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November 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Happy Birthday Sound On Sound! - special 25th anniversary edition

Reviews: 25 Products That Changed Recording - milestones, Avid HD Omni - audio interface & monitor controller for Pro, Tools HD, Schoeps VSR5 - microphone preamp, Thermionic Culture Little Bustard - valve summing mixer

Technique: 25 Productions That Made History - milestones, Talking Heads 'Road To Nowhere' - Classic Tracks, 64-bit, Computing: Should Musicians Move to 64-bit OS? - analysis

People + Opinion: Back To The Future: First Issue Of SOS - milestones, Labrinth: Producing Tinie Tempah - interview,, Markus Popp (Oval): Recording Oh And O - interview, Craig Silvey: Arcade Fire 'The Suburbs' - Inside Track

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    25 Products That Changed Recording

    Milestones

    Every once in a while a key product is developed that transforms music. To mark our 25th Anniversary, we list the most influential products to emerge during SOS's first 25 years.

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    Adobe CS5 Production Premium

    Audio Visual Production Software

    Adobes latest Creative Suite comes in a variety of flavours, including the video-focused Production Premium package. We take a look at its most important components for video production.

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    Arturia Brass 2.0

    Modelled Brass Instrument

    The new version of Arturias Brass instrument attempts to create realistic-sounding trombones, trumpets and saxophones, so just how successful is it?

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    Audio-Technica AT4050 ST

    Stereo Condenser Microphone

    There's more to this variation on Audio-Technica's flagship microphone than the simple addition of a second capsule...

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    Avid HD Omni

    Audio Interface & Monitor Controller For Pro Tools HD

    Avids new interface might look like the baby of the HD range, but theres a lot more to it than meets the eye...

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    Big Fish Audio | Impressions: Jazz Construction Kits

    Sample Library

    John Walden examines the new collection of 62 construction kits from BFA.

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    Bolder Sounds | Crystal Glasses Volume 2 for Kontakt 3+, EXS24

    Sample Library

    Martin Walker examines the 49 Kontakt instruments of Crystal Glasses Vol 2.

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    Burl B2 Bombers

    A-D & D-A Converters

    Should digital converters always be ultra-transparent? Burl think they should offer a little more character...

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    Burl B2 Bombers | Test Plots

    Test Measurements

    The following test measurements, which I made using the Audio Precision Analyser, were taking during the course of my review...

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    Cytomic The Glue

    Dynamics Processor [Mac & PC]

    Cytomic have gone to great lengths to mimic the sound of the famous SSL bus compressor, with its unique ability to glue things together. How does their plug-in compare with established offerings from Waves and UA?

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    Cytomic The Glue | Media

    Dynamics Processor [Mac & PC]

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    DAV DI & Re-amp

    DI & Re-amping Box

    Isn't it refreshing when a manufacturer cuts out the frills and just delivers something that's robust and quietly gets on with the job, leaving you free to focus on more important things? Matt Houghton investigates the latest offering from DAV Electronics.

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    DFocus V3

    Follow-focus system

    This useful tool can help you achieve professional results on an amateur budget.

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    EastWest The Dark Side

    Sample Library

    Distortion, filth, grime and grit abound in EastWests new library. Rubber gloves at the ready, we go in search of splendour in the dirt.

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    Filming Gear: Five 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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    Lexicon LXP Native Reverb

    Reverb Plug-in Suite

    Lexicons flagship PCM Native Reverb bundle is highly desirable, but also costly. The cut-down LXP Native Reverb offers a more affordable, yet still powerful, alternative.

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    Manikin Electronic Memotron Rack

    Mellotron Sound Module

    If you want Mellotron sounds in a rackmountable unit, theres only one option: introducing the Memotron Rack...

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    Miroslav Vitous String Ensembles

    Sample Library

    The Vitous brand has a great reputation in the world of orchestral samples. Does this brand-new library live up to it?

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    Mode Machines Xoxbox

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Everybody, as Fatboy Slim so wisely notes, needs a 303. However, with originals becoming ever more scarce and expensive, the dream of universal 303 ownership was starting to look unlikely — until now...

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    Olympus LS5

    Handheld Stereo Recorder

    Sam Inglis reviews the latest pocket-size stereo recorder from Olympus.

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    Palmer Pocket Amp

    Amp-simulator Pedal

    Chris Korff checks out a product designed to eliminate the need for an amp or mic when jamming on electric guitars.

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    Peavey Studio Pro M2

    Condenser Microphone

    Paul White explores the capabilities of the understated-yet-powerful Studio Pro M2.

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    Roland TD20KX / TD20SX

    Electronic Drum Kit

    The TD20KX (known as the TD20SX in the States) is Rolands flagship electronic drum kit — but how does it measure up against other big hitters?

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    Roland V-Piano Evolution

    Modelled Piano

    Rolands deluxe V-Piano has evolved, courtesy of a free software update...

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    Schoeps VSR5

    Microphone Preamp

    Schoeps make some of the most revered mics on the planet, so when they release a commercial version of the mic preamp they use for testing, you have to take it seriously...

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    Schoeps VSR5 Mic Preamp

    Test Measurements

    The following charts, made using an Audio Precision Analyser, accompany our review of the Schoeps VSR5 microphone preamplifier.

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    Slate Digital FGX

    Mastering Processor [Mac & PC]

    The idea that loud digital masters can retain real dynamics seems like a contradiction in terms, but it's exactly what Slate Digital are claiming for their new mastering plug-in.

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    Sonokinetic | Tigris & Euphrates: Voices Of The Ottoman Empire

    Sample Library

    Simon Langford explores the Middle Eastern vocal library from Sonokinetic.

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    Soundcraft Notepad 124FX

    Analogue Mixer

    Is there a place for small analogue mixers in the project studio these days? Actually, we think there is...

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    Thermionic Culture Little Bustard

    Valve Summing Mixer

    Join us, as we take Thermionics new bird for a test flight...

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    Tonehammer | Ambius Vol. 1: Transmissions

    Sample Library For Kontakt 3/4

    This is the first in a new series of libraries for Tonehammer, relying on field and instrument recordings instead of synthesizers.

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Techniques

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    25 Productions That Made History

    Milestones

    Revolutions in music technology have always gone hand in hand with changes in the way records sound. To mark SOUND ON SOUND's 25th anniversary, we list the most influential productions to emerge during the magazines lifetime.

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    Dubstep Secrets

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Create a dubstep bass sound using the ES2 synthesizer and Logic's effects.

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    Dubstep Secrets | Media

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Hosting & Promoting Video Online

    A Simple Guide

    Whether youve shot a live music video with a mobile phone or a slick promo with a DSLR camera, hosting it on the Internet is a great way to show it to the world.

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    Level Meters

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Knowing how to interpret and act on Cubase's level meters can help you to make better mixes.

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    Live DJ'ing

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    DJs can really get clever with Ableton Live. We explain how.

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    Making Monitor Mixes

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Like any hardware mixer, Pro Tools' Mixer can be used to give the musicians on your session exactly what they want...

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    Mix Rescue: Clarity Of Sound

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    With a bit of hard work to counter unwanted masking effects and muddiness, everything becomes clear...

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    Mix Rescue: Sound Clarity | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Music Streaming

    Apple Notes

    Do recent updates to Apples musical armoury hint at a move toward the music-streaming subscription model?

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    Processing Stereo Audio Files

    Tips & Techniques

    Just how does 'stereo' work? And how can you manipulate a stereo audio signal to your mix's advantage?

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    Should Musicians Move To A 64-bit OS?

    64-bit Computing

    In theory, 64-bit operating systems allow us to use as much RAM as our software demands. So should we all be using them?

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    Snapshot Effects Automation

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Snap it up! Transform your music with snapshot effects automation.

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    Studio SOS: Michael Harvey

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    There are more home studio widows out there than we usually like to admit, so when one sent out an SOS of her own, we just had to help, if only to assuage our sense of guilt!

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    Takes & Items

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to emulate Reason's Dr OctoRex loop player with Reaper's Takes and Items.

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    Time & Tempo Flexibility

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We bring you up to speed on tempo flexibility and Reason 5's new transport bar.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    25 Years Of SOS

    Leader

    Paul White offers his take on why SOS is as relevant today as it was back in 1985.

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    Back To The Future: First Issue Of SOS

    SOS 25 Years

    SOS has been forward-thinking for 25 years, so it's time we had a look back at the early days...

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    Craig Silvey: Mixing Arcade Fire 'The Suburbs'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Despite self-imposed limitations, the multitrack sessions for Arcade Fire's latest album grew to epic proportions. Craig Silvey nevertheless mixed it on a vintage desk with no automation.

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    Happy Birthday Sound On Sound!

    Milestones: 25th Anniversary

    Some of the friends we've made over the years share their congratulations on our 25th birthday!

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    Labrinth: Producing Tinie Tempah

    Interview | Music Production

    The man behind the biggest UK single of the year — 'Pass Out' by Tinie Tempah — is 21-year-old musical prodigy and maverick Labrinth.

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    Oval (aka Markus Popp): Recording Oh And O

    Electronica Production

    One of electronicas most adventurous spirits, Markus Popp has returned with an album that sounds surprisingly... musical. But is everything as it seems?

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The Penny Sweets * Lovethyself * Bleak Angel * Wave Constructed * Graveyard Dirt * Pins And Needles * Jesus In India * Samsara * Death Of The Elephant * Tony Alderman

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    Talking Heads 'Road To Nowhere'

    Classic Tracks

    As the first issue of SOS hit the shops in October 1985, Talking Heads were already climbing towards their highest UK chart position. The song was 'Road To Nowhere'. Engineer Eric Thorngren tells the story of its recording. • Producer: Talking Heads • Engineer: Eric Thorngren

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Music Business

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