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April 2016 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) April 2016

Reviews: Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK (Cover), Roger Linn Design LinnStrument, IGS Audio Tubecore 3U, Steinberg Cubase 8.5, Beyerdynamic TG V90r, Heavyocity Gravity

Techniques: Mix Rescue: War Kites, Understanding Speaker Stands & Platforms, Session Notes.

Features: Fat White Family: Recording Songs For Our Mothers, Inside Track: Panic! At The Disco, Mixing Muse Live.

Reviews

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    Alesis SamplePad 4

    Sampling Percussion Pad

    Will Alesis’s affordable sample–triggering percussion pad prove hard to beat?

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    Apple GarageBand 2.1

    DAW App For iOS

    GarageBand 2.1 now  supports the iPad Pro, but also has new features to benefit all users. When you start a new Song, you now have the option to use Tracks (as before) or the new Live Loops.

    Reviews
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    Arturia KeyLab 88

    Controller Keyboard

    A fully-weighted master keyboard at this price is unheard of. Is the KeyLab 88 too good to be true?

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    Atomic Amps Amplifire

    Guitar Amp Modelling Pedal

    The Amplifire promises great sound, plentiful options, ease of use — and the ability to load your own cabinet impulse responses.

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    Beyerdynamic TG V90r

    Cardioid Ribbon Microphone

    So you think ribbon mics don’t belong in front of stage vocalists? This classy design from Beyer might make you change your mind...

    Reviews
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    Big Fish Audio The Foundry

    Kontakt Instrument

    Designed by Sonicsmiths and released through Big Fish Audio, The Foundry is a Kontakt 5 virtual instrument that is aimed most obviously at sound designers.

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    Dangerous Music 2–Bus+

    Analogue Summing Mixer

    This new version of Dangerous Music’s popular summing amp incorporates both technical and practical improvements.

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    Heavyocity Gravity

    Sample Library

    Heavyocity soar into orbit with a collection of dramatic scoring elements.

    Reviews
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    IGS Audio Tubecore 3U

    Vari–mu Mastering Compressor

    Polish company IGS Audio’s Tubecore is back, with more facilities and more options. What’s not to like?

    Reviews
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    JL Cooper AXOS Panner

    Surround Pan Controller

    Physically, the AXOS Panner is a compact free-standing control unit, which connects via a single USB cable to the DAW host....

    Reviews
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    Memotron M2D

    Sound Module

    Manikin have shrunk their Mellotron emulator down to desktop module size, but how will it measure up?

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    Nemphasis Oktopus Plus

    Pedalboard Power Supply

    My pedalboard seems to be in a permanent state of being rebuilt, and this time around I decided I needed a better power supply...

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    Oppo PM–3

    Planar Magnetic Headphones

    If you’re wary of using closed–back headphones for mixing, this stylish design might just change your mind.

    Reviews
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    Rhythmic Robot Emulator II Universe Of Sounds Vol 1 & 2

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rhythmic Robot strike again — and with a double whammy! I can only speculate about this labour of love, feeding an Emulator II with a near–endless supply of 5.25–inch floppy disks.

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    Rob Papen RP EQ

    Equaliser Plug-in For Mac OS & Windows

    Soft-synth specialist Rob Papen has branched out into the world of processors — but his RP EQ is no ordinary equaliser.

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    Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

    Controller Instrument

    Never one to rest on his laurels, Roger Linn’s latest creation aims to bring unprecedented expressivity to MIDI musicians.

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    Roswell Mini K47

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    By concentrating only on the components that matter, Roswell have managed to create a classic-sounding mic with a budget price tag.

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    Sample Shop | Media

    Audio to accompany the reviews

    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the April 2016 issue of SOS.

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    Schertler David & Jam

    Acoustic Instrument Amplifiers

    Schertler are no strangers to the art of amplifying stringed instruments, and their latest designs don’t disappoint.

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    Shure MV88 iOS mic close-up.

    Shure MV88

    Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone For iOS

    The MV88 is entering a increasingly crowded market, so does it have what is needed to win it a good slice of the action?

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    Sonible Frei:raum

    Intelligent Equaliser Plug-in For Windows & Mac OS

    The first product from Austrian developers Sonible aims to raise the IQ of EQ.

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    Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK

    Analogue Mixing Console With Multitrack Audio Interfacing

    Venerable British company Soundcraft have delved into their past to create this analogue mixer with a USB–flavoured twist...

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    Steinberg Cubase 8.5

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    The latest Cubase update connects Steinberg’s DAW to the cloud, but also brings plenty of improvements for earthbound users.

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    The Prophet From Silicon Valley, by David Abernethy

    The Complete Story Of Sequential Circuits

    As George Harrison once told my friend Martin Smith at Streetly Electronics, “History is bollocks. If you weren’t there, you don’t know.”

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    Toontrack EZkeys Small Upright

    Multi–format

    Small Upright is part of Toontrack’s EZkeys range of products which includes a virtual pipe organ, Mellotron, Clavinet...

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    Zynaptiq Unmix:Drums

    Drum Isolation Plug–in For Mac OS & Windows

    We’ve all had those ‘if only I could get rid of the drums!’ moments. Zynaptiq’s innovative plug–in promises to do just that.

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Techniques

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    Alchemy In LPX

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We explore the additive synthesis capabilities of Alchemy in Logic Pro X.

    Techniques
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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Spiritualized ‘Come Together’

    Engineer/Mixer: Darren Allison

    Recording the centrepiece of Spiritualized’s celebrated space rock masterpiece took engineer Darren Allison on a trip into the unexpected.

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    Inside Track: Panic! At The Disco

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jake Sinclair & Claudius Mittendorfer

    What do you get if you cross Frank Sinatra and Queen? Producer Jake Sinclair and mixer Claudius Mittendorfer helped Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie find out...

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    Live: Multi-layering Made Simpler

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Live’s Simpler makes layering multiple sounds easy.

    Techniques
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    Media Content - April 2016

    Audio files to accompany our articles

    A directory of all media pages that hold the associated media files for April 2016 audio examples.

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    Mix Rescue: War Kites

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    War Kites: We help a talented indie band achieve a more polished sound from their home recordings.

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    Mix Rescue: War Kites | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    War Kites: We help a talented indie band achieve a more polished sound from their home recordings.

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    Muse Of The World

    Marc Carolan: Mixing Muse Live

    For 15 years, Marc Carolan has been in charge of the live sound for one of the biggest — and most technically ambitious — bands in the world.

    Techniques
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    Pro Tools Fade Presets & Batch Fades

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools 12.3 sees the introduction of the invaluable Fade Presets, as well as an improved Batch Fades dialogue.

    Techniques
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    Reaper Subprojects

    Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper 5.11’s new Subprojects facility opens up entirely new ways of working.

    Techniques
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    Reason: Block Rocking

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason’s Block feature is the key to turning loops and ideas into fully–fledged songs.

    Techniques
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    Rhythm Effects Using Sonar’s Z3TA+ Synth

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Use Sonar’s Z3TA+ synth to create exciting rhythmic effects.

    Techniques
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    Session Notes: Faking A Big Ensemble | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Hannes Keseberg: our engineer helps an artist fake a big-ensemble sound by layering recordings of a string quintet.

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    Session Notes: Faking A Big-Ensemble Sound

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Hannes Keseberg: our engineer helps an artist fake a big-ensemble sound by layering recordings of a string quintet.

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    Studio One’s Layers & Versions

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Keep on top of fast-moving sessions with Studio One’s Layers and Versions.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White

    Does Not Compute!

    Leader

    I’m sure I recall being told that computers were invented in order to make life easier. While they can probably handle more calculations in a millisecond than I could in a lifetime, there are still aspects that are incredibly frustrating.

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    Fat White Family

    Liam May & Kevin McMahon: Recording Songs For Our Mothers

    How do you extract a complete album from a dysfunctional band with no finished songs? Drag them to a remote residential studio — in winter...

    People
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    Guy Chambers & Richard Flack

    Video Feature

    We sit down with Chambers and producer/engineer Richard Flack (Joe Strummer, Rudimental, Paloma Faith) in Guy’s beautifully equipped Sleeper Sounds studio in West London.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Aaron Gill

    Put The Wallet Away And Play

    This month Aaron Gill suggests you focus on what you have.

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month tracks from Krept & Konan, Fleur East, One Direction, Rod Stewart, Tame Impala and our Classic Mix is Britney Spears ‘Toxic’.

    People

Music Business

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    Clouds Hill Studio, Hamburg

    Studio File

    Many world-class recording facilities have built up their reputations over half a century or more. Clouds Hill, however, has risen to the top in a mere decade.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline: April 2016 Column

    TV Music From The Inside

    Sound libraries are great, but making your own sound effects is more fun — and more individual.

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record: April 2016 Column

    Music & Recording Industry News

    As the role of studios changes, so too must that of the new generation of studio managers.

    Music Business
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