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March 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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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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    Akai MPK Mini

    Controller Keyboard

    Looking for a compact controller keyboard costing not much more than a bag of chips? Look no further...

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    Alan Parsons: Art & Science Of Sound Recording

    Instructional Videos

    If you want an education in all things audio, could you ask for a more qualified teacher than Alan Parsons?

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    Arturia Origin Keyboard

    Synthesizer Workstation

    Arturia have taken their Origin concept further with the addition of a keyboard and new modules. So is it now the only synthesizer you'll ever need?

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    Audio Metering: Measurements, Standards & Practice (Second Edition)

    Book Review

    Most of us probably don't give a lot of thought to our audio metering. After all, provided the signal occupies the appropriate...

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    Cinesamples Voxos Epic Virtual Choirs

    Choral Sample Library

    Alleluia! Cinesamples Voxos surround-ready choir delivers a near-religious experience.

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    Fostex FR2LE

    Digital Field Recorder

    The FR2LE promises high-quality stereo audio capture in a small and inexpensive package. Is it perfect for location sound recording?

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    Grace Design M103

    Recording Channel Strip

    Should you build outboard gear to do the job as well as possible, or to meet a price point? Grace Design prefer to do the former, and it seems to be a philosophy that pays off...

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    Inward Connections TSL3 VacRac

    Tube Stereo Limiter

    Many limiters are designed to be as transparent as possible - but Inward Connections' TSL3 is built to sprinkle valve magic over your music.

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    Izotope Nectar

    Vocal Processing Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Izotope's latest plug-in provides a one-stop shop for polished vocal sounds, with deeper editing available for those who need it.

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    KRK KNS 8400

    Studio Headphones

    KRK are well established in the world of studio monitors. Now they're expaning into the headphone market.

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    Kurzweil PC3LE7

    Keyboard Workstation

    Kurzweil's new workstation maintains the company's reputation for solid reliability, and does so at a lower cost than you might expect...

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    Moog Slim Phatty

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Moog's Little Phatty has shed some pounds (in both senses of the word), but does this new, lightweight synth have what it takes to be a contender?

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    Nine Volt Audio | Organ Explosion

    Sample Library

    I've reviewed a good number of Nine Volt Audio's BPM Flex Series loop libraries now and they've been...

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    Prodipe Pro 5 Ribbon & Pro 10S

    2.1 Monitoring System

    These nearfield ribbon monitors deliver a less fatiguing sound than some - but does smoothness come at a cost?

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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Channel

    Recording Channel

    The new recording channel from Rupert Neve is more than just the sum of his existing Portico processor modules...

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    SE Gemini 5 & G3500

    Large-diaphragm Condenser Mics

    SE's new siblings employ the same capsule as previous Gemini designs - but they're very different mics...

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    Soniccouture | Array Mbira

    Sample Library

    The kalimba (aka 'thumb piano') has long been a featured sound on keyboard workstations. Also known as the sanza...

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    Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp II

    Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in

    Re-amping has the potential to give us infinite choice, but is that always what we need? Studio Devil's amp modelling plug-in concentrates on getting the sound right.

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    Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp II | Media

    Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in

    These audio files accompany the Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp II review that appeared in SOS March 2011.

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    Tonehammer | Epic Guitar Vol. 1

    Sample Library

    It's a hard noise to verbalise, but it sounds like this: gu‑gu‑gu‑gu‑GRNZZZZ. Yes, folks, it's the unmistakable...

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    Universal Audio Studer A800

    Tape Simulation Plug-in

    Can UA's Studer plug-in really reproduce the sound of saturated multitrack tape in all its glory? To find out, we tracked down a real Studer A800, a top-flight studio and a hitmaking band...

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    Universal Audio Studer A800 | Media

    Tape Simulation Plug-in

    These audio files accompany the Universal Audio Studer A800 review that featured in SOS March 2011.

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    Vir2 Instruments | World Impact: Global Percussion

    Sample Library

    World Impact: Global Percussion (12.2GB) contains around 270 percussion instruments from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe...

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    Vox Valvetronix VT40+

    Guitar Amplifier

    Paul White checks out this neat little upgraded guitar amplifier from Vox.

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Techniques

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    Creative Automation

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Drawing automation data in Steinberg Cubase has creative applications that transcend simple level and pan tweaking.

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    Creative Mid/Side Processing

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Mid/Side processing is a clever technique which once learned will probably find its way into your mixes.

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    iPad

    Apple Notes

    With rumours of an iPad 2 on the horizon, we take a look at the effect the successful tablet has had on the market.

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    Is Loud Music Better?

    Exploration

    Is music really more likely to sell if it's louder? We come up with some hard evidence and some surprising answers.

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    Light Fantastic

    An Introduction To Lighting Techniques And Technology

    Are your videos looking a little flat? Make light work for you and you'll soon be creating depth and mood in even budget productions.

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    Mix Rescue: Flags

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    With enough time and effort, you can get a reasonable mix from even poor recordings... but proper attention when recording will save you hours of frustration and get you a much better result much more quickly!

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    Mix Rescue: Flags | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

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    ProChannel

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's EQ capabilities take a huge step forward with X1's ProChannel.

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    Replacing & Reinforcing Recorded Drums

    Tips & Techniques

    Drum replacement is now a routine production job in genres ranging from pop and indie to high-tempo metal, and even live sound.

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    Sampling Instrument Korg

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's sampling instrument Kong.

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    Sampling With Structure

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    To get the most from Avid's Structure sampler, you need to work with your own sounds. Here's how.

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    Studio SOS: Mark Archer

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    This month, the SOS team tame a couple of square rooms and help a guitarist to master his Logic DAW setup.

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    Tempo Mapping

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Tempo mapping in Reaper can be quick and easy — so switch off that click and get playing!

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    Visual Mixing Aids

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    When mixing, it doesn't hurt to double-check what you're hearing with judicious use of Logic's visual metering toolbox.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A Touching Display

    Leader

    Winter NAMM's abundance of semi/pro-level music Apps, add-on controllers and interfaces for Apple iPad/iPhone took our Editor In Chief slightly by surprise...

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    A-ha 'Take On Me'

    Classic Tracks

    'Take On Me' was a huge hit, but its birth was a difficult one, taking three years, three versions and a pioneering video to finally give A-ha their first chart success.

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    John McEntire: Recording Tortoise & Broken Social Scene

    Interview | Producer

    Tortoise have spent the last 20 years defying the conventions of rock music — and forging a unique approach to studio recording.

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    Mumford & Sons 'Little Lion Man'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Mumford & Sons have dragged acoustic music out of the folk clubs and straight to the top of the charts, with a sound sculpted by producer Markus Dravs and mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Ol' Hoopty * Andy Le Fevre * Outer Space Alliance * Lounge Fly * The No-ones * Trace

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    Sounding Off: Elliot Mazer

    Classic Gear

    Does copying classic gear devalue its designers?

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    Steve Brown & Rumer: Recording Seasons Of My Soul

    Interview | Artist & Producer

    Steve Brown had never produced a record or recorded live drums before he met singer-songwriter Rumer. Half a million album sales later, her faith in the partnership has paid off.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Online delivery means fewer ways for things to go wrong, but it also makes media composers more faceless than ever and robs us of some vital excuses.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Energy drinks makers Red Bull and sportswear company Converse have both recently opened their own recording studios. But what does this mean for artists and smaller recording facilities?

    Music Business
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