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November 2013 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) November 2013

 

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    Adam Hall Cabinet Clamp

    Microphone Mount

    The Adam Hall Cabinet Clamp is designed to save you space on stage by eliminating the need for a mic stand when miking up a ...

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    AKG K612 & K712

    Open-backed Headphones

    AKG's form for making quality cans for mixing is well known. How do these new models compare with their previous flagship design?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    This month we look at a two iOS Apps - Pulse Code Modular and Stage Traxx.

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    Behringer X32 Compact

    Digital Mixing Console

    The X32 Compact takes the heart of Behringer's flagship console and crams it into a cheaper, smaller package. We put it to the test.

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    Big Fish Audio - Acoustic Soundscapes

    Sample Library

    The main body of the library is made up of 945 files, available in both Acidized WAV and Apple Loops formats.

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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    A new Prophet is always an exciting prospect, but the name certainly carries a weight of expectation. Can the latest model live up to its illustrious ancestry?

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    Focusrite Red 1 500

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Focusrite make their first foray into the 500-series format with a preamp — but is it worthy of the revered 'Red' name?

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    FXpansion Bloom, Maul & Etch

    Modulation-based Effects Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

    A powerful modulation system means there's more to FXpansion's delay, filter and distortion effects than meets the eye.

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    GForce - The Streetly Tapes Vol 2

    Sample Library

    The Streetly Tapes series of expansion packs for Gforce's M-Tron Pro aim to get as close as possible to an authentic Mellotron experience.

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    High-End DAW Controllers

    Spotlight

    What does the current crop of premium control surfaces have to offer? Read our round-up to find out.

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    Hughes & Kettner Red Box 5

    DI Box & Cabinet Simulator

    While the latest version of Hughes & Kettner's Red Box guitar amp DI adds some new tone-shaping options, the basic equation behind the Red Box remains unchanged.

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    IGS Audio Panzer 500

    Modular Outboard System

    Never have there been so many ways to get into the 500-series format. Does this system have anything different to offer?

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    Log Jam Prolog

    Percussion Pedal

    Everyone must have seen those wooden pedals that guitar players stomp on to create a pseudo kick...

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    MFB Tanzbär

    Analogue Drum Machine

    It's clear where its inspiration lies, but is MFB's 'Analoger Drumcomputer' equal to fabled Roland machines of yore?

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    PSI Audio A25M

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Swiss company PSI combine traditional and modern design practices to deliver a monitor that is both powerful and extremely revealing.

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    Quantum Leap Stormdrum 3

    Percussion Sample Library

    The third instalment in Quantum Leap's Stormdrum series explores the private percussion collection of a legendary American drummer.

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    RME BOB32 Universal Breakout Box

    Virtually every professional audio device that has multi-channel analogue or digital...

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    Roger Mayer Super 57, M59 & Bass Electric

    Guitar & Bass Preamplifiers

    I'd normally be very sceptical if somebody said they'd come up with an all-analogue pedal-sized preamp that could emulate not only the tonal coloration but also the power stage harmonic characteristics of a particular valve amplifier

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    Sample Library Reviews | Media

    Big Fish, Vienna Symphonic, Ueberschall and GForce

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Standard Audio Level Or 500-series

    Dynamics Processor

    The Level Or is a modern take on the Shure Level Loc, which was a small — and rather trashy — PA limiter designed in the '50s.

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    Telefunken M82

    Dynamic Microphone

    The latest mic from the Telefunken stable has no fewer than four different voicing options. Is this the last kick-drum mic you'll ever need?

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    Telefunken M82 | Media

    Dynamic Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Ueberschall - Rock Classics

    Sample Library

    Rock Classics is a further release in Ueberschall's Elastik-based loop library series.

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    VSL Recorder.

    Vienna Symphonic Library: Recorder

    Vienna Instruments Player

    The recorder is an odd instrument: most of us have played it, yet it rarely appears in sample libraries. VSL have set out to remedy that by sampling four instruments of the recorder family.

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    Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast

    Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

    Warm Audio's latest preamp offers surprisingly high quality in an affordable package.

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    Warm AudioTB12 Tone Beast | Media

    Mic, Line & Instrument Preamplifier

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Zoom H6

    Six-track Digital Recorder

    With its impressive track count and interchangeable input modules, Zoom's H6 is one of the most flexible handheld recorders available.

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Techniques

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    Apple Notes

    We root out a little-known hard-disk hog and tell you why musicians shouldn't rush to upgrade to iOS 7.

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    Comp Together

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Craft the perfect take using Sonar X3's new Track Lanes.

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    Designer Sounds

    Sound Design For Visual Media & Radio

    In the second part of this exploration of the craft of sound design for visual media, we reveal the skills needed to make good music edits.

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    Groove Mechanics

    Ableton Live tips & Techniques

    Trouble finding your groove? Come with us as we dive into Live's Groove Pool...

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    Just Browsing

    Reason tips & Techniques

    Understanding Reason's Patch Browser can help you to work faster and more efficiently.

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    Keyboard Fraud

    Cubase Tips & Techiques

    With the Chord Track, even the most keyboard-phobic and ham-fisted of composers can play in their piano parts!

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    Mix Rescue: Hetoreyn

    Symphonic Synth Epic

    A reader's carefully crafted symphonic synth epic gets the SOS mix makeover treatment.

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    Mix Rescue: Hetoreyn | Audio Files

    Symphonic Synth Epic

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    MOTU Digital Performer 8

    Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Nearly 30 years into its history, Mark Of The Unicorn's flagship recording package makes its first appearance as a Windows application. How worried should MOTU's competitors be?

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    Pain-free PT

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    If you rely on Pro Tools, it's worth taking steps to avoid RSI.

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    PC Notes

    If you're keen to squeeze the last drop of performance from your Windows PC, read on...

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    Plug-in And Play

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Discover untold creative possibilities with Logic's powerful new MIDI plug-ins.

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    Point Six Power

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    A free upgrade to Studio One offers several welcome new features.

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    Session Notes: Recording Harp On Location

    James Varda

    Recording an instrument for the first time in an unfamiliar room can be a rewarding experience — if you set about it in the right way!

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    Session Notes: Recording Harp On Location | Audio Files

    James Varda

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Studio SOS: Darius Timmer

    SOS Awards Prizewinner: Amsterdam Install

    This month, we travel all the way to Amsterdam to help last year's SOS Awards prize winner set up his brand-new, £14,000$20,000 studio!

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Sound Advice

People

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    Classic Tracks: The Velvet Underground 'Heroin'

    Producers: Andy Warhol, Norman Dolph, Tom Wilson • Engineers: John Licata, Ami Hadani

    Its status as one of pop's most influential albums is clear, but the circumstances surrounding the creation of The Velvet Underground & Nico have always been clouded. We asked Andy Warhol's co-producer to set the record straight.

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    Fifty Shades Of Grey

    Leader

    Is it just me or have today's software GUI designers been turned by the dark side?

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    Goldfrapp

    Will Gregory: Recording Tales Of Us

    Will Gregory took the unconventional decision to base Goldfrapp's latest album around a single instrument — which he couldn't play!

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    Jonathan Wilson: Fanfare

    Reviving The West Coast Sound

    For Jonathan Wilson, the quality of recorded music peaked in late-'70s LA. His own production career has been a quest to scale the same heights.

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    Kevin Lemoine: FOH Engineer

    On Tour With Green Day

    Backstage at a major festival in France, we caught up with the man who has been mixing one of the biggest names in punk for the last 14 years.

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    Playback

    Readers Music Reviewed

    This month we review work from David Youngs, Autocue, Daylight Fireworks, hanna*h*, Bernie, Peter Fitzpatrick and Rubyrough.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mikey Donaldson

    Inside Track: Tamar Braxton Love And War

    Love And War was not only a remarkable comeback for singer Tamar Braxton, but a breakthrough opportunity for engineer and mixer Mikey Donaldson.

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    Sounding Off: Paul Ward

    Time To Ditch Lossy Audio For Music Delivery?

    Is it about time we got rid of lossy audio formats for music delivery?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month Draft Punk, Steep Canyon Rangers, Justin Timberlake and Classic Mix album - Chris De Burgh's Lady In Red.

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Music Business

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    Doug Rogers

    EASTWEST: The Man Behind The Brand

    Doug Rogers of Eastwest celebrates 25 years at the top

    Founded in 1988, Doug Rogers’ EASTWEST company pioneered the creation of realistic, playable sample-based instruments — 25 years on they remain the undisputed market leader.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Making a good living from music isn't as hard as they say. Getting people to believe that you make a good living from music can be impossible.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Audio networking looks set to be the next big thing — but will it make your music better?

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    Village Recorders, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    These days, many top studios cater to a major-label clientele, and offer a rather streamlined approach. Happily, there is...

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