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July 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2014

 

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    A Composer's Guide To Game Music

    Book Review

    I spent seven years as a freelance game composer back in the '80s and '90s, when we tended to be part musician, part computer...

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    Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ4 14:4:2

    Analogue Mixing Console

    The latest version of the established MixWizard range has more pro features and routing options than you can shake a magic wand at.

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    ART HQ231

    Graphic EQ & Feedback Detector

    With its innovative feedback detection display, this graphic EQ has the power to seriously shorten your system setup time.

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    Best Service Altus, Cantus & Shevannai

    Kontakt Instruments

    Altus, Cantus and Shevannai are three voice‑based sample libraries in Kontakt format. Created by Eduardo Tarilonte, who...

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    Casio Privia PX5S

    Stage Piano & Synthesizer

    The PX5S isn't just a stage piano — it's an instrument that might force you to rethink everything you know about Casio.

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    Fender Passport Studio

    Portable Active Monitors

    Fender apply their 'suitcase speaker' paradigm to studio monitors — with impressive results, thanks to an unlikely collaboration with Focal.

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    Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 2

    Acidized WAV & REX 2

    The purpose of Lost Tapes is to provide copyright‑free sample material that sounds very similar to many much‑sampled...

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    Grace Design M905

    Reference Monitor Controller

    If you're shelling out serious money for a monitor controller, you expect perfection — is that what the M905 offers?

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    Great River PWM 501 500‑series Compressor

    500-series Compressor

    Great River's new PWM 501 compressor is the only dynamics processor on the company's books, but it's very heavily featured....

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    Korg Taktile 25 & 49

    MIDI Controller Keyboards

    As their name implies, Korg's new MIDI keyboards are all about hands‑on control.

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    Livid Instruments Base

    Control Surface

    Livid's latest control surface is of typically high‑quality and designed to be the perfect partner for Ableton Live.

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    MakeMusic Finale 2014

    Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows

    MakeMusic's Finale is the one constant in a rapidly changing notation software market, and the 2014 version is better than ever.

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    Meris 440

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Is this the world's first studio-quality preamp with a built-in guitar effects loop?

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    MeterPlugs Perception

    Loudness-matching Plug‑in [Mac OS & Windows]

    An innovative new plug‑in makes it easy to tell when louder isn't better!

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    Microphone Accessories

    Spotlight

    Peripheral VisionMany microphone‑recording peripherals have the power to not only make your life easier, but to make your...

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    Native Instruments Rise & Hit

    Sample Library

    NI's latest library aims to keep you on the edge of your seat with its range of cinematic tension-builders.

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    Noveltech Character & Vocal Enhancer Native

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, RTAS, AAX, Audiosuite; Mac AU

    Unlike harmonic enhancers, which generate new harmonics from the existing signal, Character works with what already exists, manipulating the spectral balance in a dynamic fashion according to the changing nature of the input.

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    Octa Tablet Tail Monkey Kit

    Tablet Positioning System

    The Tablet Tail Monkey Kit from Octa is a 'tablet positioning system' that is comprised of a suction cup and a ...

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    PreSonus Sceptre S6 & S8

    Active Coaxial Monitors

    Presonus' assault on the monitor market continues, with these impressive coaxial speakers.

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    RME MADIface XT & USB

    Audio Interfaces

    These compact devices boast more digital I/O than any other USB interface.

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    Sample Shop | Media

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    Samson VR88

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    Samson's versatile and affordable active ribbon performs surprisingly well for the price — especially on electric guitar.

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    SE Electronics SE5

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    With its extended frequency response and high SPL handling ability, the SE5 could prove to be the company's most versatile mic to date.

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    Sonokinetic Toll

    Kontakt Instrument

    In the making of their latest library, Toll, Sonokinetic travelled to a number of European countries (and the splendidly named...

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    Sound & Recording

    Book Review

    When a technical book is republished in a second or third edition, you know it's become recognised as a reference work, but...

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    SoundToys MicroShift

    Widening Effect For Mac OS & Windows

    SoundToys' latest plug-in helps you spread the love — or indeed, anything else!

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    TC Helicon VoiceLive 3

    Vocal-processing & Looping Pedal

    Danish vocal‑effects experts TC Helicon combine their established harmony and effects processing with some seriously impressive looping technology.

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    TC Helicon VoiceLive 3 | Media

    Vocal-processing & Looping Pedal

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    Tech 21 Hot Rod Plexi

    Distortion Pedal

    Tech 21's Hot Rod Plexi claims to replicate the classic tone and feel of a vintage Marshall amp in pedal form. Does it deliver, or is it really just another overdrive pedal?

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    Ten Kettles Development HearEQ

    Ear Training App For iOS

    HearEQ is a very simple, low-cost app that enables musicians to turn the songs in their music library into ear-training tools.

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    Tube-Tech MP2A

    Dual-channel Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Its price tag might give you the blues, but if you can afford it, the Tube-Tech MP2A could make all your preamp dreams come true.

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    WaveDNA Liquid Rhythm

    Rhythm Generating Software For Mac OS & Windows

    For those stuck in a rhythmic rut, WaveDNA's pattern sequencer plug-in offers some exotic creative tools with even more exotic names.

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    Waves Center

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX, RTAS, TDM & Audiosuite; Mac AU; Waves MultiRack & Avid VENUE

    Stereo sound is a surprisingly subtle and complex business, and it's rare that the typical DAW 'utility' plug‑ins will deal...

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    Waves Scheps 73

    Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Waves' take on the immortal Neve 1073 design sees them teaming up once again with a leading mix engineer.

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    Waves Scheps 73 | Media

    Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Waves' take on the immortal Neve 1073 design sees them teaming up once again with a leading mix engineer.

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    Yellowtec PUC2 USB 2 Audio Interface

    USB Audio Interface For Mac & PC

    Yellowtec make lots of equipment for the broadcast market, but their latest interfaces could be just the ticket for music production.

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    Zplane Vielklang 2

    Pitch-correction & Harmony-generation Software [Mac OS & Windows]

    The latest version of Zplane's Vielklang will not only generate harmonies from your vocals, but put them in tune first!

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Techniques

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    Bus Lanes

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Understanding the role of buses in the Pro Tools mixer opens up powerful routing possibilities.

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    Compress Gang

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at how to get the most out of Live's compressors.

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    Layer Take

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Sonar X3's Take Lanes feature to build up multi-layered performances.

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    Making Music Videos Live On Location

    Video Vérité

    It's live, Jim — but not as we know it. We look at how the rise of affordable, portable gear has enabled a new approach to music-video making.

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    Mixing FOH With A UAD Apollo Interface

    David Williams

    Front-of-house engineer David Williams talks to SOS about why mixing with a DSP audio interface is worthwhile, despite the dangers of using a laptop on stage.

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    Outboard In

    Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

    Part 2: Learning to capture the behaviour of controls will take your custom Nebula creations to another level.

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    Outboard In | Media

    Sample Your Gear With Acustica Audio Nebula

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    Remote Control

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Release yourself from the computer keyboard with Logic Remote for iPad.

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    Session Notes: Malvern Hillbillies

    Live Band Recording In The Studio

    We make a 'live' band recording in the studio, and mix and master the results all in one day!

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    Session Notes: Malvern Hillbillies | Media

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    Spread Of Heaven

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Make full use of your speakers with these stereo enhancement tips for Cubase.

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    The A‑Team

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We get our heads round one of Reason's new sample‑based Rack Extensions, A‑List Acoustic Guitarist.

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    Version Therapy

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Explore Reaper's most useful new and improved features in Version 4.6.1

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Sound Advice

People

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    Inside Track: Linkin Park's The Hunting Party

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Wallace

    As producer, engineer and mixer, Andy Wallace has done more than anyone to define the sound of modern rock and metal.

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    Mixing FOH With A UAD Apollo Interface

    David Williams

    Front-of-house engineer David Williams talks to SOS about why mixing with a DSP audio interface is worthwhile, despite the dangers of using a laptop on stage.

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    Playback

    Zipperfish

    Punk By Numbers

    No matter how weird, obscure or downright distasteful your...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Smoke & Mirrors?

    Leader

    If you're in the habit of reading hi-fi magazines, you may have noticed a number of products based on what one might call '...

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    Sounding Off

    Reader Michael Begg asks the question

    What keeps us upgrading? Anxiety.

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    The Horrors

    Tom Furse & Joshua Third: Recording Luminous

    The Horrors take studio experimentation to new extremes, even designing and making a lot of their own equipment.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month Pharrell Williams Happy, DJ Snake Turn Down For What, John Legend's All Of Me and the Classic Mix - Dire Straits Money For Nothing.   

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    The Rebirth Of Keith Emerson's Moog Modular

    Second Coming

    The stuff of synthesizer legend, Keith Emerson's megalithic modular system hasn't just been restored — it's also been completely recreated.

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Music Business

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    Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    Hollywood remains arguably the recording capital of the world, housing as it does a staggering number of world-class facilities.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Music commissioning has always been squalid. But today's composers get a fairer deal than Mozart ever did.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The sports and music industries make better teammates than you might at first think.

    Music Business
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