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June 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Aphex Headpod

    Headphone Amplifier

    Unhappy with what was commercially available, the Aphex boffins designed the Headpod for their own use — and they liked it so much they decided to release it.

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    Apogee Ensemble

    Audio Interface For Mac

    High-end digital converter manufacturers Apogee are Apple's audio partner of choice, and their latest Firewire interface is aimed squarely at Mac users with a taste for quality.

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    BIAS Master Perfection Suite

    Mastering & Mixing Plug-ins [Mac/Windows]

    BIAS's cross-platform plug-in bundle offers some new thinking on dynamics, EQ and pitch correction.

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    Digidesign C24

    Control Surface For Pro Tools

    The Command 8 and Icon have revitalised the affordable and the professional ends of Digidesign's controller range. Now Digi have turned their attention to the middle of the market, with a replacement for their tried and tested Control 24.

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    Fatar Numa

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Long-term players in the controller keyboard game, Fatar have brought all of their expertise to bear on the Numa — so is it as sophisticated as it is stylish?

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    FXpansion BFD2

    Virtual Drum Instrument For Mac & PC

    BFD is back, and with over 50GB of samples the 'B' is even bigger than before. So if you want the best in acoustic drum samples, should you be making space on your hard drive for BFD2?

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    Guitar Technology

    Reviews, Tips and Tricks

    • IJData BodiLizer Acoustic Imaging Plug-in • YouLube lubricant

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    Manley Mini Massive

    Passive Stereo Equaliser

    This EQ borrows circuitry from the classic Massive Passive design, but can the Mini really be 'massive'?

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    Microtech Gefell UM930

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    At nearly twice the price of a Neumann U87, you've every right to expect this to be a very, very nice microphone...

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    Olympus LS10

    Portable Stereo Recorder

    The latest entry into the world of portable stereo recorders comes from a company better known for their cameras and accessories.

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    Plug-in Folder

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    • Overloud Breverb • TC Tube-Tech CL1B

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Hot sound library new releases

    • Equipped Music Premier Beats • Soniccouture Hang Drum • Nine Volt Audio Beat Bandit • Loopmasters Aquasky

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    Samson MediaOne 4a

    Powered Monitors

    Obviously, a good multimedia system is better than a bad one, but will a good one be adequate in a home studio?

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    Tascam US1641

    Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    Put simply, if you want to send lots of audio inputs into your computer simultaneously, but don't want to pay too much for the privilege, the US1641 could be exactly what you're looking for...

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    TC Electronic LM5

    Loudness Metering Plug-in For Pro Tools

    TC Electronic have created a Pro Tools HD plug-in that can measure the loudness of programme material and its suitability for different playback systems.

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    TL Audio Fat Track

    Valve Preamp & Mixer

    Part preamp, part summing mixer, all tube: can the Fat Track provide all the 'analogue warmth' your studio needs?

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    Waldorf Blofeld

    Digital Synthesizer

    In 2004 it looked like game over for Waldorf, but the German company are back, and with a hardware synth that more than lives up to their former reputation...

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Techniques

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    Apple Mac Pro: How Powerful Is It?

    Apple Notes

    The current top-end Mac Pro offers so much power that some audio software is playing catch-up just to be able to make use of it all. But how much power? We run some tests to find out.

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    Better Logic Scores: Part 1: The Basics

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    If you want real musicians playing your composition but have no idea how scores should be presented for them, you can still make playable Logic parts with our simple guide.

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    Creating A Rhythm Track In Sonar

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    A walk through the process of composing and processing a drum track highlights how to use various Sonar features and useful shortcuts - some of which you may not have come across before.

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    DP Audio Production Tricks

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP offers an excellent environment for working with the little pieces of 'ear candy', such as filtered drops, beat-mangled breaks and reversed audio phrases, that can make such an impact in pop and electronica production. We look at some of the techniques involved.

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    Kick & Snare Recording Techniques

    Tried & Tested Techniques From 50 Top Producers

    We pass on the hard-won wisdom of 50 top producers in the essential Sound On Sound guide to recording kick and snare drums, the backbone of modern music.

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    Kick & Snare | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    For newsstand readers without subscriber access, here is a list of the Audio file links that accompany the essential Sound On Sound guide to recording kick and snare drums.

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    Making More Of The Mystic Synth

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We dive deeper than the presets to discover what you can do with Cubase 4's most complex bundled soft synth.

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    Making More Of The Mystic Synth | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Links to the Mystic Synth audio examples that accompany June 2008's Cubase Notes.

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    Mix Rescue: Two Spot Gobi

    Sound Workshop

    The up-and-coming Two Spot Gobi are great on stage. Can we give their live recording the same spirit?

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    Mix Rescue: Two Spot Gobi | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Links to Audio files mentioned within JUNE 2008's Mix Rescue article.

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    Plug-in Masterclass: TL Space

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Like many DAW manufacturers, Digidesign offer their own convolution plug-in as an add-on for Pro Tools. We explain how to get the best from TL Space.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Joe Zook

    OneRepublic

    OneRepublic's route to the top has been tortuous, and their massive hit 'Stop & Stare' was actually recorded more than three years ago. Engineer and mixer Joe Zook recalls the sessions.

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    Studio SOS: Adam Dengel

    Fixing a 'dead' live room

    A dead live room, a live control room and faulty monitors... sounds like a job for the Studio SOS team!

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Sound Advice

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    Audio Clicks and Pops

    PC Notes

    Clicks or pops in your audio? The cause may be hardware devices taking more than their share of interrupt time. Now there's a utility that checks for this, and a PC Notes survey amassing results that could help you track down the source of your problems.

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    Q. Do I really need 24-bit recording?

    Is 24-bit recording any better than 16-bit recording in a home studio, given that the only qualitative difference is (...

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    Q. Do you have any soldering advice?

    I have a vast amount of mic cable and a load of three-pin Neutrik NC3FX female connectors ready for soldering (there is no...

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    Q. How can I use my sampler with Logic?

    I've recently upgraded to an Intel iMac with Logic Express 7, and have been experiencing a few problems while transferring...

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    Q. How do you record a choir?

    The crack team of Paul White and Hugh Robjohns have travelled the world solving readers' problems. Here, they down the Hob...

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    Q. Where should I put my violas?

    I'm going to be recording a string section. I'll be recording the section using both close-miking and a Decca tree in order...

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People

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    Blondie 'Hanging On The Telephone'

    Classic Tracks - Producer Mike Chapman, Engineer Peter Coleman

    The partnership between Blondie and producer Mike Chapman created a perfect pop record - and catapulted the group from the underground to mainstream chart success.

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    Gabriel Roth: Recording For Daptone Records

    Minimalist Engineering

    The 'vintage' sound of artists like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Amy Winehouse has little to do with super-expensive valve gear. Instead, it's the minimalist approach of house engineer Gabriel Roth that sets the tone.

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    Pendulum

    Rob Swire: Recording In Silico

    From their roots as a drum & bass act, Pendulum have transformed themselves into a dance-rock powerhouse.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Question Everything

    Leader

    SOS Editor In Chief Paul White says we're always being told to 'think outside the box' — but has the time come to recycle the box and just think?

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    Sounding Off

    Tom Flint

    Did eliminating noise throw out the baby with the bath water?

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