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October 2013 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2013

 

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    AKG C1000S

    Capacitor Microphone

    Mic technology has come a long way since AKG launched the original C1000S. Does the latest version offer enough improvements to keep up with the competition?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Apps for your Tablet: Waldorf Nave synth, Pocket Audio Tools and Grain Science's granular synth.

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    Aurora Audio Sidecar

    Analogue Mixing Console

    By stripping this mixer down to the bare bones of preamp, EQ and stereo summing, Geoff Tanner shows us that less really can be more when it comes to quality vintage-style consoles.

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    Avid Fast Track Duo

    USB Audio Interface

    With its bundled Pro Tools Express software, Avid's new interface could be just the thing for anyone getting started with music production.

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    Beat Construction: The Definitive Guide

    eBook Review

    In his latest eBook, Samplecraze's Eddie Bazil explores the concept of 'Beat Construction' — which he is at pains to point out means drum beats, rather than full productions.

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    Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    Reference Stereo D-A Converter & Preamp

    When it comes to D-A conversion, this company is called Benchmark for a reason. How have they raised the standard this time?

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    Big Fish Audio | Ambient Skyline 3

    WAV/REX/Apple Loops, or Kontakt

    Available as a downloadable product, in WAV, Apple Loop and Kontakt versions.

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    Celmo Sardine Can compressor.

    Celmo Sardine Can & Pimento

    Stompbox Processors

    The French company behind many of the software plug-ins for the Creamware DSP platform have branched out into analogue guitar pedals and produced something quite different!

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    Fohhn LX601 & XS30

    Compact Line Array

    To really put this system through its paces, we set it up as the main system at an outdoor festival playing to thousands of people.

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    Hybrid Recording Interfaces

    Spotlight

    A hybrid recording interface can give you the practical benefits of a stand-alone recorder with the flexibility of a computer and audio interface. Here's our round-up of current options.

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    IK Multimedia ARC 2

    Room Correction System [Mac OS / Windows]

    It's not always practical to solve room problems with acoustic treatment. Enter IK's updated monitor correction system...

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    Korg Volca Beats, Bass & Keys

    Analogue Grooveboxes

    Korg's single-handed analogue revival continues unabated with the release of the Volca range of super-affordable grooveboxes.

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    Lindell Audio 500 Series

    Modular Analogue Outboard System

    Tobias Lindell's latest range aims to deliver pro-quality outboard processing at a price that's within reach of the home studio masses.

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    Mark L Custom: Vanilla Sky Overdrive, Jazzy Boost & Jazzy Drive

    Stompbox Processors

    Considering that these are boutique, hand-built pedals from Poland, the cost is very reasonable.

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    Millennia HV37

    Two-channel Mic & Instrument Preamp

    The HV37 makes Millennia's highly regarded solid-state preamp design available in a more affordable format. Does it cut any corners?

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    Moog Analog Delay

    500-series Analogue Mono Delay

    Moog are best known for their synths, but could all their analogue expertise also make for a delicious delay?

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    Native Instruments | Abbey Road 50s Drummer

    Another decade in this classic series

    The Native Instruments Abbey Road Drummer series must be close to completion. Previously we have had Vintage, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and Modern Drummer, and now NI have slipped 50s Drummer into the decade-sized gap.

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    Neumann KH310A

    Active Monitors

    What do you get when you cross Klein + Hummel's pedigree in speaker design with Neumann's decades of industry experience? A very good monitor indeed...

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    Novation Launchkey

    Controller Keyboard

    Novation's new controller keyboard has bright lights, friendly buttons and a newt-like orange underbelly. Splendid.

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    PreSonus Eris E5 & E8

    Active Monitors

    Have Presonus got what it takes to break into the already crowded market for affordable monitors?

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    Recording Drums: The Complete Guide

    Book Review

    With over 370 pages, author Mike Major's book is crammed with advice, practical tips and useful pictures and diagrams.

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    RME OctaMic XTC

    Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    The latest addition to RME's OctaMic range of multi-channel preamps is designed to interface with digital recording systems of all stripes.

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    Sample Magic Magic AB

    Audio Comparison Plug-in

    Sample Magic's ingenious plug-in makes A/Bing fast, fair and simple.

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    Sonokinetic | Mallets

    Melodic percussion samples

    Sonokinetic's classical range of virtual instruments includes everything from symphonic orchestras to individual instruments like the electro mechanical piano.

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    Soundcraft Si Expression

    Digital Mixing Console

    The new Si Expression range aims to combine the flexibility of digital mixing with 'analogue' ease of use. Is it time you made the switch?

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    SSL Live

    Digital Mixing Console

    The biggest name in studio consoles have announced their first mixer designed exclusively for the stage. We took a trip to SSL's factory in Oxford to see what the fuss was about...

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    Ueberschall | Bass Saxophone

    Elastik

    Ueberschall's Elastik-based library series now runs to dozens of titles and Bass Saxophone is one of the latest additions and features 140 samples.

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    Universal Audio Apollo 16

    Audio Interface & DSP Platform For Mac & PC

    The Apollo 16 is an audio interface designed to bring UA's Powered Plug-in processing into the heart of a larger studio setup.

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    Waves RS56

    Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Another slice of Abbey Road history is now available in your plug-in folder, thanks to Waves.

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    Yamaha MX49

    Synthesizer

    Fruit continues to fall from Yamaha's Motif tree and the latest and cheapest example is the MX range...

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Techniques

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    Beat Generation

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Make modern electronic beats with Logic's Drummer.

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    Change Of PACE

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Freed from the limitations of working within a web browser, the new iLok License Manager also offers a much improved user interface.

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    Group Therapy

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Track grouping is one of Live's most powerful tools for managing your tracks in both Session and Arrangement view.

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    Master The Art

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Sonar X2's bundled tools to master your mix.

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    Sonic Safari

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Join us as we explore the unexpected creative possibilities of Reason 7's effects.

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    Sound Design For Visual Media & Radio

    Designer Sounds

    The sound designer may use many of the same basic skills and tools as the recording musician, but the role requires you to think rather differently...

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    Step Up!

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase's StepDesigner offers a surprising amount of creative potential.

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Clash 'White Riot'

    Engineer: Simon Humphrey

    When the Clash entered the studio for the first time they were determined not to sacrifice their punk principles, and the fates — not to mention a sympathetic engineer and a negligent record company — were on their side...

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    Ólafur Arnalds

    Composer & Producer

    Many classically trained musicians have ended up playing rock. Ólafur Arnalds' career has gone in the opposite direction...

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    Playback

    Readers music reviewed

    This month we comment on music from, Noatak, The Villeins, inFictions, AiO, Spiritual Wardrobe, Ollo, The Chaps, Freddy Frogs and Jens Steinmeyer

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    SOS Reviews Editor Chris Korff.

    Sounding Off: What's In A Name?

    Chris Korff

    What's in a name? A lot, according to some groundbreaking new research...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Kansas City Choral and the Classic Mix - Motorhead's Ace Of Spades.

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    The Next Big Thing

    Leader

    Paul White discusses the importance of visionary engineering teams coming up with the next big thing.

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    Tony Maserati

    Inside Track: Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    A simple song and an outrageous video turned Robin Thicke from a star to a superstar — with the aid of master mixer Tony Maserati.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    We all like adding new technology to our studios, but progress comes at a cost.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    What can the airline and supermarket industries teach studios about setting their prices?

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    The BOP Studios Story

    Out Of Africa

    The most lavish recording facility ever built is not in London, New York or LA, but a remote part of South Africa. We trace the extraordinary story of BOP Studios.

    Music Business
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