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July 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Akai XR20

    Drum Machine

    Akai have long been the predominant name in hip-hop beat creation, thanks to their MPC range. Can they continue this success with that increasingly rare thing, a drum machine?

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    Arturia Analog Factory Experience

    Software Synth & Hardware Controller

    Arturia's 'hybrid instrument' teams a custom keyboard with their massive synth patch library plug-in. Is this the way forward for hardware/software integration?

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    ESI Duafire

    Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    If you need a compact Firewire audio interface, the paperback-sized Duafire from ESI might be just the thing to slip into your laptop bag.

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    Flux Plug-ins

    Dynamics & EQ Processors [Mac/Windows]

    Flux claim that their plug-ins combine simplicity and sophistication, thanks to their unusual interface design and novel controls. Let's find out...

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    Izotope RX

    Noise-reduction Software [Mac/PC]

    Izotope are the latest developers to release a suite of tools for tackling problem audio. As well as the usual noise-reduction algorithms, RX also includes clip reduction and an advanced 'spectral repair' module.

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    Mackie MR Series

    Active Studio Monitors

    Last year Mackie impressed us with their HR Mk2 series of studio monitors, but they've now introduced new models at roughly half the price. Surely this means there are compromises?

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    Metasonix S1000 Wretch Machine

    Semi-modular Vacuum Tube Synthesizer

    The Wretch Machine sounds absolutely terrible — but that's exactly as its creators, Metasonix, intended. To see what valve-powered synthesis can do for you, read on...

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    Mu Technologies Mu Voice

    Vocal Harmony Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Vocal harmonies can add gloss to a musical production, but if you don't have access to a group of first-rate session singers, does software really provide a viable alternative?

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    Newmann Retro

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Newmann (no, that's not a typo...) are a small British company aiming to make affordable high-quality mics with a vintage flavour. It's a laudable aim, but have they achieved it?

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    Notion Music Progression

    Scorewriting Software For Guitarists

    With the emphasis on affordability and ease of use, Notion Music's latest notation package is aimed squarely at guitarists.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Hot new sound library releases

    • Zero-G Phaedra • Marshall Jefferson House Generation • Platinum Samples Joe Barresi Evil Drums

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    Schwa Olga

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Like a Cold War spy, Olga is not as Russian as it first appears, but still hides a great deal of mystery and intrigue...

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    Tascam DR1

    Portable Digital Recorder

    The field recorder market just got a little more crowded, but does Tascam's take on the portable two-track concept add anything new?

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    TL Audio Ebony Series

    Valve Processors

    You can have TL Audio's new series of vintage-styled valve devices in any colour you like — as long as it's black!

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    Yamaha N12

    Digital Mixer & Audio Interface

    Designed to integrate with Cubase, and featuring new preamps and compressors, Yamaha's N-series digital mixers have been causing quite a stir. Could the N12 be the centrepiece of your project studio?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    DEVO 'Whip It' | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Devo, Robert Margouleff • Engineers: Robert Margouleff, Howard Siegel

    Armed with a subversive view of society and a command of catchy synth-pop, Devo burst into the charts in 1980 with weird classic 'Whip It'. Producer Robert Margouleff talks de-evolution...

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    Nick Launay

    Producing Nick Cave, Kate Bush... and Snoop Dogg

    From PIL and Kate Bush to Nick Cave and Arcade Fire, Nick Launay has built a career working with artists who like to explore the outer limits.

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    Pete Molinari & Liam Watson

    Recording A Virtual Landslide

    When Grammy-award winning producer Liam Watson met country-folk singer Pete Molinari, they discovered a shared love of '50s country music, and decided to make an album that would hark back to the glory days of Nashville recording.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    More of your submissions get the once-over by the SOS editorial staff. Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk.

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    Silver Linings

    Leader

    SOS Editor In Chief Paul White wonders if the present economic downturn might lead to greater creativity?

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    Sounding Off: Deryn Cullen

    MySpace

    Is it time for MySpace to get down to business?

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Music Business

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    A Guide To Contracts For Producers

    Deal Or No Deal?

    The role of the producer is changing, and whether you're freelancing for record companies or developing new bands independently, it's vital to put your relationship with label and artist on a solid legal footing.

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