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February 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    2Box DrumIt Five

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Fancy a set of electronic drums that lets you create your own kits? Swedish company 2Box's debut offering could be just the thing...

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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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    Acoustic Energy ProSat & ProSub

    2.1 Monitoring System

    Acoustic Energy look to strengthen their foothold in the studio monitoring market with this impressive nearfield system.

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    Avid Pro Tools Mbox

    USB Audio MIDI Interface

    Now that Pro Tools fans can choose any interface they like, do Avid's latest Mboxes offer enough to keep their users in the fold?

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    Big Fish Audio | Rotation Hip Hop

    Sample Library

    There can be no doubt that, as a genre of music, hip-hop has overcome its street‑based roots to become a major...

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    DSLR Bot

    iOS Camera Control App

    With an infra-red transmitter and DSLR Bot, your iOS device can become a remote control for video recording with Canon EOS cameras.

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    Fostex PM0.4n

    Desktop Monitors

    Paul White checks out a solution to those studios limited on space (and finances) in need of a good set of monitors.

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    Line 6 Pod HD500

    Guitar Amp & Effects Modeller

    Line 6 were amongst the first to create realistic-sounding modelled guitar amps and effects. Does their latest offering keep them at the front of the pack?

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    Little Endian SpectrumWorx 2

    Modular Effects Processor

    If you like weird and wonderful effects, you need to enter the spectral domain — and SpectrumWorx 2 will take you there in some style.

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    Manley MicMAID

    Mic & Preamp Switcher

    The patchbay remains the cornerstone of most commercial studios, but using one to patch mics into different preamps can be risky — which is where the MicMAID comes in...

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    Novation Ultranova

    Synthesizer

    The Ultranova may be a return to Novation's roots, but it's still a very forward-looking synthesizer...

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    Panasonic Lumix GH1

    Hybrid Still & Video Camera

    Now available at a greatly reduced price, Panasonic's video-capable still camera is well worth a look for low-cost HD video production.

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    Royer Labs R101

    Ribbon Microphone

    High-quality ribbon microphones don't come cheap, but the new R101 brings Royer quality within reach of the project-studio recordist.

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    Sample Magic | Soundtrack & Chill

    Sample Library

    Sample Magic are now well established in the sample library world. While they are perhaps best known for their dance‑ and...

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    SE Electronics Voodoo VR1 & VR2

    Ribbon Microphones

    SE have aimed to combine the smoothness of ribbon mics with the high-end extension of a condenser. What witchcraft is this?

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    SE Electronics Voodoo VR1 & VR2 | Media

    Ribbon Microphones

    These audio files accompany the SE Electronics Voodoo VR1 & VR2 review that featured in SOS February 2011.

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    Spitfire Percussion

    Sample Library

    The British are back! Spitfire Audio's orchestral percussion library flies the flag for the UK.

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    SSL X-Patch

    Studio Router

    Creating complex routing chains in a hybrid DAW/outboard setup presents its own set of problems — to which Solid State Logic offer this solution...

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    Starr Labs Ztar Z7S

    MIDI Controller

    Fed up with the vagaries of pitch-to-MIDI guitar, but don't have time to learn to play a keyboard? The Ztar offers clean, keyboard-like MIDI from an instrument that guitar players can relate to instantly. It could be just what you need...

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    Synthogy Ivory II Grand Pianos

    Virtual Instrument

    Synthogy's Ivory piano library was met with enormous acclaim on its release. Can its successor improve on that legacy?

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    The Music Producer's Handbook

    Book & DVD

    Matt Houghton has a read of a manual which gives all kinds of tips to those looking to get into music production.

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    Vital Arts Media | Plectrum

    Sample Library

    Now, here's a first. I was so taken with some of the sounds on an album I'd bought (the excellent Leylines, by AES...

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    Wave Alchemy | Drum Tools: Minimal Techno & Tech House

    Sample Library

    Drum Tools has been produced and recorded by Wave Alchemy's Daniel Byers and Steven Heath. The two have all the gear...

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    Waves CLA Artist Signature Collection

    Plug-in Suite

    Not all of us can afford to have our tracks mixed by Chris Lord-Alge. But Waves' latest plug-in bundle might just be the next best thing...

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Techniques

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    2011 Apple Preview

    Apple Notes

    2010 was a big year for Apple — so what treats are in store for 2011?

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    Audio Editing In DAWs

    Tips & Techniques

    Today's multitrack software packages give us endless flexibility to manipulate the audio we've recorded, but the possibilities can be confusing to begin with. We introduce the tools of the audio editor's trade...

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    Automation Modes

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Have you ever wondered how best to use the different automation modes in Cubase? Then read on...

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    Creative Editing

    Tips & Techniques

    Whether it's getting rid of the audio you don't want or improving the audio you do want, skilled editing can be the key to making your multitrack project sound polished.

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    Drum Instruments

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Discover how to tackle Reason's over-sized gorilla of a drum instrument.

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    Elastic Audio = Springy Sound

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Elastic Audio in Pro Tools can do more than time-stretching: it can also be your route to some killer pitch-based mixing techniques.

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    Join The Dots

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Ever thought of asking 'real' musicians to play your arrangements? Then get to grips with Logic's Score editor.

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    Mix Rescue: The Hiram Key

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Taking on a new genre is a great way to test your mixing skills, as we found out when we took on this goth track by The Hiram Key...

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    Mix Rescue: The Hiram Key | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    These audio files accompany the Mix Rescue article that featured in SOS February 2011.

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    Route Master

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Get your audio applications talking to each other with Reaper's ReaRoute.

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    Studio SOS: Barry Martin

    Our Mix Rescue expert dips his toe in the Studio SOS waters this month, as he visit's a reader's studio, sorts out his monitoring, and takes him through strategies to improve his mixing.

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    Track Freeze

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    It's thermal underwear time as we look at the vagaries of track freezing in Live.

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    Using Aux Sends & Returns

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Don't save your sends and returns just for global effects — DP's aux track system has other tricks up its sleeve...

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    X1's GUI

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar X1 offers a very different user interface experience to previous versions — so here's a guide to the new GUI.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Adam Powell: How I Became A Music Video Director

    Interview | Director

    Adam Powell now directs videos for some of the UK's top talent — but it all started when he made a skate video with a borrowed VHS camera.

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    Daniel Lanois & Mark Howard: Recording Neil Young's Le Noise

    Interview | Producer

    Neil Young has made his share of experimental albums, but his latest might be the most extreme, thanks to Daniel Lanois' revolutionary approach to live dub mixing.

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    David Greeves: There's No Wrong Way To Be Right...

    Sounding Off

    Former SOS member and ex-editor of Guitar Buyer magazine David Greeves shares his thoughts on striving for record perfection.

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    Esquire Magazine: Ultimate Home Studio

    Feature

    A no-expense-spared makeover of a Hollywood house naturally requires a top-quality home recording studio — especially if putting it together can help raise $7.5 million for charities...

    People
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    Green Day: 'Basket Case'

    Classic Tracks

    'Do you have the time to listen to me whine?' asked Green Day in the opening lines of their song 'Basket Case'. For 16 million people, the answer was apparently 'yes'...

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Zooropa * Fractal * James Parker * The Ridings * Mundane Sands * Give Chase * Anton Evans * Coral Caves * Lads O' The Fair * Floodplains

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    Taylor Swift Speak Now

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Taylor Swift has become country music's biggest mainstream star, thanks in part to a stellar production team. Producer Nathan Chapman and mixer Justin Niebank lift the lid on Swift's latest hit album, Speak Now.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    These Spoolish Things

    Leader

    Paul White welcomes the development of tape emulation plug-ins.

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Music Business

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Two grassroots organisations show how their focus on the local music scene is helping studios survive in the new economic climate.

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    TV Music From The Inside

    Notes From The Deadline

    What would happen if composers were paid to pitch their ideas? It might just be the end of Western civilisation...

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