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April 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) April 2015

 

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    Akai APC40 MkII

    MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

    A reboot of the first dedicated Ableton Live controller brings with it many welcome improvements.

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    AKG DMS Tetrad

    Wireless Microphone System

    AKG’s new 2.4GHz wireless system is easy to use, affordable, and incorporates some crafty anti-dropout technology.

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    Antares Auto-Tune 8

    Pitch-correction Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Auto-Tune is said to be the biggest-selling plug-in of all time. How does the new version shape up against the competition?

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    Apple Logic Pro 10.1

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac OS

    Though the headline features are aimed at dance producers, Apple’s latest Logic update has something for everyone. And it’s free!

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    ART SCL2

    Dual-channel Dynamics Processor

    This all-analogue compressor-gate promises versatile utility for the budget conscious.

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    Audio–Technica AT4060A

    Valve Microphone

    The market for valve mics has changed a lot over the years. Has A–T’s rebooted classic got what it takes to keep up?

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    Big Fish Audio Scream: Rock Vocals

    Multi-format

    Scream contains vocal samples from six different singers — two male and four female.

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    Cycling ’74 Max 7

    Media Programming Environment For Mac OS & Windows

    Learning Cycling ’74’s Max presents a challenge even if you’re used to other music software. Is this new version easier to get to grips with?

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    Drumdrops Gretsch 1960s Round Badge Soul Kit

    Kontakt Instrument

    The aim of this particular instrument from Drumdrops is to approximate the sound of the late-‘60s and early-‘70s...

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    Eventide DDL–500

    Digital Delay Line

    It’s billed as a ‘digital delay with an analogue heart’ but does this compact device offer anything you can’t already get in the box?

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    Evolving DAWs

    Spotlight

    With the DAW wars heating up, how are the major players tempting new users to buy into their wares?

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    Flux : FX

    Effects Processor App For iOS

    Flux FX is an ambitious iOS effect processor created by guitar legend Adrian Belew and developers. It provides a chain of up to five versatile effects, each with an X-Y pad for performance access, plus a step sequencer for capturing pad motion.

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    Hughes & Kettner GrandMeister 36

    Four–channel Guitar Amp

    With variable power and software control this tube amp seems to promise all things to all guitarists. Does it deliver the goods?

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    iZotope RX4

    Restoration Software [Mac OS & Windows]

    The latest version of iZotope’s RX adds some interesting features — but do they have musical applications?

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    Korg ARP Odyssey

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Not satisfied with remaking their own classics, Korg engineers have recreated ARP’s legendary synthesizer, the Odyssey.

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    Korg Electribe

    Music Production Station

    Sixteen years after the first one was released, Korg have completely revised and redesigned the Electribe.

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    Livid Instruments Guitar Wing

    Wireless MIDI Control Surface

    Livid Instruments’ Guitar Wing might not get your Telecaster airborne, but it could be its perfect MIDI controller partner.

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    Loopmasters Dark Neuro Drum & Bass

    Multi-format

    Getting their dark dirt on are the Loopmasters with this set of Neuro drum & bass samples.

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    MC AudioLab MP1 & OC1

    Microphone Preamplifier & Compressor

    There’s more to MC AudioLab’s new 500-series modules than their funky fuchsia facades...

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    MC2 Audio S-series

    Class-AB Power Amplifiers

    Offering flawless audio quality, could these prove the perfect partner to your high-end passive monitors?

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    Modartt Pianoteq 5

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Over almost a decade, Pianoteq has gone from strength to strength. Version 5 offers astonishing realism with remarkably low CPU and hard-drive requirements.

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    Nugen Audio MasterCheck

    Loudness Metering Plug–in For Mac OS & Windows

    It’s becoming ever more important to monitor the loudness of music mixes, and Nugen Audio’s MasterCheck makes it easy.

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    Radial Engineering PreMax

    500-series Preamp & EQ

    With two thirds of a Radial channel strip available at this price, is there anything not to like?

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    Resonance Sound: Sounds Of Revolution Ultimate Bundle

    Multi-format

    The Ultimate Bundle is a collection of 20 Sounds Of Revolution (SOR) sample libraries, all of which are the work of German sound designer Oliver Schmitt.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the April 2015 issue.

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    SE Electronics RN17

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    SE’s partnership with Rupert Neve has yielded this impressive new transformer-equipped microphone. We put it to the test.

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    Soundness SoundSoap 4

    Restoration Software For Mac OS & Windows

    If your audio is soiled, SoundSoap 4 offers new tools to restore it to gleaming whiteness.

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    Steinberg Cubase iC Pro

    Cubase Controller App For iOS & Android

    Cubase iC Pro is a remote app that can control Cubase from either an iPhone, iPad, or Android-based device.

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    Vanden Mimesis Kudos Blend

    Acoustic Guitar Pickup & Mic

    This quality guitar amplification system combines the convenience of a soundhole pickup with the realism of a microphone.

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    Vintagedesign VDC

    Diode-bridge Compressor

    Rupert Neve’s processors now have plenty of admirers — and imitators. Does this one offer anything extra?

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    Vintagedesign VDC | Media

    Diode-bridge Compressor

    Audio examples to accompany the article.

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Techniques

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    Impulsive Behaviour

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We explore the hidden depths of Live’s Impulse sample player.

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    Inside Track: Björk’s Vulnicura

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Björk, Chris Elms, Arca & The Haxan Cloak

    A unique and inspired choice of collaborators helped Björk blend powerful emotion with restless experimentation.

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    Machine Drumming

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Learn how to mimic the immediacy of a hardware drum machine in Reason.

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    Media Content - April 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

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

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    Mix Rescue | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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    Mix Rescue: The Woodleys

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    The Woodleys: our engineer treats a modern band to a vintage sound.

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    Session Notes: Recording Percussion

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording Percussion: Our engineer navigates past the potentially painful pitfalls of recording the humblest of percussion instruments.

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    Session Notes: Recording Percussion | Media

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Snap Chat

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Get the best possible results from AudioSnap in Sonar.

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    Sound & Vision

    Technical Skills For The Film & TV Composer

    Want to write music for picture? To deal with tight deadlines, multiple rewrites and ever-changing picture edits, you’ll need to be on top of the technical requirements of the job.

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    Spot The Reverb

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Use your Cubase reverbs as spot effects.

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    Spot The Reverb | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    The Low Down

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We present five easy ways to fatten up your bass lines in Studio One.

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    Write Lines

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Understanding Pro Tools’ automation is the key to unlocking its mixing power.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Arctic Monkeys ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

    Classic Tracks

    In 2005 the only problem facing Arctic Monkeys was how to capture their frenetic live sound in the studio. Producer Jim Abbiss was ready to accept the challenge...

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Go Your Own Way

    Leader

    The world is full of questions, ranging from the really big ones, such as ‘Is life really just software running on a computer made of meat?

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    Goldfrapp At The Royal Albert Hall

    With FOH engineer Steven Carr

    Mixing a band like Goldfrapp is challenging enough — but when you add an orchestra, a 50–piece choir and a notoriously tricky venue, things really start to get interesting.

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    JR Rotem: Fall Out Boy 'Centuries'

    Video Feature

    Producer JR Rotem is no stranger to success but, until 'Centuries', it was confined to pop and urban genres. We find out how the song was constructed and walk through the session files.

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    Sounding Off: Is Online Collaboration A Good Idea?

    Mark Wherry

    Mark Wherry discusses the point.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Tracks Analysed

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

    André Rieu, J.Cole, Band Aid 30, St.Vincent, Erica Campbell. This month's Classic Mix - Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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Music Business

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    Estudio Panda, Buenos Aires

    Studio File

    This month we take a look inside Estudio Panda, located in the Argentine ‘federal capital’ Buenos Aires.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Opportunities to spread your creative wings can arise in the most unlikely jobs.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Plenty of industries use tax incentives to lure customers, but will it work for music production?

    Music Business
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