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December 2015 Magazine Contents

Reviews: Ableton Push 2 (Cover), Universal Audio Apollo 8p, Roland JDXA, Behringer UFX1604, Zoom F8, Royer R122 MkII, Steinberg Nuendo 7. Techniques: Creative Pitch Processing, Session Notes. Features: Inside Track: Carlo 'Illangelo' Montagnese, Ben Folds: Recording So There, Classic Tracks: Spiral Scratch.

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    Ableton Push 2

    Hardware Controller For Live

    Ableton have released major new versions of their two flagship products, Live and Push. Live 9.5 is free to owners of Live 9. Meanwhile, and more importantly, there is a new Push controller. 

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    Akai MPD226 & MPD232

    MIDI Controllers

    Can new pads and a step sequencer keep Akai’s MPD pad controllers top of the class?

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    Two more iOS apps reviewed: Futronica SAMMI Synth Multi-instrument • Xynthesizr Synth & Sequencer.

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    Bayou Media Drum Gator

    Formats: Mac & PC AAX & VST; Mac AU

    Bayou Media are a new software company founded by plug-in developer Mike Collins, whose first product brings some fresh...

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    Behringer UFX1604

    Mixer, Interface & Multitrack Recorder

    This compact console offers an enticing set of features for both live and studio use — and does so at a highly appealing price.

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    Big Fish Audio Fuse

    Kontakt Instrument

    Fuse is a Kontakt instrument that serves as a music ‘workstation’, but with a distinctly urban slant.

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    Cakewalk Rapture Pro

    Software Synthesizer

    Cakewalk’s Rapture soft synth has been completely reworked and re-imagined: introducing Rapture Pro.

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    Chandler Limited REDD.47

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Can Chandler’s resurrection of one of the most revered preamps of all time help you get that classic Abbey Road sound?

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    Cymatic uTrack X32

    Multitrack Recorder For Midas & Behringer Consoles

    Behringer’s X32 consoles aren’t light on features, but they’ve never offered stand-alone multitrack recording — until now...

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    Digitech Trio Band Creator

    Auto-accompaniment Stomp Box

    Every so often, an innovative and easy-to-use piece of technology comes along that makes me (and everyone that I show it to) grin from ear to ear...

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    DIYRE Colour

    Modular Audio Processor

    This novel 500-series module has the potential to be any processor you want!

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    e-instruments Session Keys Electric R

    Virtual Instrument

    This fastidiously sampled instrument could be the only Rhodes you’ll ever need.

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    Electro-Harmonix OD Glove

    Overdrive Pedal

    E-H's overdrive pedal uses MOSFETs as non-linear elements to create distortion, and actually performs as well as many boutique pedals despite being very modestly priced. 

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    Eve Audio SC203

    Active Monitors

    Eve have taken the technology from their existing monitors and shrunk it down to produce these diminutive desktop speakers.

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    GIK Acoustics Evolution PolyFusor

    Acoustic Diffuser/Absorber

    The GIK Acoustics Evolution PolyFusor is a combination of a polycylindrical diffuser and an absorber merged into a single 600 x 1200 mm unit.

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    IK Multimedia Stealth Limiter

    Formats: Mac OS & Windows VST, RTAS & AAX

    Multimedia’s T-Racks mastering suite is a modular program: basic core functionality is free, and users build up a collection of tasty processors by making in-app purchases from the company’s Custom Shop.

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    McDSP SA2 Dialog Processor

    Formats: Mac & PC AAX Native, AAX DSP, VST; Mac AU

    McDSP’s SA2 Dialog Processor is based on hardware originally conceived by Academy Award winning re-recording mixer Mike Minkler...

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    Native Instruments The Gentleman

    Kontakt Instrument

    Grand pianos can sound fantastic, but many of us cut our teeth playing old uprights in homes and schools and still want that kind of sound for our recordings from time to time.

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    Plug-in Boutique Carbon Electra

    Formats: Mac & PC VST; Mac AU

    Question: What’s the difference between Carmen Electra and Carbon Electra? Answer: One is a glamour model and performer, the other is a four-oscillator subtractive synth that will work as a plug-in within your DAW.

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    PMC TwoTwo Sub1

    Active Subwoofer

    Digital technology has helped PMC’s monitors go from strength to strength — and now they’re using it in their subwoofers, too!

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    Rocking Fillers

    Spotlight: Live Sound Gadgets

    Looking for some inspiration for your Christmas list? Check out our round-up of live sound gadgets.

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    Rode NT-USB

    USB Capacitor Microphone

    USB mics are becoming increasingly common and affordable, but the quality varies. The Rode brand name, though, is one which...

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    Roland JDXA

    Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

    With a large, well–equipped control panel and a gratuitously laden effects rack, the JDXA could be Roland’s most ambitious, hands–on synthesizer in many years.

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    Royer R122 MkII

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    When you already make some of the best ribbon mics in the world, improving on them isn’t easy — but Royer have done just that.

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    Sample Library | Media

    Audio files to accompany the reviews

    These files accompany the Sample Library articles in the December 2015 issue of SOS.

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    Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars Infinity

    Sample Library

    Sample Logic’s Cinematic Guitars Infinity proves to be a lot more than the sum of its parts.

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    Sonuus Voluum

    Analogue Tremolo & Dynamics Processor

    Gate, limiter, compressor, tremolo, volume pedal — is there nothing the Sonuus Voluum can’t do?

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    Sony DWZ M50

    Digital Wireless Microphone

    With so many affordable, high-quality options around, there’s never been a better time to go wireless. We check out Sony’s latest offering.

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    Steinberg Nuendo 7

    Digital Audio Workstation [Mac OS/Windows]

    Nuendo 7 inherits all the new features Steinberg debuted in Cubase 8, and adds sophisticated functionality for producing audio for film, TV and games.

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    SubZero SZ-V12C

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Can a valve mic for under £200 really deliver the goods? We put this one up against AKG’s premium C12VR to find out...

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    TC Electronic Clarity X

    Monitor Control System

    Does TC’s latest post-production tool have anything to offer the music-making market?

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    Tracktion Master Mix

    Formats: Mac & PC VST; Mac AU

    Tracktion’s Master Mix plug-in is a simple but sophisticated one-stop mastering processor at a remarkably affordable price.

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    Universal Audio Apollo 8p

    Thunderbolt Audio Interface For Mac

    UA’s new Apollo 8p boasts eight channels of the company’s Unison–powered preamps.

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    Wide Blue Sound Orbit

    Kontakt Instrument

    Orbit is a Kontakt 5 instrument designed to be a source of evolving or pulsing textures. Unusually, you access it via...

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    Zoom F8

    Multi-channel Field Recorder

    Once in a while, a high-quality, affordable product comes along that makes the professional competition look overpriced...

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Techniques

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    A Kind Of Magic: Alchemy

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Originally developed by Camel Audio, Alchemy is the most exciting new virtual instrument to be bundled with Logic for a long time. It is one of the most feature–packed synthesizers on the market, and includes many different synthesis types...

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    Backup To The Future

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Your Cubase project is recorded, mixed and mastered... but is it secure?

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    Caching In

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    As of version 12.2, all Pro Tools users now get powerful features like VCA Master tracks, Advanced Metering and the Disk Cache.

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    Conform & Control

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Even complex audio recordings can be conformed to Studio One’s timeline — with very useful results.

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    Creative Pitch Processing

    Pitching New Ideas

    Pitch-correction software has lots of uses besides putting vocals in tune! We uncover the creative roles to which today’s pitch processors can be employed.

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    Creative Pitch Processing | Media

    Audio Examples

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Inside Track: The Weeknd

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Carlo ‘Illangelo’ Montagnese

    Engineer, mixer and producer Carlo Montagnese likens his work with the Weeknd to painting — and he’s not afraid to use plenty of colour!

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    Media Content - December 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles

    A directory of all media pages that hold the associated media for December 2015 audio examples.

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    Michael Ilbert: Mixing At Hansa

    Video Feature

    We talk guitar recording and more with Grammy-nominated engineer Michael Ilbert, based in Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios.

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    Mix Rescue: Fred’s House

    ‘Ghost Town’

    Fred’s House: Our engineer overcomes lashings of speaker bleed as he massages a vocal–heavy mix into shape.

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    Mix Rescue: Fred’s House | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    These files accompany the Mix Rescue article in the December 2015 issue of SOS.

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    Patch Notes

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Get creative with Sonar’s new Universal Routing Technology...

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    Reasonable Reaktion

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reaktor and other NI plug-ins have been staples in most of my musical efforts. This month I’ve brought together a bunch of tips for getting started working with these alongside Reason.

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    Session Notes: The David Ricard Big Band

    Tracking A Big Band On A Budget!

    Only big studios have the space, skills and equipment to track a full big band, right? Not necessarily...

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    Session Notes: The David Ricard Big Band | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Ben Folds

    Recording So There

    Fans of singer–songwriter Ben Folds expect piano music — but a full–on piano concerto is certainly a new development!

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch

    Producer: Martin Hannett • Engineer: Phil Thompson

    Engineer Phil Hampson didn’t even like punk rock — yet, with an inexperienced Martin Hannett, he recorded one of the defining records of the era.

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    Sounding Off: Derivative Movie Sound Design?

    Michael Greenhalgh

    Tired of derivative movie sound design? Console yourself...

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    Paul White

    The Art Of Convenience

    Leader

    There are many benefits to modern recording technology, but for our Editor In Chief one of the greatest remains the sheer convenience of being able to open a project and pick up exactly where he last left off.

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Music Business

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    La Frette Studio, Paris

    Studio File

    You are walking through a wild garden towards a beautiful late-19th-century mansion. Through an open basement door, you catch a glimpse of a magnificent discrete Neve console.

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    All TV people lose faith in their abilities sometimes, but at least no–one blames the composer when things go wrong.

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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    In this day and age, major recording studio complexes rarely survive the sale of the buildings they inhabit — but is there hope for Avatar?

    Music Business
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