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December 2014 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2014

 

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    Analogue Watch

    Spotlight On Analogue Mixers

    Digital desks are all well and good, but analogue consoles still have their place, especially for smaller gigs.

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    Antelope Audio Zen Studio

    USB 2 Audio Interface

    If small is beautiful, then Antelope Audio’s latest product is the Mona Lisa of multi-channel audio interfaces.

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    Apple iPhone 6

    Smartphone

    While the iPhone 6 might not be the most aesthetically pleasing device Apple have made, it’s obviously the most powerful so far and with the largest displays yet seen on an iPhone.

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    Avid Sibelius 7.5

    Notation Software For Mac OS & Windows

    The first new release of Sibelius in three years comes from the program’s relocated home in California. Is this much-loved notation package still in safe hands?

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    Big Fish Audio Cinematic Motion

    Apple Loops, REX & Acidised WAV

    Cinematic Motion is a multi–format collection of loops for the budding composer of high-octane drama, whether for the...

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    Crane Song Falcon

    Valve Compressor

    If anyone can tease ‘that’ valve optical compressor sound out of a single-width 500-series module, Dave Hill can...

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    Direct Sound Extreme Isolation EX25 & EX29

    Closed-back Headphones

    These cans aim to provide maximum isolation from outside sources, and could prove ideal for foldback when playing loud instruments.

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    Fabfilter Pro-Q 2

    EQ Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Fabfilter’s Pro-Q already did everything an EQ should do — so what can they have added in version 2?

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    Garritan CFX Concert Grand

    Virtual Piano Instrument

    Garritan’s latest library raises the bar for virtual piano instruments.

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    Groundology Earth Connection Plug

    Safety Earthing Plug

    With the tiniest bit of DIY, this could banish the gremlins from a ‘floating’ recording setup.

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    HK Audio Pulsar PL112FA & PL118 Sub A

    Active PA System

    We put this compact new system from HK to the test at a festival stage in Malvern.

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    Lowrey Heritage Deluxe Organ

    Retrozone

    It might have lacked drawbars and tonewheels, but, sonically, the little–known Lowrey Heritage Deluxe was a match for any Hammond organ.

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    Mackie DL32R

    Digital Mixer With iPad Control

    Mackie crown their DL series of app–controlled mixers with this full–featured stagebox–format model. Find out what’s new in our exclusive review!

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    Manley Core

    Reference Channel Strip

    Billed as their ‘greatest hits’ package, Manley’s Core packs a lot into a package that’s less expensive than their previous offerings.

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    MeeBlip Anode

    Synthesizer

    Its open-source design means that this small box is bursting with possibilities.

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    Overloud Rematrix

    Convolution Reverb Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Overloud are on a mission to prove that convolution reverb can be brash, bold and, above all, big!

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    Propellerhead Reason 8

    Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Is there more to the latest version of Reason than a pretty face?

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    Retro Instruments Sta-Level

    Variable-mu Compressor

    Is Retro’s recreation of the legendary Gates Sta-Level more than just a reissue?

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    Retro Instruments Sta-Level | Media

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    Is Retro’s recreation of the legendary Gates Sta-Level more than just a reissue?

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    Rode Grip

    iPhone Mounting System

    Rode Grip

    iPhone 5 Mounting System

    These days it seems that making phone calls is...

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    Sample Logic Cinematic Keys

    Kontakt Instrument

    Sample library creators are always trying to come up with fresh ideas for products, and this is possibly why Sample Logic...

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    Shadow Hills Oculus

    Monitor Controller

    What does this stylish-looking passive monitor controller offer that its competitors don’t?

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    Shure Beta 181

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    With its side-address capsule and compact body, this handy little mic can reach the places other mics can’t!

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    Sonokinetic Celesta

    Kontakt Instrument

    Indelibly associated with magic, sugar plum fairies and, inevitably, Harry Potter, the celesta (or celeste) is a keyboard--operated idiophone resembling a small upright piano.

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    Sonoris Mastering Compressor

    Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Sonoris’s mastering-oriented plug-in is designed to make dynamic control as unobtrusive as possible.

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    Sony PCM-D100

    Portable DSD, PCM & MP3 Recorder

    Unlike most compact recorders, Sony’s all-new design supports DSD recording. Is that enough to justify the price?

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    Studiobricks One

    Modular Vocal/Instrument Booths

    This neat modular system slots together in no time at all, and is surprisingly effective.

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    Triqtraq

    Sequencer App For iOS

    This month, the new iPhone 6, Rode Grip and Triqtraq sequencer app.

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    Unity Audio Pebble & Bam Bam

    Active Monitors

    Unity revive some unusual ideas about speaker design to come up with this innovative and effective monitor system.

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    Waldorf Streichfett

    String Synthesizer

    Is the world ready for the return of the string synthesizer? Waldorf seem to think so...

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    Zoom H5

    Handheld Recorder

    Zoom’s H4 has been hugely popular, and with the H5 it seems its few shortcomings have been ironed out.

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    Zoom TAC-2

    Thunderbolt Audio Interface

    Zoom’s TAC-2 is the cheapest Thunderbolt interface currently available, but is premium quality really possible on a budget?

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Techniques

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    Cubase's Track Lanes & Track Versions

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s Track Lanes system is great for speedy comping, but Track Versions brings plenty more to the party...

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    Done Deals

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    With Logic Pro X, there’s no excuse for leaving your music unfinished!

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    Drum Mechanics

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Live offers plenty of tools to perk up insipid rhythms.

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    Engineering Bass Guitars Live

    Ace of Bass

    They form the foundation of most bands, but getting them right can be tricky. We explore the many ways to deal with bass guitars on stage.

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    From Stage To Screen

    How Nashville Built Live Music Into TV Drama

    To make a splash with a new season of musical drama Nashville, the producers opted for a high-risk strategy: live music segments, performed as the show aired.

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    Gate Expectations

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Sonar’s Sonitus Gate to achieve pumping reverb effects.

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    Inside Track: Leonard Cohen 'Slow'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Patrick Leonard & Jesse E String

    In search of reality, Leonard Cohen convinced his producer Patrick Leonard to abandon his hang-ups about using sampled instruments.

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    Media Content - December 2014

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

    This page contains a directory of all media pages that hold the associated media for December 2014.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Kamburov

    Our Experts Tranform Your Tracks

    Alex Kamburov: We coax different sounds from identical guitar recording setups and try to inject some attitude into a ‘70s rock track.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Kamburov | Media

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    These files accompany the Mix Rescue article in the December 2014 issue

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    Mixing To A Pink Noise Reference

    In The Pink!

    Could this neat but powerful little trick save you time and frustration on each and every mix?

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    Mixing To A Pink Noise Reference | Media

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    These files accompany the Pink Noise article in the December 2014 issue.

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    Off The Mark

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools’ Quick Start dialogue does exactly what its name suggests!

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    Session Notes: Tracking Lead Vocals

    Collaborative Vocal Production Using FaceTime

    Tracking lead vocals: We demonstrate why the element that demands most listeners’ attention also demands most of the producer’s...

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    Session Notes: Tracking lead vocals | Media

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    These files accompany the Session Notes article in the December 2014 issue.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A Tale Of Obsession

    Leader

    Just because I work for Sound On Sound, it doesn’t mean that I’m immune to gear obsession and the spending of...

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    Pink Floyd 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'

    Classic Tracks

    Engineer Brian Humphries tells the story of recording Pink Floyd’s nine-part lamentation to their lost colleague, Syd Barrett.

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    Sounding Off

    Dennis Wilkins has his say.

    When it comes to plug-ins, sometimes less is more...

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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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    Crosby Stills Nash & Young tour

    Tour De Force: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

    Elliot Mazer & Stanley Johnson: Recording & Mixing CSNY 1974

    Forty years on, one of the most famous tours in history is now the basis of an epic live album.

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Music Business

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    Maarwegstudio2, Cologne

    Studio File

    We take a look at the former EMI Electrola studios in Germany.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Power corrupts. And absolute power terrifies...

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Under new leadership, the AES could once again find itself at the vanguard of technology.

    Music Business
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