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October 2012 Magazine Contents

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    AKG D12VR

    Dynamic Microphone

    For their 65th anniversary, AKG have released this new take on their classic D12. We put it up alongside the original to find out if it’s worthy of the name...

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    AKG D12VR | Media

    Audio Examples

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Audient ASP4816

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Audient’s modern classic is now available in a smaller format — but there’s nothing cut-down about the sound!

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    Beat Kangz Beat Thang

    Sampling Workstation

    This “portable production system” certainly looks the part, but does its performance measure up to its dramatic styling?

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    Bettermaker EQ232P Remote

    Digitally Controlled Analogue EQ

    What could be better than a Bettermaker? A Bettermaker made better, of course...

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    Big Fish Audio | Pure Rock Hits

    Sample Library

    This new library from Big Fish Audio provides 40 loop-based construction kits targeted at mainstream chart rock genres.

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    Chillblast Artiste Mozart

    Audio Computer

    Mainstream PC builders Chillblast have made an impressive debut in the music computer market.

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    Clavia Nord C2D

    Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ

    The Nord C2D expands on the success of its predecessor with an improved Hammond emulation and the addition, for the first time, of real drawbars.

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    Coopersonic Valveslapper & Tubecleaner

    Guitar effects pedals

    Coopersonic Audio Engineering produce a range of hand-wired effects in Nottingham, England.

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    Cornell Pedalamp All-valve Guitar Amp & Pedal

    Amp

    Cornell are well known for their boutique guitar amps, but they've come up with a new twist...

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    Dynaudio DBM50

    Active Monitors

    Many people place their monitors on a desktop, but they’re not usually designed to be used in this way — until now...

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    Elysia Nvelope 500

    Transient-shaping Processor & EQ

    Nvelope 500 can be used either as a full-band or a two-band processor.

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    Eve Audio SC208

    Active Monitors

    Eve are a very new name in studio monitoring but, as this active nearfield model proves, they’ve got a wealth of experience behind them...

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    Ferrofish A16 Ultra MkII

    16-channel A-D/D-A Converter

    The A16 Ultra MkII can add 16 channels of line-level I/O to any audio interface that features MADI or dual-ADAT ports — all in the space of a 1U box and for a bargain price!

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    Focusrite iTrack Solo

    Audio Interface For iOS

    iTrack Solo is Focusrite's first audio interface designed for use with iOS devices, although it can also be used with a computer via its USB 2 connection.

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    Grace Design M903

    Headphone Amp & D-A Converter

    With the M902 already lauded as one of the best high-end headphone amps, what could Grace do to make it better?

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    iDrumTune

    Drum Tuner For iOS

    iDrumTune is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that's designed to analyse the frequency of any drum and display it on screen.

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    IsoAcoustics ISO L8R155

    Speaker Stands

    Speaker stands actually perform multiple functions, only one of which is putting your speaker in the right place.

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    Loopmasters | Phaeleh Ambient Dubstep

    Sample Library

    Ambient Dubstep is part of Loopmasters' rapidly expanding artist series of sample libraries. Put together by Bristol-based producer Phaeleh, this pack is available to download in various formats.

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    LSR Audio Plug-ins

    Dynamics & Tube Emulation Plug-ins For Mac & PC

    The virtual vintage front panels of LSR Audio’s plug-ins conceal processors with plenty of personality.

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    Mackie DL1608

    Digital Mixer With iPad Control

    Can you really mix a live show without any physical controls? If you have a DL1608 and an Apple iPad, it seems you can...

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    Multi-channel Audio Interfaces

    Spotlight

    Check out the SOS roundup of 12 of the current interfaces on the market with links to the SOS review where available.

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    Pick A Preamp | Media

    Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

    Audio examples to accompany the article.

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    Pick A Preamp

    Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

    There’s a lot of hype about mic preamps, but there has never been a reliable way to compare them — until we got hold of the world’s cleverest piano...

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    Prominy | V-Metal Virtual Electric Guitar

    Kontakt 5

    V-Metal ultra-detailed, sampled virtual electric guitar instrument.

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    RCF HD12A

    Active PA Speaker

    The market for compact, active PA speakers is a crowded one, but RCF think there’s room for one more...

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    Roland SPDSX

    Sampling Percussion Pad

    Roland’s popular SPDS sampling drum pad gains an ‘X’, and a whole lot more besides, in the SPDSX.

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    Sample Modeling Solo Winds & Brass

    Virtual Orchestral Instruments

    A European company’s solo instruments blur the boundaries between virtual and real.

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    Sony SpectraLayers Pro

    Spectral Editing Software For Mac & PC

    With some innovative concepts borrowed from photo-manipulation software, Sony aim to make spectral editing creative as well as useful.

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    The Audio Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Audio By Ethan Winer

    Book Review

    The Audio Expert is a bold title, with an even bolder claim in its subtitle, but its 23 chapters and roughly 650 pages do constitute a fairly comprehensive...

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    The Science Of Sound Recording | By Jay Kadis

    Book review

    It's a sad but true fact that most 'sound engineers' actually struggle with some of the technical and mathematical aspects...

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    Toontrack | Roots Sticks & Roots Brushes, Rods & Mallets

    Expansion packs for Superior Drummer 2.3

    When Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2.0 was first released, the only significant criticism that could be made was that it was...

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    WaveMachine Labs Auria

    DAW For iPad

    Auria is the first truly professional multitrack recording app to hit the App Store.

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Techniques

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    Award Winners

    Mixing The 54th Grammy Awards Ceremony

    With 44 million TV viewers and a 10,000-strong live audience, the Grammys are one show that you really don’t want to screw up...

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    Do The Splits

    Samplitude Tips & Techniques

    If your drumming needs a little help from technology, Samplitude Pro X has the tools to fix timing.

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    Do The Splits | Media

    Samplitude Tips & Techniques

    Video tutorials to accompany the article.

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    Extension Leads

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We serve up another smorgasbord of Reason Rack Extensions.

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    Home Grown

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Often overlooked, Apple Loops can be a hugely useful composition tool. So why not make your own in Logic?

    Techniques
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    Maschine Music

    Ableton Tips & Techniques

    NI’s Maschine makes a perfect partner for Ableton Live.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue

    SOS reader James May gets a helping hand.

    Don’t be scared to trash something you’ve already recorded if it helps you to achieve a better end result...

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    Mix Rescue | Media

    SOS reader James May gets a helping hand.

    Audio examples which accompany the article.

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    Parallel Universe

    Studio One: Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with parallel processing in Studio One, and open up exciting sonic possibilities...

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    Parallel Universe | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Audio examples to accompany the article.

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    Session Notes | Media

    Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording

    Audio examples to accompany the article.

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    Session Notes: Rock Band Location Recording

    Dunning Kruger

    In this new column, engineers share their experiences of real-world recording sessions, explaining the decisions they made, and what went right and wrong along the way. First up, we record an indie-rock band on location...

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    Smoother Groover

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Find out how to build a natural-sounding acoustic drum kit in Cubase’s Groove Agent One.

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    The Complete Works

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit effectively bridges the gap between HDX and native Pro Tools systems. We look at what you get for your money.

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    The Long Way Round

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Create looper effects with longer delay times in Sonar.

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Sound Advice

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    Apple Notes

    Document management

    With the advent of Lion and Mountain Lion, the way we save and manage documents is changing. But what does this mean for studio musicians?

    Sound Advice
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    Q. What’s the best way to coil lavalier cables?

    I wonder if you can help me with a relatively minor problem that seems to cause a lot of undue irritation! In my work, I tend...

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    Q. Which portable vocal screen should I buy?

    I have a modest bedroom studio with way too many room reflections. I really don't want to apply any treatment to the walls,...

    Sound Advice
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    Windows 8 GUI

    PC Notes

    Windows 8’s new GUI may take some getting used to, but the features it brings should make the effort worthwhile.

    Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Blinded By Nostalgia?

    Leader

    Editor In Chief, Paul White questions vintage gear plug-ins.

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    Jeff Bhasker on mixing ‘We Are Young’

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Jeff Bhasker doesn’t usually mix his own productions or work with indie-rock bands. With Fun, he did both — and created a worldwide hit.

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    Owl City

    Adam Young & Robert Orton: Producing & Mixing The Midsummer Station

    Making music used to be a solitary, nocturnal pursuit for Adam Young, aka Owl City. Now, it’s his day job — and there are co-workers involved.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Milk-Plus, Animation, The Badje, Caution Horses, Damien Calcagne, Jack Jeffery, Black Storm, Matteo Bosi.

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    Recording & Re-recording Alanis Morissette

    Guy Sigsworth, Chris Elms & Joe Chiccarelli

    We’re used to hearing rock albums reworked by electronic producers — but Alanis Morissette chose to do things the other way around...

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    Sounding Off

    Producer / Orchestrator Onno Krijn asks the question.

    Need more space? Lose the cymbals!

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent releases from Paul McCartney, The Maccabees and Fun.

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Music Business

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    The large EastWest Studio 1 live area is still exactly as Bill Putnam designed it in the early '60s.

    EastWest Studios, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    In 2006, Bill Putnam's famous United Western studio complex on West Sunset Boulevard was re-opened as the EastWest Studios retaining much of it's original acoustic design.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    When TV composers talk about archiving, they usually mean backing up their hard drives.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Live music is more important to the industry than ever before, but there’s no reason for traditional recording studios to feel left out by this trend...

    Music Business
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