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February 2014 Magazine Contents

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Reviews

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    ADR Compex F760X RS

    Analogue Compressor

    As another classic analogue processor is resurrected, we ask what made it so special, and find out how faithful the latest incarnation is to the original.

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    Antelope Audio Eclipse 384

    Converter, Audio Interface & Monitor Controller

    This complex, multi-faceted device offers more than you’d imagine at first glance...

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    Apple GarageBand 10

    Music Production Software For Mac OS

    The latest version of Apple's entry-level music software draws heavily from Logic Pro X. Is this the return of Logic Express?

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    Appworks

    Making Music On The Move

    Apple iPad Air • Mellotronics M3000

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    Arturia MicroBrute

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Arturia’s new Brute is even smaller than the last and, quite frankly, very cheap indeed. What’s not to like?

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    Behringer X32 Core & Rack

    Digital Mixers

    If you don’t need a large control surface, these two racks offer compact and affordable ways to harness Behringer’s X32 mix engine.

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    Closed-back Headphones

    Spotlight

    Looking for a set of headphones that offer good isolation? Here’s our selection of models from some of the leading brands, with links to the SOS review where available.

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    Drumdrops

    Sample Library

    Drumdrops 1970s Rogers Big R Dub Kit Kontakt Instrument

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    Electro-Harmonix 8 Step Program

    CV Sequencer

    The tiny 8 Step Program is capable of all sorts of creative CV control.

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    FXpansion BFD3

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    BFD2 was always going to be a hard one to top, but that hasn’t stopped FXpansion from trying. Have they succeeded?

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    Håkan P110

    Pop Filter

    Can a pop filter sound completely transparent? With some clever design, yes it can...

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    Heavyocity Aeon Collection

    Sample Library

    Heavyocity’s latest contender delivers a winning one-two combination.

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    iZotope RX3

    Audio Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows

    The latest version of iZotope’s RX restoration suite does more than before — and does it faster!

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    JBL LSR305 & LSR308

    Active Monitors

    JBL’s new LSR3 series brings technology from the company’s premium monitor range within reach of the home studio.

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    Logic Pro X — How It Works

    eBook Review

    Does this in-depth guide tell you everything you need to know?

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    Loopmasters Subliminal FX

    Sample Library

    One-shots, transitions, drops, sweeps and swooshes are all types of effects that add those last finishing touches to a track.

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    Native Instruments Kinetic Metal

    Sample Library

    By the look of it, a great deal of time and effort has gone into designing NI's Kinetic Metal interface to ensure that it functions as a very flexible sample-manipulation tool.

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    Rode M5

    Capacitor Microphone Pair

    Making quality stereo recordings has never been cheaper, thanks to the launch of Rode's new M5 mic set.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Sample Shop

    Audio files to accompany the reviews.

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    Schoeps V4U

    Capacitor Microphone

    Schoeps's unusual new vocal mic could give some of the long-established studio stalwarts a serious run for their money.

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    Steinberg Cubase 7.5

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Steinberg have packed a lot of new functionality into their bargain upgrade to Cubase.

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    StompAmp Brown

    Solid State Guitar Amplifier

    Can this tiny amplifier really sound as good as a full-sized amp?

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    Ueberschall Action Cuts

    Sample Library

    Action Cuts is the latest addition to Ueberschall's Elastik-based 'Inspire' series of sample libraries.

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    Waldorf Pulse 2

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Waldorf have followed up their '90s blockbuster with a sequel — the Pulse 2.

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Techniques

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    A Space Of Your Own

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Create custom impulse responses using Space Designer.

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    Ampire Attack

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One’s virtual guitar amp offers a surprisingly wide range of tone-shaping options.

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    Ampire Attack | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Media files to accompany the article.

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    Engineering Drums Live: Part Two

    Kit Parade

    Following on from last month’s article about drum miking, here we’ll discuss the various ways you can mix and process your drum-kit mics.

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    Free For All

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We introduce some of the best free plug-ins for Pro Tools 11.

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    John Newman & Ant Whiting: 'Love Me Again'

    Producing Tribute

    Proving that not every pop star is a manufactured creation, John Newman is as at home in the studio as he is on TV.

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    Matrix Tricks

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    When it comes to step sequencing, Reason 7 has all sorts of tricks up its sleeve.

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    Mix Rescue: 28 Boulevard

    Indie-Rock

    Our engineer figures out how to apply just the right amount of polish to an indie-rock track with a DIY aesthetic.

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    Mix Rescue: 28 Boulevard | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Morphology

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Live enters a state of flux as we get to grips with morphing.

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    Recording Audio For A Short Film

    Sound On Set

    Even with the simplest of setups, audio recording for film is no easy task — especially when the whole picture has to be shot in a day.

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    Taking Notes

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Melodyne Essential, included in Sonar X3 Studio and Producer, to turn your audio into MIDI.

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    The End Of The Loudness War?

    The New Normal

    As the nails are being hammered firmly into the coffin of competitive loudness processing, we consider the implications for those who make, mix and master music.

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Sound Advice

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    An Introduction To Cyber Performance

    Virtual Showtime

    The Internet is changing every facet of the music business — including live performance. There's never been a better time to take to the cyber-stage.

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    Apple Notes

    It didn’t make the headlines, but a quiet revolution is happening in Mac OS Mavericks...

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    PC Notes

    With '8 hate' remaining strong, Microsoft haven't had the best of years. Is that all about to change?

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    Q. Can I balance my mixing desk inserts using a patchbay?

    I recently bought an old analogue mixing desk, where all the channel and bus insert points are unbalanced, which is quite common, I think. But all my outboard gear has balanced inputs and outputs!

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    Q. Should I pad or DI a line-level signal?

    I keep reading advice that it's bad for a padded line signal to be run through a mic preamp input, and that it's better to use a dedicated line input

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    Q. What sort of double glazing do I need?

    I have double glazing but it's quite old, and I notice that other people's double glazing seems to cut out more sound...

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People

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    Billy Bush - Mixing Jake Bugg

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    When I first looked at the Jake Bugg sessions, I was like, 'Wow, this is really stripped-back.'

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    Classic Tracks: Tom Petty 'Learning To Fly'

    Producers: Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne • Engineer: Richard Dodd

    While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s writing partnership was certainly successful, it was the partnership between Jeff Lynne and engineer Richard Dodd that gave the records their distinctive sparkle.

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    John Newman & Ant Whiting: 'Love Me Again'

    Producing Tribute

    Proving that not every pop star is a manufactured creation, John Newman is as at home in the studio as he is on TV.

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    This month we comment on releases from Seth Lakeman and The Cuckoo Clocks

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    Sounding Off: Dave Stewart

    Management Speak Is Taking Over!

    Management speak is taking over the world.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we analyse hits from Storm Queen, The Reflektors and Lorde plus our classic mix 'Roxanne' by the The Police. 

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    War Is Over!

    Leader

    Ask pretty much any musician planning to make a record what mastering is all about and they'll probably include 'making it sound loud' as one of the more important mastering tasks.

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Music Business

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    Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco

    Studio File

    Our story begins with one of the most famous names in the history of recorded music: Bill Putnam.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The world is full of products that promise to make our music better. But will clients or audiences notice the difference?

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Nashville is fast becoming the US's capital of music, but it risks losing its identity in the process.

    Music Business
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