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November 2009 Magazine Contents

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    AEA RPQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    AEA have tweaked the design of their TRP ribbon-mic preamp, already something of a favourite, to create a device thats much more versatile — and without compromising on quality.

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    AudioMulch 2.0

    Modular Audio Software [Mac/PC]

    AudioMulchs unique take on music creation and sound design already has many loyal fans. Will the new version 2, which adds Mac compatibility for the first time, win it a fresh army of admirers?

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    B-Band Ukko Pack

    Contact Mics For Drums

    The ability to mount mics on drum shells is nothing new, but actually being able to build them into the shells, as you can with the Finnish Ukko system, is not so common. Could this alternative method put an end to multi-miking of drum kits?

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    Bob Kilgore’s Harmonic Capo

    Harmonics-generating Capo

    One of the more novel guitar accessories I saw at this year's Summer NAMM show was the Bob Kilgore Harmonic Capo, which is a ...

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    DACS HeadMaster

    Headphone Amp & Monitor Controller

    The jobs done by DACS latest high-quality problem solver are essential, if not glamorous. Could the HeadMaster take charge of your studio?

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    Eigenlabs Eigenharp Alpha

    Advanced Controller Instrument

    Its makers describe the Eigenharp as “the most revolutionary new musical instrument in 60 years”. Could this bold claim be justified?

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    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Focusrite expand the Saffire range with their new Virtual Reference Monitoring technology.

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    Grace Design SpaceBar

    Microphone Mounting Bar

    Microphone mounting bars seem to come in two different varieties, namely 'cheap and cheerful' and 'well engineered but...

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    JBL LSR 2300

    Monitor Speakers

    JBL have a reputation for clinically precise monitors, but this time theyve come up with something a little smoother...

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    M-Audio Axiom Pro 49

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The Axiom Pro showcases M-Audios controller keyboard know-how and debuts their brand-new Hyper Control technology, which is designed to make adjusting software parameters quicker and easier.

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    Morevox Retroverb 3

    WAV Impulse Responses

    Retroverb 3 is a 24‑bit/44.1kHz library of 450 Impulse Responses that can be used with any convolution reverb plug‑in....

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    MXL R77

    Ribbon Microphone

    Is this mics sonic performance as brilliant as its polished gold and chrome exterior?

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    Silent Peaks Peakulizer & SPK Isolator

    Acoustics Accessories

    Silent Peaks are a relatively new Welsh company who specialise in affordable acoustic treatment, aimed mainly at the...

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    Steinberg The Grand 3

    Sample Library

    Steinbergs one-stop piano shop gets an overhaul from the ground up.

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    T-Rex Gristle Pedals

    Stomp-box Effects

    Judging by the names of some of their products, the designers at T‑Rex have got a thing about the less attractive elements of...

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    The New Stereo Soundbook (Third Edition)

    Book Review

    Something that seems to interest and intrigue almost everyone involved with audio recording at some point is the topic of...

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    Tonehammer Francesca

    Kontakt

    Tonehammer are building a strong reputation for beautifully recorded and inventive sample libraries, but Francesca, the first...

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    Toontrack New York Studio Legacy Series Vol 2

    Superior Drummer 2.0 Expansion Pack

    5/5 Stars ***** The original Superior Drummer 2.0 featured a modest collection of drum pieces (although they sounded excellent and were...

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    Ueberschall Club Electro

    Elastik Loop Library

    Ueberschall have been steadily building up their catalogue of both Liquid and Elastik‑based sample libraries. The former, '...

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    Waldorf Largo

    Software Synthesizer

    Waldorf continue their Bond (Blofeld, etc) theme with their first software synth, Largo.

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    Waves Eddie Kramer Collection

    Plug-in Bundle [Mac OS/Windows]

    Waves latest plug-in collection attempts to bottle the genius of Eddie Kramer, for our benefit!

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Techniques

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    Digital Performer: Alternative Versions

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    When you need to tweak or re-work a track to produce alternative versions, DP has features that make it easy.

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    Extreme Metal

    The SOS Guide To Recording & Producing Modern Metal

    Extreme metal music demands, and expects, extreme skills from producers and engineers. In Part 1 of this in-depth masterclass, we explain the techniques that go into crafting modern metal sounds.

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    Extreme Metal masterclass | Videos

    Video interviews from Extreme Metal production masterclass [Part 1]

    The following video interviews accompany this month's Extreme Metal: Recording Metal Music (Part 1) masterclass.

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    Inside Track: Tinchy Stryder 'Number One'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith

    Producer and songwriter Fraser T Smith has made the unlikely journey from prog rock to grime. With Tinchy Stryder, his broad experience has paid off in the shape of three massive hit singles.

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    Logic | Using Flex Time on Vocals

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Part 1: Try out Logic 9s show-stopper addition, Flex Time, which lets you manipulate audio timing as never before.

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    Make Your Music Pay

    Apple Notes

    As Apple and Spotify mark out the boundaries of the sharing culture, copyright owners are still looking for ways to make their music pay in a digital age.

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    Mix Rescue Audio

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue November 2009

    Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue of Bobby Nobody's song 'Stitch Up'. You can listen to...

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    Mix Rescue: Bobby Nobody

    Going beyong the mix

    Being a mix engineer isnt only about mixing, as we show when revamping Bobby Nobodys track, Stitch Up.

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    Optimum Vocals with VX64 Vocal Strip

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar 8.5s VX64 Vocal Strip offers new possibilities for vocal processing.

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    Reason To Record

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    We help you to bring your old Reason songs into the Record era.

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    Region Control

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The Region List in Pro Tools is easy to overlook, but provides the most powerful way to keep track of what's in your Session.

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    Studio SOS: Roshan Bains

    Taming A Reflective Room

    This month, we tame a reflective room, tweak vocal compressors and slay the Blue Screen Of Death.

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    Technique Workshop | Audio

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Links to Audio files which accompany this month's Cubase techniques article.

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    VariAudio: Extracting MIDI From Audio Files

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    More than just a pitch-correction tool, Cubase's VariAudio offers a means of extracting MIDI data from audio files.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Bruce Swedien: Recording Michael Jackson

    Legendary engineer on Thriller

    Bruce Swedien has been the engineer of choice for Michael Jackson and his producer Quincy Jones, among many others. In a rare interview, he lays bare the techniques behind some of the superstars biggest hits.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Full Metal Racket!

    Leader

    Editor-In-Chief Paul White recommends we all keep that live vibe in our recordings...

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    With a backlog of recorded material to wade through, the intrepid SOS crew brandish their Strictly Come Dancing judges' outfits and proffer their personal verdicts on another bunch of masochistic readers' hard-crafted recordings...

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    REM ‘Radio Free Europe’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: REM, Mitch Easter, Don Dixon

    REMs first single wasnt just an embryonic form of the style and sound that would later make them so successful, it was also a gem of the American new wave. But it took a long time coming...

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    Sounding Off: Jem Godfrey

    Vintage Synths

    Vintage synthesizers: can you love them too much?

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The global financial meltdown would never have happened if only KPMG had modelled themselves on KPM.

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