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January 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) January 2014

 

Reviews

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    5Pin Media MIDI Focus Modern House Beats

    Sample Library

    Modern House Beats is a slightly different take on the usual downloadable sample packs I'm asked to review, as it is as...

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    Akai MPX8

    Sample Player

    Akai could be on to a winner with their cheap and compact sample player.

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    Allen & Heath QU16

    Digital Mixing Console

    The market for compact digital desks is hotting up. Has Allen & Heath's latest contribution got what it takes to fend off the competition?

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    API The Box

    Analogue Console

    How much of API's legendary large-console technology and sound have they managed to pack into this smaller sibling?

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    Audient ID22

    Audio Interface & Monitor Controller

    Audient have brought their respected ASP-series preamps to the masses in the form of a new USB audio interface.

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    Cakewalk Sonar X3 Producer

    Music Production Software For Windows

    As well as improving Sonar itself, Cakewalk have brought in some heavy-hitting third-party content. Does X3 have what it takes to tempt buyers away from other recording software?

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    Clavia Nord Lead 4

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Nearly 20 years after the original, Clavia's Nord Lead has become a studio synth staple. Can its latest incarnation keep the flame alive?

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    Equator Audio D8

    Active Monitors

    Equator prove that real quality needn't cost a fortune, with their new active, coaxial D8s.

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    Focal Spirit Professional

    Closed-back Headphones

    Focal have made a strong impression in the studio monitor market. Can they do the same in the competitive world of headphones?

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    HH Tessen TMP108A

    Active PA Speaker

    Wooden PA speakers usually sound better than their plastic equivalents, but they've also been more expensive — until now.

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    HOFA IQ Reverb

    Convolution Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    HOFA claim that their IQ Reverb combines the realism of convolution with the editability of algorithmic reverbs.

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    IK Multimedia iLoud

    Portable Speaker System

    IK Multimedia iLoud Portable Speaker System • OneTrack V4 Backing Track Player app.

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    iZotope Nectar 2

    Vocal Processing Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    With up to 13 different processing tools available, if Nectar 2 can't make your vocal track sound good, nothing can!

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    Kaotica Eyeball

    Microphone Screen

    Can this small ball of foam really take the room out of the equation when recording vocals?

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    Luxonix Toys In Wonderland

    Sample Library

    As any parent with very young children knows, toys can be very noisy things, in a crude, lo-fi kind of a way. Toys In...

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    Milab BDM01

    Kick-drum Capacitor Microphone

    Boutique Swedish manufacturers Milab have made possibly the most expensive kick-drum mic ever. But is its quality equal to the price?

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    Milab BDM01 | Media

    Kick-drum Capacitor Microphone

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Multitrack DAWs For iPad

    Spotlight

    Thinking of turning your iPad into a mobile recording studio? Check out our round-up of multitrack recording apps first!

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    Novation Launch Control, Launchpad Mini & Launchkey Mini

    MIDI Controllers

    Novation expand their controller range as they serve up a three-course Launch. We check out what's on the menu.

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    Nu Desine AlphaSphere

    Software Instrument & Controller

    If you fancy a break from traditional musical interfaces, or merely want a fetching accessory for the dashboard of your spaceship, the AlphaSphere could be just the thing.

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    Orchid Electronics Amp Interface

    Reamping Box

    Orchid's low-cost approach to DI and reamp box doesn't cut any corners when it comes to quality.

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    Radial Engineering PZ-DI

    Variable-load Active DI Box

    Piezo-pickup equipped instruments have unique requirements when it comes to DI boxes, and this product is designed to get the best out of them.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Sample Shop

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    Schertler Magnetico AG6

    Multicoil Magnetic Pickup For Acoustic Guitar

    Can you really obtain a realistic acoustic guitar sound from a pickup? With Schertler's latest offering, it seems that you can...

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    Soniccouture Clav

    Sample Library

    Clavinets are a bit like Marmite. We love to own them, to play them, and to listen to them, but we hate storing them and...

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    Sonnox Codec Toolbox

    Codec Auditioning & Batch Conversion Tool For Mac & PC

    Preparing audio for online distribution can be tedious and frustrating. Sonnox's affordable utility takes the pain away!

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    Strymon Big Sky

    Stereo Reverb Pedal

    Does Strymon's latest offering finally deliver studio-quality reverb for the guitarist?

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    Summit Audio Everest ECS 410

    Analogue Channel Strip

    Featuring a built-in push-button patchbay, it seems that this channel strip is scaling new heights...

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    Toontrack EZX Metal!

    Sample Library

    Toontrack seem to be going through a bit of a metal phase at the moment with their latest EZ Drummer expansion kit being...

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    Unity Audio Avalanche

    Active Subwoofer

    First the Rock, then the Boulder, now the Avalanche: Unity's monitor range expands, with the launch of this powerful new sub.

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Techniques

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    Building A Drum Riser For Your Electronic Kit

    Rise & Shine

    Electronic drum kits are not silent, so what can you do to tame their thumps and rumbles?

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    Dubstep Drums

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Dodge & Fuski's Rob Talbott explains how he creates the band's dubstep drum beats in Cubase.

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    Dubstep Drums | Media

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    Engineering Drums Live: Part One

    Kit Parade

    Although the techniques for amplifying drums over a sound system are similar to those that an engineer would use in the studio

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    Fade Away

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at crossfading, Live's secret sound-design weapon.

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    New Additions: Parsec & Noxious

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We scrutinise two Rack Extension additive synths and look at how to add harmonic complexity to any source.

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    New Plug-ins For DP8

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    MOTU's Digital Performer 8 includes some neat new plug-ins — many with applications beyond the obvious.

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    Phil Ramone & The Secrets Of Vocal Production

    The Producer & Artist Relationship

    Producer Phil Ramone was legendary for getting great vocal sounds. Here's how he did it — and how you can do the same.

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    Session Notes: Thomas Rumbold 'Reds'

    Recording A Singing Guitarist

    Our recording engineer tackles the challenge of recording a singing guitarist, and weighs up the merits of several mic techniques.

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    Session Notes: Thomas Rumbold | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Our recording engineer tackles the challenge of recording a singing guitarist, and weighs up the merits of several mic techniques.

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    Side FX

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    From de-essing to complex drum processing, side-chain access in Studio One opens up many new possibilities.

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    Side FX | Media

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    Sides Splitting

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Learn to set up M/S matrixing in Pro Tools and you open up a world of creative processing possibilities.

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    Sides Splitting | Media

    Learn to set up M/S matrixing in Pro Tools and you open up a world of creative processing possibilities.

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    Smart Controls

    Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Work smarter not harder with Smart Controls in Logic Pro X.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Auxiliary Spend

    Leader

    I'm going to let you into a secret that could put our entire industry out of business ­— but trust me, that won't happen...

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    Classic Tracks: Shirley Bassey 'Goldfinger'

    Producers: John Barry, George Martin. Engineer: Eric Tomlinson.

    Engineer Eric Tomlinson recorded a host of classic soundtracks during his 40-year career, not to mention what's...

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    Inside Track: Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Chris Godbey

    Two massive hit albums in a year was a pretty good return on 20 days' work for Justin Timberlake, producer Timbaland — and engineer Chris Godbey.

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    Phil Ramone & The Secrets Of Vocal Production

    The Producer & Artist Relationship

    Producer Phil Ramone was legendary for getting great vocal sounds. Here's how he did it — and how you can do the same.

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    Joe Matera, Obsidian Kingdom, The Flickers.

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    Tom Flint

    Sounding Off

    Have cheap delivery formats destroyed music's value?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    The Mix Review in Sound On Sound This month we analyse hits from Biffy Clyro, Armin Van Buuren and Duke Dumont, and take a look back at a classic mix, Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, from 1990.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    We all want our names to be associated with famous TV programmes, right? Well, it depends what they're famous for...

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Vinyl resurgence; surprisingly good classic-rock tribute bands on tour; Live Nation buying and burnishing the old Fillmore live-venue brand; the pining for music's past seems like it's in full swing.

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    The Magic Shop, New York

    Studio File

    The Magic Shop is not the oldest studio in New York, yet it is one of the few major recording venues left in Manhattan. Over...

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