June 2010 In This Issue

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Reviews

Apogee Gio

Audio Interface & Controller [Mac]

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Apogee enter the software guitar-amp controller fray promising tight integration with all things Apple...

Avantone Active MixCube

Secondary Reference Monitors

Avantone have added on-board amplification to their contemporary take on the classic Horrortone secondary monitor, and the result is something quite special...

Centrance DACport

D-A Converter & Headphone Amp

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Wouldnt it be nice if there was a pro-quality D-A converter on the market that was truly portable? Centrance aim to give us exactly that...

Extreme Sample Converter

Sample Conversion Utility [Windows]

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From sports to computer programming, it seems that theres an extreme version of everything these days. So what is extreme sample conversion, and how is it better than the ordinary kind?

Garritan Personal Orchestra 4

Sample Library

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This small but mighty orchestral package continues to square up to the big guys.

IK Multimedia Amplitube 3

Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac/PC]

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If you actually owned every amplifier, stomp box and microphone thats emulated in Amplitube 3, youd need a bigger house. But does more always equal better?

JDK Comp R22

Dual-channel Compressor

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This compressor offers automatic time constants to help to keep things sounding natural, even with plenty of gain reduction. Is it a weapon worth adding to your arsenal of mix tools?

Korg Kaossilator Pro

Synthesizer & Loop Recorder

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We get hands-on with Korgs touchy-feely new synth.

Loopmasters Alternative House

Sample Library

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This latest collection from Loopmasters comes courtesy of noted DJ, producer and remixer Tim Healey and production partner Marc Adamo, and weighs in at a hefty 3.9GB.

Loopmasters Original Jungle Drum & Bass

Sample Library

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Back in 1994, jungle producer Renegade (aka Ray Keith) released a record called 'The Terrorist', and it's probably fair to say that the jungle and drum & bass scenes haven't been the same since.

Muse Research Receptor 2 Pro Max

Plug-in Hosting System

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The Receptor lets you use VST plug-ins without a computer. How does V2 improve on the original?

Music Lab Real LPC

Virtual Guitar Instrument

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For the latest addition to the Real range, Music Lab have turned their expert attention to the classic Les Paul Custom.

Nine Volt Audio Action Drums: Cinematic Edition

Sample Library

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There are few pieces of soundtrack furniture better guaranteed to get that adrenalin surging than a team of perspiring percussionists giving their instruments a good drubbing. 

Shiny Box 46MX

Ribbon Microphone

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Can a ribbon mic really offer professional polish at such a bargain price?

Tonelux Equalux

Dual-channel Parametric Equaliser

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Better known for their high-end modular outboard processors, Tonelux have scaled their EQ up to full rack size. Does more space mean a better feature set?

Two Notes Torpedo VB101

Dummy Load & Speaker/Microphone Simulator

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When it comes to convincing simulation of guitar amps, cabinets, speakers and microphones, a few hardware manufacturers seem to be pushing the boundaries. Will the Torpedo blast the competition out of the water?

VocalBooth Amp Box

Guitar Cabinet Enclosure

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Isolating your guitar cabinet allows you to crank up your amp on recording sessions — but without deafening the neighbours!

Yamaha CP1

Stage Piano

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Yamahas new flagship stage piano is unashamedly specialist and expensive. How does it rank alongside the best sampled and modelled alternatives, or indeed the original instruments it strives to emulate?

People + Opinion

From Start To Finish

Paul White's Leader

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What is the point of investing hard-won money into quality mics, preamps and so-forth, if your recording room's acoustics are letting the side down and colouring your mixes?

Phil Thornalley: Torn

From Rock Producer To Pop Songwriter

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Phil Thornalley learned his trade as a rock engineer and producer in the 80s. Then he co-wrote a little-known song called Torn...

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Find out how to use our SoundCloud.com account to submit your review tracks to SOS.

Porcupine Tree

Steven Wilson: Recording & Marketing Porcupine Tree

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Every new Porcupine Tree album sells over a quarter of a million copies. And with founder Steven Wilson in control of everything from songwriting to shrink-wrapping, theres no middle man to take a cut. Read his valuable advice for SOS readers wishing to do likewise...

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David R Ferguson

Inside Track: Johnny Cash | American VI: Ain’t No Grave

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Sometimes the simplest-sounding music takes the most work to get right, and so it was with Johnny Cashs posthumous hit album American VI: Aint No Grave. Engineer and mixer David R Ferguson was on hand at every stage of Rick Rubins production.

Sounding Off: Nell McLeod

For Folk's Sake...

Fully-matured adults openly sniggering at the F-word has riled our Columns Editor, Nell. Read on to find out why...

Technique

Ableton: Live Clip Slicing

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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The expanded audio clip slicing introduced in Live 8 is a powerful creative tool. We show you how it works.

Apple Logic: Pedal Power

Logic Notes & Techniques

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You can get the amp and stomp-box collection youve always wanted now that Logic offers Pedalboard and Amp Designer.

Building A Multi-Band Compressor In Reason

Reason Notes & Techniques

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Reason doesnt have a dedicated multi-band compressor, but that doesnt mean you cant build your own.

Cakewalk Sonar: Managing Plug-ins

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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Plug-ins are likely to be integral to how you work, so its worth making sure theyre organised and well behaved.

Cubase: DIY Vocal Rider

Cubase Notes & Techniques

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Waves ground-breaking Vocal Rider plug-in takes the pain out of vocal level-automation, but if your budget cant stretch that far, you can get part of the way there using nothing more than Cubase 5s built-in processors.

Cubase: DIY Vocal Rider | Audio & Project Files

Hear For Yourself

Audio files in our SoundCloud player, with downloadable high-res WAVs for your convenience.

Does Your Studio Need A Digital Master Clock?

Group Test: 7 Master Clocks

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Can an external clock signal really improve the performance of your digital audio devices? We put seven of the best master clocks through their paces to sort out the facts from the myths.

Guerrilla Recording

How To Record Bands Outside The Studio

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If your bedroom studio is more bedroom than studio, you might think that recording bands is beyond your powers. But where theres a primary school, church hall or industrial unit, theres a space you can use...

Guerrilla Recording | Audio

Hear For Yourself

Listen to streaming MP3 Audio files in our SoundCloud player, with downloadable hi-res WAVs for your convenience.

Headroom & Master Fader

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Know how to use the Pro Tools master fader properly and you need never suffer clipping in your mixes again.

iPad — A Great Tool For Musicians?

Apple Notes

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Is Apples latest product simply a great lifestyle device, or is it also the next great tool for musicians?

Mix Rescue

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This month, we breathe life into a track by restructuring it to avoid unnecessary repetition, adding subtle new parts, employing various mix tricks and finally applying a little DIY 'mastering' polish...

Mix Rescue: Dave Gerard

Mixing & Recording Advice

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This month, we breathe life into a track by restructuring it to avoid unnecessary repetition, adding subtle new parts, employing various mix tricks and finally applying a little DIY 'mastering' polish...

Mix Rescue: Dave Gerard | Media

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Pro-gaming Techniques For Pro Tools

Starcraft Players of South Korea

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The Starcraft players of South Korea are the ultimate computer power users, and their skills and strategies have the potential to transform your DAW sessions.

SoundCloud

SOS chooses partner for web audio delivery

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SoundCloud is a web-based tool for digital musicians to streamline the process of hosting and distributing audio. It simplifies and optimises the previously laborious process of moving music on the web, allowing users to effortlessly upload tracks and share them anywhere on the web

Studio SOS: Ed VanderMark

Carpeting Rehearsal Room Walls

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Upgrading a home studio in Clacton.

Tommy James & The Shondells ‘Crimson & Clover’ | Classic Tracks

Producer: Tommy James • Engineer: Bruce Staple

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In 1968, Tommy James made a dramatic stylistic turnaround, swapping bubblegum pop for full-blown psychedelic rock. The result was the superlative single Crimson & Clover.

Why Upgrade To Windows 7?

PC Notes

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Not everyone has yet made the leap to Windows 7, so if youre a musician, what are the benefits of upgrading?

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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How to get ahead in the business? Honour thy deadlines, have no other gods before work, and dont commit murder unless theres a particularly juicy commission at stake.

Video Media

5 Video Best Buys: The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

Motion graphics & video plug-ins | DSLR video accesories Motion Graphics | 3D animation software

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

A Recording Musician’s Guide To Making A Music Video

Video Production: Part 2 (of 2)

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In the second part of this short introductory series, we cover the more technical aspects of film-making, demystifying some of the jargon that might trip up the video newbie.

Zoom Q3

Hand-held Audio & Video Recorder

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Zooms H4N audio recorder has been very well received. Can the new Q3 repeat that success by throwing in video as well?

Sound Advice

Q. How can I distribute my music online?

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Having just completed a few tracks I'm really pleased with, I'd like to take the plunge and start putting my music on the...

Q. How can I get ‘harsh’ vocals to sit properly in the mix?

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I'm mixing a female pop/rock band and I'm struggling with getting the vocals to sit in the mix. They were recorded with a Rode...

Q. How do normal DAWs differ from mastering workstations?

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Why are there specific systems like SADiE, CEDAR, Sonic Solutions to master with, as opposed to, say, Logic, Cubase and Pro...

Q. How should I mike-up a violin?

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I am attempting to record a violin for the first time. I want a nice deep sound, but am unsure about using stereo mic...

Q. Should I upgrade to a Mac Pro for more Firewire ports?

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My Macbook Pro has run out of grunt for what I'm doing, so I am considering upgrading to the iMac i7. However, I have a ...

Q. Which MIDI velocity curve should I use with my controller keyboard?

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I've just bought a new MIDI controller keyboard that has a selection of velocity curves. How should I go about choosing which...

SOS Podcast 025

20:49 mins

No studio? Sam Inglis summarizes the guerrilla recording tactics he adopted to make a band location recording in one day go as smooth as possible. Tech Talk asks if too much top-end is killing modern music and why classic tracks sound so good. The team bring you the latest News, while Sound Advice offers solutions to low-level buzz problems on recordings and vocal mix techniques.

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