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March 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Lexicon PCM Native Reverb - reverb plug-ins

Reviews: Dave Smith Instruments Tetra - four-voice analogue synthesizer, Focusrite Octopre MkII & MkII Dynamic - microphone preamps, Newmann Retro NR47 - valve microphone, Akai LPD8 & LPK25 - MIDI controllers, MOTU Digital Performer 7 - DAW

Technique: Buying A Used Tape Machine - advice, Bruce Springsteen 'Born In The USA' - Classic Tracks

People + Opinion: David & Peter Brewis: Field Music (Measure) - interview, Dave Fridmann: Producing Flaming Lips Embryonic - interview, Cenzo Townshend: Florence & The Machine 'You've Got The Love' - Inside Track

Reviews

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    Akai LPD8 & LPK25

    MIDI Controllers

    Are Akais mini MIDI controllers the perfect partners for your laptop?

    Reviews
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    Boss FRV1

    Reverb Pedal

    One of my favourite effects units is an mid‑to‑late '90s brown Fender '63 Valve Reverb reissue. Bought in the days when I ...

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    Dark Side Of The Tune Queen’s English

    WAV

    Hand on heart, I can testify that no sample collection has ever made me laugh as heartily as this new WAV spoken‑phrase...

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    Dave Smith Instruments Tetra

    Four-voice Analogue Synthesizer

    With four voices of genuine analogue polyphony, Dave Smiths Tetra is a big synth in a small box.

    Reviews
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    Direct Resolution DARC Ultimate LE

    Audio PC

    Direct Resolutions Ultimate LE range is all about power — cold, hard (and very quiet) power.

    Reviews
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    Focusrite Octopre MkII & MkII Dynamic

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamps

    With upgraded mic amps and A-D conversion in their MkII versions, do Focusrites latest eight-channel preamps still lead the way at this price point?

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    Image Line FL Studio 9

    DAW Software For Windows

    Image Lines popular sequencing package has evolved from a specialist tool into a DAW application with universal appeal.

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    Infrasonic Blow 4D

    Nearfield Monitor Speakers

    With digital and analogue inputs, these small speakers from newcomers Infrasonic promise a lot for the money. Can they outperform their budget price tag?

    Reviews
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    Lexicon PCM Native Reverb

    Reverb Plug-ins [Mac & PC]

    Until now, the biggest name in reverb came attached only to rackmount hardware. Finally, however, Lexicon have made their celebrated rooms, halls and plates available in plug-in format.

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    MOTU Digital Performer 7

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS

    The latest version of MOTUs Mac sequencer has guitarists firmly in its sights, but there are plenty of general improvements too.

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    NAMM News

    There’s so much news from the recent Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, that it can be hard to see the wood for the trees...

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    Newmann Retro NR47

    Large-diaphragm Valve Microphone

    This mic is certainly styled to look like the classic Neumann U47, but does it sound like it?

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    Notion Music Notion 3

    Notation Software & Virtual Instrument Player For Mac & PC

    The latest Notion scoring package offers upgraded orchestral samples, VST compatibility and a host of new features. Will it score highly with the musical community?

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    Rodec Sherman Restyler

    Stereo Multi-mode Filter

    Sherman have teamed up with Rodec to bring us more of their own special brand of filter mayhem.

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    Royer Labs SF24V

    Stereo Valve Ribbon Microphone

    Royer Labs have created the worlds only stereo ribbon microphone that has active, valve-powered electronics. So what does it have to offer that conventional ribbon mics dont?

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    Rycote InVision USM & TLM

    Large-Diaphragm Microphone Shockmounts

    Decent shockmounts can actually improve the sound you get from your mics, but they can be expensive and not always durable. Rycote aim to solve both problems with their new designs.

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    Sonika

    Vocaloid 2

    Sonika is Zero‑G's latest virtual vocalist for Yamaha's Vocaloid 2 singing synthesis engine. As SOS has covered the basic...

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    Sonnox Restore

    Restoration Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    If youre in the market for a high-quality restoration package, there is no shortage of contenders. Sonnoxs trio of plug-ins offers some new and unusual features and a friendly interface.

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    Sony PCM M10B

    Portable Stereo Recorder

    The portable audio pioneers release their smallest and most affordable handheld 24-bit/96kHz recorder yet. We put it through its paces.

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    Steinberg CI2

    Audio Interface & Cubase Controller

    The CI2 combines an audio interface with hands-on Cubase control — and at a very attractive price.

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    Tascam M164UF

    Mixer &16-channel Audio Interface

    USB and Firewire mixerfaces abound these days, but not all allow you to record multiple channels simultaneously to separate tracks in your DAW. Enter the M164UF...

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    TC Electronic PolyTune

    Polyphonic Guitar Tuner

    The answer to every guitarist's prayers?

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    Tonehammer Epic Percussion

    Multi-format

    Hans Zimmer's bright idea of adding large ethnic drums to the orchestra in film scores has proved popular in recent years,...

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    Ueberschall Art Of Sounds

    Elastik Instrument

    Ueberschall's libraries tend to target specific markets, with titles like ''80s Punk...

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    Vir2 Instruments Mojo Horn Section

    Virtual Brass Instrument

    Has your music lost its mojo? Maybe Vir2s new horn library can add some magic...

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Techniques

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    Ableton: Sound Design

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    We look at a different use for Lives celebrated time-stretching engine.

    Techniques
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    AIR Plug-ins

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid-Digidesign's Pro Tools 8 comes bundled with a new suite of AIR plug-ins, some of which are more powerful than they appear. We expose their hidden depths...

    Techniques
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    Creating Unusual Effects In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Reasons flexible sound-design environment opens up the possibility of unusual and exotic effects treatments.

    Techniques
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    Cubeat Detective

    Cubase Notes & Techniques

    Unlike other DAWs, Cubase has no dedicated support for phase-locked timing correction of multitrack drums. But with a little imagination, it is possible...

    Techniques
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    Logic Update; iPad Launch

    Apple Notes

    As Logic updates to 9.1 and an Apple launch hits the headlines, the new year could be the time to acquire some new skills.

    Techniques
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    Logic: Breaking Beats

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Quickly and easily slice, rearrange and process breakbeats using some of the new facilities in Logic 9.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Zeno

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Just where do you look for that final 20 percent that puts your mix on a par with commercial tracks? Find out, as we apply a little polish to Zeno's track 'Signs'.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Zeno | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

    Techniques
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    Sonar: Recording Solo Performers

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Last issue, we covered methods for recording a solo artist. This time Craig Anderton covers editing and comping.

    Techniques
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    Studio SOS: Seth Folen

    Overcoming the challenges of a small-room studio

    Small rooms are always challenging, but there are some fundamental principles that can help you keep problems to a minimum.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Bruce Springsteen ‘Born In The USA’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Van Zandt • Engineers: Toby Scott, Bob Clearmountain

    Seven top 10 singles isnt bad going for a career, let alone one album, yet thats precisely what Bruce Springsteen achieved with his smash hit 1984 LP, Born In The USA. This is the story of how it was made...

    People
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    David & Peter Brewis: Recording Field Music (Measure)

    Studio Experimentation

    Thanks to years of experimentation with budget equipment, brothers Peter and David Brewis have developed into one of the UK's best and most interesting studio bands, with a sound that is very much their own.

    People
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    Flaming Lips

    Dave Fridmann: Producing Embryonic

    Following their unlikely breakthrough into the mainstream, Flaming Lips made a conscious return to the outer limits with their recent album Embryonic. Dave Fridmann manned the controls.

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Outside The Box

    Leader

    I'm writing this shortly after returning to work after the Christmas holidays and I'm currently cut off from the outside world...

    People
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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    In A Forest Without Trees

    Goonies Never Say Die

    If the defining characteristics of 'post‑...

    People
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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    In A Forest Without Trees

    Goonies Never Say Die

    If the defining characteristics...

    People .
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Cenzo Townshend

    Inside Track | Florence and the Machine: ‘You’ve Got The Love’

    Flying the flag for a distinctively British sound, and scoring some huge hits in the process, Cenzo Townshend is one of the UKs hottest mixers. He gives us the inside track on Florence and the Machines hit Youve Got The Love.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Think One Step Ahead

    Rob Toulson

    Mixing can be simple, you just have to think one step ahead...

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    So you want to be a media composer? Paul Farrer reminds us that its not about the music you love, its about whats right for the show.

    Music Business
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