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June 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) June 2015

Reviews:
Spitfire Audio The Grange (Cover), Clavia Nord Lead A1, Rode NTR, KRK Rokit 6 G3, PreSonus StudioLive AI, Millennia HV‑32P & HV‑35P, Kush Audio UBK Tweaker.

Techniques: Arranging For Brass Part 2, Mix Rescue, Session Notes.

Features: Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar, Spacebomb Studios, Hot Chip.

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    Spitfire Audio The Grange

    Drum Instrument

    One of rock music’s most celebrated recording venues wasn’t a studio but a house in Hampshire, and no music has been recorded there for almost 40 years — until now...

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    Arturia Solina V

    Software Synthesizer

    Arturia have revived a classic string synth in software, and the result is the Solina V.

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    Big Fish Audio Ambient White

    Kontakt Instrument

    Ambient White is a Kontakt 5 instrument with a laid-back, meditational essence.

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    BluGuitar Amp 1

    Guitar Amplifier

    Don’t be fooled by its size — this diminutive 100W amp packs a serious punch.

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    Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia

    Kontakt Instrument

    Unless you are using pre–recorded loops, there is still the rather significant task of building convincing performances and arrangements. Ensemblia attempts to give the user a helping hand.

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    Clavia Nord Lead A1

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    The Lead A1 aims to condense the most playable elements of the Nord keyboard range into a single instrument.

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    Digitech Mosaic

    Polyphonic 12-String Effect Pedal

    While we’ve all been sitting waiting for the next big thing in studio recording, there’s been a quiet but very significant revolution going on literally beneath our feet in the world of effect pedals.

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    Electro-Harmonix Pitch Fork

    Polyphonic Pitch-shifting Guitar Effects Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix have always had a good reputation for their pitch-shift effects. How does their latest one compare?

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    Faderfox SC4

    MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

    The Faderfox SC4 combines a capable MIDI controller with a step sequencer in one compact box.

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    iZotope Ozone 6.1 Advanced

    Mastering Software For Mac OS & Windows

    A ground–up rethink of Ozone’s user interface is designed to make it less intimidating to home users.

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    KRK Rokit 6 G3

    Active Nearfield Monitor

    KRK’s distinctive–looking Rokits have long been popular in home studios. How does the newest generation fare?

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    Kush Audio UBK Tweaker

    Compressor With Side-chain Processing

    Kush Audio have a knack of making forward-looking products that exude vintage vibe — and this remarkable compressor is no exception.

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    Magix Samplitude Pro X2

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

    Magix’s powerful Windows DAW gets another raft of new features in a comprehensive update.

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    Millennia HV-32P & HV-35P

    Portable Microphone Preamplifiers

    One of the world’s most highly regarded mic-preamp designs is now available to go.

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    Modwheel Biscuit Tin Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    When composer and instrument maker Steve Roche finishes a tin of biscuits, instead of throwing the container into the recycling bin he transforms it into a guitar.

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    PreSonus StudioLive AI PA

    Active PA Speakers With Remote DSP Control

    PreSonus’ new StudioLive PA range brings serious onboard processing and remote DSP control to the masses.

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    Rode NTR

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    Rode take the established ribbon–mic formula and apply some novel design ideas to come up with what could well be a future classic.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Listen to examples.

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    Soundmorph Bloody Nightmare

    WAV Format

    Bloody Nightmare, as its name suggests, is a collection of over 550 horror–type noises aimed at sound designers who need to create chills and scares.

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    StaffPad For Windows

    Music Notation App

    Using pencil and paper to write down music may seem outdated in this digital age, yet it retains a hands-on immediacy unrivalled by conventional notation software. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a system that combines the advantages of both? Enter StaffPad, an app which lets you write music with a pen directly on screen...

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    Steinberg Groove Agent 4

    Virtual Drummer Instrument

    Why take three virtual rhythm plug-ins into the studio when you can just take one? Steinberg’s Groove Agent 4 attempts to do it all.

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    String Instruments

    Orchestral Strings Sample Libraries: A Buyers Guide

    The quality and variety of orchestral string libraries continues to grow. Which one best suits your needs?

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    The Synthesizer: Mark Vail

    Book Review

    Comprehensive Guide To Understanding, Playing and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument.

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    Unity Audio The Boulder MkII

    Active Monitors

    Unity’s original Boulder monitors were impressive to begin with, and now they’ve been given a number of major improvements.

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    Wi AudioLink Pro

    Digital Wireless System

    This affordable wireless system offers some unusual features, including stereo operation and tablet and computer interfacing.

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Techniques

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    A Is For Analog

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We get to grips with Live’s deceptively powerful Analog synth.

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    Cause An Effect

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We examine the quirky but powerful ways of working with effects in Reason’s mixer.

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    Cenzo Townshend: Decoy Studios & The Maccabees

    Video Feature

    In this video, mix engineer Cenzo Townshend gives us a tour of his new studio and shows us the techniques behind his mix of ‘Marks To Prove It’.

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    Go Large

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We help you keep your ever–growing Pro Tools sessions manageable!

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    Inversion Therapy

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase 8 can help you experiment with different chords and voicings to fake a good performance.

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    Media Content - June 2015

    Audio files to accompany our articles

    This page contains a directory of all media pages for June 2015.

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    Mix Rescue: Cats On The Beach

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

     We go back to basics and turn up the heat on an indie-rock production.

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    Mix Rescue: Cats On The Beach | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    The audio files to accompany the Mix Rescue artilce.

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    Paint Points

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One’s Paint tool has some novel automation applications.

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    Session Notes: Spektakulatius

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording 28 songs in five days is no mean feat. So what sort of results can you get, and what compromises are involved?

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    Session Notes: Spektakulatius | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Spektakulatius.

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    Smartistic Licence

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Take greater advantage of Drum Machine Designer in Logic Pro X by customising Smart Controls.

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    Top Brass: Part 2

    Arranging For Brass

    The second in our four-part series deconstructs funk licks, discusses the implications of using live players and explains how to get more expression and feel into your sampled brass arrangements.

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    Vive La Convolution!

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Turn noise into impulse responses for Sonar’s REmatrix convolution processor.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Hot Chip

    Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard & Mark Ralph: Recording Why Make Sense?

    Down in Hot Chip’s bunker-like basement studio HQ in Hoxton, the five members of the London band are coaxing strange sounds from an array of analogue synths.

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    Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Derek Ali

    Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly is one of the most ambitious hip-hop albums of recent years. Derek Ali was Lamar’s right-hand man during its making.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Snare Conundrum

    Leader

    After last month’s Leader column outlining the difference between products we’re asked to buy and products we actually need, I realised I’d missed out the really big one.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Martin Koszolko

    Remote Music Collaboration

    The tyranny of distance is real, and many musicians want to overcome it.

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    Spacebomb

    Matthew E White, Trey Pollard & Natalie Prass: Spacebomb Studios

    Spacebomb Studios’ old-school production values and teamwork have made Richmond, Virginia one of the hottest recording locations in the USA.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month tracks from Kendrick Lamar, Roseanne Cash, Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney, Chick Corea and our Classic Mix - Miles Davis, 'So What'.

    People

Music Business

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    AIR Lyndhurst, London

    Studio File

    The 300–square–metre hexagonal hall is one of the largest recording facilities in the world.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The ability to take criticism is a vital skill for the media composer. The ability to make sense of it is much harder to learn.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The long tradition of ‘testing’ songs out on the public has found an unlikely new home...

    Music Business
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    Should You Attend A Live-Sound Course?

    Back To School

    Many gear manufacturers offer courses in using their equipment, but what should you expect to gain from them, and what do they offer the seasoned live-sound veteran?

    Music Business
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