July 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Soundcraft Si Compact 24 Digital Mixer Worth £6,200

Deadline: 2012-08-13

For this month's competition, Soundcraft have incredibly kindly donated an Si Compact 24 digital mixer, worth a phenomenal £6,200! Despite what its name might suggest, the console is essentially a 40-channel design, featuring 24 mic preamps, eight (four stereo) effect returns, and a further eight channels that can be patched in various ways, depending on your needs.

Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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JG Harding checks out the Tascam iU2 audio interface, whilst Paul Nagle sneaks a peak at Reactable Mobile tactile synth for iOS and Android.

Arturia Oberheim SEM V

Software Synthesizer

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Tom Oberheim’s classic two-voice synth gets the Arturia treatment in the form of the SEM V.

Audiobro LA Scoring Strings 2

Sample Library

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Innovative 'remote control' adds new creative dimensions to a leading orchestral strings library.

Brainworx BXsaturator

Multi-band M/S Distortion Plug‑in

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Paradoxically, adding distortion in mastering can make tracks sound clearer. That’s the idea of Brainworx's clever multi-band plug-in.

DoReMIR ScoreCleaner

MIDI Transcription Software

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Conventional notation software often struggles to turn real MIDI performances into usable scores. ScoreCleaner applies artificial intelligence to the problem...

Ehrlund EHR-M

Condenser Microphone

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Instead of cutting corners, Swedish company Ehrlund have added them, by basing their microphone around an unusual triangular diaphragm.

Focusrite ISA Two

Microphone Preamplifier

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Making professional‑quality preamps available at project-studio prices has been Focusrite’s forté for many years, and this design doesn’t disappoint.

HH Electronics TNE 112A & TNS 215A

Active PA System

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Legendary PA brand HH Electronics is back, with a range of active speakers that employ the latest in sound-system technology.

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18

Valve Guitar Amplifier

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Can one guitar amp really meet all your needs, from night-time recording in your bedroom to rocking out at high volume on stage?

Izotope Iris

Software Synthesizer

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Izotope’s Iris offers a new take on sound design via its innovative sample resynthesis engine.

Kenton Modular Solo Eurorack

MIDI-to-CV Converter

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Kenton have always had the knack of manufacturing indispensable little doodads, and the Modular Solo is no exception. Made...

Lynx Hilo

A-D/D-A Converter & Digital Mixer/Router

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Boasting reference-quality converters, the Hilo also promises to be future-proof...

Lynx Hilo | Media

A-D/D-A Converter & Digital Mixer/Router

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MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC403

Power Supply For Effects Pedals

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The burgeoning numbers of boutique pedal builders and the availability of Velcro probably means that, despite the availability...

Rain Recording Event Muse

Silent PC For Music Recording

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If you want a computer that’s completely silent, yet portable and powerful enough for location recording, look no further.

RCF Ayra 5

Active Monitors

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Italian company RCF are famous for their PA systems, but they also make studio monitors. We put these compact speakers to the test.

Rhythmic Robot | Laboratory

Sample Library

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Over the last two issues, we've looked at two collections of instruments from new manufacturer Rhythmic Robot.

Rob Papen Blade

Software Synthesizer

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Is Rob Papen’s Blade the cutting edge of additive synthesis?

Sample Logic Fanfare

Brass Sample Library

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This unique library brings the USA’s top marching brass band to a computer near you.

Shure SRH1840

Open-back Headphones

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Shure’s assault on the headphone market continues, as they follow up their closed-back models with this flagship open-back design.

Sontronics Halo

Dynamic Microphone

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This vintage‑styled mic is designed especially for recording electric guitar. Does it sound as classy as it looks?

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Dynamic Microphone

Audio files accompany the article

Stage Capacitor Microphones

Spotlight

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Does your live vocal sound lack the clarity and detail of your studio recordings? Then you may want to switch over to a capacitor model. Here’s a selection of current options.

Stretch That Note | DruMM Series 1 & 2

Sample Library

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DruMM is a drum module for Native Instruments' Kontakt software sampler that uses its own GUI within...

Waves InPhase

Phase-correction Plug-in

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Making similar signals play nicely together sometimes requires more than just a polarity switch. Enter Waves’ phase-manipulation tool.

Zero-G | Nu Metal

Sample Library

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On seeing Nu Metal's artwork, my immediate hope was that the 1.1GB of content would be better quality than the skull drawing on the cover.

People + Opinion

2012 SOS Reader Survey

Survey

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Have your say for a chance to win an AKG C12VR mic worth £5,700 / $5,499!

Andrija Tokic: Recording Alabama Shakes' Boys & Girls

Interview | Producer

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One of the biggest albums of 2012 was recorded in one of the smallest studios — Andrija Tokic's house in Nashville, Tennessee...

Finding The Lost Can Tapes: Jono Padmore, Irmin Schmidt & Daniel Miller

Interview

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With the tape always running in their Cologne studio, Can built up a huge archive of unreleased material. Much of it was brilliant, but all of it was chaotic...

Is a lack of warmth an inevitable trait of digital recording?

Sounding Off

Dr Douglas Doherty discusses the point.

Mixing Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' - François Tétaz

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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'Somebody That I Used To Know' is a worldwide hit that breaks every rule in the book. Artist Gotye and mix engineer François Tétaz reveal how they made it.

The Art & The Science

Leader

It's no secret that today's music production requires both left-brain and right-brain functions, and although neuroscientists...

Technique

Analogue Multitracks & Video Post-production

Tips & Techniques

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Analogue tape is enduringly popular as an audio recording medium, but do enough people know how to use it properly any more? Bob Clearmountain’s experience suggests otherwise...

Arranging For Strings, Part 2

Primer

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The second part of our string-arranging series ventures into more dramatic musical territory, and explains how to manipulate orchestral string articulations when creating MIDI arrangements.

Audiobus

Apple Notes

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For those suffering the frustrations of moving audio from one app to another, a solution may finally have arrived, in the form of Audiobus.

Convert To Samples

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Use Logic's 'Convert To New Sampler Track' function to mimic Recycle and make your own sampled instruments.

Effective Soundchecking

Tips & Techniques

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What are the secrets to a successful soundcheck? We asked some of the biggest names in the live sound industry to share their top tips.

Gary Moore 'Parisienne Walkways'

Classic Tracks

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'Parisienne Walkways' showcased Gary Moore's virtuoso guitar work and quickly became his signature song. Its recording also provided a young engineer at Morgan Studios with his first, unexpected production credit.

Groove-quantise, Part 1

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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The groove‑quantise functions in Cubase allow you to tighten your performance without killing that all‑important human feel.

Groups, Folders & Matrices

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Use Reaper's groups, folders and matrices to organise your mix project.

M/S Processing

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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In the first of our regular Studio One workshops, we’ll be widening our perspective with M/S processing.

Mix Rescue: Santi Vega

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Technically speaking, working with a single-track recording may not be 'mixing', but a surprising amount of useful mixing‑style finessing can still be performed.

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Mixing & Recording Advice

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Pro Tools 10 New Features

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Some of the new features in Pro Tools 10 aren’t immediately obvious — but they can be invaluable once you know how to use them.

Rack Extensions

Reason Tips & Techniques

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With our racks about to get even more densely populated by Rack Extensions, we may need strategies for keeping on top of the sprawl...

Recording A Singing Guitarist

Tips & Techniques

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Many musicians give great live performances when singing and playing guitar at the same time. So why not do it that way in the studio?

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Tips & Techniques

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The Mix Review

Analysing Commercial Productions

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Commercial Productions Analysed: Rebecca Ferguson • David Guetta • Professor Green

Up To The Wire

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Thanks to Sonar 64-bit operation, the 14-year-old ReWire protocol is back in the limelight!

Window Cleaner

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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Find out how to harness the flexibility of DP’s user interface without being drowned in windows.

Windows 8-compatible Products

PC Notes

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Announcements in the touchscreen world of Windows 8-compatible products hint at competition for the iPad.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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If you thought music for media was a tough job to get into, you should see how hard it is to get out of.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Statistics, especially those about the music industry, rarely give you the whole picture, but they can tell you a lot if you know where and how to look...

Studio File: Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles

Inside The World's Pro Studios

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One of the oldest and largest recording studios in the world, Fox's Newman Scoring Stage is still in constant demand for top-class film scores.

Sound Advice

Q. Are expensive multicore cables really worth the money?

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I've been looking at multicores, and wondering how much quality matters. People say that only the best cables should be used,...

Q. Can I pay someone to run my WAV files through a Studer?

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I keep reading about the desirable tape effect on a mixdown, and keep hearing people talk about these Studer tape machines. Is...

Q. How and when should I normalise my mix?

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I have a question about normalising. I mix from Cockos Reaper through an M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface into an Allen...

Q. Why is 88.2kHz the best sample rate for recording?

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I have read that the optimum sample rate to record at is 88.2kHz. The reasons include simple integer-ratio sample-rate...

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