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June 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Recording Bands Outside The Studio

Reviews: Shiny Box 46MX - ribbon microphone, Yamaha CP1 - stage piano

Technique: Does Your Studio Need A Digital Master Clock?

People + Opinion: Tommy James & The Shondells 'Crimson & Clover' - Classic Tracks, Phil Thornalley (Torn): Rock Producer To Pop Songwriter - interview, Steven Wilson: Recording & Marketing Porcupine Tree - interview, David R Ferguson: Johnny Cash American VI - Inside Track

Video Media:  Zoom HQ3 - handheld audio & video recorder, Recording Musicians' Guide To Making A Music Video - feature

Reviews

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    Apogee Gio

    Audio Interface & Controller [Mac]

    Apogee enter the software guitar-amp controller fray promising tight integration with all things Apple...

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    Avantone Active MixCube

    Secondary Reference Monitors

    Avantone have added on-board amplification to their contemporary take on the classic Horrortone secondary monitor, and the result is something quite special...

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    Centrance DACport

    D-A Converter & Headphone Amp

    Wouldnt it be nice if there was a pro-quality D-A converter on the market that was truly portable? Centrance aim to give us exactly that...

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    Extreme Sample Converter

    Sample Conversion Utility [Windows]

    From sports to computer programming, it seems that theres an extreme version of everything these days. So what is extreme sample conversion, and how is it better than the ordinary kind?

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    Garritan Personal Orchestra 4

    Sample Library

    This small but mighty orchestral package continues to square up to the big guys.

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    IK Multimedia Amplitube 3

    Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac/PC]

    If you actually owned every amplifier, stomp box and microphone thats emulated in Amplitube 3, youd need a bigger house. But does more always equal better?

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    JDK Comp R22

    Dual-channel Compressor

    This compressor offers automatic time constants to help to keep things sounding natural, even with plenty of gain reduction. Is it a weapon worth adding to your arsenal of mix tools?

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    Korg Kaossilator Pro

    Synthesizer & Loop Recorder

    We get hands-on with Korgs touchy-feely new synth.

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    Loopmasters Alternative House

    Sample Library

    This latest collection from Loopmasters comes courtesy of noted DJ, producer and remixer Tim Healey and production partner Marc Adamo, and weighs in at a hefty 3.9GB.

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    Loopmasters Original Jungle Drum & Bass

    Sample Library

    Back in 1994, jungle producer Renegade (aka Ray Keith) released a record called 'The Terrorist', and it's probably fair to say that the jungle and drum & bass scenes haven't been the same since.

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    Muse Research Receptor 2 Pro Max

    Virtual Instrument & Plug-in Hosting System

    The Receptor lets you use VST plug-ins without a computer. How does V2 improve on the original?

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    Music Lab Real LPC

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    For the latest addition to the Real range, Music Lab have turned their expert attention to the classic Les Paul Custom.

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    Nine Volt Audio Action Drums: Cinematic Edition

    Sample Library

    There are few pieces of soundtrack furniture better guaranteed to get that adrenalin surging than a team of perspiring percussionists giving their instruments a good drubbing. 

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    Shiny Box 46MX

    Ribbon Microphone

    Can a ribbon mic really offer professional polish at such a bargain price?

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    Tonelux Equalux

    Dual-channel Parametric Equaliser

    Better known for their high-end modular outboard processors, Tonelux have scaled their EQ up to full rack size. Does more space mean a better feature set?

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    Two Notes Torpedo VB101

    Dummy Load & Speaker/Microphone Simulator

    When it comes to convincing simulation of guitar amps, cabinets, speakers and microphones, a few hardware manufacturers seem to be pushing the boundaries. Will the Torpedo blast the competition out of the water?

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    VocalBooth Amp Box

    Guitar Cabinet Enclosure

    Isolating your guitar cabinet allows you to crank up your amp on recording sessions — but without deafening the neighbours!

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    Yamaha CP1

    Stage Piano

    Yamahas new flagship stage piano is unashamedly specialist and expensive. How does it rank alongside the best sampled and modelled alternatives, or indeed the original instruments it strives to emulate?

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    Zoom Q3

    Hand-held Audio & Video Recorder

    Zooms H4N audio recorder has been very well received. Can the new Q3 repeat that success by throwing in video as well?

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Techniques

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    5 Video Best Buys: The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

    Motion graphics & video plug-ins | DSLR video accesories Motion Graphics | 3D animation software

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

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    A Recording Musician’s Guide To Making A Music Video: Part2

    Video Production

    In the second part of this short introductory series, we cover the more technical aspects of film-making, demystifying some of the jargon that might trip up the video newbie.

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    Ableton: Live Clip Slicing

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    The expanded audio clip slicing introduced in Live 8 is a powerful creative tool. We show you how it works.

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    Apple Logic: Pedal Power

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    You can get the amp and stomp-box collection youve always wanted now that Logic offers Pedalboard and Amp Designer.

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    Building A Multi-Band Compressor In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Reason doesnt have a dedicated multi-band compressor, but that doesnt mean you cant build your own.

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    Cakewalk Sonar: Managing Plug-ins

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Plug-ins are likely to be integral to how you work, so its worth making sure theyre organised and well behaved.

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    Carpeting Rehearsal Room Walls

    Studio SOS

    Upgrading a studio in Clacton.

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    Cubase: DIY Vocal Rider

    Cubase Notes & Techniques

    Waves ground-breaking Vocal Rider plug-in takes the pain out of vocal level-automation, but if your budget cant stretch that far, you can get part of the way there using nothing more than Cubase 5s built-in processors.

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    Cubase: DIY Vocal Rider | Audio & Project Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files in our SoundCloud player, with downloadable high-res WAVs for your convenience.

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    Does Your Studio Need A Digital Master Clock?

    Group Test: 7 Master Clocks

    Can an external clock signal really improve the performance of your digital audio devices? We put seven of the best master clocks through their paces to sort out the facts from the myths.

    Techniques
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    Guerrilla Recording

    How To Record Bands Outside The Studio

    If your bedroom studio is more bedroom than studio, you might think that recording bands is beyond your powers. But where theres a primary school, church hall or industrial unit, theres a space you can use...

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    Guerrilla Recording | Audio

    Hear For Yourself

    Listen to streaming MP3 Audio files in our SoundCloud player, with downloadable hi-res WAVs for your convenience.

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    Headroom & Master Fader

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Know how to use the Pro Tools master fader properly and you need never suffer clipping in your mixes again.

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    iPad — A Great Tool For Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Is Apples latest product simply a great lifestyle device, or is it also the next great tool for musicians?

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    Mix Rescue

    This month, we breathe life into a track by restructuring it to avoid unnecessary repetition, adding subtle new parts, employing various mix tricks and finally applying a little DIY 'mastering' polish...

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    Mix Rescue: Dave Gerard

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, we breathe life into a track by restructuring it to avoid unnecessary repetition, adding subtle new parts, employing various mix tricks and finally applying a little DIY 'mastering' polish...

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    Mix Rescue: Dave Gerard | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    For convenience, this page is unlocked and visible to non-subscribers and newsstand buyers of the magazine

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    Pro-gaming Techniques For Pro Tools

    Starcraft Players of South Korea

    The Starcraft players of South Korea are the ultimate computer power users, and their skills and strategies have the potential to transform your DAW sessions.

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    SoundCloud

    SOS chooses partner for web audio delivery

    SoundCloud is a web-based tool for digital musicians to streamline the process of hosting and distributing audio. It simplifies and optimises the previously laborious process of moving music on the web, allowing users to effortlessly upload tracks and share them anywhere on the web

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    From Start To Finish

    Paul White's Leader

    What is the point of investing hard-won money into quality mics, preamps and so-forth, if your recording room's acoustics are letting the side down and colouring your mixes?

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    Phil Thornalley: Torn

    From Rock Producer To Pop Songwriter

    Phil Thornalley learned his trade as a rock engineer and producer in the 80s. Then he co-wrote a little-known song called Torn...

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Find out how to use our SoundCloud.com account to submit your review tracks to SOS.

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    Porcupine Tree

    Steven Wilson: Recording & Marketing Porcupine Tree

    Every new Porcupine Tree album sells over a quarter of a million copies. And with founder Steven Wilson in control of everything from songwriting to shrink-wrapping, theres no middle man to take a cut. Read his valuable advice for SOS readers wishing to do likewise...

    People
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David R Ferguson

    Inside Track: Johnny Cash | American VI: Ain’t No Grave

    Sometimes the simplest-sounding music takes the most work to get right, and so it was with Johnny Cashs posthumous hit album American VI: Aint No Grave. Engineer and mixer David R Ferguson was on hand at every stage of Rick Rubins production.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Nell McLeod

    For Folk's Sake...

    Fully-matured adults openly sniggering at the F-word has riled our Columns Editor, Nell. Read on to find out why...

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    Tommy James & The Shondells ‘Crimson & Clover’ | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Tommy James • Engineer: Bruce Staple

    In 1968, Tommy James made a dramatic stylistic turnaround, swapping bubblegum pop for full-blown psychedelic rock. The result was the superlative single Crimson & Clover.

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    How to get ahead in the business? Honour thy deadlines, have no other gods before work, and dont commit murder unless theres a particularly juicy commission at stake.

    Music Business
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