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November 2012 Magazine Contents

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    Acoustica Mixcraft 6

    Recording & Mixing Software For Windows

    The key features of Acoustica’s Mixcraft have always been affordability and ease of use. Version 6 builds on these strengths but also adds a new Pro Studio edition.

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    Apogee Quartet

    USB Audio Interface For Mac

    This sleek four-channel interface and monitor controller embodies all the quality and style we’ve come to expect from Apogee.

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month we look at iOS products from: VirSyn Addictive Synth, MicW i825 and the Wizdom Music SpaceWiz.

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    Boss FB2 Feedback Booster

    Guitar Pedal

    The FB2 is an unusual pedal incorporating some rather clever technology that allows guitar players to create genuine feedback-...

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    Coopersonic Dirtbox & Germaniac

    Stomp Box Distortion Effects

    Based in Nottingham, UK, Coopersonic Audio Engineering are responsible for a growing range of hand-wired effects pedals.

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    DAW Control Surfaces - Roundup

    Spotlight

    Tired of navigating complex audio software with just a mouse and keyboard? Then a control surface might be just what you need. Here’s our selection of current models, with links to the SOS review where available.

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    FBT Vertus CLA 604A & CLA 208SA

    Compact Line Array

    Need a compact and discreet PA that still delivers quality sound? Then the FBT Vertus might just be for you...

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    Fender Super Champ X2

    Valve Guitar Combo With DSP Effects & USB Interface

    With a valve power-amp stage, a DSP modelled preamp and effects section, and direct-to-computer recording, this amp is brimming with promise. Can it deliver?

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    Focusrite Forte

    USB Audio Interface

    The Forte is Focusrite’s attempt to build the best compact USB audio interface possible. Have they hit this ambitious target?

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    Geithain RL906

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Don’t let their diminutive size fool you: these are serious monitors that punch way above their weight.

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    Knif Soma

    Analogue Mastering EQ

    Costing almost as much as a small car, you’d expect that nothing could cut like a Knif. Find out what made our reviewer invest in a Soma...

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    Kush Audio UBK1

    Dynamics & Distortion Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Does Kush Audio’s expertise in designing analogue equipment translate into the plug-in realm?

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    Line 6 StageScape M20D

    Digital Mixer With Multitrack Recording

    Can you really make a complex, DSP-packed mixer that even musicians with no engineering experience can use? Line 6 think they can...

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    Microtech Gefell M900

    Capacitor Microphone

    Microtech Gefell mics have long been revered for their sonic performance in the studio — so why not use them on stage too?

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    Microtech Gefell M930Ts

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Almost a decade of experience has only reinforced my appreciation of this unassuming little mic.

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    Nektar Technology Panorama P4

    Controller Keyboard For Reason

    Propellerhead’s Reason gets its first dedicated MIDI keyboard and control surface. What can it offer that your mouse can’t?

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    Neve 88R LB

    500-series Mic Preamp

    The preamp from Neve’s “ultimate analogue console” is now available ‘to go’...

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    Novation Mininova

    Synthesizer

    Novation go back to their portable synth roots with a compact gem that reworks the Ultranova synth engine and adds a few extras...

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    Preview: Prism Sound Lyra

    Audio Interfaces

    Sound On Sound was given an exclusive sneak preview of the first production units in advance of the official product announcement on October 12th.

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    Rhythmic Robot | Logan

    Kontakt 4

    The Logan String Melody and the later Melody II are justifiably revered string machines.

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    Samplephonics | Warped Phonics

    Sample Library

    For this collection, Bulgarian producer Ivan Shopov teamed up with sound designer and producer Airbag Killex.

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    SE Electronics SE X1R

    Ribbon Microphone

    Ribbon mics have long been known for their smooth high end, but can sometimes sound a little on the dull side. Enter the SE X1R...

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    Studiologic Sledge

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Studiologic’s new Waldorf-powered polysynth is here and it’s very yellow indeed. Put your sunglasses on and meet the Sledge...

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    Toontrack | Pop! EZX

    EZ Drummer/Superior Drummer

    Ever since Toontrack launched EZ Drummer as the lightweight counterpart to Superior, they've been adding expander kits to it to cover just about any commercial style.

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    Ueberschall | Country Loops

    Elastik

    I must confess that country music is one of my guilty pleasures. For all the clichés about good 'ole boys, beer-drinking Rednecks and perpetual heartbreak, the genre is often a masterclass in songwriting and musicianship.

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    Vertigo VSC2

    VCA Compressor

    There are many VCA compressors available, at a range of prices, but very few employ a fully discrete gain-reduction element. So what exactly does this design feature bring to the table?

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    Vertigo VSC2 | Media

    VCA Compressor

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Waves NLS

    Console Emulation Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Waves are the latest manufacturers to try to package the sound of large-format mixing consoles in plug-in form.

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Techniques

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    Basic Instinct

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    As we wait with bated breath for the release of DP8, let’s revise some core DP techniques…

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    Efterklang

    Recording Piramida

    The abandoned Soviet mining village of Pyramiden provided Efterklang with a unique recording venue — and the constant threat of being eaten by polar bears.

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    Environmental Health

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to import and combine Environment layers to create new MIDI facilities for your projects.

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    Get Real

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    These simple steps in Cubase 5 will make your programmed acoustic drum tracks sound more authentic.

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    Get Real | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

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    Layers Of Complexity

    The SOS Drum-layering Masterclass

    Whether you’re programming electronic beats, or reinforcing rock drums, there’s more to drum layering than meets the ear.

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    Layers Of Complexity | Media

    The SOS Drum-layering Masterclass

    The audio files on this page accompany the SOS Drum Layering Masterclass.

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    Pitch Perfect

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Fix vocal pitch in Sonar without nasty correction artifacts.

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    Reverb Revisited

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    It’s a Reason reverberation extravaganza this month, as we look at the tools available and how to use them.

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    Session Notes

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    When you’re recording away from the studio and under time constraints, you need to get the big decisions right — and not become bogged down in detail.

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    Session Notes | Media

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

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    Shift Yourself

    Ableton Live Tips & Technique

    We see why there’s much more to Live’s Frequency Shifter effect than meets the eye...

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    Starting Points

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools’ template system, and its undocumented Track Presets feature, can help your sessions get moving faster.

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    Studio SOS: Joe Matera.

    Studio SOS: Joe Matera

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    With a little cunning and resourcefulness, you can improve the sound of nearly any studio — even when it’s on the other side of the world!

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    What’s In A Name?

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Sometimes Studio One expresses itself differently to other DAWs, but don’t let that put you off...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Bob Williams: The Analogue Systems Story

    Modular Masters

    Who are the most successful British synth manufacturers of all time? Hint: they’re alive and well — and busier than ever...

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    How To Become A Pro Live Sound Engineer

    Sex, Lies & Gaffer Tape

    Live-sound employment is now more competitive than ever, so how can you stand out from the crowd? We asked some of the leading teachers and employers in the industry for their advice.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Keeping It Simple

    Leader

    Looking back over some very old leader columns, I came across some of my comments and suggestions for making aspects of music technology more friendly.

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    Oasis ‘Wonderwall’

    Classic Tracks

    For many, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? is Oasis’s masterpiece. Producer and engineer Owen Morris tells us the story of its creation.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    This month we review: Lois, LTS, Three Little Words, The Paul Hegley Band, Sea Stacks and Jabi Shriki

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    Sounding Off

    When does a favour become a chore?

    Barrington Haynes asks the question.

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    Steve Greenwell discusses Joss Stone

    Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers:

    Steve Greenwell knew he wanted a live feel for Joss Stone’s second album of soul covers, but finding the right mix was more of a challenge.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month's tracks are from Madonna, Justin Bieber, Elbow, Maroon 5 and Flo Rida.

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Music Business

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    Abbey Road Studios, London

    Studio File

    We take a look inside one of the most famous studios in the world.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The viewing public never get to see — or hear — the messy side of TV production. But that’s where the fun is.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Recording budgets have been getting lower for some time. Are the technical standards we’ve come to expect from records being eroded too?

    Music Business
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