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July 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Vocal Mics: Matching Mics & Voices - feature

Reviews: Carillon AC1 Core 4XT - audio PC, Moog Taurus 3 - bass synthesizer

Technique: Dubstep Production Basics - tips & technique, Make Your Guitar Sound Shimmer - tips & technique, Human League 'Don't You Want Me' - Classic Tracks

People + Opinion: Hans Joachim Irmler (Faust): 40 Years Of Krautrock - interview, Eric Valentine: Slash 'By The Sword' - Inside Track

Video Media: Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i) - DSLR still & video camera, Faking A Multi-Camera Shoot - feature

Reviews

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    Alesis PalmTrack

    24-bit Portable Recorder

    The PalmTrack is an extremely affordable pocket-sized recorder with plenty of features — but have Alesis sacrificed quality to keep costs down?

    Reviews
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    Analogue Solutions Europa

    Hardware Step Sequencer

    Analogue Solutions get back to basics with their new sequencer, the Europa.

    Reviews
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    Bela D Media Retro Flute

    Sample Library

    Once installed, this little flute library, created by producer Eduardo Tarilonte and flautist Carlos Soto, comprises around 470MB of samples.

    Reviews
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    Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i)

    DSLR Still & Video Camera

    Canons 550D (known as the Rebel T2i in the US) promises the same video quality as their acclaimed 7D, for half the price. Is this now the cheapest way to make a high-quality video?

    Reviews
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    Carillon AC1 Core 4XT

    Audio PC

    The Carillon PC is back, but how does it measure up in the modern computer market?

    Reviews
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    Earthworks DP25C & DP30C

    Snare & Tom Condenser Microphones

    Despite the ubiquity of the SM57 for use on snare, there are other options — and Earthworks aim to help you capture a more natural sound.

    Reviews
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    Flux Syrah

    Dynamics Processing Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Fluxs innovative dynamics processor adapts to your programme material in a much more sophisticated way than conventional compressors. But how does it sound?

    Reviews
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    Formanta Polivoks Synthesizer

    The Story Of The Polivoks

    The fall of the Iron Curtain revealed a surprise for Western musicians: a flourishing Soviet synthesizer industry. Its flagship instrument was crude, cheaply made, horrible to play — and sounded like nothing else...

    Reviews
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    Formanta Polivoks Synthesizer | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    The Formanta Polivoks is becoming an increasingly familiar sound to Western ears — it is, for example, all over Franz Ferdinand’s most recent album Tonight. But for those who haven’t heard this mighty Russian beast in action, Sam Inglis created a few examples to accompany Gordon Reid’s Retrozone feature.

    Reviews
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    Galaxy Vintage D

    Virtual Piano Instrument

    Galaxys new star expands the sampled piano universe.

    Reviews
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    Hollow Sun Novachord

    Sample Library

    Was Laurens Hammond a time traveller? The inventor of the world‑famous Hammond organ certainly created a temporal blip when he launched a polyphonic synthesizer in 1939.

    Reviews
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    Moog Taurus 3

    Bass Synthesizer

    The resurrection of Moogs stellar bass synth has caused a considerable stir. Can the Taurus 3 live up to the venerable reputation of its ancestor?

    Reviews
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    MXL Genesis

    Cardioid Valve Microphone

    We put MXLs Genesis through its paces alongside a much pricier model, to find out just how good a tube mic can be at this price.

    Reviews
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    MXL Genesis Mic | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    To accompany our July 2010 Genesis review, we recorded a series of standard tests with the review mic alongside a more established mic (in this case, the AKG C12 VR).

    Reviews
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    NI Abbey Road 70s Drums

    Sample Library

    Looking for the essence of the 70s sound? Vintage drum kits recorded at the worlds most famous studio might be a good place to start...

    Reviews
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    Peavey PV6 & PV8 USB

    USB Mixers

    These little mixers could provide the ideal starting point for would-be computer musicians — and at this price, whats not to like?

    Reviews
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    PMC TB2S AII

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    PMC broke new ground a decade ago with their TB2 monitors, but the competition have been catching up. Does PMCs new activated design nudge them back to the front of the pack?

    Reviews
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    Progressive House

    Sample Library

    This collection from Zero‑G contains 560MB of unique samples, packaged into the usual collections of 'Acidised' WAV files and Apple Loops...

    Reviews
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    Sample Magic Tribal Tech-House

    Sample Library

    Tribal Tech House presents around 850MB of unique content in WAV, Apple Loops, REX and Stylus RMX formats, with patches for EXS24...

    Reviews
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    Slate Pro Dragon

    Mono Compressor

    What do you get if you cross an 1176 with a Distressor — and then throw in a few unique features for good measure? Enter the Dragon...

    Reviews
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    Sound Toys Decapitator & PanMan

    Native Effects Plug-ins [Mac OS / Windows]

    For the latest additions to their Native Effects bundle, Sound Toys have updated two vintage effects for the DAW age.

    Reviews
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    T-Rex SpinDoctor

    Valve Preamplifier

    Is a high-quality valve preamp in a programmable pedal just what the SpinDoctor ordered?

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    Tascam US2000

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    Tascam break from the crowd with their new USB 2 multi-channel audio interface.

    Reviews
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    Universal Audio UAD2 Massive Passive

    EQ Plug-in

    Universal Audios latest plug-in, based on Manley Labs classic Massive Passive EQ, is being hailed as the best emulation yet of a hardware unit. So how would it fare when we pitted it against the real thing?

    Reviews
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    Universal Audio UAD2 Massive Passive | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    A selection of audio files comparing the Manley Massive Passive EQ hardware with the Universal Audio Massive Passive plug-in.

    Reviews

Techniques

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    5 Best Buys: The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

    Pocket Video Recorders | Video Lighting | Shotgun Microphones

    New to the world of video production and unsure what gear to buy? Our quick one-page guide to the five best options will get you started.

    Techniques
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    Cubase: Musical Cues For Video

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Just how do you write musical cues to match the length of a video in Cubase?

    Techniques
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    Customise Kontakt Patches | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 1

    Primer

    The key to unlocking the power of Native Instruments Kontakt sampler lies in its Script Processor. Take advantage of this powerful feature to customise your Kontakt patches any way you like.

    Techniques
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    DJ’ing in Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    An introduction to elementary DJing in Ableton Live.

    Techniques
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    DP Control Surface

    Digital Performer Notes

    Fancy using the multi-touch screen of your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad as a DP control surface? Heres how...

    Techniques
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    Dubstep Basics

    An Introduction To Dubstep Production

    Like drum & bass and jungle before it, dubstep showcases the inventiveness of British urban music. We explain some of its fundamental production techniques, from wobbly bass lines to half-time drum programming.

    Techniques
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    Faking A Multi-Camera Shoot

    Video Production For Musicians

    If you cant afford to shoot with multiple camcorders, it may not matter — with a little trickery and a single camcorder, you can produce pretty much the same results.

    Techniques
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    iMac i7

    Apple Notes

    Where, oh where is the new Mac Pro? If you just can't wait any longer for the upgrade, maybe it's worth considering the iMac i7...

    Techniques
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    Make Your Guitar Sound ‘Shimmer’

    Guitar Technology

    How to make your guitar sound ‘shimmer’ using chorus and other effects.

    Techniques
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    Make Your Guitar Sound ‘Shimmer’ | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Find out exactly what effects Paul White is talking about in this months Guitar Technology.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Obscuresounds

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, we were tasked with overhauling the sonics of a mix while still retaining the magical 'vibe' of the original. But 'chasing the demo' can be a risky tactic!

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Obscuresounds | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

    Techniques
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    Perfect Vocals in Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    With recent revisions to the Take feature, Logic Pro 9 now has all the tools you need to craft the perfect vocal track.

    Techniques
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    Reason/Record: Tooling Up

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    The Tool window is the key to some nifty sequencer manipulation in Propellerhead's Reason and Record.

    Techniques
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    Sonar: Track Template Tips

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Use track templates to give your electric guitar an acoustic sound and perk up your synths.

    Techniques
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    Studio SOS: Thomas Dibdahl

    Adventures in Norway

    The SOS team travel to Norway to help recording artist Thomas Dibdahl achieve the right balance between studio acoustics and his own unique views on aesthetics.

    Techniques
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    Vocal Mics

    Matching Mics & Voices

    No two human voices are the same, and no mic will be the perfect fit for every voice — so just how do you go about finding the best match for a vocalist?

    Techniques
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    Vocal Mics | Audio Files

    Matching Mics & Voices

    Hear for yourself how each mic sounded on the different vocalists.

    Techniques
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    Xpand!

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    It might be a free plug-in, but the Xpand! sample player bundled with Pro Tools has some serious potential.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Faust: Hans Joachim Irmler

    40 Years Of Krautrock

    In 1969, Faust used their massive record company advance to build a unique studio and a collection of weird, custom-made effects units. The same experimental spirit lives on in their new album, Faust Is Last.

    People
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    Human League ‘Don’t You Want Me’

    Classic Tracks: Producer Martin Rushent; Engineer Martin Rushent

    When producer Martin Rushent took the Human Leagues leaden new song and turned it into pop gold, the band hated it — but that didnt stop it from being a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic...

    People
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    Plan B

    Producing The Defamation Of Strickland Banks

    Plan B entered the public eye as a rapper, but its as a soul singer that he has conquered the charts. He and his production team revisit the tortuous story behind The Defamation Of Strickland Banks.

    People
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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Celtech

    Celtech

    Celtech are a fusion band who bring together bouncy bass, drums of the...

    People
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Eric Valentine

    Recording Slash

    Whats the best way to make a classic rock album? For producer Eric Valentine and guitarist Slash, there was only one answer — use classic recording techniques and vintage gear.

    People
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    Sounding Off

    Amos Deane

    Learn to listen...

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Touching From A Distance

    Leader

    Editor-in-Chief Paul White is fascinated by the way technology we create to do one job pulls us in other unforeseen directions...

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Want to be a media composer? Get used to being the most anonymous cog in the TV production wheel.

    Music Business
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