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September 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Programming Realistic Drums - tips & techniques

Reviews: Tom Oberheim SEM - analogue synthesizer, Korg Microstation - keyboard workstation, RME Fireface UC - USB2 audio interface

Technique: Creative Convolution: Sounds From Impulse Responses - feature, The Eagles 'Hotel California' - Classic Tracks

People + Opinion: Paul Worley: Producing Lady Antebellum - interview, Kevin Churko: Ozzy Osbourne 'Scream' - Inside Track

Video Media: Avid Media Composer 5 - non-linear video editor, Digital Colour Correction & Grading - feature

Reviews

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    Acme Opticom XLA-3

    Levelling Amplifier

    Like Wile E. Coyotes spectacular mail-order Acme contraptions, the Opticom has few controls and plenty of attitude — but its rather more successful!

    Reviews
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    Acoustica Mixcraft 5

    DAW For Windows

    Acoustica's affordable DAW has acquired some significant new features, including video support, score editing and a fully fledged mixer. But has it retained its trademark ease of use?

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    Allen & Heath ZED10 FX

    Mixer & Audio Interface

    Just how much does this compact mixer with a built-in audio interface and effects offer the home recordist?

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    Avid Media Composer 5

    Non-linear Video Editor

    Avid are looking to stay on top of the NLE game as they add a whole host of new features and brand-new editing tools to the latest version of their flagship editing software.

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    BIAS SoundSoap Pro 2

    Noise-reduction Software For Mac & PC

    The latest version of BIASs popular restoration software aims to remove even more hassle along with your unwanted noise...

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    Big Fish Audio Elemental Studio Percussion

    Multi-format

    As any craftsman will tell you, if you get the basics right you can build with confidence. In this case we're not talking...

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    Chandler Curve Bender

    Stereo Equaliser

    Theres a risk of over-hyping anything that has a link to the heyday of Abbey Road, and theres plenty of buzz about this EMI-inspired EQ — but it seems that in this case it isnt hype.

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    EWQL Hollywood Strings

    Sample Library

    Take your front-row seat, sit back and enjoy the show — Hollywood Strings is here.

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    JoeMeek GBQ Distortion & EQ Pedal

    JoeMeek's GBQ pedal combines distortion with their three-band sweep Meequalizer EQ, and runs from an included external power...

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    Korg Microstation

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korgs latest keyboard blurs the boundaries between their affordable Micro range and their pro workstations.

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    Korg Sound On Sound

    Compact Multitrack Recorder

    In SOS mag's 25th anniversary year, it's nice to see a manufacturer naming their product in our honour. Seriously, though... Korg aim to break the mould with this pocket-sized stereo recorder, which offers overdubbing with no specified track-count limitation.

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    MOTU ZBoxDI Impedance Corrector

    An electric guitar's tone is complex, but something that contributes to it is the electrical loading on the pickups. Guitars...

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    MXL Revelation

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Hot on the heels of the impressive Genesis cardioid valve mic, MXL have unveiled their flagship multi-pattern model, the Revelation. Does it live up to its name?

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    MXL Revelation | Audio Examples

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    These audio files accompany the SOS September 2010 review of the MXL Revelation microphone.

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    Quested V3110

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Sometimes, a dose of old-fashioned good engineering delivers something well worth listening to...

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    RME Fireface UC

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    It may be small, but the RME Fireface UC is very powerful and boasts astonishingly low latency.

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    Roland Octapad SPD30

    Percussion Pad

    Rolands Octapad range has been with us in one form or another for an amazing 25 years. What does the latest addition to the family have to offer?

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    Samson Go Mic

    USB Microphone

    USB mics are nothing new, but the Samson Go Mic is probably the smallest and cutest I've seen to date. This metal-bodied mic,...

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    Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph

    Stereo Compressor

    Shadow Hills pack a lot of punch into a tiny space, as they combine a hi-tech interior with classic styling in this new API Lunchbox-compatible compressor.

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    Shure X2UUSB Microphone Preamplifier

    Shure's scantily-titled X2U is a USB mic preamp, and though there have been plenty of such products on the market recently,...

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    Tom Oberheim SEM

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Tom Oberheim has returned to the analogue synth fold with a revised and updated version of his classic 70s monosynth, the celebrated Synthesizer Expander Module.

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    Toontrack Music City USA

    Expansion pack for Superior Drummer 2

    Given the title, there are no prizes for guessing that the recordings for this sample library were made in Nashville (well,...

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    Ueberschall Liquid Instruments Score FX II

    Liquid Soundbank for PC & Mac

    Regular readers of our sample library reviews might be forgiven for thinking that Ueberschall's Score FX II is just the same...

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    Universal Sampling Windchimes

    Sample Library

    Windchimes consists of 20 Kontakt instruments in all, between them featuring two soprano, two alto, three tenor and one bass set of windchimes, a set of horizontally mounted chime bars, small temple bells and a bonus set of rainsticks.

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    Vir2 Electri6ity

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    Dont let Vir2s inexplicable 6 put you off: their new virtual guitar instrument is quite special...

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    Yamaha DTX950K

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Yamahas DTX950K kit combines cutting-edge drum-pad technology, heavy-duty hardware and an advanced brain — but what does it sound like and how does it play?

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Techniques

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    5 Best Buys

    The Gear To Get You Filming Fast

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

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    Classic Stereo-widening

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    When you need to really open up your mix, it's time to employ some classic stereo widening tricks. We show you how to implement them in Pro Tools.

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    Colour By Numbers

    An introduction to digital colour correction & grading

    Though often overlooked by beginners, colour adjustments can do a lot for footage, from fixing incorrect camera settings to adding some Hollywood sheen.

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    Creative Convolution

    Synthesizing Impulse Responses Using MATLAB

    In SOUND ON SOUND September 2010s printed magazine (and digital editions), we introduced some innovative methods of recording and processing impulse responses. But if you know how to use a program like MATLAB, you can even generate them from scratch.

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    Creative Convolution: New Sounds From Impulse Responses

    Tips & Techniques

    When is a reverb not a reverb? When it's a filter, of course! There's more to convolution than meets the ear, and creative processing of impulse responses can yield extraordinary results.

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    Extracting MIDI Data | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 3

    Primer

    Learning how to extract MIDI data from Kontakt will allow our scripts to respond to different user actions in different ways, and even to control entire Kontakt Multis at once.

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    Live | MIDI Control

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at how Live handles control surfaces, and offer some tips for configuring and using them.

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    Logic | Visual Basics

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    If you ever intend to make music to complement visuals, youll need to know the basics of working with video content in Logic Pro.

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    Mix Rescue: Joe Murphy

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Singer-songwriter Joe Murphy has been crafting tunes for a few years, but had hit a wall when it came to fine-tuning the arrangement and mix of ‘Casting Shadows’. This month, we embellish some repetitive drums by adding percussion, and get busy with the send effects.

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    Mix Rescue: Joe Murphy | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article.

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    Multitrack Batch Export In Cubase

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    In Cubase 5, Steinberg introduced some powerful batch-export options, which have removed many project archiving and transfer frustrations.

    Techniques
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    Non-stop Recording

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Use Reaper to create an always-on recorder that captures all the inspiration, but none of the chit-chat.

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    Programming Realistic Drum Parts

    Tips & Techniques

    Today's multi-gigabyte drum libraries include some fantastic sounds and groove presets — but they haven't taken all of the work out of creating a great drum part.

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    Programming Realistic Drum Parts | Media

    Tips & Techniques

    These audio files accompany the Programming Realistic Drum Parts article.

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    Reason | Using Your Own Samples

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    If youve never used your own samples in Reason, heres how...

    Techniques
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    Snow Leopard Problems & How To Fix Them

    Apple Notes

    Although Snow Leopard is growing in popularity, its not without its problems. Lets look at the solution to one of them...

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    Sonar | Crazy Vocal Effects

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar can help you produce great normal vocals — but it can also do all kinds of crazy things to your voice...

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    Studio SOS: Duke & Sherrie Ashton

    Build Your Own Vocal Booth

    Vocal booths arent always the right solution to problems with live-room acoustics, but if you do need to build one, it can be done with some DIY skills and a lot of elbow-grease...

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    The Importance Of Metadata For Media Composers

    Music & Words

    No matter how brilliant your music is, TV and film producers will never license it if they cant find it...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Less Is More

    Leader

    While today's recording technology is far more affordable than it was when I started out, those early systems at least had the advantage of simplicity.

    People
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    Matthew Slater: Are We Disrespecting Session Players?

    Sounding Off

    Session players add enormously to music of all kinds. But are we paying them enough to make it worth their while?

    People
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    Paul Worley: Producing Lady Antebellum

    Interview | Producer

    Nashville heavy-hitter Paul Worley was so impressed by Lady Antebellum that he gave up his high-profile job at Warner Bros to produce them. With Clarke Schleicher at the desk, the gamble paid off in style.

    People
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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Ben Phelps * Sean Taylor * Deerstone Country * We Know Mason * Third Light * The Quays * A Torn Mind * Metamorphic * Empire State * The Constabulary

    People
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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Churko

    Inside Track | Ozzy Osbourne: Scream

    Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is still rocking in his sixties. The musical powerhouse behind his latest hit album Scream is producer, engineer, songwriter and instrumentalist Kevin Churko.

    People
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    The Eagles ‘Hotel California’

    Classic Tracks

    1977's Hotel California saw The Eagles abandon their country origins in favour of full-blown rock & roll, and made them one of the biggest-selling groups in the world. Producer Bill Szymczyk tells SOS how it happened.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Some broadcasters will stop at nothing to save money, even if that means blatantly ripping off composers. So always look at the small print before you leap.

    Music Business
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