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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

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    Better Logic Scores: Part 2: Further Improvements

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    We covered the basics of score production last month; now it's time to learn more about presentation, with the aim of creating scores that really look the part.

    Techniques
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    Big Sounds From Small Amps

    Guitar Technology

    TECHNIQUE

    Big Sounds From Small Amps

    The philosophy that 'bigger is better'...

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    Big Sounds From Small Amps: Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Here are the URL links to the audio examples that accompany and enhance the July 2008 Guitar Technology article on getting BIG sounds from small amps.

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    Digital Performer's Drum Editor

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP's Drum Editor provides a unique environment for programming and editing MIDI data, free from the 'piano roll' - and it's not just for drums, either. We look at how to get the best from this great feature.

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    How To Use Reverb Like A Pro: 1

    How top engineers use their most important effect

    If you've ever spent hours mixing only to be confronted with a wall of mud, you might need to think harder about how to use reverb and delay in your mixes — and some simple tricks can yield dramatic results.

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    Mac Pro + RAID = Better Audio Performance

    Apple Notes

    This month we consider the return of Power PC processor technology to Apple, and also investigate how adding Apple's RAID card to the latest Mac Pro can improve audio performance.

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    Mix Rescue: Hardware Mixing

    David Greaves

    In a departure from the norm, we take Mix Rescue on location and get back into the swing of mixing on hardware!

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    Mix Rescue: JULY 2008 Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Links to Audio files mentioned within JULY 08's Mix Rescue article.

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    Reason 4's New Sequencer

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Reason 4's overhauled sequencer is now more powerful but has caused head-scratching amongst users. If you're one of the confused, read on...

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Demacio 'Demo' Castellon

    '4 Minutes' by Madonna, Timbaland, Marcella Araica

    Madonna's popularity shows no sign of flagging, thanks in part to her ability to seek out cutting-edge production talent. Producer and mixer Demo Castellon explains how he shaped her latest chart-topper.

    Techniques
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    Sonar: Audio Editing Techniques

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Why take two digital audio programs into the studio, when you can optimise Sonar to do many of the common tasks you'd expect to need a dedicated audio editor for?

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    Spector Synth

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Our recent explorations of the new software synthesizers introduced in Cubase 4 conclude with a tour around Spector...

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    Spector Synth | Audio Files

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Here are the URL links to the audio examples that accompany and enhance the July 2008 Cubase Notes article.

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    Studio SOS: Jody Whitesides

    Improving a 'boxy' garage studio

    We take a distance-learning approach this month, to help US reader Jody Whitesides improve the sound of his home studio.

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    Use Reverb Like A Pro: AUDIO FILES

    Hear For Yourself

    Links to audio files that accompany the JULY 2008 front cover article on Reverb.

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    Writing Final Mixes

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    When your Pro Tools mix is finished, you'll need to export it as a stereo file. We explain why the obvious Bounce To Disk option might not be the best choice for you...

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Sound Advice

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    Avoid Dongle Disasters

    Protect your software investment

    When you buy music software, you're not paying for a physical object, but a licence that resides on a small plastic key. How can you protect your investment, and what happens if something goes wrong?

    Sound Advice
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    Q. Can I spray-lube my crackly pots?

    I've got a problem with one of the gain knobs and both of the bass knobs on my Rane TTM56 DJ mixer. They've been used quite...

    Sound Advice
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    Q. How do I record a vocal duet?

    Could you explain the techniques for recording vocal duets? I'd like to know, for example, whether the two singers are...

    Sound Advice
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    Q. How do you record handclaps?

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

    Sound Advice
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    Q. Should I hire a U47 valve or a U47 FET mic?

    I've been looking for a vocal mic for a particularly 'old-time' sounding project — something to give some classy...

    Sound Advice
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    Q. When should I add delays and reverbs to my mix?

    All of my mixdowns start with a list of all the tracks involved, then each one is introduced and blended into the mix...

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    The End Of Windows XP

    PC Notes

    The newly released Service Pack 3 will be the last one ever issued for Windows XP — and XP itself is due to go 'off the market' at the end of June. Are there any implications for the thousands of XP-using musicians out there?

    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.

    Music Business
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