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July 2012 Magazine Contents

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    Arturia Oberheim SEM V

    Software Synthesizer

    Tom Oberheim’s classic two-voice synth gets the Arturia treatment in the form of the SEM V.

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    Audiobro LA Scoring Strings 2

    Sample Library

    Innovative 'remote control' adds new creative dimensions to a leading orchestral strings library.

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    Brainworx BXsaturator

    Multi-band M/S Distortion Plug‑in

    Paradoxically, adding distortion in mastering can make tracks sound clearer. That’s the idea of Brainworx's clever multi-band plug-in.

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    DoReMIR ScoreCleaner

    MIDI Transcription Software

    Conventional notation software often struggles to turn real MIDI performances into usable scores. ScoreCleaner applies artificial intelligence to the problem...

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    Ehrlund EHR-M

    Condenser Microphone

    Instead of cutting corners, Swedish company Ehrlund have added them, by basing their microphone around an unusual triangular diaphragm.

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    Focusrite ISA Two

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Making professional‑quality preamps available at project-studio prices has been Focusrite’s forté for many years, and this design doesn’t disappoint.

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    HH Electronics TNE 112A & TNS 215A

    Active PA System

    Legendary PA brand HH Electronics is back, with a range of active speakers that employ the latest in sound-system technology.

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    Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister 18

    Valve Guitar Amplifier

    Can one guitar amp really meet all your needs, from night-time recording in your bedroom to rocking out at high volume on stage?

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    Izotope Iris

    Software Synthesizer

    Izotope’s Iris offers a new take on sound design via its innovative sample resynthesis engine.

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    Kenton Modular Solo Eurorack

    MIDI-to-CV Converter

    Kenton have always had the knack of manufacturing indispensable little doodads, and the Modular Solo is no exception. Made...

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    Lynx Hilo

    A-D/D-A Converter & Digital Mixer/Router

    Boasting reference-quality converters, the Hilo also promises to be future-proof...

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    Lynx Hilo | Media

    A-D/D-A Converter & Digital Mixer/Router

    These technical specifications accompany the article

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    MXR Custom Audio Electronics MC403

    Power Supply For Effects Pedals

    The burgeoning numbers of boutique pedal builders and the availability of Velcro probably means that, despite the availability...

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    Rain Recording Event Muse

    Silent PC For Music Recording

    If you want a computer that’s completely silent, yet portable and powerful enough for location recording, look no further.

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    RCF Ayra 5

    Active Monitors

    Italian company RCF are famous for their PA systems, but they also make studio monitors. We put these compact speakers to the test.

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    Rhythmic Robot | Laboratory

    Sample Library

    Over the last two issues, we've looked at two collections of instruments from new manufacturer Rhythmic Robot.

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    Rob Papen Blade

    Software Synthesizer

    Is Rob Papen’s Blade the cutting edge of additive synthesis?

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    Sample Logic Fanfare

    Brass Sample Library

    This unique library brings the USA’s top marching brass band to a computer near you.

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    Shure SRH1840

    Open-back Headphones

    Shure’s assault on the headphone market continues, as they follow up their closed-back models with this flagship open-back design.

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    Sontronics Halo

    Dynamic Microphone

    This vintage‑styled mic is designed especially for recording electric guitar. Does it sound as classy as it looks?

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    Sontronics Halo | Media

    Dynamic Microphone

    Audio files accompany the article

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    Stage Capacitor Microphones

    Spotlight

    Does your live vocal sound lack the clarity and detail of your studio recordings? Then you may want to switch over to a capacitor model. Here’s a selection of current options.

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    Stretch That Note | DruMM Series 1 & 2

    Sample Library

    DruMM is a drum module for Native Instruments' Kontakt software sampler that uses its own GUI within...

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    Tascam iU2 • Reactable Mobile

    App Works: Making Music On The Move

    We check out the Tascam iU2 audio interface, and sneak a peak at Reactable's Mobile tactile synth for iOS and Android.

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    Waves InPhase

    Phase-correction Plug-in

    Making similar signals play nicely together sometimes requires more than just a polarity switch. Enter Waves’ phase-manipulation tool.

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    Zero-G | Nu Metal

    Sample Library

    On seeing Nu Metal's artwork, my immediate hope was that the 1.1GB of content would be better quality than the skull drawing on the cover.

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Techniques

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    Analogue Multitracks & Video Post-production

    Tips & Techniques

    Analogue tape is enduringly popular as an audio recording medium, but do enough people know how to use it properly any more? Bob Clearmountain’s experience suggests otherwise...

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    Arranging For Strings: Part 2

    Orchestral String Articulations & MIDI Arrangements

    The second part of our string-arranging series ventures into more dramatic musical territory, and explains how to manipulate orchestral string articulations when creating MIDI arrangements.

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    Audiobus

    Apple Notes

    For those suffering the frustrations of moving audio from one app to another, a solution may finally have arrived, in the form of Audiobus.

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    Convert To Samples

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Use Logic's 'Convert To New Sampler Track' function to mimic Recycle and make your own sampled instruments.

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    Effective Soundchecking

    Tips & Techniques

    What are the secrets to a successful soundcheck? We asked some of the biggest names in the live sound industry to share their top tips.

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    Groove-quantise, Part 1

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The groove‑quantise functions in Cubase allow you to tighten your performance without killing that all‑important human feel.

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    Groups, Folders & Matrices

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Use Reaper's groups, folders and matrices to organise your mix project.

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    M/S ProcessingIn Studio One

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    In the first of our regular Studio One workshops, we’ll be widening our perspective with M/S processing.

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    Mix Rescue: Santi Vega

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Technically speaking, working with a single-track recording may not be 'mixing', but a surprising amount of useful mixing‑style finessing can still be performed.

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    Mix Rescue: Santi Vega | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Pro Tools 10 New Features

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Some of the new features in Pro Tools 10 aren’t immediately obvious — but they can be invaluable once you know how to use them.

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    Rack Extensions

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    With our racks about to get even more densely populated by Rack Extensions, we may need strategies for keeping on top of the sprawl...

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    Recording A Singing Guitarist

    Tips & Techniques

    Many musicians give great live performances when singing and playing guitar at the same time. So why not do it that way in the studio?

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    Recording A Singing Guitarist | Media

    Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Up To The Wire

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Thanks to Sonar 64-bit operation, the 14-year-old ReWire protocol is back in the limelight!

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    Window Cleaner

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Find out how to harness the flexibility of DP’s user interface without being drowned in windows.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    One of the oldest and largest recording studios in the world, Fox's Newman Scoring Stage is still in constant demand for top-class film scores.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    If you thought music for media was a tough job to get into, you should see how hard it is to get out of.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Statistics, especially those about the music industry, rarely give you the whole picture, but they can tell you a lot if you know where and how to look...

    Music Business
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