May 2015 In This Issue

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Reviews

WSADL 1700 Liquid Mu

Valve Limiter

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Anthony Demaria’s limiter is based on a classic Bill Putnam valve design — but does it live up to its illustrious heritage?

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WSAkai MPX16

Sample Recorder & Player

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Akai’s MPX16 has more pads and functions than its MPX8 predecessor, but remains just as reasonably priced.

WSAlto Professional Live 802

Compact Mixer

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Few small-format desks cram as many features into a portable package as this new model from Alto.

WSAmphion One15 & One18

Passive Nearfield Monitors

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Finnish company Amphion may be little-known, but they are certainly no strangers to the principles of good speaker design.

WSApogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt Audio Interface For Mac

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The Ensemble Thunderbolt isn’t just an update — Apogee have completely redesigned it, and the results are impressive.

Big Fish Audio Guitar Sessions: Pop Songwriting Guitars

Multi-format

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Guitar Sessions features 25 construction kits containing all the guitar performances you need to construct a full-song arrangement.

WSCakewalk Sonar Platinum

Music Production Software For Windows

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Cakewalk are the first major DAW developer to move to a monthly payment model. And Sonar ‘membership’ provides plenty of goodies.

WSCEDAR Studio 6

Restoration Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

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With the VST protocol now supported, more people than ever can use CEDAR’s industry-standard restoration tools.

Electro-Harmonix C9 Organ Machine

Guitar Effects Pedal

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If you read my review of the Electro–Harmonix B9 Organ Machine effects pedal, their C9 will look very familiar but this latest pedal offers different sounds.

WSFohhn XS22

Active Subwoofer

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With their latest compact subwoofer, Fohhn prove that good things really do come in small packages.

WSGenelec 8320A & 8330A APM

Active Monitors & Room Calibration Kit

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The latest monitors in Genelec’s 8 series come in new APM packs, with room analysis and correction tools. We put them to the test.

WSKorg MS20M & SQ1

Analogue Synthesizer & Sequencer

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The Korg MS20 rides again... again! The latest version takes the form of an expanded desktop module with accompanying sequencer.

WSLaney IRT–X

Guitar & PA Speaker

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Though billed as a guitar–amp extension cabinet, this crafty speaker could come in handy in a huge range of situations.

Latch Lake MicKing 1100

Microphone Stand

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Mic stands are an essential bit of gear that few people spend enough time thinking about. Really well–engineered stands are frustratingly rare, though.

WSLavry LK-1 & LK-Solo

Latency-free Cue Mixers

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In the post-console world, some of us lack facilities we used to take for granted. These ‘Latency Killers’ aim to plug one of the gaps.

Media Content - May

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Moog Theremini

Theremin

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The Theremini’s pitch-quantisation and price tag make it the most accessible Theremin instrument yet.

WSMusicLab RealRick

Virtual Guitar Instrument

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MusicLab have turned their guitar-modelling attentions to the legendary Rickenbacker.

NI Session Horns Pro

Sample Library

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Native Instruments’ Session Horns Pro combines high-quality samples with some useful arrangement tools.

WSOli Larkin Virtual CZ

Software Synthesizer

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Despite enormous popularity in the 1980s, Casio’s CZ range has never been made into a soft synth, until now.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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This month we comment on albums by Nick Molyneux, Peter Appleyard and Paul Thomas Butterfield.

WSPreSonus Notion 5

Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows

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With development accelerating under new ownership, Notion continues to challenge the established names in the music notation market.

Recording Secrets For The Small Studio

Book Review

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With over 400 pages and 12 chapters, author Mike Senior covers both the technical concepts and practical techniques necessary for capturing musical performances of all kinds.

WSRoom Correction Software

Spotlight

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No control room is acoustically perfect, but the right correction system can help to deliver more accurate monitoring.

Sample Magic Vinyl & Tape Melodic Shots

Multi-format

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Sample Magic have plundered their back catalogue and bounced everything they selected from it onto tape and vinyl!

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WSSonarworks Reference 3

Headphone Calibration Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Can Sonarworks’ calibration plug-in help to make mixing on headphones less of a compromise?

Soundiron Olympus Elements

Kontakt Instrument

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Vocal choirs can be very powerful and emotive, but most of us do not have the resources to use a real one in our compositions so Olympus Elements is an affordable alternative.

WSSoyuz SU–017

Valve Capacitor Microphone

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A marriage of East and West, this stunning new mic from Russian makers Soyuz sounds just as classy as it looks.

Suite Spot Studios Cleaver

Audio-file Utility

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I discovered this very handy software, created by the makers of AA Translator almost by accident after searching for a way of batch–interleaving pairs of mono WAV files.

Ueberschall Indie Rock 3

Elastik

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More collections of drums, guitars and basses in the Indie genre.

WSWarm Audio EQP-WA

Valve Equaliser

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No-one has come near to producing a convincing copy of a Pultec EQP-1A at a wallet-friendly price. Until now!

Xaudia Mount-A-Mic

Microphone Mount

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Study photos of recording sessions from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and you’ll often look in vain for a microphone shockmount.

WSYamaha DBR12 & DBR15

Active PA Speakers

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We put the largest models in Yamaha’s new DBR range to the test at a real-world gig, where they proved more than equal to the task.

People + Opinion

WSAl Schmitt: Recording Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night

Inside Track: Secrets Of A Mix Engineer

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Bob Dylan’s album of Sinatra covers is an unlikely triumph. So good, in fact, that it didn’t need mixing!

If It Ain’t Broke

Leader

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When it comes to new audio gear, I tend to split products into ‘things they try to sell us’ and ‘things we really need'.

WSJacquire King, Lowell Reynolds & James Bay: Recording Chaos And The Calm

Breaking Bay

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Working with super–producer Jacquire King was a dream come true for James Bay. In a unique interview, King explains how he oversaw the recording of Bay’s hit debut album.

WSLee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Daniel Boyle: Recording Back On The Controls

Back To The Ark

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Reggae fan Daniel Boyle painstakingly researched the equipment Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry used in his groundbreaking Black Ark studio — then made an album with the dub legend himself.

Mixing Soundtracks: Silent Witness

Video Feature

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Award-winning engineer Jake Jackson deconstructs his mix of a brooding musical cue by Sheridan Tongue for the BBC’s long-running crime drama.

Sounding Off

Matt Houghton recollects the good old days.

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Obsolescence by design is madness!

Technique

WSJoined–up Thinking

Reaper Tips & Techniques

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How to join split stereo files together.

WSMix Rescue

Russian pop/rock band Bruks

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When a mix project takes you out of your comfort zone, it’s vital to know that you can trust what you’re hearing.

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WSModular Living

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We investigate a new modular Live instrument.

WSRise Of The Machine

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Get to grips with Logic 10.1’s new beat-making facilities and Drum Machine Designer instrument.

WSStrike A Chord

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Stuck in a songwriting rut? Cubase’s Chord Pads and Chord Assistant can help you out.

WSThe Low Down

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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We continue our catalogue of crafty Studio One techniques for better bass sounds.

The Mix Review

Commercial Tracks Analysed

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This month tracks from Jack White, Angelique Kidjo, Paramore and our Classic Mix: I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

WSTop Brass

Arranging For Brass

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This new four-part series explains all you need to know about creating brass arrangements for a range of genres.

WSWarp Speed

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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For the most effective time correction in Pro Tools, you need to choose your weapon carefully...

Music Business

WSJazzanova Recording Studio, Berlin

Studio File

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One of the most remarkable new recording venues in Berlin opened its doors in 2013.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Music for the media isn’t rocket science. It’s far more important than that.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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What does net neutrality mean for studios?

Sound Advice

Q Are Perspex drum screens effective?

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For tracking a band in the same room, what are the pros and cons of using a Perspex drum screen?

Q Can I switch all my gear on at once?

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Is it wise (or even safe!) to power up certain hardware — in this case a Nord Rack 2X — directly from the mains.

Q How do I use phantom power with a passive mic splitter?

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I have some of my condenser mics running into more than one preamp, via a passive mic splitter, with only one of the preamps applying phantom power. Is this the way it should be?

Q Should I worry about the readings on my vectorscope?

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I’m using the MeldaProduction Mixing Bundle plug-ins and I noticed that certain instrument patches sound very appealing and wide, but when I check them on Melda’s MStereoScope they appear fairly heavily out of phase. Should I worry about this?

Q When are diffusors a good idea?

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I’ve seen some advice on building quadratic diffusors based on an old BBC paper. What I’m not clear on is when it’s a better option to use such a diffusor than to use absorption.

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