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February 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) February 2015

 

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Sample–based Instrument For iOS. Psicada Earhoof and Synth App Arturia iProphet

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    Big Fish Audio 13: Horror Loops & Sound Design

    WAV Loops Download

    If a title like ‘13’ didn’t give it away, then the subtitle of ‘Horror Loops & Sound Design’...

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    Boss GP–10

    Guitar Synth & Effects Pedal

    As iconic and extensive as it is, the Boss range of pedals has never included a proper guitar synth — until now.

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    Brainworx BX_refinement

    Harshness Control Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    When mixes are setting your teeth on edge, Brainworx’s mastering tool offers a soothing effect.

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    Dynaudio BM Compact MkIII & BM9S II

    Active Monitors & Subwoofer

    We check out this compact yet powerful 2.1 speaker system from Danish makers Dynaudio.

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    Ear Trumpet Labs Mabel

    Multi–pattern Capacitor Microphone

    There’s more to Ear Trumpet Labs’ curious creations than the steampunk look — they sound great, too!

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    Electronics — Concepts, Labs, and Projects

    Book Review

    This book provides a great introduction to audio electronics

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    EWQL Hollywood Orchestral Percussion

    Sample Library

    The final instalment of an ambitious orchestral sampling project sees the completion of EastWest’s five-year master plan.

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    Fluid Audio FX8

    Active Coaxial Monitors

    Fluid Audio may not be a familiar name, but the man behind it has a rich history in speaker design. We check out their affordable new coaxial monitors.

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    Fostex TH600

    Closed-back Headphones

    Fostex aim to tackle the top of the closed-back cans market, with this premium new design.

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    Funky Junk Industries Solid Compressor

    500-series Stereo Bus Compressor

    Have Funky Junk put their secret cache of original dbx ‘Gold Can’ VCAs to good use?

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    Headphones In The Studio

    Spotlight

     We take a look at few different models on the market.

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    JZ Microphones JZ Track

    Solid-state Channel Strip

    For this classy device, mic makers JZ enlisted the design work of outboard aficionados SPL. Is this a match made in heaven?

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    Korg Volca Sample

    Digital Sample Sequencer

    The latest addition to Korg’s cut-price Volca range takes a hands-on approach to sampling.

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    Little Labs Pepper

    Professional Guitar/Effects Router

    It might not be glamorous, but Little Labs’ Pepper could save you a lot of time and unnecessary compromise.

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    Radial Engineering PreComp

    500-series Preamp & Compressor

    This innocent-looking combination of preamp and compressor holds a useful surprise up it’s sleeve...

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    Sample Logic Xosphere

    Kontakt Instrument

    As you might have guessed from its name, Xosphere is specifically designed for creating atmospheric sounds. Unlike products...

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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

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    Samson Resolv RXA6

    Active Six-inch Monitor Speakers

    Despite being aimed at the budget-conscious home-studio user, these speakers boast a ribbon tweeter.

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    SM Pro Q-Pre

    Four-channel Mic Preamp

    There can’t be many preamps that offer this many channels for such a low price! But is it any good?

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    Tascam DR44WL

    Handheld Four–track Recorder

    Tascam’s latest pocket–sized recorder introduces remote control via Wi–Fi and an innovative microphone capsule assembly.

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    TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo

    Stereo/Mono Delay Pedal

    Does this take on delay-pedal history merit a place in your pedalboard’s future?

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    Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

    Analogue Guitar Processor

    Compact pedalboard? DI preamp? The perfect ‘B–rig’? This ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of guitar processors is all of those, and more.

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    Toontrack EZkeys Mellotoon

    Virtual Mellotron Instrument

    The Mellotron is not lacking in software emulations, so what does EZkeys Mellotoon have to offer?

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    Ueberschall Acoustic Guitar 2

    Elastik

    I reviewed Ueberschall’s Elatik-based Acoustic Guitar library back in the May 2014 issue of SOS and was suitably...

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    U–he Bazille

    Software Synthesizer

    U–he’s Bazille is a complex synth capable of an astonishing variety of sounds.

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    Yamaha CP4 Stage

    Stage Piano

    The CP4 is Yamaha’s best stage piano yet, and it’s also significantly cheaper than its predecessor.

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    Yamaha DBR10

    Active PA Speaker

    The new DBR series makes the technology from Yamaha’s established DXR speakers available at an even more wallet–friendly price.

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    Zero-G Impact Designer

    Kontakt Instrument

    Zero-G’s Impact Designer Cinematic Slam Creator is perhaps best described as part sample library and part virtual...

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    Zynaptiq Unfilter & Unchirp

    Restoration Plug–ins For Mac OS & Windows

    Zynaptiq’s innovative processors are claimed to address previously intractable problems with recorded audio.

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Techniques

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    Ambient Miking | Media

    Small-room Drum Ambience

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Ambient Miking: Room For Improvement

    Small-room Drum Ambience

    Ambient miking can really make your drum sound — even when you’re not blessed with the greatest of spaces.

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    Ampire Attack

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    For maximum effect, combine Studio One’s bundled distortion plug–ins in a parallel signal chain.

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    Ampire Attack | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Mash The System

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Add DJ–style effects to your Cubase projects with LoopMash FX.

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    Mash The System | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Master Works

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Adding a master fader to Digital Performer’s Mixing Board makes many mixing and mastering tasks easier.

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    Media Content - February 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

    This page contains a directory of all media pages that hold the associated media for February 2015.

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    Pushing The Envelope

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Turn audio into automation data in Sonar.

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    Session Notes: Choir Recording

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Rise Singers & Army Of Redressers: Our engineer goes on location to record a full choir and band all in one room...

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    Session Notes: Choir Recording | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Space Stations

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to get the most out of Logic’s oft-forgotten reverb plug-ins.

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    The Final Act

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Get your mix ready for mastering in Live.

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    The SOS Guide To Control Room Design

    Making Space

    Getting the sound in your mix space right is crucial. But what is ‘right’, and how do you achieve it?

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    Timing Is Everything

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We continue our investigation into Reason’s ReGroove Mixer.

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    Working Late

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Latency can be a nightmare in digital recording. Here’s how to keep on top of it in Pro Tools.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Are Plug-ins Losing Their Potency?

    Leader

    Over the past few years, top audio professionals have been warning of a global music-quality crisis caused by the...

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    Charlie Watkins

    Audio Pioneer 1923 — 2014

    Few have contributed as much to the technology behind rock & roll as Charlie Watkins and his company, WEM. We celebrate the life of one of audio’s great inventors.

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    Einstürzende Neubauten’s LAMENT

    Battle Cries

    One of the most powerful of last year’s World War One centenary projects came from an unexpected source: legends of industrial music Einstürzende Neubauten.

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    Inside Track: All About That Bass

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Kadish

    Channelling their shared love of ’50s kitsch, Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor created 2014’s most talked-about hit single — and turned Trainor into a superstar overnight.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    This month music from Unto Us, Future Funk Squad and Jeremy Govero.

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    Sounding Off: Howard Carter

    Greater Synergy Between Music & Sound Design

    The area between music and sound design is one worth exploring.

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    The Church Studios with Paul Epworth

    Video Interview & Studio Tour

    Watch our exclusive 22 minute video interview with award-winning British producer Paul Epworth talking about his North London studio.

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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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    Estudio Ion, Buenos Aires

    Studio File

    Founded in Buenos Aires in 1956, we go inside the recording venue which is sometimes called the ‘Abbey Road of Tango’.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    You can find most things in the world of music for television, but don’t look for logic. Or dignity.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The question for the music industry is no longer ‘will it survive?’ but ‘what happens next?’

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