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December 2011 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    Alesis QX49

    Controller Keyboard

    It’s cheap, but is it cheerful? We examine the latest controller keyboard from Alesis.

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    Alto Truesonic 115A

    Active Loudspeaker

    Alto’s modestly priced all-rounder can serve as either a main PA speaker or a monitor. How does it fare on stage?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    JG Harding checks out the Fostex AR4i portable audio interface for iPhone 4 & 4S, and the Blip Interactive Nanostudio sequencer for iOS.

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    Big Fish Audio | Modern Rock Guitar & Bass Loops

    Sample Library

    Big Fish Audio use the words "storm”, "explosive”, "raw”, ”roaring”, "power” and "fire” to help describe the guitar sounds of...

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    Cloud Microphones JRS 34 & JRS 34P

    Ribbon Microphones

    These retro-styled ribbon mics have a lineage going back to legendary models from RCA, and are completely hand-built in the USA.

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    Cloud Microphones JRS 34 & JRS 34P | Media

    Ribbon Microphones

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Demeter RVB1 Reverbulator

    Spring Reverb Pedal

    Chris Korff reviews this pedal-format spring reverb derived from the Demeter rackmount units, which uses real springs rather than an emulation circuit.

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    Earthworks SR40V

    Live Vocal Capacitor Microphone

    The SR40V has an impressive pedigree and high-end sound — but do they justify the price tag?

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    Focal CMS40 & CMS Sub

    Active Monitors

    Focal’s CMS range of active monitors has been expanded with the compact CMS40s and the sizeable CMS Sub. Do they work well as a team?

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    Freshtone Samples Lost Tapes Vol 1

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5 Stars. Lost Tapes Vol 1 is the first release from UK-based Freshtone Samples. The library's title derives from the efforts to catch the authentic sound and vibe of the 1960s and 1970s era...

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    Graph Tech Ghost

    MIDI System For Acoustic Guitar

    Graph Tech show us that MIDI pickups and guitar synthesis needn’t be solely the preserve of the electric guitarist.

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    Inward Connections Vogad

    VCA Compressor-Limiters

    The original VOGAD compressors may not have been developed with music in mind, but listening to this one you wouldn’t know that!

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    Neo Instruments Ventilator

    Rotary Speaker Simulator

    There have been plenty of Leslie emulators over the years, but is the Ventilator the one that finally nails ‘that’ sound?

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    Neve 1073LB & 1073LB EQ

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier & Equaliser

    Neve’s venerable 1073 preamp and equaliser are both now available in API’s popular ‘Lunchbox’ format. Were they worth waiting for?

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    NI Maschine Mikro

    Groove Workstation

    Mouse-free, wallet-friendly groove production is the order of the day as Native Instruments miniaturise their Maschine.

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    NI Session Strings Pro

    String Sample Library

    Huge, elaborate orchestral sample libraries are all the rage right now, but for more modest requirements and lower budgets, Session Strings Pro could be just the ticket.

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    Nine Volt Audio | Shimmer & Shake

    Sample Library

    Here's the problem: you're working on a project and you decide you need some kind of shaker or tambourine part, but you'...

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    Palmer Drei

    Triple Single-ended Guitar Amplifier

    When it comes to recording, this might just be the most versatile valve guitar amp we’ve seen...

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    Plug-in Folder

    Plug-ins

    Alan Tubbs reviews the Cakewalk Z3TA+ 2.1 plug-in for PC VST, Sam Inglis takes a look at the Dada Life Sausage Fattener plug-in for Mac AU & VST and Windows VST as well as the Waves The King's Microphones plug-in for Mac AU, Mac & PC VST & RTAS.

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    Presonus Studio One 2.0

    Recording, Mixing & Mastering Software [Mac/PC]

    Version 2 of Studio One offers unprecedented levels of integration with third-party software — or, in other words, built-in Melodyne!

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    Soniccouture | The Conservatoire Collection

    Sample Library

    When the call comes from the BBC asking if you can supply two hours of music for their upcoming 16th-century historical drama...

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    Sonokinetic Tutti

    Orchestral Effects Library

    Sonokinetic's Tutti eschews the approach taken by most orchestral sample libraries, offering, instead, a selection of effects designed to bring your pieces to life...

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    Sontronics DM1B, DM1S & DM1T

    Drum Microphones

    Sontronics’ DM-series mics are specially designed for close-miking of drum kits. How do they perform in a real-world session?

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    Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD 11

    Non-linear Video Editor For Windows

    Sony's latest entry-level NLE has plenty of editing power to help you cut your music videos quickly, and for very little cash.

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    Steinberg RND Portico

    EQ & Compressor Plug-ins

    After much hard work, Yamaha and Steinberg persuaded Rupert Neve that they could faithfully model his latest hardware in plug-in form. We pit the virtual Porticos against the real things...

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    Steinberg RND Portico | Media

    EQ & Compressor Plug-ins

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    TC Helicon VoiceLive Rack

    Rackmount Live Vocal Processor

    TC Helicon’s latest live vocal processor squeezes plenty of powerful processing into a 2U rackmount space, and comes with a free microphone too.

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    Waves H-EQ

    EQ Plug-in

    Waves’ latest equaliser can be five different virtual analogue designs at once — and it has some other neat tricks up its sleeve too.

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Techniques

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    Device Racks

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Explore some creative uses for Live’s Device Racks.

    Techniques
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    FX Chains

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Create virtual multi-effects with Sonar X1e's FX Chains 2.0

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    How To Build Tracks Around Sampled Tunes

    Tips & Techniques

    Sampling a record may be child’s play, but using such samples effectively in your own compositions requires plenty of skill and finesse.

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    How To Build Tracks Around Sampled Tunes | Media

    Tips & Techniques

    These audio files accompany the How To Build Tracks Around Sampled Tunes feature that featured in SOS December 2011.

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    Mix Rescue: Igor Zinken

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, we figure out how to pack some much-needed punch into an interesting instrumental track.

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    Mix Rescue: Igor Zinken | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Mix Tricks For Reason 6

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason’s new mixer has useful features you may not have noticed...

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    Pitch-correction Plug-ins

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pitch-correction plug-ins are the key to the current trend for weird vocal effects. Here’s how to achieve them in Pro Tools.

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    ReaVerb, Part 1

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    In the first of a two-part series on using impulse responses in Reaper’s ReaVerb, we look at the basics: selecting, loading and editing. • Read Part 1

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    ReaVerb, Part 1 | Media

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Steve Jobs Tribute

    Apple Notes

    Following the death of Steve Jobs, we reflect on the life of one of the most influential technology pioneers of our generation.

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    Studio SOS: Olivia Broadfield

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    The SOS team head out to singer/songwriter and media composer Olivia Broadfield’s studio, to solve her monitoring issues.

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    Ultrabeat Syncing

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Ultrabeat isn't just a drum machine: it's great for tempo-synced effects.

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    Using Outboard Gear

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Recording and mixing with outboard gear in Cubase 6.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Alex Da Kid: From Football To Music Recording

    Interview | Songwriter & Producer

    Ambition and talent can take you a long way, as Alex Da Kid has discovered on his journey from the football pitch to the recording studio.

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    Alex Marten: Too Many Sonic Possibilities

    Sounding Off

    The modern producer has a vast array of sounds at his command, but does that make for musical misery?

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    Fabian Marasciullo: Recording Lil Wayne's 'How To Love'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Fabian Marasciullo’s mixes for the latest Lil Wayne album were so valuable he had to guard them at gunpoint.

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    Matt Cox: MIDI Tech For The Chemical Brothers

    Interview | Engineer

    The Chemical Brothers bring more gear on stage than most of us have in our studios. Matt Cox is the man who has to make sure it all works come showtime!

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The Unknown Stuntman * Steve Nicholls * Permanent Déjà Vu * Stus Rollins

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Set The Controls

    Leader

    A little over three years ago, I wrote a leader column pointing out the pitfalls of relying on plug-in presets,...

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    The Buggles 'Video Killed The Radio Star'

    Classic Tracks

    The Buggles' JG Ballard-inspired 'Video Killed The Radio Star' hit the number one spot in no fewer than 16 different countries, and confirmed Trevor Horn in his career as a producer in the process.

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    The Mix Review | December 2011

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Calvin Harris 'Bounce' • Arctic Monkeys 'Spangled Shalalala' • DJ Fresh 'Louder' • Bon Iver 'Calgary' • Pitbull 'Give Me Everything'

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Unless you’ve worked in today’s television business, you can’t hope to understand the true meaning of job satisfaction.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Franchises like the X Factor, and Dr Dre's new range of headphones, show that consumer tactics may have a role to play in the world of pro audio.

    Music Business
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