August 2011 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 Worth £1,249 GBP

Deadline: 2011-09-11

When we reviewed the Europa 1 mic preamp last month, we described it as “very high quality”, “remarkably useful” and “truly impressive” — so it should make the winner of this month’s competition very happy indeed!

Reviews

Adobe Audition CS5.5

Post-production DAW & Wave Editor

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Adobe’s audio editing package has been fully rewritten, ported to Mac OS and integrated into their Creative Suite. Does it have everything you need for audio post‑production?

Allen & Heath GSR24

Firewire Analogue Mixer & DAW Controller

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Achieving the perfect balance of analogue mixer and control surface in one product used to mean getting a mortgage on a high‑end SSL or reducing your analogue channel count. Not any more...

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month, Jules Harding checks out ImageLine FL Studio Mobile v1.0 sequencer for iOS and John Vella Music Songcatcher v1.3 DAW for iOS.

ART Dual X Direct & Dual Z Direct

Active & Passive DI boxes

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DI boxes may have a simple function to perform — transforming impedance and changing or matching levels — but there are...

Big Fish Audio | Modern Country

Sample Library

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This library's content is available in Acid, WAV, Apple Loops, REX and RMX formats and amounts to 3967 samples (1290 WAVs) for...

DMG Audio EQuality & Compassion

EQ & Compression Plug‑ins

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DMG Audio’s innovative plug‑ins combine friendly interfaces with an amazingly comprehensive feature set. Could they be the only EQ and compressor you’ll ever need?

Drawmer HQ

Preamplifier & D‑A Converter

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Can a preamp and D‑A converter successfully straddle the pro-audio and hi‑fi markets? Drawmer believe it can...

Eventide Eclipse V4

Studio Effects Processor

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You’d think a digital effect processor’s brilliance might have been eclipsed somewhat in the last decade, but Eventide have made significant software changes that keep this one fresh, relevant and desirable.

Evolution Series | World Percussion

Sample Library

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A huge ethnic percussion library from down under circles the globe and arrives on hard drive.

Flux IRCAM Tools

Plug‑in Suite

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You’d expect plug‑ins based on IRCAM’s research to be unique and experimental — but are they practical tools you’ll want to use every day in the studio?

Flux IRCAM Tools | Audio

Plug-in Suite

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HK Audio Elements

Modular PA System

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If you’re looking for a lightweight PA setup that can be scaled to suit your needs, HK’s Elements system warrants closer inspection...

Inspired Instruments You Rock Guitar

MIDI Control Instrument

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It looks like something that should be plugged into a games console, but Inspired Instruments’ You Rock Guitar just might be the MIDI guitar controller you’ve always wanted!

JBL PRX615M

Active Monitor & PA Speaker

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Using advanced DSP and squeezing a 15‑inch driver into a compact cabinet, JBL’s lightweight PA promises convenience, volume and clarity in abundance.

Lush Projects Vibrati Punk Console

DIY Synthesizer Kit

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Paul Fremantle gets his hands on this self-contained synth, based on the Atari Punk Console.

Mackie Onyx Blackbird

Firewire Audio Interface

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Mackie have bundled eight of their popular Onyx preamps into a 1U rackmount audio interface. We put it to the test...

Microtech Gefell M1030

Condenser Microphone

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The M930’s bigger brother is a large‑diaphragm condenser that displays all the Gefell family traits, but with added visual appeal.

Microtech Gefell M1030

Audio Examples

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MXL LSC1N

Stage Capacitor Microphone

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Paul White explores the potential of this little mic manufactured by Marshall Electronics.

Neco Soundlab Portable V2

Dual Mono Headphone Amplifier

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Hugh Robjohns gets to grips with this reasonably-priced headphone amp.

Radial Tonebone PZ Pre

Acoustic Instrument Preamp

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James Dunkley is on the case of the Radial Tonebone PZ Preamp.

Roland Jupiter 80

Performance Synthesizer

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The Jupiter 8 looms large in synthesizer history, and any synth bearing the name has a lot to live up to. Is the Jupiter 80 destined for the same legendary status? Find out in our world‑exclusive review...

Scarbee Funk Guitarist

Virtual Guitar Instrument

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If you’ve ever fantasised about playing guitar like Nile Rogers — and who hasn’t — Scarbee’s latest instrument could make all your dreams come true.

Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro‑Codec

Real‑time Data Compression Plug‑in

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Sonnox’s clever plug‑in allows you to hear exactly what different MP3 and AAC encoder settings do to your precious mixes — in a true blind test, if you like!

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Real‑time Data Compression Plug‑in

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Sonokinetic | Desert Voice

Sample Library

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Much like the previous offering from Sonokinetic (Tigris & Euphrates), this collection of samples focuses on what is...

Soundorder | Electronic Drums Vol. 1

Sample Library

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According to Soundorder's publicity, the sample content of Electronic Drums has been taken from Battery Sample Sets ...

Tannoy Reveal 501A

Active Nearfield Monitors

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Tannoy’s Reveal monitors have long been popular among home‑studio owners on a budget. How does the baby of the new range compare with the competition?

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Correct XT

Vocal Processor

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It can be difficult to exercise control over your vocal tone in a live environment. TC-Helicon aim to put the most useful effects right at your feet.

Tonehammer | Microhammer Bundle

Sample Library

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Some developers produce epic libraries; others specialise in smaller, single‑instrument releases. Tonehammer seem to excel at...

People + Opinion

David Ricard: Project Skeletons In My Closet

Sounding Off

Cleaning out the closet can reveal the bones of unfinished projects long forgotten...

Mark Neill: Recording The Black Keys At Muscle Shoals

Interview | Engineer

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The Black Keys’ Brothers was the first album to be recorded at Muscle Shoals in 30 years. But with all its equipment long gone, would engineer Mark Neill be able to recapture the studio’s legendary sound?

Phil Ek: Recording Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues

Interview | Producer

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Hampered by high expectations and an unhealthy obsession with vintage gear, Fleet Foxes’ second album took a year to make, in five different studios...

Philippe Zdar: Recording The Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Feeling that something was missing from their latest album, the Beastie Boys decided it needed remixing — by a “crazy Frenchman”...

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Hamilton Sterling & Jimmy Haslip * Kissy Sell Out * Rubik * Zomby * Cool Beyond Zero * Kansas Burns * Tall Poppies * Rapids! * Ozone Player & Matt Howarth

Stage School

Leader

Music is primarily about feel and emotion, and most successful musicians develop the ability to convey those two essentials...

Technique

Audio Interfaces, Latency & Twisted Tools

PC Notes

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Your PC may be powerful enough to achieve very low‑latency performance, but is your audio interface letting the side down?

Creative Mix Automation In Your DAW

Tips & Techniques

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The automation features in modern DAWs go much further than simply recalling your fader moves. Learn how to use them to full effect and they open up new mixing possibilities.

iLok Dongle

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The iLok dongle is more important to Pro Tools users than ever. So should existing users make the move to the new version, and how do new users get started?

Keep Your Audio PC Cool Using Quiet Fans

Tips & Techniques

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With processors getting ever faster — and running ever hotter — what can you do to get the best performance from your PC without making it sound like a washing machine on full spin?

Missing DAW Features: Track Folders, Fader & Mix Groups, Markers, Track Freezing

Reason/Record Tips & Techniques

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We work around the missing DAW features in Reason and Record.

Mix Rescue: The Wolf's Head & Vixen Morris Band

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Modern production techniques can have a place in traditional acoustic music genres: we even sneaked a triggered synth part into this Morris‑dance tune...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

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Multi-band Processing & Distortion

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Multi-band processing in Sonar needn’t stop at compression: using the same approach on distortion is easy and effective.

Pitch Correction & Granular Synthesis

Logic Tips & Techniques

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If Logic’s built-in pitch-correction doesn’t cut it for you, try this trick...

Resonant Frequencies

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There’s more to Live’s Resonators effect than you might think...

Snapshots SWS Extensions Mixing

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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The Snapshots feature in the donationware SWS Extensions adds simple and very useful mix functionality to Reaper.

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Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Studio One: Browser, Sound Sets, Pool

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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In our second look at Studio One’s Browser, we’ll be creating Sound Sets and dipping our toes in the Pool.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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The Studio SOS team sort out some acoustic problems, streamline a studio setup and brush up their drum & bass production skills!

The Mix Review | August 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• LMFAO 'Party Rock Anthem' • Nero 'Guilt' • Noah And The Whale 'L.I.F.E. G.O.E.S. O.N.' • Nicole Scherzinger 'Right There'

The Orb: 'Little Fluffy Clouds'

Classic Tracks

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Dr Alex Paterson tells us how the Orb’s cavalier sampling and devil‑may‑care attitude towards copyright took ambient house from the chill‑out room to the top of the charts.

Vocal Comping

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Comping the perfect vocal from multiple takes is a common editing task — and Cubase 6 makes it easier than ever.

Worldwide Developers Conference: Lion iOS, iCloud, iOS 5

Apple Notes

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Apple go futuristic, with announcements made at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference...

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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In which our hero eats too much cheese before bedtime and falls into a strange, Cheddar‑fuelled dream...

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Driven away from Manhattan by skyrocketing real‑estate prices, studio owners in Williamsburg are finding that even high‑profile acts are drawn to their lower rates.

Sound Advice

Q. Does it matter when my software meters light up in red, if I can’t hear a problem?

I've been a bit confused by the meters in some of my plug‑ins and in Cubase. They sometimes go red, which I presume means that...

Q. Does my shotgun mic have any uses in the studio?

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I've recently inherited a shotgun mic that seems to be in pretty good condition. However, I never do any kind of video or...

Q. How should I use my new multi‑pattern microphone?

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Having been using a cardioid mic for some time, I've just bought an Audio‑Technica AT2050. Although my decision was partly...

Q. Is a 'reflection filter' worth the money?

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I've been thinking about trying out an SE Reflexion Filter or similar device. So far, however, I've been hearing mixed reviews...

Q. What does 'parallel compression' mean?

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As a beginner, it seems that the more I explore, the less I understand. Certain techniques are referred to a lot but go right...

Q. Why do I need to use a DI box?

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I've been reading a fair bit about the best way to directly connect instruments to a PA recently, and I must admit I'm still a...

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