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September 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    Apogee Symphony I/O

    Audio Interface For Mac

    Apogee claim that their new interface is the result of 25 years of research into digital audio — so we have high expectations for it. Find out whether the Symphony lives up to them.

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month, Jules Harding, Hugh Robjohns and Mike Watkinson check out iConnectivity iConnect MIDI Interface for iOS, ElectroDroid Electronics Reference Guide for Android by Demetrio Iero, and Akai Synthstation 25 keyboard and app for iPhone and iPod Touch.

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    ART TPatch

    Patchbay

    Paul White investigates this passive, eight-point balanced patchbay.

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    Arturia Spark

    Drum Machine

    French synth experts Arturia get their groove on with a hybrid software/hardware drum machine. Zut alors!

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    Best Service | Ethno World 5

    Sample Library

    My first Ethno World 5 observation was "blimey, an actual manual!”. Having a pile of virtual instruments squatting in my...

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    Blue Sky Sat 6.5 EXR

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Blue Sky have earned a strong reputation for their sealed-cabinet speakers, but in their latest model they’ve opted for a ported design. How do the newcomers compare with their infinite‑baffle cousins?

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    Flea 47

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    The Neumann U47 is one of the most revered of all studio mics, and while there are plenty of ‘clones’ available, Flea have gone the extra mile in their quest for authenticity.

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    Flea 47 | Audio

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    These audio files accompany the Flea 47 review that appeared in SOS September 2011.

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    Flux Alchemist

    Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in

    Whether you’re rescuing an over-compressed mix or extracting maximum punch from a drum track, Flux’s innovative multi-band dynamics tool could be just what you need.

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    Flux Alchemist | Media

    Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    FXpansion Geist

    Sampling Drum Machine Software

    Put down your bells, books and candles — this a ghost you do want in your machine...

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    Grimm Audio CC1

    Master Clock

    Hugh Robjohns checks out a wooden-faced master clock made by Dutch engineers Grimm Audio.

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    Hear Technologies Hear Back

    Artist Monitor System

    Have you ever wished that artists could control their own monitor mixes? With this system they can, whether on stage or in the studio.

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    Heavyocity | Evolve Mutations Bundle

    Sample Library

    Back in SOS October 2008, we raved about the 'high‑quality sonic weirdness' of Heavyocity's original flagship product, Evolve...

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    INA GRM Tools 3

    Sound Design Plug-ins

    The long-awaited version 3 of the GRM Tools suite introduces three new plug-ins, the likes of which have not been seen or heard before!

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    JBL Eon 515XT

    Portable Active PA Speaker

    The Eon range of portable powered speakers evolves further, with new styling, improved output, and more besides.

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    Karma K-Micro Silver Bullet

    Omnidirectional Microphones

    Paul White investigates a pair of mics that can extend your recording options considerably without depleting your bank account!

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    Kinman Impersonator 54

    Noiseless Guitar Pickups

    At last, the quest to recreate the classic single-coil tone — but without the noise — appears to be over.

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    Kush Audio Clariphonic

    Parallel High‑Frequency Equaliser

    Kush have established a reputation for unique‑sounding gear that features idiosyncratic controls, and their Clariphonic is no exception...

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    Mackie SRM150

    Portable Active PA System

    If you’re in need of some extremely portable amplification or monitoring, Mackie’s tiny SRM150 might just save the day.

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    Neve 4081

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Neve believe that there’s scope to bring classic designs up to date — and that’s exactly what they’ve done here, taking their revered 1081 mic preamplifier as the starting point.

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    Orchestral Tools | Orchestral String Runs

    Sample Library

    A capacious new European library takes the strain out of programming orchestral string runs.

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    Radial Workhorse

    Modular Processing & Summing System

    With API’s 500-series 'Lunchbox' format becoming ever more popular, it was almost inevitable that someone would try to improve on the standard...

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    Sony MDR7550

    Dynamic In-ear Monitors

    Sony’s top-of-the-range dynamic in-ear monitors have a kind voice, with all the volume and extension you’ll need for stage use and on-the-move mixing.

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    Studiospares Ultimate Cable Tester

    Studio Accessory

    Hugh Robjohns gets to grips with a cable tester from Studiospares that offers great value for money.

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    Telefunken CU29 Copperhead

    Large‑diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

    Telefunken Elektroakustic’s latest mic is their most affordable large-diaphragm condenser yet. Is its sound worthy of the Telefunken name?

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    Ueberschall | Ambient Lines

    Sample Library

    Ueberschall's Ambient Lines is another in their series of Elastik‑based sample libraries.

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    As the title suggests...

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    Ueberschall | Deep House

    Sample Library

    It's not often that packaging sleeve notes are underwhelming — they tend towards excessive hype — but those of Deep House don'...

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    Ultrasone Pro 750

    Studio Headphones

    Do these closed‑back cans from German company Ultrasone have what it takes to compete with established studio models?

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    Universal Audio UAD2 Satellite

    DSP Effects Processor For Mac OS

    It’s hard not to be tempted by Universal Audio’s mouth-watering range of plug‑ins, but not every Mac has a spare PCI or ExpressCard slot. Now all you need is a free Firewire port...

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Techniques

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    Cloud Service Backup

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The ‘cloud’ is great for backing up Pro Tools projects — if you know what to upload. We look at a service that can do it automatically.

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    Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 1

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you want to breathe new life into your drum loop library, Cubase has the tools. You just need the know-how! • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3

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    Mix Mistakes

    Feature

    We explore some of the most common causes of mix failure we’ve tackled in our monthly Mix Rescue column. Banish these demons and you’re most of the way to a devilishly good mix! Here are ten reasons why your mixes don’t work — and what you can do about it!

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    Mix Mistakes | Media

    Feature

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Mix Tips For Kick & Bass

    Feature

    What better place to start building your mix than the kick-drum and bass parts? Get them to work well together and you’re on your way to a good mix...

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    Mixer Magic

    Reaper Notes

    Avoid information overload with these advanced techniques for using Reaper’s mixer.

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    Reason 6

    Reason Notes

    Reason 6 is probably the biggest update in the program’s history. We give you the lowdown...

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    Stretch Drum Loops Smoothly

    Sonar X1

    Use Sonar X1 to slow down your drum loops drastically — and retain fidelity!

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    Studio SOS: Emrah Ozdemir

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    Our tireless Editor In Chief tackles some studio acoustics problems while on holiday in Turkey, with a budget of precisely nothing!

    Techniques
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    Vector Objective

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    From wave sequencing to gated pads and basses — it can all be done with Logic’s ES2 synth!

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    Vector Objective | Media

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Versatile Vocoding

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    There’s more to Live’s Vocoder than meets the ear: it can generate all manner of unexpected effects.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    You’ve got to be good to get ahead in this game. And not just at mending cookers.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Despite economic uncertainty, Nashville continues to thrive in the music industry. What’s the secret of its success?

    Music Business
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