May 2011 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Peluso P28 Microphones Worth 1200 GBP

Deadline: 2011-06-11

Up for grabs this month is a pair of Peluso P28 medium-diaphragm valve condensers kindly provided by Peluso distributors KMR Audio. Enter for your chance to win!

Reviews

AKG Perception 120 USB

USB Microphone

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Paul White investigates AKG's chunky USB offering.

Aurora Audio Geoff Tanner's Neve Technical Information Sheets

CD PDFs

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Geoff Tanner, former draughtsman and subsequent head of the Electrical Drawing Office, has made a CD set of Neve Technical Information Sheets. Hugh Robjohns investigates.

Avid Pro Tools HD Native

Computer Recording System

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The idea of a 'native' Pro Tools HD might sound like an contradiction, but it offers the most affordable way of obtaining key HD features that are still not available elsewhere.

Dynaudio BM5A MkII

Active Nearfield Monitors

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The original BM5A monitor speakers proved very popular in project studios, and Dynaudio claim to have made significant improvements in their successors.

EWQL Ministry Of Rock 2

Sample Library

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The sequel to Quantum Leap's heavy rock library ramps up the decibel levels.

Izotope Stutter Edit

Real-time Effects Plug-in

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Izotope have teamed up with electronic composer BT to bring us an effects processor that can be 'played' in real time.

Korg Kronos

Keyboard Workstation

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Korg really know what they're doing when it comes to workstations, and their new one has been eagerly anticipated. Meet the Kronos in our world exclusive review...

MC AudioLab TP1tp

Valve Microphone Preamp

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Can Sicilian manufacturers MC AudioLab bring a touch of Mediterranean magic to your recordings with their new boutique preamp?

Midas Venice F32

Analogue Mixing Console With Firewire Interface

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Have live-sound legends Midas brought their golden touch to bear on the hybrid analogue live/recording console?

Miktek CV4

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

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Nashville-based Miktek shouldn't be short of chances to test their mics — but how did they fare in their first ever SOS review?

Miktek CV4 | Media

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

Audio files to accompany the article.

MXL R144

Ribbon Microphone

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If you're looking for classic ribbon-mic warmth and smoothness on the tightest of budgets, this mic may be for you...

MXL R144 | Media

Ribbon Microphone

Audio files to accompany the article.

Plug-in Folder

On Test

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New Sonic Arts Granite * DDMF Metaplugin * Cableguys Curve * Voxengo LF Max Punch

Quiet Arts Wave Rider 2

Automatic Mixing Plug-in For Pro Tools

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Fine-tuning level automation on key parts can make a huge difference to your mix, but it's a tedious process — unless a plug-in does it for you!

Radial Tonebone London

Distortion Pedal

James Dunkley gets a shiver down his spine whilst testing the Radial Tonebone 'Bones' London Distortion Pedal.

Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars

Virtual Guitar Instrument

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You might think that the guitar wouldn't lend itself to creating cinematic soundscapes, but Sample Logic show us it's time to think again.

Sample Magic Electro

Sample Library

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What has Electro got to offer? Well, as the Sample Magic web site puts it, "dripping‑wet Italo madness”, "manga‑tweaked tube...

Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5

Software Synthesizer

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Spectrasonics bring yet more goodies to the Omnisphere party, aiming to make their highly acclaimed synth even better.

Tone Projects Sonitex STX 1260

Distortion Plug-in

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Want your loops to sound like they've been badly mastered, pressed to cheap vinyl and fed into a budget sampler? Tone Projects' plug-in does it all.

Tone Projects Sonitex STX 1260 | Audio files

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Ueberschall | Soulful Pop

Sample Library

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I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a sample library entitled Soulful Pop as, while it is a musical genre that can include...

Ueberschall | Supreme Styles

Sample Library

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Supreme Styles, based around Ueberschall's Elastik loop player, covers a range of modern urban styles, with a fair amount of...

VHT Special 6

Low-powered Valve Guitar Amplifier

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A hand-wired valve guitar amp at this price seems too good to be true for the recording guitarist — so can VHT make it all stack up?

VHT Special 6 | Media

Low-powered Valve Guitar Amplifier

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XILS Lab PolyKB II

Software Synthesizer

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The original was a diamond in the rough — so is PolyKB II a highly polished gem?

Zero-G Deep Impact: Cinematic Atmospheres & SFX

Sample Library

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This is a companion volume to the Dark Skies: Cinematic Ambiences collection that was reviewed in the May 2010 edition of SOS...

People + Opinion

Hearing & Listening

Leader

This month, Editor In Chief Paul White wonders why some recordings sound great and others sound so poor...

Machine Heads

Audio PC Manufacturer Round Table

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Whether you're buying or building, deciding what should go inside an audio PC isn't easy, so we asked some leading experts for their advice...

Mike Senior: You C*n't Say That On The Radio!

Sounding Off

This month, Mike Senior vents his frustrations about the use (and censorship, thereof) of profanity in pop music.

Peter Cobbin: Recording Music For The King's Speech

Interview | Composer

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Oscar-winning drama The King's Speech tells the poignant story of King George VI's struggle to talk in public. What better way to record the soundtrack than with a microphone built for George VI himself?

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Gerry Griffin * Sun Travellers * Genie Cosmas * Jon Gomm * Turndown Elliot * Kyshera

Squarepusher

Interview | Artist

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One of the most influential British artists of the last two decades, Tom Jenkinson has pushed electronic music to its limits. In a rare interview, he pinpoints key moments in his career, and explains why musicianship still matters.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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We get the best from an ageing Mac and tame the worst acoustics problems in a small studio.

Tucker Martine: Recording The Decemberists' The King Is Dead

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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With a little help from producer/engineer Tucker Martine, the Decemberists' latest album went from barn to barnstormer...

Technique

Distortion Effects

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Things get gritty as we take a tour of Live's varied distortion effects...

I/O Setup Window In Pro Tools 9

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Behind the scenes in Pro Tools 9 there are some major changes to how the I/O Setup window works.

MacBook Pro

Apple Notes

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Given the recent frenzy over the iPad 2, you'd be forgiven for missing one of the more significant updates for the musician — the new MacBook Pro.

Media Composers

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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They shoot, you score! Cubase includes all the tools a would-be media composer needs to get started.

Metallica 'One' | Classic Tracks

Producer: Flemming Rasmussen • Engineer: Flemming Rasmussen

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...And Justice For All marked a turning point for Metallica — one that would launch the cult band into the mainstream. The man at the controls, Flemming Rasmussen, tells us how it happened.

Mix Rescue: We Fell From The Sky

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Tightening timing, sustaining snares and silencing sibilance are among the tasks tackled in this month's remix...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article.

Modulation Mayhem

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Reason's flexible routing is at the heart of this month's exploration of synth modulation.

ProChannel Compressors

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar X1's ProChannel offers two different compressor types, both modelled on famous classic hardware.

RAM Busters

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Logic Pro users can run into problems when using RAM-hungry features and plug-ins. So how do you beat the memory trap?

ReaGate Noise Reduction

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper's ReaGate has hidden talents that make it much more than a simple noise-reduction facility.

ReaGate Noise Reduction | Media

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Superspeed USB 3; Thunderbolt

PC Notes

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Just as Superspeed USB 3 is starting to appear as standard, there's a new kid on the block. So what's so great about Thunderbolt?

The Mix Review | May 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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Adele 'Someone Like You', Black Eyed Peas 'The Time (Dirty Bit)', The Ting Tings 'Hands', Rihanna 'What's My Name'

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Today's composers are expected to be available around the clock — and around the globe.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

The mass migration from physical music sales to digital downloads means it's now harder than ever to find out who worked on a release — or to be sure your own work is properly acknowledged.

Video Media

5 Best Buys

The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

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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 categories will get you started.

Stills In Motion: Achieving A Cinematic Look On A Budget

Tips & Tricks

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DSLRs and other interchangeable-lens still cameras offer film-like footage at entry-level prices. Our introductory guide to cinematography will help you to get the best from your camera.

Sound Advice

Q. How could I get the most from a Korg Monotron?

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I have a fairly basic setup that I've so far been using for some simple audio work. However, I'd like to introduce some more...

Q. How do I resample my project from 48 to 44.1 kHz?

I have a niggling problem that I need to address once and for all. A sound-design project with several hundred audio files in...

Q. How does summing to mono work?

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I've read about summing to mono to check for phase issues with your mix, but how is this done and how does it work? If it...

Q. Is my hard drive really full already?

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My MacBook Pro has a 500GB hard drive. Although I only bought it in August, I'm already being told that it's full. I have the...

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