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August 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) August 2014

 

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    ADK Frankfurt 49T

    Large‑diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    ADK's take on the classic Neumann M49 may lack the original's valve circuitry, but the desirable vintage character is all there.

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    Allen & Heath ME1

    Personal Monitor Mixer

    Monitor mixing is riddled with compromises, but Allen & Heath hope to change all that with their intuitive ME1 personal foldback mixer.

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    Audient ASP880

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Audient have updated their popular eight-channel preamp design to provide more features at a lower price.

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    Credland Audio Big Kick

    Formats: Mac & PC AAX 64‑bit, VST; Mac AU

    Big Kick is one of those specialist plug‑ins that, as soon as you install it, makes you wonder how you ever managed without....

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    Drumdrops Mapex Heavy Rock Kit

    Kontakt Instrument

    So far in the pages of SOS we have looked at two Drumdrops products — the Vintage 1963 Premier kit and the Rogers Big R Dub...

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    Eve Audio SC408

    Active Midfield Monitors

    If you need serious bass, and you've got the control room to handle it, Eve's flagship monitors might be just the ticket.

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    Fishman TriplePlay

    Wireless MIDI Guitar System

    Need a fast-triggering MIDI guitar system that frees you from the constraints of cables? Look no further!

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    IK Multimedia Master EQ432, EQ73 & EQ81

    Format: T‑Racks Custom Shop modules

    IK Multimedia add three new EQ modules to their T‑Racks Custom Shop series.

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    Impact Soundworks Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    Archtop's sample collection is based on just one instrument, namely a customised Sadowsky Jim Hall hollow‑body arch‑top guitar with dual pickups.

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    Korg Pandora Stomp

    Multi-effects Pedal

    Korg's Pandora series first appeared almost 20 years ago, but the range has evolved with the march of technology. Today's...

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    Kush Pusher Magnetic DSP Colorbox

    Formats: Mac AU & VST; Windows VST

    Though it has a control panel that looks like a Klingon's duvet cover and an introduction that suggests it was inspired by an alien abduction, the aptly named Pusher is at heart a rather elegant enhancement device.

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    M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro

    MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

    Can M-Audio's ambitious pad controller offer something new in the era of hybrid beat workstations?

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    McDSP AE400

    Active Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    McDSP's latest plug-in is an intriguing hybrid between an equaliser and a compressor.

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    Monitor Stands & Decouplers

    Spotlight

    Almost as important as where your monitors are is what they're standing on. We round up some of the best available options.

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    Native Instruments Monark

    Software Synthesizer

    The Minimoog is not exactly short of software tributes. How does NI's measure up?

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    Orchestral Tools Berlin Strings

    Sample Library

    A new strings library sees a major European symphonic sampling project move one step closer to completion.

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    Polar Studios Polar 160

    Stereo VCA Compressor

    The bus compressor installed in ABBA's Harrison console is now available 'to go'.

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    PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 AI

    Digital Mixing Console

    PreSonus' attempt to make digital mixing feel like analogue pays dividends in this new flagship model from the popular StudioLive range.

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    Pulse Code Rhythm Studio

    Electronic Music Production App For iOS

    Rhythm Studio very neatly bundles a step sequencer, mixer, and a variety of sound and rhythm generators into one ridiculously low‑priced app, and also provides virtual interconnectivity and a fair amount of touch‑screen control. 

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    Rhythmic Robot Spark Gap

    Kontakt Instrument

    From Rhythmic Robot, the instrument that goes 'boing'. I'm trying to think who else would collect 38MB of samples of a 1920s laboratory tuning fork?

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    Rob Papen Blue 2

    Software Synthesizer

    Rob Papen's venerable soft synth gets a comprehensive update.

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    Rode NT1

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Aussie mic makers Rode aim to bring the sound of classic vintage mics within reach of the home studio. Have they succeeded?

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    Roland FA08

    Synth Workstation

    Roland have condensed their considerable synthesizer workstation expertise into a single, affordable instrument.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Schertler Jam 150

    Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

    This miniature PA from pickup specialists Schertler offers a striking combination of quality, portability and affordability.

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    Seymour Duncan Vapour Trail

    Analogue Delay With Effects Loop

    Pickup experts Seymour Duncan have revamped their effects line-up for 2014, introducing the Vapor Trail analogue delay.

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    Studio Electronics Boomstars

    Analogue Synthesizer Modules

    Studio Electronics' new synth modules come in a range of different colours, each with its own distinctive filter and identity.

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    The Foley Grail: The Art Of Performing Sound For Film, Games & Animation

    Book Review

    Much of the enjoyment and realism (or hyper-realism) of films, TV shows, radio programmes and computer games relies upon the skilful use of Foley.

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    Ueberschall Upright Bass

    Elastik

    As its title suggests, Upright Bass offers around 1GB of solo upright bass loops — just over 400 in total — covering a range...

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    Ultra Satan Drive

    SD Card Drive For Atari ST

    Solid-state mass storage for my beloved Atari !

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    Waves Reel ADT

    Automatic Double-tracking Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    An effect invented by Abbey Road engineers has become a studio staple. Waves have painstakingly recreated its original implementation.

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Techniques

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    Engineering A Band Competition

    The Final Frontier

    Thirteen acts playing two sets each, in an historic venue, with minimal changeover time? It's all in a day's work for our intrepid live‑sound engineer.

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    Gate Expectations

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We get creative with Live's often overlooked Gate processor.

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    Getting Shreddy

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Sonar's editing tools to tighten up your guitar solos.

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    Glorious Technicolour

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Use Reaper's SWS Extensions to automatically add colour and icons to your tracks.

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    Logic Pro 9 to Pro X

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    If you're having problems navigating in Logic Pro X, we can help you find your way again.

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    Macro Bionic

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One's macros can take the legwork out of repetitive tasks.

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    Monster Tracks

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The first step to setting up a Pro Tools session is to understand what its different track types are for.

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    Session Notes: Duo Melodika

    Baroque Music

    This month one of our engineers aims to augment the natural beauty of a baroque‑music duo playing in a church.

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    Session Notes: Duo Melodika | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Sound Design For Visual Media

    Designer Sounds

    You have the skills and the gear, but how should you tackle your first sound-for-picture projects?

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    The Big Squeeze

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Make your Cubase mixes pack more punch with master‑bus compression.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Classic Tracks: Peter Gabriel 'Sledgehammer'

    Producer: Daniel Lanois • Engineers: Kevin Killen, David Bascombe

    When Peter Gabriel made the transition from prog to pop with 'Sledgehammer' he did it on his own exacting terms...

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    Inside Track: Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dani Castelar

    Engineer and producer Dani Castelar accompanied Paolo Nutini through three years and 11 studios to make his acclaimed new album Caustic Love.

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    Metronomy

    Joseph Mount & Ash Workman: Recording Love Letters

    Despite having mastered sample manipulation and digital editing, Metronomy's Joseph Mount felt there was something missing — so he went cold turkey on computers...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Site For Sore Ears

    Leader

    Here at Sound On Sound we always try to help out with readers' queries whenever we can, and if we get enough questions on the...

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    Sounding Off

    Games music needs to be bolder...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we're listening to Coldplay, Sam Smith, Paolo Nutini and our Classic Mix is Elvis Presley 'Hound Dog' from 1956.

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    Thomas Troelsen

    Writing & Producing K-Pop

    The dazzling world of South Korean pop music confuses many Westerners — but Denmark's Thomas Troelsen has become one of its leading producers and songwriters.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The greatest enemy of original music in TV and film is, well, the original music.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Jimmy Iovine used to sweep up recording studios. Can he clean up the record business?

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    State Of The Ark, London

    Studio File

    Though its design consciously looks back to the '60s, State Of The Ark has only been open to the public as a commercial studio for seven years.

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