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July 2011 Magazine Contents

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    Analogue Drums | Rockstock, Popsticks & Splitsticks

    Multi‑format

    If there's one thing the world isn't short of, it's drum sample libraries, and with huge and expandable instruments from the...

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    Beachtek DXA SLR

    Two‑channel Preamp For Cameras & Camcorders

    Your bargain DSLR may be able to shoot wonderful cinematic video, but its audio quality and connectivity are unlikely to meet a Sound On Sound reader’s high standards. Beachtek suggest a compact solution...

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    Big Fish Audio | Ambient Skyline

    Multi‑format

    Produced by Funk/Soul productions for Big Fish Audio, Ambient Skyline provides a hefty collection of loops and one‑shot...

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    Big Fish Audio | Detroit Soul

    Sample Library

    Detroit and Motown: two names that both evoke a rich musical heritage and still continue to provide a major...

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    Blue Cat MB7 Mixer & MB5 Dynamix

    Plug‑ins

    What can you do with a mixer plug‑in that operates on a single track? With Blue Cat Audio’s innovative MIDI side‑chaining system, the sky’s the limit.

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    Dave Hill Designs Europa 1

    Microphone Preamp

    This novel preamp design features a variable impedance and slew rate — which opens up a whole new world of possibilities from your mic locker...

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    Test Plot 1

    Dave Hill Designs Europa 1 | Media

    Microphone Preamp

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    EAReckon EAReverb, AccSone CrusherX, Softube Classic Channel

    Plug-in Folder

    Paul White checks out three VST plug-ins for this month's folder.

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    Kiwi Technics Patch Editor

    Hardware Synth Controller

    Some synths sound great, but lack hands‑on control. That’s where the Patch Editor comes in...

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    Korg Monotribe

    Analogue Groovebox

    Korg’s analogue renaissance continues with the Monotribe groovebox. If last year’s Monotron knocked your socks off, this should leave you completely trouserless...

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    Lexicon PCM Native Effects

    Effects Plug‑ins

    Lexicon are synonymous with high‑end reverb, but also make versatile multi‑effects units. Now they’ve spun off the delays, pitch‑shift algorithms and special effects from their PCM boxes into a new plug‑in bundle.

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    Line 6 M5

    Effects Pedal

    Paul White plugs his guitar in and strums away, all in the name of reviewing this effects pedal!

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    Making Music On The Move

    App Works

    In our new App column, Jules Harding looks at three iOS-compatible Apps: • Harmonicdog Multitrack DAW • IK AmpliTube and iRig Adaptor • IK AmpliTube Fender

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    PSI Audio A17M & A21M

    Active Monitors

    These compact monitors from Swiss company PSI incorporate some very clever technology, including ‘Class‑G’ amplification, that helps put them in a class of their own!

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    Quantec 2496 Yardstick

    Room Simulator

    Can a 30‑year old algorithm in a tiny blue box really be at the cutting edge of room simulation? The answer to that question would appear to be “yes”.

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    Rycote Portable Audio Recording Kit

    Portable Recorder Accessories

    Rycote's resilient plastic lyre suspension system quickly established itself as a 'better mousetrap' microphone...

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    Samson Meteor

    USB Microphone

    R2D2 meets podcasting! Matt Houghton investigates...

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    Soniccouture Ondes

    Virtual Ondes Martenot Instrument

    The Ondes Martenot is as rare as it is hard to sample, leaving its distinctive sounds beyond the reach of most of us — until Soniccouture decided to step in, that is...

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    Studio Projects VTB1

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This hybrid mic preamp can go from solid‑state clean to valve warmth — and for a surprisingly low price, too. Is there a catch?

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    Vibesware GR1 & GR Junior

    Stand‑mounted Guitar Resonators

    This hands‑free take on the long‑established E-bow concept offers a promising new palette of sounds for the recording guitarist.

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    Violet Designs Garnet

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Violet bid for a place at the higher end of the mic market with this vintage-styled valve model. Will it turn out to be a real gem?

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    Violet Designs Garnet | Media

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    These audio files accompany the Violet Designs Garnet review that featured in SOS July 2011.

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Techniques

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    Automation

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Sharpen your pointers for a crash course on drawing automation in Logic.

    Techniques
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    Convolution Plug-ins

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    For Pro Tools users who are tired of conventional effects, convolution plug‑ins open up a huge range of new possibilities.

    Techniques
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    Creative Sound Design For Music

    Tips & Techniques

    Sound design isn’t just for special effects in the movies: it’s perfect for giving your music a unique twist.

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    Creative Sound Design For Music | Media

    Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Effect Racks

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Discover how to make the most of Live’s Effect Racks.

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    Guitar Rig 4 Plug-in

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Why settle for harsh amp-simulator tones? Find out how to produce a more organic sound using Sonar X1’s Guitar Rig 4 LE plug-in.

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    iMac Ultimate

    Apple Notes

    Is the latest iMac ‘Ultimate’ the one to unseat the Mac Pro as the obvious choice for the studio?

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    Master MIDI In The Graphic Editor

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    This month's DP Notes shows you how you can achieve MIDI mastery using the Graphic Editor.

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    Mix Rescue: Signe Jakobsen

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Once again, Mix Rescue finds that the arrangement and harmonic structure of the song makes it difficult to mix. But we get by... with a little help from our online friends!

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    Mix Rescue: Signe Jakobsen | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Neptune Pitch Correction, Part 2

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    In part two of our short series, we dive deeper into Neptune, the pitch correction device that keeps on giving.• Read Part 1.

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    Producing Professional Voiceovers At Home: Part 2

    Primer

    We discuss the sort of studio setup you need for voice-over work, and how you can start promoting and selling your services. • Read Part 1

    Techniques
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    Running Multiple Plug-ins

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper’s ability to run multiple instances of plug-ins is impressive, but how do you keep track of them all and maintain optimum performance?

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    Send Effects: More Than Reverb & Delay

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s send effects aren’t just for reverb and delay!

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    Studio SOS: James Welch

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    Bass trapping can go a long way towards solving low-frequency problems in small rooms — but so, too, can monitor placement, as we find out in this month’s Studio SOS...

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    Synth Preservation Society

    Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

    Vintage synths are perfect for sampling, and modern multisampling software makes the process easy and creatively rewarding. We show you how it’s done in our in‑depth guide.

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Sound Advice

People

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    James Ford: Producing Arctic Monkeys

    Interview | Producer

    Arctic Monkeys’ fourth album, Suck It And See, is a dazzling return to form — and to producer, long‑time collaborator and ‘fifth Monkey’ James Ford.

    People
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    Mark Russell: Scoring March Of The Dinosaurs

    Interview | Composer

    Are modern orchestral sample libraries really good enough to power an entire 90‑minute film score? Mark Russell found out the hard way...

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    Marvin Gaye 'What's Going On?'

    Classic Tracks

    As the ’60s came to a close, Marvin Gaye was forced to ask some serious questions about the world as he found it; the result was the sublimely soulful piece of social commentary, ‘What’s Going On’.

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    Mike Shipley: Recording Alison Krauss' Paper Airplane

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Alison Krauss persuaded mix specialist Mike Shipley to return to engineering after a 10‑year gap — in a genre he’d never tackled. The result was a creative and commercial triumph.

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    Peter Gabriel Live

    Inside The New Blood Tour

    Transforming Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back into an impressive live experience required an orchestra, a team of top engineers and just the right selection of gear.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Jiggo * New Town Triptych * Peyton Place * Herd of Instinct * AdamSK * The Apple Gies * Sticky Wickit * Royal Gala * Nick Stephenson

    People
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    Sounding Off: JG Harding

    Gear Lust Crosses Creative Boundaries

    Jules Harding, SOS Video Media Editor, considers the effects of gear-lust.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    The Human Approach

    Leader

    A good friend of mine who once had the enviable job of recording Bono's vocal using a Yamaha AW16 in a hotel bedroom...

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    The Mix Review | July 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Ke$ha 'We R Who We R' • Tinie Tempah 'Wonderman' • Alexis Jordan 'Good Girl' • Chris Brown 'Beautiful People'

    People

Music Business

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    Digital Marketing, Social Media & Crowd Funding

    Music Business

    Musicians and video makers alike could learn plenty from a new generation of online artists like Robin Schmidt, who expand and fund their work through social media and ‘crowd funding’.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    To reach the top as a composer for the media, what you really need is ‘people skills’ — and the patience of saints.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Remasters and remixes are proven means of exploiting old records — but as the recent success of music-based video games has shown, there might be more mileage in un-mixing them...

    Music Business
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