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August 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) August 2015

Reviews: Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 (cover), Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051 & 5052, Audio Technica ATH R70x, Arturia Matrix 12V, Dbx 676, Tracktion 6, Dreadbox Erebus.

Techniques: Arranging For Brass Part 4, Mix Rescue, Studio SOS.

Features: USB, Thunderbolt or Firewire? Jolyon Thomas: Producing are you satisfied? Pete Keppler: Mixing Bowie, NIN and Katie Perry.

Reviews

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    AEA Nuvo N8

    Active Ribbon Microphone

    AEA continue their quest to modernise the ribbon mic, with this worthy addition to their new Nuvo range.

    Reviews
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    Arturia Matrix 12 V

    Software Synthesizer

    Never afraid of a challenge, Arturia have undertaken the first software emulation of the celebrated Oberheim Matrix 12.

    Reviews
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    Audio–Technica ATH R70x

    Open–backed Headphones

    A–T’s new flagship headphones are also the company’s first ever open–backed design. We put them to the test.

    Reviews
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    Big Fish Audio Vintage Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Vintage Strings is a Kontakt library intended to sit alongside Vintage Vibe and Vintage Horns and, like those products, uses original samples recorded in a fashion intended to replicate how it might have been done in Motown.

    Reviews
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    CME Xkey37

    Compact Keyboard

    I tested CME’s first Xkey 25-note compact keyboard for our March 2014 issue. Now they've added an extra octave and released the Xkey37.

    Reviews
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    Dbx 676

    Mic Pre Valve Channel Strip

    If you’re seeking a warm’ sonic character and effortless compression, this channel strip could be just the thing.

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    Dreadbox Erebus

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Dreadbox Erebus is an unusual small–format synth with an inviting price tag.

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    Drumforge Drumforge I

    Multi-format

    Of all the record producers and engineers I’ve interviewed over the years, few impressed me as much as Joey Sturgis, so when I heard that he was the Executive Producer of Drumforge I was very keen to take a look at the product.

    Reviews
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    Editors Keys Cubase Backlit PC Keyboard

    Custom QWERTY keyboard

    Despite the abundance of right-click menus, hardware control surfaces and tablet apps for accessing the deeper-lying functions of Cubase, a detailed knowledge of its keyboard shortcuts remains essential.

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    Genelec 8351A

    Active Nearfield Monitor

    Genelec take an unusual approach to speaker design for this distinctive three–way monitor.

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    IK Multimedia SampleTank 3

    Sample-based Virtual Instrument

    Eleven years is a long time in software, so the new version of SampleTank ought to be pretty impressive.

    Reviews
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    JBL Eon 612

    Active PA Speakers

    JBL’s Eon range has had a major makeover, with all-new cabinet and amplifier designs, and the addition of Bluetooth remote DSP control.

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    JZ GTR1

    Dynamic Microphone

    There are plenty of options when it comes to miking guitar amps, but JZ’s latest affordable offering does an excellent job with minimum fuss.

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    Media Content - August 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles.

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

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    Microphone Arrays For Stereo & Multichannel Sound Recording

    Book Review

    The author Michael Williams began his audio career as a BBC technician in the early 1960s, but he is better known today for his teaching and the many papers he has presented to the AES on the science of stereo and multi-channel mic arrays.

    Reviews
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    MusicLab RealEight

    Plug-in Instrument

    The fifth of MusicLab’s ‘Real’ virtual guitar instruments, RealEight is modelled on an eight-string guitar, currently popular for metal, prog metal, epic rock and all things dark and demonic.

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    Novation Audiohub 2x4

    USB Audio Interface

    Novation’s Audiohub 2x4 combines an audio interface with a three–port USB hub.

    Reviews
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    Output Signal

    Kontakt Library

    Signal, deals with pulse sounds and is described by Output as the world’s most powerful dedicated pulse engine.

    Reviews
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    Peterson StroboPlus HD

    Virtual Strobe Tuner

    An accurate tuner is an essential tool for live performance and studio work, but especially so for doing guitar setups. The new Peterson StroboPlus HD is accurate to 1000th of a semitone and features aback-illuminated LCD.

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    Remic D5400

    Double Bass Microphones

    Double basses are notoriously difficult to amplify live. Have Danish mic makers Remic cracked it?

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    Roland Sound Canvas For iOS

    Sound Module App For iOS

    In 1991 Roland introduced the company’s first Sound Canvas module, the SC55. Aimed at the enthusiast market, the SC55 offered...

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    Rupert Neve Designs Shelford 5051 & 5052

    Compressor and Mic Preamp

    These classy modules bring the best of Mr Neve’s classic designs into the 21st century.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the August 2015 issue of SOS.

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    Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2

    Software Synthesizer

    As it reaches its second incarnation, we ask: is Spectrasonics’ Omnisphere the world’s best soft synth?

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    Synchro Arts Revoice Pro 3

    Vocal Processing Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Thanks to the addition of powerful pitch-correction and manual time-warping features, Revoice Pro 3 offers a complete vocal-processing toolkit.

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    TC Electronic Viscous Vibe & Helix

    Modulation Effects Pedals

    The phase-style effects created by these two new TC Electronic TonePrint-series pedals are anything but ordinary.

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    Tracktion 6

    Music Production Software [OS X, Windows, Linux]

    After a number of years in the wilderness, Tracktion is back with its second major update in just over 12 months.

    Reviews
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    UVI BeatHawk

    Music Production App For iOS

    This month we look at the UVI BeatHawk and Roland Sound Canvas For iOS apps.

    Reviews
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    Waves H-Reverb

    Reverb Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    In modern productions, reverb often isn’t just reverb. Waves’ latest plug-in offers all the extra tools you’ll need.

    Reviews

Techniques

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    Acting On Impulse

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    The new RV7000 MkII Reverb is the star of the Reason 8.3 update.

    Techniques
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    Beat It!

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Spice up your drum tracks with Sonar’s built-in plug-ins.

    Techniques
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    Beat It! | Media

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques
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    Double Bass

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Use Cubase’s new VST Bass Amp to recreate the sound of Royal Blood’s doubled electric bass.

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    Double Bass | Media

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques
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    Inside Track: Josh Groban’s album Stages

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Andy Selby & Bernie Herms

    A combination of technical wizardry and old-school craft helped Bernie Herms and Andy Selby bring Josh Groban’s Broadway album to life.

    Techniques
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    Magic Markers

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Exploiting Memory Locations to the full will revolutionise the way you work with Pro Tools.

    Techniques
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    Making Notes

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Live has plenty of tricks up its sleeve for working with MIDI notes.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue | Media

    Spektakulatius - The mastering stage

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Techniques
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    Mix Rescue: Spektakulatius

    The Mastering Stage

    Spektakulatius: With last month’s mixes in the bag, our engineer was tasked with finding and working with a mastering engineer to put the finishing touches to both albums.

    Techniques
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    Motion To Table

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Explore the wavetable section of Retro Synth to make your own unique sounds in Logic.

    Techniques
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    Powers Of Three

    Studio One Tips & Techiques

    This month we introduce Studio One users to some of the riches on offer in the new version 3.

    Techniques
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    Studio SOS: Stourbridge Community Centre

    Solving Low-end Problems

    The SOS team travel to a Stourbridge community centre to solve some low-end problems and build some speaker stands.

    Techniques
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    Throbbing Gristle ‘Hamburger Lady’

    Classic Tracks

    Throbbing Gristle’s highly individualist approach to music extended as far as making their own instruments and, ultimately, their own genre.

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    Top Brass: Part 4

    Arranging For Brass

    We conclude our series with an overview of arrangement techniques and a peep into the world of big-band brass.

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    USB, Firewire & Thunderbolt: Which Is Best For Audio?

    Making A Connection

    If you’re choosing a new audio interface or a new computer, what are the pros and cons of the many different connection protocols that are on offer?

    Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Q. Can Haas delays be mono-compatible?

    I’ve been using the Haas delay effect to add some nice width to my guitar parts. It sounds great, but I’ve noticed that when I listen in mono my guitars pretty much disappear from the mix. Any advice?

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    Q. How consistent are different examples of the same mic?

    I get the impression that manufacturing tolerances for mid-range and cheaper microphones are not always as tight as one would desire. If I found a mic I liked, and were then to go out and buy that model of mic, might the one I tested and the one I bought sound significantly different?

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    Q. Which modular mic parts are matched?

    I often wonder exactly what gets matched when microphones with interchangeable capsules are bought as a stereo pair. Is it the bodies, the capsules, or both?

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    Q. Why does my stereo imaging suffer when I move my head?

    When I sit at my listening position, at the apex of an equilateral triangle with my monitors, everything sounds OK. When I shift my head things that were panned centrally move immediately to the side, and seem to come just out of that one speaker. Is this the way it’s supposed to be?

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    Q. Why put preamps in the live room?

    I recently came across an Eric Valentine video, in which he mentions how he keeps his preamps in the live room. My question is this: is there really a valid reason for doing this on runs which I imagine to be less than 100 feet?

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People

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    Moses Schneider: Drums With Character

    Video Feature

    In this video interview we meet the so-called “Einstein of live recording” to talk production, drum processing and when (and when not) to quantise.

    People
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    Pete Keppler

    Mixing Bowie, NIN & Katy Perry

    Pete Keppler’s career has seen him mix shows for some of the biggest artists in the world. We asked him how it all happened.

    People
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    Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

    Jolyon Thomas: Producing Are You Satisfied?

    The success of Slaves’ debut album depended on producer Jolyon Thomas finding a way to bottle their raw live energy.

    People
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    Sounding Off

    RTFM. Please, RTFM!

    Joseph Dobson gives us an insight into a day in his technical support shoes!

    People
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    Paul White

    Testing Testing

    Leader

    Paul White discusses the differences between what measures well on test equipment and what sounds good.

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month's selection include Ellie Goulding, Beck, The Book Thief soundtrack from John Williams, Jess Glynne and that all time classic mix, James Brown 'I Got You (I Feel Good)'.

    People
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    Vlado Meller

    Mastering Engineer

    As one of the world’s leading mastering engineers, Vlado Meller has enjoyed great success — and his share of controversy.

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    You might be the next Mozart, but if you can’t meet impossible deadlines, no-one will hear your music on TV.

    Music Business
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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Studio tool or collectors’ item: what has become of the large-format mixing console?

    Music Business
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    Romaphonic, Buenos Aires

    Studio File

    Buenos Aires remains one of these places in the world where rock & roll still plays a vital cultural role.

    Music Business
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