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May 2012 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Spotlight

    With so many active nearfield monitors available, how do you decide which pair is right for you? Here’s a round-up of some of the models we’ve rated highly in the last few years, along with advice on choosing monitors.

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    Akai EIE Pro

    USB Audio Interface

    Akai’s latest audio interface boasts a formidable feature set and an emphasis on robust hardware and simple operation.

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    AKG DMS70 Quattro

    Wireless Microphone System

    Thinking of going wireless? If you value audio quality and ease of use, this digital system from AKG might be just what you’re looking for.

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    Analogue Solutions Leipzig S

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Analogue Solutions make a bid for your cash with a retro-styled synth offering big, fat Moog-style sounds and a built-in sequencer. Could this be their best synth yet?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Mark Wherry puts 'the new iPad' through its paces and takes a look at Apple Garageband 1.2 DAW for iOS, whilst Paul Nagle examines the Fingerlab DM1 drum machine for iPad.

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    Big Fish Audio | Guitar Soundscapes

    Sample Library

    The exciting thing about sample libraries that use words like 'ambient' and 'soundscape' in their titles is that you just can't predict what they are going to sound like.

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    CME Z-Key 61

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    CME go minimal with their new controller range. But is less really more?

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    Electro-Harmonix Analogizer

    Guitar Processor

    David Greeves gets his hands on this specialist piece of kit that can modify your existing guitar pedals with overdrive and delay effects.

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    Electrodyne 511

    'Lunchbox' EQ

    API's 'Lunchbox' 500-series seems to be breathing life into some little-known classic designs of the past, including this unsung hero of the EQ world...

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    Electrodyne 511 | Media

    'Lunchbox' EQ

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Endless Analog CLASP

    Tape Recorder Integration System

    What’s better, a DAW or real analogue tape? Both, of course! We take a look at an ingenious system that seamlessly integrates the two.

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    Garritan Instant Orchestra

    Sample Library

    Instant Orchestra aims to take the pain out of creating orchestral parts — but can such an affordable library still produce the goods?

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    IGS Audio Tubecore ME

    Stereo Vari-mu Compressor

    Well known in their native Poland, IGS Audio are now making their products available in the UK. How do they fare against the competition?

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    KRK Rokit RP10-3

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Think three-way monitors are out of reach for your project studio? Think again...

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    Lexicon MPX Native Reverb

    Reverb Plug-in

    Having wowed the professionals with their Native PCM and LXP reverb plug-ins, Lexicon now turn their attention to the financially challenged!

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    Maier Sound Turtle

    Boundary Layer Microphone Adaptor

    Hugh Robjohns looks at this adaptor that can turn any 19-21 mm diameter microphone into a boundary mic, whilst also offering stability and protection.

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    Moog Minitaur

    Analogue Bass Synthesizer

    The Minitaur may look like a simple beast, but there’s much more to Moog’s most affordable synth than meets the eye...

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    MyMix Audio MyMix

    Networked Monitoring System

    Personal monitor mixes can be tricky to set up, particularly in large sessions. Can this modular system take the pain away?

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    Orchid Electronics DI Boxes

    Active Transformerless DI Boxes

    Not all DI applications require the electrical isolation offered by a transformer, and Orchid’s designs offer superb performance at low prices.

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    Orchid Electronics DI Boxes | Media

    Audio Precision Analyser Test Plots

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Oto Machines Biscuit 2

    8-bit Effects Processor & Synthesizer

    Oto’s 8-bit effects box gains a synth and sequencer. Is this the icing on the, er, Biscuit?

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    Peterson Stomp Classic

    Tuner Pedal

    Paul White examines this pedal from Peterson that is suitable for live tuning and tuning in the studio, as well as offering custom settings.

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    ProjectSAM Orchestral Essentials

    Sample Library

    This orchestral compilation focuses on full-range, multi-instrument ensembles, enabling you to play complete orchestral sections without having to laboriously program their individual components.

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    Rhythmic Robot | Beat Room

    Sample Library

    Rhythmic Robot are a small outfit dedicated to breathing life into the strange and the obscure via the medium of Kontakt.

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    SE Electronics SE2200A MkII

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    This update of the hugely successful SE2200A adds switchable polar patterns and a fresh lick of paint!

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    SE Electronics SE2200A MkII | Media

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

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    Siren Audio Lorelei Suite

    Effects & Processing Software

    If you’re an electronic musician who’s tired of trying to make generic audio software fulfil specific needs, perhaps Siren Audio’s package is for you.

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    Yamaha DXR12 & DXR15

    Active PA Speakers

    These unassuming PA speakers feature high-powered Class-D amps and internal digital processing that helps them deliver clean sound even at high volumes.

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Techniques

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    Combinator

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Explore the potential of complex sound layering with Reason’s Combinator.

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    Control Room

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Learn to switch between monitor systems with Cubase’s Control Room.

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    Creating & Using Custom Delay Effects

    Tips & Techniques

    Delay forms the basis for a wide range of effects that can transform your tracks from dull and pedestrian to polished and professional.

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    Creating & Using Custom Delay Effects | Media

    Tips & Techniques

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    Expansions For Sonar X1

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    The Pro Channel is a highlight of Cakewalk’s Sonar X1 Producer — and some new add-ons make it even more powerful.

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    HDX

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Should you upgrade your Pro Tools rig to HDX? And if you do, what pitfalls await?

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    Mix Rescue: The Mountaineering Club

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, as well as revealing a few unusual tricks, our mix engineer demonstrates how to achieve power and clarity by focusing on the contrast between the sounds of different instruments.

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    Mix Rescue: The Mountaineering Club | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Multiband Dynamics Plug-in

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    If you’re mystified by Live’s complex-looking Multiband Dynamics plug-in, let us offer some help...

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    New iPad v Mac

    Apple Technique

    While the iPad users are getting all the attention, let’s learn to love our Macs again...

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    Soften Guitar Tracks

    Reaper Technique

    Cut out nasty noises and soften your spiky guitar tracks in Reaper.

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    Soften Guitar Tracks | Media

    Reaper Technique

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Studio SOS: Sunita Sagger

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    The SOS team visit a London studio in a building directly under a busy road — and with another studio in the room next door!

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    Using Takes & ESX24 To Create Glitch Effects

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Use Takes and ESX24 to create glitch effects in Logic.

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Sound Advice

People

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    King Creosote & Jon Hopkins: Recording Diamond Mine

    Interview | Artist

    The long-awaited collaboration between singer Kenny Anderson and producer Jon Hopkins has yielded a hypnotic album where not everything is as it seems...

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    Kojo Samuel: Musical Director

    Interview | MD

    A leading tour musical director explains how his experience as a producer helps him to prepare hit records for live performance.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Launch Pad

    Leader

    Experience seems to suggest that as technology becomes more sophisticated, its rate of change also accelerates. For example, it took many thousands of years to get from the wheel to the steam engine...

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    Nat Lentell: Copyright Law

    Sounding Off

    Can musicians hope to get a fair deal from copyright law when the legislation itself is so out of date?

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Krojc * Toy Tin Soldier * Mike Henderson * Annie Dressner * Marvin B Naylor * Crazee Baldhead * Big Chief

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    Ross Hogarth: Van Halen 'Tattoo'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Expectations were high for the first Van Halen album in 14 years — and with eight mics on the bass alone, engineer Ross Hogarth was taking no chances!

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    The Mix Review | May 2012

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Pixie Lott 'All About Tonight' • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds 'Death Of You And Me' • Laura Marling 'Sophia'

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    Tommy LiPuma: Paul McCartney Kisses On The Bottom

    Interview | Producer

    Half a century into his career, Paul McCartney has paid tribute to the songs that shaped his musical education with his first-ever album of standards.

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    Whitney Houston 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'

    Classic Tracks

    'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' was a huge global hit, but it also represented a tour de force in coaxing the perfect vocal from a singer, as explained by producer Narada Michael Walden.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    If, at times, music for media feels impossible to break into, that’s because it is. And there’s a good reason for that.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Though the industry may be struggling to support the large studios that once thrived in Manhattan, the need for such creative centres is still very much alive.

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    Record Plant, Los Angeles

    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 Record Plant in LA.

    Music Business
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