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July 2009 Magazine Contents

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    AnaMod ATS1

    Analogue Tape Recorder Simulator

    Some say that nothing does analogue tape like analogue tape does, but AnaMod think theyre wrong — and are doing a pretty good job of proving it!

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    ART Voice Channel

    Vocal Recording Channel & USB Audio Interface

    This budget recording strip is certainly a jack of all trades, delivering a huge feature set for the price — but does it offer quality as well as quantity?

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    Audiofile Wave Editor 1.4

    Audio Editing Software For Mac OS X

    Audiofile Engineerings elegant package offers impressive editing features at an affordable price.

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    Audix CX212

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    Audixs acclaimed range of microphones is designed and built entirely at home in the USA — and its an approach that seems to be paying off...

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    Big Fish Audio South American Traditions & Elements: South America

    WAV/REX/Apple Loops/Stylus RMX

    Big Fish Audio have already established a reputation for South American music sample libraries with their two 'Roots of South...

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    Brainworx BX_dynEQ & Boom

    Dynamic Equaliser Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    The dynamic equaliser can be a secret weapon for fixing faults at the mixing or even the mastering stage, and Brainworx innovative plug-in implementation offers novel M/S features.

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    EdgeSounds Native Russian Volume 2

    Kontakt 2 Player/GigaStudio 3

    There can be few corners of the globe whose native music remains unexplored by a sample library, but (having missed Volume 1...

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    Even Harmonic GTAK

    MIDI Guitar Kontakt Script

    Even Harmonic's GTAK is a low-cost utility that uses Kontakt's KSP scripts to allow Kontakt 3 (it won't work with earlier...

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    Future Audio Workshop Circle

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Future Audio Workshops debut soft synth offers versatile modulation possibilities, via an interface designed to be highly intuitive.

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    IK Multimedia Amplitube

    Fender Amp Modelling Plug-in

    Regular readers will be pretty familiar with IK Multimedia's Amplitube family of guitar‑amp and cabinet emulation programs,...

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    Izotope Ozone 4

    Mastering Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Izotopes comprehensive suite of mastering tools continues to develop and mature, yet still offers excellent value for money.

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    Korg Microkorg XL

    Synthesizer & Vocoder

    The hugely popular Microkorg — the worlds best-selling synth for the past few years, according to its makers — has gained what Korg describe as a big brother. Will it repeat the success of its sibling?

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    MOTU BPM

    Virtual Groovebox [Mac/PC]

    MOTUs BPM takes some obvious cues from Akais MPC range — but can a groovebox work in software?

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    Prodipe A1

    Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    When youre on a budget, youll need one mic to perform a range of duties — and this one seems to punch above its weight.

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    Samson Resolv A6 & 120A

    Studio Monitors & Subwoofer

    Samsons new low-cost nearfields can produce a big sound, but do they measure up for serious mixing? We find out.

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    Siedlaczek Complete Classical Collection II

    Sample Library

    Complete Classical Collection is quite a claim. Can orchestral sampling pioneer Peter Siedlaczeks latest library make good on it?

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    Studio Devil Virtual Bass Amp

    Bass Amp Modelling Plug-in

    Marc Gallo, the creator of Studio Devil's Virtual Guitar Amp plug‑in (reviewed in SOS August 2008), has returned with a ...

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    USB IRCAM Solo Instruments

    UVI Workstation & MachFive2

    There are lots of strange noises you can make with acoustic instruments beyond playing them normally, and Ultimate Sound Bank...

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    Yellow Tools Independence Pro

    Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    This suite of sampling, effects and live performance software, with a bundled 65GB library, is feature-rich but also up against heavy competition. Can it make its mark?

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: Warping Revisited

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Warping has changed entirely in Live 8. We show you how to get the most out of the new system.

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    Future Of The Music Industry?

    Apple Notes

    News, tips and advice for Mac-based musicians.

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    Logic's Master Blasters

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Part 1: Use Logics EQ and SubBass plug-ins to give some mastering polish to your mixes.

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    Mix Rescue: Punkdisco

    Sparse Arrangements

    We didnt have to fight through competing walls of sound in this months Mix Rescue, but a sparse arrangement offers challenges of its own...

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    Mix Rescue: Punkdisco | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    This page provides links to MP3 and WAV files that accompany July 2009's Mix Rescue article.

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    Multitrack Comping in Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Comping multitrack audio neednt be a headache with new features in Digital Performer 6.

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    On-line Sessions: Remote Working | Audio Files

    On-line Session Services Compared

    If your music deserves the best musicians, the Internet provides the means to find them. We test the three leading on-line session services.

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    Quick Controls

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    With even a basic hardware MIDI controller, Quick Controls make writing automation in Cubase much more convenient.

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    Quick Controls | Track Presets | Media Files

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Download a ZIP file of the Track Presets that accompany July 2009's Cubase Notes workshop on Quick Controls automation.

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    Remote Working

    On-line Session Services Compared

    If your music deserves the best musicians, the Internet provides the means to find them. We test the three leading on-line session services.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dylan ‘3D’ Dresdow

    Black Eyed Peas

    For their fifth album, The END, Black Eyed Peas main man will.i.am took the band — and their long-serving mixer Dylan Dresdow — in a new direction, with stunning success.

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    Sonar: Stereo Tools

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    If youre interested in M/S (Mid/Side) recording or stereo image tweaks, Sonars Channel Tools could be your best friend.

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    Studio SOS: Tom Hennessey

    Recording on a tight budget

    We show Tom Hennessey that as long as you have good ideas and a good ear, you can put together decent recordings and mixes on the smallest of budgets.

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    The Moody Blues ‘Nights In White Satin’

    Classic Tracks: Producer Tony Clarke; Engineer Derek Varnals

    Thunderous reverbs, haunting vocals and Mellotron galore: we tell the story of recording the Moody Blues symphonic rock masterpiece, Nights In White Satin.

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    The Remix Business: Part 2

    Getting Creative

    We continue our insiders guide to remixing with some practical tips on the creative decisions that will underpin your remix.

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    Tips For Beginners

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We continue our newcomer's guide to Pro Tools with a selection of techniques that every user should know.

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    Will Gigasampler Make A Comeback?

    PC Notes

    The Giga sampling platform may be coming back from the dead, with the news that developer Gary Garritan has acquired it from Tascam. PC Notes reports.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Doves: Producing Kingdom Of Rust

    Dan Austin & Jez Williams

    Doves have overcome writers block, the perils of democracy and a silly studio name to produce an early contender for album of the year.

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    Duncan Miller & Tom Rodwell: Nightmares On Wax?

    People Making Waves With Music Technology

    • Duncan Miller & Tom Rodwell: Nightmares On Wax? • Jon Hopkins: Electronica Without MIDI

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    Listen With Your Eyes?

    Leader

    In this screen-driven world, it's easy to forget that we have ears with which to make quality judgements...

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    More readers' tracks get the Juke Box Jury treatment from the SOS crew. Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Simple Minds: Recording Graffiti Soul

    Jez Coad & Simple Minds

    Thirty years after their debut, Simple Minds returned to their roots as a live band and relit the old fires to record their most impressive album in years.

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    Sounding Off: Economic Crisis

    Conor O'Brien

    Will the recession have music going for a song?

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Pitching for work is frustrating, time-consuming and, unless youre very lucky, unpaid. But at least the best demo (usually) wins.

    Music Business
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