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2CAudio Aether

Reverb Plug-in [Mac/ PC]

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Many pro engineers still turn to expensive hardware for the best algorithmic reverbs. Can 2CAudios Aether plug-in tear them away from their racks?

A-Designs Pacifica

Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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Striking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

AAS Strum Electric GS1

Virtual Guitar Instrument

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AAS put their physical modelling skills to the test once again, with an electric follow‑up to Strum Acoustic GS1.

Akai APC40

MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

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Akai and Ableton have collaborated on the APC40, to bring tightly integrated, hands-on hardware control to Live.

Arturia Minimoog V2

Software Synthesizer

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Minimoog V2 adds features that the original Moog hardware didnt possess. Have Arturia improved on a classic?

AudioEase Cabinet

Convolution plug-in

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We check out the 'lite' version of AudioEase's Speakerphone convolution plug-in.

Bela D Media Sampled Landscape

Kontakt 2/3

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The 1.5GB Sampled Landscape library is divided into three folders: Drones, Instruments, and Landscapes. The 15 Drones aren't...

Cakewalk V-Studio 100

Computer Recording System

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Control surface, audio interface, digital mixer, solid-state recorder: the V-Studio 100 does it all, but is it a jack of all trades and master of none? Lets find out...

Chameleon Labs TS1

Small-diaphragm Valve Microphone

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Small mics and tubes arent always the best of friends, but this little newcomer proves that they can be.

JoeMeek Floor Q

Compressor Pedal

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We check out this traditional JoeMeek compressor in pedal format, for use with guitars, basses and other instruments.

Lauten Horizon

Valve Microphone

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This valve mic offers bags of character, and a quality of result comparable with mics that cost much more.

M-Audio Studiophile DSM1

DSP Reference Monitors

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Built-in DSP extends the flexibility and usefulness of these capable speakers.

Manikin Electronic Memotron

Digital Keyboard

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Have you ever longed for the sound and style of a Mellotron without the impracticality, unreliability and team of men required to move it? If so, you need yearn no more — thanks to the Memotron...

Plug-in Folder

Software Reviews

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• Image Line Ogun • Image Line Gross Beat • VirSyn FDelay

Project SAM Orchestral Brass Classic

Kontakt 2 Player

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Dutch samplists SAM have updated their four popular brass titles (SAM Horns, Trombones, Trumpets and Solo Sessions), and re‑...

PSP SQuad

Plug-in EQ Bundle [Mac/PC]

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If your DAWs built-in EQ doesnt quite have the analogue flavour youre after, PSPs new plug-in collection might be just the ticket.

Toontrack The Metal Foundry

Superior Drummer 2 Expansion

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When I compared Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2 with FXpansion's BDF2, my one quibble was its relatively small number of...

XLN Audio Modern Jazz Sticks & Brushes

Addictive Drums ADpaks

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XLN Audio's very fine Addictive Drums is a virtual drum instrument for Mac and PC that strikes a useful balance between the...

Zoom R16

Digital Multitracker, Audio Interface & Controller

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Have computers made digital multitrackers obsolete? Zoom dont think so.

People + Opinion

Learning Live Lessons

Leader

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I'm writing this leader column while still recovering from helping to organise the live sound for Malvern's West Fest all‑day...

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Fields & Paul David Hager

Jonas Brothers

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John Fields and Paul David Hager have a very modern working relationship — and with the Jonas Brothers, theyve delivered a string of old-fashioned hits.

Sounding Off: Tribute Bands

Gordon Reid

The sincerest form of flattery?

Technique

Classic Compressors

Choosing The Right Compressor For The Job

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Now that we have digital models and dynamic convolution technology, were spoilt for choice when it comes to classic compressor flavours. But whether hardware or software, which is right for which job?

Compression Made Easy

Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

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Getting precisely the results you want from compressors can often be the key to a tight, modern-sounding mix. We explain what the controls are designed to achieve and how they relate to what you hear.

Compression Made Easy | Audio Files

Audio Examples From Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

It can be difficult reading about compression without hearing what it does. Here are a number of audio files to accompany this article, with a detailed explanation of what they demonstrate.

Electric Guitar Effects Chains

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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No guitar effects in Cubase? Actually, there are more options than you can count...

Increase Productivity; DiffMerge

PC Notes

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This month, Martin Walker checks out ways to speed up your computer and investigates this curious DiffMerge thingamebob...

Logic: Working With The Transform Window

Logic Notes & Techniques

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Complex tasks of all kinds can be done quickly and easily with Logics Transform window.

Mac News & Tips

Apple Notes

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While music software interfaces still lag behind hardware in the tweakability stakes, theres a lot we can do to improve that situation with Mac OSs built-in features.

Missing Files

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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What to do when Pro Tools reports that files have gone missing? Find out in this month's invaluable assortment of tips and tricks.

Mix Rescue

Arrangement advice

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This months mission proves that to get the best from a song you need to pay as much attention to arrangement as to mix technique.

Mix Rescue 0909 | Audio Files

Audio Examples From Mix Rescue September 2009

Links to the before and after mixes.

Running Reason And Ableton Live Together

Reason Notes / Ableton Live Notes

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Reason and Ableton Live work well together — we offer some tips on running the two programs in parallel.

Rupert Flindt: Recording Elbow Live At Abbey Road

Sound Advice

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Rock bands, choirs and symphony orchestras each pose their own challenges to the engineer. Put them all in the same room, and things get really messy...

Sonar: Making A Virtual Drum Room

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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Sampled drums lacking realism? Synthesize stereo room mics to add authentic ambience with Sonars built-in effects.

The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ | Classic Tracks

Producer & Engineer: Shel Talmy

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There are very few records whose influence can be so strongly felt after 45 years as the Kinks You Really Got Me. At the controls was Shel Talmy, who tells us the story of a song that changed pop music.

Using Time Formats In Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

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Digital Performers time-display and grid features are the key to several cool techniques, including instant glitch effects.

VST DIY

Creating Your Own Audio Plug-ins

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There are lots of reasons why you might want to write your own VST plug-ins. The learning curve can be steep, but there are development environments out there that can help. We take you through the options.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Will your music become immortal, or simply indigestible? Its all about context.

Sound Advice

Q. Can you advise on recording acoustic guitar in stereo?

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Just wondering if you could give me some advice on recording acoustic guitars. I'm finding it very difficult to get a clean...

Q. How can I expand my Firewire connectivity?

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I have several UAD1 DSP cards in my current PC, leaving just one spare PCI slot, and need to connect some extra devices via...

Q. How many guitar layers should I use?

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I'm doing a demo for a local act and we've tracked layer upon layer of overdubbed guitars: there are 10 rhythm parts with...

Q. What is the best way to reduce bleed on a drum recording?

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When mixing drums, is it standard practice to try and tighten things up by getting rid of bleed on all but the overheads? I'm...

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