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May 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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    AKG Perception 120 USB

    USB Microphone

    Paul White investigates AKG's chunky USB offering.

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    Aurora Audio Geoff Tanner's Neve Technical Information Sheets

    CD PDFs

    Geoff Tanner, former draughtsman and subsequent head of the Electrical Drawing Office, has made a CD set of Neve Technical Information Sheets. Hugh Robjohns investigates.

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    Avid Pro Tools HD Native

    Computer Recording System

    The idea of a 'native' Pro Tools HD might sound like an contradiction, but it offers the most affordable way of obtaining key HD features that are still not available elsewhere.

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    Dynaudio BM5A MkII

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    The original BM5A monitor speakers proved very popular in project studios, and Dynaudio claim to have made significant improvements in their successors.

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    EWQL Ministry Of Rock 2

    Sample Library

    The sequel to Quantum Leap's heavy rock library ramps up the decibel levels.

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    Izotope Stutter Edit

    Real-time Effects Plug-in

    Izotope have teamed up with electronic composer BT to bring us an effects processor that can be 'played' in real time.

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    Korg Kronos

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg really know what they're doing when it comes to workstations, and their new one has been eagerly anticipated. Meet the Kronos in our world exclusive review...

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    MC AudioLab TP1tp

    Valve Microphone Preamp

    Can Sicilian manufacturers MC AudioLab bring a touch of Mediterranean magic to your recordings with their new boutique preamp?

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    Midas Venice F32

    Analogue Mixing Console With Firewire Interface

    Have live-sound legends Midas brought their golden touch to bear on the hybrid analogue live/recording console?

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    Miktek CV4

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Nashville-based Miktek shouldn't be short of chances to test their mics — but how did they fare in their first ever SOS review?

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    Miktek CV4 | Media

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    MXL R144

    Ribbon Microphone

    If you're looking for classic ribbon-mic warmth and smoothness on the tightest of budgets, this mic may be for you...

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    MXL R144 | Media

    Ribbon Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Plug-in Folder

    On Test

    New Sonic Arts Granite * DDMF Metaplugin * Cableguys Curve * Voxengo LF Max Punch

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    Quiet Arts Wave Rider 2

    Automatic Mixing Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Fine-tuning level automation on key parts can make a huge difference to your mix, but it's a tedious process — unless a plug-in does it for you!

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    Radial Tonebone London

    Distortion Pedal

    James Dunkley gets a shiver down his spine whilst testing the Radial Tonebone 'Bones' London Distortion Pedal.

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    Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    You might think that the guitar wouldn't lend itself to creating cinematic soundscapes, but Sample Logic show us it's time to think again.

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    Sample Magic Electro

    Sample Library

    What has Electro got to offer? Well, as the Sample Magic web site puts it, "dripping‑wet Italo madness”, "manga‑tweaked tube...

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    Spectrasonics Omnisphere 1.5

    Software Synthesizer

    Spectrasonics bring yet more goodies to the Omnisphere party, aiming to make their highly acclaimed synth even better.

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    Tone Projects Sonitex STX 1260

    Distortion Plug-in

    Want your loops to sound like they've been badly mastered, pressed to cheap vinyl and fed into a budget sampler? Tone Projects' plug-in does it all.

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    Tone Projects Sonitex STX 1260 | Audio files

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Ueberschall | Soulful Pop

    Sample Library

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a sample library entitled Soulful Pop as, while it is a musical genre that can include...

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    Ueberschall | Supreme Styles

    Sample Library

    Supreme Styles, based around Ueberschall's Elastik loop player, covers a range of modern urban styles, with a fair amount of...

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    VHT Special 6

    Low-powered Valve Guitar Amplifier

    A hand-wired valve guitar amp at this price seems too good to be true for the recording guitarist — so can VHT make it all stack up?

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    VHT Special 6 | Media

    Low-powered Valve Guitar Amplifier

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    XILS Lab PolyKB II

    Software Synthesizer

    The original was a diamond in the rough — so is PolyKB II a highly polished gem?

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    Zero-G Deep Impact: Cinematic Atmospheres & SFX

    Sample Library

    This is a companion volume to the Dark Skies: Cinematic Ambiences collection that was reviewed in the May 2010 edition of SOS...

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Techniques

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    Distortion Effects In Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Things get gritty as we take a tour of Live's varied distortion effects...

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    I/O Setup Window In Pro Tools 9

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Behind the scenes in Pro Tools 9 there are some major changes to how the I/O Setup window works.

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    MacBook Pro

    Apple Notes

    Given the recent frenzy over the iPad 2, you'd be forgiven for missing one of the more significant updates for the musician — the new MacBook Pro.

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    Media Composers

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    They shoot, you score! Cubase includes all the tools a would-be media composer needs to get started.

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    Mix Rescue: We Fell From The Sky

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Tightening timing, sustaining snares and silencing sibilance are among the tasks tackled in this month's remix...

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    Mix Rescue: We Fell From The Sky | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Modulation Mayhem

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's flexible routing is at the heart of this month's exploration of synth modulation.

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    ProChannel Compressors

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar X1's ProChannel offers two different compressor types, both modelled on famous classic hardware.

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    RAM Busters

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Logic Pro users can run into problems when using RAM-hungry features and plug-ins. So how do you beat the memory trap?

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    ReaGate Noise Reduction

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper's ReaGate has hidden talents that make it much more than a simple noise-reduction facility.

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    ReaGate Noise Reduction | Media

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Stills In Motion: Achieving A Cinematic Look On A Budget

    Tips & Tricks

    DSLRs and other interchangeable-lens still cameras offer film-like footage at entry-level prices. Our introductory guide to cinematography will help you to get the best from your camera.

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    Studio SOS: Henry Froelich

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    We get the best from an ageing Mac and tame the worst acoustics problems in a small studio.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Hearing & Listening

    Leader

    This month, Editor In Chief Paul White wonders why some recordings sound great and others sound so poor...

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    Machine Heads

    Audio PC Manufacturer Round Table

    Whether you're buying or building, deciding what should go inside an audio PC isn't easy, so we asked some leading experts for their advice...

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    Metallica 'One' | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Flemming Rasmussen • Engineer: Flemming Rasmussen

    ...And Justice For All marked a turning point for Metallica — one that would launch the cult band into the mainstream. The man at the controls, Flemming Rasmussen, tells us how it happened.

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    Mike Senior: You C*n't Say That On The Radio!

    Sounding Off

    This month, Mike Senior vents his frustrations about the use (and censorship, thereof) of profanity in pop music.

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    Peter Cobbin: Recording Music For The King's Speech

    Interview | Composer

    Oscar-winning drama The King's Speech tells the poignant story of King George VI's struggle to talk in public. What better way to record the soundtrack than with a microphone built for George VI himself?

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Gerry Griffin * Sun Travellers * Genie Cosmas * Jon Gomm * Turndown Elliot * Kyshera

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    Squarepusher

    Interview | Artist

    One of the most influential British artists of the last two decades, Tom Jenkinson has pushed electronic music to its limits. In a rare interview, he pinpoints key moments in his career, and explains why musicianship still matters.

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    The Mix Review | May 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    Adele 'Someone Like You', Black Eyed Peas 'The Time (Dirty Bit)', The Ting Tings 'Hands', Rihanna 'What's My Name'

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    Tucker Martine: Recording The Decemberists' The King Is Dead

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    With a little help from producer/engineer Tucker Martine, the Decemberists' latest album went from barn to barnstormer...

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Today's composers are expected to be available around the clock — and around the globe.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The mass migration from physical music sales to digital downloads means it's now harder than ever to find out who worked on a release — or to be sure your own work is properly acknowledged.

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