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Reviews

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    Akai MPC Renaissance.

    Akai MPC Renaissance

    Sampling Workstation.

    The legendary MPC brand is reborn in a form that aims to marry its famous hands-on ethos with the unlimited possibilities of the software world. Does the combination work?

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    Audiobus

    Audio Routing App For iOS

    Audiobus allows you to pass the audio output from one app to the input of another in real time by creating an inter‑app 'audio cable'.

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    Audix BP7 Pro

    Dynamic Microphone Set

    Most mic bundles economise on their included models, but Audix’s BandPack series features some of their leading designs. John Gatski takes a look.

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    Electro-Harmonix Superego

    Stomp Box Effect

    Electro-Harmonix' Superego effect is a spin-off from their Freeze pedal, which was itself derived from one of their 'infinite...

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    Eve Audio SC307

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Could Eve’s DSP-based approach to monitor design tempt users away from the more established brands?

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    Harbal v3.

    Harbal 3

    Analysis & Mastering Software [Mac OS/Windows]

    If you want to know how your mixes match up to commercial masters, Harbal will show you!

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    HK AudioLucas Nano 300

    Active PA System

    With its compact dimensions, the Nano certainly lives up to its name, but does it live up to HK’s reputation for quality sound?

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    Ian Boddy Analogue Workshop 1: Distortion & Feedback.

    Ian Boddy Waveforms | Analogue Workshop 1: Distortion & Feedback

    Sample Library

    Electronic musician Ian Boddy's latest work, Analogue Workshop 1, promises to be the first in a series of libraries, each one focusing on a particular aspect of modular synthesis.

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    iTunes Music: Mastering High Resolution Audio Delivery

    Book Review

    We're told repeatedly that the future of music is in downloads, and a primary source of downloaded music is Apple's iTunes

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    Korg iPolysix

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    The iPolysix app faithfully recreates the original synth's architecture, which had six VCOs, one for each of its six voices. Does it do the original justice?

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    MFB 522 & 503 drum machines.

    MFB 522 & 503

    Analogue Drum Machines

    Analogue drum machines are a rare species these days, so it’s a huge relief that a breeding pair have been found in Berlin...

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    Nine Volt Audio | Taiko 2

    Sample Library

    Kontakt

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    PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & TubePre V2.

    PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & TubePre V2

    Microphone Preamplifiers

    Tubey or not tubey? That is the question you can answer with the help of these affordable preamps!

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    Real Sound Lab CONEQ

    Loudspeaker Equalisation System

    Real Sound Lab’s innovative speaker correction system provides high-precision equalisation tailored to your monitors and your room.

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    Roland Integra 7.

    Roland Integra 7

    Sound Module

    The Integra 7 might at first glance seem to be a Jupiter in rack form, but it turns out there’s more to it than that — much, much more...

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    Samplr

    Sample Manipulation App For iOS

    Samplr is a modestly-named app for sample and loop manipulation, notable for making superb use of the iPad's multi-touch surface to stretch, transpose, play and twist up to six samples.

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    Sonuus Wahoo

    Analogue Wah/filter Effects Pedal

    With a pair of digitally controlled analogue filters, the Wahoo promises to provide the full spectrum of wah and filter effects, including something completely new...

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    Sony Sound Forge Pro Mac

    Audio Editing Software [Mac OS]

    One of the giants of the Windows audio world has made it to the Mac at last. Was it worth the wait?

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    Spitfire Audio Albion 2 Loegria

    Orchestral Sample Library

    Rising from the mist of old England comes the successor to Spitfire’s flagship orchestral library.

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    SSL Alpha-Link MX

    MADI A-D / D-A Converters

    Is there a place for MADI audio interfacing in the project studio? SSL believe there is, and offer a range of interfaces to fill it.

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    Steinberg Cubase 7.

    Steinberg Cubase 7

    Music Production Software [Mac OS/Windows]

    Steinberg's DAW software has received perhaps its biggest shake-up to date, with a redesigned mixer and some clever chord functions.

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    Studio Headphones

    Spotlight

    If you value quality monitoring, it’s worth investing in a good pair of headphones. Here’s a selection of premium models from some of the leading manufacturers, with links to the SOS review where available.

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    Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard II LE

    Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor

    Almost three years since we reviewed the original version of Vic Keary’s impressive summing mixer, it’s time to test-drive Version II — and a special Limited Edition.

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    Thermionic Culture Fat Bustard II LE | Media

    Summing Mixer & Stereo Processor

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    Toontrack | Rock Solid EZX

    Sample Library

    Expansion kit for EZDrummer

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    Ueberschall Nouvelle Discotheque sample library.

    Ueberschall | Nouvelle Discotheque

    Sample Library

    Elastik 2

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    Warm Audio WA12 mic preamp.

    Warm Audio WA12

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Warm Audio are a relatively new Texas-based company who have set out to produce a world-class preamp for rather less than a world-class price.

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    Yamaha MGP16X mixer.

    Yamaha MGP16X

    Compact Mixer

    It might look like a simple analogue desk, but beneath the MGP16X’s familiar exterior lies some extensive digital processing.

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    Zynaptiq Unveil.

    Zynaptiq Unveil

    Reverb Removal Plug-in For Mac & PC

    The Holy Grail of location recording is the ability to isolate the sound of a source from that of the space in which it was recorded. Have Zynaptiq found it?

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Techniques

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    Ableton: Smooth Operator

    Ableton Live Tips & Technique

    From the conventional to the chaotic, Live’s Operator synth does it all.

    Techniques
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    An Introduction To In-ear Monitoring

    The Sound In Your Head

    In-ear monitoring is becoming a practical option for musicians and engineers at all levels. Is it time you made the switch?

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    Automatic Weapons

    Reason Tips & Technique

    Take a guided tour of Reason’s automation armoury.

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    Automation Routes In Studio One

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One’s automation model might not seem very straightforward, but it can be extremely flexible...

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    Digital Performer 8

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    DP8 for Mac has finally arrived — so here’s an upgrader’s guide to some of its new features.

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    Jesusonic Plug-Ins

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    The Jesusonic collection might not be the prettiest of Reaper’s plug-ins, but there’s more to them than meets the eye.

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    Outboard Bound

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools can integrate external hardware into its mixer, and even compensate for the delay that this introduces.

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    Parallel Compression

    The Real Benefits

    Parallel compression is a powerful mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. Read on to find out what it really does — and how it can help you make better mixes.

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    The Price Of Kings documentary.

    Recording & Mixing The Price Of Kings

    Richard Symons, Simon Bishop & Bob Clearmountain

    Documentary films stand or fall on the strength of their soundtracks — and when you are recording the emotional outpourings of a world leader, there are no second takes.

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    Session Notes: Dunning Kruger | Media

    Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs

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    Session Notes: Writing & Recording Cello Overdubs

    Dunning Kruger

    This month, our engineer gets roped into the writing and arrangement process as he tracks cello parts in a living room.

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    Studio SOS: Ian Stephenson

    SOS Awards Prize-winner

    Like a bird on the wing, we travel over the sea to Skye to help last year’s SOS Awards prize winner set up his brand-new studio!

    Techniques
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    We Got The Beat: Part 2

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Part 2: Having built our own beat repeater in Logic last month, let’s now see what more we can do with it...

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Beyond The Grave

    Janus: Gravedigger Then And Now

    Signed to Harvest, Janus made one album — and hated the way it sounded. Four decades later, they finally got the chance to mix it properly...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Feedback Is Good

    Leader

    Recent Q&A seminars with readers have proved enlightening...

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    Inside Track: Recording Aerosmith

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Producer Jack Douglas

    Their latest album saw Aerosmith return to their roots, with Jack Douglas in the producer’s chair. But it wasn’t all retro...

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    Playback: Silken Ladders.

    Playback

    Reader's music reviewed

    Silken Ladders, Rake Wickman, 21st Sentry, Angels In Architecture, Cat & Cage, Al Fleeman, Music To Drive Tanks To, Jon Durant.

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    Sounding Off: David Greeves

    Music Has Many Languages

    Music is not the universal language. You’re thinking of Esperanto.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hit records by Alex Clare, DJ Fresh, Wiley, Cheryl, Loreen and The Saturdays.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    TV composers usually work at a safe distance, but you can’t beat the excitement of a big live spectacular.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Traditional and home studios haven’t always seen eye to eye, but there may still be room for both types in this ever-changing industry.

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    Sony Scoring Stage, Los Angeles.

    Sony Scoring Stage, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    We take a look at the renamed Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) studio.

    Music Business
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