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April 2011 Magazine Contents

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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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    Best Service | Studio Box Mark II Volumes 1-4

    Sample Library

    Best Service's Studio Box Mark II pulls together the content from a number of earlier titles (RedBox, BlueBox and...

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    Big Fish Audio Earth Tone: World Percussion

    Sample Library

    This new ethnic percussion library features 12 themed folders, each containing loops designed to be layered together and...

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    Blue Spark

    Capacitor Microphone

    Is there more than an eye-catching new livery to spark interest in Blue's latest mic?

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    Cakewalk Sonar X1

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    Can Cakewalk's radical rethink of the DAW user interface tempt users of competing products into the Sonar fold — without alienating existing fans?

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    Chemical Wedding Artemis 4.2

    iOS Viewfinder App

    A viewfinder is great for framing shots without setting up your camera — so having one as an App is even more convenient.

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    EBS MultiComp

    Dual-band Bass Compressor Pedal

    Swedish bass‑equipment manufacturers EBS’s updated MultiComp pedal is intended to make transparent‑sounding bass compression easy to achieve. Matt Houghton investigates...

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    Fabfilter Mastering Bundle

    Mastering Plug-ins

    With so many mastering processors already on the market, is there room for another compressor, EQ and limiter? Fabfilter certainly think so...

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    Focusrite VRM Box

    Speaker-modelling Headphone Amp & USB Audio Interface

    For those of us who find our headphone mixes don't translate well, Focusrite have created a virtual listening environment that replicates the experience of monitoring on speakers.

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    Golden Age Project Comp 54

    Solid-state Mono Compressor

    Can you really achieve 24-carat Neve-style compression on a shoestring, or is this a case of fool's gold?

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    Imperfect Samples | Fazioli Concert Grand

    Sample Library

    Matt Stedeford and his team at Imperfect Samples have created their own niche in the overcrowded and highly competitive piano...

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    Livid Instruments Code

    MIDI Control Surface

    Livid Instruments' new control surface boasts not only an unusual flexibility — courtesy of its custom editing software — but also some fine handmade wooden end-cheeks...

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    M-Audio Venom

    Synthesizer

    M-Audio's debut synth may have a pristine white exterior, but it hides a sample-based synthesis engine capable of getting down and dirty...

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    Native Instruments Reflektor

    Convolution Reverb Plug-in

    NI's Reflektor is a reverb that combines simplicity of operation with a very musical sound.

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    Phill Brown: Are We Still Rolling?

    Autobiography

    Matt Houghton checks out Phill Brown's autobiography.

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    Quested V2108

    Active Two-way Studio Monitors

    The original VS2108 design was a real success for Quested — so when they said they'd improved it, we thought we'd better test that claim...

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    RME Babyface

    USB Audio Interface

    RME's interfaces get ever smaller — but this baby packs a powerful punch despite its miniature dimensions.

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    Rode Videomic Pro

    Shotgun Microphone

    Building on the success of its predecessor, the Videomic Pro is a convenient, lightweight shotgun mic.

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    Steinberg Cubase 6

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Cubase 6 pushes the boundaries of expressive sequencing, while adding polish and new editing functionality to keep existing users happy. Is it all too good to be true?

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    Ueberschall | Pop Charts

    Sample Library

    This 3.2GB Elastik-format library is split into two parts: part A contains 10 construction kits, while part B offers some additional instrument and drum loops.

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    VSL Vienna Dimension Brass

    Orchestral Brass Instrument

    The Austrian sample maestros go multitrack with four new brass ensembles.

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    Waldorf PPG Wave 3.V

    Software Synthesizer

    PPG's Wave series were sadly beyond the budget of most of us, but, through the miracle of software, the powers of these innovative synths may now be within our grasp...

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Techniques

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    Andrew Rose: Restoring Old Recordings

    Interview | Remastering

    Andrew Rose has built a successful business by restoring and releasing great lost recordings of the 20th Century. He explains how he brings back the original magic...

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    Comping

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Take a razor blade to your vocal tracks and learn the art of comping in Reaper.

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    Listen & Learn: Analysing Commercial Mixes

    Tips & Techniques

    You might be surprised at just how much you can discover about the mix of a hit record if you use a structured approach to listening, learn to interpret your meters, and try a few technical tricks...

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    Max For Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Discover how to control your hardware synths using Max For Live.

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    MIDI Matters

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Knowing the ins and outs of various DP MIDI features can help you work quicker and smarter.

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    Mix Rescue: Tom Marcovitch

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We discover that if you need to cure problems with bass instruments in your mix, you might well have to aim a bit higher...

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    Mix Rescue: Tom Marcovitch | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Route Manoeuvres

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Expand your monitoring options with clever routing in Logic Pro.

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    Sampling

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's flexible routing makes scintillating sampling simple...

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    Sound & Sync

    An Introduction To Location Sound

    Your camera's on-board mic might be OK for home movies, but using a separate mic and audio recorder will yield much better results.

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    Structure Instruments

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Once you've created a basic Structure instrument, there are lots of things you can do to improve the way it sounds and plays.

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    VFX Host - App Store

    Apple Notes

    This month we take a trip down memory lane with VFX Host, and visit App land to round up a few of our favourite tools.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Title? Composer for the media. Job description? Squaring the circle...

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    This month, our US correspondent speaks to producers and engineers who have had to broaden their horizons in order to keep up with the ever-changing music industry.

    Music Business
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