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May 2013 Magazine Contents

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    Allen & Heath ICE 16

    Digital Multitrack Recorder & Audio Interface

    When it comes to recording a live show, most recording rigs are either bulky or expensive — or both. The ICE 16, on the other hand, is neither...

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    Arturia iMini

    Synthesizer iOS App For iPad

    It was surely only a matter of time before an iOS Minimoog appeared, and it's no surprise that Arturia are the company who've made it...

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    ATC SCM25A

    Three-way Active Monitors

    These compact speakers from venerable UK manufacturers ATC aren’t cheap — but does the quality on offer justify the asking price?

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    Audio Kitchen The Big Trees

    Pedal Valve Amp & Processor

    To say that the guitar pedal market is saturated would be a grand understatement: it's hard to fathom how a newcomer could...

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    Bereich 03 Audio LC-HC

    Analogue High & Low Pass Filters

    500 Series rack format.

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    Big Fish Audio | Ambient Skyline 2

    Sample Library

    This hefty collection of ambient and chilled loops, hits and samples weighs in at just under 6GB, with all the usual formats covered over three DVDs.

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    Cerwin-Vega P1500X and P1800SX PA system.

    Cerwin-Vega P1500X & P1800SX

    Active PA Speakers

    Offering built-in mixing facilities and DSP functionality, there’s more to these self-powered speakers than meets the eye.

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    Clavia Nord Electro 4

    Performance Keyboards

    Clavia’s updated Electro range prove that if you need top-quality staple keyboard sounds, playability and simplicity, Nords still lead.

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    Drum Loops HD

    Drum Sample Library For iOS

    Available as an iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch app, Drum Loops HD is essentially a library of very nicely recorded,...

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    Dynacord PowerMate 1600-3

    Powered Mixer

    It’s not the cheapest mixer in its class, but with its built-in effects, graphic EQ and quality engineering, the PowerMate offers real value.

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    Elektron Analog Four.

    Elektron Analog Four

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Not a company to do things by half, Elektron have combined their first analogue synth with an incredibly versatile sequencer.

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    FXpansion | Zildjian Digital Vault

    Sample Library

    Expansion Library For BFD2 & BFD Eco

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    IK Multimedia T-Racks CS Grand

    Processor Suite For Mac OS & Windows

    IK’s flagship suite of plug-in processors continues to grow, with the addition of a channel strip and several handy multi-band modules.

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    JDK Audio 8MX2

    Preamplifier/Mixer

    Adding a mixer to an eight-channel preamp may not sound revolutionary, but if it all fits in a 1U rack case it could be very useful indeed!

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    Korg MS20 Mini.

    Korg MS20 Mini

    Analogue Synthesizer

    For the best part of 20 years, musicians have been asking certain Japanese manufacturers for recreations of their classic synths, and finally one of them has been brave enough to do it. How does Korg’s reborn MS20 compare to its illustrious ancestor?

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    Lewitt LCT940

    Hybrid Valve/Solid-State Microphone

    With the ability to blend between valve and solid-state circuitry, Lewitt’s LCT940 is a genuinely innovative and versatile microphone.

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    Radial Gold Digger & Cherry Picker.

    Radial Gold Digger & Cherry Picker

    Mic & Preamp Selectors

    Radial’s latest pair of problem-solvers let you compare multiple mics using a single preamp, or switch a single mic between several preamps.

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    RMS Audioworks RMS12

    Valve Microphone

    How close have this boutique company come to recreating the sound of a vintage AKG C12?

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    RMS Audioworks RMS12 Valve Microphone

    Audio Files

    Audio files to accompany this month's article.

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    Rode iXY

    Microphone For iOS Devices

    To make the best use of the iPhone's 24-bit, 96kHz recording capability, you need a good microphone — which is where the Rode iXY comes in...

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    Scarbee Rickenbacker Bass

    Virtual Bass Instrument

    The ‘Ricky’ bass sound graces many a classic track. Have Scarbee nailed its distinctive qualities?

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    Slate Digital Raven multi-touch controller.

    Slate Raven MTX

    Multi-touch DAW Controller

    Few product launches have attracted as much attention as Slate’s touchscreen controller. Is the Raven the future of DAW control — or an oversized iPad?

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    Sonic Farm Creamer

    Dual-channel Valve Preamplifier

    With user-configurable valve stages, the option of transformer-coupling and more besides, Sonic Farm’s preamp provides a broad palette of tonal options.

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    Synchro Arts Revoice Pro

    Vocal Matching Software For Mac OS

    The makers of VocAlign have built on its capabilities, creating software that can not only match the timing of vocal parts, but their pitch and level too.

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    TellyTone TV405

    Valve Guitar Amp

    Retro-style amp cabinet

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    Three-way Active Monitors

    Spotlight

    Three-way monitors have traditionally lived at the top end of the market, but there’s now a good choice of models on offer in the sub-£2000 $3000 category. Here’s a selection of recent options, with links to the SOS reviews where available.

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    ToneSearch

    Hex-pickup Breakout Box

    Designed to work with the Roland GK-series pickup.

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    Ultimate Support HyperPad

    iPad Stand

    Apple's iPad seems to have wormed its way into both live and recorded music in a big way, so having some way to hold the thing securely in the right position is a must...

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    VSL Vienna Dimension Strings

    Orchestral Sample Library

    A massive string ensembles library with individual player control is the latest development in VSL’s product line.

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    Zapzorn | Elements

    Kontakt 5 Player

    There are plenty of libraries that are emblazoned with the label 'Cinematic', and they often concentrate on larger-than-life...

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Techniques

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    Bright Idea

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Try out some ’80s-style high-frequency enhancement by recreating the famous ‘Dolby A’ trick with Cubase’s bundled plug-ins.

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    Bright Idea | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Capturing Perfect Harmonica Recordings

    Tips & Techniques

    The harmonica, or blues harp, appears on tracks in many genres. Despite its apparently simple construction, it’s an amazingly expressive instrument — and there are almost as many ways to record it as there are to play it.

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    Capturing Perfect Harmonica Recordings | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Crafty Comping

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Live offers all the tools you need for quick and convenient comping: you just need to know where to look.

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    Marque Of Distinction

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with the marquee tool’s endless possibilities, and you could soon be a Logic power user.

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    Missing Links

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    When Pro Tools loses track of the media files used in a session, you need to turn detective...

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    Mix Rescue: Cristina Vane | Audio

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the Cristina Vane article.

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    Mix Rescue: Cristina Vane.

    Mix Rescue: Singer-Songwriter Remix

    Cristina Vane

    Putting in the effort at the front end of the production process can save countless hours when it comes to mixdown — as this month’s remix demonstrates.

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    Power Plugs

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    DP still has its full share of virtual guitar amps and pedals, reverb and chorus plug-ins — but version 8 also introduced some quality problem-solvers.

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    Prep School

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Optimise your vocal tracks in Sonar X2 before you start mixing.

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    Prepare to DI!

    Using DI Boxes On Stage

    DI boxes are essential pieces of stage equipment, but to get the most out of them, it helps to know what they do — and how they do it...

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    Seven Wonders

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    The landmark Reason v7 is about to arrive. What will it do for you?

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    Spectral Correction With Samplitude

    Samplitude Tips & Techniques

    Among Samplitude Pro X’s unique features is spectral editing in the main project window. Here’s how it works.

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    Spectral Correction With Samplitude | Media

    Video Files

    Video tutorial to accompany this month's article.

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    Studio One Audioloops & Musicloops

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Explore and learn to use Studio One 2’s Audioloop and Musicloop formats.

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Sound Advice

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    Apple Notes

    See everything that's going on.

    Discover the advanced features of Mission Control and get your desktop in order.

    Sound Advice
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    PC Notes

    Windows 8

    Windows 8 sales are still disappointing, but at least third-party developers are continuing to improve our user experience.

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    Q. How should I record a marimba?

    I have a question about recording percussion — in particular, tuned percussion. Why is it that some sound engineers can record without a massive impact when a mallet strikes a bar, and others can't?

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    Unless you're handy with a soldering iron — and have a lot of patience! — SOS's custom-made pseudo-balanced cables could be the best solution for connecting unbalanced equipment to balanced inputs.

    Q. Is there a better balanced-to-unbalanced cabling solution?

    The line inputs on my computer interface are all balanced on TRS sockets, but the outputs of my hardware synths are all unbalanced on mono TS sockets...

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    Q. What insurance do I need?

    I've had a home studio for a few years now that I use mainly for my own projects and some commissioned work. I'm occasionally...

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    Q. Why do waveforms sometimes look lop-sided ?

    When I look at the waveform of a vocal recording, it looks lop-sided, with the waveform going further above the zero-crossing...

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People

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    Classic Tracks: Pulp ‘Common People’

    Producer: Chris Thomas • Engineer: David Nicholas

    Pulp’s infectiously catchy commentary on the joys of class tourism helped propel the group to fame after nearly two decades of obscurity. Engineer David Nicholas tells us how ‘Common People’ was recorded.

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    Playback

    Reader's music reviewed

    This month we feature: Vadim Mikhailov, Mr Smith, Jeff Lowe, Rough Twist, Kristy Gallacher, Wilderspin and SuperCool-Guy.

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    Sounding Off: Ben McAvoy

    Working For Yourself

    How can you build something from nothing when no one tells you anything?

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    Stornoway in their Oxford shed-cum-studio. From left: Oli Steadman, Brian Briggs, Rob Steadman and Jon Ouin.

    Stornoway: Recording Tales From Terra Firma

    Jonathan Ouin, Oli Steadman & George Shilling

    Many bands record their own albums these days, but few achieve as much with as little gear as Stornoway.

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    The Les Misérables Sound Team, Part 2

    Inside Track: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Not only did the Les Misérables crew have to capture live singing on a film set: they then had to figure out how to overdub orchestral arrangements to it!

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month's productions: Angel, Simple Plan featuring Sean Paul, Lawson and classic mix AC/DC's Back In Black from 1980.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Use It Or Lose It

    Leader

    Paul White considers his annual studio clean-up!

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    Wes Dooley & Audio Engineering Associates

    The Ribbon Guy

    When RCA abandoned ribbon mics, Wes Dooley of AEA believed they still had a place in the modern studio — so he set about making his own.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The people who are paying us don’t always notice when we drop the ball — but it’s a matter of pride.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Home studios make it easier for musicians and engineers to work on their own — but is that always a good thing?

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    The Coach House control room is centered around a Neve 8128 console, accompanied by eight vintage Neve 1061 modules.

    Rockfield Studios, Wales

    Studio File

    We step inside one of the longest established residential studios in the UK.

    Music Business
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