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Reviews

WSAkai APC40 MkII

MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

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A reboot of the first dedicated Ableton Live controller brings with it many welcome improvements.

WSAKG DMS Tetrad

Wireless Microphone System

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AKG’s new 2.4GHz wireless system is easy to use, affordable, and incorporates some crafty anti-dropout technology.

WSAntares Auto-Tune 8

Pitch-correction Software For Mac OS & Windows

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Auto-Tune is said to be the biggest-selling plug-in of all time. How does the new version shape up against the competition?

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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Flux FX ambitious iOS guitar effect processor. Cubase iC Pr controller app.

WSApple Logic Pro 10.1

Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS

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Though the headline features are aimed at dance producers, Apple’s latest Logic update has something for everyone. And it’s free!

ART SCL2

Dual-channel Dynamics Processor

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This all-analogue compressor-gate promises versatile utility for the budget conscious.

WSAudio–Technica AT4060A

Valve Microphone

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The market for valve mics has changed a lot over the years. Has A–T’s rebooted classic got what it takes to keep up?

Big Fish Audio Scream: Rock Vocals

Multi-format

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Scream contains vocal samples from six different singers — two male and four female.

WSCycling ’74 Max 7

Media Programming Environment For Mac OS & Windows

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Learning Cycling ’74’s Max presents a challenge even if you’re used to other music software. Is this new version easier to get to grips with?

Drumdrops Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

Kontakt Instrument

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The aim of this particular instrument from Drumdrops is to approximate the sound of the late-‘60s and early-‘70s...

WSEventide DDL–500

Digital Delay Line

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It’s billed as a ‘digital delay with an analogue heart’ but does this compact device offer anything you can’t already get in the box?

WSEvolving DAWs

Spotlight

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With the DAW wars heating up, how are the major players tempting new users to buy into their wares?

WSHughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36

Four–channel Guitar Amp

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With variable power and software control this tube amp seems to promise all things to all guitarists. Does it deliver the goods?

WSiZotope RX4

Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows

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The latest version of iZotope’s RX adds some interesting features — but do they have musical applications?

WSKorg ARP Odyssey

Analogue Synthesizer

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Not satisfied with remaking their own classics, Korg engineers have recreated ARP’s legendary synthesizer, the Odyssey.

WSKorg Electribe

Music Production Station

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Sixteen years after the first one was released, Korg have completely revised and redesigned the Electribe.

WSLivid Instruments Guitar Wing

Wireless MIDI Control Surface

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Livid Instruments’ Guitar Wing might not get your Telecaster airborne, but it could be its perfect MIDI controller partner.

Loopmasters Dark Neuro Drum & Bass

Multi-format

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Getting their dark dirt on are the Loopmasters with this set of Neuro drum & bass samples.

WSMC AudioLab MP1 & OC1

Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

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There’s more to MC AudioLab’s new 500-series modules than their funky fuchsia facades...

MC2 Audio S-series

Class-AB Power Amplifiers

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Offering flawless audio quality, could these prove the perfect partner to your high-end passive monitors?

WSModartt Pianoteq 5

Modelled Virtual Piano

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Over almost a decade, Pianoteq has gone from strength to strength. Version 5 offers astonishing realism with remarkably low CPU and hard-drive requirements.

WSNugen Audio MasterCheck

Loudness Metering Plug–in For Mac OS & Windows

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It’s becoming ever more important to monitor the loudness of music mixes, and Nugen Audio’s MasterCheck makes it easy.

Radial Engineering PreMax

500-series Preamp & EQ

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With two thirds of a Radial channel strip available at this price, is there anything not to like?

Resonance Sound: Sounds Of Revolution Ultimate Bundle

Multi-format

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The Ultimate Bundle is a collection of 20 Sounds Of Revolution (SOR) sample libraries, all of which are the work of German sound designer Oliver Schmitt.

Sample Shop | Media

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These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the April 2015 issue.

WSSE Electronics RN17

Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

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SE’s partnership with Rupert Neve has yielded this impressive new transformer-equipped microphone. We put it to the test.

WSSoundness SoundSoap 4

Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows

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If your audio is soiled, SoundSoap 4 offers new tools to restore it to gleaming whiteness.

WSVanden Mimesis Kudos Blend

Acoustic Guitar Pickup & Mic

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This quality guitar amplification system combines the convenience of a soundhole pickup with the realism of a microphone.

WSVintagedesign VDC

Diode-bridge Compressor

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Rupert Neve’s processors now have plenty of admirers — and imitators. Does this one offer anything extra?

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Diode-bridge Compressor

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People + Opinion

Go Your Own Way

Leader

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The world is full of questions, ranging from the really big ones, such as ‘Is life really just software running on a computer made of meat?

WSGoldfrapp At The Royal Albert Hall

With FOH engineer Steven Carr

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Mixing a band like Goldfrapp is challenging enough — but when you add an orchestra, a 50–piece choir and a notoriously tricky venue, things really start to get interesting.

WSInside Track: Björk’s Vulnicura

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Björk, Chris Elms, Arca & The Haxan Cloak

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A unique and inspired choice of collaborators helped Björk blend powerful emotion with restless experimentation.

JR Rotem: Fall Out Boy 'Centuries'

Video Feature

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Producer JR Rotem is no stranger to success but, until 'Centuries', it was confined to pop and urban genres. We find out how the song was constructed and walk through the session files.

Sounding Off

Is online collaboration a good idea?

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Mark Wherry discusses the point.

Technique

WSArctic Monkeys ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

Classic Tracks

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In 2005 the only problem facing Arctic Monkeys was how to capture their frenetic live sound in the studio. Producer Jim Abbiss was ready to accept the challenge...

WSImpulsive Behaviour

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We explore the hidden depths of Live’s Impulse sample player.

WSMachine Drumming

Reason Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to mimic the immediacy of a hardware drum machine in Reason.

Media Content - April 2015

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Mix Rescue | Media

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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WSMix Rescue: The Woodleys

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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The Woodleys: our engineer treats a modern band to a vintage sound.

Session Notes | Media

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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WSSession Notes: Recording Percussion

The Practical Craft Of Recording

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Recording Percussion: Our engineer navigates past the potentially painful pitfalls of recording the humblest of percussion instruments.

WSSnap Chat

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Get the best possible results from AudioSnap in Sonar.

WSSound & Vision

Technical Skills For The Film & TV Composer

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Want to write music for picture? To deal with tight deadlines, multiple rewrites and ever-changing picture edits, you’ll need to be on top of the technical requirements of the job.

WSSpot The Reverb

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Use your Cubase reverbs as spot effects.

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WSThe Low Down

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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We present five easy ways to fatten up your bass lines in Studio One.

The Mix Review

Commercial Tracks Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills.

André Rieu, J.Cole, Band Aid 30, St.Vincent, Erica Campbell. This month's Classic Mix - Bridge Over Troubled Water.

WSWrite Lines

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Understanding Pro Tools’ automation is the key to unlocking its mixing power.

Music Business

WSEstudio Panda, Buenos Aires

Studio File

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This month we take a look inside Estudio Panda, located in the Argentine ‘federal capital’ Buenos Aires.

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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Opportunities to spread your creative wings can arise in the most unlikely jobs.

WSOff The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Plenty of industries use tax incentives to lure customers, but will it work for music production?

Sound Advice

Q What does an API 2500 compressor’s ‘Thrust’ control do?

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Q What does an API 2500 compressor’s ‘Thrust’ control do?

I don’t understand what the ‘Thrust...

Q What’s the best way to downsample?

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Q What’s the best way to downsample when working at 24-bit and 96kHz?

Q Why use two top-snare mics?

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Normally you would use one on top and the other underneath, but in this instance both mics were used on top.

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