July 2013 In This Issue

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Reviews

Akai Max49

USB Controller Keyboard

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At first glance, the Max49 seems much like other controller keyboards, but it’s got a surprise up its sleeve...

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at: Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac, Rode SmartLav and Audio Mastering.

Blackstar ID:30 TVP

Tube-modelling Guitar Amp

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Can an all-solid-state guitar amp really use DSP to create a convincing tube-like sound and feel?

Cymatic Audio LR16

Multitrack Recorder & USB Audio Interface

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Until now, specialised multitrack digital recorders designed for capturing live shows have been niche products with hefty price tags. Will Cymatic’s LR16 change that?

DACS Clarity MicAmp 500

500-series Microphone Preamplifier

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DACS reformatted this classic preamp in 2011 to fit the API 500 series ‘Lunchbox’ modular format but it's only now that Hugh has found the time to check it out.

Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina

Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

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Looking for a mic that stands out visually, but offers good technical performance and a classy sound? This hand-made design could well be it...

EWQL Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds

Sample Library

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The third instalment of EastWest’s grand orchestral master plan sees the project nearing the finishing line.

Fostex PM8.4.1

Three-way Active Monitors

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These monitors fall into a price bracket between entry-level monitors and what we think of as more serious speakers.

High-end Monitor Controllers

Spotlight

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Thinking of investing in a premium monitor controller? Here’s a selection of models to consider, with links to the SOS review where available.

MÄAG EQ4

500-series Analogue EQ

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If I could use one word to sum up the sound of this EQ, it would be ‘clarity’, which is a strange thing for an EQ designed to colour a signal. Read on ....

Metric Halo Production Bundle

Plug-in Suite For Mac OS & Windows

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Metric Halo’s plug-ins have a large and enthusiastic following among Mac users. Can they conquer the Windows world too?

Native Instruments | Abbey Road Vintage Drummer

Sample Library

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Once again, the Native Instruments team has been at Abbey Road studios, recording a couple of vintage drum kits to create a library with a unique and desirable sound character.

Novation Launchpad S

Control Surface

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The new Launchpad is brighter, faster and more powerful than the original, but costs the same. What’s not to like?

Ocean Audio 500 Series

Mic Preamp, EQ & Routing Modules

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Malcolm Toft’s latest brainchild enables you to turn your 500-series racks and modules into a fully modular analogue console.

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Mic Preamp, EQ & Routing Modules

PMC TwoTwo 5 & 6

Active Nearfield Monitors

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For their new TwoTwo range, PMC decided to work from the ground up, redesigning their famous transmission line and building new drivers from scratch. Has it all paid off?

Smyth Research Realiser A8

Virtual Speaker Monitoring System

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The Realiser A8 is claimed to be able to capture the sound of any monitoring environment in the world and perfectly reproduce it through headphones. Could it be time to sell your speakers?

Soniccouture Konkrete 3

Sample Library

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Konkrete 3’s barely contained weirdness sets it apart from other drum libraries, as does its unusually tweakable interface.

Soniccouture | Grand Marimba

Sample Library

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Boasting a catalogue that includes a full Balinese gamelan, the wonderful Array Mbira, a set of glass instruments and a Cumbrian lithophone (basically, a piano designed by a caveman), UK samplists Soniccouture revel in exotic tuned percussion.

Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios

Room, Source & Microphone Modelling Plug-in For UAD2

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Universal Audio’s latest plug-in is an audacious attempt to bridge the gap between the project studio and professional recording environments.

Waldorf Rocket

Synthesizer

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Can Waldorf’s new synth rock it? Is it easy on the pocket? We plug it into a socket...

Yamaha Stagepas 600i

Compact PA System

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Yamaha’s Stagepas is about as portable as a PA system can get — but how does it sound?

Zero-G | Lounge & Chill

Sample Library

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The chances are that, like me, you won't have seen the inside of producer Davor Devcic's home, but Lounge & Chill provides us with a pretty good idea of what the ambience must be like in his living room.

People + Opinion

Daft Punk

Peter Franco & Mick Guzauski: Recording Random Access Memories

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Daft Punk spent four years and over a million dollars on their quest to revisit the golden age of record production. Mick Guzauski and Peter Franco were with them all the way.

In The Groove

Nitin Sawhney: Recording Live To Vinyl

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Vinyl is still the listening format of choice for many consumers. Using it as a recording format is more of a challenge!

Inside Track: Ken Andrews and Paramore

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Ken Andrews won a blind shoot-out against some of the biggest names in the mixing world. His prize: the plum job of mixing Paramore’s acclaimed comeback album.

Sounding Off

Does the future of vinyl rest in a taco bowl?

A tale of a dad, his daughter and a hit from the past.

When Less Is More

Leader

Editor In Chief, Paul White has some suggestions for 'cabling common sense' !

Technique

Achieving Independence

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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Multitimbral virtual instruments can address multiple mixer channels in Samplitude. Here’s how.

Apple Notes

Multiple monitor setup

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Think outside the box with a multiple monitor setup.

Flex Education

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Quantise audio like a pro with Logic’s Flex Time.

Knocking On Seven’s Door

Reason Tips & Techniques

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There’s plenty to get to grips with in Reason 7, including external MIDI and Sliced Audio.

Live Aid

Mixing A Live Recording

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Making multitrack live recordings has never been easier — but mixing them can still be a challenge!

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Mixing A Live Recording

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Making Notes

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live 9’s new audio-to-MIDI converter has some off-the-wall uses. Let us explain...

Meta Work

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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Improve your digital distribution by learning how to use metadata in Studio One.

PC Notes

Touchscreen functionality

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As the Surface Pro hits these shores, long-time Windows users are still suspicious of Microsoft’s move towards touchscreen functionality.

Pitch-correcting Vocals with Melodyne

Fine Tuning

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Pitch correction of vocal parts is now commonplace in all but a few genres. Find out how to craft a professional-sounding result.

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Perfect Your Vocals With Melodyne

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Playback

Reader's music reviewed

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This month the SOS staff take a listen to Grip-Like Vice, Stus Rollins, Megan Hook & The Bright Forever, Darren Lock and Gerald Krampl.

Session Notes

Reckless Play: Recording A Band For The Second Time

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A repeat booking is a good chance to improve on everything that went wrong first time around!

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Settings Down

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Keeping track of your Pro Tools plug-in settings can make your life so much easier.

Sim City

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Don’t save Sonar X2’s TH2 Producer amp-sim just for guitars: drums, synths and vocals can all benefit too.

Studio SOS

Community Centre project

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With a non-existent budget and some serious acoustic problems, it took some quick thinking and a generous helping of goodwill to give this revitalised community centre a functioning recording studio.

Sweet Harmony

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Want to fake some vocal harmony parts? Cubase 7 has a range of tools that can help you...

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Cubase Tips & Techniques

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The Mix Review

Mike Senior analyses current and classic tracks

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The Mix Review, Mike Senior analyses tracks by Robbie Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Owl City, Featuring, Carly Rae Jepsen, Little Mix and classic mix, Coolio, Gangsta Paradise.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Do we make our own luck, or does our luck make us? Either way, you need to be prepared when opportunity comes along.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of MIDI, we take a look at the remarkable effect it has had on the music industry.

Studio File

Ocean Way, Los Angeles

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This month we look inside Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios, the "Abbey Road of the West Coast".

Sound Advice

Q Is it normal to get crosstalk appearing on headphones?

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My two sons, aged 24 and 21, have been reading on forums about how crosstalk appears in headphones that share a ground...

Q What’s a modern equivalent to the Quasimidi Polymorph?

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I'm an ambient musician looking for an addition to my synth collection. I'm interested in the Quasimidi Polymorph, yet they...

Q What’s the difference between PPM and VU meters?

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I recently came across a plug-in that incorporates both VU and PPM metering, and it got me thinking: what exactly is the difference between the two?

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