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November 2015 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) November 2015

Reviews: Yamaha Reface Series, Sontronics Aria, Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet 6, Behringer XR18, Novation Launchpad Pro, Barefoot MM45, Audient iD14.

Techniques: Windows 10 For Musicians, Why Only Subwoofers Can Produce Accurate Low End.

Features: Recreating The 1980s Home Studio Experience (Cover), Inside Track: Bring Me The Horizon, Jean-Michel Jarre Interview.

Plus: Vote Now In The SOS Awards.

Reviews

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    Audient ASP800

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Less than a year after refreshing their eight-channel preamp design, Audient have released another. What makes this one different?

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    Audient ASP800 | Media

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Audio files to accompany the article.

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    Audient iD14

    USB Audio Interface

    Audient’s new interface aims to keep the quality of its predecessor whilst streamlining the features and cutting the price.

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    Audified U73b

    Formats: Mac OS & Windows VST, RTAS & AAX

    Although not as well-known as the classic Fairchild 660, the Telefunken U73b is in many ways its European counterpart.

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    Barefoot MM45

    Active Three-way Monitor

    Barefoot’s newest monitor may be their most affordable to date, but the company’s meticulous design ethos is evident throughout.

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    Behringer XR18

    Digital Mixer

    The stagebox/mixer format has become hugely popular of late. Does Behringer’s affordable take on the concept deliver the goods?

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    Brass Instruments

    Orchestral Brass Sample Libraries: A Buyers Guide

    With so much choice on offer, picking the right brass library for your music can be tricky. Our comprehensive product guide shines a spotlight on the current contenders.

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    Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet 6

    Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Once again allowed to use the Sequential name, Dave Smith’s latest instrument is a tribute to a genuinely classic synthesizer.

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    F9 Audio Drumtrax Future Classic House Vol 1 & 2

    Stems For Logic & Live

    The soundware label of James Wiltshire of the Freemasons, F9 Audio are promising a new range of soundware called Drumtrax.

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    Fohhn Linea LX-61 & D-2 1500

    Compact Line Array & Power Amplifier

    Malvern’s annual West Fest event proved an ideal opportunity to put Fohhn’s newest compact line-array PA speakers to the test.

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    Gibson Les Paul 6

    Active Monitors

    Les Paul was truly one of the pioneers of recording technology. Do Gibson’s first ever monitors live up to his illustrious name?

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    Hamstead Soundworks Artist 20+RT

    Valve Guitar Amplifier

    Peter Hamstead doesn’t play guitar but his unique background and no-compromise approach have led to the creation of a unique and wonderful amp...

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    Korg iM1

    Synthesizer App For iPad

    Released in 1988, Korg’s M1 was arguably the most popular workstation keyboard of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Korg have now brought the M1 to the iPad in the form of their iM1 app.

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    Kurzweil Forte

    Stage Piano

    The Forte offers stage-piano immediacy combined with the deeply programmable synthesis that we’ve come to expect from Kurzweil.

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    Miad Audio LCPQ 4040

    Discrete Four–band Equaliser

    This Polish company’s debut product, an inductor EQ, could be just the thing to apply a little professional polish to your recordings.

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    Microtech Gefell MD120

    Omnidirectional Dynamic Microphone

    Most handheld mics are of the cardioid variety, but as this model proves, a moving-coil design needn’t be directional to be good.

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    Mono Flyby

    Backpack For Musicians, Engineers & DJs

    How exactly does one review a backpack in a music technology magazine? I mean, when it comes to lugging your music gear...

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    Novation Launchpad Pro

    Control Surface

    Novation’s popular Launchpad comes of age with the new Pro model.

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    Olympia Noise Co. Patterning

    Drum Machine App For iPad

    This month: Noise Co Patterning drum machine app and the Korg iM1 synth app, both for iPad.

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    Prodipe 3000BR Headphones

    Prodipe are best known for their affordable microphones and studio monitors, but they also offer headphones.

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    ProjectSAM Swing!

    Kontakt Instrument

    Billed as ‘The Jazzy Film Scoring Library’, Swing focuses on the Big Band sound.

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    Radial Engineering Firefly

    Valve Direct Box

    Radial build some of the best-performing and most reliable DI boxes, switches and interfaces...

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    Roger Mayer 615 Smooth

    Analogue Dynamics Processor

    Presented as a three-knob pedal complete with footswitch, the 615 Smooth is designed to work with both instrument and studio outboard setups.

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    Roland Cube Street EX

    Battery-powered Amplifier

    Portability and versatility inevitably mean trade-offs. Have Roland got the balance right?

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    Sample Magic BLOQ

    Kontakt, Live & Logic Pro Instrument

    Sample Magic have been making sample libraries for many years, but this virtual drum machine and synthesizer combination is their first instrument.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Sample Libraries

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    sE Electronics guitaRF

    Acoustic Shield For Guitar

    SE Electronics’ Reflexion Filters are well established items of studio kit, but the company continue to refine the concept and now offer several variations, the latest model being the GuitaRF.

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    Siren Audio Lorelei Suite v2

    Formats: Mac & PC stand-alone

    Siren Audio launched the Lorelei suite of applications a few years ago but now two of them, Generative and Feedback 2 have received major tweaks and updates.

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    Sonokinetic Capriccio

    Sample Library

    Sonokinetic’s vigorous orchestral phrase library piles on the cinematic drama in 4/4 time.

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    Sontronics Aria

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    For their latest model, Sontronics set out to create a future classic. Have they achieved it?

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    Soundiron Brad Hoyt’s Harp Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    What exactly is a harp guitar? It’s a new one on me, but its history and background is intriguing.

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    Studiospares Auditorium 2 212A

    Active PA Speaker

    Looking for a quality active speaker, but don’t want to pay for features you won’t need? You may need look no further...

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    Sugar Bytes Looperator

    Step–based Effects Plug–in For Mac OS X & Windows

    If your loops lack flavour, Sugar Bytes’ innovative slicing plug–in might be just the special sauce they need!

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    TK Audio BC501

    Stereo VCA Compressor

    This SSL-inspired compressor boasts excellent performance and some useful additional functions. What’s not to like?

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    Universal Audio AKG BX20

    Formats: Mac & PC UAD2

    It’s easy to pigeonhole spring reverbs as guitar amp accessories, but back in the pre-digital era, AKG built a no-holds studio spring reverb system called the BX20.

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    Waves Cobalt Saphira

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

    Cobalt Saphira is the first of Waves’ new Cobalt series of plug-ins. It’s an enhancer effect, but one which goes way beyond conventional harmonic enhancers.

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    Windows 10 For Musicians

    All You Need To Know Before Upgrading

    Microsoft’s latest OS offers potential benefits for musicians and recording engineers — but is now the right time to move to Windows 10?

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    Yamaha Reface Series

    YC / DX / CS / CP Mini Keyboards

    Yamaha’s Reface range recreates four of their classic instruments in miniature form.

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Techniques

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    Duck Tails

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Combining dynamics processing with Logic Pro X’s reverbs and other plug-ins can produce some very creative ducking effects.

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    Duck Tails | Media

    Logic Tips & Techniques

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    Greg Price: Mixing Black Sabbath Live

    None More Black

    Greg Price has spent nearly 20 years at front of house for some of the biggest names in rock, and now his company believe they’ve perfected the art of live recordings.

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    HD For All

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The latest native Pro Tools versions offer powerful features that were once restricted to HD systems.

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    Media Content - November 2015

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles

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

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    Mix Rescue: The Travis Waltons

    How Do You Develop A Mix Strategy?

    The Travis Waltons: How do you develop a mix strategy for a song when you don’t understand what the artist intends?

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    Mix Rescue: The Travis Waltons | Media

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    Reaper To Go

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Unlike most DAWs, Reaper can be run from an external drive without leaving a trace on the host machine!

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    Recording: Past, Present & Future

    Video Feature

    Three things stand out about 1985: Mario and Luigi took the world by storm, Back To The Future hit cinemas for the first time, and Sound On Sound celebrated its inaugural issue.

    Techniques
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    Recreating The ’80s Home Studio Experience

    Time Trial

    To celebrate the magazine’s 30th birthday, the SOS team take a trip back in time, finding out what it was really like to work in a mid-’80s home studio.

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    Recreating The ’80s Home Studio | Audio

    Time Trial

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    Sample Minded

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sample your own instruments in Sonar.

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    Space Race

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Efficient management of Cubase’s Workspaces can be a great help when you need to work quickly.

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    The Elephant In The Control Room

    Why Only Subwoofers Can Produce Accurate Low End

    One of the most misunderstood subjects in pro audio is control–room nearfield monitoring: the dos and don’ts, the problems and suggested remedies.

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    Too Good To M-S

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We investigate the creative potential of Mid-Sides processing in Live.

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    Unlooping The Loop

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One offers all the tools you need to derive endless variations from a simple loop.

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    Unlooping The Loop | Media

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

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People

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    Paul White

    30 Years Of Sound On Sound

    Leader

    It’s hard to believe that Sound On Sound is now 30 years old! When the magazine started in 1985 MIDI was still a new technology, but software sequencers sync’ed to tape via SMPTE were soon to change the landscape of recording beyond recognition...

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    Inside Track: Bring Me The Horizon

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dan Lancaster

    Where does a young mix engineer learn the techniques to deliver hit rock mixes? In Dan Lancaster’s case, right here!

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    Jean-Michel Jarre

    Producing Electronica

    New album Electronica sees Jean–Michel Jarre making connections with a galaxy of other legendary figures from the world of electronic music.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    This month we review releases from Kelly & Woolley, The SOS Team and Subliminal Message.  

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    Sounding Off: Chris Korff

    Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

    SOS Reviews Editor Chris Korff tackles the 80s!

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    Thank you to all our readers over the last 30 years...

    You are in good company!

    We asked dozens of professional mixers, producers, designers and audio engineers to tell us what Sound On Sound magazine means to them.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month we feature Walk The Moon, Jason Derulo, Jack featuring Justin Bieber, Tinie Tempah, Muse and our Classic Mix: Glenn Gould, Bach’s ‘The Goldberg Variations’  

    People

Music Business

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    Kerwax, Brittany

    Studio File

    Located in the village of Loguivy-Plougras in Britanny, Kerwax is an intriguing new take on the concept of the residential studio

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    TV composers won’t change the world — but the fact that we’re needed at all can be significant.

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    Dan Daley

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    As studios have had to adapt to new business models, so have the people who design them.

    Music Business
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