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December 2013 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2013

 

Reviews

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    Advanced Audio CM12 & CM47

    Valve Microphones

    Advanced Audio mics aim to provide vintage German tone but at a fraction of the price of the classics. Have they succeeded?

    Reviews
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    Aphex Project Channel

    Mono Channel Strip

    Could this offer all you need to get polished sounds from your mic to your computer?

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    Arturia iSEM

    Synthesizer App For iPad

    Check out Arturia's take on this Oberheim classic dual-VCO synthesizer module with oscillator sync, pulse-width modulation and two-pole multi-mode filter.

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    Auralex ProPad

    Speaker Platform

    There's no arguing against the fact that in situations where speakers must be mounted on a shelf or table, a well-designed...

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    Boss TE2 Tera Echo

    Guitar Effects Processor

    Another pedal featuring Boss's Multi-dimensional Processing technology, and the 100th pedal to be added to their range.

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    Cloudlifter CL-Z

    Mic Signal Booster

    You may recall how impressed we were with the original Cloudlifter CL1, which was essentially a block of clean DC-coupled gain, driven by phantom power.

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    Drumasonic Luxury

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    Drumasonic's reasonably priced drum instrument proves that luxury does sometimes come cheap.

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    FabFilter Pro-MB

    Multi-band Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    FabFilter are on a mission to rethink familiar effects and processors. What does their take on the multi-band compressor have to offer?

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    IK Multimedia iRig Pro

    Audio Interface For iOS Devices

    The iRig Pro brings us an interface that is as portable as an iOS device itself, yet which allows for a range of useful connectivity.

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    iZ RADAR 6 & ADA II

    Multitrack Recorder & A-D/D-A Converter

    How have the RADAR's makers iZ kept their flagship multitrack digital system relevant in today's world of software recording?

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    Kong Audio Chinee Orchestra

    Sample Library

    Over the last few years, Kong Audio have built up an impressive collection of sampled traditional Chinese instruments, which covers strings, woodwind, drums and percussion.

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    Korg Wavedrum Global Edition

    Drum Synthesizer

    Korg's classic drum synth goes global with a makeover and a major update.

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    LD Systems WS1G8 HHD

    Wireless Microphone System

    Wireless systems are often expensive, tricky to use, or both — but this new set from LD Systems is neither! We put it to the test.

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    Looptrotter Saturamp

    Mic Preamp & Saturation Processor

    With digital control, discrete electronics and a saturation processor, Looptrotter's latest device is no run-of-the-mill preamp.

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    Lush Projects Lush One

    Analogue Synth Kit

    Lush Projects' kit could be the cheapest way into modular synthesis for anyone handy with a soldering iron.

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    Native Instruments Drumlab

    Sample Library

    Anyone who has used one of Native Instruments' Abbey Road drum instruments will be aware that they are a mixture of old and...

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    Numark Orbit

    Wireless MIDI Controller

    Numark's Orbit is aimed at DJs, but it also has plenty of potential as an unusual controller for the studio.

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    Powered Mixers

    Spotlight

    Sick of taking a heavy amp rack to your gig? Why not go for a mixer that has its own amps built in? Here's our selection of currently available options.

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    Rockruepel Comp Two

    Vari-mu Compressor

    This all-valve dynamics processor offers amazing versatility, with uses ranging from sublime transient control to brutal compression.

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    Rockruepel Comp Two | Media

    Vari-mu Compressor

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    Sample Shop | Media

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    Soniccouture Geosonics

    Sample Library

    Taking the idea of 'found sounds' to another level, Soniccouture's Geosonics plunders the natural world for its most unnatural sounds.

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    Soniccouture Vibraphone

    Sample Library

    For some listeners the cool, drifty, slightly detached sound of the vibraphone will forever be associated with great jazz...

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    Sonokinetic Minimal

    Orchestral Sample Library

    Sonokinetic's latest orchestral venture features a flexible collection of tempo-sync'ed section phrases.

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    Sony Audio Master Suite

    Waveform & Spectral Editors [Mac OS/Windows]

    New versions of Sony's Sound Forge and, especially, the innovative SpectraLayers make possible new ways of editing recorded audio.

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    Studiomaster Horizon 2012

    Powered Mixer

    PA veterans Studiomaster bring the established powered-mixer format up to date, with USB interfacing and built-in DSP effects.

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    Sugar Bytes Turnado & Thesys

    Multi-effects & Step Sequencer Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

    In the hands of Sugar Bytes, familiar effects take on a wholly new identity!

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    Toontrack EZmix 2

    Processing & Effects Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    With the latest version of EZmix, Toontrack are offering ready-made guitar sounds and master bus processing as well as a huge range of mixing presets.

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    Vox StompLab IIG & Lil' Looper Guitar Pedals

    The Vox StompLab IIG offers a selection of modelled guitar multi-effects, based on 104 model types (44 of which are amp...

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    Warmplace Virtual ANS

    Synthesizer App

    Virtual ANS is a software simulation of a remarkable Russian synthesizer created by engineer Evgeny Murzin over a 20-year period from the late 1930s.

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    XILS Lab V+

    Software Synthesizer

    The clever chaps at XILS Lab have given Roland's classic VP330 a new lease of life as a soft synth.

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    Yamaha HS7 & HS8S

    Active Monitors & Subwoofer

    Yamaha's latest monitors may look like the classic NS10s, but looks can be deceiving...

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    Zero-G Vocal Lix

    Sample Library

    Vocal Lix's samples are designed to be used in dance tracks and lean towards R&B in style.

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Techniques

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    Aping Tape

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to mimic a classic analogue tape delay with Live's Looper device.

    Techniques
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    Apple Notes

    The introduction of 'inter-app audio' in iOS 7 provides a new level of integration between music apps.

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    Arp Nouveau

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Get acquainted with Logic Pro X's slick new Arpeggiator.

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    Cut & Sample

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    After introducing the Dynamic Split function in August's Reaper column we revisit it for this tutorial to cut up a recording into a series of short samples.

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    Eleventh Heaven

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Now that Pro Tools 11 has been available for a while, is it living up to its promise?

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    Freeing Up PC Hard Disk Space

    PC Notes

    If your hard drive becomes cluttered, your PC's performance will suffer. So how do you free up space without it becoming a chore?

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    Get Your Kicks

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    When your recorded kick drum sound is lacking, Studio One offers numerous ways to beef it up.

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    Make The Upgrade

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Migrating Your Plug-ins & Settings To Sonar X3.

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    On Your Marks

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Get more done in less time, with these workflow tips for Cubase 7.

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    Pre-emptive Strike

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    A little preparation in Reason should see you ready for anything.

    Techniques
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    Session Notes: Lyndsey Ollard

    Tom Misner: Recording In Abbey Road

    This month, Session Notes goes upmarket, giving readers a chance to get their mitts on a professional multitrack session from the world's most famous studio.

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    Session Notes: Lyndsey Ollard | Media

    Tom Misner: Recording In Abbey Road

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    The Pre-mix

    10 Steps To A Better Mix — Before You Mix

    Pro mixers do great work because they're not distracted by problem-solving. With the right preparation, you can do the same.

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Sound Advice

People

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    An Orchestra of Pianos

    Maxime Le Guil: Recording Vincent Delerm's Les Amants Parallèles

    Under the guidance of engineer and producer Maxime Le Guil, Vincent Delerm forsook grand orchestration for the humble piano — bowed, plucked and hammered...

    People
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    Biophilia!

    Matt Robertson: Björk's Musical Director

    Björk's stage show is bizarre and beautiful, and it takes a team of dedicated musicians, technicians, programmers and designers to make it happen.

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    DAW Of A New Age

    Leader

    Back in the era of analogue tape and non-automated analogue mixers, you could walk into any studio and — other than perhaps trying to figure out the patchbay — start recording and mixing.

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    This month our selection includes albums from Junkfoxx, Retrodog, Marcus Reeves, My Youth, Pete Thomas & The Horns A Plenty, The Wicked Whispers, Into The East and Adamrake.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mike Crossey

    Inside Track: The 1975 'Chocolate'

    The 1975's chart-topping album is just one of a string of hit debuts engineered, mixed and produced by Mike Crossey.

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    Sounding Off: Abandoning Skeuomorphism

    Tom Fleming

    Do Bakelite knobs have a place in the virtual world?

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    Sparks

    Ron & Russell Mael: 45 Years In Showbiz

    From elaborate band arrangements to their pioneering collaborations with Giorgio Moroder, Sparks' music has always been innovative and instantly identifiable.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we analyse Bing Crosby's 1947 Christmas classic "White Christmas” as well as a number of contemporary commercial hit record productions.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Life as a jobbing musician has always been tough, but at least the risk of drowning isn't quite as high these days.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Whatever your political views, 'Obamacare' can only be a good thing for musicians and engineers.

    Music Business
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    Westlake Studios, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    Spread across two locations, the LA-based recording empire named Westlake Studios has played an important role in the making of some of the best-selling albums in the history of recorded music.

    Music Business
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