September 2013 In This Issue

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Competition

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Deadline: 2013-10-11

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Reviews

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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Prophet, Prodigy, Jupiter, Andromeda, Trinity... You just can't beat the grandiose overtones of a good synth name.

Apple Logic Pro X

Music Production Software For Mac OS

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Logic Pro X was released on July 16th, almost four years to the day after Logic Pro 9 — the longest that users have had to wait for a major new version in the product's 21-year history.

Avid Pro Tools 11

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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If Pro Tools 10 was a watershed release in the product's history, Pro Tools 11 marks the beginning of a new era for Avid's audio production platform.

Behringer Ultragain ADA 8200

ADAT Expander & Mic Preamp

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Behringer's Ultragain ADA 8000 — a simple ADAT interface with mic and line inputs and analogue line outputs

Best Service | Era: Medieval Legends

Sample Library

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Eduardo Tarilonte's sample libraries from Best Service now feature regularly in Hollywood film soundtracks, documentaries,...

Drumdrops | 1963 Premier Outfits 54 kit

Sample Library

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To create this sample library, Drumdrops went into The Pool studio in London and recorded Ben Hillier's eight-piece 1963...

Dynacord CMS 1000-3

Analogue Mixer

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The latest series of consoles in Dynacord's CMS (Compact Mixing System) family is the CMS3 range, which consists of three models

EB Acoustics ER1

Passive Nearfield Monitor

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EB Acoustics is probably not a name that many in the music-technology world will be familiar with.

Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 & Scarlett Studio

USB Audio Interfaces

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Focusrite started out as a high-end audio company building no-compromise mic preamps for the likes of Sir George Martin's Air Studios

Fostex PM641

Three-way Active Monitors

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I've always been impressed by the performance of Fostex's PM-series monitors, especially given their entry-level pricing, but the majority of the ones I've looked at have been two-way systems.

Gyraf Audio Gyratec XXI Magneto-Dynamic Infundibulum

Multi-band Analogue Soft Clipper

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Gyraf Audio's gloriously titled Gyratec XXI Magneto Dynamic Infundibulum (G21 for short!) was one of the most unusual products announced at this year's Musikmesse show...

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Multi-band Analogue Soft Clipper

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HK Audio Elements E835 & E210 SAS

Active PA System

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Acouple of years ago, we reviewed the original HK Elements portable line-array system, which has now been thoroughly revised to offer more power and flexibility.

Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5

Guitar Amplifier

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Following the success of their Tubemeister 18, Hughes and Kettner have spun off a low-power variant, the Tubemeister 5....

K&M 21431 Mini Boom Arm

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The 'traditional' way to mount a vocal mic is to suspend it from a tall 'overhead' mic stand, and there are several advantages...

Kiwi Technics Kiwi 3P

Synthesizer Upgrade

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Occasionally, a synth slips through the net and recedes into obscurity while lesser instruments achieve cult status. 

LD Systems D1017

Drum Microphone Set

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It's not often that I take a look at drum microphone kits, so I was interested to have the opportunity to try out this LD Systems set from Adam Hall.

Lindell Audio 17XS MkII

Mono FET Compressor-limiter

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Back at the beginning of 2012 (how time flies...), I reviewed the 17X compressor-limiter, the debut product from Swedish company Lindell Audio. 

MOTU MachFive 3

Software Sampler

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Competition for the accolade of best software sampler is fierce, despite some contenders having fallen away in recent years. Has MOTU's MachFive 3 got what it takes to come out on top?

MXL BCC1 & BCD1

Vocal Microphones

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Like some classic broadcast mics, these new MXL models are designed for spoken word, but turn in a good performance on instruments, too.

Neve 1073N

Preamp Module

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Even Neve themselves make several variations on the classic 1073 theme. What makes this one different?

Novation Bass Station 2

Analogue Synthesizer

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In the 20 years since its launch, the Bass Station has become something of a classic — and with analogue monosynths enjoying their biggest revival since the early '80s, what better time for a sequel?

Orange DIVO VT1000

Valve Tester

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Despite being a supposedly obsolete technology, it seems that in the audio industry at least, valves or 'tubes' refuse to lay down and die.

Personal Monitor Mixers

Spotlight

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With systems getting ever cheaper, there's never been a better time to explore personal monitor mixing. Here's our selection of current options!

Playback

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This months we comment on albums from Teenage China, 87PM, Christopher Libertino, The Emergency, Fingers & Thumbs, The Gluespots, Yoshiko Ohara and Marvin B Naylor.

Prime Loops | Glitch Hop Revolution

Sample Library

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Do you like a slice of glitch with your hop? Prime Loops certainly do, having launched this download pack.

Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors

Compression Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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You wait ages for a Virtual Buss Compressor, and then three come along at once.

TC Electronic LM2

Stereo Loudness Meter

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There's more to loudness than meets the ear — and after years of research, TC know more about that than most.

Zero-G | The London Sessions

Sample Library

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Some of London's top session players were present at the recording of The London Sessions, which took place at Soho's Dean Street Studio.

People + Opinion

Argosy: The Man Behind The Brand

David Atkins, President of Argosy Console, Inc

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Inside Track: Jamie Cullum's Momentum album

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Duncan Mills

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Jamie Cullum's sixth studio album, Momentum, sees the British pianist and singer further expanding his stylistic palette.

J. Cole

J. Cole & Juro 'Mez' Davis: Recording Born Sinner

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Hey man, nobody ever asks me about this stuff. I love talking about it, so thank you,” exclaims J. Cole.

Know Where Your Towel Is

Leader

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I'm writing this just two days after mixing Malvern's West Fest outdoor festival on what must have been one of the hottest...

Pioneer Of Digital Synthesis

Erkki Kurenniemi

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Years before the Minimoog appeared, a Finnish visionary was already building digital polyphonic synthesizers — and they were controlled by light, skin conductivity and even brainwaves.

Sounding Off

Singer, songwriter and producer Rosina Ncube asks the question.

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Why are there so few women in record production and sound engineering? An audio technology graduate offers her view.

Technique

Apple Notes

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The recent release of Logic Pro X brought into focus once again Apple's bold approach to backwards compatibility and legacy support — which is to say that there often isn't very much of it!

Electric Light Orchestra 'Don't Bring Me Down'

Classic Tracks

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Melding Beatlesque pop melodies with symphonic strings, multi-layered vocals and leader Jeff Lynne's generally overblown production of his own compositions

Fix It In The R-Mix

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar's R-Mix VST plug-in is a DAW-optimised version of Roland's R-Mix software, which isolates audio based on frequency range and stereo positioning

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Freq Out!

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Let's assume you've recorded and edited your next hit single in Cubase, and now you'd like to construct a mix whose instruments go hand in hand...

Gain Staging In Your DAW Software

Level Headed

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Despite the immense power and flexibility available in modern digital audio worstation software, may people still find that the mixes they craft entirely 'in the box' sound unsatisfying.

Mix Rescue

Motor Tapes: 'Shore'

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How do you make a mix gel when some of the tracks arrive already drenched in effects? That's just one of the challenges our mix engineer takes on this month.

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PC Notes

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Forthcoming Intel CPUs offer a quieter life and more power to PC musicians.

Setting The Screen

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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Discover Reaper's powerful Screensets feature for faster editing.

Simpler Pleasures

Live Tips & Techniques

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Simple and sophisticated sampling are both on offer with Live's Simpler and Sampler instruments.

Stereo Lab

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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Spruce up your soundstage with DP8's new Ensemble Chorus and Spatial Maximizer plug-ins.

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Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month we discuss Rudimental, Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift and our Classic mix track is 'If I Don't Care' by The Inkspots. 

Music Business

Insurance For Studios, Producers, Engineers & Musicians

UnderCover

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Anyone who plays or records music on a professional level will have a lot of money invested in instruments, studio equipment, premises and so on, while even a humble home studio can contain many thousands of pounds' worth of gear.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Recent NSA wiretap transcripts have uncovered a transatlantic telephone conversation which could have disastrous consequences.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Life in the studio can be very rewarding — but it might also be seriously damaging your health...

Studio File: British Grove Studios, London

We continue our tour of iconic and unusual studios.

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Mark Knopfler's British Grove studio complex is one of very few large studios in the world to have been constructed in recent years.

Sound Advice

Q Baffled By Session Notes

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I'm a bit behind on my reading; I just finished Mike Senior's article on recording the band 'Impossible Colours' in the April...

Q Is there a simple way to play a VST instrument without a DAW?

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I recently bought a digital piano. It was mainly to learn piano, but also as a controller to use with Omnisphere. I really did...

Q What's the best setup for processing while recording?

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I have a question about setting up a channel strip in a home recording environment. I have an SSL XLogic Superanalogue channel...

Q Which types of pickup are available for guitar?

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I play acoustic guitar and sing. It's mainly covers that I do, and this has started getting me regular gigs. They're fairly...

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