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Competition

Win Ueberschall Soundware Worth €6,000 EUR

Deadline: 2011-08-11

This month you could win the complete Ueberschall Elastik Sample Collection, worth over €6,000. There are 70 sample libraries contained in the set, comprising a whopping 120GB+ of samples.

Reviews

Analogue Drums | Rockstock, Popsticks & Splitsticks

Multi‑format

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If there's one thing the world isn't short of, it's drum sample libraries, and with huge and expandable instruments from the...

Big Fish Audio | Ambient Skyline

Multi‑format

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Produced by Funk/Soul productions for Big Fish Audio, Ambient Skyline provides a hefty collection of loops and one‑shot...

Big Fish Audio | Detroit Soul

Sample Library

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Detroit and Motown: two names that both evoke a rich musical heritage and still continue to provide a major...

Blue Cat MB7 Mixer & MB5 Dynamix

Plug‑ins

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What can you do with a mixer plug‑in that operates on a single track? With Blue Cat Audio’s innovative MIDI side‑chaining system, the sky’s the limit.

Dave Hill Designs Europa 1

Microphone Preamp

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This novel preamp design features a variable impedance and slew rate — which opens up a whole new world of possibilities from your mic locker...

Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 | Media

Microphone Preamp

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Test plots to accompany the article.

EAReckon EAReverb, AccSone CrusherX, Softube Classic Channel

Plug-in Folder

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Paul White checks out three VST plug-ins for this month's folder.

Kiwi Technics Patch Editor

Hardware Synth Controller

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Some synths sound great, but lack hands‑on control. That’s where the Patch Editor comes in...

Korg Monotribe

Analogue Groovebox

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Korg’s analogue renaissance continues with the Monotribe groovebox. If last year’s Monotron knocked your socks off, this should leave you completely trouserless...

Lexicon PCM Native Effects

Effects Plug‑ins

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Lexicon are synonymous with high‑end reverb, but also make versatile multi‑effects units. Now they’ve spun off the delays, pitch‑shift algorithms and special effects from their PCM boxes into a new plug‑in bundle.

Line 6 M5

Effects Pedal

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Paul White plugs his guitar in and strums away, all in the name of reviewing this effects pedal!

Making Music On The Move

App Works

In our new App column, Jules Harding looks at three iOS-compatible Apps: • Harmonicdog Multitrack DAW • IK AmpliTube and iRig Adaptor • IK AmpliTube Fender

PSI Audio A17M & A21M

Active Monitors

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These compact monitors from Swiss company PSI incorporate some very clever technology, including ‘Class‑G’ amplification, that helps put them in a class of their own!

Quantec 2496 Yardstick

Room Simulator

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Can a 30‑year old algorithm in a tiny blue box really be at the cutting edge of room simulation? The answer to that question would appear to be “yes”.

Rycote Portable Audio Recording Kit

Portable Recorder Accessories

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Rycote's resilient plastic lyre suspension system quickly established itself as a 'better mousetrap' microphone...

Samson Meteor

USB Microphone

R2D2 meets podcasting! Matt Houghton investigates...

Soniccouture Ondes

Virtual Ondes Martenot Instrument

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The Ondes Martenot is as rare as it is hard to sample, leaving its distinctive sounds beyond the reach of most of us — until Soniccouture decided to step in, that is...

Studio Projects VTB1

Microphone Preamplifier

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This hybrid mic preamp can go from solid‑state clean to valve warmth — and for a surprisingly low price, too. Is there a catch?

Vibesware GR1 & GR Junior

Stand‑mounted Guitar Resonators

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This hands‑free take on the long‑established E-bow concept offers a promising new palette of sounds for the recording guitarist.

Violet Designs Garnet

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

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Violet bid for a place at the higher end of the mic market with this vintage-styled valve model. Will it turn out to be a real gem?

Violet Designs Garnet | Media

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

These audio files accompany the Violet Designs Garnet review that featured in SOS July 2011.

People + Opinion

James Ford: Producing Arctic Monkeys

Interview | Producer

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Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album, Suck It And See, is a dazzling return to form — and to producer, long‑time collaborator and ‘fifth Monkey’ James Ford.

JG Harding: Gear-lust Crosses Creative Boundaries

Sounding Off

Jules Harding, SOS Video Media Editor, considers the effects of gear-lust.

Mark Russell: Scoring March Of The Dinosaurs

Interview | Composer

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Are modern orchestral sample libraries really good enough to power an entire 90‑minute film score? Mark Russell found out the hard way...

Mike Shipley: Recording Alison Krauss' Paper Airplane

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Alison Krauss persuaded mix specialist Mike Shipley to return to engineering after a 10‑year gap — in a genre he’d never tackled. The result was a creative and commercial triumph.

Peter Gabriel Live

Inside The New Blood Tour

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Transforming Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back into an impressive live experience required an orchestra, a team of top engineers and just the right selection of gear.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Jiggo * New Town Triptych * Peyton Place * Herd of Instinct * AdamSK * The Apple Gies * Sticky Wickit * Royal Gala * Nick Stephenson

The Human Approach

Leader

A good friend of mine who once had the enviable job of recording Bono's vocal using a Yamaha AW16 in a hotel bedroom...

Technique

Automation

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Sharpen your pointers for a crash course on drawing automation in Logic.

Convolution Plug-ins

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For Pro Tools users who are tired of conventional effects, convolution plug‑ins open up a huge range of new possibilities.

Creative Sound Design For Music

Tips & Techniques

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Sound design isn’t just for special effects in the movies: it’s perfect for giving your music a unique twist.

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Tips & Techniques

Audio files to accompany the article.

Effect Racks

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to make the most of Live’s Effect Racks.

Guitar Rig 4 Plug-in

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Why settle for harsh amp-simulator tones? Find out how to produce a more organic sound using Sonar X1’s Guitar Rig 4 LE plug-in.

iMac Ultimate

Apple Notes

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Is the latest iMac ‘Ultimate’ the one to unseat the Mac Pro as the obvious choice for the studio?

Intel Processing; Seagate Storage

PC Notes

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Computing’s big names continue to offer more power in less space, as Intel pioneer new microprocessor technology and Seagate put even more data storage on your platter...

Marvin Gaye 'What's Going On?'

Classic Tracks

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As the ’60s came to a close, Marvin Gaye was forced to ask some serious questions about the world as he found it; the result was the sublimely soulful piece of social commentary, ‘What’s Going On’.

Master MIDI In The Graphic Editor

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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This month's DP Notes shows you how you can achieve MIDI mastery using the Graphic Editor.

Mix Rescue: Signe Jakobsen

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Once again, Mix Rescue finds that the arrangement and harmonic structure of the song makes it difficult to mix. But we get by... with a little help from our online friends!

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Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article.

Neptune Pitch Correction, Part 2

Reason Tips & Techniques

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In part two of our short series, we dive deeper into Neptune, the pitch correction device that keeps on giving.• Read Part 1.

Running Multiple Plug-ins

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Reaper’s ability to run multiple instances of plug-ins is impressive, but how do you keep track of them all and maintain optimum performance?

Send Effects: More Than Reverb & Delay

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase’s send effects aren’t just for reverb and delay!

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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Bass trapping can go a long way towards solving low-frequency problems in small rooms — but so, too, can monitor placement, as we find out in this month’s Studio SOS...

Synth Preservation Society

Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

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Vintage synths are perfect for sampling, and modern multisampling software makes the process easy and creatively rewarding. We show you how it’s done in our in‑depth guide.

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Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

These audio files accompany the Sampling Vintage Synths article that featured in SOS July 2011.

The Mix Review | July 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Ke$ha 'We R Who We R' • Tinie Tempah 'Wonderman' • Alexis Jordan 'Good Girl' • Chris Brown 'Beautiful People'

Music Business

Digital Marketing, Social Media & Crowd Funding

Music Business

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Musicians and video makers alike could learn plenty from a new generation of online artists like Robin Schmidt, who expand and fund their work through social media and ‘crowd funding’.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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To reach the top as a composer for the media, what you really need is ‘people skills’ — and the patience of saints.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Remasters and remixes are proven means of exploiting old records — but as the recent success of music-based video games has shown, there might be more mileage in un-mixing them...

Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home, Part 2

Primer

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We discuss the sort of studio setup you need for voice-over work, and how you can start promoting and selling your services. • Read Part 1

Video Media

Beachtek DXA SLR

Two‑channel Preamp For Cameras & Camcorders

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Your bargain DSLR may be able to shoot wonderful cinematic video, but its audio quality and connectivity are unlikely to meet a Sound On Sound reader’s high standards. Beachtek suggest a compact solution...

Sound Advice

Q. Can I improve my monitors’ frequency response with EQ?

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I use a set of Roland DS50 monitors. According to the graph in the manual, the frequency response isn't what one would call...

Q. Can you explain what a submix is?

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I've come across the term 'submix' a few times recently. I can guess at what it means, but would like to know for sure. Can...

Q. Can you help me choose my first pair of mics?

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I'm buying my first pair of microphones, and my budget is limited. I want the microphones to perform well in church choir...

Q. Do I need to use professional mastering?

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I often hear people saying that you have to have tracks mastered professionally, and that it's not something you can do...

Q. Which speakers will be best for digital piano playback?

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I currently have a Yamaha P300 piano, which has built-in speakers and amplification and is ideal for me. However, I'm thinking...

Q. Why might an equipment designer prefer unbalanced I/O?

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I recently purchased a Thermionic Culture Little Bustard based on the review that appeared in Sound On Sound. All the inputs...

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