July 2015 In This Issue

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Reviews

WSApp Works

Making Music On The Move

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Akai iMPC Pro iOS sampling workstation and the Klevgrand Enkl Synth App. 

WSBereich03 Audio Side–only

Stereo–imaging Processor

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Is this humble 500-series processor the start of a great modular system?

Big Fish Audio The Rock Collective

Multi–format

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Library of radio–friendly rock instruments!

WSBoz Digital Labs +10dB Channel Strip

Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

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The ADR F760X-R Compex compressor/expander was a favourite dynamics processor during the 70s and 80s.

WSChoosing & Using Porous Absorbers

Soft Machines

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The choice of materials for acoustic treatment is paramount. We find out what different types of absorber can and can’t achieve.

WSCloud 44-A

Active Ribbon Microphone

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This classically styled mic incorporates Cloud’s own preamp design to negate some of the pitfalls traditionally associated with ribbon microphones.

WSCPU Performance Tested

The Need For Speed

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Our benchmark tests show you which CPUs offer the best audio performance, whether you’re on a budget or money’s no object.

WSDbx AFS2

Feedback Suppressor

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Is this Dbx’s most user–friendly feedback suppressor to date?

WSDrawmer 1973

Three–band FET Compressor

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It’s not easy to create an analogue multi–band compressor that competes on quality and price, but Drawmer show us it can be done.

WSEiosis Air EQ Premium

Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

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Nine years after its original launch, Eiosis have rebooted their Air EQ plug-in with some unique new features.

WSIK Multimedia iRig Pads

MIDI Controller

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IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads brings portable control to your computer or iOS device.

WSMackie Mix 12FX

Compact Mixer

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Mackie’s mixers have earned a reputation for offering excellent value for money. We check out their most affordable range to date.

Nemphasis X7

Tube Overdrive Pedal

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While an overdrive pedal might not seem like an obvious studio accessory I’ve often found that using an analogue overdrive pedal before a software modelling amp/speaker produces more musical results.

WSNeumann U47 FET

Capacitor Microphone

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Nearly 30 years after production of the original U47 FET ceased, Neumann have revived this iconic large-diaphragm capacitor mic.

Orchid Electronics Mic Mute Lite

Microphone Mute Switch

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It is often desirable to mute a microphone easily and this unit might be just what you're looking for!

WSPreSonus AudioBox iOne & iTwo

USB 2 Audio Interfaces For Mac, PC & iOS

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PreSonus have expanded their AudioBox range with two compact interfaces that will work with your Mac, PC or iOS device.

PSP MasterQ 2

Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

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Whilst PSP’s basic design remains the same, with a graphic display of the overall EQ curve and controls for up to five parametric EQ bands. Almost every aspect has been enhanced in some way or another.

WSRadial Headload V8

Guitar-amp Power Soak & DI

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A combination power soak, DI box, speaker simulator and phase alignment tool, Radial’s Headload has a role in almost any guitar rig.

WSRoland JDXi

Synthesizer

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Roland’s JDXi crams an awful lot of synth into a very small box.

Sample Shop | Media

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Soniccouture The Hammersmith

Kontakt Instrument

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With The Hammersmith, a conventionally played acoustic grand piano, Soniccouture have released one of their most mainstream and potentially important libraries yet.

Soundizers StereoMonoizer

Audio File Utility

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This useful piece of software can help you streamline your projects and preserve precious system resources.

WSSpitfire Audio British Modular Library

Sample Library

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Spitfire Audio’s BML range packages a full orchestral library into 20 individual modules.

TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper

Microphone Effects Pedal

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For such a simple-looking box, decked out with one knob, two buttons and no display beyond a single LED, the TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper is a very sophisticated piece of kit.

The Sound Of Poland B11X

Kontakt Instrument

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TSOP’s first product is a Kontakt instrument called B11X, which was created by sampling every key and sound generator of a rare Polish synthesizer made in the 1980s.

WSUAD Sound Machine Wood Works

Formats: Mac & PC UAD2

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Acoustic guitar modelling Plug-in.

Ueberschall Flugelhorn & Trumpet 2

Elastik

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You get two for the price of one with this review, with two closely related sample libraries from Ueberschall.

Waves Dbx 160

Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

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A Waves plug-in based on the original hardware Dbx 160 designed by engineer David Blackmer in the early 1970s.

WSWaves/Digico Digigrid

Networked Audio Infrastructure

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Two heavy hitters in the world of digital audio have come up with an intriguing new synthesis of hardware and software.

WSXfer Records Serum

Software Synthesizer

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Serum’s slick interface belies an extremely flexible wavetable synthesizer.

People + Opinion

WSFaith No More

Bill Gould: Recording Sol Invictus

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Recording and producing your own music is always a challenge — especially if, like Faith No More, your previous albums have been done by the best in the business!

Funkhaus Berlin Studio Tour

Video Feature

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Built in the '50s as the broadcast headquarters for the GDR’s state radio, this complex is home to some of the world's most breathtaking recording studios.

WSInside Track: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Shawn Everett

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In the making of Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, producer Blake Mills and engineer Shawn Everett had almost unheard–of licence to experiment — and took full advantage.

WSOasis & Britannia Row: Live At Knebworth

Super Sonics

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Oasis’s 1996 gig at Knebworth marked the end of an era for point–source PA. We asked the people who made it happen what has changed since.

WSScoring I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

Andrew Barnabas & Paul Arnold

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How do you write music for a TV show you haven’t seen yet? It helps if you can draw on years of experience composing for video games...

Sounding Off: Tom Flint

When Does Technology Make Things Too Easy?

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When a whole composition can be pieced together in a matter of minutes using tempo-sync’ed samples and a bunch of exciting effects and drum loops, it makes learning to play an instrument seem like a endless trudge...

The Long Game

Leader

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Guitar synthesizers have been around since the mid-1970s but have never really captured the imaginations of the majority of guitar players.

WS‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald

Classic Tracks

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Hailed as the first British acid house single, A Guy Called Gerald’s sublime ‘Voodoo Ray’ has since become a classic in its own right.

Technique

WSAnother Level

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Take control with Logic 10.1’s new mix tools: VCA faders, region automation, and Relative and Trim modes.

WSDownsizing DP

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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When screen space is at a premium, it’s time to customise Digital Performer’s user interface.

WSFair Shares

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Before you deliver your Pro Tools project to a collaborator, it’s vital to make sure it has everything they’ll need!

WSFilter Fodder

Studio One Tips & Techniques

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The right reverb treatment can turn almost any sound into source material for filter mayhem in Studio One.

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The right reverb treatment can turn almost any sound into source material for filter mayhem in Studio One.

Media Content - July 2015

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WSMicrophone Types: Good Vibrations

Spotlight

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What are the pros and cons of the different types of microphone, and when would you want to use them?

WSMix Rescue: Spektakulatius

Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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Our engineer picks up where last month’s Session Notes recording feature left off, with details of how he approached the mixing side of things on this ambitious project...

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WSMix Tricks

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We look at advanced mixing techniques in Reason.

WSPlug-in Pruning

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Take some of the work out of your workflow, with Cubase 8 Pro’s Plug-in Manager.

WSSystem Analysis

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to analyse a song using Live’s built-in tools.

WSTop Brass

Arranging For Brass: Part Three

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A simple, catchy tune with a funky rhythm may be all you need to create a highly commercial horn hook — but harmony is also an essential ingredient in brass arrangements.

WSVocal Point

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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How to polish your vocal recordings in Sonar.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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It’s always vital to give the client what they want. Even if what they want makes no sense.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

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Hollywood looks like it may be on shaky ground, but it’s not all bad news for audio post houses.

WSThe Pool, London

Studio File

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In over 30 years in business, Miloco has developed from a small independent studio to a venture that is operating worldwide.

Sound Advice

Q Can you explain Reaper’s Playback Resample mode?

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I can’t find good explanations about the ‘Playback Resample Mode’ options available in Cockos Reaper, specifically the difference between the Good (64pt Sinc) and Better (192pt Sinc — Slow) modes.

Q How can I export a Pro Tools project for mixing in Reaper?

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My band tracked some songs at a local studio using their Pro Tools rig and I want to mix the tracks at home in Reaper.

Q How do I record from my guitar amp’s headphone out?

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I’m seeking some guidance on why I’m unable to record from my guitar amp straight to my audio interface.

Q What’s the best way to clip my drums?

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I’ve read that I can get a good hip–hop kick or snare sound by ‘clipping’ it. But when I try this, it sounds horrible. What am I doing wrong?

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