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April 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) April 2014

 

Reviews

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    AEA N22

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    AEA's new N22 hopes to bring the coveted ribbon-mic sound up to date and within reach of the masses. We power it up...

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    Alto Black 10 & 15 Sub

    Active PA Speakers

    These affordable speakers perform admirably for their price, and also offer Bluetooth remote control via a free iOS app.

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    Appworks

    Making Music On The Move

    Apogee Quartet iOS Audio INterface • Cakewalk ScratchPad HD • Jam Origin MIDI Guitar Converter

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    Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+

    USB Capacitor Microphone

    Audio-Technica's AT2020 USB cardioid has been upgraded; how does it fare?

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    Brainworx Engl E765RT & E646VS

    Amp Modelling Plug-ins For UAD2 & Apollo

    Eschewing the ‘mix and match’ philosophy of most amp modellers, Brainworx have turned their attention to capturing entire recording chains.

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    Bryant Unlimited SDU 112P

    12-way Mains Distribution Unit

    Managing mains power distribution in a project studio can be frustrating. Simple plug-boards are cheap and easy, but professional rackmounted mains distribution units (MDUs) allow neat centralised cabling.

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    Drawmer MC2.1

    Monitor Controller

    Very few monitor controllers deliver all the functions our Technical Editor deems essential. This one does — and at an attractive price, too.

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    Eventide H9 & H9 Core

    Multi-effects Pedals

    The latest addition to Eventide's stompbox range has the chameleon-like ability to emulate all of its siblings! Not only that, but the new H9 can be controlled and edited from your iPhone or iPad.

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    Eventide Mixing Link

    Mic Preamp & Effects Switcher

    Effects veterans Eventide aim to let singers in to the pedalboard party, with this cunningly designed effects-routing and switching box.

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    Korg littleBits

    Analogue Synthesizer Kit

    Korg and littleBits have joined forces to make what's basically analogue Lego. What's not to like?

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    Littlepapercones Single-driver

    Mix-Reference Monitors

    Do these hand‑made, single‑driver speakers sound as good as they look?

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    Mackie 2404 VLZ4

    Analogue Mixer & USB Interface

    The latest generation of Mackie's VLZ mixer range incorporates their premium Onyx preamp design.

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    Native Instruments Cuba

    Sample Library

    Released in 1997, the hugely successful Buena Vista Social Club album is possibly the best example of what most of us non‑...

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    Peluso P84

    Capacitor Microphone

    Peluso's enviable reputation for building 'homages' to vintage mics looks set to continue with this tribute to Neumann's classic KM84.

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    Rhythmic Robot Grit Kit

    Sample Library

    Rhythmic Robot continue to produce Kontakt instruments with a decidedly old‑school feel and tone, the latest described as a 'Source Variable Drum Synthesizer'.

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    Roger Mayer 456

    Solid-state Analogue Tape Emulator

    Roger Mayer has an impressive resumé, having built effects for Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page back in the day.

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    Roland RD800

    Stage Piano

    There's more to Roland's latest digital piano than meets the eye. We put it to the test.

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    Roland TB3 Touch Bassline

    Bass Synthesizer

    As Roland revisit their classic Bassline, we ask does everybody need a TB3?

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    Roland TR8 Rhythm Performer

    Drum Machine

    Roland's TR8 sees their classic TR808 and TR909 drum machines reincarnated in a single box. Is it what we've all been waiting for?

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Samson Resolv SE8

    Active Monitors

    There's no shortage of active monitors in this price range. Do Samson's latest Resolv series speakers have what it takes to stand out?

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    Software Drum Instruments

    Spotlight

    With today's sophisticated virtual-instrument technology, it's never been easier to create realistic drum...

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    Toontrack Rock! EZX

    Expansion For EZdrummer Or Superior Drummer

    If you want the sound of a top‑notch acoustic drum kit but don't have the drummer, kit and studio environment within which to record it, virtual drum instruments such as Toontrack's EZdrummer or Superior Drummer provide a cost-effective alternative.

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Techniques

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    Angelic Hosts

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We look at ways to open up your Pro Tools plug‑in world through VST hosting.

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    Bass In The Place

    Improve Your PA's Bass Performance

    Proper subwoofer placement is often overlooked but, as you're about to find out, the difference it makes to bass reproduction can be vast...

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    Compression Session

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Join us as we delve into dynamics in Reason 7.

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    Control Freak

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase offers several different ways to take advantage of your master keyboard's knobs, buttons and faders.

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    Inside Track: Disney's Frozen

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Boucher & Casey Stone

    The success of Disney's Frozen underlines the importance of music in film, whether it be as songs or soundtracks.

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    Odd Times

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One MIDI sequences can incorporate any note division, no matter how bizarre!

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    Odd Times | Media

    Sudio One Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Optimising Electric Guitars For The Studio

    Half the battle in capturing a great electric guitar sound lies in understanding problems with the instrument itself — and solving them quickly.

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    Optimising Electric Guitars For The Studio | Media

    Audio & Video Files

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Passing Chords: fingers on piano keys.

    Passing Chords: Part 2

    Spicing Up Simple Chord Sequences

    In part two of this series, we explore more simple ways to spice up your chord sequences.

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    Passing Chords: Part 2 | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Readers' Mixes Of Lyndsey Ollard's 'Catching Up'

    What's The Catch?

    It's not often SOS readers get to mix a session tracked at Abbey Road — and when they did, the results were surprising!

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    Remote Control

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at the best apps for iPad mixing in Ableton Live.

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    Session Notes: A Big String Sound On A Budget

    I Strip For Couples

    A Big String Sound On A Budget: this month, one of our engineers sets out to fake a big, lush, recorded string sound with only a handful of musicians.

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    Session Notes: A Big String Sound | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    A Big String Sound On A Budget: this month, one of our engineers sets out to fake a big, lush, recorded string sound with only a handful of musicians.

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    Studio SOS: Imran Khan

    Optimising Your Studio Space

    We visit a reader's studio in a converted garage to improve the acoustics, and to advise on mic selection and recording techniques for electric and acoustic guitar.

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    Version Therapy

    Craft the perfect cover version in Sonar X3.

    Craig Anderton explains his approach to creating a perfect cover version.

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    Well‑Stacked

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Be an architect of sound with Track Stacks in Logic Pro X.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Classic Tracks: 808 State 'Pacific State'

    Producer: 808 State • Engineer: Graham Massey

    Born of the fertile late‑'80s Manchester music scene, 808 State's 'Pacific State' was a landmark in British house music.

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    Lollywood Nights

    Izzat Majeed & The Sachal Studios Orchestra

    Izzat Majeed single‑handedly resuscitated Pakistan's moribund music scene — and built a state‑of‑the‑art studio to capture the results.

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    This month we review to music from Young Peculiar, The Situation, Vincent Pierce Smith & Karttikeya, Mark Barnwell and Christian Gregory.

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    Sounding Off

    Did the iPad kill the dinosaur?

    SOS reader Paul Wavell discribes his journey through the history of Apple computers from the Lisa to iPad.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month's tracks from Miley Cyrus, One Republic, Black Sabbath and our Classic Mix - ZZ Top "Gimme All Your Lovin'' from 1983.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Where Now?

    Leader

    If you've read up on what was shown at NAMM earlier this year, you might wonder where there is for the industry to go next.

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    Wild Beasts

    Wild Beasts, Lexxx & Leo Abrahams: Recording Present Tense

    From their gear choices to their recording techniques, everything about Wild Beasts' approach to production is unconventional.

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Music Business

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    Education & The Audio Industry

    An Employer's Perspective

    Formal education has many benefits, but to become a successful engineer, you need more than a degree alone.

    Music Business
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    Estudios Areito, Havana

    Studio File

    Few countries in the world can boast a musical heritage as rich as that of Cuba.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    There's a place for art in almost everything — even music for TV.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The number of music grads is going up, but what of the number of experienced teachers?

    Music Business
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