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February 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Analogue Warmth: Tubes, Tape & Transformers

Reviews: Max For Ableton Live - real-time programming tool, Native Instruments Kontakt 4 - software sampler, Evol Audio Fucifier - mic preamp & distortion processor, Clavia Nord C2 - digital combo, tonewheel & pipe organ, Blue Sky Sat 8 & Sub 212 - 2.1 monitoring system, Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E - microphone preamp & compressor, MakeMusic Finale 2010 - notation software.

Technique:  Guitar Technique: Mixing Bass Guitars - tips & technique,  Joan Jett 'I Love Rock & Roll' - Classic Tracks.

People + Opinion:  Producing The Arctic Monkeys - interview, Mark 'Spike' Stent:  Muse The Resistance - Inside Track

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    Big Fish Audio Studio Guitars

    Multi-format

    The subtitle of this library — The Michael Ripoll Project — calls to mind progressive rock outfit the Alan Parsons Project,...

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    Blue Sky Sat 8 & Sub 212

    2.1 Monitoring System

    If you demand brutal and revealing precision from your monitors, read on...

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    Clavia Nord C2

    Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ

    The Nord C2 takes the Hammond, Farfisa and Vox emulations of its C1 predecessor and plunges headlong into the Baroque with a very impressive pipe organ.

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    Empirical Labs EL9 Mike-E

    Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

    Empirical Labs, purveyors of some of the most versatile compressors around, apply their dynamics expertise to a mic preamp.

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    Evol Audio Fucifier

    Mic Preamp & Distortion Processor

    Hell-bent on achieving truly demonic distortion, we put Evol Audios oddball processor through its paces.

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    Ian Boddy Airwaves

    WAV & Kontakt 2/3

    This new download library from celebrated electronic sound designer Ian Boddy is one of his new Waveforms series, and features...

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    Intelligent Devices Effects Plug-ins

    For Mac OS & Windows

    The inventive spirit of one of the industrys true individuals, Stephen St. Croix, lives on in Intelligent Devices unique effects plug-ins.

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    MakeMusic Finale 2010

    Notation Software [Mac OS/Windows]

    MakeMusics popular notation package strides forward into a new decade, adding a host of useful features.

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    Max For Live

    Real-time Programming Toolkit For Ableton Live

    Ableton Lives devices offer powerful tools for mangling sounds in live performance. But what if you could mangle the devices themselves?

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    Modartt Pianoteq 3.5

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Pianoteq tackles the virtual piano problem in megabytes rather than gigabytes, and offers flexibility that its multisampling competitors cant match.

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    Native Instruments Kontakt 4

    Software Sampler

    Its got a bigger sample library and some whizzy new features, but what Kontakt 4 really wants to do is make your life easier...

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    Plug-in Folder

    3 vital plug-ins

    • Elysia Mpressor • GSI VB3 • PSP Old Timer

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    SE Electronics X1 Bundle

    Microphone & Acoustic Shield

    SE aim to deliver a complete vocal recording package for the project studio on a budget — do they deliver?

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    Soniccouture Glass Works

    Kontakt Player

    As you'll have gathered from the name, the instruments in Soniccouture's latest offering derive their sound from the resonant...

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    Sony Sound Forge Pro 10

    Audio Editing Software For Windows

    Sonys heavyweight audio production package celebrates reaching double figures with the addition of DAW-style event editing and CD compilation.

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    Submersible Music Drumcore 3

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    Drumcores come a long way, and version 3 makes it easier than ever to use pro drummer performances on your tracks.

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    Ueberschall Elastik Minimal Electro Vibes

    Elastik Loop Library

    Ueberschall seem to be on a bit of a streak when it comes to Electro libraries: hot on the heels of the Elastik‑based Club...

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    VSL Vienna Ensemble Pro

    Software Instrument Host

    Ensemble Pro opens up VSLs hosting technology to third-party instruments and allows 32-bit and 64-bit Mac and Windows systems to communicate over a network, spreading the software instrument load.

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Techniques

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    Analogue Warmth

    The Sound Of Tubes, Tape & Transformers

    Analogue warmth seems to be the Holy Grail in these digital days. But what is it, why does it hold such appeal, and how can you use it to enhance your recordings?

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    Automation

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Automation in Pro Tools goes way beyond the usual volume, pan and mute controls. We look at what else you can automate, and what's changed in Pro Tools 8.

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    Bass Guitars In The Mix

    Technique

    10 concise tips to achieving a better bass sound in your mixes.

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    Building Your Own Multi-articulation Instrument

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Last month, we introduced Cubases VST Expression facility. Now its time to build your own multi-articulation instrument.

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    Cubase: Multi-articulation | Audio

    Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques February 2010

    This accompanies the Cubase Technique VST Expression workshop for SOS February 2010 (...

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    Digital Performer 7: Guitar Heroes

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP7s new guitar plug-ins offer a fresh set of tones, and a contrasting approach to third-party alternatives.

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    Exporting Logic Multitrack Files

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    There are sure to be times when you need to export multitrack Logic files to other platforms. We explain the options.

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    iPhone Music Apps

    Apple Notes

    Some of the musical iPhone apps now available are much more useful than their tiny prices suggest...

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    Mix Rescue: Preslin Davis

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We go hip-hop this month, as we aim for a Dr Dre-style sound with Preslin Davis' track 'Side Effects', and highlight the importance of artist-engineer dialogue.

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    Mix Rescue: Preslin Davis | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS January 2010.

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    Reason: Delaying Tactics

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Build sophisticated multi-tap and modulated delay treatments using Reasons flexible devices.

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    Sonar: Recording a Solo Performer

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Recording a solo performer requires a different approach from recording a band, and different ways of using Sonar.

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    Studio SOS: Dominik Johnson

    EQ, Compression & Reverb

    This month, we tame a strange space, record a sitar and dispense a little wisdom on EQ, compression and reverb, as we sort out Dominik Johnsons home studio.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Joan Jett ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Ritchie Cordell, Kenny Laguna, Glen Kolotkin • Engineer: Glen Kolotkin

    Joan Jetts heartfelt reworking of the Arrows I Love Rock & Roll became an international hit in 1982 and turned her career around. Glen Kolotkin tells us how it happened.

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    Josh Homme

    Producing Arctic Monkeys

    As frontman with Queens Of The Stone Age, Josh Homme is arguably the biggest name in rock music. So how would he tackle a move into the producers chair with British indie superstars Arctic Monkeys?

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Lost In Sound

    Atila Neves

    Atila Neves has a PhD in particle physics, and would thus seem...

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

    Inside Track: Muse 'The Resistance'

    Britains biggest name in mixing, Mark Spike Stent has achieved international success in almost every genre. With Muses latest album, The Resistance, he was dealing with rock at its most epic.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Small Miracles

    Leader

    Editor-in-Chief Paul White ponders where 2010's new tools will lead us...

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    Sounding Off

    Adrian Keefe

    Music technology forums: the case against.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    It doesnt do to get too precious about audio quality. In fact, sometimes a bit of lossy compression might be just what your music needs.

    Music Business
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