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Competition

Win PMC DB1S-A Monitors Worth Over £2,000 GBP

Deadline: 2011-07-11

PMC (the Professional Monitor Company) have been consistently getting rave reviews in the pages of SOS, ever since we looked at their FB1 monitors, back in 2000. We're understandably excited, then, that this month a pair of PMC DB1S-A II monitors is up for grabs!

Reviews

Dewanatron Swarmatron

Analogue Synthesizer

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This is a synth like no other, eschewing conventional controls, nomenclature and even an ordinary on/off switch. Is it destined to become a cult classic?

Ear Machine iQ

Intelligent Equaliser Plug‑in

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Frustrated by communication breakdowns in the studio? This clever plug‑in is designed to help non‑technical musicians convey what they’re after to engineers.

EastWest Quantum Leap Spaces

Convolution Reverb Plug‑in

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EastWest’s intriguing reverb plug‑in aims to breathe new life into convolution technology.

Great River Harrison 32 EQ

500‑series Equaliser

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Does this lunchbox EQ module have the same power to thrill as the original Harrison console that inspired it?

Jet City PicoValve & JCA12XS

Low‑power Tube Amp & Cabinet

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Sometimes less is more, and never is this truer than when recording overdriven tube amps at home — something the PicoValve makes easy...

Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio

Book Review

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Hugh Robjohns reads up on mixing tips from Mike Senior.

Moog Minimoog Voyager XL

Analogue Synthesizer

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There’s no more revered name in the history of synthesis than Moog, and the Voyager XL aims to cement their reputation for top‑flight instruments. Is this the Rolls Royce of the synthesizer world?

Native Instruments The Mouth The Mouth

Vocal Synthesis Plug‑in

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The Mouth has an insatiable appetite for sound — and turns everything it eats into sweet music!

Pearl ELM‑A

Multi‑pattern Dual‑output Capacitor Microphone

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Mixing the benefits of ribbon smoothness and condenser flexibility, Pearl show us that it really is hip to be, erm... rectangular.

Prodipe Lamp Studio Pro

Multi‑pattern Valve Microphone

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Is this a versatile mic that shines out as a bargain for the home‑studio recordist — or is it as light on features as it is on the pocket?

Rain Recording Nimbus Project Studio Plus

Music Computer

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Rain are quick off the mark with a model featuring the latest ‘Sandy Bridge’ CPU — and the results are rather impressive...

Rycote InVision Studio Kit

Recording Accessories

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Hugh Robjohns checks out a mic kit from Rycote designed to accompany the USM (reviewed in SOS in March 2010) and USM-L microphones.

Samson Studio GT

Nearfield Monitors & USB Interface

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Before you can call your computer a studio, you need at least two things: a means of getting audio into your computer, and some way of listening back to it. Enter the Samson Studio GT!

Small Signal Audio Design

Book Review

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Hugh Robjohns investigates the latest offering from well-known engineer-cum-author Douglas Self.

Soniccouture | Xtended Piano

Sample Library

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SSL Nucleus

DAW Controller & Audio Interface

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As its name suggests, the Nucleus is designed to be the core of your studio. It’s ambitious, but if anyone can pull it off, SSL can...

Tonehammer Liberis (Choral Library)

Sample Library

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Choral libraries featuring only children’s choirs are unusual — yet the atmospheres and textures they provide have many uses.

Two Notes Torpedo VM202

Dual Loudspeaker, Power Amplifier, & Microphone Simulator

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Can a product be expensive and still represent great value for money? When it comes to the ultimate in guitar-amp and speaker modelling, the answer would appear to be yes...

Ueberschall | Electro Pop

Sample Library

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Waves OneKnob

Plug‑in Bundle

Effects and processors don’t get much more simple than Waves’ new OneKnob range. But is this a case of one knob to rule them all, or are these plug‑ins simply nobbled?

People + Opinion

Ari Levine & The Smeezingtons: Producing Bruno Mars

Interview | Producer

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Bruno Mars is the year’s hottest pop star, and one‑third of ace production team the Smeezingtons. Fellow Smeezington Ari Levine reveals how they created his hit album in a modest LA studio.

Foo Fighters: Recording Wasting Light

Interview | Band

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The Foo Fighters could have gone to any studio on the planet to record their eagerly awaited album Wasting Light. They chose their frontman Dave Grohl’s garage...

Gus Oberg: Recording The Strokes' Angles

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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The Strokes’ comeback single was the product of three years of songwriting, 18 months of recording — and 30 minutes of mixing!

Michelle Kearney: I'm A Studio Widow

Sounding Off

A studio widow speaks out...

Past Imperfect?

Leader

Paul White's leader.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Ukab Maerd * Rebellious Jukebox * Carbon111 * Zhonray * Nuala Delton * Colein * The Fake Lazy Supernovas * The Fire And I * Ashley Reaks

Rodaidh McDonald: Recording The xx

Interview | Producer

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Mercury Prize winners the xx were a band whose mimimalism tempted producers to do too much. By remaining faithful to the band’s own sound, Rodaidh McDonald succeeded where others had failed.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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It’s amazing how far studio software has come on in the last decade, as this month’s Studio SOS candidate found out when he upgraded his ageing Logic‑based PC system...

Technique

Browser

Presonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

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The first in an occasional series of workshops for Presonus’ Studio One DAW focuses on the powers of its useful Browser.

Channel Splitting

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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If you’re new to Reaper’s channel‑splitting abilities, here’s a neat exercise to get you started.

Channel Splitting | Media

Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

These audio files accompany the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS June 2011.

Compressor Circuits

Apple Logic Tips & Tecniques

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The different circuit types available in Logic’s Compressor are well worth a closer look — but what are they based on, and what do they actually do?

Creative Side‑chaining Effects

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to use side-chaining effects in Ableton Live in this month's Live Notes column.

Jerry Lee Lewis: 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'

Classic Tracks

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Jerry Lee Lewis’s raucous piano playing is the stuff of rock & roll legend, but his discovery and signing to Sun Records was the result of a series of lucky chances. Engineer Jack Clement tells us the story...

Keyboards & Other Controllers

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Not everyone uses keyboards to get their MIDI into Cubase, and with other controllers you may need to do a little more work...

MacBook Pro vs. iMac

Apple Notes

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Since the new MacBook Pro promises to be such a capable little beast, we thought we’d pit it against its older, desktop‑dwelling brother, the iMac.

Mix Rescue: Blue Lit Moon

Mixing & Recording Advice

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If you’re the musician and the engineer, it’s easy to focus too closely on your own instrument, and not enough on the mix...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS June 2011.

Neptune Pitch Correction

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

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Wetsuits on, as we dive into Record’s new pitch‑correction device, Neptune. • Read Part 2

Power Pads

Using Apple’s iOS Devices For Music

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Apple revolutionised music‑making with the Macintosh computer, and now their tablet devices are poised to do the same. We offer the first in‑depth exploration of the potential of iOS devices for music.

Sandy Bridge

PC Notes

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The Sandy saga has been taking up column space for several months now — so how long should you wait before crossing that bridge?

Screen Savers

Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar X1 screensets dynamically adapt to your project as you work. Find out why this matters, and how you can take advantage of it.

Synchronised Singing

Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Backing vocals sound better when they’re perfectly in time — if yours aren’t, Pro Tools can help you fix them.

The Mix Review | June 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Chase & Status 'Blind Faith' • Jessie J 'Price Tag' • David Guetta 'Who's That Chick'

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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No‑one makes demos any more — it’s just that any music we make is treated like a demo.

Off The Record (US Edition Only)

Music & Recording Industry News

When is a studio not a studio? When it’s a venue, a nightclub, or a yogic meditation centre... We talk to some recording facility owners who’ve found more diverse ways of using their space.

Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home, Part 1

Primer

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To achieve success as a self‑producing voice-over artist, you need to be much more than a good recording engineer... • Read Part 2

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Primer

These audio files accompany the Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home feature that appeared in SOS June 2012.

Video Media

Owle Bubo

Stabiliser & Tripod Mount For Apple iPhone

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Stability is a problem with most small cameras, especially lightweight mobile phones. With its handles, extra lenses and mic, the Owle Bubo is designed to add some weight to mobile shooting.

Video Editing — Music Promos

Tips & Tricks

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Even once you’ve got to grips with your camera and today’s easy‑to‑use software editors, there’s still the small matter of creating an edit that truly fits the song...

Sound Advice

Q. Am I limited in the hardware that I can use with Pro Tools?

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I've wanted to try out Pro Tools for years, but I've never been able to get around to it. One of the things that has stopped...

Q. Can you help me find a high‑end stand-alone recorder?

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I'd like to bite the bullet and buy a really good stand-alone recorder. I'd like it to be capable of recording eight to 12...

Q. How loud should I listen to my mixes?

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I mix using a combination of headphones and monitors (depending on the time of day!) and I'm concerned about the potential...

Q. What release settings should I use on a limiter?

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Although I have been producing for a while, I still don't know exactly what release setting I should be using, especially on a...

Q. What’s the noise coming from my Slate Pro Dragon?

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I value SOS's opinion very highly and, when I wanted to add a versatile, quality compressor to my arsenal, I thought about the...

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