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August 2011 Magazine Contents

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    Adobe Audition CS5.5

    Post-production DAW & Wave Editor

    Adobe’s audio editing package has been fully rewritten, ported to Mac OS and integrated into their Creative Suite. Does it have everything you need for audio post‑production?

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    Allen & Heath GSR24

    Firewire Analogue Mixer & DAW Controller

    Achieving the perfect balance of analogue mixer and control surface in one product used to mean getting a mortgage on a high‑end SSL or reducing your analogue channel count. Not any more...

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month, Jules Harding checks out ImageLine FL Studio Mobile v1.0 sequencer for iOS and John Vella Music Songcatcher v1.3 DAW for iOS.

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    ART Dual X Direct & Dual Z Direct

    Active & Passive DI boxes

    DI boxes may have a simple function to perform — transforming impedance and changing or matching levels — but there are...

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    Big Fish Audio | Modern Country

    Sample Library

    This library's content is available in Acid, WAV, Apple Loops, REX and RMX formats and amounts to 3967 samples (1290 WAVs) for...

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    DMG Audio EQuality & Compassion

    EQ & Compression Plug‑ins

    DMG Audio’s innovative plug‑ins combine friendly interfaces with an amazingly comprehensive feature set. Could they be the only EQ and compressor you’ll ever need?

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    Drawmer HQ

    Preamplifier & D‑A Converter

    Can a preamp and D‑A converter successfully straddle the pro-audio and hi‑fi markets? Drawmer believe it can...

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    Eventide Eclipse V4

    Studio Effects Processor

    You’d think a digital effect processor’s brilliance might have been eclipsed somewhat in the last decade, but Eventide have made significant software changes that keep this one fresh, relevant and desirable.

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    Evolution Series | World Percussion

    Sample Library

    A huge ethnic percussion library from down under circles the globe and arrives on hard drive.

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    Flux IRCAM Tools

    Plug‑in Suite

    You’d expect plug‑ins based on IRCAM’s research to be unique and experimental — but are they practical tools you’ll want to use every day in the studio?

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    Flux IRCAM Tools | Audio

    Plug-in Suite

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    HK Audio Elements

    Modular PA System

    If you’re looking for a lightweight PA setup that can be scaled to suit your needs, HK’s Elements system warrants closer inspection...

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    Inspired Instruments You Rock Guitar

    MIDI Control Instrument

    It looks like something that should be plugged into a games console, but Inspired Instruments’ You Rock Guitar just might be the MIDI guitar controller you’ve always wanted!

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    JBL PRX615M

    Active Monitor & PA Speaker

    Using advanced DSP and squeezing a 15‑inch driver into a compact cabinet, JBL’s lightweight PA promises convenience, volume and clarity in abundance.

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    Lush Projects Vibrati Punk Console

    DIY Synthesizer Kit

    Paul Fremantle gets his hands on this self-contained synth, based on the Atari Punk Console.

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    Mackie Onyx Blackbird

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Mackie have bundled eight of their popular Onyx preamps into a 1U rackmount audio interface. We put it to the test...

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    Microtech Gefell M1030

    Condenser Microphone

    The M930’s bigger brother is a large‑diaphragm condenser that displays all the Gefell family traits, but with added visual appeal.

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    Microtech Gefell M1030 | Audio

    Audio Examples

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    MXL LSC1N

    Stage Capacitor Microphone

    Paul White explores the potential of this little mic manufactured by Marshall Electronics.

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    Neco Soundlab Portable V2

    Dual Mono Headphone Amplifier

    Hugh Robjohns gets to grips with this reasonably-priced headphone amp.

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    Radial Tonebone PZ Pre

    Acoustic Instrument Preamp

    James Dunkley is on the case of the Radial Tonebone PZ Preamp.

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    Roland Jupiter 80

    Performance Synthesizer

    The Jupiter 8 looms large in synthesizer history, and any synth bearing the name has a lot to live up to. Is the Jupiter 80 destined for the same legendary status? Find out in our world‑exclusive review...

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    Scarbee Funk Guitarist

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    If you’ve ever fantasised about playing guitar like Nile Rogers — and who hasn’t — Scarbee’s latest instrument could make all your dreams come true.

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    Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro‑Codec

    Real‑time Data Compression Plug‑in

    Sonnox’s clever plug‑in allows you to hear exactly what different MP3 and AAC encoder settings do to your precious mixes — in a true blind test, if you like!

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    Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro‑Codec | Media

    Real‑time Data Compression Plug‑in

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Sonokinetic | Desert Voice

    Sample Library

    Much like the previous offering from Sonokinetic (Tigris & Euphrates), this collection of samples focuses on what is...

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    Soundorder | Electronic Drums Vol. 1

    Sample Library

    According to Soundorder's publicity, the sample content of Electronic Drums has been taken from Battery Sample Sets ...

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    Tannoy Reveal 501A

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Tannoy’s Reveal monitors have long been popular among home‑studio owners on a budget. How does the baby of the new range compare with the competition?

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    TC-Helicon VoiceTone Correct XT

    Vocal Processor

    It can be difficult to exercise control over your vocal tone in a live environment. TC-Helicon aim to put the most useful effects right at your feet.

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    Tonehammer | Microhammer Bundle

    Sample Library

    Some developers produce epic libraries; others specialise in smaller, single‑instrument releases. Tonehammer seem to excel at...

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    David Ricard: Project Skeletons In My Closet

    Sounding Off

    Cleaning out the closet can reveal the bones of unfinished projects long forgotten...

    People
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    Inside Track: The Beastie Boys' 'Make Some Noise'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Philippe Zdar

    Feeling that something was missing from their latest album, the Beastie Boys decided it needed remixing — by a “crazy Frenchman”...

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    Mark Neill: Recording The Black Keys At Muscle Shoals

    Interview | Engineer

    The Black Keys’ Brothers was the first album to be recorded at Muscle Shoals in 30 years. But with all its equipment long gone, would engineer Mark Neill be able to recapture the studio’s legendary sound?

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    Phil Ek: Recording Fleet Foxes' Helplessness Blues

    Interview | Producer

    Hampered by high expectations and an unhealthy obsession with vintage gear, Fleet Foxes’ second album took a year to make, in five different studios...

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Hamilton Sterling & Jimmy Haslip * Kissy Sell Out * Rubik * Zomby * Cool Beyond Zero * Kansas Burns * Tall Poppies * Rapids! * Ozone Player & Matt Howarth

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Stage School

    Leader

    Music is primarily about feel and emotion, and most successful musicians develop the ability to convey those two essentials...

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    The Mix Review | August 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • LMFAO 'Party Rock Anthem' • Nero 'Guilt' • Noah And The Whale 'L.I.F.E. G.O.E.S. O.N.' • Nicole Scherzinger 'Right There'

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    The Orb: 'Little Fluffy Clouds'

    Classic Tracks

    Dr Alex Paterson tells us how the Orb’s cavalier sampling and devil‑may‑care attitude towards copyright took ambient house from the chill‑out room to the top of the charts.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    In which our hero eats too much cheese before bedtime and falls into a strange, Cheddar‑fuelled dream...

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Driven away from Manhattan by skyrocketing real‑estate prices, studio owners in Williamsburg are finding that even high‑profile acts are drawn to their lower rates.

    Music Business
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