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September 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) September 2014

 

Reviews

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    Acidlab Bassline 3

    Analogue Synthesizer

    We don our smiley t‑shirts and our baggiest trousers and put Acidlab's 303 clone to the test.

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    Affordable Digital Mixing Consoles

    Spotlight

    With the cost of entry-level digital mixers having dropped sharply over the last few years, there's never been a better time to invest in a digital mixing console.

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    Appworks

    Making Music On The Move

    iConnectivity MIDI Interfaces For iOS

    Justifiably described as 'hyper‑connective', the iConnect...

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    Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 40

    Stereo Guitar Amplifier

    Can you really enjoy super-wide stereo sound from such a tiny amp?

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    Elektron Analog Rytm

    Drum Machine

    The Analog Rytm combines analogue drum synthesis with sample playback. Is it the ultimate beatbox?

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    Elysia Xfilter

    Stereo Equaliser

    What secrets have Elysia hidden inside this modest‑looking rackmount case?

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    FMR Audio RNC500 & RNLA500

    500-series Dynamics Processors

    FMR have improved on their classic designs as they turned them into 500-series bargains!

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    Lewitt LCT 550

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Austrian manufacturers Lewitt continue to plough their own furrow, with the latest in their innovative studio microphone range.

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    M‑Audio BX6 & BX8 Carbon

    Active Monitors

    M-Audio's latest budget monitors punch way above their weight.

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    Native Instruments Molekular

    Modular Multi‑effects Software

    By designing a signal processing environment that offers endless modulation and routing options, Native Instruments hope to reinvent the way we use effects.

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    Neve Genesys Black

    Large-format Analogue Console

    Classic, yet unashamedly modern, Neve's latest analogue console promises seamless integration with the software studio.

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    Peluso P49

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    In their ongoing quest for authentic vintage tones, US mic makers Peluso tackle the classic Neumann M49.

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    Prism Sound Titan

    USB Audio Interface

    Prism Sound's latest interface looks set to dwarf even their legendary Orpheus...

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    RME Fireface 802

    Firewire & USB 2 Audio & MIDI Interface

    The Fireface 802 picks up where its highly successful predecessor left off.

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    Roland HandSonic HPD20

    Hand Percussion Pad

    Roland bring their HandSonic percussion range bang up to date with the HPD20.

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    Sample Logic Arpology

    Arpeggiator & Sample Library

    Arpology combines Sample Logic's wealth of sampled sounds with a sophisticated arpeggiator to create a unique virtual instrument.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Samplephonics Sonas Philicorda

    Kontakt Instrument

    Every dog, so the saying goes, has its day. It's also true for keyboards. We all know apocryphal stories of Mellotrons that...

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    SE Electronics Space

    Acoustic Mic Screen

    How have sE improved on their innovative Reflexion Filter?

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    SE Electronics X1T

    Valve Microphone

    SE give their popular X1 a valve boost, while keeping the price within reach of the masses.

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    Soniccouture The Attic

    Kontakt Instrument

    The Attic is a Kontakt instrument from Soniccouture crammed with the sort of dusty old gear many of us would love under our...

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    Soundcraft Si Performer 1

    Digital Sound & Lighting Console

    With the new Si Performer range, for the first time ever you can control lighting and sound from the same desk. But what's it like to use in practice?

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    TC Helicon VoiceSolo FX150

    Active Stage Monitor

    This compact monitor combines Tannoy speaker technology with TC Helicon's renowned reverb and vocal processing.

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    The Alternative Workbook — Or How To Pimp Your Practice Room

    eBook Review

    This book offers refreshingly concise advice on how to make great rock & pop recordings on a budget.

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    Tree Audio The Branch

    Valve Channel Strip

    Have Tree Audio gone out on a limb with their vintage-voiced valve channel strip?

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    Tree Audio The Branch | Media

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    Have Tree Audio gone out on a limb with their vintage-voiced valve channel strip?

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    Vir2 Acou6tics

    Virtual Acoustic Guitar Instrument

    Having done electric guitars, Vir2 turn their attention to acoustics, but the inexplicable '6' remains intact...

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    Waves Vitamin

    Multi‑band Sonic Enhancer Plug‑in For Mac OS & Windows

    Waves' clever enhancement plug‑in offers several ways of making your music bigger!

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    YRG Radius

    Radiused neck for You-Rock-Guitar

    Regular readers may recall my enthusiasm for the You Rock Guitar used as a MIDI controller in my review back in August 2011...

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Techniques

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    Aux Talk

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Perhaps the most versatile track type in Pro Tools is one that you can't even record to!

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    Beat Ripping

    Cheat Your Way To The Perfect Beat

    Learn how to extract the rhythmic elements from your favourite tracks and apply them to your own sounds and compositions.

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    Beat Ripping | Media

    Cheat Your Way To The Perfect Beat

    Audio Examples

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    Easy As A-D-T

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Automatic double-tracking is a doddle in Reason.

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    Get Pitch Quick!

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase's built-in VariAudio pitch processor isn't just for vocals...

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    Get Pitch Quick! - Media

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    Cubase's built-in VariAudio pitch processor isn't just for vocals...

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    Miking Guitar Amps On Stage

    Going Electric

    Electric guitars are one of the cornerstones of modern music, but miking them up can prove tricky. We round up some top tips from professional engineers.

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    Reaktion Time

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    NI's Reaktor is the perfect partner for Live...

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    Repeat After Me

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The ability to sync delay times and other Studio One parameters to tempo is a fertile source of inspiration.

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    Repeat After Me | Media

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    The ability to sync delay times and other Studio One parameters to tempo is a fertile source of inspiration.

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    Session Notes: Ajimal

    Focusrite's Dream Recording Competition Winner

    Ajimal: Guy Massey shares tips and tricks as he records the winners of Focusrite's Dream Recording competition at AIR Studio.

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    Session Notes: Ajimal | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Hear the final track and watch the video about the session.

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    Tip Advisor

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Save time and effort with these power-user techniques for Sonar.

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    Top 10 Hits

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Need to give your productions a shot in the arm? Here are 10 ways to make a beat in Logic Pro X.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Fount Of All Knowledge

    Leader

    Just occasionally we receive emails asking what credentials qualify us to dispense wisdom on the methodology of recording or...

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    Inside Track: Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Steve Fitzmaurice

    When an unknown act such as Sam Smith hits the big time, there's often an experienced producer behind the scenes — like Steve Fitzmaurice...

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    Joey Sturgis

    Metalcore Producer & Engineer

    From humble beginnings, Joey Sturgis has become a leading producer in the highly technical metalcore scene.

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    Playback

    Reader's music reviewed

    This month we review albums from Stark, Smoking Grace and The Goddamn Wallbangers.

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    Sounding Off

    All work and no pay: is working for free always wrong?

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hits to help you brush up on your listening skills.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    We might be used to rapid technological change – but is our audience?

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    First mastering went online, now it's becoming automated. Should we be afraid?

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    Snap Studios, London

    Studio File

    Building a high‑end recording studio has always been an ambitious goal. A studio is a complex organism, and substantial...

    Music Business
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