June 2014 In This Issue

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Reviews

Acon Digital Verberate

Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Acon Digital's reverb plug-in looks simple, but is it effective?

Aphex USB 500

Audio Interface & 500-series System

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Is the combination of audio interface and 500-series chassis the ideal solution for a compact, hybrid setup?

Appworks

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at Cakewalk's Z3TA+, Crossfire Designs MidiPads and IK Multimedia's AmpliTube Orange

Barefoot MM35 Gen 2

Three-way Active Monitors

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Nearfield monitors are usually a compromise — but not in the case of these impressive three-ways from Barefoot Sound.

Bitwig Studio

Music Production Software For Mac OS, Windows & Linux

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Is Bitwig Studio's fresh take on clip-based music production different enough to tempt users away from established rivals?

Boscomac Reaktor Ensembles

Mac & PC Reaktor Ensemble

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Native Instruments' Reaktor isn't a plug-in format as such — more a platform for constructing synths and effects.

Dbx DriveRack PA2

Speaker Management System

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The original DriveRack PA was already a cost‑effective processor, and now Dbx have upgraded it, with more features and wireless iOS control.

DOD Phasor 201 & Overdrive Preamp 250

Guitar Effects Pedals

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DOD's Phasor 201 was one of the first commercial phaser pedals.

EastWest Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter

Sample Library

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It won't write a Katie Price novel for you, but Ghostwriter is just the ticket for high-quality, Porcupine Tree-style quirkiness.

Grace Design M102

Optical Compressor

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How much of Grace Design's know-how and revered sound has made it into this unassuming and comparatively low-cost box?

iZotope Break Tweaker

Virtual Percussion Instrument

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iZotope's Break Tweaker software gives you microscopic control over your beats and much more besides.

JoeMeek PreQ, MeC & MeQ

Mic Preamp, Compressor & EQ

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JoeMeek's enduringly popular preamps, processors and channel strips are now available for Lunchbox users too!

Korg DS DAC100 & DS DAC100m

1-bit USB D-A Converters

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Sometimes, a full-blown multi-channel rackmounting interface is just too cumbersome and inconvenient for the task in hand.

Korg MS20 Kit

Analogue Synthesizer

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With the MS20 Kit, Korg have taken the Ikea approach to selling synths — by insisting you build it yourself!

Peavey FX2 16

Compact Mixer

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Analogue mixers with built-in effects are nothing new, but this model from Peavey takes its digital processing further than most.

Platinum Audiolab Electro House Dance Loops

Sample Library

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Electro-house is probably one of the broader house/dance sub‑genres and this download pack by Platinum AudioLab aims to plug...

Playback

Readers' music reviewed

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This month albums from Ad Asteris, Glass Ankle, Pierre Shlimon, Marvin B Naylor, The Evolutionaries, Kenwood Anderson and As Follows.

Rhythmic Robot Jennings

Sample Library

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The Jennings Univox was a valve‑based monophonic synthesizer manufactured during the 1950s and '60s.

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SE Electronics SE X1 USB

USB Capacitor Microphone

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The affordable sE Electronics sE X1 capacitor microphone is now available with an onboard USB converter, so that it can be...

Softube Console 1

Software Mixing Environment & Hardware Controller

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Softube are out to make DAW mixing more like using a large-format console. Can Console 1 liberate us from mouse and keyboard?

Sonic Charge Permut8

Mac & PC VST, Mac AU

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Permut8 is a delay plug-in — but not as we know it, Captain.

Sonokinetic Qanûn

Sample Library

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Qanûn is part of Sonokinetic's range of Arabic sampled instruments, which also includes Ney and Kemence.

Soulsby Synthesizers Atmegatron

8‑bit Monosynth

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Paul Soulsby's debut product is a small synth of violently unrestrained character.

Tablet-controlled Mixers

Spotlight

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In the world of live sound, the tablet revolution is much more than just hype: it really does have the potential to turn front-of-house mixing on its head.

Tannoy Reveal

Active Monitors

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Tannoy Reveals have long been popular with home-studio owners on a budget. Do these latest iterations retain the qualities that made their forebears so successful?

Turbosound Milan

Active PA System

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Turbosound have upgraded their established Milan range, with the help of some technology borrowed from sister company Klark Teknik.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Thunderbolt Audio Interface & DSP Accelerator For Mac OS

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The Apollo Twin brings impressive sound quality and UA plug-ins to the desktop, along with unusually versatile mic preamps!

UVI UltraMini

Mac & PC VST, RTAS & MAS; Mac AU

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UVI's UltraMini is a software synth based on samples drawn from the classic Minimoog.

Vertigo Sound VSP2

Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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Does the VSP2's build quality and performance justify its high-end price tag?

Wes Audio LC EQP

Mono Valve Equaliser

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Could this comparatively affordable passive EQ with valve make-up gain actually be better than the revered Pultec unit that inspired it?

Zero‑G Epica

Sample Library

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Zero‑G's Epica is undoubtedly a labour or love by producer Sam Spacey. The library has been nearly three years in the making!

People + Opinion

A Dark Future

Leader

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When computers first came on the scene, many musicians were scared away by the apparent complexity and retreated to their cassette Portastudios.

Inside Track: sci‑fi movie Divergent

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Junkie XL & Alan Meyerson

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With thumbprint data security and track counts in the thousands, the scoring process for sci‑fi movie Divergent was close to science fiction itself!

John Congleton

Engineer & Producer

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Producer and engineer John Congleton has worked on anything and everything — the more unfamiliar, the better!

Sounding Off

John Walden has his say!

In defence of the iPad.

Touch Sensitive

The TouchKeys Project

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We investigate an experimental system that promises to retrospectively add Yamaha CS80-style expression control to any keyboard.

Technique

7.1 Steps To Heaven

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We look at what's new in Reason 7.1 and check out the Synchronous Rack Extension.

A Touch Of Logic

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Play Logic from your iPad with Touch Instruments.

James Brown 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'

Classic Tracks

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'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' was James Brown's statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

Mix Rescue

Othmar Schönafinger: 'Oh Boy'

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We try to bring a bit less garage and a bit more rock to a self‑recorded production with a retro feel.

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On The Bounce

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Bouncing Cubase's MIDI and VSTi parts down to audio opens up a whole new world of processing possibilities.

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Outboard In

Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

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There are some stunningly good Libraries for Acustica Audio's Nebula dynamic convolution plug-in, but you can also create your own. We invited one of the best Nebula developers to tell you how.

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Paths Of Glory

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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We explain how to properly configure your Pro Tools audio inputs, outputs and buses.

Prep School

Preparing Your PA For Outdoor Gigging

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The season of open-air shows is upon us — but is your gear really ready for the great outdoors?

Stretcher Cases

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Studio One supports many varieties of time‑stretching.

Studio SOS

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This month, we take on some computer glitching problems and fix up the acoustics in a newly completed loft conversion.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month featuring 'Pompeii' by Bastille, 'Let It Go' by Idina Menzel, 'Strong' by London Grammar and the most classic of classic tracks from 1971, Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'.

Vari Well, Then

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Recreating tape‑speed effects in Sonar X3.

Work Smarter

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We make your life easier with tips on how to work more efficiently with Live.

Music Business

RAK Studios, London

Studio File

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For many decades, London's North West has been home to more than its share of important recording studios.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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When it comes to music technology, truth can be stranger than fiction.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Movies about music are undoubtedly good for the record industry, but is the favour returned?

Sound Advice

Q Are high-end cables worth the money?

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In a shop recently, I was almost persuaded to buy some Mogami XLR cables.

Q Do I need a powerful PC to use Acustica Audio Nebula?

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I've tried Nebula (with Reaper) and, sonically speaking, I really like what it can do, but the best libraries have my computer...

Q Where can I find multitrack recording sessions to practice my mixing skills?

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I'm really interested in mixing, but I need decent material to practice on, and I don't think my performance and recording...

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