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April 2010 Magazine Contents

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    Apogee One

    USB Audio Interface For Mac

    Its tiny, shiny and everything youd expect from a quality Apogee interface.

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    Audiobro LA Scoring Strings

    Sample Library

    LA Scoring Strings hopes to set itself apart from the competition with clever devices that make it both more realistic and more user-friendly.

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    Avantone BV1

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Avantone are best-known for their modern take on the classic Auratone speaker, but they make mics too. Find out how their latest model performs.

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    BAE 1073 MPF

    Dual Solid-state Preamp

    There are now several Neve 1073-inspired preamps available — but theyre not always 100 percent faithful to the original design. How close does this new contender from BAE come?

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    Echo Audiofire Pre 8

    Firewire Interface For Mac & PC

    There are plenty of eight-channel Firewire interfaces on the market these days, so what does the Audiofire Pre 8 have that the others dont?

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    Electron Smasher

    Sample Library

    Although the title suggests a collection of sounds taken from the Large Hadron Collider, Electron Smasher is, in fact, a set of heavily processed loops from Big Fish Audio. 

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    FabFilter Twin 2 • Timeless 2 • Volcano 2

    Effects & Synth Plug-ins [Mac & PC]

    FabFilters powerful plug-in suite brings us advanced modulation possibilities, filters with multiple personalities, and plenty of overdrive.

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    Izotope Alloy

    Processing Plug-in [ Mac & PC]

    If you like Izotopes Ozone mastering processor so much you want to use it at the mix, their new Alloy is the plug-in for you.

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    Korg Wavedrum

    Drum Synthesizer

    The new Wavedrum costs a fraction of the price of its predecessor and remains a sonic force to be reckoned with.

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    Liquidsonics Reverberate

    Convolution Reverb [Mac & PC]

    Liquidsonics convolution reverb is not only highly affordable, but incorporates some innovative features too.

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    Livid Instruments Ohm64

    MIDI Control Surface

    The Ohm64 is the latest in a recent rash of grid-based control surfaces. Does it stand out from the crowd?

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    NI Abbey Road 60s Drums

    Sample Library

    Native Instruments bring you the classic drum sounds of Abbey Road, lovingly sampled at the studio itself.

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    Nine Volt Audio Pop Rock Guitars

    Sample Library

    Where so many sample developers struggle to combine musicality, usability, and value for money in a single product...

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    Presonus Studio One Pro

    Digital Audio Workstation Software[Mac & PC]

    Most of us are already committed to a DAW package. But if we were offered an alternative that was affordable, simple to use and ultra-reliable, would we switch? Presonus certainly hope so...

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    Realsamples English Harpsichord

    Sample Library

    In association with instrument collector Andreas Beurmann, Realsamples have created the Beurmann Edition, a set of eight sampled historic keyboards...

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    Samplecraze Galactic Textures

    Sample Library

    So, there you are, slowly trying to make your way to the escape pod along the dimly lit corridors of your interplanetary cargo ship...

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    Sontronics Delta

    Ribbon Microphone

    Building on their Sigma design, Sontronics Delta is more rugged, and voiced with guitar cabs in mind.

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    Sontronics Delta Ribbon Mic | Audio

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio Examples From Sontronics Delta Ribbon Mic April 2010

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    SPL Frontliner 2800

    Recording Channel

    This mic preamp and processor is about as flexible a device as you could hope for without taking the modular route — and all in the space of a 2U rack.

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    Unity Audio The Rock

    Monitor Speakers

    The time-domain response of monitors is often sacrificed for level, but this sealed-cabinet design tackles that issue head-on...

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    Yamaha DTX Multi 12

    Electronic Percussion Pad

    Yamahas DTX Multi 12 squeezes an entire electronic drum kit into a single box.

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Techniques

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    AIR Plug-ins

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We conclude our tour of the new PT8 AIR plug-ins with neat tricks for filtered rhythmic gating, creating kick and snare tracks from a stereo drum mix, and widening electric guitars.

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    Comping Tips in Reason and Record

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    The ability to quickly create and compare alternative takes is very useful. We look at how its done in Reason and Record.

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    Distortion In The Studio

    Dirty Sounds

    From subtle warmth to screaming walls of noise, distortion is one of the most versatile effects in the studio engineers armoury.

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    Inside Track: Michael Bublé ‘You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Humberto Gatica

    In a rare interview, legendary engineer and producer Humberto Gatica explains how he and singer Michael Bublé breathed new life into big-band swing music — with stunning results.

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    iPad For Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    The Internet has been all a-Twitter with the launch of the iPad recently. But what can this oversized iPhone offer the recording musician?

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    Logic Pro: Getting The Most Out Of Sculpture

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Put your own stamp on synthesized sounds with Logic Pro's powerful sound-modelling system, Sculpture.

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    Max For Live

    New dimensions for Ableton Live

    The introduction of MaxMSP adds an entirely new dimension to Live. We take a look at whats already been created in the three months since its release.

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    Mix Rescue: Phase Relationships

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, we show how manipulating the phase relationships of some tracks in your mix, plus a little disciplined pruning, can revitalise a flat-sounding track.

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    Mix Rescue: Phase Relationships | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

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    New Tools In Digital Performer 7.1

    Digital Performer Notes

    DP 7.1 is a small update that adds a couple of big new features, including an easy system for saving effect chains.

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    Recording Acoustic Guitar

    Techniques From The World’s Top Engineers & Producers

    Recording a passable acoustic guitar sound is fairly easy, but how do you get a great sound? We tried and tested tips and techniques from the worlds most celebrated producers and engineers to show you how...

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    Recording Acoustic Guitar | Audio

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    Audio examples from Acoustic Guitar Recording: April 2010

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    Sonar: Up & Drumming

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Put together quick and easy drum tracks with Sonar 8.5s Session Drummer 3.

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    Studio SOS: Acoustic Solutions

    Andy Kingslow

    Even with access to the best gear, and commercial experience under your belt, paying attention to your studios acoustics can still pay massive dividends...

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    Upgrading Pickups

    Guitar Technology

    A look at fitting IronGear Texas Loco stratocaster pickups, plus general tips.

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    Using Cubase's Chorder Plug-in

    Cubase Notes & Techniques

    We show you how to coax a more convincing performance from your VST instruments using Cubases Chorder plug-in.

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    Using Cubase's Chorder | Audio

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    Audio Examples From Cubase Techniques April 2010

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Sound Advice

People

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    Midlake: Recording The Courage Of Others

    Tim Smith & Paul Alexander

    What do you get when five American jazz musicians lock themselves in the studio with a collection of Steeleye Span albums? Through a series of reinventions, Midlake have won critical applause for their music and plaudits for their self-production skills.

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    Miles Davis ‘Round Midnight’ | Classic Tracks

    Producer: George Avakian • Engineer: Frank Laico

    In 1956, Miles Davis was at Columbia Studios to record an album with the musicians who subsequently became known as his First Great Quintet. Engineer Frank Laico was at the controls...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Music: A Human Right?

    Leader

    I tend to avoid politics where possible, as I generally consider that the only qualification a politician needs is the ability...

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    Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion

    Orchestrion Manoeuvres

    Some of the latest advances in electronic music technology have been geared towards acoustic music — played by robots. For his latest album, guitarist Pat Metheny assembled an entire automated orchestra to back him.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Is yours one of this month's tracks to be scrutinised by the editorial team? Click and find out...

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    Sounding Off

    J G Harding

    Its nigh-on impossible to make a profit from music these days, so why do we still do it?

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