August 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Kemper Profiling Amp Worth £1,215

Deadline: 2012-09-10

The Kemper Profiling Amp is the brainchild of Chistopher Kemper, founder of Access Music Electronics. The KPA received a glowing review in the April 2012 issue of SOS — and for this month's competition Kemper are kindly giving away one of these lovely amps, worth £1,215!

Reviews

Acoustic Treatment

Spotlight

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Acoustic treatment is one of the best investments you can make for your studio, and there are plenty of companies offering pre-made products to solve a variety of problems at a range of prices. Here’s just a selection of what’s available.

AEA RPQ500

500-series Preamplifier & EQ

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Matt Houghton takes a look at this preamp that's much more than just a preamp.

Aphex EX BB500

500-series Enhancement Processor

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Aphex's Exciter has been around in one guise or another for years, and when first launched, back in 1975...

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Paul Nagle takes a look at the Yamaha TNR-i sequencer app for iOS, whilst Hugh Robjohns investigates the Audio Engineer utility and reference app for iOS.

Behringer X32

Digital Mixing Console

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Behringer are known for making cost-effective products, but their new X32 live mixer takes that to a whole new level...

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Digital Mixing Console

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Audio precision analyser test results accompany the article

Best Service | Desert Winds

Sample Library

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Desert Winds focuses on just four wind instruments, but does so in magnificent detail, each featuring up to six different natural legato types.

Cartec Pre-Q5

Mic Preamp & EQ For API 500 Format

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Whether you prefer to record your sounds cleanly or with coloration, the Cartec Pre-Q5 can deliver the goods.

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Mic Preamp & EQ For API 500 Format

Audio files to accompany the article

Celemony Capstan

Wow & Flutter Removal Software

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Celemony’s clever restoration tool invisibly fixes the speed variations that can plague material recorded on tape or vinyl.

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Wow & Flutter Removal Software

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Audio files to accompany the article

Clavia Nord Drum

Drum Synthesizer

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Clavia’s new drum box takes a typically idiosyncratic approach to percussion synthesis.

Galaxy PA6S

Active Stage Monitor

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This compact stage monitor puts the foldback controls exactly where they’re needed — right in front of the performer!

How to Build a Small Budget Studio From Scratch (4th edition)

Book by Mike Shea & F. Alton Everest

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As our various Studio SOS adventures have shown, the difference between no acoustic treatment and some basic absorption...

Latch Lake MicKing

Heavy-duty Mic Stand System

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Exactly what sets a mic stand apart from the crowd?

Lewitt Audio LCT640

Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

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This innovative large-diaphragm mic offers more pad, pattern and filter options than you can shake a stick at — but how does it sound?

Loopmasters | Baker Brothers Funk Session Volume 2

Sample Library

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You can forgive a funk band just about anything if they've got a shit-hot bass player, and in that respect Chris Pedley, bassist and co-founder of the Baker Brothers, is easily the biggest reason for spending money on this new downloadable loop library.

Mackie HDA & HD1801

Active Line Array

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Mackie have added to their popular range of active PA speakers with this modular line-array system. Does it deliver the goods?

Peluso P67

Valve Microphone

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In the P67, Peluso have sought to recreate a bit of Neumann history. Does it offer the same sound that made the U67 a classic?

Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL

USB 2 Audio Interface

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Presonus’s new USB 2 interface promises tight integration with their Studio One software at a competitive price.

Roland Jupiter 50

Performance Synthesizer

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Roland’s Jupiter 80 has gained a little brother in the shape of the Jupiter 50. Does this slimmed-down synth offer the same Supernatural sound?

Scan 3XS Intel SAX6 PowerDAW PC

Music Computer

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Scan’s new hex-core machine offers huge amounts of processing power and RAM. Is it the perfect studio PC?

Scuffham S-Gear

Amp Simulator For Mac OS & Windows

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With so many virtual guitar amps already on the market, can newcomers Scuffham Amps bring something fresh to the party?

Sonic Academy ANA

Software Synthesizer

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Don’t let its low price fool you: Sonic Academy’s debut synth has a lot going for it...

SPL Neos

Summing & Monitoring Console

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With its high-voltage power rails, this console offers more headroom than any other we can think of. Oh... and it sounds rather nice, too!

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Summing & Monitoring Console

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Test plots to accompany the article

Steinberg UR28M

USB 2 Audio Interface & Monitor Controller

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Steinberg’s latest interface features a generous complement of I/O options, flexible foldback and a fully fledged monitor controller.

Tascam DP24

24-track Portastudio

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With eight-track simultaneous recording and up to 32 tracks on mixdown, the DP24 proves you don’t need a computer to produce music.

Toontrack | Americana EZX

Sample Library

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Americana is an addition to the Toontrack expansion library portfolio for EZ Drummer and is best described as an American-sounding range of drum kits recorded 'honestly'...

Unity Audio The Boulder

Active Monitors

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Continuing their assault on the monitor market, Unity roll out this premium three-way, active design. How does it perform?

Wave Alchemy Pro II

Software Synthesizer

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Wave Alchemy’s Pro II aims to fill the curious, Pro One-shaped hole in the soft-synth market.

Zero-G | Luminoso Live Violin Phrases

Sample Library

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Film trailer/TV composer Dan Graham has created several sound libraries featuring small groups of players from the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

People + Opinion

Jake Jackson: Recording The 2012 Olympic Anthems

Interview | Producer

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The first marathon of the London Olympics took place not on the track, but in the recording studio. Jake Jackson was the man charged with recording 201 national anthems...

Keith Grant: The Story Of Olympic Studios

Interview | Engineer

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Legendary engineer Keith Grant oversaw a golden age of music recording. Before his death earlier this year, he shared with Sound On Sound his memories of the studio he managed for a quarter of a century.

Should artists receive credit for their music on moral as well as legal grounds?

Sounding Off

Mike Senior asks - Should artists receive credit for their music on moral as well as legal grounds?

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Leader

While the term 'first do no harm' may embody the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath, the phrase itself is apparently absent from...

Trevor Muzzy: Recording Nicki Minaj's 'Starships'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Top producer RedOne has had hits with dozens of artists, but relies on one man to “finish” tracks like Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’: engineer Trevor Muzzy.

Technique

2 Unlimited

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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You don’t have to give up Session Drummer 2’s content when you move up to 64-bit Sonar X1.

Arranging For Strings, Part 3

Tips & Techniques

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From a delicate shimmer to an earthquake tremor, harmonics, tremolo and trills can add vibrancy and drama to your string arrangements. Find out how to make the most of them in this SOS masterclass. • Read Part 1 (June 2012) • Read Part 2 (July 2012) • Read Part 4 (Sept 2012)

Artist Action

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Pro Tools 10 unlocks the vast potential of Avid’s Artist Series controllers. Here’s how to tap into those new possibilities...

Drum Editing, Part 1

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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In the first of this two-part series on drum editing in Reaper, we look at getting your transients to land perfectly on the grid.

Groove-quantise, Part 2

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase’s quantise tools aren’t just for MIDI these days: find out how to make your recorded audio parts sit in the same groove.

MARRS 'Pump Up The Volume'

Classic Tracks

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The unlikely result of a collaboration between two 4AD bands, the release of ‘Pump Up The Volume’ by MARRS was a great day for house music and copyright lawyers alike.

Microsoft Surface

PC Notes

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With functionality that could actually surpass that of the iPad, Microsoft’s Surface looks set to make a big splash in the tablet market.

Mix Rescue: The Guest Bedroom

Mixing & Recording Advice

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Our tame mix engineer was asked to inject some dark, moody aggression into this month’s track. Read on to find out how he did it...

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Mixing & Recording Advice

Audio files to accompany the article

Off Grid

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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When your audio parts change tempo or time signature, Samplitude can still map them out in bars and beats.

Plug-ins To Create Analogue Sounds

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Use Logic’s plug-ins to digitally recreate a classic analogue sound.

Rack Extension Shop

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Propellerhead’s Rack Extension Shop is filling up with tempting goodies...

Real-time Processing

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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With multiple undo functions and real-time processing, Studio One gives you the freedom to turn back the clock...

Running An Open Air Concert

Feature

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Outdoor live-sound work can be immensely satisfying to do — but it also involves some serious preparation...

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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The SOS team are tasked with improving speech recordings for an audio newspaper aimed at the partially sighted.

The Mix Review

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Sean Kingston 'Party All Night' • Gotye 'Somebody That I Used To Know' • Olly Murs 'Heart Skips A Beat' • Carly Rae Jepsen 'Call Me Maybe'

Upgrading Mac OS

Apple Notes

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With OS 10.8 Mountain Lion nearly upon us, just when is the right time to upgrade your Mac OS — and to what version?

Warped Designs

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to use Live’s clip warping as a sound design tool.

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Music Business

Export Assistance

Trade Missions & International Support For British Music

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Want to sell your music overseas, but lack the contacts, money or experience to break into foreign markets? Help and funding is available, and here’s how to get it.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Can’t find what you want in a music library? No problem. Just hire a composer to write it for nothing!

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Getting your music on a movie or TV show is seen by many as the best way to make it in this business, but the real money might lie in helping others to do so...

Sound Advice

Q. Can I comp together tracks from different takes?

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I've not used the group editing feature of Cubase 6.5, having only recently come over to this version from Cubase SX3, but...

Q. Can I create a studio in a shipping container?

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I've seen shipping containers used on building sites for various purposes, and it got me wondering about putting a little...

Q. What’s the best way to try out microphones on an orchestral recording?

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I want to trial some microphones on a 60-piece school orchestra performance, and I only get one shot at positioning the mics....

Q. Which settings should I use to encode tape cassettes?

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I need to digitally encode some old tape cassettes and am wondering what bit depth and sample rate would be optimal. The...

Q. Why aren’t my vocals audible in the car?

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I've used a 'stereo-izer'/widener on a track, along with two more separately taken tracks panned far left and right,...

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