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June 2012 Magazine Contents

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    Adam A77X

    Three‑way Active Monitors

    The award‑winning AX family of speakers have a new member, in the shape of Adam’s most affordable three-way monitor yet.

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    Analogue Summing Mixers

    Spotlight

    Analogue summing is proving a popular route for ‘warming up’ digital mixes, and there are many models on the market that are dedicated to the task. Here’s a selection of current options, with links to the SOS reviews where available.

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Paul Nagle checks out Propellerhead's Figure groovebox, Dave Lockwood reviews the Digitech iStomp iOS-programmable effects pedal, and JG Harding puts the Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 2 guitar interface through its paces.

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    Bereich 03 Density

    500-series Processor

    Bereich03 are small manufacturers of audio outboard gear, based in Munich, Germany. When I say small, in fact they currently...

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    Cinematic Strings 2.0

    Sample Library

    The Anglo-Australian strings library returns with a radical version 2 upgrade.

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    Ilitch Electronics PGNCS-T

    Telecaster Noise-cancelling System

    Although hum-cancelling single-coil pickups can be effective, even the best of them will change the guitar’s sound — but this system gets rid of the hum whilst allowing you to keep your original pickups.

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    Ilitch Electronics PGNCS-T | Media

    Telecaster Noise-cancelling System

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    John Bowen Synth Design Solaris

    Synthesizer

    Years in the making, John Bowen’s Solaris is finally with us. So is this hugely ambitious synthesizer everything we hoped it would be?

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    Lavry Engineering AD11

    A-D Converter & Mic Preamp

    Dan Lavry has gained a reputation for creating some of the best A-D converters on the planet — and this time you get mic preamps as well!

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    Lavry Engineering AD11 | Media

    A-D Converter & Mic Preamp

    Test plots to accompany the article.

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    Linplug Relectro

    Drum Resynthesis & Effects Processing Software

    Linplug’s innovative plug-in has one aim in mind: to create fresh sounds from pedestrian drum loops.

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    Loopmasters | Danny Thompson Double Bass

    Sample Library

    Although very few of us will ever have top session musicians playing our music, sample libraries at least make it possible to create music using elements of their artistry.

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    Mackie Pro FX16

    Compact Mixer

    With its built-in effects, compressors and graphic EQ, this compact console might just be ideal for small-scale live work.

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    MicW N101

    Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone

    This Chinese mic bears a close resemblance to some premium European models. Does its sound live up to its looks?

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    Moog MF108M Cluster Flux

    Effects Pedal

    The latest Moogerfooger, offering chorus and flanging, is alluring but not cheap — so is the Cluster Flux worth the bucks?

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    Moog The Ladder

    500‑series Filter Module

    Most processors in API’s 500‑series format are classic studio tools such as preamps, EQs and compressors — but now a heavyweight champion from the synth world has joined the party.

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    Moog The Ladder | Media

    500‑series Filter Module

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    Morpheus Bomber

    Polyphonic Pitch‑shift Pedal

    It's perfectly possible to use a tremolo arm to make the pitch of your guitar strings drop in real time, and guitarists have...

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    R3FX Cabinet Simulator

    Guitar Effect Pedal

    R3FX are a one‑man guitar‑effects outfit based in the US, and they offer a range of pedal mods by mail order, as well as a ...

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    Rhythmic Robot | Keyboard Vault

    Sample Library

    Under review here is Keyboard Vault, which is made up of 24‑bit mono samples and requires a full version of Kontakt.

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    Royer Labs Sling-Shock

    Microphone Shockmount

    Microphones detect the imperceptible movement of air caused by passing sound waves, but the mic is unable to distinguish...

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    Samson AuroD412 & D1800

    Active PA System

    Samson hope to prove that affordable speakers needn’t compromise on sound, with their new Auro range of active PA speakers.

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    Sonokinetic | Vivace

    Sample Library

    Tutti is a Kontakt-based library that Sonokinetic describe as an 'orchestral cinematic FX and textures' collection.

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    SPL De‑esser Collection

    De‑esser Plug‑ins

    Controlling harsh 'ess' and 'tee' sounds in a vocal can be surprisingly challenging, but SPL's technology aims to make it easy.

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    SPL De‑esser Collection | Media

    De‑esser Plug‑ins

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Steinberg CMC Series

    USB Control Surfaces

    Steinberg’s new CMC Series gives you the building blocks for creating your own custom Cubase control surface.

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    Steinberg Cubase 6.5

    Digital Audio Workstation

    It may be ‘only a point five’ update, but there’s plenty on offer in the latest version of Cubase.

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    Surprise Sound Rock Block

    Valve Guitar Amp

    While modelling preamps and plug‑ins have come a long way, there are still many guitar players who are only ever happy when...

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    Universal Audio Apollo

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Universal Audio have combined their considerable audio expertise and renowned DSP platform to create their first audio interface: the Apollo.

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    Yamaha 01v96i

    Digital Mixer & USB 2 Audio Interface

    Yamaha have added USB interfacing to their established digital mixer. Is this enough to ensure it keeps pace with more recent competition?

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Techniques

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    AAX Action

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    If you’re not careful, you could find that your Pro Tools HDX upgrade leaves you without your favourite plug-ins...

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    Arranging For Strings: Part 1

    Primer

    No matter how good the latest, greatest orchestral sample libraries may now be, you still need to develop your arranging skills if you’re to create convincing string parts in any genre. In this first article in a new series, we explain how to get started.

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    Library

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    This month, swot up on Live’s library and discover what it can do to make your life easier.

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    MIDI

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    The spotlight turns to Logic’s MIDI features, as we solve a data-merging problem and offer step-by-step advice on automation recording with hardware control.

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    Mix Rescue: Rio Callahan

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    This month, as well as sorting out a few sonic gremlins, with edits, EQ and other tricks, we aim to draw out more of the ‘moments’ in a track.

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    Mix Rescue: Rio Callahan | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Object FX

    Magix Samplitude Tips & Techniques

    We explain how to get the best from Samplitude’s unique object-based effects.

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    Object FX | Media

    Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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    Open Borders

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    New vistas appear for Reason users, with the arrival of Rack Extensions...

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    Pitch Invasion

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Love it or hate it, ‘hard’ pitch correction is still a much used technique — and it’s simple with Sonar’s V-Vocal.

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    Protecting Against Viruses On Macs

    Apple Notes

    After years of relative immunity, the Mac platform may now be more vulnerable to virus attacks. What precautions should you be taking?

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    Studio SOS: Grahame McGrath

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    The SOS team visit a well‑appointed home studio to try to cure a strange noise problem and help out with some acoustic guitar recording.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Benny Blanco

    Songwriter & Producer

    Benny Blanco has created a string of number one hits without expensive instruments or virtuoso keyboard skills. What exactly is his secret?

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    Is The Digital Studio A Lonely Place?

    Sounding Off

    Dr Nik Farrell-Fox asks: Is the digital studio a lonely place?

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    Jan 'Stan' Kybert: Producing Paul Weller's Sonik Kicks

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Paul Weller's latest album was brimming over with musical creativity. The challenge for mixer Jan Kybert was to forge a coherent album from a mass of ideas.

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    Music & Sound Effects For Videogame Mass Effect 3

    Interview | Rob Blake (BioWare)

    Creating music and sound effects for sophisticated video games such as Mass Effect 3 requires skills not found in film or television — and a lot of hard work.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Fin * Bob McCarroll * Professor Karmadillo

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Technology On The Move

    Leader

    While technology continues to march ahead, the cold reality is that the musical hardware and software available five years ago almost certainly already did everything...

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    The Beatles 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'

    Classic Tracks

    Recording the White Album was a major project by any standards, not least for Ken Scott, who, at the age of just 21, found himself engineering the biggest band in the world...

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    The Mix Review

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Sak Noel 'Loca People' • Labrinth 'Earthquake' • Drake 'Make Me Proud' • Florence & The Machine 'Shake It Out'

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Music Business

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    Hansa Tonstudio, Berlin

    Studio File

    We open the doors on some of the world's most interesting professional studios with photographer Hannes Bieger.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    If you really want a direct connection with your audience, don’t write for TV — get down to your local high street.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The rise of electronic dance music in the States has provided a breath of fresh air to the charts — and a much-needed boost to the music industry.

    Music Business
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