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Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we take a look at the IK Multimedia iRig HD & Amplitude 3 Guitar Interface & Software For iOS

Arturia SparkLE

Drum Machine

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Arturia have pared down their hybrid drum controller. It's cheaper and more compact — but does the Spark spirit remain?

Bass Drum Microphones

Spotlight

When you're working with bass drums, it pays to use a mic dedicated to the task. Here's our selection of current models, with links to the SOS review where available.

CEDAR Studio

Post-production Plug-ins For Pro Tools

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If you're willing to pay for the best, CEDAR Audio's suite of plug-in processors could give you results that justify the investment.

DMG Audio Equilibrium

EQ Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

Whatever you look for in an equaliser, you'll find it in DMG Audio's astonishingly comprehensive Equilibrium.

Doepfer Dark Time

Step Sequencer

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The Doepfer Dark Time looks and behaves like an analogue sequencer, but its digital heart means there's more to it than meets the eye.

Fostex TH7BB & TH5BB Studio Headphones

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The latest additions to Fostex's TH range of headphones are two models that are targeted at professional studio applications.

Genelec M030

Active Monitors

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Can energy-efficient, environmentally friendly monitors really offer professional quality? Genelec certainly think so...

Kurzweil PC3K8

Workstation Synthesizer

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Kurzweil's latest workstation introduces enhancements — but doesn't mess with that Kurzweil sound.

Line 6 StageSource L2T

Active PA System

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There's more to these speakers than meets the eye, thanks to some cunning DSP and unique networking capability.

Massey DRT

Drum Sample Replacement Plug-in For Pro Tools

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Massey's latest plug-in provides an affordable and effective way of beefing up your Pro Tools drum recordings with samples.

Mojave MA301 FET

Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

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The MA301 FET claims to offer classic German sound at a Chinese price. Does it deliver?

Neutral Audio X-DREI Pro

Speaker Optimiser

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Can this innocent-looking 1U rack really improve the performance of any speaker system?

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Speaker Optimiser

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Test & Measurement Result graphs to accompany the article.

Origin Effects Cali76 Compressor Pedal

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Compression is an often under-rated weapon in the electric guitarist's arsenal.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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This month we feature 300ft Gorilla, The New Infection and The o8o8 Project.

Precious Sound PreSid

Software Synthesizer

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The celebrated SID chip enjoys a virtual outing, courtesy of Precious Sound's lovingly sampled software instrument.

Presonus ADL700

Channel Strip

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Presonus's new valve channel strip boasts professional features and a price tag to match!

Roland Studio Capture

USB 2 Audio & MIDI Interface

The Roland Studio Capture offers a very generous amount of analogue I/O and an unusually high level of digital control.

SoundMorph | Users of Tomorrow

Sample Library

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A collection of over 1800 interface noises for sound designers.

Steinberg Wavelab 8

Audio Editing Software For Mac & PC

Always moving with the times, Steinberg's Wavelab now includes comprehensive loudness metering, along with new plug-ins and an improved interface.

Tech 21 Roto Choir

Leslie Cabinet Simulator Pedal

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The uniquely complex, spacious swirl of a real, mechanical Leslie rotary-speaker cabinet sound in a pedal!

Toontrack | New York Studios Vol 3 SDX

Sample Library

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To record the New York Studios Vol 3 drum samples, Toontrack returned to the world-class Avatar Studios (formerly The Power Station).

Ueberschall | Grunge

Elastik-based Sample Library

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The majority of Ueberschall's Elastik-based libraries come in an easy-to-use construction kit format: lots of loops organised...

Universal Sampling | Euphoria

Kontakt Instrument Sample Library

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Universal Sampling are a small virtual instrument and sample library company who have created four products so far and now Euphoria takes them to a different level.

VI Labs True Keys Pianos

Sample Library

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Three grand pianos jostle for supremacy in VI Labs' deep-sampled, secrecy-shrouded True Keys Pianos package.

Live Sound

Roger Lyons: Kaiser Chiefs MIDI Tech

Chief Of Staff

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Running the keyboard rig for one of the UK's biggest bands is always going to be nerve-wracking — especially when it's all centred on a laptop computer...

People + Opinion

Caro Emerald

David Schreurs & Jan Van Wieringen:Recording The Shocking Miss Emerald

Tired of trying to make money, Caro Emerald's production team chose to make music they loved. The result was a worldwide hit album...

Great Expectations

Leader

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Some years ago, I wrote a leader aimed at anyone thinking of taking a music technology course with a view to getting some kind of industry job at the end of it.

Inside Track: Black Sabbath return to their roots

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andrew Scheps

Under the guidance of Rick Rubin, Black Sabbath returned to their roots. Mixed by Andrew Scheps, the resulting album topped charts worldwide.

Sounding Off

How much is enough?

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Richard Canavan asks - How much is enough?

Technique

Apple Notes

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The Worldwide Developers Conference always brings exciting announcements. We take a look at the headline grabbers...

Beastie Boys 'Sabotage'

Classic Tracks

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The standout track from the Beastie Boys' smash hit Ill Communication album nearly didn't make it onto the record at all — and when it did, it was the eight-track ADAT mix that made the final cut.

Cutting Edge

Reason Tips and Techniques

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Get your brain outside some crafty cuts with Reason 7's hot new slicing tools.

Getting Better Results From Izotope's RX2

Clean Up Your Acts

Restoration software such as Izotope's RX2 can breathe new life into damaged audio — with the right moves from the user!

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Clean Up Your Acts

Audio files to accompany the article.

Hit Squad

Logic Tips & Techniques

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If you've never used Logic for drum replacement before, it's time you learned the basics...

Match & Mix

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase 7 includes the Voxengo CurveEQ plug-in, which matches the frequency responses of different sounds.

Max Power

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There's something for everyone in Max For Live, as we'll see while we explore the best devices MFL has to offer.

Mix Rescue

Singer/songwriter Clive John

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This month's mixing challenge was to retain the energy and excitement of a live recording, while adding a healthy dose of vintage character.

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Singer/songwriter Clive John

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Open Windows

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For anyone dismayed by the spec of the new Mac Pro, there's now a dedicated range of Pro Tools PCs.

PC Notes

Back to the Start?

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Those Windows 8 users who are longing for the return of their Start button may not be too impressed by the forthcoming 8.1 update.

Session Notes

Impossible Colours: Multiple Mics For Guitar Amp Tone Sculpting

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In this month's Session Notes column, we focus on a recent overdubbing session, which demonstrated the benefits of the multi-miking approach particularly well.

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Impossible Colours: Multiple Mics For Guitar Amp Tone Sculpting

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Space Exploration

Sonar Tips & Tecniques

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Create new and unusual effects with Sonar X2's Breverb Plug-in.

Stretch In Time

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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A recent Reaper update gave users something they'd been clamouring for: Stretch Markers.

The Making Of Later... With Jools Holland

Running Later

The BBC's flagship music programme is broadcast around the world. We go behind the scenes to discover the secrets of its complex sound production.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month Mike listens hard to Ellie Goulding, Pink, Sam And The Womp, Katy Perry and the all time classic 'Hotel California' by the Eagles.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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What's more humiliating than working for nothing? Jumping through hoops to work for nothing...

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Banks are getting increasingly involved in the music industry. Should we be afraid?

Studio File: Candy Bomber, Berlin

We continue our tour of iconic and unusual studios.

Candy Bomber opened its doors in 2007, shortly before the last aeroplane departed from Berlin's historic — and now closed — Tempelhof airport.

Sound Advice

College Q&A

Advice on Recording Strings and Vocals

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On a recent visit to Leeds School Of Music, SOS author Jon Burton decided to hold a quick Q&A session.

Q How can I deal with plosives?

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Is there a good technique for treating plosives on a vocal track? I've found lots of advice on de-essing, but nothing on this...

Q Is there a difference between clipping and limiting?

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What, if any, difference is there between clipping and limiting? Is a soft clipper just a limiter with very fast attack and...

Q Should I go for a Clavia Nord or a V-Piano?

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I'm undecided about whether to choose a Roland V-Piano or a Clavia Nord, because Roland use physical modelling technology in...

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