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March 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) March 2015

 

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    Fredenstein Preamplifier & Compressor

    Artistic Series

    These neat little modules offer far better performance than you’d expect at this price. Is there anything not to like?

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    Akai Rhythm Wolf

    Analogue Drum Machine & Synthesizer

    Akai break from tradition with their new all–analogue lupine groove–maker.

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    AKG K812

    Open–backed Headphones

    AKG’s new luxury cans represent a big step up in quality from their previous flagship design.

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    Alan Parsons: Art & Science of Sound Recording

    Book Review

    Does Alan Parsons’ latest book add anything useful to his video tutorial series?

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    Amgard Electronics Studio Tweed 20

    Valve Guitar Amplifier

    A Fender Tweed Deluxe with a significantly lower noise floor — what’s not to like?

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    Apogee MiC 96k, Jam 96k & ONE [iPad/Mac]

    Audio Interfaces & Microphone

    iOS / Mac products: Apogee MiC 96k, Jam 96k and The ONE.

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    APS Coax

    Active Coaxial Monitor

    Can Polish speaker makers APS tempt you with their new point-source Coax monitor?

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    Crane Song Syren

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Can you resist the sound of this Syren’s song?

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    Cymatic uTrack 24

    Multitrack Recorder & Audio Interface

    Newcomers Cymatic look set to revolutionise the world of live recording and playback with this remarkably affordable new device.

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    Fishman Fluence

    Noiseless Multi-voice Electric Guitar Pickups

    These active, noise-cancelling pickups employ a radical new construction technique and offer not one, but two classic single-coil tones.

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    Fishman Fluence | Media

    Noiseless Multi-voice Electric Guitar Pickups

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Genelec 8010a

    Genelec 8010A

    Compact Active Monitor Speakers

    Can speakers of this tiny size deliver anything like the signature Genelec sound?

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    iZotope Iris 2

    Software Synthesizer

    iZotope have upgraded and expanded their graphical synthesizer Iris. We see what’s new.

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    Loopmasters Dubstep Onslaught

    Multi-format

    Loopmasters have teamed up with the Dubstep Onslaught label for this self–titled set of bass-heavy dubstep samples.

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    Merging Hapi

    Networked Audio Interface

    Networked audio is becoming ever more popular and affordable, as with Merging’s Hapi.

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    Microtech Gefell MD100 & MD110

    Dynamic Microphones

    Gefell have long been respected in the studio, and now they’re hoping to tackle the live-sound market, too.

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    Moog Werkstatt ø1

    Analogue Synthesizer Kit

    If you fancy learning more about how synths work — and obtaining a cheap Moog into the bargain — the Werkstatt ø1 could be just the thing.

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    Neve 1073 DPX

    Dual Microphone Preamplifier

    Just when you thought you’d seen every possible permutation of the 1073 preamp, Neve offer up something a little different.

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    Opus 3 Analogue Master Tapes

    Music Catalogue On Analogue Tape

    Why ‘review’ a record company? Well, I believe that Opus 3 are unique in offering quarter-inch tape copies of their analogue tape masters.

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    PSP L’otary

    Rotary Speaker Emulation Plug-in

    Leslie-style rotary speakers are mechanically simple, but sonically complex — hence the attention to detail in PSP’s plug-in recreation.

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    QSC TouchMix 16

    Digital Mixer

    The market for tablet-controlled mixers is heating up. Has QSC’s new range got what it takes to fend off the competition?

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    Radial Engineering Tossover

    Variable Frequency Divider

    The Tossover’s thoughtful approach to routing and filtering should leave your processing options limited only by your imagination.

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    Resident Audio T4

    Thunderbolt Audio & MIDI Interface

    Resident Audio’s mid-price Thunderbolt interface has some nifty tricks up its sleeve.

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    Resonance Sound Vintage Movie Vocals

    WAV Format

    Something remarkable can sometimes happen when vocal samples are used in a track.

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    Sample Magic Vintage Breaks Vol 5: Retro Drum Fills

    Multi-format

    How many of us have been put off from sampling a fantastic drum break on an old record because of the difficulties and cost.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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

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    SE Electronics SE X1D

    Capacitor Instrument Microphone

    With its titanium-sputtered diaphragm, this mic is supposed to respond better to fast transients. We put that theory to the test.

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    Sound Radix Drum Leveler

    Dynamics Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Sound Radix’s novel plug-in provides new ways of controlling the dynamics of drum recordings.

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    Spotlight: Hardware Samplers

    Keep It Sample, Stupid!

    The hardware sampler market might be dwindling, but it’s not dead yet! Here’s our pick of the currently available options.

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    Steinberg Cubase Pro 8

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    Cubase 8 combines powerful tools from Nuendo with new features such as VCA faders and the ability to render audio in place.

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    Sugar Bytes Egoist

    Electronic Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Sugar Bytes’ simple but effective production tool helps you turn your ideas into music — fast!

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    Violet Design Maestro & Atomic

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphones

    We check out Latvian mic company Violet’s affordable new capacitor models.

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    Zero–G Whoosh Designer

    Kontakt Instrument

    Zero-G have given us bangs, crashes and wallops in thunderous variety with their recent Impact Designer library for Kontakt but now we get Whoosh!

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Techniques

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    Flex Your Loops!

    Create Loops That Work At Any Tempo

    Rolling your own loops can breath life into your compositions — especially if they can stretch and shrink on demand.

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    Inside Track: Hozier ‘Take Me To Church’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rob Kirwan

    Producer and engineer Rob Kirwan oversaw Hozier’s commercial breakthrough — by concentrating on the least commercial aspects of his music.

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    Live: Fundamental Concepts

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We offer an introduction - or a refresher - to the mysteries of Live.

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    Media Content - March 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

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

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    Mix Rescue: Nerve 9

    Our Engineers Transform Your Tracks

    Nerve 9: we show you how to add depth and body to a basic mix.

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    Mix Rescue: Nerve 9 | Media

    Our Engineers Transform Your Tracks

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Patch Work

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Build complex patches in Logic with MIDI plug-ins and Track Stacks.

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    Patch Work | Media

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    REX Education

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Manipulate REX loops with ease in Sonar.

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    Rinse & Repeat

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    There’s plenty you can do in Studio One to stop loop–based music being repetitive and dull.

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    Share & Share Alike

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We take a look at Propellerhead’s new sharing and collaboration initiative and recap your options for playing with others.

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    The Restoration Of The Mellotron - Half’A’Tron

    Back In Black

    This is the story of the fall and rise of a unique Mellotron with an equally unique history.

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    Tool Tips

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Many of Pro Tools’ editing tools offer useful alternative modes. Here’s how to get the best from them.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Matt Rad Interview (Video)

    Interview

    The transition from rock to pop isn't always easy — unless you're Matt Rad. We talk drum recording, Eric Valentine and how to stay relevant in this exclusive video interview.

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    My Generation: Fifty Years With The Who

    Bob Pridden live sound engineer

    We caught up with the man who’s spent nearly half a century in charge of live sound for one of the biggest bands in the world.

    People
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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    New Tricks

    Leader

    Recently, I’ve been adapting my studio to create enough space to make videos, with a view to covering review products and recording techniques.

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    Sounding Off: Kate Ockenden

    The Impact Of Technology On Students

    Are students too far removed from the nuts and bolts of music-making?

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    The Fall ‘Hit The North’

    Classic Tracks

    In their 39–year career the Fall have always embraced chaos, but perhaps nowhere more so than in the studio.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we examine some recent hits by Pentatonix, Ed Sheeran, Pink Floyd and Mark Ronson. Plus our Classic Mix, Survivor's Eye Of The Tiger.

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Music Business

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    Discos Fuentes, Colombia

    Studio File

    This month we look at a famous South American studio which has occupied its current premises for an impressive 55 years.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Surrendering control of your music is never easy, but supplying stems creates myriad new opportunities for disaster.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Vocal tuning is a process many of us take for granted, but it hasn’t always been so easy.

    Music Business
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    SOS Awards Winners 2015

    SOS Awards 2015

    Winners of reader-voted awards announced

    Each year, at the end of January, the NAMM exhibition in California brings together music equipment and pro-audio manufacturers from all over the world to show off their latest and greatest products.

    Music Business
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