September 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win - Peluso P67 Valve Mic

Deadline: 2012-10-08

Boutique microphone manufacturer Peluso have kindly donated this P67 Valve Mic worth £1,700 ($1,965).

Reviews

8Dio Productions Adagio Violins Vol 1

Sample Library

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A large new violin library for Kontakt turns legato sampling into an art form.

ADK Odin & Thor

Large-diaphragm Microphones

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These mics are intended to offer the sound of the classic U87, while costing a fraction of the price. Do they live up to their inspiration?

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Yamaha Synth Arp & Drum Pad, EUM DAW Remote HD, Liine Lemur.

Behringer X32 Field Test

Live Sound

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Behringer’s new digital mixer and snake system are impressive on paper, but how do they fare under real-life gigging conditions?

Blackspade UM17R

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

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This handmade mic employs top-quality components, which lend it a character reminiscent of the classic Neumann M49.

ESI Unik 05

Active Monitors

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ESI claim to have improved on the design of their popular Near range of desktop monitors. The result is definitely Unik...

Eventide Blackhole

Reverb Plug-in For Mac & PC

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There are hundreds of reverb plug-ins to choose from, but none quite like Eventide’s Blackhole...

Fishman Loudbox Artist

Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

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Fishman have taken their popular Loudbox 100 and given it a fresh lick of paint, more powerful amplifiers and a welcome new effects section.

GP Electronics PML200E

Hybrid FET/Valve Microphone Preamplifier

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The man behind well-known French mixing console manufacturers Freevox has created a preamp — and it sounds très bon!

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Precision Analyser plot test images

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The following test plots were taken with an audio Precision Analyser during the course of Hugh's review.

Iso Acoustics ISO L8R155

Speaker Stands

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Speaker stands actually perform multiple functions, only one of which is putting your speaker in the right place. Another is...

JBL PRX635

Active PA Speakers

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To really put these three-way speakers to the test, we took them out on a number of outdoor live-music events.

Keith McMillen SoftStep

Foot Controller

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Pedalboards and foot controllers are usually seen as the preserve of guitarists rather than of DJs and keyboardists — but if one man has his way, that might just be about to change...

Modartt Pianoteq 4

Modelled Virtual Piano

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Now six years old, this physical modelling instrument has reached a new level of refinement and sophistication — and not just for piano sounds.

MOTU MicroBook II

USB 2 Audio Interface

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The new Microbook’s miniature exterior hides surprising depths of functionality.

Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1

DIY Synth Module

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If you’re handy with a soldering iron, buying the Shruthi 1 gets you a lot of synth for your buck...

Olympus LS100

Eight-track Pocket Recorder

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Building on their record for successful hand-held stereo recording devices, Olympus have stepped into multitracker territory...

Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Drum Tuner

Drum Tuner

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Although perhaps not as immediately apparent as an out-of-tune guitar or piano, a badly tuned drum kit can make otherwise...

Prodipe Lanen MC1

Handheld Capacitor Microphone

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This French-designed stage mic costs less than more established models — and might just out-perform them, too!

Samplephonics | Organic Loop Elements

Sample Library

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Looking to create something new and fresh, Samplephonics approached the composer George Baldwin to create a library of high-...

Slate VTM

Tape Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC

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The sound of magnetic tape stems from a hugely complex set of interacting factors. Slate Digital’s VTM is the most detailed attempt yet to capture these in digital form.

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Tape Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC

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Sonic Reality Epik Drums Edu Tutorial Videos

DVD review

If the name Ken Scott means nothing to you, you really do need to read up on recording and production! His CV as engineer and...

Source Audio Programmable EQ Digital Equaliser Stomp Box

Digital Equaliser

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Source Audio are probably best known for their unique Hot Hand controller, a wireless ring worn on the finger that provides...

SP Acoustics SP1M

Monitor Speakers

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These three-way, sealed-box speakers aren’t cheap — but then they might just be the best monitors in the world...

Spotlight: Digital Live Consoles

Round-up of popular models

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Digital mixing offers a huge range of benefits over analogue, and with more models available than ever before, there’s never been a better time to try it. Here’s our round-up of some of the most popular models available today.

Tech 21 SansAmp Classic

Guitar Amp & Speaker Simulator

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Does an all-analogue, 1989 design still have a place in the world of convolution and modelling-based guitar recording products? Get ready to be surprised by the reissued SansAmp Classic.

Twisted Tools | Transform

Sample Library

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As their name suggests, Twisted Tools specialise in sample packs with plenty of attitude, and this one is no exception....

Uhe Diva

Software Synthesizer

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Uhe’s painstakingly authentic analogue emulation is pretty demanding. Is she worth it?

Zero-G | Perception Cinemascapes

Sample Library

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Multi-format

People + Opinion

Dave Ogilvie mixing ‘Call Me Maybe’

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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All it took to make a star of Carly Rae Jepsen was one memorable song — and, in Dave Ogilvie, a mix engineer who understood how to make it stand out.

John Porter: Interview

From The Smiths To The Blues

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John Porter made his name with British indie and rock music — but is now arguably the world’s leading producer of blues records.

Just how many hats can one person wear when they’re making a record?

Sounding Off

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Just how many hats can one person wear when they're making a record?

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Dave Gerard & The Watchmen, Knive Eight, A Glance Beyond Nature, Seed, Adam Dawson, My Name Is Earl, Dream Baby Dream.

Remote Control

Paul White's Leader

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I don't get the point of telephone text messages, I really don't! Come on guys, speech transmission was established as a...

Technique

Amp It Up!

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Get creative with your guitar tones, using Cubase’s VST Amp Rack

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Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Apple Notes - MobileMe

Apple Notes

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If your workflow is a casualty of the closure of MobileMe, it’s probably time to start looking for alternatives...

Arranging For Strings: Part 4

Tips & Techniques

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Soaring, anthemic descants and quicksilver runs are the meat and potatoes of old-school string arranging. But they may not be enough to save the day when disaster strikes…

Base Power

Pro Tools Tips & Technique

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Learn how to use Pro Tools’ Digibase Browsers and all your audio files will be at your fingertips.

Hit Factory

Cockos Reaper Tips & Technique

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In the second of this two-part series on drum editing in Reaper, we use SWS Extensions to fill gaps and stretch time.

Keys To The DAW

Presonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques

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Assigning logical key shortcuts in Studio One could seriously speed up your work rate...

Middle Management

Apple Logic Tips & Technique

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Use Logic’s stock plug-ins to decongest the middle of your mix.

Mixing Bass

How To Craft The Perfect Bottom End

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Avoid all the low-frequency pitfalls and learn to achieve the perfect foundation for any mix, with our bass-mixing masterclass...

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How To Craft The Perfect Bottom End

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Nine Inch Nails ‘Closer’

Classic Tracks

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Although the shock value of its lyrics and ensuing censorship earned it notoriety, ‘Closer’ perfectly exemplifies Trent Reznor’s radical use of sampling and singularly focused musical vision.

On The Air: The BBC’s Festival Outside Broadcast Team

Recording Live Sound

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Imagine mixing the world’s biggest bands in front of an audience of millions — with no soundcheck. It’s all in a day’s work for BBC in-house engineers.

Rack & Roll

Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

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Pausing by the buffet, we check out what Propellerhead have brought to the Rack Extension party.

Studio SOS

Your Studio Problems Solved

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In a departure from the usual home-studio make-overs, this month we answer an SOS call from the historic Radio Caroline!

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Your Studio Problems Solved

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The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hit records by Flo Rida, Kelly Clarkson abd Michael Kiwanuka.

Tool Up

Ableton Live Tips & Technique

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Unlock the potential of overlooked but useful Live effects devices.

Well Defined - Using Instrument Definition files

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Instrument definitions make life easier when using hardware instruments or effects with Sonar.

Windows 8

PC Notes

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With a release date for Windows 8 finally announced, should musicians take advantage of upgrade offers?

Music Business

Notes FromThe Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Most of the time, TV composers are happy if anyone notices their music. It’s when people start to like it that the trouble starts.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Just like studios and record companies, music industry trade bodies have had to adapt to survive in a rapidly changing business landscape.

Studio File: Casino Baumgarten, Vienna

Inside The World's Pro Studios

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We reveal the unexpected vintage treasures hidden inside an 18th Century palace.

Sound Advice

Q. How and when should level variations be corrected?

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Imagine you've tracked guitar, bass, vocals, and so on, and have multiple takes, all at slightly (or maybe radically)...

Q. How can I improve the stereo balance of my mixes?

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Last month, you gave me some advice on identifying why the vocals on my track weren't audible when I played it in my car [see...

Q. Why do speakers only seem to have round diaphragms?

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I've noticed a lot of microphones on the market lately that have odd-shaped diaphragms: for example, there's a Pearl model...

Q. Why should I record real guitar amps with microphones when I can use virtual amps?

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I've noticed that a lot of producers still like to record guitar and bass cabinets with microphones, even though there are...

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