reign supreme. Has the latest movie-oriented string library got what it takes to spill your popcorn?

Eigenlabs Eigenharp Pico

Controller Instrument

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The follow-up to the revolutionary Eigenharp Alpha is designed to make the essence of the Eigenharp experience more accessible and affordable. How well does it succeed?

Expert Sleepers Silent Way

(CV) Control Voltage-Generating Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

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If you dream of controlling your analogue synths from within your DAW software, it may be that your audio interface will let you do just that — with a little help from this plug-in suite.

Graphtech Reso

Max NVS Bridge For Gibson Guitars

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Graphtech's ResoMax NVS Bridge is available in a range of sizes to fit the majority of Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars (as well...

Harrison Mixbus

Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac OS

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Does the pro audio market need another digital audio workstation program? Harrison Consoles and Ardour believe the answer is yes...

Ian Boddy Beatalogue

Sample Library

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4*

Kenton USB Solo

USB MIDI-CV Converter

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Kentons USB Solo puts your computer directly in touch with your analogue synths.

M-Audio Oxygen 49

USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

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M-Audios Oxygen 49 offers competitively priced control over your DAW.

Mackie Onyx 1640i

Firewire Mixer

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With improved Firewire routing and Pro Tools compatibility, this new Onyx design offers much more than a few tweaks...

Mokafix Audio Plug-ins

Guitar Distortion Processors

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Mokafix Audio's Efflam Le Bivic is a man with a mission, and that mission is to create plug‑in versions of a huge range of...

NI Guitar Rig 4

Guitar Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac & PC]

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Native Instruments guitar amp simulation software has sprouted a bunch of new amps and effects, along with more realistic cabinet and miking options, and is easier to use than ever before.

Peluso 22 251

Valve Microphone

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This mic aims to bring us the sound of a vintage Telefunken — which is a brave choice, since Telefunken are reissuing it themselves! How close have Peluso come to getting it right?

Plug-in Folder

We test a trio of cool new Plug-ins

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• Angular Momentum KickLab XXL • Softube Trident A-Range • SPL MicroPlugs

Presonus Firestudio Mobile

Firewire Audio Interface

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Dont be fooled by its small size: the Firestudio Mobile packs a lot of interface into a diminutive case.

Sample Logic Morphestra

Sample Library

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What happens when an orchestra mutates into a cinematic virtual instrument? Our men in white coats investigate.

Sample Magic Sunrise Sessions

Multi-format

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I reviewed Sample Magic's Sunset Sessions back in SOS November 2007 and found it to be a good (if slightly patchy) source of...

Sonodyne SM 50AK

Two-way Nearfield Active Monitors

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India may be a growing force in most industries these days, but few Indian pro-audio companies have made it into Western markets. Can Sonodynes speakers change all that?

Thermionic Culture Pullet

Mid-range Passive EQ

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If you want a high-quality analogue EQ, youll probably own several preamps already — so why pay for unnecessary gain stages? Find out whether you should make an active decision to acquire this passive EQ...

Vir2 Instruments Elite Orchestral Percussion

Kontakt Player 2

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Vir2 Instruments is a division of Big Fish Audio, the US company whose excellent Prosonus series helped kick‑start orchestral...

People + Opinion

Dave Stewart: Creating A New Album From Archive Material

Time Trial: Bringing Multitracks and MIDI into the 21st Century

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Dave Stewarts career has spanned several generations of music technology (from National Health band in the 1970s to hits with partner Barbara Gaskin. For his latest project, he faced the challenge of bringing his old multitracks and MIDI sequences into the computer age.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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The Hotlines

The Hotlines

I can't stop thinking I'm listening to Green Day. Green Day if...

Ray Davies

Five Decades In The Studio

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Legendary songwriter and Kinks frontman Ray Davies got his first taste of recording in 1964, and hes never looked back.

Sounding Off

Matt Houghton

Education, education, education...

The Stargate Writing & Production Team

Mikkel Eriksen

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From humble beginnings in provincial Norway, the Stargate team have gone on to become one of Americas leading hit factories. Songwriter and producer Mikkel Eriksen explains how their hard work and talent brought success.

Video Media

Leader

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Editor-in-Chief Paul White explains why this MAY 2010 edition kicks off our brand new monthly VIDEO MEDIA section of SOS magazine. We've expanded the mag in size and added 16 pages of Video articles, all aimed at the recording musician wanting to delve into video-related work.

Technique

Apple Logic: Building An Arpreggiator

Logic Notes & Techniques

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Everyone loves an arpeggiator, and building one in Logic is not only easier than you might think, but also helps you hone your Environment skills...

Bob Dylan ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’ | Classic Tracks

Producer: Bob Johnston

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It took a while for Bob Dylan to hit his stride on his seventh studio album, but once he did there was no stopping him. Producer Bob Johnston recalls the difficult birth of Blonde On Blonde.

Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds

Synthesis Workshop

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Ah, the 80s... Fluorescent socks, marble-wash jeans, and naff-sounding synth pads! You might not want to resurrect the first two, but subtle use of pads can improve even the most contemporary-sounding mix.

Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds | Audio

Audio Examples From Pad Sounds May 2010

These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (/...

Dance Music Filter Effects with Cubase 5

Cubase Notes & Techniques

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Filter sweeps and rhythmic filter effects are a key element in dance music — and theyre easy to create with Cubase 5s bundled plug-ins...

Dance Music Filter Effects with Cubase 5 | Audio

Audio Examples from Cubase Techniques May 2010

These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (...

High-capacity Drives

PC Notes

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High-capacity drives now not only make it possible to carry entire multitrack audio projects in your back pocket, they also allow installation of some audio applications, theoretically offering a totally portable studio solution.

How To Create Your Own iPad/iPhone App?

Apple Notes

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Last month we discussed what the launch of the much-vaunted iPad means for musicians — but just how hard is it to create your very own iPad and iPhone apps? We look at an interesting approach...

Hybrid Systems

Hardware In The Software Studio

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Whats best: hardware or software? Analogue or digital? Most studio tools have their strengths, but how best do you combine hardware and software in a modern project studio?

Mix Rescue

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We mix a track twice in the search for the right feel, apply EQ techniques for clarity and sheen, and complete the picture with stereo width enhancement.

Mix Rescue Audio

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue May 2010

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article for May 2010 (/sos/may10/...

Mix Rescue Audio

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue May 2010

Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue. They show how manipulating the phase relationships of...

Mix Rescue: Turn Back To Spring

Mixing & Recording Advice

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We mix a track twice in the search for the right feel, apply EQ techniques for clarity and sheen, and complete the picture with stereo width enhancement.

Mix Rescue: Turn Back To Spring | Audio

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue May 2010

Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month’s Mix Rescue. They show how manipulating the phase relationships of some tracks in your mix, plus a little disciplined pruning, can revitalise a flat-sounding track.

Mix Rescue: Turn Back To Spring | Media

Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS May 2010.

More Max For Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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MaxMSP neednt be as scary as you might think, as we demonstrate with some basic Max For Live programming.

Reason / Record: Stereo Vision

Reason Notes & Technques

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We show you how familiar devices can be manipulated to create stereo effects in Reason and Record.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Gerrish & Rostam Batmanglij

Inside Track: Contra by Vampire Weekend

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In Contra, Vampire Weekend have made one of the more unlikely US hit albums of recent years. Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij and engineer Justin Gerrish explain how they wowed American audiences with African influences.

Sonar: AudioSnap Tips

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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AudioSnap always had potential, but never quite fulfilled its promise. However, those of you now taking a second look will like what they see.

Studio SOS: David Balen

Too much hardware?

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Having tackled his room acoustics, David Balen found himself plagued by a confusion of excess hardware. Our job was to get him back on track.

Unlink Timeline & Edit Selections

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The point of Pro Tools' option to unlink the timeline and edit selections isn't obvious, but there are situations in which it can be a lifesaver.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Its wonderful to be able to give something back to young people who are eager to learn about life in the studio. If only they were better prepared to receive it.

Video Media

A Recording Musician’s Guide To Making A Music Video

Video Production: Part 1 (of 2)

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The arena of video production can seem daunting, but most audio engineers will find their skills transfer quite easily. In this introductory article, we cover the basic process of making a video from start to finish.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9

Non-linear Video Editor For Windows

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Sonys Vegas Pro is one of the most capable non-linear editors — but the cut-down Vegas Movie Studio offers many of its facilities at a more wallet-friendly price.

Video Media

Improvements in the frame

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Canon up ante for DSLR videographersImprovements in the frame

Canon's camera division have been very busy recently, releasing a...

Video Tools: 5 Best Buys

Professional Non-linear Editors | Cameras | Entry-level Non-linear Editors

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New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three software and hardware categories will get you started in the right direction...

Sound Advice

Q. How can I fix timing issues?

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I'm not new to technology or recording but, having started recording other people in my home setup, I have come across what I ...

Q. How can I make my amp quieter for recording?

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I have a Fender Hotrod Deluxe guitar amp that I love the sound of when gigging, but it's far too loud for recording at home. I...

Q. What should my songs look like through a vectorscope?

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I've been examining some songs with a stereo vectorscope recently and most of them end up with something similar to this shape...

Q. Which books will give me a good grounding in electronics?

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I'm interested in getting a good grounding in electronics for microphone, amp, speaker and processor design. Are there any...

Q. Why won’t Elastic Audio recognise the tempo of my loop?

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I'm trying to build a session from loops using Elastic Audio in Pro Tools. I've been referring to the technique article in SOS...

SOS Podcast 024

26:35 mins

Contents include a discussion on what elements in the recording chain make the most difference to quality, plus a word from Craig Anderton on what is coming up in his June issue Sonar Notes column. Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns and Paul White (Editor-In-Chief) chat about what they've been doing that's audio related over the past few weeks and there's the usual news and Question/Answer sections.

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