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October 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2015

Reviews: Focusrite Clarett 8Pre & 8PreX, Audeze LCD-X & EL8, Lewitt DGT 650, Focal Trio6 Be, Krotos Dehumanizer Pro, Boss SY-300, Akai Advance 49.

Techniques: Man-Vs-Drum Machine, Studio SOS, Tracking Vocals Without Headphones.

Features: Classic Tracks: Cowboy Junkies ‘Sweet Jane’, Inside Track: Muse Drones, Session Notes.

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    633 Engineering Onyx+

    Valve Guitar Amplifier

    Configurable to your tastes, this handmade guitar amp caters both to studio and stage use.

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    Akai Advance 49

    Controller Keyboard

    Akai’s Advance 49 is a tightly integrated controller/software package designed to bridge the gap between musician and computer.

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    Arturia Beatstep Pro

    MIDI Controller & Step Sequencer

    With the affordable and innovative Beatstep Pro, Arturia may have created a sequencer for the masses.

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    Audeze LCD-X & EL8

    Planar Magnetic Headphones

    For these premium headphones, Audeze have revived an old but under-used driver technology — and the results are astonishing.

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    Avid Pro Tools Control

    Controller App For iPad

    In addition to controlling Pro Tools, PTC is also compatible with other host applications that support the Eucon protocol.

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    Bandmaster Powerhouse Breaks

    WAV Format

    Back in 1977, Scottish company GR International, designed and manufactured a rhythm machine called the Powerhouse. Thirty-eight years later, owner of two Powerhouse machines, Dan Radclyffe, renovated his tapes and hardware and sampled all eight original cartridges to make this 64–loop library.

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    Blackstar ID:Core BEAM

    20W Stereo Amplifier & Audio Interface

    Can an amp like this be all things to all people? Blackstar have tried very hard to make it so!

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    Boss SY-300

    Polyphonic Guitar Synthesizer

    Finally, a truly polyphonic guitar synth that you can use with any standard electric guitar — with no need for a hex pickup!

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    Digital Audio Labs Livemix

    Personal Monitor Mixing System

    Can musicians be trusted to mix their own monitors? If the system they’re using is as intuitive as this one, the answer might be ‘yes’.

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    Finhol Accutronics Spring Reverb

    Analogue Reverb Processor

    Can a real spring reverb really fit in a box this small and still come up with the goods?

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    Focal Trio6 Be

    Active Three–way Monitors

    French speaker makers Focal continue their campaign of innovation, with this classy new three–way monitor design.

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    Focusrite Clarett 8Pre & 8PreX

    Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces

    Focusrite’s Clarett range offers Thunderbolt connectivity and high specifications at an attractive price tag.

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    Grace Design Felix

    Acoustic Instrument Preamp & Blender

    Grace have long been associated with sublime studio preamps — and now you can take that superlative sound with you on stage.

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    Gurus Amps Echosex 2

    Tube Delay Pedal

    This delay pedal was designed to offer ‘that’ vintage Echorec sound. Does it convince?

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    Krotos Dehumaniser Pro

    Voice Processing Software For Mac OS & Windows

    This intriguing program aims to give your vocals the inhuman touch.

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    Lewitt DGT 650

    USB Microphone & Interface

    There are many USB microphones around today, but Lewitt’s offering has some surprising and useful extra features.

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    Lindell Audio 77X–500

    Stereo Bus Compressor

    While high-quality clones of Bill Putnam’s 1176 compressor abound, stereo versions of that much-loved design are rather less common — especially at this price.

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    Mackie SRM350

    Active PA Speaker

    The third iteration of Mackie’s ever-popular SRM series incorporates some handy DSP functionality.

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    Radial Engineering Space Heater

    Summing Mixer & Distortion Processor

    Could Radial’s latest processor add a little vintage sum–thing to your mixes?

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    Rupert Neve Designs RNDI

    Active DI Box

    With Rupert Neve’s pedigree in transformer-based equipment design, a DI box was surely just a matter of time.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    These files accompany the Sample Shop article in the October 2015 issue of SOS.

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    Samplephonics Analogue Witchcraft Vol 2

    Multi–format

    Analogue Witchcraft is an intriguing title, but the product’s creator, Paul Rez, was perhaps trying to evoke a sense of magic and mystery.

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    SidTracker 64

    Synthesizer App For iPad

    This 21st-century emulation of the SID 8‑bit soundchip is accurate down to its three notes of polyphony and ability to export your songs for playback on an actual Commodore 64.

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    Singular Sound BeatBuddy

    Drum Machine Stompbox

    Hardware drum machines and effects pedals have been around a long time but Singular Sound claims that BeatBuddy is the first drum–machine pedal.

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    Spotlight: Audio Interfaces

    Desk Job

    Looking for an audio interface that puts all the controls and I/O right where you need them? Check out our round-up of desktop devices.

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    Strymon Deco

    Tape-saturation & Double-tracking Processor

    No effects pedal has managed to pack in all the juicy sonic goodness and delicious mayhem of dual tape machines — until now!

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    SuperMegaUltraGroovy FuzzMeasure 4

    Measurement & Analysis Software For Mac

    The first step towards treating room acoustics is identifying the problem areas — and that’s where FuzzMeasure can help.

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    Zero-G Rise Designer

    Kontakt Instrument

    Zero–G have given us bangs, crashes and wallops with Impact Designer, and created a sense of speed with Whoosh Designer. To round off the collection is Rise Designer: Cinematic Build Creator.

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Techniques

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    Hands On

    Ableton Tips & Techniques

    We get tactile with Ableton Live’s 64 Pad Drum Rack.

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    Independent Beats

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Cut the cord and make music with just your laptop and Reason.

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    Inside Out

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools 12 makes radical improvements to the way inputs and outputs are handled, which benefit all users.

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    Man vs Drum Machine

    How Does A Real Session Drummer Compare With Software Drums?

    Does today’s sample-based drum software mean we don’t need real drummers any more? We find out what a human session drummer offers that a virtual drummer can’t.

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    Man vs Drum Machine | Media

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Pull The Plug-In

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Tidy away unused instruments and effects and put your favourites within easy reach with Logic’s Plug-in Manager.

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    Services Rendered

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Whether archiving projects, creating stems or saving CPU resources, Cubase 8’s Render In Place feature has you covered.

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    Session Notes: Elephant Tree

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    We make a rare visit to a world-class recording studio, as one of The Church’s engineers takes us through a recent session.

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    Session Notes: Elephant Tree | Media

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Stuck In The MIDI

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Get to grips with Sonar’s latest MIDI editing tools.

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    Studio One: Mid-Sides In The Channel Editor

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One 3’s new Channel Editor opens up a host of possibilities, including creative M-S processing.

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    Studio SOS: Narrow Room Solution

    Adrian Leung's home studio

    The SOS team travel to the big smoke to deal with some tricky acoustics in a media composer’s writing studio.

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    Tracking Vocals Without Headphones

    Kick The Cans!

    Live rooms and headphones can kill the mood for some vocalists — so why not ditch the cans and record in front of your monitors?

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    Tracking Vocals Without Headphones | Media

    Kick The Cans!

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Chvrches

    Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty & Iain Cook: Producing Every Open Eye

    Like any good SOS readers, Scots electro-pop trio Chvrches used the success of their debut album to buy more synthesizers...

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    Cowboy Junkies ‘Sweet Jane’

    Classic Tracks

    In 1987, swimming against the tide of MIDI–powered pop records, Cowboy Junkies went into a church to record an album into a single microphone in a single day.

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    Paul White

    Forward To The Past

    Leader

    In any area of technology, the only thing that you can depend on being consistent is the presence of change.

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    Inside Track: Muse's Drones

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tommaso Colliva & Rich Costey

    Working on Muse’s hit album Drones gave Tommaso Colliva and Rich Costey unique insight into the extraordinary methods of hitmaking producer ‘Mutt’ Lange.

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    Rupert Neve: The SOS Interview (Video)

    Video Feature

    In this month's video interview  we meet a living legend of the audio industry, Mr Rupert Neve himself. Over 25 minutes, we talk transformers, software modelling, and get the story of how he created the world's first high-Q equaliser.

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    Sounding Off: With Festivals, Bigger Isn’t Better

    Alex Millar

     Alex Millar is currently working as a stage manager at festivals throughout the UK.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month, Years & Years, Labrinth, Galantis, Fetty Wap, Major Lazer & DJ Snake and Classic Mix, Alanis Morissette 'Ironic'.

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Music Business

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    Guillaume Tell, Paris

    Studio File

    Some world–class studios are housed in purpose–designed buildings, but the majority of recording venues were set up in spaces originally conceived for other duties.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The more serious your responsibilities get, the more important it is to lighten up now and again.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The food consumed in studios hasn’t always been healthy. Could that be about to change?

    Music Business
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