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March 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) March 2014

 

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    Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+

    USB Capacitor Microphone

    The improved AT2020 USB+ adds a headphones output to monitor what you recorded, and its bundled accessories include a conventional stand-mounting swivel clamp, a small tripod desk stand and a 10 foot USB cable.

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    Avenson STO2

    Omnidirectional Microphones

    Need a stereo pair of high-quality omni mics for under £500$600? Look no further!

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    CME Xkey

    Compact USB Controller Keyboard

    A compact USB MIDI keyboard controller for the musician on the move, but with full-size keys and polyphonic aftertouch too!

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    Crypton Hatsune Miku English

    Vocaloid Instrument

    Hatsune Miku is the name of a fictional 16-year old girl, who can be made to sing using Yamaha’s Vocaloid 3 synthesizer engine.

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    DPA D:Facto II

    Handheld Capacitor Microphone

    Danish mic legends DPA take their considerable mic-designing experience to the stage — with impressive results.

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    Eve Audio SC204 & TS107

    Active Monitors & Subwoofer

    The 2.1 monitor approach may have its pitfalls, but there are also some very real benefits to be had, especially in small studios.

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    Exponential Audio PhoenixVerb & R2

    Reverb Plug-ins [Mac / PC]

    The market for reverb plug-ins is crowded, but Exponential Audio hope there's space for two more high-quality designs...

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    Fluid Audio F4

    Active Monitors

    These compact and affordable monitors, from young US company Fluid Audio, turn in a surprisingly good performance.

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    Gem Audio Labs Sculptor

    Discrete Preamp With EQ & Peak Limiter

    We check out Gem Audio's classy and charismatic interpretation of the recording channel strip.

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    IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R430

    Speaker Isolator

    All the stands in this range are intended to decouple a speaker from the desk or studio furniture on which it sits. Where this model differs is in its size — 17 inches wide by nine inches deep, making it suitable for speakers with a larger footprint.

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    Korg Gadget For iPad

    Mobile Synthesizer Studio App

    Korg already have an enviable track record for making high-quality apps, but in Gadget they've made their most serious step yet towards full music production.

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    Kush Audio Electra

    Analogue Equaliser

    Can Kush maintain their reputation for fine-sounding analogue gear with this interesting EQ?

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    Kush Audio Electra | Media

    Analogue Equaliser

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Mackie SRM550, SRM650 & SRM1850

    Active PA Speakers

    The latest additions to Mackie's established SRM range offer the same level of flexibility, but in traditional wooden‑box enclosures.

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    Nektar Panorama P1

    USB MIDI Control Surface

    Nektar's Panorama P1 is a control surface with a lot going for it — especially if you use Cubase or Reason.

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    NI Maschine Studio

    Groove Workstation

    Native Instruments take their hybrid groove machine to another level with new hardware and a big software update.

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    Olympus LS12 & LS14

    Handheld Stereo Recorders

    Do Olympus's latest recorders maintain the high quality and intuitive control of their earlier models?

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    Output Rev

    Kontakt Instrument

    Fledgling company Output claim that Rev is the world’s first collection of reverse instruments, loops, rises, pads, pulses and swells.

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    PMC TwoTwo 8

    Active Monitors

    The eagerly anticipated flagship in PMC's new TwoTwo range is finally here. Has the wait been worthwhile?

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    PPG WaveGenerator

    Software Wavetable Synthesizer

    Apps based on existing software are far from unusual, but Wolfgang Palm has chosen to go the other way.

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    Retro Instruments Doublewide 500

    Mono Valve Compressor

    American company Retro Instruments offer this true variable-mu valve compressor in 500-series format.

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    Rhythmic Robot Shortwave

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rhythmic Robot’s Shortwave is a Kontakt instrument crammed with ghostly voices, radio tuning sweeps, morse code bleeps and an assortment of hisses, crackles and pulses.

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    Roland MicroCube GX

    Battery-powered Guitar Amp

    Guitar amps don't come much more portable than this updated model from Roland. But how does it sound?

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    Sample Shop: March 2014 | Media

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    Samson Expedition Express

    Portable PA System

    Designed for musicians on the move, this portable PA offers a wide range of uses for almost any gigging scenario.

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    Spitfire Audio - Hans Zimmer Percussion Volume 1

    Sample Library

    The cinematic supremo enlists the best of British in a grand percussive collaboration.

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    The Analogue Revival

    Spotlight

    Synthesists have been asking manufacturers to build new analogue instruments for years — and now they’ve finally responded. But what took them so long? We round up some of the recent offerings.

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    Thermionic Culture Phoenix HG15

    Mono Valve Compressor

    Vic Keary's latest design is a compressor that's also a mic preamp and an EQ — but not, apparently, a channel strip!

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    Tronical Tune

    Self‑tuning Machine Heads

    Thanks to Tronical Systems, your guitar can now tune itself. Is this a valuable tool for committed guitarists, or a crutch for the lazy and tone‑deaf?

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    UA API Vision Channel Strip

    Channel Strip Plug-in For UAD2

    The latest of many hardware emulations from Universal Audio reproduces a complete API channel strip in your DAW.

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    UVI Sparkverb

    Reverb Plug‑in For Mac & PC

    UVI's rainbow‑hued reverb plug‑in is designed to help you instantly find the right ambience for your mix.

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    Zero-G Cyberstorm

    Sample Library

    Cyberstorm has been produced by Frédéric Devanlay who was also responsible for Zero-G's Deep Impact and Perception Cinemascapes.

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: It's About Time

    Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at what Live's built-in delays can do for you.

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    Apple's new Audiobus

    Apple Notes

    The new version of Audiobus is really going places. All aboard!

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    Chord Generation

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We look at how chord‑generating Rack Extensions in Reason could help you out of a musical rut.

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    Flex Appeal

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to Flex Pitch like a pro in Logic Pro X.

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    Inside Track: Arcade Fire's Reflektor

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Korey Richey & Mark Lawson

    Despite recording mainly live, Arcade Fire spent more than a year recording Reflektor. It was up to Korey Richey and Mark Lawson to get the results to tape.

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    Make Some Noise!

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Create striking new sounds using Reaper's ReaSynth plug-in.

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    Making WAVs

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools often turns up its nose at corrupt WAV files. Here's how to bring them into line.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Joyce

    Mixing Dubstep

    One of our engineers visits a reader's studio to help him bring the best out of his dubstep track.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Joyce | Media

    Dubstep: Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Open Wide

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One offers multiple methods of synthesizing splendid stereo from mediocre mono.

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    Open Wide | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

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    Passing Chords: Part 1

    Spice Up Your Keyboard Chords

    Bored of the same old chord sequences? In this short series, we explore some simple ways to spice up your piano chords.

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    Passing Chords: Part 1 | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Remote Collaboration

    Long‑distance Recording Projects

    Once an expensive and futuristic dream, the technology for Internet‑based collaboration is now available and affordable — and more practical than you might think.

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    Take A Browse

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Find what you're looking for faster with Sonar X3's new Browser.

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    Taking The Strain Off Your CPU

    PC Notes

    Improve your PC's performance by taking the strain off your CPU.

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    Vari Ability

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Perfect your vocal pitch-correction techniques with Cubase's VariAudio.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Classic Tracks: Tomorrow 'My White Bicycle'

    Producer: Mark Wirtz • Engineer: Geoff Emerick

    Tomorrow's pioneering paean to the joys of communal public transport has proved to be a classic of the British psychedelic underground.

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    Hits & Misses

    Leader

    I'm writing this column in January just before setting off for the NAMM show in California, which is perhaps the highlight of...

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    Playback

    Readers' Tracks

    This month we comment on releases from Testing Tomorrow, Clemistry & Audnoyz and Emiliano Cannavò.

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    Prefab Sprout

    Paddy McAloon: From Langley Park To Memphis (And Back)

    Prefab Sprout rose to fame in an era of indulgence and eye‑watering studio budgets. These days, things are a little different...

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    Which products deserve the coveted SOS Award in 2014?

    SOS Awards 2014

    And The Winners Are...

    The NAMM exhibition in California brings together music equipment and pro audio manufacturers from all over the world; the perfect opportunity to present the SOS Awards, which celebrate the products that you, our readers, have enjoyed using most over the past year.

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    Sounding Off: The ‘Perfect Workflow’?

    Tristan O'Dwyer

    The creative process is about serendipity, spontaneity, accident and chance. It’s about defying convention, standards and the dreaded ‘best practice’.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month tracks from Jason Derulo, Martin Garrix, Eminem and our Classic Mix: The Beatles' Yesterday from 1965.

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Music Business

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    Funkhaus Studios, Berlin

    Studio File

    Reborn out of the Cold War East German TV and radio network site, Funkhaus Studios can be found deep inside Block B!

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The pace of change in music technology can be scary, so let's be thankful for the one constant.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry Views

    What does the world of sports broadcasting offer the budding sound engineer?

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