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    Allen & Heath GLD80 mixing desk.

    Allen & Heath GLD80

    Digital Mixing Console

    This attractive desk, crammed with technology gleaned from A&H’s flagship iLive consoles, goes straight to the top of our live sound engineer’s wish list...

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    Allen & Heath XB10 mixer.

    Allen & Heath XB10

    USB Broadcast Mixer

    More and more of us are podcasting or Internet broadcasting, and this affordable dedicated mixer can make these tasks easier.

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    Amp Simulator Software

    Spotlight

    With so many software amp simulators to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s our selection of current options, with links to the SOS review where available.

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month we look at the PPG WaveMapper, Touch Press, 'The Orchestra', JamUp Pro and the IpTouch Logic controller App.

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    ART Tube MP/C.

    ART Tube MP/C

    Mic Preamp & Optical Compressor

    ART's Tube MP/C combines a hybrid 12AX7 (ECC83) valve preamp section with the company's 'Vactrol' optical compressor, and the whole thing is all about tonal character.

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    Audio Kitchen Little Chopper.

    Audio Kitchen Little Chopper

    Valve Guitar Amp Head

    The Little Chopper is a boutique, 7W amp head, with a variable power control which allows the user to achieve their desired sound at manageable levels.

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    Audio-Technica ATM510 & ATM610A.

    Audio-Technica ATM510 & ATM610A

    Dynamic Microphones

    Not every mic on stage has to be one of the usual suspects, as Audio-Technica prove with these two dynamic vocal mics.

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    Danfield Audio MX30T preamp/compressor.

    Danfield Audio MX30T

    Desktop Mic Preamp & Compressor

    With an emphasis on clarity and speed, and a not insignificant price tag, this preamp/compressor combo promises a lot. Does it deliver?

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    Digitech Whammy (5th Gen)

    Pitch-shifting Effects Pedal

    The latest version of the Digitech Whammy — the pedal-operated digital pitch-shifter that has been keeping guitarists amused...

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    Echo Audio Echo 2

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    The Echo 2 certainly looks the part, with its contemporary touchscreen interface, but does it back up the style with substance?

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    Effectrode Blackbird

    Dual-channel Valve Guitar Preamplifier

    The Blackbird from Effectrode is a two-channel, valve-driven guitar preamp. Essentially the front end of a valve amp stuffed...

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    Event 2030

    Active Three-way Monitors

    Event eye up the uncrowded market for affordable three-way speakers with their new active 2030s.

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    Korg KingKorg

    Virtual Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    It’s named in honour of everyone’s favourite giant ape, but will Korg’s new keyboard scale the heights or be shot down in flames? Find out in our exclusive review...

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    Mackie DLM8 & DLM12

    Active PA Speakers With DSP

    Despite their small size, these dinky speakers each pack a mighty 2kW of power — as well as a useful array of DSP features...

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    Microtech Gefell CMV563 M7S

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Gefell’s reissue of a historic Neumann mic, made in the same factory as the original, exudes class — and has a price to match...

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    Muse Research Receptor VIP.

    Muse Research Receptor VIP

    Virtual Instrument & Plug-in Host

    Muse Research continue to refine their Receptor virtual instrument player.

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    Notion Music Notion 4.

    Notion Music - Notion 4

    Notation Software For Mac OS, Windows & iPad

    Some score-writing packages are affordable, some are powerful, and some are easy to use. Is Notion 4 the first to tick all three boxes?

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    Playback

    Reader's music reviewed

    This month we feature: Animal Language, Arabella, Bark Prelude, Bright Lights, Patawave Sound Project, Pierre Vincent and Steve Burgan.

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    Plug-in Folder

    VST and UAD2 formats

    This month we review the M-RGT Ambitron and Universal Audio, Precision K-Ambience Recovery Tool.

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    Prime Loops | Dubstep Reaper

    Sample Library

    WAV/REX2/Live/Apple Loops/Refill

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    Prodipe RSL

    Stereo Ribbon Microphone

    Think you need thousands to add a decent stereo ribbon mic to your collection? Think again...

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    Soniccouture EP73 Deconstructed.

    Soniccouture | EP73 Deconstructed

    Kontakt 5

    An unconventional Fender Rhodes Stage 73 Mk1 electric piano Sample Library.

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    Sound Toys Radiator

    Distortion Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Sound Toys turn back the clock to bring some ’60s grit into your DAW.

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    Eurorack synth modules.

    The Secret World Of Modular Synthesizers

    Weird Science - The SOS Guide To The Modular Synth Underground

    Bedroom-based boffins the world over are manufacturing increasingly bizarre and esoteric synth modules. Come with us as we step away from the modular mainstream and take a look at some of the more eccentric Eurorack synth modules this weird world has to offer.

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    TK Audio TK-lizer EQ.

    TK Audio TK-lizer

    Two-channel Equaliser

    The ingredients for this EQ are simple: a classic Baxandall tone circuit and a clean, modern rack unit — but TK have added to the recipe with some spice of their own.

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    Toontrack | EZX Blues

    Expansion kit for Toontrack EZ

    Sample Library

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    Trident Series 80B Dual Channel strip.

    Trident Audio Series 80B

    Stereo Preamp & EQ

    For decades, Trident’s Series 80 consoles have graced world-class recording facilities. The new Series 80B dual channel strip makes this classic sound available with a much smaller footprint — and cost.

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    Trident Audio Series 80B | Media

    Stereo Preamp & EQ

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Ueberschall | Chart Hits

    Elastik

    Sample Library

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    Vintage Vibe 64 Piano

    Electro-mechanical Piano

    Rhodes restoration specialists Vintage Vibe have turned their expertise to manufacturing. So how does their creation compare to the classics?

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Techniques

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    A Project Shared...

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Now you can get your music to the outside world without ever leaving Pro Tools!

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    All Mixed Up

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase 7’s Mix Console is far more capable than its predecessors, but can be daunting to newcomers. We show you how to configure it to your needs.

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    MIDI Networking

    Apple Notes

    We revisit the world of MIDI networking, inviting multiple devices, and even PCs, to the party.

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    Mix Rescue: Tom McKenzie

    Optimising Your Mixes

    Our tame engineer shows that you can craft a great mix even using compression in moderation, and that a little editing up front can make the job of mixing a whole lot easier.

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    Mix Rescue: Tom McKenzie | Media

    Audio Files

    Audio Files to accompany this month's article.

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    Off The Beaten Track

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Logic’s Ultrabeat is more than just a drum machine — so get creative with it and ‘glitch up’ your dance tracks!

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    Philip Hobbs & Linn Records: Recording The Dunedin Consort

    Passion Play

    When you make recordings designed to show off your hi-fi systems, they had better be good! It’s no accident that Philip Hobbs of Linn is one of the UK’s leading classical engineers and producers.

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    Session Notes: Impossible Colours.

    Session Notes: Tracking Psychedelic Rock

    Impossible Colours

    With a band citing a particularly broad range of influences, our engineer came up with a plan for capturing a bit of them all. Find out how he fared...

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    Session Notes: Tracking Psychedelic Rock | Media

    Impossible Colours: Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Stereo Guitar

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Take a walk on the wide side with these Studio One stereo guitar techniques.

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    Stereo Guitar | Audio Files

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Audio Files to accompany the article.

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    Take Control

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar X2 replaces Track Layers with Take Lanes, which come with far more flexibility...

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    The Dark Side

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Explore the secret paths to modulation on the dusty reverse of Reason’s cheery fascia...

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    This Year’s Model

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Try some guitar-amp modelling with Live, a couple of plug-ins and a bit of know-how.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A Modest Proposal

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White asks "Should Plug-In 'vintage effects' offer something different?"

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    Classic Tracks: Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells

    Producers: Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth • Engineers: Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth

    Forty years after its original release, Mike Oldfield tells us the story of recording his hugely successful debut album, Tubular Bells.

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    Producing Alt-J & Madness

    Interview with Charlie Andrew

    When Charlie Andrew began working with Alt-J, both were unknown. The resulting album would change everything...

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    Sounding Off: Simon Gogerly

    Why are we lusting after vintage gear?

    Producer Simon Gogerly talks about the trend of worshipping vintage studio gear.

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    The Les Misérables Sound Team: Part 1

    Inside Track

    In his quest for authenticity, director Tom Hooper drove his Les Misérables technical crew to completely reinvent film soundtrack recording.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hits from PSY, Mumford & Sons, Devlin and go back to 1996 classic track 'Killing Me Softy' by The Fugees.

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Music Business

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    Jungle City studio, New York.

    Jungle City, New York

    Studio File

    We visit this penthouse studio overlooking Time Square, New York.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Stupidity is annoying, but at least it’s only a distraction. Isn’t it?

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The aviation industry has more in common with the studio business than you might think...

    Music Business
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