August 2015 In This Issue

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Reviews

WSAEA Nuvo N8

Active Ribbon Microphone

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AEA continue their quest to modernise the ribbon mic, with this worthy addition to their new Nuvo range.

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month we look at the UVI BeatHawk and Roland Sound Canvas For iOS apps.

WSArturia Matrix 12 V

Software Synthesizer

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Never afraid of a challenge, Arturia have undertaken the first software emulation of the celebrated Oberheim Matrix 12.

WSAudio–Technica ATH R70x

Open–backed Headphones

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A–T’s new flagship headphones are also the company’s first ever open–backed design. We put them to the test.

Big Fish Audio Vintage Strings

Kontakt Instrument

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Vintage Strings is a Kontakt library intended to sit alongside Vintage Vibe and Vintage Horns and, like those products, uses original samples recorded in a fashion intended to replicate how it might have been done in Motown.

CME Xkey37

Compact Keyboard

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I tested CME’s first Xkey 25-note compact keyboard for our March 2014 issue. Now they've added an extra octave and released the Xkey37.

WSDbx 676

Mic Pre Valve Channel Strip

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If you’re seeking a warm’ sonic character and effortless compression, this channel strip could be just the thing.

WSDreadbox Erebus

Analogue Synthesizer

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The Dreadbox Erebus is an unusual small–format synth with an inviting price tag.

Drumforge Drumforge I

Multi-format

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Of all the record producers and engineers I’ve interviewed over the years, few impressed me as much as Joey Sturgis, so when I heard that he was the Executive Producer of Drumforge I was very keen to take a look at the product.

Editors Keys Cubase Backlit PC Keyboard

Custom QWERTY keyboard

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Despite the abundance of right-click menus, hardware control surfaces and tablet apps for accessing the deeper-lying functions of Cubase, a detailed knowledge of its keyboard shortcuts remains essential.

WSGenelec 8351A

Active Nearfield Monitor

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Genelec take an unusual approach to speaker design for this distinctive three–way monitor.

WSIK Multimedia SampleTank 3

Sample-based Virtual Instrument

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Eleven years is a long time in software, so the new version of SampleTank ought to be pretty impressive.

WSJBL Eon 612

Active PA Speakers

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JBL’s Eon range has had a major makeover, with all-new cabinet and amplifier designs, and the addition of Bluetooth remote DSP control.

JZ GTR1

Dynamic Microphone

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There are plenty of options when it comes to miking guitar amps, but JZ’s latest affordable offering does an excellent job with minimum fuss.

Microphone Arrays For Stereo & Multichannel Sound Recording

Book Review

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The author Michael Williams began his audio career as a BBC technician in the early 1960s, but he is better known today for his teaching and the many papers he has presented to the AES on the science of stereo and multi-channel mic arrays.

MusicLab RealEight

Plug-in Instrument

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The fifth of MusicLab’s ‘Real’ virtual guitar instruments, RealEight is modelled on an eight-string guitar, currently popular for metal, prog metal, epic rock and all things dark and demonic.

WSNovation Audiohub 2x4

USB Audio Interface

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Novation’s Audiohub 2x4 combines an audio interface with a three–port USB hub.

Output Signal

Kontakt Library

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Signal, deals with pulse sounds and is described by Output as the world’s most powerful dedicated pulse engine.

Peterson StroboPlus HD

Virtual Strobe Tuner

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An accurate tuner is an essential tool for live performance and studio work, but especially so for doing guitar setups. The new Peterson StroboPlus HD is accurate to 1000th of a semitone and features aback-illuminated LCD.

WSRemic D5400

Double Bass Microphones

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Double basses are notoriously difficult to amplify live. Have Danish mic makers Remic cracked it?

WSRupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051 & 5052

Compressor and Mic Preamp

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These classy modules bring the best of Mr Neve’s classic designs into the 21st century.

Sample Shop | Media

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WSSpectrasonics Omnisphere 2

Software Synthesizer

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As it reaches its second incarnation, we ask: is Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere the world’s best soft synth?

WSSynchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

Vocal Processing Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Thanks to the addition of powerful pitch-correction and manual time-warping features, Revoice Pro 3 offers a complete vocal-processing toolkit.

TC Electronic Viscous Vibe & Helix

Modulation Effects Pedals

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The phase-style effects created by these two new TC Electronic TonePrint-series pedals are anything but ordinary.

WSTracktion 6

Music Production Software For OS X, Windows & Linux

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After a number of years in the wilderness, Tracktion is back with its second major update in just over 12 months.

WSWaves H-Reverb

Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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In modern productions, reverb often isn’t just reverb. Waves’ latest plug-in offers all the extra tools you’ll need.

People + Opinion

WSInside Track: Josh Groban’s album Stages

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Selby & Bernie Herms

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A combination of technical wizardry and old-school craft helped Bernie Herms and Andy Selby bring Josh Groban’s Broadway album to life.

Moses Schneider: Drums With Character

Video Feature

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In this video interview we meet the so-called “Einstein of live recording” to talk production, drum processing and when (and when not) to quantise.

WSPete Keppler

Mixing Bowie, NIN & Katy Perry

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Pete Keppler’s career has seen him mix shows for some of the biggest artists in the world. We asked him how it all happened.

WSSlaves - Are You Satisfied

Jolyon Thomas: Producing Are You Satisfied?

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The success of Slaves’ debut album depended on producer Jolyon Thomas finding a way to bottle their raw live energy.

Sounding Off

RTFM. Please, RTFM!

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Joseph Dobson gives us an insight into a day in his technical support shoes!

Testing Testing

Leader

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Paul White discusses the differences between what measures well on test equipment and what sounds good.

WSThrobbing Gristle ‘Hamburger Lady’

Classic Tracks

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Throbbing Gristle’s highly individualist approach to music extended as far as making their own instruments and, ultimately, their own genre.

WSVlado Meller

Mastering Engineer

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As one of the world’s leading mastering engineers, Vlado Meller has enjoyed great success — and his share of controversy.

Technique

WSActing On Impulse

Reason Tips & Techniques

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The new RV7000 MkII Reverb is the star of the Reason 8.3 update.

WSBeat It!

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Spice up your drum tracks with Sonar’s built-in plug-ins.

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WSDouble Bass

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Use Cubase’s new VST Bass Amp to recreate the sound of Royal Blood’s doubled electric bass.

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Cubase Tips & Techniques

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WSMagic Markers

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Exploiting Memory Locations to the full will revolutionise the way you work with Pro Tools.

WSMaking A Connection

USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt: Which Is Best For Audio?

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If you’re choosing a new audio interface or a new computer, what are the pros and cons of the many different connection protocols that are on offer?

WSMaking Notes

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for working with MIDI notes.

Media Content - August 2015

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Mix Rescue | Media

Spektakulatius - The mastering stage

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WSMix Rescue: Spektakulatius

The mastering stage

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Spektakulatius: With last month’s mixes in the bag, our engineer was tasked with finding and working with a mastering engineer to put the finishing touches to both albums.

WSMotion To Table

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Explore the wavetable section of Retro Synth to make your own unique sounds in Logic.

WSPowers Of Three

Studio One Tips & Techiques

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This month we introduce Studio One users to some of the riches on offer in the new version 3.

WSStudio SOS: Stourbridge Community Centre

Solving Low-end Problems

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The SOS team travel to a Stourbridge community centre to solve some low-end problems and build some speaker stands.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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This month's selection include Ellie Goulding, Beck, The Book Thief soundtrack from John Williams, Jess Glynne and that all time classic mix, James Brown 'I Got You (I Feel Good)'.

WSTop Brass

Arranging For Brass: Part Four

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We conclude our series with an overview of arrangement techniques and a peep into the world of big-band brass.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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You might be the next Mozart, but if you can’t meet impossible deadlines, no-one will hear your music on TV.

WSOff The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Studio tool or collectors’ item: what has become of the large-format mixing console?

WSRomaphonic, Buenos Aires

Studio File

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Buenos Aires remains one of these places in the world where rock & roll still plays a vital cultural role.

Sound Advice

Q Can Haas delays be mono-compatible?

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I’ve been using the Haas delay effect to add some nice width to my guitar parts. It sounds great, but I’ve noticed that when I listen in mono my guitars pretty much disappear from the mix. Is there any way at all to make this sort of thing more mono-friendly?

Q How consistent are different examples of the same mic?

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I get the impression that manufacturing tolerances for mid-range and cheaper microphones are not always as tight as one would desire. If I found a mic I liked, and were then to go out and buy that model of mic, might the one I tested and the one I bought sound significantly different?

Q Which modular mic parts are matched?

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I often wonder exactly what gets matched when microphones with interchangeable capsules are bought as a stereo pair. Is it the bodies, the capsules, or both?

Q Why does my stereo imaging suffer when I move my head?

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When I sit at my listening position, at the apex of an equilateral triangle with my monitors, everything sounds OK. When I shift my head things that were panned centrally move immediately to the side, and seem to come just out of that one speaker. Is this the way it’s supposed to be?

Q Why put preamps in the live room?

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I recently came across an Eric Valentine video, in which he mentions how he keeps his preamps in the live room. My question is this: is there really a valid reason for doing this on runs which I imagine to be less than 100 feet?

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