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January 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Leading Studio Headphones Compared - shootout

Reviews: TC Electronic Impact Twin - firewire audio interface, Neumann TLM102 - cardioid capacitor microphone, JoeCo BBR1 BlackBox - 24-track recorder, Waves Vocal Rider - vocal levelling plug-in

Technique: Phil Manchester: An Introduction To Forensic Audio - feature, Guitar Tech: Choosing Guitar Amp Speakers - tips & technique, Public Enemy 'Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos' - Classic Tracks

People + Opinion: Wayne Bennett & Speech Debelle: Speech Therapy - interview, David Guetta & Kelly Rowland 'When Love Takes Over' - Inside Track

Reviews

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    Barefoot Sound MicroMain 27

    Active Three-way Monitors

    As well as a distinctive design, these huge nearfield monitors offer a frequency and time-domain performance that compares with the best.

    Reviews
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    Big Fish Audio Acid Jazz City 2

    WAV⁄REX⁄Apple Loops⁄Stylus RMX

    No prizes for guessing that Acid Jazz City 2 is a follow‑up to Big Fish Audio's original 'part 1' of the same name, and for...

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    Big Fish Audio BollyHood Beats

    WAV/REX/Apple Loops/Stylus RMX

    Be careful you don't misread the title: BollyHood Beats has an 'H' in the middle, which is actually key to the content. And...

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    Cakewalk Sonar 8.5

    DAW Software For Windows

    Its not touted as version 9, but the list of improvements certainly makes this years upgrade to Cakewalks Sonar DAW a big deal.

    Reviews
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    Choosing Guitar-amp Speakers

    Guitar Technology

    A brief guide to what factors should be considered when choosing replacement speakers for your guitar amps.

    Reviews
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    Doepfer Dark Energy

    Synthesizer

    The latest product of Doepfers modular know-how is the Dark Energy: a compact, powerful and hands-on desktop analogue synthesizer.

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    FXpansion DCAM Synth Squad

    Software Synth Suite

    FXpansions first foray into the soft-synth world yields some unexpected but welcome results...

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    Hollow Sun Nebulae

    Sample Library

    Anyone who bought a hardware synth in the '80s already knows that even a few megabytes of sample memory can nevertheless result in incredible sounds in the hands of skilled sound designers. 

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    JoeCo BBR1 BlackBox Recorder

    24-track Digital Recorder

    Recording in a live environment demands simplicity and stability, and this intriguing new product from SADiE co-founder Joe Bull is designed to offer both.

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    Native Instruments Absynth 5

    Software Synthesizer

    The fifth version of Absynth introduces even more sound-mangling features and aims to be far more user-friendly than its predecessors. Has it succeeded? Read on...

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    Neumann TLM102

    Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    The new TLM102 embodies everything weve come to expect from a large-diaphragm Neumann studio mic — except the price!

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    Novation Nocturn 25

    Controller Keyboard

    After an extensive programme of selective breeding, Novation have created the Nocturn 25 — an affordable, touch-sensitive controller keyboard.

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    Soniccouture The Skiddaw Stones

    Multi-format

    Despite the title, this isn't the debut CD of a Cumbrian '60s tribute band. It is, in fact, another of Soniccouture's...

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    Spectrasonics Trilian

    Software Bass Instrument

    Spectrasonics new STEAM-driven bass module bundles 34GB of electric, acoustic and synth basses into one package. We delve deep and give you the lowdown.

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    Studio Headphones

    Leading Models Compared

    Whether recording or mixing, which set of headphones will work for you? We compare a selection of the best models.

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    TC Electronic Impact Twin

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Compact and bijou it may be, but the Impact Twin offers 14 channels of simultaneous analogue and digital I/O and is chock-full of TCs clever DSP technology.

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    Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard

    Summing Mixer

    Summing might not sound very rock & roll, but Thermionic Culture have added a little attitude of their own to this impressive and unique design.

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    U-he Uhbik

    Plug-in Effects Suite [ Mac OS/Windows]

    There are countless reverbs, EQs and delay-based effects out there, but U-hes new Uhbik collection brings some fresh thinking to familiar sounds.

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    Vox Amplug Acoustic

    Acoustic-modelling Guitar Headphone Amp

    Each of Vox's Amplug range of guitar headphone amps is designed to emulate a single amplifier type, and to provide basic...

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    Waves Vocal Rider

    Vocal Levelling Plug-in [Mac OS/Windows]

    No matter how many compressors we own, when it comes to getting vocal levels right, theres no substitute for faders and hard work. Until now...

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Techniques

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    An Introduction To Forensic Audio

    Detective Phil Manchester

    Noisy, muffled, incoherent recordings are an audio engineers worst nightmare, but all too often they contain vital evidence in criminal trials. Its the job of the forensic audio specialist to extract that evidence.

    Techniques
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    Cubase: VST Expression | Audio

    Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques January 2010

    This contains the three separate files to accompany the SOS January 2010 Cubase Technique workshop (...

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    Elastic Audio — Better Than Beat Detective?

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Many long-term Pro Tools users still rely on Beat Detective, but the newer Elastic Audio often produces better results in half the time.

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    Live Looping

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Live 8s Looper is ideal for quick, fun composition.

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    Logic: Audio Output Formats

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    For every destination you might have for your mix, theres a correct audio output format. We explain the options.

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    Mix Rescue: Jay Menon

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month we look at ways to manipulate transients and make use of those all-important send effects, as we take on Jay Menon's ballad, 'Through My Eyes'.

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    Mix Rescue: Jay Menon | Audio

    Hear For Yourself

    Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue of Jay Menon's ballad 'Through My Eyes'. You can...

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    Reason: Productivity Boosts

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Boost your Reason productivity with indispensable keyboard shortcuts that make everyday jobs quicker and easier.

    Techniques
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    Shedding Features

    Apple Notes

    Apple provide great entry-level music software in the shape of Garageband, so why is Mac hardware shedding features that help entry-level musicians?

    Techniques
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    Studio SOS: Jason Firth

    Setting Up A Dual-Purpose Studio

    What do you get when you cross a recording musician with a photographer? A nice-looking studio that serves a dual purpose, thats what...

    Techniques
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    VST Expression

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    VST Expression, introduced in Cubase 5, enables you to extract the best from multi-articulation sample libraries.

    Techniques
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    Warmer Sounds From Digital Synths

    Processing Techniques

    If your plug-in synths sound a bit cold and clinical, there are plenty of ways to inject some life...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    More of your submitted recordings undergo the SOS 'Juke Box Jury' treatment.

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    Public Enemy ‘Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: The Bomb Squad • Engineer: Nick Sansano

    Hank Shocklees 1988 collaboration with Public Enemy brought a new aggression to hip-hop — both sonically and politically...

    People
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Veronica Ferraro

    Inside Track: David Guetta ‘When Love Takes Over’

    When French DJ David Guetta and American singer Kelly Rowland combined to produce one of the biggest crossover hits of 2009, the hands on the faders belonged to Veronica Ferraro.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Alex Marten

    With Musical Instruments, The Interface Counts...

    With musical instruments, its the interface that counts...

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Upgrade Yourself

    Leader

    If the postal system hasn't completely melted down by the time you read this, you should still be looking forward to Christmas...

    People
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    Wayne Bennett & Speech Debelle

    Recording Speech Therapy

    It took rapper Speech Debelle years to find a producer who could bring to life the sounds in her head. The answer, as Wayne Bennett discovered, was to record her music as if it were a folk album.

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    No-one likes having their work criticised, especially when the criticism is baffling, surreal and second-hand. But thats the lot of todays composer for the media.

    Music Business
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