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June 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) June 2014

 

Reviews

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    Acon Digital Verberate

    Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Acon Digital's reverb plug-in looks simple, but is it effective?

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    Aphex USB 500

    Audio Interface & 500-series System

    Is the combination of audio interface and 500-series chassis the ideal solution for a compact, hybrid setup?

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    Appworks

    Making Music On The Move

    This month we look at Cakewalk's Z3TA+, Crossfire Designs MidiPads and IK Multimedia's AmpliTube Orange

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    Barefoot MM35 Gen 2

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Nearfield monitors are usually a compromise — but not in the case of these impressive three-ways from Barefoot Sound.

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    Bitwig Studio

    Music Production Software [Mac OS, Windows, Linux]

    Is Bitwig Studio's fresh take on clip-based music production different enough to tempt users away from established rivals?

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    Boscomac Reaktor Ensembles

    Mac & PC Reaktor Ensemble

    Native Instruments' Reaktor isn't a plug-in format as such — more a platform for constructing synths and effects.

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    Dbx DriveRack PA2

    Speaker Management System

    The original DriveRack PA was already a cost‑effective processor, and now Dbx have upgraded it, with more features and wireless iOS control.

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    DOD Phasor 201 & Overdrive Preamp 250

    Guitar Effects Pedals

    DOD's Phasor 201 was one of the first commercial phaser pedals.

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    EastWest Steven Wilson's Ghostwriter

    Sample Library

    It won't write a Katie Price novel for you, but Ghostwriter is just the ticket for high-quality, Porcupine Tree-style quirkiness.

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    Grace Design M102

    Optical Compressor

    How much of Grace Design's know-how and revered sound has made it into this unassuming and comparatively low-cost box?

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    iZotope Break Tweaker

    Virtual Percussion Instrument

    iZotope's Break Tweaker software gives you microscopic control over your beats and much more besides.

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    JoeMeek PreQ, MeC & MeQ

    Mic Preamp, Compressor & EQ

    JoeMeek's enduringly popular preamps, processors and channel strips are now available for Lunchbox users too!

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    Korg DS DAC100 & DS DAC100m

    1-bit USB D-A Converters

    Sometimes, a full-blown multi-channel rackmounting interface is just too cumbersome and inconvenient for the task in hand.

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    Korg MS20 Kit

    Analogue Synthesizer

    With the MS20 Kit, Korg have taken the Ikea approach to selling synths — by insisting you build it yourself!

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    Peavey FX2 16

    Compact Mixer

    Analogue mixers with built-in effects are nothing new, but this model from Peavey takes its digital processing further than most.

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    Platinum Audiolab Electro House Dance Loops

    Sample Library

    Electro-house is probably one of the broader house/dance sub‑genres and this download pack by Platinum AudioLab aims to plug...

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    Rhythmic Robot Jennings

    Sample Library

    The Jennings Univox was a valve‑based monophonic synthesizer manufactured during the 1950s and '60s.

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    Sample Shop | Media

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    SE Electronics SE X1 USB

    USB Capacitor Microphone

    The affordable sE Electronics sE X1 capacitor microphone is now available with an onboard USB converter, so that it can be...

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    Softube Console 1

    Software Mixing Environment & Hardware Controller

    Softube are out to make DAW mixing more like using a large-format console. Can Console 1 liberate us from mouse and keyboard?

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    Sonic Charge Permut8

    Mac & PC VST, Mac AU

    Permut8 is a delay plug-in — but not as we know it, Captain.

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    Sonokinetic Qanûn

    Sample Library

    Qanûn is part of Sonokinetic's range of Arabic sampled instruments, which also includes Ney and Kemence.

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    Soulsby Synthesizers Atmegatron

    8‑bit Monosynth

    Paul Soulsby's debut product is a small synth of violently unrestrained character.

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    Tablet-controlled Mixers

    Spotlight

    In the world of live sound, the tablet revolution is much more than just hype: it really does have the potential to turn front-of-house mixing on its head.

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    Tannoy Reveal 502 & 402

    Active Monitors

    Tannoy Reveals have long been popular with home-studio owners on a budget. Do these latest iterations retain the qualities that made their forebears so successful?

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    Turbosound Milan

    Active PA System

    Turbosound have upgraded their established Milan range, with the help of some technology borrowed from sister company Klark Teknik.

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    Universal Audio Apollo Twin

    Thunderbolt Audio Interface & DSP Accelerator For Mac OS

    The Apollo Twin brings impressive sound quality and UA plug-ins to the desktop, along with unusually versatile mic preamps!

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    UVI UltraMini

    Mac & PC VST, RTAS & MAS; Mac AU

    UVI's UltraMini is a software synth based on samples drawn from the classic Minimoog.

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    Vertigo Sound VSP2

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Does the VSP2's build quality and performance justify its high-end price tag?

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    Wes Audio LC EQP

    Mono Valve Equaliser

    Could this comparatively affordable passive EQ with valve make-up gain actually be better than the revered Pultec unit that inspired it?

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    Zero‑G Epica

    Sample Library

    Zero‑G's Epica is undoubtedly a labour or love by producer Sam Spacey. The library has been nearly three years in the making!

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Techniques

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    7.1 Steps To (Reason) Heaven

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We look at what's new in Reason 7.1 and check out the Synchronous Rack Extension.

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    A Touch Of Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Play Logic from your iPad with Touch Instruments.

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    Classic Tracks: James Brown 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'

    Producer: James Brown • Engineer: Ron Lenhoff

    'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag' was James Brown's statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

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    Mix Rescue: Othmar Schönafinger

    'Oh Boy'

    We try to bring a bit less garage and a bit more rock to a self‑recorded production with a retro feel.

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    Mix Rescue: Othmar Schönafinger | Audio

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    On The Bounce

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Bouncing Cubase's MIDI and VSTi parts down to audio opens up a whole new world of processing possibilities.

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    Outboard In | Media

    Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

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    Paths Of Glory

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explain how to properly configure your Pro Tools audio inputs, outputs and buses.

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    Preparing Your PA For Outdoor Gigging

    Live Sound Advice

    The season of open-air shows is upon us — but is your gear really ready for the great outdoors?

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    Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

    Nebula Tips & Techniques

    There are some stunningly good Libraries for Acustica Audio's Nebula dynamic convolution plug-in, but you can also create your own. We invited one of the best Nebula developers to tell you how.

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    Stretcher Cases

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One supports many varieties of time‑stretching.

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    Studio SOS: Mark Soden

    Optimising A Loft Conversion

    This month, we take on some computer glitching problems and fix up the acoustics in a newly completed loft conversion.

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    Vari Well, Then

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Recreating tape‑speed effects in Sonar X3.

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    Work Smarter

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We make your life easier with tips on how to work more efficiently with Live.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A Dark Future

    Leader

    When computers first came on the scene, many musicians were scared away by the apparent complexity and retreated to their cassette Portastudios.

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    Inside Track: sci‑fi movie Divergent

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Junkie XL & Alan Meyerson

    With thumbprint data security and track counts in the thousands, the scoring process for sci‑fi movie Divergent was close to science fiction itself!

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    John Congleton: Engineer & Producer

    From Baroness, R. Kelly, Explosions In The Sky to St. Vincent, Swans and Xiu Xiu

    Producer and engineer John Congleton has worked on anything and everything — the more unfamiliar, the better!

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    This month albums from Ad Asteris, Glass Ankle, Pierre Shlimon, Marvin B Naylor, The Evolutionaries, Kenwood Anderson and As Follows.

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    Sounding Off

    John Walden has his say!

    In defence of the iPad.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month featuring 'Pompeii' by Bastille, 'Let It Go' by Idina Menzel, 'Strong' by London Grammar and the most classic of classic tracks from 1971, Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'.

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    The TouchKeys Project

    DIY Retro-fit Touch-Sensitivity System

    We investigate an experimental system that promises to retrospectively add Yamaha CS80-style expression control to any keyboard.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    When it comes to music technology, truth can be stranger than fiction.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Movies about music are undoubtedly good for the record industry, but is the favour returned?

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    RAK Studios, London

    Studio File

    For many decades, London's North West has been home to more than its share of important recording studios.

    Music Business
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