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    Thor's modular interface will feel familiar to Reason users...

    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Mira is the first incursion into the iPad app world from Cycling '74, makers of the popular Max graphical software toolkit for audio and media applications on Mac and PC. iTrigger is a grid-oriented MIDI controller app from POJ Studios.

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    Apple Logic Pro X

    Music Production Software For Mac OS

    Apple have made Logic easier to use. But have they compromised the powerful features that professional users depend on?

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    Avid Pro Tools 11.

    Avid Pro Tools 11

    Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac OS/Windows]

    If Pro Tools 10 was a watershed release in the product's history, Pro Tools 11 marks the beginning of a new era for Avid's audio production platform.

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    Behringer Ultragain ADA 8200

    ADAT Expander & Mic Preamp

    Behringer's Ultragain ADA 8000 — a simple ADAT interface with mic and line inputs and analogue line outputs

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    Best Service | Era: Medieval Legends

    Sample Library

    Eduardo Tarilonte's sample libraries from Best Service now feature regularly in Hollywood film soundtracks, documentaries,...

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    Drumdrops | 1963 Premier Outfits 54 kit

    Sample Library

    To create this sample library, Drumdrops went into The Pool studio in London and recorded Ben Hillier's eight-piece 1963...

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    Dynacord CMS 1000-3

    Analogue Mixer

    The latest series of consoles in Dynacord's CMS (Compact Mixing System) family is the CMS3 range, which consists of three models

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    EB Acoustics ER1

    Passive Nearfield Monitor

    EB Acoustics is probably not a name that many in the music-technology world will be familiar with.

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    Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 & Scarlett Studio

    USB Audio Interfaces

    Focusrite started out as a high-end audio company building no-compromise mic preamps for the likes of Sir George Martin's Air Studios

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    Fostex PM641

    Three-way Active Monitors

    I've always been impressed by the performance of Fostex's PM-series monitors, especially given their entry-level pricing, but the majority of the ones I've looked at have been two-way systems.

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    Gyraf Audio Gyratec XXI Magneto-Dynamic Infundibulum

    Multi-band Analogue Soft Clipper

    Gyraf Audio's gloriously titled Gyratec XXI Magneto Dynamic Infundibulum (G21 for short!) was one of the most unusual products announced at this year's Musikmesse show...

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    Gyraf Audio Gyratec XXI Magneto-Dynamic Infundibulum | Media

    Multi-band Analogue Soft Clipper

    Audio files to accompany the article

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    HK Audio Elements E835 & E210 SAS

    Active PA System

    HK have turbo-charged their compact line-array system with new dual-driver subs and double-height tops. Have the improvements been worthwhile?

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    Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5.

    Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5

    Guitar Amplifier

    Following the success of their Tubemeister 18, Hughes and Kettner have spun off a low-power variant, the Tubemeister 5....

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    K&M Mini Boom Arm.

    K&M 21431

    Mini Boom Arm

    The 'traditional' way to mount a vocal mic is to suspend it from a tall 'overhead' mic stand, and there are several advantages...

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    Kiwi Technics Kiwi 3P

    Synthesizer Upgrade

    The clever chaps at Kiwi Technics have rebuilt a lesser-known Roland classic from the inside out.

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    LD Systems D1017

    Drum Microphone Set

    It's not often that I take a look at drum microphone kits, so I was interested to have the opportunity to try out this LD Systems set from Adam Hall.

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    Lindell Audio 17XS MkII.

    Lindell Audio 17XS MkII

    Mono FET Compressor-Limiter

    Tobias Lindell set himself the difficult task of recreating the sound of his own high-end compressor in a much more affordable box. Did he succeed?

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    MOTU MachFive 3

    Software Sampler

    Competition for the accolade of best software sampler is fierce, despite some contenders having fallen away in recent years. Has MOTU's MachFive 3 got what it takes to come out on top?

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    MXL BCC1 & BCD1

    Vocal Microphones

    Like some classic broadcast mics, these new MXL models are designed for spoken word, but turn in a good performance on instruments, too.

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    Neve 1073N

    Preamp Module

    Even Neve themselves make several variations on the classic 1073 theme. What makes this one different?

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    Novation Bass Station 2 synthesiser.

    Novation Bass Station 2

    Analogue Synthesizer

    In the 20 years since its launch, the Bass Station has become something of a classic — and with analogue monosynths enjoying their biggest revival since the early '80s, what better time for a sequel?

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    Orange DIVO VT1000 valve tester.

    Orange DIVO VT1000

    Valve Tester

    Wouldn't it be great if somebody built a compact, automatic valve tester that could check all the common 'muso' valves without the operator needing a degree in electronics?

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    Personal Monitor Mixers

    Spotlight

    With systems getting ever cheaper, there's never been a better time to explore personal monitor mixing. Here's our selection of current options!

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    Prime Loops | Glitch Hop Revolution

    Sample Library

    Do you like a slice of glitch with your hop? Prime Loops certainly do, having launched this download pack.

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    Thor's modular interface will feel familiar to Reason users...

    Propellerhead Thor

    Synth App For iPad

    Prophet, Prodigy, Jupiter, Andromeda, Trinity... You just can't beat the grandiose overtones of a good synth name....

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    Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors.

    Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors

    Compression Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    You wait ages for a Virtual Buss Compressor, and then three come along at once.

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    TC Electronic LM2.

    TC Electronic LM2

    Stereo Loudness Meter

    There's more to loudness than meets the ear — and after years of research, TC know more about that than most.

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    Zero-G | The London Sessions

    Sample Library

    Some of London's top session players were present at the recording of The London Sessions, which took place at Soho's Dean Street Studio.

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Techniques

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    Character Reference

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for adding character and warmth to a mix.

    Techniques
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    Fix It In The R-Mix

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's R-Mix VST plug-in is a DAW-optimised version of Roland's R-Mix software, which isolates audio based on frequency range and stereo positioning

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    Fix It In The R-Mix | Media

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Freq Out!

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Let's assume you've recorded and edited your next hit single in Cubase, and now you'd like to construct a mix whose instruments go hand in hand...

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    Gain-staging: software VU meters.

    Gain Staging In Your DAW Software

    Level Headed

    Despite the immense power and flexibility available in modern DAW software, many people still find that the mixes they craft entirely 'in the box' sound unsatisfying. Why is that?

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    Mix Rescue: Motor Tapes

    'Shore'

    How do you make a mix gel when some of the tracks arrive already drenched in effects? That's just one of the challenges our mix engineer takes on this month.

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    Mix Rescue: Motor Tapes | Media

    'Shore'

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Setting The Screen

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Discover Reaper's powerful Screensets feature for faster editing.

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    Simpler Pleasures

    Live Tips & Techniques

    Simple and sophisticated sampling are both on offer with Live's Simpler and Sampler instruments.

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    Stereo Lab

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Spruce up your soundstage with DP8's new Ensemble Chorus and Spatial Maximizer plug-ins.

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    Stereo Lab | Media

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Classic Tracks: Electric Light Orchestra 'Don't Bring Me Down'

    Producer: Jeff Lynne • Engineer: Mack

    Melding Beatlesque pop melodies with symphonic strings, multi-layered vocals and leader Jeff Lynne's generally overblown production of his own compositions

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    Inside Track: Jamie Cullum's Momentum album

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Duncan Mills

    Jamie Cullum's sixth studio album, Momentum, sees the British pianist and singer further expanding his stylistic palette.

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    J. Cole & Juro 'Mez' Davis

    Recording Born Sinner

    Hey man, nobody ever asks me about this stuff. I love talking about it, so thank you,” exclaims J. Cole.

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    Know Where Your Towel Is

    Leader

    I'm writing this just two days after mixing Malvern's West Fest outdoor festival on what must have been one of the hottest...

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    Pioneer Of Digital Synthesis

    Erkki Kurenniemi

    Years before the Minimoog appeared, a Finnish visionary was already building digital polyphonic synthesizers — and they were controlled by light, skin conductivity and even brainwaves.

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    Playback: Teenage China artwork.

    Playback

    This months we comment on albums from Teenage China, 87PM, Christopher Libertino, The Emergency, Fingers & Thumbs, The Gluespots, Yoshiko Ohara and Marvin B Naylor.

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    Sounding Off: Rosina Ncube.

    Sounding Off: Why So Few Women In Audio?

    Rosina Ncube

    Why are there so few women in record production and sound engineering? An audio technology graduate offers her view.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we discuss Rudimental, Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift and our Classic mix track is 'If I Don't Care' by The Inkspots. 

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Music Business

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    Argosy: The Man Behind The Brand

    David Atkins, President of Argosy Console, Inc

    Not many companies can claim responsibility for creating an entirely new market sector, but that is certainly an accolade that is due to Argosy Consoles.

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    British Grove Studios, London

    Studio File

    Mark Knopfler's British Grove studio complex is one of very few large studios in the world to have been constructed in recent years.

    Music Business
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    Insurance For Studios, Producers, Engineers & Musicians

    UnderCover

    Anyone who plays or records music on a professional level will have a lot of money invested in instruments, studio equipment, premises and so on, while even a humble home studio can contain many thousands of pounds' worth of gear.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Recent NSA wiretap transcripts have uncovered a transatlantic telephone conversation which could have disastrous consequences.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Life in the studio can be very rewarding — but it might also be seriously damaging your health...

    Music Business
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