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March 2012 Magazine Contents

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    Apogee Duet 2

    Audio Interface

    Apogee's Duet 2 puts the company’s famed A-D/D-A conversion into a box that’s attractive in terms of both styling and price...

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Mike Watkinson reviews One Red Dog's Arctic Keys, a subtractive synth for iPad, whilst Hugh Robjohns puts TigApp's Audio Audit, an audio test app for iPhone and iPod Touch, to the test.

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    Arturia MiniBrute

    Analogue Monosynth

    Arturia have broken away from their soft-synth roots with the MiniBrute, a 100 percent analogue monosynth. We put it to the test in our world-exclusive review.

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    Audio-Technica AT2031

    Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    Audio-Technica’s latest ‘pencil’ mic is designed to provide a high-frequency boost. Could this help lift sources out of a busy mix?

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    Avid Pro Tools 10

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    With Pro Tools now catering for such a wide range of users, can the latest version provide both value and satisfaction for everyone?

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    BAE 1073 DMP

    Microphone Preamplifier

    BAE's latest take on the classic Neve 1073 preamp design is presented in a sturdy, portable format. But does it deliver the familiar Neve sound?

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    BAE 1073 DMP | Media

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Best Service | Forest Kingdom

    Sample Library

    Forest Kingdom is another tour de force from developer Eduardo Tarilonte, once again featuring a generous 7GB of sample content, memorable artwork and wonderful presentation.

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    Big Fish Audio | Epic Drums II

    Sample Library

    If BFA could make a TV ad for this sample collection, they would probably have it narrated by the late movie trailer maestro Don LaFontaine, saying something like, "In a world of laid-back percussion, Epic Drums II changed everything, forever!”

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    Big Fish Audio | Pop n' Soul Guitars

    Sample Library

    Although the main title of this sample collection from Big Fish Audio only mentions pop and soul, the content also covers R&B guitar styles...

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    Blue Reactor

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    Blue’s new Reactor is certainly eye-catching, but does it sound as good as it looks?

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    Canford Audio

    Phantom Power Supply

    Hugh Robjohns scrutinises this phantom power supply from Canford Audio.

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    Casio Privia PX3

    Stage Piano

    An 88-note hammer-action stage piano as affordable as this seems far too good to be true. Is there a catch?

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    Cinesamples CineBrass

    Sample Library

    West Coast samplists Cinesamples stay ethical with their major new orchestral brass library.

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    Cycling 74 Max 6

    Modular Audio Processing Environment

    The latest version of Max might not look revolutionary, but its familiar appearance conceals some big changes.

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    Diago Little Smasher

    Guitar Amplifier

    Paul White takes a look at this solid-state 5W guitar-amp head with enough gain to create blues or rock overdrive effects.

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    Event 20/20 BAS

    Active Monitors

    Since Event changed ownership in 2006, their popular 20/20 BAS monitor has been completely redesigned, and relaunched at a very attractive price.

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    G-Force Software | The Streetly Tapes Vol. 1

    Sample Library

    Despite the 'real versus sampled' debate continued by Mellotron purists, G-Force's M-Tron Pro VST plug-in has earned a justified reputation as an authentic and effective recreation of that famous tape-replay keyboard.

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    HK Audio Elements

    PA System

    Following the review of the HK Audio Elements in August 2011, Paul has been putting the PA system through its paces for the past 6 months in order to give an 'extended test' review.

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    Ingram Engineering MPA685

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    It takes a lot these days to set a boutique mic preamp apart from the crowd. Does Ingram’s flagship design have what it takes?

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    Inta Audio i7 Ultimate Music PC

    Studio Computer

    Does this luxuriously specified audio PC justify its premium price tag?

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    Izotope Ozone 5 Advanced

    Mastering Software

    Izotope’s do-everything mastering suite expands again, with a new Advanced version offering even more user control.

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    Popper Blocker

    Live Microphone Accessory

    We take a look at this microphone accessory that promises "No more pops!!!".

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    Prodipe IEM3

    In-ear Monitors

    If you’ve always thought in-ear stage monitoring was out of your league, maybe it’s time to think again...

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    Soundcraft Si Compact 24

    Digital Mixing Desk

    Soundcraft’s compact desk is designed to offer digital power and versatility combined with an operator-friendly ‘analogue feel’.

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    Spotlight

    Keyboard Synthesizers

    Self-contained keyboard synths have an immediacy that is seldom matched by synth modules or software instruments. There's a great variety of them available at the moment, but how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s a selection of the models we've looked at over the last couple of years, with links to the SOS reviews, to help you decide.

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    Turbosound Milan M15 & M18

    Active PA Speakers & Subwoofer

    The M15 active speaker promises Turbosound’s trademark warm sound, while the M18 subwoofer is designed to add some extra low-end level.

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    Zoom H2N

    Portable Recorder

    Zoom’s latest recorder ups the ante on the features front — even including M/S recording — but remains very affordable.

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Don McLean 'American Pie'

    Producer: Ed Freeman • Engineer: Tom Flye

    The story of Don McLean's 'American Pie' goes from cryptic beginnings to massive chart success, and an eventual position as a perennial US radio favourite.

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    Crafting Loud Mixes That Sound Great

    Tips & Techniques

    Just how do you make a mix sound loud without squeezing the life out of the music? Find out in our in-depth guide...

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    Crafting Loud Mixes That Sound Great | Media

    Tips & Techniques

    This bonus content accompanies the Crafting Loud Mixes article.

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    iTunes Match

    Apple Notes

    Our intrepid columnist gets down and dirty with iTunes Match, confirming that it may indeed change the way people consume music.

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    Loop Recorder

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Build your own loop recorder in Reaper and test the limits of your creativity.

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    Mix Rescue: Kayle Clements

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Programmed classical and film music demands convincing use of sample-based instruments. But how do you achieve this? Our engineer explains, as he takes on this month’s remix...

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    Mix Rescue: Kayle Clements | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Multitracking Drums

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you’ve ever wanted to tighten the timing of multitrack drums in Cubase, look no further...

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    Noah '40' Shebib: Recording Drake's 'Headlines'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Drake’s atmospheric, brooding sound has revitalised hip-hop, selling millions in the process. The man behind that sound is Noah '40' Shebib.

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    ProChannel Flexibility

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Previously a hard-wired channel strip, ProChannel is now an 'open' plug-in host offering unprecedented effects order flexibility — which can make a huge difference to your sound...

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    Rewiring Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Reason 6 and Live make a great double act, and now it’s even easier to Rewire them together...

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    Snap & Nudge Editing

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We're reading between the lines in Logic this month, with a look at editing using the snap and nudge facilities.

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    The Echo

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason 6's fabulous new device, The Echo, makes the creation of sophisticated delay-based effects child's play.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    If you make music for a living, now’s the time to unite with others to protect your rights.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The rewards for studios that offer film-sound services can be substantial, but do they risk alienating clients who just want to record music?

    Music Business
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