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October 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2020

Reviews: Arturia PolyBrute (front cover) • Neve 8424 console • Clavia Nord Wave 2 • Neumann V402 mic preamp • Voyage Audio Spatial Mic • Orchestral Tools Junkie XL Brass • Josephson C705 mic • Arturia KeyStep Pro • Black Lion Eighteen preamp • PreSonus PX-1 mic • Tone Projects Unisum mastering compressor • UK Sound 1073 • Waldorf STVC keyboard • Unity Audio Mini Boulder monitors • Steinberg Cubasis 3 Android — and plenty more…

Techniques + People: Vince Clarke • Jarvis Cocker • Classic Tracks: Steely Dan ‘Aja’ • iZotope RX For Music: Part 1 • Inside Track: Joel Corry ‘Head & Heart’ • Making Music Videos For Social Media • [Video Feature] Do I Need A Mic Preamp? • Sound Design In The Mix • Live Loops In Logic — plus other DAW workshops

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    4MS Listen Four, Listen Four Quarters, Listen IO & Listen Up

    Eurorack Modules

    There is no denying that 'utility' modules get a bad rap and are seen by many as uncool. But I see them more as...

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    Arturia KeyStep Pro

    Controller Keyboard & Sequencer

    Arturia's KeyStep Pro puts sequencing and performance front and centre.

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    Arturia PolyBrute

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Arturia step into the big league with their most ambitious instrument yet.

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    Black Lion Audio Eighteen

    Mono Channel Strip

    This feature-packed channel strip pairs a vintage mic preamp design with a Pultec-style inductor EQ.

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    Clavia Nord Wave 2

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    The Nord Wave 2 is a Jack of all trades and master of, well, really quite a lot!

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    Denise Audio God Mode

    Tunable Distortion Plug-in

    Delving into multiband distortion territory, God Mode offers three types of overdrive that can be dialled in at the same time.

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    Denise Audio Perfect Room

    Reverb Plug‑in [Mac & Windows]

    Not all algorithmic reverbs work in the same way.

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    Eventide ShimmerVerb

    Pitch-shifted Reverb Plug-in

    If lush, smooth, shimmer reverb and freeze effects are your thing, look no further than ShimmerVerb.

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    IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 Space Delay

    Delay Plug-in

    While capturing the sound of the original hardware and controls, IK have added several useful features that today's DAW user should appreciate.

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    IO-Instruments Himalia

    Eurorack Module

    The name IO-Instruments was new to me when a box of intriguing-looking modules arrived on my doorstep. They are a ...

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    Josephson C705

    Cardioid Microphone

    Josephson's newest design sounds as classy as it looks!

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    Mission Engineering 529i

    Pedalboard Battery Power Supply

    The 529i offers eight, fully isolated, rechargeable 9V DC pedal power outputs: 2 x 500mA and 6 x 300mA.

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    Neumann V402

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Does Neumann's first standalone mic preamp live up to their enviable reputation?

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    Neve 8424

    Analogue Recording Console

    Have Neve succeeded in creating a compact desktop mixer with large-format console functionality?

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    Orchestral Tools Junkie XL Brass

    Sampled Brass Instrument

    An A-list Hollywood composer joins forces with Orchestral Tools to create a major brass library.

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    PreSonus PX-1

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    We put PreSonus' entry-level studio mic to the test.

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    Steinberg Cubasis 3

    DAW For Android

    Can Steinberg recreate the Cubasis DAW experience on Android?

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    Strezov Sampling Jade Ethnic Orchestra

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This compelling massive multi-instrument library combines the sound of Mongolian and Chinese ethnic instruments into a collection of 50 instruments and 100+ individual patches.

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    Tone Projects Unisum

    Mastering Compressor Plug‑in

    Unisum boasts a unique array of advanced parameters, but achieving good results isn't as daunting as you might think.

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    Trojan Pro LTS07 Laptop Stand with Scarlett 2i2 and Novation LaunchPad

    Trojan Pro LTS07

    Folding Laptop Stand With Shelf

    This robust folding Laptop Stand is ideal for studio, live and office applications — and is not just for laptops.

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    UJAM Virtual Guitarist Carbon

    VST, AU & AAX plug-in

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Built around a virtual eight-string guitar, Carbon offers a stylistic take on modern metal and rock.

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    UK Sound 1073

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    Though more affordable than high-end parent brand BAE, UK Sound's gear certainly isn't bargain-basement stuff!

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    Unity Audio Mini Boulder

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Unity are known for their uncompromising approach to studio monitoring, and their latest design doesn't disappoint!

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    Valiant Samples Quartarone Guitar Reveries

    Sample Library

    This innovative sample library launches the electric guitar into new sonic territory.

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    Vienna Symphonic Library Big Bang Orchestra Brass & Strings

    VSL Synchron Player

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. VSL have added six new brass and strings libraries to their ambitious Big Bang Orchestra series.

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    Voyage Audio Spatial Mic

    Second-order Ambisonic Microphone

    This debut mic from Voyage Audio combines the power of Ambisonics with the convenience of direct USB connectivity.

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    Waldorf STVC

    String Synthesizer & Vocoder

    The STVC is much more than just a string synth.

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    Zero-G Ignition

    Multi-format

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Zero-G suggest Ignition is aimed at those with an interest in scoring sci-fi themed cinematic material.

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Techniques

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    Ableton Quick Start

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Moving to Live from another DAW? We've got you covered...

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    Beat Detective In Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with Pro Tools' powerful beat manipulation tool.

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    Classic Tracks: Steely Dan 'Aja'

    Producer: Gary Katz • Studio: Producers' Workshop

    The title track of Steely Dan's Aja is legendary for many reasons, including the spectacular work of Steve Gadd. Who, it turns out, almost didn't make the cut in the album's planned 'rotating list of drummers'...

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    Exporting Cubase Projects

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    Thinking of collaborating with other musicians/engineers? Here's how to prepare and share your Cubase project data.

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    Inside Track: Joel Corry 'Head & Heart'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Grainger

    Kevin Grainger has developed a unique approach to dance mixing — and, as Joel Corry's 'Head & Heart' proves, a highly successful one. We break down this hit track.

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    iZotope RX For Music Recording: Part 1

    Noises Off

    We show how iZotope's popular restoration package can deliver cleaner audio for your music projects.

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    Live Loops In Logic

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with Logic 10.5's cells and Scenes.

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    Mastering Essentials: The Three Ms of Mastering

    Part 2 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    Without a firm grasp of these three ‘core concepts’ of mastering, you’ll always struggle to get great results. In Part 2 of his series for SOS, mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes his “Three Ms of Mastering”, and why he thinks they’re so important.

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    Mastering Essentials: What Is Mastering?

    Part 1 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    In this six-part video tutorial series, produced in association with Steinberg, well-known mastering engineer Ian...

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    Recording Music Videos For Social Media

    Remote Working

    With live music on hold and lockdown persisting, social media is your best bet for connecting with fans. We offer some tips for recording music videos remotely.

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    Sound Design In The Mix

    Ear Candy

    Mixing can be a creative as well as a technical role, and the right production effects can transform a track.

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    Sound Design In The Mix | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Mixing can be a creative as well as a technical role, and the right production effects can transform a track.

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     Mike Senior Podcast

    Spill Can Be Your Friend! | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    In this episode, Mike Senior demonstrates several ways spill can actually improve the sound of your productions.

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    Studio One: Drum & Drummer

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One makes working with MIDI drums a breeze.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Jarvis Cocker

    Recording Beyond The Pale

    There are many ways to record an album — and former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has tried them all...

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    Mark Mynett - Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Huddersfield University

    Mark Mynett: Music/Recording Technology Courses | Podcast

    Record Producer/Engineer Turned Lecturer

    Mark Mynett, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Huddersfield University, talks about selecting the right course and the vital importance of real-world experience and networking in order to develop a successful music industry career. 

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    Nainita Desai in her studio

    Nainita Desai - Film Composer | Podcast

    From Foley to Peter Gabriel to Netflix

    Nainita Desai chats about her distinguished career, from her beginnings as a foley artist right through to becoming a busy and successful award-winning composer.

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    New Romantics

    Leader

    Romance isn't a concept often associated with music technology, but it definitely has a role to play. Only a ...

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    Vince Clarke: Electronic Music Pioneer

    Writing & Recording Erasure's The Neon Album

    Over four decades, Vince Clarke has helped shape the sound of electronic music. We talk to him about how his working practices have changed, from early Depeche Mode to the new album from Erasure.

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    Why I Love... Well-run Studios

    Dave Stewart

    When a studio also has helpful staff, talented engineers and clued-up assistants, the whole experience is a joy.

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