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December 2010 Magazine Contents

Cover: Focusrite (prev. Audient) ASP2802 - analogue console & DAW controller

Reviews: Steinberg Wavelab 7 - audio editing & mastering suite, Neve Manufacturing Australia Custom Series 75 - analogue mixing console

Technique: Pet Shop Boys 'It's A Sin' - Classic Tracks, Transferring Projects Between Different DAWs - tips & tricks

People + Opinion: Mike Vernon: Producing British Blues - interview, Nashville Guitars: Recording Today's Country Sounds - feature, Peter Neubäcker: Melodyne & Celemony, The Next Decade - interview, Robert Plant 'Angel Dance' - Inside Track

Reviews

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    Audio-Technica AT4047 MP

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    Audio-Technica have added multiple polar patterns to one of their already successful designs, bringing increased versatility in the studio.

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    Audio-Technica AT4047 MP | Media

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    AVI Neutron Five

    2.1 Monitor System

    This interesting monitor system uses the natural roll-off of the satellite speakers to provide the crossover with the subwoofer.

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    Best Service | Cinematique Instruments

    Sample Library

    The duo behind Cinematique Instruments have been composing music for films and documentaries for 10 years and have more recently extended their talents to the sampling of rare and strange instruments. 

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    Big Fish Audio | Kontrol Freaks 2

    Sample Library

    This set of 40 hip‑hop backing‑track construction kits is the work of producer Soul‑G and includes Apple Loops, Acidised WAV and REX formats.

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    Black Lion AM/CHA1

    Dual-channel Equaliser

    Does a 'boutique' approach to building outboard have to mean inflated prices? Not according to this manufacturer...

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    Black Lion AM/CHA1

    Dual-channel Equaliser: Test Plots

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Black Lion PM8

    Passive Summing Mixer

    Hugh Robjohns checks out another offering from Black Lion: the new passive summing mixer, PM8.

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    Drawmer A2D2

    A/D Converter

    With its independently configurable outputs, this A/D converter is a little different from most of its competitors...

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    Electro Harmonix Freeze

    Sound Retainer Effects Pedal

    Paul White investigates a new effects pedal from Electro Harmonix... everybody Freeze!

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    Flip Ultra HD

    Pocket Video Recorder

    The Flip Ultra HD promises high-definition video recording in the palm of your hand — but does it live up to the claim?

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    Focusrite Control 2802

    Analogue Console & DAW Controller

    Offering hands-on DAW control and a 32-input analogue console with bus compressor, Audient's latest mixer is very impressive indeed — and it's not as expensive as you might expect...

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    Gear To Get You Filming Fast

    5 Best Buys

    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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    Mackie Onyx Blackjack

    USB Audio Interface

    Mackie's Blackjack is the smallest interface yet to feature their acclaimed Onyx mic preamps.

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    Mode Machines KRP1 Krautrock Phaser

    Analogue Phaser

    The KRP1 Krautrock Phaser is a modern recreation of a German classic.

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    Neve Manufacturing Australia Custom Series 75

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Thought you'd seen the death of the large-format console? Think again, as you read our exclusive preview of this modern take on classic Neve designs.

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    Original Music | Dance Drum Samples

    Sample Library

    Dance Drum Samples is a bargain‑priced sample pack available to download from Original Music. It's a healthy 658MB in size and contains 116 WAV loops, of which 103 are presented in REX 2 format with accompanying MIDI files.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Software Plug-ins

    • Toontrack EZ Mix • 2C Audio Aether 1.5 • Universal Audio EP34 • Native Instruments Traktor 12 • Overloud SpringAge

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    ProjectSAM Symphobia 2

    Sample Library

    Symphobia's sequel probes deeper into the psyche of the sampled orchestra.

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    Prominy SR5 Rock Bass

    Virtual Bass Guitar Instrument

    Virtual bassists are not short of options for looking after their low end. How does this new one fare?

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    Roland RD700NX

    Digital Piano

    Roland are hardly new to the digital piano game, and with years of experience to draw on, their new stage piano should be something rather special. Let's find out...

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    Seymour Duncan STK-S10 YJM Fury

    Hum-cancelling Guitar Pickups

    Stacked humbucker pickups designed to replace standard single-coil pickups are nothing new, but most simply strive to deliver a single-coil tone while offering the noise-suppression ability of a humbucker.

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    Sony Vegas Pro 10

    Non-linear Editor

    The latest version of Vegas offers plenty of professional features at a competitive price. So can you expect compromises in performance, or is Vegas Pro a spectacular deal?

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    Steinberg Wavelab 7

    Audio Editing & Mastering Suite

    Steinberg's Wavelab has spread its wings to become the only truly cross-platform stereo editing package — and in the process, it's undergone a comprehensive makeover.

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    Sugar Bytes Guitarist

    Virtual Guitar Software

    Electric guitar is one of the most difficult instruments to recreate in sample-based form. Sugar Bytes are the latest developers to brave the challenge.

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    T-Rex Fuel Tank Chameleon

    Guitar Pedal Power Supply

    Dave Lockwood delights in changing colours as he tests out this multi-port adaptable power supply from T-Rex.

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    Tascam DR2D

    Digital Recorder

    Tascam's mid-range pocket-sized digital recorder, the DR2D, supersedes the earlier DR1 — but does it have enough tricks to compete in an ever-evolving market?

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    Tonehammer Requiem

    Choral Sample Library

    Sanctify your soundtracks with Tonehammer's new choral library.

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    Waves Kramer HLS & PIE

    EQ & Dynamics Plug-ins

    Eddie Kramer is a producer and engineer who knows a thing or two about rock 'n' roll, so when he gives his name to plug-ins modelled after his favourite hardware, we expect great things...

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    Zero-G | Tonio: Male Classical Vocal

    Sample Library

    I first saw Vocaloid demonstrated by Yamaha at the 2003 Frankfurt Musikmesse, and even though the chap presenting the demo spoke few words of English, the product's impressive capabilities were obvious.

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Techniques

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    Ableton Beat Repeat Plug-in

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you the most modest of feats: a wonderful way of repeating your beats.

    Techniques
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    Apple Logic: Back To Basics

    Logic Notes

    Whether you're an experienced or a novice Logic user, going back to the beginning might show you a thing or two.

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    Block

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Make light work of song arranging with Reason's new Blocks feature.

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    Digital Performer 7.2

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    DP's latest version brings the ability to change the look and feel of the program. We find out how, and explore other additions in DP 7.2.

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    iPhone 4: Shooting & Editing Music Videos

    Tips & Techniques

    Apple's iMovie may be designed for making slideshows of snapshots and holiday videos, but what's to stop you thinking outside the box?

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    Managing Backups, Part 1

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    In the first of this two-part series, we look at the best ways to manage your day-to-day backups in Sonar.Read Part 2.

    Techniques
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    Master EQ Plug-in

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Discover the power of Reaper's EQ plug-in and become an EQ master in the process.

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    MIDI Controllers

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Even a handful of knobs and sliders on a MIDI master keyboard are enough to give you hands-on control of your Cubase mix.

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    Mix Rescue: Superfox

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We spend a lot of time rescuing sub-standard recordings and arrangements in Mix Rescue, but this month it really was all about mixing and mastering.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Superfox | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

    Techniques
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    Studio SOS: Common Studio Problems

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    With over 50 Studio SOS visits under our belt, we thought it was time to discuss some of the most common studio problems we've tackled.

    Techniques
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    Super Conductors

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools' rulers not only show the passage of time, they allow you to control it!

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    Transferring Projects Between Different DAWs

    Tips & Techniques

    Exporting a project from one DAW to another can be frustrating — but there are ways and means...

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    Water Damage

    Apple Notes

    Don't panic if your iDevice has recently gone to a watery grave; your music may still be salvageable.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Alex Marten: Is Music Meaningless In Isolation?

    Sounding Off

    Is music meaningless in isolation?

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Art Of The Matter

    Leader

    Paul White muses on the art of sound and recording.

    People
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    Mike Vernon: Producing British Blues

    Interview | Producer

    Mike Vernon produced some of the greatest blues records of all time. A full decade after retiring, he's back in the studio with some of the British blues scene's brightest lights.

    People
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    Nashville Guitars: Recording Today's Country Guitar Sounds

    Interview | Engineers

    With country guitars, what you hear on the record is what was played in the studio. We asked Nashville's leading engineers how they capture those tones.

    People
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    Pet Shop Boys 'It's A Sin'

    Classic Tracks

    Protests against Catholicism have taken many forms, Martin Luther nailing his objections to the cathedral door, but the Pet Shop Boys chose to make theirs in disco...• Producer: Julian Mendelsohn • Engineers: Julian Mendelsohn, Stephen Hague

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    Peter Neubäcker: Melodyne & Celemony, The Next Decade

    Interview | Manufacturer

    It's 10 years since the groundbreaking Melodyne audio-processing software was launched. To celebrate, its inventor Peter Neubäcker invited us into his research lab to talk about possible future developments.

    People
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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Tolis Zavaliaris * Tie Your Shoes To Your Knees & Pretend You're Small Like Us * Tony Alderman * Dr Slaggleberry * Silent Strike Lucian Ban & Alex Harding * Clockwork * TnVVNuM * Burn The Negative * Beyond Reason

    People
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    Robert Plant 'Angel Dance'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Thirty years after Led Zeppelin ended, Robert Plant has reached a second career high. His latest hit album was tracked and mixed by Mike Poole, using a mouth-watering selection of vintage equipment.

    People

Music Business

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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    The only way to make money as a media composer is from publishing — but greedy production companies are targeting our back end with a vengeance.

    Music Business
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