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May 2009 Magazine Contents

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    Audient Mico

    Dual Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels of mic preamp, a phase-alignment control, digital outputs and clean signal path, the Mico offers you an awful lot of Audient for the money.

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    Best Service Convolution Space

    Kontakt 2 Player

    Regular readers will know that I'm partial to convolution in all its aspects, and have even given seminars exploring some of...

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    Cakewalk V-Studio 700

    Control Surface & Audio Interface

    Cakewalks V-Studio 700 system offers audio interfacing and very tight integration with the companys own Sonar software, via the impressive V-Studio Console. So is it every Sonar users dream setup?

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    Clavia Nord Electro 3

    Virtual Electromechanical Keyboard

    You cant please all of the people all of the time, Abraham Lincoln once said — but Clavia aim to prove him wrong with their new Nord Electro 3 keyboard.

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    Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Focusrites Saffire Pro interfaces already offer excellent value for money, but imagine if you could add two channels of any preamp you wanted...

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    Genelec 6010A

    Active Multimedia Monitors

    There are studio monitors, and there are multimedia monitors, but can one speaker perform both tasks? Genelec think it can.

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    McDSP DE555 & FutzBox

    Emerald Pack Plug-ins [Mac / PC]

    McDSPs Emerald Pack is one of the most desirable plug-in collections out there. Two new processors extend its capabilities still further...

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    Mercenary Audio KM69

    Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    Unashamedly inspired by the Neumann KM84i, Mercenary Audio have tweaked their KM69 to suit their own tastes. Does it deliver the goods?

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    Peavey ReValver 3

    Amp Modelling & Design Software [Mac/PC]

    Peaveys ReValver lets you play through a catalogue of classic guitar amps in virtual form — and if thats not enough, you can design your own from scratch.

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    Roland V-Piano

    Modelled Piano

    Creating a digitally modelled piano is a fantastically difficult thing to do, but that hasnt deterred Roland... Introducing the V-Piano — the worlds first hardware modelling piano.

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    SE Electronics RNR1

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    If you put together a classical musician turned mic manufacturer, and analogue audio legend Mr Rupert Neve, youd expect the outcome to be something rather special — and it is.

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    Sonivox Anatomy

    Kontakt 2/3

    This latest Sonivox title for Native Instruments' Kontakt soft sampler is a distinctly left-field library based around lots of...

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    Spectrasonics Stylus RMX 1.7

    Groove-based Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

    This major new free update adds innovative loop-matching features to Spectrasonics groove-based instrument.

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    SPL Plug-ins

    Transient Designer & EQ Rangers [Mac/PC]

    Two of SPLs most effective hardware studio tools are now available in native and HD plug-in formats.

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    Submersible Music Kitcore Deluxe 2

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    According to Submersible, Kitcore offers “great drum sounds without all the fuss.” We put it to the test.

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    Toontrack Funkmasters EZX

    EZ Drummer Expansion

    Joining the arsenal of EZX expanders for Toontracks' EZ Drummer is Funkmasters, a slightly different offering that's split...

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    Waves JJP Collection

    Plug-in Bundle [Mac/PC]

    Renowned mix engineer Jack Joseph Puig employs his massive collection of vintage outboard gear on everything from the Black Crowes to Black Eyed Peas. Now, thanks to Waves, you can get your hands on some of the same goodies.

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Techniques

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    Advanced Mixing In Logic Pro 8: Part 2

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    We offer a second set of tips to enhance your corrective and creative mixing skills.

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    CD Burning With Digital Performer 6

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    MOTU's Digital Performer 6 hugely simplifies the task of CD burning, while at the same time allowing more complex burning tasks to be undertaken. We talk you through the options.

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    Duck Down

    Ducking At Mixdown in Cubase

    Learn how to avoid frequency clashes in your mix, with our tutorial on advanced ducking techniques in Cubase.

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    Ducking At Mixdown

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to avoid frequency clashes in your mix, with our tutorial on advanced ducking techniques in Cubase.

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    Extra Tones From Single Coil Guitars

    Guitar Technology

    A short practical guide to getting more from the standard five-way pickup selector switch.

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    Make A Modular Synth In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Not only can Reasons Thor synth be used as an effects unit for other signals, it can also act as a hub for combining instruments and devices into true modular synth structures.

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    Mix Rescue: Chris Durban

    Beats

    Ever wondered why your beats cant compete with commercial mixes? We show you how to nail them... without losing sight of the song.

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    Mix Rescue: Chris Durban | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Links to the MP3 preview and high-resolution WAV files that accompany the SOS MAY 2009 Mix Rescue article, for our newsstand/bookstore readers who do not have eSub-access to the main web article.

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    New Mac Pros, iMacs & Mac Minis

    Apple Notes

    After much recent speculation concerning Apples desktop trinity, the company quietly made big news this month by unveiling new Mac Pros, iMacs and Mac Minis.

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    Specifying & Buying Your First System

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Tempted to invest in a Pro Tools rig but don't know where to begin? You need our handy guide to choosing a system.

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    Studio SOS: Kevin Brown

    Optimising a garage studio

    Even if you have the space and the gear, like reader Kevin Brown, you still need to know how to make the best of it. We paid a visit to help him optimise his new garage-conversion studio.

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    Techniques For Vocal De-essing

    Sound Advice

    Songs suffering from superfluous sibilance? Study SOSs super strategies for sorting esses...

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People

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    Animal Collective: Recording Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Recording electronica live in the studio

    Live performance and spontaneity are everything for Animal Collective, so capturing the magic of their unique electronic psychedelia on CD was a huge test for engineer and producer Ben Allen.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    The editorial team audition another crop of your submitted tracks.Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Recycling Is Good For You

    Leader

    Sage words from SOS Editor-In-Chief Paul White.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Kurstin

    Lily Allen: 'The Fear' — It’s Not Me, It’s You

    Looking for a follow-up to her smash-hit debut album, Lily Allen ditched her many other collaborators to work mostly with LA-based producer and musician Greg Kurstin on Its Not Me, Its You.

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    Sounding Off: Simon Langford

    To Protect And Serve?

    Should a problematic dongle be allowed to cause such grief in this day and age?

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    Van Morrison ‘Moondance’

    Classic Tracks: Producer Van Morrison; Engineers: Shelly Yakus, Elliot Scheiner

    On his second solo album, Van Morrison took the production reins for the first time. Manning the desk was engineer Shelly Yakus, who tells the story of recording Moondance.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Only in the perverse world of music for the media could composers be asked to rip themselves off for money. Its time to take a stand against the rise of the 'soundalike'.

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