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Competition

WIN Carillon AC1 Core 4XT Music PC

Deadline: 2010-08-28

Worth 2119 GB Pounds — This beast of a machine houses Intel's Core i7 Gulftown processor, which has no fewer than six cores, each running at a whopping 3.33GHz. A generous 6GB of RAM handles the memory-shuffling, while the 64-bit version of Windows 7 that comes pre-installed ensures that all of that memory can be exploited.
Prize kindly donated by Carillon +44 (0)8455 194530. www.carillonac1.com

Reviews

Abbey Road RS124

Compressor Plug-in [Mac & PC]

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For 50 years, the RS124 compressor has been a secret weapon at Abbey Road Studios. Now its targeting our plug-in folders...

Adam A7X

Active Two-way Studio Monitors

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Their A7 nearfield monitors received many plaudits, not least in the pages of SOS, but manufacturer Adam thought there was room for improvement.

Akai APC20

MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

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The Ableton controller race is hotting up — so how does the latest contender, the Akai APC20, compare to the competition?

AKG Perception 820

Valve Microphone

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Does AKGs Chinese-made Perception 820 maintain the Austrian companys impressive reputation?

AKG Perception 820 | Audio

Audio Examples

Hear for yourself how this mic performed during the SOS tests.

Arobas Guitar Pro 6

Notation Software [Mac OS, Windows & Linux]

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Writing down every nuance of a guitarists performance is a challenge that can tax even the best notation software. Is Arobass Guitar Pro 6 the answer?

Audio-Technica AT4080 & AT4081

Ribbon Microphones

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A-Ts brand-new transducer technology has produced a robust design intended to deliver high signal levels as well as that prized ribbon character...

BIAS PitchCraft EZ

Pitch-correction Plug-in [Mac & PC]

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BIASs latest plug-in promises a quick and easy path to a modern vocal sound.

Big Fish Audio Hip Hop Exotica 2

Sample Library

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Mixing urban‑based beats with wider musical influences is, pretty much, a cornerstone of the sampling ideal...

Big Fish Audio Symphonic Manoeuvres 2

Multi-format

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Big Fish Audio's Symphonic Manoeuvres Volume 2 provides 10 orchestral construction kits along with some handy extras. The mood...

Charter Oak SCL1

Compressor-Limiter

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Charter Oak are not yet as well known for their outboard gear as they are for their mics, but this unusual compressor could change all that...

Clavia Nord Piano 88

Stage Piano

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Clavia have directed all their keyboard-making know-how into a single, lightweight stage piano — so it ought to be good...

Korg Monotron

Analogue Synthesizer

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Its their first analogue synth in 25 years, but is Korgs Monotron a toy or a tool?

Magix Vandal

Guitar Amp & Effects Simulator [Mac & PC]

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Theres no shortage of software guitar-amp simulators around, but Magix claim that their new Vandal has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

Native Instruments Maschine 1.5

Groove Workstation

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NI have updated Maschine — so is it now all we thought it could be?

Roland Gaia SH01

Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

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If you dont like programming synths via obscure two-line displays and arcane menu systems, the Roland Gaia SH01 could be just what youre looking for...

Sonivox Eighty Eight

Virtual Piano Instrument

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To create their piano samples for the Eighty Eight, Sonivox recorded a Steinway CD327 using an unspecified, high‑quality...

Sontronics Matrix 10

Heavy-duty Mic Stand

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A good mic stand isnt the most glamorous addition to a studio, but its certainly a worthwhile investment.

Steven Slate Trigger

Drum Replacement Software [Mac & PC]

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Steven Slates drum samples are already a staple of rock and pop production. Their latest product makes it easy to use these to augment or replace live drum parts.

Tascam DR08

24-bit 96kHz Digital Recorder

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Tascam have made their smallest, lightest and most straightforward pocket recorder so far.

Tonehammer Tuned Percussion

Sample Library

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Tonehammer's Composer Bundle 1 comprises eight tuned percussion instruments.

Universal Audio 2192 Master

Digital Audio Interface

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The 2192 takes an array of versatile digital interfacing, conversion and clocking features, and adds a hint of unexpectedly analogue character...

XILS Lab XILS 3

Software Synthesizer

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XILS Labs XILS 3 is a recreation of the EMS VCS3, but theres more to it than that — much, much more.

People + Opinion

Devo | Mark Mothersbaugh

Four Decades Of De-evolution

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Pioneers of everything from circuit-bending to multimedia art, Devo have always belonged to the future.

MGMT

Andrew VanWyngarden & Ben Goldwasser: Recording Congratulations

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MGMT could have followed up their smash hit debut album with more of the same. Instead, they headed straight into left field, with help from a legend of British psychedelia.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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More readers' tracks get the Juke Box Jury treatment from the SOS crew.

Sounding Off

Paul Nagle

You cant bend a virtual circuit...

Vintage Is A State Of Mind

Leader

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Why are vintage-sounding mixes desirable?

Technique

Crosby, Stills & Nash ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ | Classic Tracks

Producers: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash • Engineer: Bill Halverson

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As the 60s drew to a close, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash came together to form a new group, the unique sound of which was perfectly demonstrated by their first recording, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

Engineer's Guide To Tuning and Damping Drums

Getting The Drum Sound You Want At Source

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Its heartbreaking when an otherwise great recording is ruined by a poorly set up drum kit. These days, the sound engineer needs to know as much as the drummer about getting this instrument ready for a session...

Live Side-chain Compression

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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We explore some side-chaining techniques using Live 8s Compressor.

Logic Import: Recycle & Re-use

Logic Notes & Techniques

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We show you how to easily re-use elements of older projects with Logics powerful import capabilities.

Logical Editor

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Administration is a bore, but Cubase 5's Project Logical Editor can take the hard work out of keeping your projects tidy.

Mac Mini Makeover

Apple Notes

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Not only has the iPhone, star of the pocket-sized world, reached its fourth generation, but its desktop counterpart, the Mac Mini, has also had a makeover.

Mix Rescue: Phre The Eon

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Sometimes, simply taking the time to identify and address a couple of main obstacles before you get busy with the effects can be enough to unleash a mix's potential...

Mix Rescue: Phre The Eon | Media

Mixing & Recording Advice

These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS August 2010.

Plug-in Hygiene

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Keeping your Pro Tools plug-ins up to date is vital if you want to maintain a reliable system — and now there's a helpful utility that will do it for you.

Plug-in Modelling

Emulating Hardware In Software

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Have you ever wondered exactly what goes on when classic hardware is recreated in plug-in form? Heres the full story from some of the industrys biggest names.

Reaper Notes: Multi-Band | Files

SOS August 2010: Split & Polish

Here are effects chain files for some of the multi-band processing setups described in our SOS August 2010 Reaper workshop.

Reaper: Creating Multi-Band Processors

Reaper Notes & Techniques

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Our very first Reaper workshop explains how to use band-splitting to create your own multi-band processors.

Reason 5 Rundown

Reason Notes & Techniques

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The SOS spotlight falls on the new toys offered by Reason 5 and Record 1.5.

Sampling Patches | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 2

Primer

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Building on last months introduction to the basics of scripting in Native Instruments Kontakt soft sampler, we explain how to make your scripted functions adjustable via a simple user interface.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jaycen Joshua

Inside Track: Justin Bieber (feat. Ludacris) 'Baby'

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In his second career in the music business, Jaycen Joshua has become one of the USAs top mix engineers. With child star Justin Bieber, the brief was to bring urban grit to pop production.

Sonar: Stepping Out

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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Step sequencers are known for their mechanical sound. But do they have to be so rigid? Not in Sonar 8.5...

Studio SOS: Judy Abraham

Solving real-world home studio problems

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The SOS team tackle an assortment of problems, from computer error messages to boxy-sounding vocals.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0

PC Notes

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The need for speed continues with the release of Intels new optical cable technology, hot on the heels of Superspeed USB 3...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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The musical challenges involved in composing for TV can be intimidating enough, but its the legal documents that are truly scary.

Video Media

5 Best Buys

The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

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New to the world of video production and unsure what to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three software and hardware categories will get you started.

GoPro HD Hero

Extreme Sports Video Camera

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GoPros HD Hero promises high-definition footage in the most inhospitable of conditions, so how does it hold up to punishment, and is it right for other video capture tasks too?

Video Compression

Why It Matters & How To Make The Most Of It

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For most of us, compression is a necessity when capturing and editing video footage, but the range of codecs can be bewildering. Find out what you need to know with our in-depth guide.

Sound Advice

Q. How can I improve acoustics in a long, thin room?

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The diagram to the right shows my room, which serves as my studio. The dimensions seem to be bad for low frequencies and there...

Q. How can I prevent feedback?

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When setting up for a gig we always suffer really bad feedback from the singer's mic. We've tried positioning things...

Q. How do the different amp classes work?

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I'm trying to learn a little more about amp design. One thing that really baffles me is the different classes available. What...

Q. Is there an easy way to match the gain of different channels?

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I've committed myself to recording a school orchestra in a couple of weeks. Obviously, this will involve using stereo pairs of...

Q. Is working with digital recordings harder than working with analogue ones?

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In the past few years, it seems that I have to work much harder to get things to sit properly in a mix — to get the vocal or...

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