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November 2011 Magazine Contents

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    Alesis DM10 Studio

    Electronic Drum Kit

    You might be surprised by just how much you get for your money with Alesis’s DM10 Studio kit...

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    Alesis iO Dock

    Recording Interface For iPad

    The iO Dock from Alesis is designed specifically with the iPad in mind and offers a pair of 'combi'-style audio inputs, MIDI DIN and MIDI USB plus a handy footswitch socket.

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    Apogee Jam

    Audio Interface For iOS & OS X

    Apogee's Jam is an audio interface designed to connect a guitar to an iPad, iPhone or Mac. Unlike most such devices, which...

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    Ardán Audio EVP M1

    Speaker Stands

    Ardán Audio have filed no fewer than 28 patent claims on the design of their unique and highly engineered EVP M1 monitor stands. We find out whether the appliance of science has paid off...

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    Bees Neez Sally

    Large-diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

    This valve mic from Australian company Bees Neez aims to offer a character reminiscent of some of the vintage classics. Can a mic from down under come out on top?

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    Best Service | Epic World

    Sample Library

    Epic World is certainly an ambitious library of Cinematic Landscapes, and its glossy presentation is further enhanced by the...

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    Big Fish Audio | Coffee House

    Sample Library

    If, like me, you prefer tea to coffee and view Starbucks with the same contempt as you do McDonalds, don't let the name '...

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    Clavia Nord Stage 2 HA88

    Performance Keyboard

    Synth, organ, piano: the Nord Stage 2 does it all, and now even lets you load and play your own samples. Is this the best Stage yet?

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    Cloud Microphones Cloudlifter

    Audio Examples

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Cloud Microphones Cloudlifters

    In-line Microphone Preamplifiers

    Do these in-line mic preamplifiers mean you can use a passive ribbon mic with any preamp?

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    Creative Effects: The Definitive Guide For Producers

    eBook Review

    Hugh Robjohns picks up a copy of this latest addition to the Production Suite series of eBooks from Samplecraze's Eddie Bazil.

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    Eventide Space

    Reverb Effect Pedal

    Come with us on a journey through time and space, as we explore the mysteries of Eventide’s remarkable new effects pedal...

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    EWQL Hollywood Brass

    Sample Library

    EastWest continue their Hollywood orchestral series with a large-scale brass library. Is it another Tinseltown classic?

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    Fostex PM0.5n

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Can such attractively priced studio monitors really do the job of presenting your mixes accurately?

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    HK Audio Soundcaddy One

    Portable PA System

    If you’ve found PA systems fiddly and time-consuming to set up, perhaps the HK Soundcaddy One is right for you.

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    Little Labs VOG

    Bass Resonance Processor

    Matt Houghton gets his hands on this impressive little processor.

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    Little Labs VOG | Audio

    Bass Resonance Processor

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Olympus LS20M

    Portable Audio & Video Recorder

    Recording a gig and sharing the video online is a great way to get your name out there, and Olympus have created a pocket-sized way to do just that.

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    Propellerhead Reason 6

    Music Creation Software

    By merging their flagship application with its sibling, Record, Propellerhead have created something users have demanded for years: Reason with built-in audio recording.

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    Recording Architecture: The Book

    Insight Into The Studio-Building Process

    The beautifully produced story of Recording Architecture demonstrates that the same book can be both a work of art and an invaluable resource for the studio builder.

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    Roland GR55

    Guitar Synthesizer

    Roland have put elements of their two very different approaches to guitar synthesis in a single box. Could this be the best guitar synth ever?

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    Slate Pro Audio Fox

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    With two channels and four ‘flavours’ on offer, Slate’s mic preamp promises plenty of flexibility. Does it also deliver on quality?

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    Slate Pro Audio Fox | Media

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Sonuus G2M V2 & i2M Musicport

    Audio-to-MIDI Converters

    Sonuus’ nifty gadgets make real-time audio-to-MIDI conversion easy and affordable — as long as you only play one note at a time!

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    Studiomaster VMS

    Live Vocal Processor

    Can Studiomaster’s Vocal Management System deliver everything you need for studio-like vocals in a single unit?

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    Thermionic Culture Freebird

    Three-channel Equaliser

    ‘Threebird’ might have been a more appropriate appellation for this distinctive-looking EQ but, as we found out in our test flight, there’s far more to it than the novel format...

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    Thermionic Culture Freebird | Media

    Three-channel Equaliser

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Ueberschall Elastik 2

    Software Sampler

    The Elastik engine is at the heart of Ueberschall’s many sample libraries — and now they’ve stretched it a bit further with the release of V2...

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    Ueberschall | Urban

    Sample Library

    Ueberschall's Urban sample pack targets the mainstream end of the genre, and is ideal for those wanting an, er, urban edge to...

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    XLNaudio | Metal ADpak & Diabolic MIDIPak

    Sample Library

    The Metal ADpak is XLNaudio's latest add-on for their drum-sample instrument, Addictive Drums. The ADpak features detailed...

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    Zplane PPMulator XL

    Metering Plug-in

    The metering in most DAWs does little more than tell you if you’re in danger of clipping. Zplane’s plug-in suite provides vital alternative ways of understanding audio levels.

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Techniques

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    Apps For Controlling Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We round up the best iPad apps for controlling Live.

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    Direction Mixer

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    The Direction Mixer in Logic Pro not only helps reposition stereo audio, but can also decode M/S recordings.

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    Liven Up Your Drum Loops, Part 3

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Mangling your old drum loops is easy with Cubase 6’s LoopMash 2 plug-in. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2

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    Mac OS Finder

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    For those with a large collection of audio files to manage, we look at two applications that bridge the gap between Pro Tools and the Mac’s Finder.

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    Mix Rescue: Arise

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We go off-beat this month, pitting our mixing skills against a reggae track.

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    Mix Rescue: Arise | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Quantise Drums With AudioSnap Pool

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    If you’d like to make your quantised drums a little more human, dive into Sonar’s AudioSnap pool.

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    Recording A Live Show

    How To Get A Great-sounding Gig Recording

    Recording gigs can be challenging, particularly given the constraints imposed by typical small and medium venues. But capturing a great performance, complete with all the atmosphere of the night, can be a hugely rewarding experience.

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    Snap Function

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Venture beyond Reaper’s default Snap settings to discover a world of techniques to speed up your workflow.

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    Steve Jobs' Resignation & The Future Of Apple

    Apple Notes

    Steve Jobs’ tenure was a period of unprecedented innovation. So, in a world already wowed by Apple, how will Tim Cook fill his shoes?

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    Studio SOS: Matthew Pinfield

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    This month, we optimise speaker placement, tame some early reflections, and get our hands dirty with a problematic mix.

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Sound Advice

People

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    John Forbes: Ne-Yo Live

    Interview | Producer

    John Forbes talks to SOS about how he became musical director for Ne-Yo, creating live arrangements for one of the world’s top R&B artists using recorded parts.

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    John Wood: From Pink Floyd To The McGarrigles

    Interview | Engineer & Producer

    Twenty-five years ago, studio legend John Wood retired from the music industry. In a rare interview, he explains why he’s making a comeback, and lays bare the techniques behind some of his greatest recordings.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Live & Dangerous

    Leader

    Making a live recording of a band is something many of us want to do from time to time, which is why we're covering...

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    Matthew Herbert: Sampling Pig Noises

    Interview | Artist

    Not many artists would make an entire album from field recordings of the life of a pig. But not many artists are like Matthew Herbert...

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The Weir * Lucy Wise & The B'Gollies * Book Of Birds * Me And The Mountain Elf * Flintology * Elysium Theory * Matti Roots * Bob McCarroll

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    Simon Woods: Shy Musicians

    Sounding Off

    Live performance is all well and good for the young and fearless, but not all hobbyists are made that way...

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    The Mix Review | November 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Ed Sheeran 'The A Team' • The Wanted 'Glad You Came' • Jason Aldean 'Dirt Road Anthem' • Caro Emerald 'A Night Like This'

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    The Specials 'Ghost Town'

    Classic Tracks

    The haunting dub of ‘Ghost Town’ perfectly captured the mood of its time, and spent three weeks at the top of the British charts during the turbulent summer of 1981.

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    Tom Syrowski: Recording Incubus' 'Adolescents'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    A new Incubus album is always an event, especially when produced by the legendary Brendan O’Brien...

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Recent disturbances in the space-time continuum gifted our columnist an unsettling vision of Oxford Street, circa 2014.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The Audio Engineering Society’s place in recording history is indisputable, but recent events have put its future under the spotlight...

    Music Business
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