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January 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) January 2015

 

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    Angelbird SSD2go Pocket

    USB 3 Solid State Drive

    If you want more storage, want it faster and want it smaller, Angelbird’s portable SSDs might be just the thing.

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    Appworks

    Making Music On The Move

    We take a look at how the iPad Air 2 deals with music software.

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    Arturia Beatstep

    MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

    Arturia’s Beatstep combines a MIDI controller and a step sequencer in one extremely reasonably priced box.

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    Audiowiesel Hammered Acoustic Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    Audiowiesel are a small fledgling company run by Austrian composers Frank Herrlinger and Daniel Szwedek.

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    Chandler Limited TG2–500

    Solid–state Microphone Preamplifier

    Can Chandler pack all of the EMI/Abbey Road sound for which they’re so famous into a single-module 500–series preamp?

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    Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2

    Monophonic Synthesizer

    The depth and complexity of the Pro 2 could make it Dave Smith’s most sophisticated monosynth yet.

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    DoReMIR ScoreCloud

    Music Transcription Software For Mac OS & Windows

    DoReMIR’s unique program helps to bridge the gap between performance and musical score — and it’s free!

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    Dynacord PM502

    Powered Mixer

    Dynacord apply their typically thoughtful design to a compact desk, which could be just the ticket for small gigs and installations.

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    Focal Alpha 65

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Focal speakers have long been coveted for their performance, but have traditionally come with ‘professional’ price tags attached — until now...

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    Mozaic Beats AutoTheory

    Intelligent MIDI Chord & Melody Tool For Mac OS & Windows

    If you want to create convincing keyboard parts but don’t have the playing chops, AutoTheory might save your bacon.

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    Munro Sonic Egg 150

    Active Monitors

    Formerly sold under the SE brand, these Andy Munro–designed Egg speakers have been given a major update. So what’s new?

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    Native Instruments Action Strikes

    Kontakt Instrument

    Like its predecessor Action Strings, the Action Strikes percussion library is a collaboration between software giants Native Instruments and the production company Sonuscore.

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    NI Komplete Kontrol S49

    Controller Keyboard

    NI turn their hybrid expertise to keyboard design with an innovative controller for Komplete and Maschine.

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    Ocean Audio Signature Three

    Dual-channel Equaliser

    The Signature Three offers something no other EQ does — four inductor-based bands per channel.

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    Panda Audio MidiBeam

    Wireless MIDI Interface

    Panda Audio’s MidiBeam wireless MIDI interface does pretty much what it says on the tin.

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    Ploytec PL2

    MIDI Powered Duophonic Synthesizer

    Can this tiny box deliver a big sound?

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    Plug-in Folder

    This month XILS Lab 'XILS4' and Digital Brain's 'Multiplex Vocoder'.

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    Positive Grid BIAS

    Guitar Amp Simulator Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    With component-level adjustment and ‘amp matching’ features, BIAS can target almost any guitar amp sound — real or imagined!

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    Prodipe Pro 8-3W

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Three-way speakers tend to reside at the higher-priced end of the market — can Prodipe succeed with a budget-friendly option?

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the January 2015 issue of SOS.

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    Samplecraze Low End

    eBook Review

    This extensive and in-depth eBook explains so much more than how to process your kicks and bass sounds!

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    Small Signal Audio Design 2nd Edition

    Book Review

    Douglas Self’s excellent technical reference book for solid-state audio-gear designers has been updated.

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    Sonokinetic The Carnival

    Kontakt Instrument

    A couple of years ago Sonokinetic released Carousel, a rather splendid Kontakt–hosted fairground organ. The Carnival is very much a ‘sister’ instrument to Carousel and presents two smaller-scale barrel organs.

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    SSL XL–Desk

    24–channel Analogue Mixer

    The XL-Desk is the first Solid State Logic mixer that can host hardware processors in the ubiquitous 500-series format.

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    Studiomaster Starlight 12ML

    PA, Monitor & Lighting System

    Could this crafty three-in-one PA and lighting system save you both time and money?

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    TC Electronic PolyTune 2 Mini

    Polyphonic Guitar Tuner Pedal

    Guitar tuners now come in many guises, from clip-on devices, plug-ins and phone apps to pedals and rackmount offerings. TC...

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    Telefunken DD4

    Dynamic Drum Microphone Set

    Renowned microphone brand Telefunken tackle the drum-mic kit market, with this high-end collection of dynamic models.

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    Thermionic Culture Nightingale 2

    Channel Strip

    With its parallel inputs, Thermionic Culture’s valve-based channel strip enables all sorts of creative recording options. And it sounds great, too!

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    UA RMX16

    Reverb Plug–in For UAD2 Platform

    UA’s emulation of the AMS digital reverb shows exactly why the original is still regarded as a classic.

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    XLN Addictive Drums 2

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    It’s been a long time coming, but the follow up to XLN’s Addictive Drums was worth the wait.

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    Zero–G Electro Cinematic

    Multi Format

    Zero–G’s Electro Cinematic library provides approximately 2.5GB of sample material.

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Techniques

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    Automation Action

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with Reaper’s range of automation facilities.

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    Deep Space

    Live Surround-sound Performance

    For this ambitious project, John Crossley had a full live band play through a 16-speaker system, to create an immersive performance.

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    Freaky Filter

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    If you’re in search of novel effects in Studio One, fire up the Autofilter plug-in!

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    Freaky Filter | Media

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    If you’re in search of novel effects in Studio One, fire up the Autofilter plug-in!

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    Behringer BCR2000 control surface.

    Hardware-controlled Channel Strip In Cubase

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Here's how to set up your own hardware–controlled channel strip in Cubase.

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    Improve Your Groove

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We look at ReGroove and the new quantise features in Reason 8.

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    Media Content - January 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

    This page contains a directory of all media pages related to the January 2015 articles.

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    Mix Rescue: Max Farrar

    Our Experts Tranform Your Tracks

    Max Farrar: we take on a well–crafted contemporary pop tune with a massive number of tracks, and create two different mixes.

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    Mix Rescue: Max Farrar | Media

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    Max Farrar: we take on a well–crafted contemporary pop tune with a massive number of tracks, and create two different mixes....

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    Need For Speed

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Become a Sonar ninja with these time-saving tips.

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    Normal Service

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools acting funny? Chances are you’ve just changed playback mode by accident.

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    Perfect Harmony

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to create vocal harmony parts and doubling effects using Flex Pitch and Logic’s vocoder plug–in.

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    Perfect Harmony | Media

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    Learn how to create vocal harmony parts and doubling effects using Flex Pitch and Logic’s vocoder plug–in.

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    Session Notes | Media

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    Brushes Held Like Hammers: Our recording engineer looks at ways to reduce spill without compromising a full–band tracking...

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    Session Notes: Reducing Spill

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Brushes Held Like Hammers: Our recording engineer looks at ways to reduce spill without compromising a full–band tracking session.

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    Strung Out

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We get plucky with Ableton Live’s Tension instrument.

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    Studio SOS: The Cave

    Paul and Hugh head off to The Cave!

    Team SOS travel to deepest, darkest Cornwall, where they encounter some troublesome low frequencies and tackle a few common mix quandaries.

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Sound Advice

People

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    David Wrench

    Mixing Caribou, FKA Twigs & Jungle

    Mix engineer David Wrench has the rare ability to bring discipline to experimental projects, without losing their leftfield qualities.

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    David Wrench | Media

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    Mix engineer David Wrench has the rare ability to bring discipline to experimental projects, without losing their leftfield...

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    Inside Track: Tom Lord-Alge

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    For Rivers Cuomo and Weezer, going back to basics meant a reunion with one of the biggest names in rock mixing: Tom Lord-Alge.

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    Playback

    Readers' music reviewed

    This month we listen to Easychair, Man Bites Zombie, Lukas Creswell-Rost and Lunacybot.

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    Sounding Off: Russ Hepworth-Sawyer

    What's The Future Of Mastering?

    Russ Hepworh-Sawyer asks, 'will auto-mastering eventually produce a result that’s good enough to satisfy the would-be clients of the future?'

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month's tracks from Clean Bandit, Oliver Heldens, Meghan Trainor, Barbra Streisand and our Classic Mix Bill Haley & His Comets Rock Around The Clock.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    The Thrill Of The New

    Leader

    I could swear that we now have at least three Christmases a year!

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    It’s hard to make something new. It’s even harder to make something that’s both new and old.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Despite a recent downturn, the video–game industry still has much to offer to audio pros.

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    RMV Studio, Stockholm

    Studio File

    Sweden’s newest high-end studio is built on very strong foundations, both literally and metaphorically.

    Music Business
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