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June 2009 Magazine Contents

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    Ableton Live Suite 8

    Digital Audio Workstation [Mac/PC]

    The challenge was to add yet more features to Live without compromising its legendary ease of use. Have Ableton succeeded?

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    AEA A440

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    Some microphones ooze quality to the extent that price almost becomes unimportant. Is AEAs new active version of the venerable RCA 44 design one of them?

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    Arturia Origin

    Rackmount Synthesizer Workstation

    Arturias first true hardware synth aims to let you conveniently create your own modular system from modelled components of some of the best-loved analogues of all time. How well does it realise this ambitious goal?

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    Dan Dean Solo Strings Advanced

    Kontakt 2 Player

    Dan Dean's original Solo Strings library comprised violin, viola, and cello, beautifully recorded in 24‑bit stereo and...

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    Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra

    Guitar Amp & Effect Simulator

    Fractal Audios Axe-FX is the guitar processor with 80s looks and 21st-century power!

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    Heil Sound PR40

    Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

    Listening to the sound from this extraordinary dynamic mic, you might be forgiven for thinking it was a ribbon or a condenser.

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    Lexicon Ionix FW810S

    Firewire Audio Interface

    The Ionix FW810S comes with built-in Lexicon monitor reverb and onboard Dbx dynamics and EQ. So does all this DSP add up to a genuine USP?

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    Line 6 Pod X3 Pro

    Guitar Modelling Processor

    Line 6 follow their Pod X3 and X3 Live processors with this rackmount professional version, the X3 Pro, offering enhanced I/O and dual processing...

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    Native Instruments Maschine

    Groove Workstation

    NIs hybrid hardware and software beat machine promises the best of both worlds. Does it deliver?

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    Novation 61SL MkII

    Controller Keyboard

    The updated SL range rejoices in touch-sensitive knobs and sliders, and in Novations ingenious Automap technology.

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    Philtre Labs Bollywood Elements

    WAV/Apple Loops

    With Bollywood now a massive force in the world movie market, India‑based Philtre Labs have followed up last year's release of...

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    Plug-in Folder

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    • D16 Silver Line • Sonic Charge Synplant

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    Pro Audio DSP DSM

    Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS

    Pro Audio DSPs first product is a novel dynamics plug-in, with applications ranging from de-essing to loudness maximising.

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    Prodipe Pro Ribbon 8

    Active Monitors

    Ribbon tweeters can yield a smooth sound, while still capably reproducing transient detail — and the Pro Ribbon range promises to do so for an attractive price.

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    Sample Magic Minimal Techno

    Multi-format Sample Library

    No‑one can accuse Sample Magic of scrimping on the sub-bass in their Minimal Techno loop and one-shot library: it lumbers...

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    Sequis Motherload Elemental

    Dummy Load & Speaker Emulator

    Sequis have launched a somewhat simpler and less costly version of their Motherload dummy load/speaker simulator, called the Motherload Elemental.

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    SPL Rackpack

    Modular Preamp & Processor System

    Sound Performance Lab have developed an enviable reputation for their hardware products, and now you can buy more for less with their modular rack system.

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    Toontrack Drumtracker

    Drum-replacement Software [Mac/PC]

    Need to use samples to rescue a dodgy drum recording? Toontracks neat utility will generate MIDI hits and map them to the virtual instrument of your choice.

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    Waves GTR3 & GTR Ground

    Amp Modelling Software & Foot Controller

    Waves have made a rare foray into the world of hardware with the GTR Ground, designed to give hands-free control over their Guitar Tool Rack software amp simulator.

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    Zero-G Vocal Foundry

    Multi-format Sample Library

    Vocal Foundry is Zero‑G's follow up to Vocal Forge, and it offers similar content: a series of vocal construction kits, each...

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    Zoom H4N

    Portable 24-bit Recorder

    The H4 remains one of the most flexible of the current crop of portable 24-bit recorders, but Zoom have found plenty of room for improvement — and, more importantly, theyve used it.

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Techniques

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    Creating Custom Touchscreen Interfaces In Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    You'll be surprised at how cheap and easy it can be to enhance the usability of your Apple Logic setup with a touchscreen.

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    Cubase: Get The Funk Out | Audio Files

    Funky Guitar Processing In Cubase

    Links to audio files that accompany the SOS MAY 2009 Cubase article, for newsstand/bookstore readers who do not have eSub-access to the main web article.

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    Educational Training in GarageBand

    Apple Notes

    With the latest version of GarageBand, Apple have become the first company to integrate educational training into music-creation software. But is this merely a simple gimmick, or a powerful new way of learning to play an instrument?

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    Effective Selecting & Locating In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    The ability to move around your project quickly and easily, making fast and accurate selections for editing, can take much of the pain out of music production. We round up some of the best power-user shortcuts.

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    Exploring Sonar 8’s Dimension Pro Synthesizer

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Now that Dimension Pro is included with Sonar 8, its time to investigate how to exploit it beyond the usual sample-playback functions.

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    Funky Guitar Processing

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you want something to spice up rhythm-guitar loops to use in your funk and dance tracks, Cubase has just the Tonic

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    Getting Into Pro Tools

    Part 2: Installation & Session Basics

    Our short series on getting started with Pro Tools continues with some advice on configuring the software and your first Sessions.

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    Mix Rescue: Adam Bevan

    Sound Workshop

    Beefing up bass parts played on guitar and importing GarageBand songs into Logic are among the challenges for Mix Rescue, as we add some spice to Adam Bevans mix.

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    Mix Rescue: Adam Bevan | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio files are presented in both MP3 (for auditioning) and AIF, for more serious critical listening and comparison in your DAW software.

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    Studio SOS: John Clark

    Home recordings

    We lend some practical studio advice to a seasoned pro guitarist who is rather newer to the world of songwriting and home recording.

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    The Remix Business: Part 1

    The World Of The Remixer

    Remixing is a modern phenomenon that has turned into a viable way for hi-tech musicians to make money from their skills. But how do you get heard, how do you land a job, and how much should you charge to do it? We get you started with the insiders guide.

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Sound Advice

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    PC Upgrade

    PC Notes

    If youve built your own music PC in the last couple of years, you might now be finding that aspects of it need upgrading. PC Notes offers some advice.

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    Q. Does mono compatibility still matter?

    I've recently started working at a classical radio station in my area, and I was fully expecting to have to deal with mono...

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    Q. How can I improve my vocal recordings?

    I'm quite new to vocal recording, and am using either a Neumann TLM103 or AKG C414, depending on the material being recorded....

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    Q. What’s the best order for mixing?

    I've been wondering what order people use when mixing. Mixing the instruments in order of priority? Mixing the rhythm section ...

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    Q. Which room should I record in?

    I am about to do a recording at a farm in the North York Moors. It will be done 'live', using two acoustic guitars and two...

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People

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    John Lennon ‘Whatever Gets You Thru The Night’

    Classic Tracks: Producer John Lennon; Engineers: Roy Cicala, Shelly Yakus

    Engineer Roy Cicala worked on all of John Lennons albums from Imagine onwards, and in Whatever Gets You Thru The Night, recorded the only solo number one hit single of Lennons lifetime.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Origin Of The Species

    Leader

    Paul White proffers more thought-engaging words.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed
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    Raphael Saadiq

    Producing The Way I See It

    Artist and producer Raphael Saadiq has channelled his love of classic soul records to create something convincingly vintage, yet fresh-sounding and alive.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Declan Gaffney

    U2 : 'No Line On The Horizon'

    The sessions for U2s No Line On The Horizon took the idea of spontanaeity in the studio to new levels. Engineer Declan Gaffney was the man charged with creating order from apparent chaos...

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    Sounding Off

    Mike Senior

    The end of the iPod era?

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    Within Temptation: Producing Black Symphony

    Ronald Prent, Darcy Proper & Wouter Strobbe: Blu-Ray Audio

    Few artists so far have taken advantage of the Blu-Ray formats potential to deliver stunning audio quality. A concert film by Dutch metal act Within Temptation shows whats possible.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Theres learning, and theres education. And when it comes to music technology, the two arent always connected, believes Paul Farrer.

    Music Business
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