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April 2012 Magazine Contents

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    JG Harding takes a look at the Notion Music Progression Tab Editor for iPad, whilst Mike Watkinson examines the Camel Audio Alchemy Synth Mobile for iOS.

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    Audio-Technica ATM250DE

    Kick Drum Microphone

    This ‘two-in-one’ kick-drum mic aims to offer all the benefits of multi-miking techniques, but without the risk of phase problems.

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    Audix CX112B & CX212B

    Condenser Microphones

    The high-frequency lift on these mics from Audix might not suit everything, but for some styles of music, it could be just the ticket...

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    Audix CX112B & CX212B | Media

    Condenser Microphones

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Avid HDX

    DSP Cards

    The move from HD to HDX marks a leap into the unknown for high-end Pro Tools users. What exactly does Avid’s new DSP platform offer?

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    Big Fish Audio | Pop Rocks!

    Sample Library

    Big Fish Audio's Pop Rocks! (their exclamation mark, not mine) is the company's latest addition to their massive genre-based...

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    Eventide Omnipressor & 2016SR

    Native Plug-ins

    Eventide are among the last of the big-name hardware manufacturers to offer their wares as native plug-ins. Has it been worth the wait?

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    FXpansion BFD Eco

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    The streamlined BFD Eco promises top-notch acoustic drum sounds at a budget price.

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    GForce ImpOSCar 2

    Software Synthesizer

    GForce’s acclaimed OSCar emulator gets a major update — and a deluxe control surface, in the shape of the Touch Digital IMP2C.

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    Heavyocity Damage

    Sample Library

    Big bangs, shattering impacts, unabated racket, sonic mayhem, deliberate destruction... Pass the earplugs, it’s Heavyocity’s new library!

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    Kemper Profiling Amplifier

    Analogue Profiling Digital Guitar Amp

    This new approach to guitar-amp simulation from the creator of the Access Virus synth promises to let you accurately capture the sound of all your favourite tube amps...

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    Line 6 DT25

    Hybrid Guitar Amplifier

    Paul White checks out the Line 6 amp that was designed in collaboration with US amp designer Reinhold Bogner.

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    Magix Samplitude Pro X

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    Can its new look and feel, 64-bit code base and killer feature-set help Magix's heavyweight DAW muscle its way to a bigger market share?

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    Neumann KH120A & KH810

    Active Monitors

    Mic veterans Neumann turn their attention to the other end of the signal chain, with a miniature speaker that packs a big punch.

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    QSC K10 & KSub

    Active Loudspeaker & Subwoofer

    QSC’s K-Series speakers look serious enough, but can their sound wow the crowd?

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    Roger Schult W2377

    Mastering EQ System For API Lunchbox

    Employing a whopping three Lunchbox modules per channel, this EQ system may not come cheap — but it boasts some impressive features.

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    Sound Skulptor MP573 'Lunchbox'

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Hugh Robjohns tests out this redesigned version of the MP73 module from the 1U rack system.

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    Spotlight: DAWs

    Digital Audio Workstations

    At the heart of most modern studios is a computer running a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW. The choice of DAWs available has increased significantly over the last few years...

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    Ueberschall | Jazz Colours

    Sample Library

    Jazz Colors features 20 jazz-flavoured construction kits comprising over 3GB of sample data, spread across some 1400 samples.

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    Ueberschall | Urban Ballads

    Sample Library

    According to its liner notes, the purpose of Urban Ballads is to provide R&B producers with "authentic” sounds.

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    Vermona Perfourmer 2

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Vermona have beefed up their four-voice synth and the result is an analogue monster with the emphasis firmly on performance.

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    Wharfedale PMX710

    Mixer & PA Amplifier.

    Wharfedale’s latest portable mixer-amp offers a compact solution for smaller venues.

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    Zero-G | Beats From The East

    Sample Library

    As a title, Beats From The East is slightly misleading, as this library's real focus is on delivering Western-style commercial loops for hip-hop, R&B, crunk, trance, techno and house tracks.

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    Zoom R8

    Multitrack Recorder, Sampler & Audio Interface

    Zoom have created another portable recorder that’s overflowing with features and functionality. Can it be all things to all people?

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Techniques

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    Active Controller Technology (ACT)

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Dust off that hardware controller and make it your best friend in the studio, with this simple way of using Sonar's Active Controller Technology.

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    Control Room

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Manage multiple monitor mixes with Cubase’s Control Room.

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    Digital Performer In Windows?

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    It's a moment we thought would never happen: DP meets Windows...

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    Echo

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Straight and vintage delays, ADT, psychedelia, glitch... Is there anything Reason's Echo device can't do?

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    Future-proofing Using Backups

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Simply saving your project in Logic doesn't mean it's safe from harm. To future-proof your masterpieces, get to know your backup options.

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    Loops Utility; iTunes Match

    Apple Notes

    This month we wonder at Apple’s lasting appeal, show you how to regain the Apple Loops utility, and eat our words...

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    M/S Mastery

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Learn some Mid/Sides tricks in Reaper to open up your options at mastering time.

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    M/S Mastery | Media

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

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    Mix Rescue: Jokers, Jacks & Kings

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, our mix engineer develops a reader's track and shows that the difference between an average mix and a good one is less about the quality of the gear than about what you do with it!

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    Mix Rescue: Jokers, Jacks & Kings | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

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    Step Sequencing

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Setting up an old-fashioned step sequencer in Ableton Live is easy.

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    What Data Compression Does To Your Music

    Feature

    Can you hear the difference between an MP3 and a WAV file? We explain how lossy audio data compression works, and how to spot the tell-tale signs it leaves behind.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Akira Kiteshi: From Dubstep To Disney

    Interview | Artist

    Tommy Forrest is discovering mainstream success — without compromising the hardcore sample-mangling that has made Akira Kiteshi an underground hit.

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    Charlie Peacock & Richie Biggs: Producing The Civil Wars' Barton Hollow

    Interview | Producer

    The Civil Wars chose to avoid the usual studio trickery for their debut album, and have reaped great success as a result.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    DAW To DAW

    Leader

    April is the time of year when we traditionally wind you up with fake stories, impossible products and non-existent bands. However, whenever we come up with an 'impossible' idea to use as a spoof, somebody usually goes out and builds it.

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    Jez Wells: When Is An Engineer Not An Engineer?

    Sounding Off

    When is an engineer not an engineer?

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    Marcus Ryle: Line 6 Stagescape & Stagesource

    Modular Live Sound System

    Marcus Ryle of Line 6 talks to SOS about a radical new approach to live sound.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The Hillmen * Little Black Holes * Primary Slave * Mine * Charlie Birnie * The Tempus * Pearl Handled Revolver

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    Robopop: Producing Lana Del Rey's 'Videogames'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Lana Del Rey has topped charts worldwide with her signature retro sound — and it all started with a demo that became a viral hit.

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    Soft Cell 'Tainted Love'

    Classic Tracks

    Soft Cell's cover of 'Tainted Love' not only catapulted the duo to stardom in the UK, but also went on to spend a record-breaking 43 weeks on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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    The Mix Review | April 2012

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Lana Del Rey 'Videogames' • Tinchy Stryder 'Off The Record' • Emeli Sandé 'Heaven' • One Direction 'What Makes You Beautiful'

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Music Business

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    Avatar, New York

    Studio File

    In this new regular feature 'Studio File', we open the doors on some of the world's most interesting professional studios with photographer Hannes Bieger. This month's studio is Avatar in New York.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    When it comes to telling composers what to do, job titles are no barrier to meddling.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Internships are a long-established means of breaking into the recording industry — but where is the line between learning and being exploited?

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