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January 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews
Pro Tools 9 - DAW, RME Fireface UFX - audio interface. Arturia Analog Experience The Player & The Factory - synth keyboards, MacBook Air - laptop.

Techniques
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 'Oliver's Army' - Classic Tracks, Making The Most Of Plug-in Presets.

People + Opinion
Edwyn Collins: Recording Losing Sleep - interview, Yvan Bing & Phil Collins 'Going Back' - Inside Track.

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    Apple MacBook Air

    Laptop Computer

    If you were to cross a MacBook with an iPad, would the offspring provide the mobile musician with a powerful convenience or a crippled luxury?

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    Arturia Analog Experience The Player & The Factory

    Synth Keyboards

    Arturia's Analog Experience range pairs tweakable preset soft synths with dedicated controller keyboards. We put the first two to the test...

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    Avid Pro Tools 9

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    For the first time ever, Avid have made the full Pro Tools feature set available on native systems — and you don't even need one of their interfaces to run it!

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    Big Fish Audio | Bone Crushing Drums

    Sample Library

    836 live drum loops: a cross between the Sex Pistols and The Who.

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    CAD Equitek E100S

    Supercardioid Capacitor Microphone

    CAD's E100 impressed us, but it's been revamped to create a mic with one of the lowest self-noise figures in its class — or any other, for that matter!

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    CAD Equitek E100S | Media

    Supercardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Egnater Tweaker

    15W Valve Guitar Amplifier

    With its tweakable tones, could this be the ideal studio guitar amp?

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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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    Genelec 8260A

    Three-way DSP Reference Monitors

    They may have the familiar Genelec appearance and family sound, but these big beasts bring some new ideas to the table.

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    Grass Valley Edius 6

    Non-linear Editor For Windows

    Grass Valley's Edius has always been a capable and versatile NLE. Can version 6 bring it the popularity it deserves?

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    Original Music | Live Acoustic Drums, Loops & Hits

    Sample Library

    Live Acoustic Drums, Loops & Hits is another bargain‑priced drum sample pack from Original Music. For a mere...

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    Oto Machines Biscuit

    8-bit Effects Processor

    The Biscuit is as crunchy an 8-bit processor as anyone could wish for, but there's much more to it than that...

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    Primacoustic Vox Guard

    Microphone Acoustic Shield

    Various companies have followed the Reflexion Filter's lead, either with outright imitations or with their own, slightly different takes on the same theme. Primacoustic's Vox Guard falls into the latter category...

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    Prism Sound SADiE 6

    Digital Audio Workstation

    One of the world's best high-end audio editing and mixing packages has undergone a radical overhaul, and now works with any third-party audio hardware. Its name? SADiE...

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    RME Fireface UFX

    USB & Firewire Audio Interface

    RME have established a solid pedigree for their extensive range of digital interfaces. Their latest model offers powerful functionality, and promises an unexpected extra for the future...

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    Sound Skulptor STS

    Analogue Tape Simulator

    Available ready-made or in kit form, the STS is more affordable than the competition... but is it any good?

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    Sound Skulptor STS | Media

    Analogue Tape Simulator

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    SoundOut Online Evaluation Music Service

    We all want to know what the man on the Clapham Omnibus really thinks of our music. Now we can find out — and have his opinions statistically analysed into the bargain.

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    Steinberg Halion Sonic

    Virtual Sound Module

    Steinberg's new sound module software features a rich sound library, a powerful synth engine and the benefit of parent company Yamaha's workstation wisdom...

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    Super Vee Blade Runner

    Guitar Vibrato System

    Paul White checks out a new addition for your Fender Strat.

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    Tascam DP008

    Portable 8-track Recorder

    Tascam's latest 'Portastudio' boasts more hands-on controls than most such recorders.

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    The Price Is Right

    Video Software On Budget

    If you want to get into video editing but not spend a fortune, there are plenty of wallet-friendly NLEs and other tools to get you started.

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    Ueberschall | Score Elements

    Sample Library

    A couple of Ueberschall's 'Score' titles have been reviewed in the pages of Sound On Sound: both Score FX (SOS...

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    Waves W43

    Noise-reduction Plug-in

    Video makers need to reduce noise too — and W43 lets them do it in time-honoured style...

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    Wishbone Workshop Wishbone

    Mic Hanger For Guitar Amps

    Dave Lockwood sees one alternative to miking amps with a stand, and makes a wish...

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    Yamaha Motif XF7

    Workstation Synthesizer

    Yamaha's long-lived Motif range continues to go from strength to strength. Could the latest model be the best Motif yet?

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    Zero-G | Nexus Experimental Drum & Bass

    Sample Library

    As its title suggests, Nexus is a drum & bass sample library from Zero‑G, produced by the mysteriously aliased Base...

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    Zoom R24

    Recorder, Interface & Controller

    Zoom have launched a sibling for their R16, adding a further eight tracks and some neat loop-sampling and rhythm-track features.

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Techniques

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    GarageBand & Logic

    Apple Notes

    Has the recent update to GarageBand narrowed the gap between the bundled music software and its professional sibling, Logic?

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    Hiding The Edit

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Make sure your edits go unnoticed with Reaper's audio editing features.

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    Hiding The Edit | Editing Walkthrough

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    This audio editing walkthrough accompanies the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS January 2011.

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    Hiding The Edit | Media

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Introducing Dr OctoRex

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Get some 8-way sample action with Reason's new loop player!

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    Making The Most Of Plug-in Presets

    Tips & Techniques

    If you know what you're doing, plug-ins are best set by ear — but if you lack experience and take care to avoid rookie mistakes, dialling in an off-the-peg preset can still prove effective...

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    Managing Backups: Part 2

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Having looked at routine backups last month, the second of this two-part series explores the more arcane art of archiving.Read Part 1.

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    Mix Rescue: Mixing Metal

    Johnny Lokke

    This month, we hunt out the devils in the detail of a metal mix!

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    Mix Rescue: Mixing Metal | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Presets

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    All you need to know about Live's idiosyncratic preset management...

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    Stereo Width

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Logic's processing tools can be used to manipulate stereo width, adding interest to your mixes.

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    Studio SOS: Jez Mumford

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    Spending thousands on fancy gear won't get you anywhere — at least, not unless you spend some time sorting out and getting to know your listening and recording environments...

    Techniques
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    Switching To 64-bit?

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    John Walden considers the leap from 32 to 64.

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    Tempo Maps

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explain how to create a tempo map in Pro Tools that will follow your musicians wherever they decide to go!

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Edwyn Collins: Recording Losing Sleep

    Interview | Artist

    In 2005, a stroke left Edwyn Collins paralysed and unable to remember how to use any of his amazing collection of vintage gear. Together, he and his recording partner Seb Lewsley relearned the studio from scratch.

    People
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    Elvis Costello & The Attractions 'Oliver's Army'

    Classic Tracks

    A song named for Christmas-cancelling regicide Oliver Cromwell may seem like an unlikely hit, but the infectious ebullience of 'Oliver's Army' provided Elvis Costello with his biggest-selling single...

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Future Gazing

    Leader

    Paul White gazes into his crystal ball to see the future of handheld technology...

    People
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    Inside Track: Phil Collins 'Going Back'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Yvan Bing

    Phil Collins began recreating the classic Motown sound as a form of therapy. With the help of engineer Yvan Bing, the results gave Collins his first number one album in 17 years.

    People
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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Alice Rock * John Spanyol * Sara Mitra * Aldo Cruickshank * Deadly Circus Fire *

    People
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    Stevan Krakovic: Credit Where Credit's Due...

    Sounding Off

    Engineer, producer & director of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) Stevan Krakovic laments the number of uncredited artists on digital records.

    People

Music Business

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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    Where there's a newly independent republic struggling to establish itself on the world stage, there's an opportunity...

    Music Business
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