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May 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Hybrid Systems: Hardware In The Software Studio - feature

Reviews: Harrison Mixbus - DAW, Peluso 22 251 - valve microphone

Technique: Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds - tips & technique, Bob Dylan 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands' - Classic Tracks

People + Opinion: Dave Stewart: Creating An Album From Archive Material - interview, Ray Davies: Five Decades In The Studio - interview, Stargate: Writing & Production Team - interview, Justin Gerrish: Vampire Weekend Contra - Inside Track

Video Media: Recording Musicians' Guide To Making A Music Video - feature

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    Akai Miniak

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    This versatile compact synth takes the essence of its close cousin, the Alesis Micron, and adds a twist...

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    Cinematic Strings Pro Edition

    Sample Library

    In the film world, orchestral strings reign supreme. Has the latest movie-oriented string library got what it takes to spill your popcorn?

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    Eigenlabs Eigenharp Pico

    Controller Instrument

    The follow-up to the revolutionary Eigenharp Alpha is designed to make the essence of the Eigenharp experience more accessible and affordable. How well does it succeed?

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    Expert Sleepers Silent Way

    (CV) Control Voltage-Generating Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    If you dream of controlling your analogue synths from within your DAW software, it may be that your audio interface will let you do just that — with a little help from this plug-in suite.

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    Graphtech Reso

    Max NVS Bridge For Gibson Guitars

    Graphtech's ResoMax NVS Bridge is available in a range of sizes to fit the majority of Gibson SG and Les Paul guitars (as well...

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    Harrison Mixbus

    DAW Software [Mac OS X]

    Does the pro audio market need another digital audio workstation program? Harrison Consoles and Ardour believe the answer is yes...

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    Ian Boddy Beatalogue

    Sample Library

    4*

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    Kenton USB Solo

    USB MIDI-CV Converter

    Kentons USB Solo puts your computer directly in touch with your analogue synths.

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    M-Audio Oxygen 49

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    M-Audios Oxygen 49 offers competitively priced control over your DAW.

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    Mackie Onyx 1640i

    Firewire Mixer

    With improved Firewire routing and Pro Tools compatibility, this new Onyx design offers much more than a few tweaks...

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    Mokafix Audio Plug-ins

    Guitar Distortion Processors

    Mokafix Audio's Efflam Le Bivic is a man with a mission, and that mission is to create plug‑in versions of a huge range of...

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    NI Guitar Rig 4

    Guitar Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac & PC]

    Native Instruments guitar amp simulation software has sprouted a bunch of new amps and effects, along with more realistic cabinet and miking options, and is easier to use than ever before.

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    Peluso 22 251

    Valve Microphone

    This mic aims to bring us the sound of a vintage Telefunken — which is a brave choice, since Telefunken are reissuing it themselves! How close have Peluso come to getting it right?

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    Plug-in Folder

    We test a trio of cool new Plug-ins

    • Angular Momentum KickLab XXL • Softube Trident A-Range • SPL MicroPlugs

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    Presonus Firestudio Mobile

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Dont be fooled by its small size: the Firestudio Mobile packs a lot of interface into a diminutive case.

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    Sample Logic Morphestra

    Sample Library

    What happens when an orchestra mutates into a cinematic virtual instrument? Our men in white coats investigate.

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    Sample Magic Sunrise Sessions

    Multi-format

    I reviewed Sample Magic's Sunset Sessions back in SOS November 2007 and found it to be a good (if slightly patchy) source of...

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    Sonodyne SM 50AK

    Two-way Nearfield Active Monitors

    India may be a growing force in most industries these days, but few Indian pro-audio companies have made it into Western markets. Can Sonodynes speakers change all that?

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    Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9

    Non-linear Video Editor For Windows

    Sonys Vegas Pro is one of the most capable non-linear editors — but the cut-down Vegas Movie Studio offers many of its facilities at a more wallet-friendly price.

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    Thermionic Culture Pullet

    Mid-range Passive EQ

    If you want a high-quality analogue EQ, youll probably own several preamps already — so why pay for unnecessary gain stages? Find out whether you should make an active decision to acquire this passive EQ...

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    Video Media News

    Improvements in the frame

    Canon up ante for DSLR videographersImprovements in the frame

    Canon's camera division have been very busy recently, releasing a...

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    Vir2 Instruments Elite Orchestral Percussion

    Kontakt Player 2

    Vir2 Instruments is a division of Big Fish Audio, the US company whose excellent Prosonus series helped kick‑start orchestral...

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Techniques

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    A Recording Musician’s Guide To Making A Music Video: Part1

    Video Production

    The arena of video production can seem daunting, but most audio engineers will find their skills transfer quite easily. In this introductory article, we cover the basic process of making a video from start to finish.

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    Apple Logic: Building An Arpreggiator

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Everyone loves an arpeggiator, and building one in Logic is not only easier than you might think, but also helps you hone your Environment skills...

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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds

    Synthesis Workshop

    Ah, the 80s... Fluorescent socks, marble-wash jeans, and naff-sounding synth pads! You might not want to resurrect the first two, but subtle use of pads can improve even the most contemporary-sounding mix.

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    Creating & Using Synth Pad Sounds | Audio

    Audio Examples From Pad Sounds May 2010

    These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (/...

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    Dance Music Filter Effects with Cubase 5

    Cubase Notes & Techniques

    Filter sweeps and rhythmic filter effects are a key element in dance music — and theyre easy to create with Cubase 5s bundled plug-ins...

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    Dance Music Filter Effects with Cubase 5 | Audio

    Audio Examples from Cubase Techniques May 2010

    These files accompany the Cubase Technique Filter Sweeps workshop for SOS May 2010 (...

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    Hardware In The Software Studio

    Hybrid Systems

    Whats best: hardware or software? Analogue or digital? Most studio tools have their strengths, but how best do you combine hardware and software in a modern project studio?

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    How To Create Your Own iPad/iPhone App?

    Apple Notes

    Last month we discussed what the launch of the much-vaunted iPad means for musicians — but just how hard is it to create your very own iPad and iPhone apps? We look at an interesting approach...

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    Mix Rescue Audio

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue May 2010

    These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article for May 2010 (www....

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    Mix Rescue: Turn Back To Spring

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We mix a track twice in the search for the right feel, apply EQ techniques for clarity and sheen, and complete the picture with stereo width enhancement.

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    More Max For Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    MaxMSP neednt be as scary as you might think, as we demonstrate with some basic Max For Live programming.

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    Reason / Record: Stereo Vision

    Reason Notes & Technques

    We show you how familiar devices can be manipulated to create stereo effects in Reason and Record.

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    Sonar: AudioSnap Tips

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    AudioSnap always had potential, but never quite fulfilled its promise. However, those of you now taking a second look will like what they see.

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    Studio SOS: David Balen

    Too much hardware?

    Having tackled his room acoustics, David Balen found himself plagued by a confusion of excess hardware. Our job was to get him back on track.

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    Unlink Timeline & Edit Selections

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The point of Pro Tools' option to unlink the timeline and edit selections isn't obvious, but there are situations in which it can be a lifesaver.

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    Video Tools: 5 Best Buys

    Professional Non-linear Editors | Cameras | Entry-level Non-linear Editors

    New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our guide to the five best options in three software and hardware categories will get you started in the right direction...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Bob Dylan ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’ | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Bob Johnston

    It took a while for Bob Dylan to hit his stride on his seventh studio album, but once he did there was no stopping him. Producer Bob Johnston recalls the difficult birth of Blonde On Blonde.

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    Dave Stewart: Creating A New Album From Archive Material

    Bringing Multitracks and MIDI into the 21st Century

    Dave Stewarts career has spanned several generations of music technology (from National Health band in the 1970s to hits with partner Barbara Gaskin. For his latest project, he faced the challenge of bringing his old multitracks and MIDI sequences into the computer age.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    The Hotlines

    The Hotlines

    I can't stop thinking I'm listening to Green Day. Green Day if...

    People
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    Ray Davies

    Five Decades In The Studio

    Legendary songwriter and Kinks frontman Ray Davies got his first taste of recording in 1964, and hes never looked back.

    People
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Justin Gerrish & Rostam Batmanglij

    Inside Track: Contra by Vampire Weekend

    In Contra, Vampire Weekend have made one of the more unlikely US hit albums of recent years. Guitarist Rostam Batmanglij and engineer Justin Gerrish explain how they wowed American audiences with African influences.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Education, Education, Education

    Matt Houghton

    Education, education, education...

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    The Stargate Writing & Production Team

    Mikkel Eriksen

    From humble beginnings in provincial Norway, the Stargate team have gone on to become one of Americas leading hit factories. Songwriter and producer Mikkel Eriksen explains how their hard work and talent brought success.

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Video Media

    Leader

    Editor-in-Chief Paul White explains why this MAY 2010 edition kicks off our brand new monthly VIDEO MEDIA section of SOS magazine. We've expanded the mag in size and added 16 pages of Video articles, all aimed at the recording musician wanting to delve into video-related work.

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Its wonderful to be able to give something back to young people who are eager to learn about life in the studio. If only they were better prepared to receive it.

    Music Business
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