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July 2013 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2013

 

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    Akai Max 49 controller keyboard.

    Akai Max49

    USB Controller Keyboard

    At first glance, the Max49 seems much like other controller keyboards, but it’s got a surprise up its sleeve...

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    Apogee Duet iOS audio interface.

    Apogee Duet For iPad & Mac

    Audio Interface For iOS

    Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac.

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    Audio Mastering

    Mastering App For iPad

    Although perhaps still regarded as a toy by some, the iPad is carving out a niche as a...

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    Blackstar ID:30 TVP

    Tube-modelling Guitar Amp

    Can an all-solid-state guitar amp really use DSP to create a convincing tube-like sound and feel?

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    Cymatic Audio LR16

    Multitrack Recorder & USB Audio Interface

    Until now, specialised multitrack digital recorders designed for capturing live shows have been niche products with hefty price tags. Will Cymatic’s LR16 change that?

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    DACS Clarity MicAmp 500

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    DACS reformatted this classic preamp in 2011 to fit the API 500 series ‘Lunchbox’ modular format but it's only now that Hugh has found time to check it out.

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    Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Looking for a mic that stands out visually, but offers good technical performance and a classy sound? This hand-made design could well be it...

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    EWQL Hollywood Orchestral Woodwinds

    Sample Library

    The third instalment of EastWest’s grand orchestral master plan sees the project nearing the finishing line.

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    Fostex PM8.4.1

    Three-way Active Monitors

    These monitors fall into a price bracket between entry-level monitors and what we think of as more serious speakers.

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    High-end Monitor Controllers

    Spotlight

    Thinking of investing in a premium monitor controller? Here’s a selection of models to consider, with links to the SOS review where available.

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    Mäag Audio EQ4

    500-series Analogue EQ

    If I could use one word to sum up the sound of this EQ, it would be ‘clarity’, which is a strange thing for an EQ designed to colour a signal. Read on ....

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    Metric Halo Production Bundle

    Plug-in Suite For Mac OS & Windows

    Metric Halo’s plug-ins have a large and enthusiastic following among Mac users. Can they conquer the Windows world too?

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    Native Instruments | Abbey Road Vintage Drummer

    Sample Library

    Once again, the Native Instruments team has been at Abbey Road studios, recording a couple of vintage drum kits to create a library with a unique and desirable sound character.

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    Novation Launchpad S.

    Novation Launchpad S

    Control Surface

    The new Launchpad is brighter, faster and more powerful than the original, but costs the same. What’s not to like?

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    Ocean Audio 500 Series.

    Ocean Audio 500 Series

    Mic Preamp, EQ & Routing Modules

    Malcolm Toft’s latest brainchild enables you to turn your 500-series racks and modules into a fully modular analogue console.

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    Ocean Audio 500 Series | Media

    Media files

    Mic Preamp, EQ & Routing Modules

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    PMC TwoTwo 5 & 6

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    For their new TwoTwo range, PMC decided to work from the ground up, redesigning their famous transmission line and building new drivers from scratch. Has it all paid off?

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    Rode SmartLav

    Lavalier Microphone For Mobile Phones & Tablets

    The Australian microphone manufacturers have extended their range of mobile device microphones with this SmartLav personal 'lapel' mic.

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    Smyth Research Realiser A8

    Virtual Speaker Monitoring System

    The Realiser A8 is claimed to be able to capture the sound of any monitoring environment in the world and perfectly reproduce it through headphones. Could it be time to sell your speakers?

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    Soniccouture Konkrete 3

    Sample Library

    Konkrete 3’s barely contained weirdness sets it apart from other drum libraries, as does its unusually tweakable interface.

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    Soniccouture | Grand Marimba

    Sample Library

    Boasting a catalogue that includes a full Balinese gamelan, the wonderful Array Mbira, a set of glass instruments and a Cumbrian lithophone (basically, a piano designed by a caveman), UK samplists Soniccouture revel in exotic tuned percussion.

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    Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios

    Room, Source & Microphone Modelling Plug-in For UAD2

    Universal Audio’s latest plug-in is an audacious attempt to bridge the gap between the project studio and professional recording environments.

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    Waldorf Rocket

    Synthesizer

    Can Waldorf’s new synth rock it? Is it easy on the pocket? We plug it into a socket...

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    Yamaha Stagepas PA.

    Yamaha Stagepas 600i

    Compact PA System

    Yamaha’s Stagepas is about as portable as a PA system can get — but how does it sound?

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    Zero-G | Lounge & Chill

    Sample Library

    The chances are that, like me, you won't have seen the inside of producer Davor Devcic's home, but Lounge & Chill provides us with a pretty good idea of what the ambience must be like in his living room.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Ken Andrews at his Red Swan Studio.

    Inside Track: Paramore

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ken Andrews

    Ken Andrews won a blind shoot-out against some of the biggest names in the mixing world. His prize: the plum job of mixing Paramore’s acclaimed comeback album.

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    Nitin Sawhney: One Zero

    Recording Live To Vinyl

    Vinyl is still the listening format of choice for many consumers. Using it as a recording format is more of a challenge!

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    Playback

    Reader's Music Reviewed

    This month the SOS staff take a listen to Grip-Like Vice, Stus Rollins, Megan Hook & The Bright Forever, Darren Lock and Gerald Krampl.

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    Daft Punk.

    Recording Random Access Memories | Daft Punk

    Peter Franco & Mick Guzauski

    Daft Punk spent four years and over a million dollars on their quest to revisit the golden age of record production. Mick Guzauski and Peter Franco were with them all the way.

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    Sounding Off: Tim Clukey

    The Future Of Vinyl?

    A tale of a dad, his daughter and a hit from the past.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Mike Senior analyses tracks by Robbie Williams, Swedish House Mafia, Owl City featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Little Mix and classic mix is Coolio, Gangsta's Paradise.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    When Less Is More

    Leader

    Editor In Chief, Paul White has some suggestions for 'cabling common sense' !

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Do we make our own luck, or does our luck make us? Either way, you need to be prepared when opportunity comes along.

    Music Business
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    The Studio A control room features a unique Focusrite console.

    Ocean Way, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    This month we look inside Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios, the "Abbey Road of the West Coast".

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    In celebration of the 30th anniversary of MIDI, we take a look at the remarkable effect it has had on the music industry.

    Music Business
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