June 2013 In This Issue

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Reviews

Adam F7

Active Monitors

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It shares some technology with the respected A7X, but the largest in Adam’s F-series of monitors is much more affordable.

Akai MPC Studio

Sampling Workstation

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Akai’s slimline follow-up to their Renaissance hybrid MPC aims to claim some territory from a certain competing machine...

Antelope Audio Orion 32

USB Audio Interface & Converter

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With 32 analogue I/O, MADI and ADAT in a 1U format, this Antelope stands out from the herd!

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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MIDI Designer Pro, Control surface and The Wablet Synth app for iOS.

ART Pro VLA II

Two-channel Compressor

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This optical outboard compressor is cheaper than some plug-ins. What’s the catch?

Dangerous Music Source

Portable Monitor Controller

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Meet the monitor controller for the DJ, musician or engineer on the move!

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4

Analogue Synthesizer

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Dave Smith’s latest synth crams four Mophos into one keyboard-shaped box. The result promises to be more than the sum of its parts.

Digico UB MADI

USB MADI Interface For Mac & PC

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Digico isn't a name you hear talked about very frequently in music-production circles, although they are well established and...

DMAX Audio Plug-ins

Mastering Limiter, EQ & Stereo Processor For Mac & PC

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A suite of plug-ins from Russian developers DMAX takes an unorthodox approach to mastering processing.

Dynacord A112A & A118A

Active PA Speakers

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Do these DSP-equipped speakers from Dynacord’s new A-Line series sound as classy as they look?

Hybrid Two | Project Alpha

Sample Library

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Sound designers Daniel James and Aaron Frensley are the duo responsible for creating Project Alpha, a sound-design toolkit for cinematic music projects.

JDK V12

500-series Compressor

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We reviewed the JDK R22 compressor back in SOS June 2010, when the brand had just been launched by parent company API. You can...

Microtech Gefell M221

Omnidirectional Capacitor Microphone

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Not only is this a remarkably high-quality microphone, but a very versatile one too, thanks to some cunning acoustic trickery...

Moog Sub Phatty

Analogue Synthesizer

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A new Moog monosynth is exciting enough in itself, but the Sub Phatty has hidden depths that its vintage predecessors could only dream of...

Multitrack Mixer/Interfaces

Spotlight

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Computer recording technology is now very mature, but many people still prefer to work with traditional mixing desks. So why not get a desk that fully integrates with your computer? Here’s our pick of available options.

NI Reverb Classics

Reverb Plug-ins For Mac & PC

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Native Instruments’ latest plug-in suite aims to provide the classic Lexicon reverb sound at a budget-friendly price.

Plug-in Folder

Compressors, Reverbs and EQ

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Massey CT5, Henry Olonga Nebula presets, Universal Audio Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and Wavesfactory Trackspacer

Prodipe TDC5 & TDC8

Active Monitors

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Coaxial monitors are usually expensive, so how do these budget offerings from French company Prodipe perform?

Propellerhead Reason 7

Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Reason has evolved in splendid isolation from other production tools, but version 7 sees Propellerhead build bridges to the outside world.

Steinberg Nuendo 6

DAW Software For Mac OS & Windows

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In the latest version of their flagship post-production software, Steinberg have applied some clever lateral thinking to loudness metering and ADR recording.

Steinberg UR22

USB 2 Audio Interface

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The compact UR22 offers 24-bit, 192kHz recording, a bundled version of Cubase, and a very reasonable price: what’s not to like?

Synthogy Ivory II Concert D

Virtual Piano Instrument

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Synthogy capture one of legendary pianist Glenn Gould’s favourite instruments.

TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2

Vocal Processor

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TC’s latest processor makes it easier than ever before to manipulate the sound of your voice.

Ueberschall | Indie Rock 2

Sample Library

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Ueberschall's original Elastik-based Indie Rock library got a five-star review back in the January 2012 issue of SOS. A year or so on and the company are back with a follow-up.

Vir2 | Studio Kit Builder

Sample Library

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The world isn't short of decent drum libraries, but it never hurts to have more sounds available.

Vox amPhone AC30

Amp Modelling Headphones

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We all like to think we have a sixth sense. Mine alerts me to marketing hype at the merest whiff of a press release, and I...

Waves Manny Marroquin Collection

Plug-in Bundle For Mac & PC

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Once again, Waves have tried to bottle the magic of a celebrated mix engineer, so that it can be uncorked in the home studio...

Yamaha DTX400K

Electronic Drum Kit

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Yamaha’s new entry-level electronic drum kit is easy on the wallet, but aims not to compromise on sound quality. Is it a hit?

People + Opinion

A Matter Of Timing

Leader

Editor-in-Chief, Paul White discusses the click-track!

Ethan Johns

Producer, Engineer & Singer/Songwriter

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Ethan Johns learned his trade from the best in the business, but it’s his own talent that has kept his production skills in demand.

Inside Track: Bon Jovi

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Shanks & Jeff Rothschild

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Nearly 30 years after they burst onto the scene, Bon Jovi continue to top charts worldwide.

Sounding Off

Spare me the bonus tracks!

Blake McQueen asks the question. Do they really add anything to the album or are they just fillers?

Technique

Apple Notes

Enhance your productivity

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Often overlooked, OS X’s humble Command-Tab functionality could significantly enhance your productivity.

Forging Links

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Sometimes Pro Tools needs a helping hand with finding files and collecting them together.

Live For Tomorrow

Live Tips & Techniques

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We get hands-on with the new and improved features of Live 9.

Mixing Acoustic Guitars Live

Strum and Twang

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Acoustic guitars are central to many live performances, but making them sound good through a PA isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine.

Model Behaviour

Sonar Tips & Technique

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Find out how to make Sonar X2’s Console Emulator plug-in work for you.

PC Notes

Intel Haswell on the way.

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The imminent release of Intel’s latest processor, Haswell, is expected to bring with it improved graphics and lower power consumption.

Playback

Reader's music reviewed

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Dakhla, Gilli Moon, Matthew Gough, Phre The Eon, Ashley Reaks, Paul Thomas Butterfield, Andy Jones and the Norton Rockets.

Prince ‘Kiss’

Classic Tracks

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Originally intended for another group, ‘Kiss’ was quickly reclaimed by Prince when he heard David Z’s arrangement. Despite record company scepticism, the track became his third number one single and rejuvenated his career.

Professional Advice For Home Studio Building

Build Right

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If you’re looking to build a studio, there’s masses of information out there — but no substitutes for professional advice and experience.

Re-chord Industry

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Using Cubase 7’s powerful new Chord Track, you can completely rework your existing compositions.

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Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Restoring Analogue Synthesizers: Kent Spong

Former Glories

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Vintage synths are objects of fascination to musicians and collectors alike. But keeping them alive takes a special kind of expertise...

Session Notes

The Travis Waltons: Recording Guitars

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Mic choice and technique may be important, but the other half of the recording battle is working to make musicians feel relaxed enough to deliver a great performance.

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The Travis Waltons: Recording Guitars

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Strip Advisor

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Learn to customise Channel Strip Settings and stamp your own sound on Logic!

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month, Adele, The Script, Labrinth and for the classic mix we feature Christina Aguilera's, Genie in a bottle.

To The X-Trem!

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Get the rhythm with Studio One’s X-Trem and pattern sequencers.

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Variations On A Theme

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Give Reaper a make-over with a change of graphic theme...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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When clients have an instinctive reaction to the music they’ve commissioned, the original brief often goes out of the window.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Preserving over a century’s worth of audio recordings is a mammoth task — but one organisation has set about doing just that...

Studio File

Sunset Sound, Los Angeles

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We take a look inside one of the world's top studios.

Sound Advice

Q. How do I set the gain on my preamp and interface?

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I could really use some advice! I've got a Shure SM7b mic, a Golden Age Project Pre 73 MkII preamp and an M-Audio Fast Track...

Q. Is my stage laptop causing PA system noise?

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I use a laptop live for sequencing and soft synths, but I can hear an annoying whining sound through the PA, which definitely...

Q. Parallel Universe

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I thought Hugh's Robjohns' Parallel Compression feature in the February 2013 issue (read it at...

Q. Should we mic up the drums when playing live?

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We are a small band playing venues with capacities of around 150-250 people. My question is: should we mic up the drums when...

Q. USB, Firewire or Thunderbolt?

I'm about to buy a new audio interface and was wondering whether to opt for USB 2, USB 3 or Firewire, or whether I should...

Q. What exactly is comb filtering?

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I've read many articles in which you mention phase and comb filtering but I'm not really sure what these terms mean or how...

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