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October 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month JG Harding investigates the Audiofile Engineering FiRe field recorder app for iOS, MicW i436 microphone for iOS and TC Helicon Voice Jam vocal looping app for iOS.

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    Bitley | Fairlight II+

    Sample Library

    On some levels, the idea of this sample collection is a little strange, because what we're dealing with here is,...

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    Bugera V5

    Valve Amplifier

    Paul White looks at this simple valve amp which comes with one 12AXL dual-triode preamp and an EL84 providing the output stage.

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    Cockos Reaper 4

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    Cockos’ affordable DAW is now more customisable than ever, and there are valuable new features for media management, MIDI editing and surround mixing too.

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    Elektron Octatrack DPS1

    Performance Sampler

    Swedish synthesists Elektron have turned their attention to sampling — and, with characteristic individuality, have created something quite unique.

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    Generic Audio Preceptor & Compactor

    Analogue Dynamics Processors

    From a new and little-known Polish company come two compressors made with a “fanatical attention to detail”. Sounds intriguing...

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    HK Audio LUCAS Alpha

    PA System

    When your live show requires plenty of punch and power, this 2000W system should give you everything you need.

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    Josephson C716

    Large‑diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    In the C716, Josephson Engineering have built upon established technology with some novel ideas of their own.

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    Mackie MR5 & MR8 Mk2

    Active Monitors

    Mackie have updated their MR range of affordable powered speakers, endowing these Mk2 versions with new drivers and re‑voiced amplifiers. We put them to the test...

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    NI Vintage Compressors

    Dynamics Plug‑ins

    NI’s take on the Holy Trinity of compressors adds some neat extra features that make them more versatile.

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    Rob Papen Punch

    Virtual Drum Synthesizer

    Can Rob Papen’s new virtual instrument deliver the knockout blow?

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    Safe Sound Audio Stereo Toolbox

    API 500-series Compressor

    Safe Sound have already impressed us with their Dynamic Toolbox, and now they’ve brought M/S compression to the Lunchbox format.

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    Sample Logic | Rumble

    Sample Library

    Rumble Marching & Cinematic Drums is a collaborative project between Sample Logic and System Blue, capturing a certain...

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    Shure SRH940

    Studio Headphones

    Shure are recent arrivals in the pro headphone market. Do their new flagship cans measure up against more established names in the field?

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    Slate VCC

    Console Emulation Plug‑in

    Can the failings of mixing in software really be solved by buying more software? That’s the claim Slate Digital are making for their Virtual Console Collection.

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    Slate VCC | Media

    Console Emulation Plug‑in

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Sonokinetic | Arpeggio

    Sample Library

    Following the modus operandi of offering very focused and specific sample libraries, Sonokinetic have turned their attention...

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    Spitfire Audio Albion

    Orchestral Sample Library

    Spitfire celebrate this sceptred isle with a suitably grand orchestral library.

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    TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch

    Live Vocal Processor & Looper

    Is one voice not enough for you? Have you always dreamed of being your own choir? Read on...

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    UA Lexicon 224

    Reverb Plug‑in For UAD2 System

    Vintage digital reverbs might not be totally realistic, but they have bags of character. Universal Audio’s latest plug‑in brings the venerated Lexicon 224 to your DSP card.

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    Ueberschall | Nightshift

    Sample Library

    Described as 'Natural Chillout Music', Ueberschall's Nightshift features 18 song-construction kits aimed at smooth, laid‑back...

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    Universal Audio 4710d

    Multi-channel Preamplifier, Compressor & A-D Converter

    We check out this eight-channel preamp and A-D converter, the first four channels of which feature a solid-state/tube hybrid mic preamp based on the company's Twinfinity 710 and a compressor derived from their ever-popular 1176.

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    Wharfedale WPM1

    Portable Active PA Speaker

    Whether you’re looking for a compact stage monitor or a boost for a small PA, this active speaker could help.

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Techniques

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    Lion OS

    Apple Notes

    Apple have just released their latest OS upgrade, Lion. So just how wild is the beast?

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    Live Lessons

    Ableton Live Notes

    We show you how to document your projects, sets and custom devices with Live’s Lessons facility.

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    Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 2

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We introduce even more ways to spice up your drum loops in Cubase. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 3

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    Mix Rescue: Young Griffo

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    It pays to keep your ears open for phase problems when mixing. Tackling them means you shouldn’t have to resort to radical EQ so often.

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    Mix Rescue: Young Griffo | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Musical Tricks To Transform Your Tracks

    Music Theory Tips

    Even a basic understanding of chords, melody and harmony can help your dodgy demo become a polished production...

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    Musical Tricks To Transform Your Tracks | Media

    Music Theory Tips

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    Pitch Transposition In Sonar X1

    Sonar Notes

    Understand the pitch-changing options in Sonar X1 for better results with your audio.

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    Pro Tools 9 — What's New?

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    New to Pro Tools 9? Here’s how to get the best from all the features that were HD‑only until now!

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    Reason 6

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Version 6 is a new dawn for Reason users. This month, we offer some essential techniques for getting up to speed with it.

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    Space Cadet

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Cure those conflicting frequencies and create some space with Logic’s Match EQ.

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    Studio SOS: Hans Zimmer

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    When legendary film composer Hans Zimmer asked us to help improve the acoustics in his temporary London studio, we were only too happy to oblige!

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    Using Software Synths & Samplers

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    This month, how to use software synths and samplers effectively in your DP projects.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Carl Cox: USB Album Release

    Interview | Artist

    Carl Cox’s latest album is available only to those who purchase a uniquely coded USB pen drive. Is this an idea that will turn the tide against file‑sharing?

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    David Ricard: Faded Dreams & Hard Drives

    Sounding Off

    If you thought your cupboards were full of faded dreams, just take a look at your old hard drives...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    DAW Keys

    Leader

    Back in the days when a tape machine, together with a mixer, equalled the best part of a studio, most engineers...

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    DJ Swivel: Recording Beyoncé's 4

    Interview | Producer

    The creation of Beyoncé’s album 4 involved 10 studios and almost 20 producers. The one constant, apart from the singer herself, was recording engineer DJ Swivel.

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    Elton John: 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

    Classic Tracks

    Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has proved to be one of his most popular and enduring works. The man at the controls, David Hentschel, tells us how it came to be.

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    Phil Ramone & Andy Smith: So Beautiful So What

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Paul Simon’s album So Beautiful Or So What is a dazzling return to form — and a return to working with production legend Phil Ramone.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Verse Metrics * Hot Red Dress * The Chris Finnen Band * The Tennis Players

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    The Mix Review | October 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Alison Krauss & Union Station 'Paper Airplane' • Katy Perry 'Last Friday Night' • Alexandra Stan 'Mr Saxobeat'

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    Trip Khalaf: Behind The Wall — Engineering Roger Waters' World Tour

    Interview | Engineer

    Live sound engineer ‘Trip’ Khalaf and his colleagues talk about touring Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 album with band co-founder Roger Waters.

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    Wayne Moss: Cinderella Sound, Nashville

    Interview | Music Producer

    Fifty years ago, Wayne Moss created a studio in his Nashville garage. And while big-money, purpose-built complexes have come and gone, Cinderella Sound still thrives today.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    One thing that never changes in the world of music: the people who make it usually end up getting ripped off.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The demise of the Compact Disc as the dominant music-distribution format has been slow and inevitable. But what, if anything, will replace it?

    Music Business
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