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January 2012 Magazine Contents

Cover US Edition January 2012

Reviews: SE Electronics Munro Egg 150 (Cover), Yamaha MOX6, Acustica Nebula Pro 3.5, NI Kontakt 5, PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2, AEA KU4, Bettermaker EQ230P, Coleman Audio QS8, JZ Microphones Vintage 11, Teenage Engineering OP1. 

Techniques: Noise Reduction Tools & Techniques, Jake Gosling: Producing Ed Sheeran's +, Mandy Parnell: Mastering Björk's Biophilia, Inside Track: Evanenscence's 'What You Want', Classic Tracks: Petula Clark 'Downtown'.

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    Acustica Nebula Pro 3.5

    Dynamic Convolution Plug‑in [Mac/PC]

    Dynamic convolution can be used to ‘sample’ any piece of audio gear. Have Acustica succeeded in giving this advanced technology a friendly face?

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    AEA KU4

    Supercardioid Ribbon Microphone

    This lovely mic from AEA is based on a classic RCA design from the ‘40s. It certainly looks the part, but is it worth the asking price?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Mike Watkinson takes a look at the IK Multimedia iRig MIDI interface for iOS whilst JG Harding examines the Fostex HPP1 portable DAC & headphone amplifier for iOS.

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    Arturia Analog Experience

    The Laboratory

    The latest addition to Arturia’s Analog Experience series takes their hybrid software/hardware synth concept even further.

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    Best Service Klanghaus

    Sample Library

    A German artist’s unique instrument designs forge a new sound world.

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    Bettermaker EQ230P

    Stereo Analogue Equaliser

    With an all-analogue signal path and total recall courtesy of digital control, this EQ promises a lot. Does it deliver?

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    Bettermaker EQ230P | Media

    Stereo Analogue Equaliser

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Big Fish Audio | Big Bad Horns

    Sample Library

    I've yet to clap eyes on the Kurtis Chance Big Band Orchestra, but on the evidence of this new collection of 15 construction kits (comprising around 7GB of audio)

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    Blackstar HT1R

    Valve Guitar Amplifier

    Can a 1W tube amp really deliver a recordable tone? Blackstar think it can...

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    Coleman Audio QS8

    Master Monitor Controller

    Monitor controllers aren’t just glorified volume knobs, as this latest offering from Coleman shows...

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    Electro Harmonix Ravish

    Sitar Emulation Stomp-box Effect

    Paul White checks out this stomp-box effect from Electro Harmonix.

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    Hand‑held Recorders

    Spotlight

    If you’re in the market for a portable recorder, there are plenty to choose from, with a variety of different features and at a wide range of prices...

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    JZ Microphones Vintage 11

    Large‑diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    The other mics in JZ’s Vintage range are based on classic designs of the past — but they hope this one will become a classic in its own right...

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    Kinman P90HX

    Noiseless Guitar Pickups

    Paul White puts these guitar pickups from Kinman through their paces.

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    Magneto Audio Labs VariOhm

    Microphone Impedance Converter

    If you’re searching for the perfect match of mic and preamp, this useful gadget could help you achieve it...

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    NI Kontakt 5

    Software Sampler

    Native Instruments’ flagship soft sampler continues to improve with age. We look at what’s new in version 5.

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    Phonak Audéo PFE232

    Dual-driver In‑ear Monitors

    Boasting two custom drivers, are Phonak’s new universal IEMs the best monitoring solution for mixing on the move?

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    PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2

    Digital Mixer & Firewire Interface

    The StudioLive range of mixer interfaces now includes a compact 16-channel model.We find out how well it performs on the road.

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    Propellerhead Balance

    USB Audio Interface

    We examine the Swedish soft-synth specialists’ first foray into the world of hardware: the Balance.

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    PSP NobleQ

    EQ Plug‑in

    PSP’s latest equaliser seeks to combine analogue smoothness with digital precision.

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    SE Electronics Munro Egg 150

    Monitoring System

    SE Electronics have enlisted the help of renowned acoustician Andy Munro to design these striking studio monitors. Does their unique approach to speaker design pay off in the real world?

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    Soniccouture | Broken Wurli

    Sample Library

    Despite never quite attaining the hip status of the Fender Rhodes, the Wurlitzer 200A electric piano has been a favourite...

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    Sony MDR 7520

    Studio Headphones

    Sony’s MDR range of closed‑back cans has been popular in studios for years, and now includes a new flagship model.

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    Soundhack Pvoc Kit

    Effects Plug‑ins For Mac & PC

    Soundhack’s powerful algorithms can provide high‑quality pitch‑shifting — or sonic mayhem!

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    Steinberg Sequel 3

    Loop‑based Music Production Software For Mac & PC

    Steinberg’s Sequel is one of many simple but intuitive loop‑based music programs. What’s new in version 3 — the sequel to the sequel to Sequel?

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    Teenage Engineering OP1

    Portable Synthesizer

    The toy‑like exterior of Teenage Engineering’s OP1 belies the versatile synth, sequencer, sampler and recorder hidden within. We retreat to our bedroom and put it though its paces...

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    TK Audio BC1 MkII

    Stereo Compressor-Limiter

    The concept behind TK’s BC1 is simple: take a classic bus-compressor design and improve on it.

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    Toontrack | Number One Hits EZX

    Sample Library

    As off‑putting as I found the name of this drum expansion library (I'm pretty sure that a sample library alone isn't...

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    Turbosound Milan Mi0

    Active Loudspeaker

    The Turbosound Milan Mi0 enters a competitive market. Can this little newcomer stand out from the crowd?

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    UAD Ampex ATR102

    Tape Simulation Plug-in For UAD2

    Having already given us a virtual studio multitrack tape recorder, the boffins at Universal Audio turn their attention to mastering machines.

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    Ueberschall | Indie Rock

    Sample Library

    As with other titles in Ueberschall's growing catalogue of Elastik-based collections, this is essentially a loop‑based...

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    World’s Smallest PC WS645F

    Fanless PC

    It’s not the cheapest PC around and it’s not the most powerful, but this machine might just help you make better recordings.

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    Yamaha MOX6

    Synthesizer Workstation

    Yamaha’s MOX range offers unusually tight integration with your DAW. Is this the way forward for synthesizer workstations?

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    Zaor Stand Monitor 30.002/C

    Speaker Stands

    Hugh Robjohns checks out this new speaker stand from Zaor.

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: Grain Delay

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We demonstrate that there’s more to Live’s Grain Delay than bizarre effects.

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    Editing Using The Keyboard

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Save time and protect yourself from RSI by learning to edit audio in Pro Tools from the QWERTY keyboard.

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    Keyboard Shortcuts

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Mastering keyboard shortcuts makes Cubase easier to use and is good for your health!

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    Loudspeaker Orchestras

    Non‑Standard Multi‑Loudspeaker Diffusion Systems

    Many musicians spend their lives trying to cram hundreds of tracks into just two speakers — but performing with an NSML system presents exactly the opposite challenge!

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    MachFive 3

    Digital Performer Notes

    Get up and running with MOTU’s MachFive 3, an ideal software sampler partner for Digital Performer.

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    Mix Rescue: Ivy League Sound & Nesia Beatz

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    We aim for more punch, depth and clarity in a quirky urban track.

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    Mix Rescue: Ivy League Sound & Nesia Beatz | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Noise Reduction Tools & Techniques

    Tips & Tricks

    If hisses, clicks, thumps or hums wreck a great take, don’t panic: do something about it!

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    Noise Reduction Tools & Techniques | Media

    Tips & Tricks

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Phase Switching

    Sonar Notes

    Have some phase‑switching fun in Sonar X1!

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    Reason 6 New Features

    Reason Notes

    We continue our exploration of the new features and functions in Reason 6.

    Techniques
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    ReaVerb: Part 2

    Reaper Notes

    Record your own impulse responses with Reaper’s ReaVerb. • Read Part 1

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    Studio SOS: Paul Shepherd

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    Optimising vocal recordings and tackling some troublesome mixes are on the agenda this month, as the SOS team travel to Paul Shepherd’s studio in Nottingham.

    Techniques
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    The Cloud

    Apple Notes

    It should be a stress-free ascent, but our Apple guru finds himself confronted with all kinds of complications when moving to the Cloud...

    Techniques
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    Vinyl Effect

    Logic Notes

    Take it slow with Logic Pro, as you get to grips with this vinyl effect...

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    Vinyl Effect | Media

    Logic Notes

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    We all have musical skeletons in our closets, but at least media composers don’t have to wheel them out every night at Wembley Arena.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Economic uncertainty and the rise of digital distribution have taken their toll on many major studios, but there is still a future for them.

    Music Business
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