September 2011 In This Issue

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Competition

Win HK Audio Elements PA System Worth £2,000 GBP

Deadline: 2011-09-22

Thanks to JHS, we're giving away an Elements stereo sstem to one lucky SOS reader this month. The prize consists of two EF45 system bases, two EA600 600W power amps, two EP1 connection poles and two E435 'mid and high' cabinets, all worth just over £2,000.

Win Telefunken ELA M260 Stereo Set Worth $2,895 USD

Deadline: 2011-10-11

This month, thanks to Telefunken Electroakustik, we're delighted to be able to offer an ELA M260 Stereo Set as our competition prize. Released at this year's Summer NAMM, the set comprises two M260s each with interchangeable capsules, elastic shockmount, custom dual power supply, two 25-foot mic cables and a locking leather-bound flight case.

Reviews

Apogee Symphony I/O

Audio Interface For Mac

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Apogee claim that their new interface is the result of 25 years of research into digital audio — so we have high expectations for it. Find out whether the Symphony lives up to them.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month, Jules Harding, Hugh Robjohns and Mike Watkinson check out iConnectivity iConnect MIDI Interface for iOS, ElectroDroid Electronics Reference Guide for Android by Demetrio Iero, and Akai Synthstation 25 keyboard and app for iPhone and iPod Touch.

ART TPatch

Patchbay

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Paul White investigates this passive, eight-point balanced patchbay.

Arturia Spark

Drum Machine

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French synth experts Arturia get their groove on with a hybrid software/hardware drum machine. Zut alors!

Best Service | Ethno World 5

Sample Library

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My first Ethno World 5 observation was "blimey, an actual manual!”. Having a pile of virtual instruments squatting in my...

Blue Sky Sat 6.5 EXR

Active Nearfield Monitors

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Blue Sky have earned a strong reputation for their sealed-cabinet speakers, but in their latest model they’ve opted for a ported design. How do the newcomers compare with their infinite‑baffle cousins?

Flea 47

Valve Condenser Microphone

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The Neumann U47 is one of the most revered of all studio mics, and while there are plenty of ‘clones’ available, Flea have gone the extra mile in their quest for authenticity.

Flea 47 | Audio

Valve Condenser Microphone

These audio files accompany the Flea 47 review that appeared in SOS September 2011.

Flux Alchemist

Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in

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Whether you’re rescuing an over-compressed mix or extracting maximum punch from a drum track, Flux’s innovative multi-band dynamics tool could be just what you need.

Flux Alchemist | Media

Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in

Audio files to accompany the article.

FXpansion Geist

Sampling Drum Machine Software

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Put down your bells, books and candles — this a ghost you do want in your machine...

Grimm Audio CC1

Master Clock

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Hugh Robjohns checks out a wooden-faced master clock made by Dutch engineers Grimm Audio.

Hear Technologies Hear Back

Artist Monitor System

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Have you ever wished that artists could control their own monitor mixes? With this system they can, whether on stage or in the studio.

Heavyocity | Evolve Mutations Bundle

Sample Library

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Back in SOS October 2008, we raved about the 'high‑quality sonic weirdness' of Heavyocity's original flagship product, Evolve...

INA GRM Tools 3

Sound Design Plug-ins

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The long-awaited version 3 of the GRM Tools suite introduces three new plug-ins, the likes of which have not been seen or heard before!

Karma K-Micro Silver Bullet

Omnidirectional Microphones

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Paul White investigates a pair of mics that can extend your recording options considerably without depleting your bank account!

Kinman Impersonator 54

Noiseless Guitar Pickups

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At last, the quest to recreate the classic single-coil tone — but without the noise — appears to be over.

Kush Audio Clariphonic

Parallel High‑Frequency Equaliser

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Kush have established a reputation for unique‑sounding gear that features idiosyncratic controls, and their Clariphonic is no exception...

Mackie SRM150

Portable Active PA System

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If you’re in need of some extremely portable amplification or monitoring, Mackie’s tiny SRM150 might just save the day.

Neve 4081

Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

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Neve believe that there’s scope to bring classic designs up to date — and that’s exactly what they’ve done here, taking their revered 1081 mic preamplifier as the starting point.

Orchestral Tools | Orchestral String Runs

Sample Library

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A capacious new European library takes the strain out of programming orchestral string runs.

Radial Workhorse

Modular Processing & Summing System

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With API’s 500-series 'Lunchbox' format becoming ever more popular, it was almost inevitable that someone would try to improve on the standard...

Sony MDR7550

Dynamic In-ear Monitors

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Sony’s top-of-the-range dynamic in-ear monitors have a kind voice, with all the volume and extension you’ll need for stage use and on-the-move mixing.

Studiospares Ultimate Cable Tester

Studio Accessory

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Hugh Robjohns gets to grips with a cable tester from Studiospares that offers great value for money.

Telefunken CU29 Copperhead

Large‑diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

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Telefunken Elektroakustic’s latest mic is their most affordable large-diaphragm condenser yet. Is its sound worthy of the Telefunken name?

Ueberschall | Ambient Lines

Sample Library

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Ueberschall's Ambient Lines is another in their series of Elastik‑based sample libraries.

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Ueberschall | Deep House

Sample Library

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It's not often that packaging sleeve notes are underwhelming — they tend towards excessive hype — but those of Deep House don'...

Ultrasone Pro 750

Studio Headphones

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Do these closed‑back cans from German company Ultrasone have what it takes to compete with established studio models?

Universal Audio UAD2 Satellite

Firewire DSP Effects Processor For Mac OS

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It’s hard not to be tempted by Universal Audio’s mouth-watering range of plug‑ins, but not every Mac has a spare PCI or ExpressCard slot. Now all you need is a free Firewire port...

Live Sound

JBL Eon 515XT

Portable Active PA Speaker

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The Eon range of portable powered speakers evolves further, with new styling, improved output, and more besides.

Jon Burton (Prodigy) Compares Studio Live Engineering

Feature

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Prodigy live engineer Jon Burton talks to some of the world’s top sound engineers about the similarities and differences between tour and studio work.

People + Opinion

David Glasper: Learning Lessons From Rock Biographies

Sounding Off

This column could save your life. And $7.99.

Joe Leach: Grand Designs At Glastonbury

Studio Built Of Straw

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This year’s Glastonbury Festival boasted a recording studio built of straw — complete with 24‑track tape and grand piano. SOS followed Joe Leach’s project all the way from blue-sky thinking to muddy reality.

Nicolas Godin & Jean-Benoît Dunckel (AIR): Building Atlas Studio

Interview | Band

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French pop music was once as uncool as you could get, but over the last 15 years, AIR’s distinctive, retro-tinged electronica has conquered the world.

Paul White: The Only Constant Is Change

Leader

A few years ago, I commented in this very column that, despite advances in recording technology, many of our readers still...

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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Phat Flavour Crew * Res-Q * Darren Lock * Amphibic

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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Our tireless Editor In Chief tackles some studio acoustics problems while on holiday in Turkey, with a budget of precisely nothing!

Tom Elmhirst: Recording Adele 'Rolling In The Deep'

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Adele’s second album, 21, has broken sales records all around the globe. Mixer Tom Elmhirst and producer Paul Epworth explain how they created its multi‑platinum lead single, ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Tom Elmhirst: Recording Adele 'Rolling In The Deep' | Media

Inside Track: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Technique

'Dynamic Range' & The Loudness War

Feature

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We all know music is getting louder. But is it less dynamic? Our ground-breaking research proves beyond any doubt that the answer is no — and that popular beliefs about the 'loudness war' need a radical rethink.

Cloud Service Backup

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The ‘cloud’ is great for backing up Pro Tools projects — if you know what to upload. We look at a service that can do it automatically.

Final Cut Pro X

Apple Notes

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Does Apple’s controversial product strategy for the new Final Cut Pro X give any hints as to their plans for the next major Logic version?

Internet Connection For Music PCs?

PC Notes

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Is it time to let the Internet into your studio? PC Notes thinks it might be...

John Cougar: 'Jack & Diane'

Classic Tracks

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But for the timely intervention of Mick Ronson, John Cougar’s celebrated portrait of small-town American life might never have existed at all, let alone topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 1

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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If you want to breathe new life into your drum loop library, Cubase has the tools. You just need the know-how! • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3

Mix Mistakes

Feature

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We explore some of the most common causes of mix failure we’ve tackled in our monthly Mix Rescue column. Banish these demons and you’re most of the way to a devilishly good mix! Here are ten reasons why your mixes don’t work — and what you can do about it!

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Feature

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Audio files to accompany the article.

Mix Tips For Kick & Bass

Feature

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What better place to start building your mix than the kick-drum and bass parts? Get them to work well together and you’re on your way to a good mix...

Mixer Magic

Reaper Notes

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Avoid information overload with these advanced techniques for using Reaper’s mixer.

Reason 6

Reason Notes

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Reason 6 is probably the biggest update in the program’s history. We give you the lowdown...

Stretch Drum Loops Smoothly

Sonar X1

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Use Sonar X1 to slow down your drum loops drastically — and retain fidelity!

The Mix Review | September 2011

Analysing Commercial Productions

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• Dev Featuring The Cataracs 'Bass Down Low' • Wretch 32 'Traktor' • Aloe Blacc 'I Need A Dollar'

Vector Objective

Logic Tips & Techniques

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From wave sequencing to gated pads and basses — it can all be done with Logic’s ES2 synth!

Vector Objective | Media

Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

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Versatile Vocoding

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There’s more to Live’s Vocoder than meets the ear: it can generate all manner of unexpected effects.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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You’ve got to be good to get ahead in this game. And not just at mending cookers.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Despite economic uncertainty, Nashville continues to thrive in the music industry. What’s the secret of its success?

Sound Advice

Q. How can I use a figure‑of‑eight mic with the mid/side miking setup?

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I have two figure‑of‑eight Golden Age ribbon mics that I want to use as overheads for drum recording. I've read about Blumlein...

Q. How do I record a double bass alongside other instruments?

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Having been a bass player for years, I've recently come into possession of an acoustic double bass. I seem to be getting a ...

Q. Should I use a boundary mic when playing piano live?

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I play an acoustic baby grand piano and sing in a new bar. The environment fluctuates from being quiet to being 'moderately'...

Q. What are auxes, sends and returns?

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Excuse the simplicity of the question, but I'm always coming across these terms in the magazine, and I don't know what they ...

Q. What is side‑chaining, and what do you use it for?

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This might be a very big topic, but I'm hoping that you can help to clear up some confusion. Side‑chaining seems to be...

Q. What’s the best program for time‑stretching?

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I was wondering what the latest and best program is for time-stretching. I purchased Apple Logic 9, but I don't find that...

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