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July 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2015

 

Reviews

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    Akai iMPC Pro

    Sampling Workstation App For iOS

    Loaded with more of everything, iMPC Pro offers 64 tracks, a built-in piano roll editor, superior effects implementation and a choice of friendly sample-fixing tools.

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    Bereich03 Audio Side–only

    Stereo–imaging Processor

    Is this humble 500-series processor the start of a great modular system?

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    Big Fish Audio The Rock Collective

    Multi–format

    Library of radio–friendly rock instruments!

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    Boz Digital Labs +10dB Channel Strip

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

    The ADR F760X-R Compex compressor/expander was a favourite dynamics processor during the 70s and 80s.

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    Choosing & Using Porous Absorbers

    Soft Machines

    The choice of materials for acoustic treatment is paramount. We find out what different types of absorber can and can’t achieve.

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    Cloud 44-A

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    This classically styled mic incorporates Cloud’s own preamp design to negate some of the pitfalls traditionally associated with ribbon microphones.

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    CPU Performance Tested

    The Need For Speed

    Our benchmark tests show you which CPUs offer the best audio performance, whether you’re on a budget or money’s no object.

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    Dbx AFS2

    Feedback Suppressor

    Is this Dbx’s most user–friendly feedback suppressor to date?

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    Drawmer 1973

    Three–band FET Compressor

    It’s not easy to create an analogue multi–band compressor that competes on quality and price, but Drawmer show us it can be done.

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    Eiosis Air EQ Premium

    Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Nine years after its original launch, Eiosis have rebooted their Air EQ plug-in with some unique new features.

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    IK Multimedia iRig Pads

    MIDI Controller

    IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads brings portable control to your computer or iOS device.

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    Klevgränd Enkl

    Synthesizer App For iPad

    Akai iMPC Pro iOS sampling workstation and the Klevgrand Enkl Synth App. 

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    Mackie Mix 12FX

    Compact Mixer

    Mackie’s mixers have earned a reputation for offering excellent value for money. We check out their most affordable range to date.

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    Nemphasis X7

    Tube Overdrive Pedal

    While an overdrive pedal might not seem like an obvious studio accessory I’ve often found that using an analogue overdrive pedal before a software modelling amp/speaker produces more musical results.

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    Neumann U47 FET

    Capacitor Microphone

    Nearly 30 years after production of the original U47 FET ceased, Neumann have revived this iconic large-diaphragm capacitor mic.

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    Orchid Electronics Mic Mute Lite

    Microphone Mute Switch

    It is often desirable to mute a microphone easily and this unit might be just what you're looking for!

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    PreSonus AudioBox iOne & iTwo

    USB 2 Audio Interfaces For Mac, PC & iOS

    PreSonus have expanded their AudioBox range with two compact interfaces that will work with your Mac, PC or iOS device.

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    PSP MasterQ 2

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

    Whilst PSP’s basic design remains the same, with a graphic display of the overall EQ curve and controls for up to five parametric EQ bands. Almost every aspect has been enhanced in some way or another.

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    Radial Headload V8

    Guitar-amp Power Soak & DI

    A combination power soak, DI box, speaker simulator and phase alignment tool, Radial’s Headload has a role in almost any guitar rig.

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    Roland JDXi

    Synthesizer

    Roland’s JDXi crams an awful lot of synth into a very small box.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article

    These audio files accompany the Sample Shop reviews in the July 2015 issue of SOS

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    Soniccouture The Hammersmith

    Kontakt Instrument

    With The Hammersmith, a conventionally played acoustic grand piano, Soniccouture have released one of their most mainstream and potentially important libraries yet.

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    Soundizers StereoMonoizer

    Audio File Utility

    This useful piece of software can help you streamline your projects and preserve precious system resources.

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    Spitfire Audio British Modular Library

    Sample Library

    Spitfire Audio’s BML range packages a full orchestral library into 20 individual modules.

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    TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper

    Microphone Effects Pedal

    For such a simple-looking box, decked out with one knob, two buttons and no display beyond a single LED, the TC-Helicon Ditto Mic Looper is a very sophisticated piece of kit.

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    The Sound Of Poland B11X

    Kontakt Instrument

    TSOP’s first product is a Kontakt instrument called B11X, which was created by sampling every key and sound generator of a rare Polish synthesizer made in the 1980s.

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    UAD Sound Machine Wood Works

    Formats: Mac & PC UAD2

    Acoustic guitar modelling Plug-in.

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    Ueberschall Flugelhorn & Trumpet 2

    Elastik

    You get two for the price of one with this review, with two closely related sample libraries from Ueberschall.

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    Waves Dbx 160

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS; Mac AU

    A Waves plug-in based on the original hardware Dbx 160 designed by engineer David Blackmer in the early 1970s.

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    Waves/Digico Digigrid

    Networked Audio Infrastructure

    Two heavy hitters in the world of digital audio have come up with an intriguing new synthesis of hardware and software.

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    Xfer Records Serum

    Software Synthesizer

    Serum’s slick interface belies an extremely flexible wavetable synthesizer.

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Techniques

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    Another Level

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Take control with Logic 10.1’s new mix tools: VCA faders, region automation, and Relative and Trim modes.

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    Downsizing DP

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    When screen space is at a premium, it’s time to customise Digital Performer’s user interface.

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    Fair Shares

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Before you deliver your Pro Tools project to a collaborator, it’s vital to make sure it has everything they’ll need!

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    Filter Fodder

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The right reverb treatment can turn almost any sound into source material for filter mayhem in Studio One.

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    Filter Fodder | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article

    Audio files to accompany the Studio One article.

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    Media Content - July 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles

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

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    Microphone Types: Good Vibrations

    Spotlight

    What are the pros and cons of the different types of microphone, and when would you want to use them?

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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    Our engineer picks up where last month’s Session Notes recording feature left off, with details of how he approached the mixing side of things on this ambitious project...

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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Mix Tricks

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We look at advanced mixing techniques in Reason.

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    Plug-in Pruning

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Take some of the work out of your workflow, with Cubase 8 Pro’s Plug-in Manager.

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    System Analysis

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to analyse a song using Live’s built-in tools.

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    Top Brass: Part 3

    Arranging For Brass

    A simple, catchy tune with a funky rhythm may be all you need to create a highly commercial horn hook — but harmony is also an essential ingredient in brass arrangements.

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    Vocal Point

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    How to polish your vocal recordings in Sonar.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Faith No More

    Bill Gould: Recording Sol Invictus

    Recording and producing your own music is always a challenge — especially if, like Faith No More, your previous albums have been done by the best in the business!

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    Inside Track: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Shawn Everett

    In the making of Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color, producer Blake Mills and engineer Shawn Everett had almost unheard–of licence to experiment — and took full advantage.

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    Oasis & Britannia Row: Live At Knebworth

    Super Sonics

    Oasis’s 1996 gig at Knebworth marked the end of an era for point–source PA. We asked the people who made it happen what has changed since.

    People
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    Scoring I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse

    Andrew Barnabas & Paul Arnold

    How do you write music for a TV show you haven’t seen yet? It helps if you can draw on years of experience composing for video games...

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    Sounding Off: Tom Flint

    When Does Technology Make Things Too Easy?

    When a whole composition can be pieced together in a matter of minutes using tempo-sync’ed samples and a bunch of exciting effects and drum loops, it makes learning to play an instrument seem like a endless trudge...

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    Paul White

    The Long Game

    Leader

    Guitar synthesizers have been around since the mid-1970s but have never really captured the imaginations of the majority of guitar players.

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    ‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald

    Classic Tracks

    Hailed as the first British acid house single, A Guy Called Gerald’s sublime ‘Voodoo Ray’ has since become a classic in its own right.

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Music Business

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    Funkhaus Berlin Studio Tour

    Funkhaus Berlin Studio Tour

    Video Feature

    Built in the '50s as the broadcast headquarters for the GDR’s state radio, this complex is home to some of the world's most breathtaking recording studios. Watch our video tour...

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    It’s always vital to give the client what they want. Even if what they want makes no sense.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Hollywood looks like it may be on shaky ground, but it’s not all bad news for audio post houses.

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    The Pool, London

    Studio File

    In over 30 years in business, Miloco has developed from a small independent studio to a venture that is operating worldwide.

    Music Business
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