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September 2012 Magazine Contents

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    8Dio Productions Adagio Violins Vol 1

    Sample Library

    A large new violin library for Kontakt turns legato sampling into an art form.

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    ADK Odin & Thor

    Large-diaphragm Microphones

    These mics are intended to offer the sound of the classic U87, while costing a fraction of the price. Do they live up to their inspiration?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Yamaha Synth Arp & Drum Pad, EUM DAW Remote HD, Liine Lemur.

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    Behringer X32 Field Test

    Live Sound

    Behringer’s new digital mixer and snake system are impressive on paper, but how do they fare under real-life gigging conditions?

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    Blackspade UM17R

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    This handmade mic employs top-quality components, which lend it a character reminiscent of the classic Neumann M49.

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    ESI Unik 05

    Active Monitors

    ESI claim to have improved on the design of their popular Near range of desktop monitors. The result is definitely Unik...

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    Eventide Blackhole

    Reverb Plug-in For Mac & PC

    There are hundreds of reverb plug-ins to choose from, but none quite like Eventide’s Blackhole...

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    Fishman Loudbox Artist

    Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

    Fishman have taken their popular Loudbox 100 and given it a fresh lick of paint, more powerful amplifiers and a welcome new effects section.

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    GP Electronics PML200E

    Hybrid FET/Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    The man behind well-known French mixing console manufacturers Freevox has created a preamp — and it sounds très bon!

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    GP Electronics PML200E | Media

    Precision Analyser plot test images

    The following test plots were taken with an audio Precision Analyser during the course of Hugh's review.

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    JBL PRX635

    Active PA Speakers

    To really put these three-way speakers to the test, we took them out on a number of outdoor live-music events.

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    Keith McMillen SoftStep

    Foot Controller

    Pedalboards and foot controllers are usually seen as the preserve of guitarists rather than of DJs and keyboardists — but if one man has his way, that might just be about to change...

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    Ken Scott Epik DrumS tutorial DVDs.

    Ken Scott's Guide To Recording & Mixing Drums

    Sonic Reality Epik Drums Edu: Tutorial DVDs

    If the name Ken Scott means nothing to you, you really do need to read up on recording and production! His CV as engineer and producer is peppered with credits for work with rock royalty...

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    Modartt Pianoteq 4

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Now six years old, this physical modelling instrument has reached a new level of refinement and sophistication — and not just for piano sounds.

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    MOTU MicroBook II

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    The new Microbook’s miniature exterior hides surprising depths of functionality.

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    Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1

    DIY Synth Module

    If you’re handy with a soldering iron, buying the Shruthi 1 gets you a lot of synth for your buck...

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    Olympus LS100

    Eight-track Pocket Recorder

    Building on their record for successful hand-held stereo recording devices, Olympus have stepped into multitracker territory...

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    Overtone Labs Tune-Bot Drum Tuner

    Drum Tuner

    Although perhaps not as immediately apparent as an out-of-tune guitar or piano, a badly tuned drum kit can make otherwise...

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    Prodipe Lanen MC1

    Handheld Capacitor Microphone

    This French-designed stage mic costs less than more established models — and might just out-perform them, too!

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    Samplephonics | Organic Loop Elements

    Sample Library

    Looking to create something new and fresh, Samplephonics approached the composer George Baldwin to create a library of high-...

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    Slate VTM

    Tape Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC

    The sound of magnetic tape stems from a hugely complex set of interacting factors. Slate Digital’s VTM is the most detailed attempt yet to capture these in digital form.

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    Slate VTM | Media

    Tape Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Source Audio Programmable EQ Digital Equaliser Stomp Box

    Digital Equaliser

    Source Audio are probably best known for their unique Hot Hand controller, a wireless ring worn on the finger that provides...

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    SP Acoustics SP1M

    Monitor Speakers

    These three-way, sealed-box speakers aren’t cheap — but then they might just be the best monitors in the world...

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    Spotlight: Digital Live Consoles

    Round-up of popular models

    Digital mixing offers a huge range of benefits over analogue, and with more models available than ever before, there’s never been a better time to try it. Here’s our round-up of some of the most popular models available today.

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    Tech 21 SansAmp Classic

    Guitar Amp & Speaker Simulator

    Does an all-analogue, 1989 design still have a place in the world of convolution and modelling-based guitar recording products? Get ready to be surprised by the reissued SansAmp Classic.

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    Twisted Tools | Transform

    Sample Library

    As their name suggests, Twisted Tools specialise in sample packs with plenty of attitude, and this one is no exception....

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    Uhe Diva

    Software Synthesizer

    Uhe’s painstakingly authentic analogue emulation is pretty demanding. Is she worth it?

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    Zero-G | Perception Cinemascapes

    Sample Library

    Multi-format

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Techniques

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    Amp It Up!

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Get creative with your guitar tones, using Cubase’s VST Amp Rack

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    Amp It Up! | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

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    Arranging For Strings: Part 4

    Tips & Techniques

    Soaring, anthemic descants and quicksilver runs are the meat and potatoes of old-school string arranging. But they may not be enough to save the day when disaster strikes…

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    Base Power

    Pro Tools Tips & Technique

    Learn how to use Pro Tools’ Digibase Browsers and all your audio files will be at your fingertips.

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    Drum Editing In Reaper: Part 2

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Technique

    In the second of this two-part series on drum editing in Reaper, we use SWS Extensions to fill gaps and stretch time.

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    Keys To The DAW

    Presonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques

    Assigning logical key shortcuts in Studio One could seriously speed up your work rate...

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    Middle Management

    Apple Logic Tips & Technique

    Use Logic’s stock plug-ins to decongest the middle of your mix.

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    Mixing Bass

    How To Craft The Perfect Bottom End

    Avoid all the low-frequency pitfalls and learn to achieve the perfect foundation for any mix, with our bass-mixing masterclass...

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    Mixing Bass | Media

    How To Craft The Perfect Bottom End

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    On The Air: The BBC’s Festival Outside Broadcast Team

    Recording Live Sound

    Imagine mixing the world’s biggest bands in front of an audience of millions — with no soundcheck. It’s all in a day’s work for BBC in-house engineers.

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    Rack & Roll

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Pausing by the buffet, we check out what Propellerhead have brought to the Rack Extension party.

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    Sonar: Using Instrument Definition Files

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Instrument definitions make life easier when using hardware instruments or effects with Sonar.

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    Studio SOS: Radio Caroline

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    In a departure from the usual home-studio make-overs, this month we answer an SOS call from the historic Radio Caroline!

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    Studio SOS: Radio Caroline | Media

    Hear For Yourself!

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    Tool Up

    Ableton Live Tips & Technique

    Unlock the potential of overlooked but useful Live effects devices.

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    Windows 8

    PC Notes

    With a release date for Windows 8 finally announced, should musicians take advantage of upgrade offers?

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Nine Inch Nails ‘Closer’

    Producers: Trent Reznor, Mark 'Flood' Ellis • Engineer: Sean Beavan

    Although the shock value of its lyrics and ensuing censorship earned it notoriety, ‘Closer’ perfectly exemplifies Trent Reznor’s radical use of sampling and singularly focused musical vision.

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    Dave Ogilvie mixing ‘Call Me Maybe’

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    All it took to make a star of Carly Rae Jepsen was one memorable song — and, in Dave Ogilvie, a mix engineer who understood how to make it stand out.

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    John Porter: From The Smiths To The Blues

    Producer

    John Porter made his name with British indie and rock music — but is now arguably the world’s leading producer of blues records.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Dave Gerard & The Watchmen, Knive Eight, A Glance Beyond Nature, Seed, Adam Dawson, My Name Is Earl, Dream Baby Dream.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Remote Control

    Paul White's Leader

    I don't get the point of telephone text messages, I really don't! Come on guys, speech transmission was established as a...

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    Sounding Off: How Many Hats Can One Person Wear?

    Matt Houghton

    Whether you're the one producing the music or are simply listening for pleasure, the music itself must always be an emotional experience — because if it isn't, what's the point?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hit records by Flo Rida, Kelly Clarkson abd Michael Kiwanuka.

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Music Business

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    Casino Baumgarten, Vienna

    Studio File

    We reveal the unexpected vintage treasures hidden inside an 18th Century palace.

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    Notes FromThe Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Most of the time, TV composers are happy if anyone notices their music. It’s when people start to like it that the trouble starts.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Just like studios and record companies, music industry trade bodies have had to adapt to survive in a rapidly changing business landscape.

    Music Business
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