July 2014 In This Issue

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Competition

Win! Ear Trumpet Labs Mabel mic pair (US Only)

Deadline: 2014-08-04

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Win! Grace Design M102 compressors (UK Only)

Deadline: 2014-08-04

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Reviews

A Composer's Guide To Game Music

Book Review

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I spent seven years as a freelance game composer back in the '80s and '90s, when we tended to be part musician, part computer...

Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ4 14:4:2

Analogue Mixing Console

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The latest version of the established MixWizard range has more pro features and routing options than you can shake a magic wand at.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Ten Kettles Development HearEQ

Ear Training App For iOS

HearEQ is a very simple, low-cost...

ART HQ231

Graphic EQ & Feedback Detector

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With its innovative feedback detection display, this graphic EQ has the power to seriously shorten your system setup time.

Best Service Altus, Cantus & Shevannai

Kontakt Instruments

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Altus, Cantus and Shevannai are three voice‑based sample libraries in Kontakt format. Created by Eduardo Tarilonte, who...

Casio Privia PX5S

Stage Piano & Synthesizer

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The PX5S isn't just a stage piano — it's an instrument that might force you to rethink everything you know about Casio.

Fender Passport Studio

Portable Active Monitors

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Fender apply their 'suitcase speaker' paradigm to studio monitors — with impressive results, thanks to an unlikely collaboration with Focal.

Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 2

Acidized WAV & REX 2

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The purpose of Lost Tapes is to provide copyright‑free sample material that sounds very similar to many much‑sampled...

Grace Design M905

Reference Monitor Controller

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If you're shelling out serious money for a monitor controller, you expect perfection — is that what the M905 offers?

Great River PWM 501 500‑series Compressor

500-series Compressor

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Great River's new PWM 501 compressor is the only dynamics processor on the company's books, but it's very heavily featured....

Korg Taktile 25 & 49

MIDI Controller Keyboards

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As their name implies, Korg's new MIDI keyboards are all about hands‑on control.

Livid Instruments Base

Control Surface

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Livid's latest control surface is of typically high‑quality and designed to be the perfect partner for Ableton Live.

MakeMusic Finale 2014

Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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MakeMusic's Finale is the one constant in a rapidly changing notation software market, and the 2014 version is better than ever.

Meris 440

Microphone Preamplifier

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Is this the world's first studio-quality preamp with a built-in guitar effects loop?

MeterPlugs Perception

Loudness-matching Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows

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An innovative new plug‑in makes it easy to tell when louder isn't better!

Microphone Accessories

Spotlight

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Peripheral VisionMany microphone‑recording peripherals have the power to not only make your life easier, but to make your...

Native Instruments Rise & Hit

Sample Library

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NI's latest library aims to keep you on the edge of your seat with its range of cinematic tension-builders.

Noveltech Character & Vocal Enhancer Native

Formats: Mac & PC VST, RTAS, AAX, Audiosuite; Mac AU

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I'm sure everyone will recognise the situation where something doesn't sound 'right' but where conventional EQ doesn't seem up...

Playback

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Zipperfish

Punk By Numbers

No matter how weird, obscure or downright distasteful your...

PreSonus Sceptre S6 & S8

Active Coaxial Monitors

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Presonus' assault on the monitor market continues, with these impressive coaxial speakers.

RME MADIface XT & USB

Audio Interfaces

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These compact devices boast more digital I/O than any other USB interface.

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Samson VR88

Active Ribbon Microphone

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Samson's versatile and affordable active ribbon performs surprisingly well for the price — especially on electric guitar.

SE Electronics SE5

Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

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With its extended frequency response and high SPL handling ability, the SE5 could prove to be the company's most versatile mic to date.

Sonokinetic Toll

Kontakt Instrument

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In the making of their latest library, Toll, Sonokinetic travelled to a number of European countries (and the splendidly named...

Sound & Recording

Book Review

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When a technical book is republished in a second or third edition, you know it's become recognised as a reference work, but...

SoundToys MicroShift

Widening Effect For Mac OS & Windows

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SoundToys' latest plug-in helps you spread the love — or indeed, anything else!

TC Helicon VoiceLive 3

Vocal-processing & Looping Pedal

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Danish vocal‑effects experts TC Helicon combine their established harmony and effects processing with some seriously impressive looping technology.

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Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi

Distortion Pedal

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Tech 21's Hot Rod Plexi claims to replicate the classic tone and feel of a vintage Marshall amp in pedal form. Does it deliver, or is it really just another overdrive pedal?

Tube-Tech MP2A

Dual-channel Valve Microphone Preamplifier

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Its price tag might give you the blues, but if you can afford it, the Tube-Tech MP2A could make all your preamp dreams come true.

WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm

Rhythm Generating Software For Mac OS & Windows

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For those stuck in a rhythmic rut, WaveDNA's pattern sequencer plug-in offers some exotic creative tools with even more exotic names.

Waves Center

Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX, RTAS, TDM & Audiosuite; Mac AU; Waves MultiRack & Avid VENUE

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Stereo sound is a surprisingly subtle and complex business, and it's rare that the typical DAW 'utility' plug‑ins will deal...

Waves Scheps 73

Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Waves' take on the immortal Neve 1073 design sees them teaming up once again with a leading mix engineer.

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Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

Waves' take on the immortal Neve 1073 design sees them teaming up once again with a leading mix engineer.

Yellowtec PUC2 USB 2 Audio Interface

USB Audio Interface For Mac & PC

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Yellowtec make lots of equipment for the broadcast market, but their latest interfaces could be just the ticket for music production.

Zplane Vielklang 2

Pitch-correction & Harmony-generation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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The latest version of Zplane's Vielklang will not only generate harmonies from your vocals, but put them in tune first!

People + Opinion

Live With The Apollo

Mixing FOH With A UAD Audio Interface

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Front-of-house engineer David Williams talks to SOS about why mixing with a DSP audio interface is worthwhile, despite the dangers of using a laptop on stage.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Music commissioning has always been squalid. But today's composers get a fairer deal than Mozart ever did.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Wallace

Inside Track

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As producer, engineer and mixer, Andy Wallace has done more than anyone to define the sound of modern rock and metal.

Smoke & Mirrors?

Leader

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If you're in the habit of reading hi-fi magazines, you may have noticed a number of products based on what one might call '...

Sounding Off

Reader Michael Begg asks the question

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What keeps us upgrading? Anxiety.

The Horrors

Tom Furse & Joshua Third: Recording Luminous

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The Horrors take studio experimentation to new extremes, even designing and making a lot of their own equipment.

The Rebirth Of Keith Emerson's Moog Modular

Second Coming

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The stuff of synthesizer legend, Keith Emerson's megalithic modular system hasn't just been restored — it's also been completely recreated.

Technique

Bus Lanes

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Understanding the role of buses in the Pro Tools mixer opens up powerful routing possibilities.

Compress Gang

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at how to get the most out of Live's compressors.

Layer Take

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Use Sonar X3's Take Lanes feature to build up multi-layered performances.

Outboard In

Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

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Part 2: Learning to capture the behaviour of controls will take your custom Nebula creations to another level.

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Remote Control

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Release yourself from the computer keyboard with Logic Remote for iPad.

Session Notes

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We make a 'live' band recording in the studio, and mix and master the results all in one day!

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Spread Of Heaven

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Make full use of your speakers with these stereo enhancement tips for Cubase.

The A‑Team

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We get our heads round one of Reason's new sample‑based Rack Extensions, A‑List Acoustic Guitarist.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Pharrell Williams Happy, DJ Snake Turn Down For What, John Legend's All Of Me and the Classic Mix - Dire Straits Money For Nothing.   

Version Therapy

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Explore Reaper's most useful new and improved features in Version 4.6.1

Video Vérité

Making Music Videos Live On Location

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It's live, Jim — but not as we know it. We look at how the rise of affordable, portable gear has enabled a new approach to music-video making.

Music Business

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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The sports and music industries make better teammates than you might at first think.

Studio File

Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

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Hollywood remains arguably the recording capital of the world, housing as it does a staggering number of world-class facilities.

Sound Advice

Q Can you recommend some unobtrusive anti-virus software?

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Can you suggest any free or affordable anti‑virus software for Windows that doesn't keep nagging me with updates and pop-ups?...

Q Why is vinyl not the best medium?

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I still buy vinyl records simply because I like listening to them, but I'm under no illusion that vinyl is a 'perfect' format...

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