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December 2009 Magazine Contents

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    Adam S3XV

    Studio Reference Monitors

    Adam make the leap to a three-way speaker design that seems to pay dividends in clarity and separation.

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    Audient Zen

    Analogue Mixing Console With Fader Automation

    Audient's latest analogue console has turned the DAW-controller concept on its head, taking advantage of mainstream DAW software to provide fader automation and recall.

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    Audix Cab Grabber

    Cabinet-mounted Microphone Stand

    The Audix Cab Grabber is one of those good ideas that, in retrospect, seems so obvious that you wonder why no-one has thought...

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    Benchmark MPA1

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Benchmark strive to make their products exactly that: something against which the competition should be judged. So how does their new preamp measure up?

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    Celemony Melodyne DNA Editor

    Pitch & Time Processing Software For Mac & PC

    In its new Direct Note Access, the latest version of Celemonys Melodyne introduces what might just be the most hotly anticipated piece of music technology ever. Will mixing and remixing ever be the same again?

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    Celemony Melodyne DNA Editor | Audio Examples

    From Celemony Melodyne Editor December 2009

    Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Celemony Melodyne Editor review (...

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    Inta Audio i5 Pro Music PC

    Music Computer

    Inta Audios i5 system offers high performance and very low acoustic noise levels at a competitive price.

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    Korg Microsampler

    Sampler

    The phenomenally successful Microkorg brought simple, affordable synthesis to the masses. Can Korgs Microsampler do the same thing for sampling?

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    Loopmasters Delicious Allstars Funk Constructor

    Multi-format

    Loopmasters Delicious Allstars Funk Constructor might be a bit of a mouthful, but it's certainly a good descriptive title....

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    Maroon Audio MT100 & MC200

    Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones

    We put this good-looking brace of mics from new UK company Maroon Audio to the test.

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    Moog MIDI MuRF

    Multi Resonant Filter Pedal

    The latest Moogerfooger pedal combines the two previous MuRFs and adds MIDI.

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    Nine Volt Audio Textured Guitars

    Multi-format

    There are no prizes for guessing the subject of this library, because the electric guitar obviously provides the original...

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    Novation Launchpad

    Control Surface

    Novation have brought their control surface expertise to bear on Ableton Live. The result is the Launchpad: a low-cost, colourful and pleasingly idiosyncratic way to get hands-on with Live.

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    Plug-in Folder

    3 worthy plug-ins tested

    • Softube Spring Reverb & Tube Delay • Audio Ease Speakerphone 2 • Ametrine Audio Ravernator

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    Rainger FX Dr Freakenstein Fuzz & El Distorto

    Guitar Effects

    The Dr Freakenstein Fuzz reminds me of the kind of thing I used to experiment with back in the mid '60s, when fuzz was a new...

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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5014

    Stereo Field Editor

    Weve already reviewed a few of Mr Neves Portico devices in SOS, and have been impressed by the quality — but as well as offering some of the designers distinctive sonic flavour, this unit also gives you something a bit different.

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    Sibelius 6

    Score-writing Software[Mac OS/Windows]

    The latest and greatest version of the popular score-writing package incorporates some advanced concepts from modern word processors, plus a healthy dose of magnetism...

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    Ueberschall Electrolines

    Liquid Instrument

    Ueberschall's Electrolines is a further volume in their popular Liquid Instruments series. We've looked at a number of these...

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    Wavelore Pedal Steel

    Kontakt 2/3/4

    I think it's fair to say that Wavelore are a company who create niche sample libraries: their first commercial product was a ...

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Techniques

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    Cubase Techniques | Audio

    Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques December 2009

    Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Cubase Technique (...

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    Digital Performer 7: Guitar Greats

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP7 includes enticing new features ideal for guitarists. Heres a quick-start guide to the best of them.

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    Logic: Using Flex Time On Multitracked Drums

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Part 2 focuses on using the magic of Flex Time for easier quantising of multitracked drums.

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    Mix Rescue: Ollie Wright

    Getting fit for the mix

    Getting your recordings fit for the mix is crucially important, but it is something that nearly all Mix Rescue candidates seem to overlook to a greater or lesser extent.

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    Mix Rescue: Ollie Wright | Audio

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue December 2009

    Hear for yourself the before and after mix elements.

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    Mixing Metal

    The SOS Guide To Extreme Metal Production: Part 2

    In the second part of our masterclass on the production of modern metal music, we explain what makes a great metal mix.

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    Mixing Metal | Audio Examples

    From Mixing Metal December 2009

    MP3 audio files to accompany this month's Mixing Metal (Part 2) article.

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    Region Variations

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We delve once more into the power hidden in Pro Tools' unassuming Region List window.

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    Replacing Drums With Groove Agent One

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We examine the potential of Cubase's Groove Agent One for drum replacement.

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    Solid-state Drive Performance

    Apple Notes

    Have you wondered how well Apples solid-state drive option for their MacBook Pro and MacBook Air actually performs? This month we put it to the test.

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    Sonar: Matrix Magic

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    We explain some of the tricks and composition methods opened up by Sonar 8.5s new Matrix view.

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    Using Laptops for Live Music

    Live & Dangerous

    Some tips to help you and your laptop survive in the brutal world of live music.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    All I Want For Christmas

    Leader

    Where did this year go?

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    Imogen Heap: Recording Ellipse

    Making An Album Solo

    Imogen Heap travelled the world to write songs for her new album — and recorded it in her childhood playroom, with the help of some unusual toys!

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    New York Dolls ‘Personality Crisis’ | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Todd Rundgren • Engineer: Jack Douglas

    The fact that they achieved little commercial success didnt stop the New York Dolls from making one of the most influential albums in the history of pop music.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    The editorial team audition another crop of your submitted tracks. Is yours one of them?

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Young Guru

    Inside Track: Jay Z's The Blueprint 3

    Behind every rap megastar, theres a very talented engineer. Young Guru was at the desk throughout the recording and mixing of Jay-Zs latest smash-hit album, The Blueprint 3.

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    Sounding Off: Is New Gear Better?

    Ethan Winer

    When it comes to gear, old is good, but new is better.

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