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August 2012 Magazine Contents

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    Acoustic Treatment

    Spotlight

    Acoustic treatment is one of the best investments you can make for your studio, and there are plenty of companies offering pre-made products to solve a variety of problems at a range of prices. Here’s just a selection of what’s available.

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    AEA RPQ500

    500-series Preamplifier & EQ

    Matt Houghton takes a look at this preamp that's much more than just a preamp.

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    Aphex EX BB500

    500-series Enhancement Processor

    Aphex's Exciter has been around in one guise or another for years, and when first launched, back in 1975...

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Paul Nagle takes a look at the Yamaha TNR-i sequencer app for iOS, whilst Hugh Robjohns investigates the Audio Engineer utility and reference app for iOS.

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    Behringer X32

    Digital Mixing Console

    Behringer are known for making cost-effective products, but their new X32 live mixer takes that to a whole new level...

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    Behringer X32 | Media

    Digital Mixing Console

    Audio precision analyser test results accompany the article

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    Best Service | Desert Winds

    Sample Library

    Desert Winds focuses on just four wind instruments, but does so in magnificent detail, each featuring up to six different natural legato types.

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    Cartec Pre-Q5

    Mic Preamp & EQ For API 500 Format

    Whether you prefer to record your sounds cleanly or with coloration, the Cartec Pre-Q5 can deliver the goods.

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    Cartec Pre-Q5 | Media

    Mic Preamp & EQ For API 500 Format

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Celemony Capstan

    Wow & Flutter Removal Software

    Celemony’s clever restoration tool invisibly fixes the speed variations that can plague material recorded on tape or vinyl.

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    Celemony Capstan | Media

    Wow & Flutter Removal Software

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Clavia Nord Drum

    Drum Synthesizer

    Clavia’s new drum box takes a typically idiosyncratic approach to percussion synthesis.

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    Galaxy PA6S

    Active Stage Monitor

    This compact stage monitor puts the foldback controls exactly where they’re needed — right in front of the performer!

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    How To Build A Small Budget Studio From Scratch

    Book (4th edition) by Mike Shea & F. Alton Everest

    This book covers all the basic theory and measurement techniques without ever allowing the maths to get scary, then moves on to a number of case studies of actual studio construction projects...

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    Latch Lake MicKing

    Heavy-duty Mic Stand System

    Exactly what sets a mic stand apart from the crowd?

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    Lewitt Audio LCT640

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    This innovative large-diaphragm mic offers more pad, pattern and filter options than you can shake a stick at — but how does it sound?

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    Loopmasters | Baker Brothers Funk Session Volume 2

    Sample Library

    You can forgive a funk band just about anything if they've got a shit-hot bass player, and in that respect Chris Pedley, bassist and co-founder of the Baker Brothers, is easily the biggest reason for spending money on this new downloadable loop library.

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    Mackie HDA & HD1801

    Active Line Array

    Mackie have added to their popular range of active PA speakers with this modular line-array system. Does it deliver the goods?

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    Peluso P67

    Valve Microphone

    In the P67, Peluso have sought to recreate a bit of Neumann history. Does it offer the same sound that made the U67 a classic?

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    Presonus Audiobox 1818VSL

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    Presonus’s USB 2 interface promises tight integration with their Studio One software at a competitive price.

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    Roland Jupiter 50

    Performance Synthesizer

    Roland’s Jupiter 80 has gained a little brother in the shape of the Jupiter 50. Does this slimmed-down synth offer the same Supernatural sound?

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    Scan 3XS Intel SAX6 PowerDAW PC

    Music Computer

    Scan’s new hex-core machine offers huge amounts of processing power and RAM. Is it the perfect studio PC?

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    Scuffham S-Gear

    Amp Simulator For Mac OS & Windows

    With so many virtual guitar amps already on the market, can newcomers Scuffham Amps bring something fresh to the party?

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    Sonic Academy ANA

    Software Synthesizer

    Don’t let its low price fool you: Sonic Academy’s debut synth has a lot going for it...

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    SPL Neos

    Summing & Monitoring Console

    With its high-voltage power rails, this console offers more headroom than any other we can think of. Oh... and it sounds rather nice, too!

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    SPL Neos | Media

    Summing & Monitoring Console

    Test plots to accompany the article

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    Steinberg UR28M

    USB 2 Audio Interface & Monitor Controller

    Steinberg’s latest interface features a generous complement of I/O options, flexible foldback and a fully fledged monitor controller.

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    Tascam DP24

    24-track Portastudio

    With eight-track simultaneous recording and up to 32 tracks on mixdown, the DP24 proves you don’t need a computer to produce music.

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    Toontrack | Americana EZX

    Sample Library

    Americana is an addition to the Toontrack expansion library portfolio for EZ Drummer and is best described as an American-sounding range of drum kits recorded 'honestly'...

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    Unity Audio The Boulder

    Active Monitors

    Continuing their assault on the monitor market, Unity roll out this premium three-way, active design. How does it perform?

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    Wave Alchemy Pro II

    Software Synthesizer

    Wave Alchemy’s Pro II aims to fill the curious, Pro One-shaped hole in the soft-synth market.

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    Zero-G | Luminoso Live Violin Phrases

    Sample Library

    Film trailer/TV composer Dan Graham has created several sound libraries featuring small groups of players from the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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Techniques

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    2 Unlimited

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    You don’t have to give up Session Drummer 2’s content when you move up to 64-bit Sonar X1.

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    Arranging For Strings: Part 3

    SOS Masterclass

    From a delicate shimmer to an earthquake tremor, harmonics, tremolo and trills can add vibrancy and drama to your string arrangements. Find out how to make the most of them in this SOS masterclass.

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    Artist Action

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools 10 unlocks the vast potential of Avid’s Artist Series controllers. Here’s how to tap into those new possibilities...

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    Drum Editing In Reaper: Part 1

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    In the first of this two-part series on drum editing in Reaper, we look at getting your transients to land perfectly on the grid.

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    Groove-quantise, Part 2

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s quantise tools aren’t just for MIDI these days: find out how to make your recorded audio parts sit in the same groove.

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    Jake Jackson: Recording The 2012 Olympic Anthems

    Interview | Producer

    The first marathon of the London Olympics took place not on the track, but in the recording studio. Jake Jackson was the man charged with recording 201 national anthems...

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    Mix Rescue: The Guest Bedroom

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Our tame mix engineer was asked to inject some dark, moody aggression into this month’s track. Read on to find out how he did it...

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    Mix Rescue: The Guest Bedroom | Media

    Mixing & Recording Advice

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Off Grid

    Samplitude Tips & Techniques

    When your audio parts change tempo or time signature, Samplitude can still map them out in bars and beats.

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    Plug-ins To Create Analogue Sounds

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Use Logic’s plug-ins to digitally recreate a classic analogue sound.

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    Rack Extension Shop

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Propellerhead’s Rack Extension Shop is filling up with tempting goodies...

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    Real-time Processing

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    With multiple undo functions and real-time processing, Studio One gives you the freedom to turn back the clock...

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    Running An Open Air Concert

    Feature

    Outdoor live-sound work can be immensely satisfying to do — but it also involves some serious preparation...

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    Studio SOS: Winchester Talking Newspaper

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    The SOS team are tasked with improving speech recordings for an audio newspaper aimed at the partially sighted.

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    Upgrading Mac OS

    Apple Notes

    With OS 10.8 Mountain Lion nearly upon us, just when is the right time to upgrade your Mac OS — and to what version?

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    Warped Designs

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Discover how to use Live’s clip warping as a sound design tool.

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    Warped Designs | Media

    Ableton Live Tips & Technqiues

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Keith Grant: The Story Of Olympic Studios

    Interview | Engineer

    Legendary engineer Keith Grant oversaw a golden age of music recording. Before his death earlier this year, he shared with Sound On Sound his memories of the studio he managed for a quarter of a century.

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    MARRS 'Pump Up The Volume'

    Classic Tracks

    The unlikely result of a collaboration between two 4AD bands, the release of ‘Pump Up The Volume’ by MARRS was a great day for house music and copyright lawyers alike.

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    Sounding Off: Moral Music Credits For Artists

    Mike Senior

    Mike Senior asks - Should artists receive credit for their music on moral as well as legal grounds?

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    The Mix Review

    Analysing Commercial Productions

    • Sean Kingston 'Party All Night' • Gotye 'Somebody That I Used To Know' • Olly Murs 'Heart Skips A Beat' • Carly Rae Jepsen 'Call Me Maybe'

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Too Much Of A Good Thing

    Leader

    While the term 'first do no harm' may embody the spirit of the Hippocratic Oath, the phrase itself is apparently absent from...

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    Trevor Muzzy: Recording Nicki Minaj's 'Starships'

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Top producer RedOne has had hits with dozens of artists, but relies on one man to “finish” tracks like Nicki Minaj’s ‘Starships’: engineer Trevor Muzzy.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Can’t find what you want in a music library? No problem. Just hire a composer to write it for nothing!

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Getting your music on a movie or TV show is seen by many as the best way to make it in this business, but the real money might lie in helping others to do so...

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    Trade Missions & International Support For British Music

    Export Assistance

    Want to sell your music overseas, but lack the contacts, money or experience to break into foreign markets? Help and funding is available, and here’s how to get it.

    Music Business
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