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June 2011 Magazine Contents

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    Dewanatron Swarmatron

    Analogue Synthesizer

    This is a synth like no other, eschewing conventional controls, nomenclature and even an ordinary on/off switch. Is it destined to become a cult classic?

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    Ear Machine iQ

    Intelligent Equaliser Plug‑in

    Frustrated by communication breakdowns in the studio? This clever plug‑in is designed to help non‑technical musicians convey what they’re after to engineers.

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    EastWest Quantum Leap Spaces

    Convolution Reverb Plug‑in

    EastWest’s intriguing reverb plug‑in aims to breathe new life into convolution technology.

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    Great River Harrison 32 EQ

    500‑series Equaliser

    Does this lunchbox EQ module have the same power to thrill as the original Harrison console that inspired it?

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    Jet City PicoValve & JCA12XS

    Low‑power Tube Amp & Cabinet

    Sometimes less is more, and never is this truer than when recording overdriven tube amps at home — something the PicoValve makes easy...

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    Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio

    Book Review

    Hugh Robjohns reads up on mixing tips from Mike Senior.

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    Moog Minimoog Voyager XL

    Analogue Synthesizer

    There’s no more revered name in the history of synthesis than Moog, and the Voyager XL aims to cement their reputation for top‑flight instruments. Is this the Rolls Royce of the synthesizer world?

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    Native Instruments The Mouth

    Vocal Synthesis Plug‑in

    The Mouth has an insatiable appetite for sound — and turns everything it eats into sweet music!

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    Owle Bubo

    Stabiliser & Tripod Mount For Apple iPhone

    Stability is a problem with most small cameras, especially lightweight mobile phones. With its handles, extra lenses and mic, the Owle Bubo is designed to add some weight to mobile shooting.

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    Pearl ELM‑A

    Multi‑pattern Dual‑output Capacitor Microphone

    Mixing the benefits of ribbon smoothness and condenser flexibility, Pearl show us that it really is hip to be, erm... rectangular.

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    Prodipe Lamp Studio Pro

    Multi‑pattern Valve Microphone

    Is this a versatile mic that shines out as a bargain for the home‑studio recordist — or is it as light on features as it is on the pocket?

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    Rain Recording Nimbus Project Studio Plus

    Music Computer

    Rain are quick off the mark with a model featuring the latest ‘Sandy Bridge’ CPU — and the results are rather impressive...

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    Rycote InVision Studio Kit

    Recording Accessories

    Hugh Robjohns checks out a mic kit from Rycote designed to accompany the USM (reviewed in SOS in March 2010) and USM-L microphones.

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    Samson Studio GT

    Nearfield Monitors & USB Interface

    Before you can call your computer a studio, you need at least two things: a means of getting audio into your computer, and some way of listening back to it. Enter the Samson Studio GT!

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    Small Signal Audio Design

    Book Review

    Hugh Robjohns investigates the latest offering from well-known engineer-cum-author Douglas Self.

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    Soniccouture | Xtended Piano

    Sample Library

    5 *

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    SSL Nucleus

    DAW Controller & Audio Interface

    As its name suggests, the Nucleus is designed to be the core of your studio. It’s ambitious, but if anyone can pull it off, SSL can...

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    Tonehammer Liberis (Choral Library)

    Sample Library

    Choral libraries featuring only children’s choirs are unusual — yet the atmospheres and textures they provide have many uses.

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    Two Notes Torpedo VM202

    Dual Loudspeaker, Power Amplifier, & Microphone Simulator

    Can a product be expensive and still represent great value for money? When it comes to the ultimate in guitar-amp and speaker modelling, the answer would appear to be yes...

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    Ueberschall | Electro Pop

    Sample Library

    4 *

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    Using Apple’s iOS Devices For Music

    Power Pads

    Apple revolutionised music‑making with the Macintosh computer, and now their tablet devices are poised to do the same. We offer the first in‑depth exploration of the potential of iOS devices for music.

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    Waves OneKnob

    Plug‑in Bundle

    Effects and processors don’t get much more simple than Waves’ new OneKnob range. But is this a case of one knob to rule them all, or are these plug‑ins simply nobbled?

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Techniques

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    Browser

    Presonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The first in an occasional series of workshops for Presonus’ Studio One DAW focuses on the powers of its useful Browser.

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    Channel Splitting

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    If you’re new to Reaper’s channel‑splitting abilities, here’s a neat exercise to get you started.

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    Channel Splitting | Media

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    These audio files accompany the Reaper Techniques column that featured in SOS June 2011.

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    Compressor Circuits

    Apple Logic Tips & Tecniques

    The different circuit types available in Logic’s Compressor are well worth a closer look — but what are they based on, and what do they actually do?

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    Creative Side‑chaining Effects

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Discover how to use side-chaining effects in Ableton Live in this month's Live Notes column.

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    Keyboards & Other Controllers

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Not everyone uses keyboards to get their MIDI into Cubase, and with other controllers you may need to do a little more work...

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    MacBook Pro vs. iMac

    Apple Notes

    Since the new MacBook Pro promises to be such a capable little beast, we thought we’d pit it against its older, desktop‑dwelling brother, the iMac.

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    Mix Rescue: Blue Lit Moon

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    If you’re the musician and the engineer, it’s easy to focus too closely on your own instrument, and not enough on the mix...

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    Mix Rescue: Blue Lit Moon | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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

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    Neptune Pitch Correction

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Wetsuits on, as we dive into Record’s new pitch‑correction device, Neptune. • Read Part 2

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    Optimising Cakewalk Sonar Screensets

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar X1 screensets dynamically adapt to your project as you work. Find out why this matters, and how you can take advantage of it.

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    Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home: Part 1

    Primer

    To achieve success as a self‑producing voiceover artist, you need to be much more than a good recording engineer... 

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    Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home: Part 1 | Media

    Primer

    These audio files accompany the Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home feature that appeared in SOS June 2012.

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    Studio SOS: John Davis

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    It’s amazing how far studio software has come on in the last decade, as this month’s Studio SOS candidate found out when he upgraded his ageing Logic‑based PC system...

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    Synchronised Singing

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Backing vocals sound better when they’re perfectly in time — if yours aren’t, Pro Tools can help you fix them.

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    Video Editing — Music Promos

    Tips & Tricks

    Even once you’ve got to grips with your camera and today’s easy‑to‑use software editors, there’s still the small matter of creating an edit that truly fits the song...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Ari Levine & The Smeezingtons: Producing Bruno Mars

    Interview | Producer

    Bruno Mars is the year’s hottest pop star, and one‑third of ace production team the Smeezingtons. Fellow Smeezington Ari Levine reveals how they created his hit album in a modest LA studio.

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    Foo Fighters: Recording Wasting Light

    Interview | Band

    The Foo Fighters could have gone to any studio on the planet to record their eagerly awaited album Wasting Light. They chose their frontman Dave Grohl’s garage...

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    Gus Oberg: Recording The Strokes' Angles

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    The Strokes’ comeback single was the product of three years of songwriting, 18 months of recording — and 30 minutes of mixing!

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    Jerry Lee Lewis: 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On'

    Classic Tracks

    Jerry Lee Lewis’s raucous piano playing is the stuff of rock & roll legend, but his discovery and signing to Sun Records was the result of a series of lucky chances. Engineer Jack Clement tells us the story...

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    Michelle Kearney: I'm A Studio Widow

    Sounding Off

    A studio widow speaks out...

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    Past Imperfect?

    Leader

    Paul White's leader.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Ukab Maerd * Rebellious Jukebox * Carbon111 * Zhonray * Nuala Delton * Colein * The Fake Lazy Supernovas * The Fire And I * Ashley Reaks

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    Rodaidh McDonald: Recording The xx

    Interview | Producer

    Mercury Prize winners the xx were a band whose mimimalism tempted producers to do too much. By remaining faithful to the band’s own sound, Rodaidh McDonald succeeded where others had failed.

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    The Mix Review | June 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Chase & Status 'Blind Faith' • Jessie J 'Price Tag' • David Guetta 'Who's That Chick'

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    No‑one makes demos any more — it’s just that any music we make is treated like a demo.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record (US Edition Only)

    Music & Recording Industry News

    When is a studio not a studio? When it’s a venue, a nightclub, or a yogic meditation centre... We talk to some recording facility owners who’ve found more diverse ways of using their space.

    Music Business
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