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Reviews

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    Adam F7

    Active Monitors

    It shares some technology with the respected A7X, but the largest in Adam’s F-series of monitors is much more affordable.

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    Akai MPC Studio

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai’s slimline follow-up to their Renaissance hybrid MPC aims to claim some territory from a certain competing machine...

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    Antelope Audio Orion 32 USB audio interface.

    Antelope Audio Orion 32

    USB Audio Interface & Converter

    With 32 analogue I/O, MADI and ADAT in a 1U format, this Antelope stands out from the herd!

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    MIDI Designer Pro configured for Kontakt effects control.

    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    MIDI Designer Pro control surface and The Wablet Synth app for iOS.

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    ART Pro VLA II optical compressor.

    ART Pro VLA II

    Two-channel Compressor

    This optical outboard compressor is cheaper than some plug-ins. What’s the catch?

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    Dangerous Music Source.

    Dangerous Music Source

    Portable Monitor Controller

    Meet the monitor controller for the DJ, musician or engineer on the move!

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    Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Dave Smith’s latest synth crams four Mophos into one keyboard-shaped box. The result promises to be more than the sum of its parts.

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    Digico UB MADI converter.

    Digico UB MADI

    USB MADI Interface For Mac & PC

    Digico's latest product should appeal to anyone wanting to achieve high channel counts in music-production facilities, as it enables you to add up to 48 channels of MADI-format digital I/O to a Mac or PC via USB.

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    DMAX Audio Plug-ins

    Mastering Limiter, EQ & Stereo Processor For Mac & PC

    A suite of plug-ins from Russian developers DMAX takes an unorthodox approach to mastering processing.

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    Dynacord A112A & A118A

    Active PA Speakers

    Do these DSP-equipped speakers from Dynacord’s new A-Line series sound as classy as they look?

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    Hybrid Two | Project Alpha

    Sample Library

    Sound designers Daniel James and Aaron Frensley are the duo responsible for creating Project Alpha, a sound-design toolkit for cinematic music projects.

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    JDK V12

    500-series Compressor

    We reviewed the JDK R22 compressor back in SOS June 2010, when the brand had just been launched by parent company API. You can...

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    Microtech Gefell M221

    Omnidirectional Capacitor Microphone

    Not only is this a remarkably high-quality microphone, but a very versatile one too, thanks to some cunning acoustic trickery...

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    Moog Sub Phatty synthesizer.

    Moog Sub Phatty

    Analogue Synthesizer

    A new Moog monosynth is exciting enough in itself, but the Sub Phatty has hidden depths that its vintage predecessors could only dream of...

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    Multitrack Mixer/Interfaces

    Spotlight

    Computer recording technology is now very mature, but many people still prefer to work with traditional mixing desks. So why not get a desk that fully integrates with your computer? Here’s our pick of available options.

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    NI Reverb Classics: RC24 & RC48

    Reverb Plug-ins [Mac / PC]

    Native Instruments’ latest plug-in suite aims to provide the classic Lexicon reverb sound at a budget-friendly price.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Compressors, Reverbs and EQ

    Massey CT5, Henry Olonga Nebula presets, Universal Audio Shadow Hills Mastering Compressor and Wavesfactory Trackspacer

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    Prodipe TDC5 & TDC8 coaxial monitors.

    Prodipe TDC5 & TDC8

    Active Coaxial Monitors

    Coaxial monitors are usually expensive, so how do these budget offerings from French company Prodipe perform?

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    Propellerhead Reason 7

    Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Reason has evolved in splendid isolation from other production tools, but version 7 sees Propellerhead build bridges to the outside world.

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    Steinberg Nuendo v6.

    Steinberg Nuendo 6

    DAW Software For Mac OS & Windows

    In the latest version of their flagship post-production software, Steinberg have applied some clever lateral thinking to loudness metering and ADR recording.

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    Steinberg UR22

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    The compact UR22 offers 24-bit, 192kHz recording, a bundled version of Cubase, and a very reasonable price: what’s not to like?

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    Synthogy Ivory II Concert D

    Virtual Piano Instrument

    Synthogy capture one of legendary pianist Glenn Gould’s favourite instruments.

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    TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch 2

    Vocal Processor

    TC’s latest processor makes it easier than ever before to manipulate the sound of your voice.

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    Ueberschall | Indie Rock 2

    Sample Library

    Ueberschall's original Elastik-based Indie Rock library got a five-star review back in the January 2012 issue of SOS. A year or so on and the company are back with a follow-up.

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    Vir2 | Studio Kit Builder

    Sample Library

    The world isn't short of decent drum libraries, but it never hurts to have more sounds available.

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    Vox amPhone AC30 headphones.

    Vox amPhone AC30

    Amp Modelling Headphones

    Marketing hype or a marriage of convenience between Audio-Technica, who provide the headphones, and Vox, who provide the guitar amp modelling?

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    Waves Manny Marroquin Collection

    Plug-in Bundle For Mac & PC

    Once again, Waves have tried to bottle the magic of a celebrated mix engineer, so that it can be uncorked in the home studio...

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    Yamaha DTX400K

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Yamaha’s new entry-level electronic drum kit is easy on the wallet, but aims not to compromise on sound quality. Is it a hit?

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Techniques

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    Forging Links

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Sometimes Pro Tools needs a helping hand with finding files and collecting them together.

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    Live For Tomorrow

    Live Tips & Techniques

    We get hands-on with the new and improved features of Live 9.

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    Acoustic guitar on stand on stage.

    Mixing Acoustic Guitars Live

    Strum and Twang

    Acoustic guitars are central to many live performances, but making them sound good through a PA isn’t as straightforward as you might imagine.

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    Model Behaviour

    Sonar Tips & Technique

    Find out how to make Sonar X2’s Console Emulator plug-in work for you.

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    Re-chord Industry

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Using Cubase 7’s powerful new Chord Track, you can completely rework your existing compositions.

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    Re-chord Industry | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Kent Spong: vintage instrument restorer.

    Restoring Analogue Synthesizers

    Kent Spong

    Vintage synths are objects of fascination to musicians and collectors alike. But keeping them alive takes a special kind of expertise...

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    Session Notes: Recording Guitars

    The Travis Waltons

    Mic choice and technique may be important, but the other half of the recording battle is working to make musicians feel relaxed enough to deliver a great performance.

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    Session Notes: Recording Guitars | Media

    The Travis Waltons: Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Strip Advisor

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Learn to customise Channel Strip Settings and stamp your own sound on Logic!

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    To The X-Trem!

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Get the rhythm with Studio One’s X-Trem and pattern sequencers.

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    To The X-Trem! | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Audio examples to accompany the article

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    Picture 1: The Rado theme shown with an enlarged master fader.

    Variations On A Theme

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Give Reaper a make-over with a change of graphic theme...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A Matter Of Timing

    Leader

    Editor-in-Chief, Paul White discusses the click-track!

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    Ethan Johns

    Producer, Engineer & Singer/Songwriter

    Ethan Johns learned his trade from the best in the business, but it’s his own talent that has kept his production skills in demand.

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    Inside Track: Bon Jovi's What About Now

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: John Shanks & Jeff Rothschild

    Nearly 30 years after they burst onto the scene, Bon Jovi continue to top charts worldwide.

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    Playback

    Reader's Music Reviewed

    Dakhla, Gilli Moon, Matthew Gough, Phre The Eon, Ashley Reaks, Paul Thomas Butterfield, Andy Jones and the Norton Rockets.

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    Prince ‘Kiss’

    Classic Tracks

    Originally intended for another group, ‘Kiss’ was quickly reclaimed by Prince when he heard David Z’s arrangement. Despite record company scepticism, the track became his third number one single and rejuvenated his career.

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    Sounding Off

    Spare me the bonus tracks!

    Blake McQueen asks the question. Do they really add anything to the album or are they just fillers?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month, Adele, The Script, Labrinth and for the classic mix we feature Christina Aguilera's, Genie in a bottle.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    When clients have an instinctive reaction to the music they’ve commissioned, the original brief often goes out of the window.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Preserving over a century’s worth of audio recordings is a mammoth task — but one organisation has set about doing just that...

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    The control room in Sunset Sound Studio 1, with its custom API/Di Medio desk.

    Sunset Sound, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    We take a look inside one of the world's top studios.

    Music Business
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