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December 2016 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2016

Reviews: Behringer DeepMind 12, Audient iD4, Spitfire Audio Spitfire Symphonic Brass, Arturia DrumBrute, Tegeler Konnektor, Hammer Audio HA‑872, Schertler Arthur Format48.

Technique: Revoice Pro Masterclass, Connecting Guitar Synth Pedals, Session Notes: Recording An Audiobook, Classic Tracks: Public Image Ltd ‘Rise’, In The Mix: David Crosby, Inside Track: Shawn Mendes.

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    AJH Synth Sonic XV & Ring SM

    Eurorack Filter & Ring Modulator

    There are two AJH modules on review: the Sonic XV, based around an early 24dB diode filter from the Musonics Sonic V; secondly, the discrete transistor-based Ring SM, which can double as a five-input mixer and incorporates a pair of sub oscillator generators.

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    AKG C7

    Stage Capacitor Microphone

    AKG’s C5 stage vocal mic was already a class act — and now they’ve topped it!

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    ALM/Busy Circuits Akemie’s Taiko

    Eurorack FM Percussion Module

    Akemie’s Taiko is an FM-based Eurorack module covering CV-tweakable percussion and synth roles...

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    API 512v Mic Preamp

    Microphone Preamplifier

    API’s 512 preamp design is a classic — and now there are even more reasons to love it!

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    Apple iPhone 7

    Smart Phone

    A numerical increase in a new iPhone’s name is usually representative of a significant change in the device’s physical design. The iPhone 7, however, breaks with this tradition and looks remarkably like the 6 and 6s models of the past two years. So what has changed?

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    Apple Music Memos

    Auto Accompaniment App [iOS]

    Apple launched Music Memos alongside an update to GarageBand for iOS at the beginning of 2015, and recently updated the app...

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    Arturia DrumBrute

    Analogue Drum Machine

    Arturia’s new drum machine features 17 analogue voices and a mildly astonishing price tag. And it’s really rather good...

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    Audient iD4

    USB Audio Interface

    Audient’s compact iD4 interface offers a lot of bang for pleasingly little buck.

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    Audio-Technica AE2300 & ATM230

    Dynamic Microphones

    These classy new moving-coil mics prove themselves more than capable on a range of common sources.

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    Avantone MP1

    Closed-back Headphones

    For their first-ever headphone design, Avantone have seen fit to include some unusual — and useful — extra features.

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    Behringer DeepMind 12

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Behringer’s first foray into the world of synthesis always promised to be interesting, and the results do not disappoint...

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    Eiosis E2 De-esser

    De-esser Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    Eiosis’ revolutionary de-esser is reborn, with extra features and a snazzy new interface.

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    Eventide Sculpt

    Split-band Distortion Algorithm (For The H9 Harmonizer Pedal)

    Eventide’s H9 pedal continues to grow in scope as more dedicated algorithms are released for it...

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    Fender FXA7

    In-ear Monitors

    Fender’s foray into the world of pro live sound continues, with these premium IEMs.

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    Fluid FPX7 monitors.

    Fluid Audio FPX7 Update

    Active Monitors

    The latest incarnation of Fluid's unusual FPX7 monitor combines the bold, concentric-ribbon design of the earlier version with an altogether more satisfying tonality.

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    Focusrite Scarlett

    Second-generation USB Audio Interfaces

    Focusrite have been listening to their users, and their new Scarletts deliver greatly enhanced low-latency performance among other improvements.

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    Gothic Instruments Sculptor Live Impacts

    Multi-format

    Cinematic ‘Big Boomers’ are eagerly embraced by almost every field of commercial music these days and to service...

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    Hammer Audio HA-872

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    Have Hammer Audio hit the nail on the head with this new UK-made mic? We think so!

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    Imaginando DRC

    Synthesizer App [iOS, Android & VST]

    Imaginando’s DRC is a polyphonic synthesizer available in multiple formats, which becomes of more interest when you...

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    Modartt Pianoteq 5 Instrument Packs

    Electric Pianos, Hohner Collection, Model B Grand, Concert Harp & Hans Ruckers II

    Modartt have recently unleashed more Pianoteq instruments...

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    Modwheel Strained Wire & Garotte

    Kontakt Instrument

    Modwheel are a small New Zealand-based company set up by composers Steve Roche and David Donaldson as a way of marketing their quirky Kontakt instrument designs.

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    Sample Logic Bohemian

    Kontakt Instrument

    Whether you are a media composer or simply a music producer who likes to integrate world and ethnic flavours into your musical mix, Sample Logic’s Bohemian might well be of interest.

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    Schertler Arthur: Modular Mixer

    Modular Analogue Mixer

    We built and then test-drove the world’s first commercially available fully modular console. Here’s what we thought...

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    Source Audio Nemesis Delay

    Stompbox Delay

    Source Audio are really pushing the boundaries of delay processing with their latest One-series pedal, the Nemesis Delay...

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    Spitfire Audio Spitfire Symphonic Brass

    Sample Library

    Spitfire consolidate their symphonic brass into a single bumper package.

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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Konnektor

    Plug-in Controlled Mastering Router

    The Konnektor promises mastering engineers the drag-and-drop simplicity and recall of plug-in remote control.

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    Toontrack Dream Pop EZX

    EZdrummer Expansion Pack

    Toontrack’s Dream Pop EZX expansion pack for EZdrummer is most definitely not just another acoustic drum kit...

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    Waves Infected Mushroom Pusher

    Formats: Mac OS & Windows VST & AAX; Mac AU

    Infected Mushroom isn’t some kind of embarrassing and painful ailment, but rather a ‘make it all sound bigger’ plug-in...

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    Wes Audio Timbre

    Vari-Mu Compressor

    The Gates Sta-Level broadcast compressor is a classic — but it isn’t cheap. Can Wes Audio give you the same sound for less?

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Public Image Ltd ‘Rise’

    Producer: Bill Laswell

    In 1985 John Lydon found himself in a New York studio with producer Bill Laswell and a group of session musicians. The result was to become one of PiL’s most recognisable tracks.

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    Connecting Guitar Pedal Synths

    Step On It!

    Guitar-synth stompboxes open up a world of sonic possibilities — but getting the most out of them takes a little forward planning...

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    Cubase: Vocal Delay Treatments

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Are delays suffocating your vocal parts? Cubase has the answers!

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    Designing Kicks In Logic Pro X

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Design and manipulate your own kick drums from scratch using Ultrabeat and Alchemy in Logic Pro X.

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    In The Mix: David Crosby

    Before And After: ‘The Things We Do For Love’

    David Crosby’s latest album has gained much praise for its sonics. The man who tracked and mixed it offers SOS readers the inside story — with audio examples.

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    Inside Track: Shawn Mendes 'Treat You Better'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: George Seara

    Is mixing on a large analogue desk still worth the trouble? For George Seara and Shawn Mendes, it seems to be working out quite well...

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    Jeff Ellis Video Feature

    Jeff Ellis: Engineering Frank Ocean

    Video Feature

    After 5 years working in near secrecy, Grammy-winner Jeff Ellis discusses his work with enigmatic, R&B trailblazer, Frank Ocean.

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    Pro Tools: Destructive Actions

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Most Pro Tools operations are undoable — but some give you the option to commit permanently...

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    Reason Players & Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to integrate Reason’s new Player modules with Live.

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    Reason: Living On A Player

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Refresh your musical mojo with Reason 9’s Players.

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    Revoice Pro 3.2 Masterclass (Part 1)

    In-depth Tutorial

    This uniquely powerful pitch, energy and time alignment software could save you hours of edits.

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    Session Notes: Recording An Audiobook

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Audiobook Recording: spoken word in the project studio presents a different set of challenges to most music productions.

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    Sonar's Powerful Punch Options

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Comping may get all the attention, but Sonar’s punch options are powerful and fast.

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    Studio One: Managing Large Sessions

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Managing large sessions in any DAW can be tricky. Fortunately, Studio One has the tools to help.

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    Studio SOS: An Untreated Room

    Alex Hutchings

    Down at the bottom of the garden, among the birds and the bees, we went to Alex Hutchings’ studio, to eliminate some unpleasant frequencies.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Shirley Collins

    Shirley Collins, Ian Kearey & Ossian Brown: Recording Lodestar

    Shirley Collins’ album Lodestar has been a long time coming. Thirty-eight years, in fact...

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    Sounding Off: The Right Attitude

    Mike Senior

    I’m regularly asked for career tips by student engineers, and I usually state my opinion that success in this industry is more about attitude than anything else...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Twenty One Pilots • The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk • The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey • Biffy Clyro • Classic Mix: The Righteous Brothers ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’ (1965)

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    Paul White

    Wherefore Art Thou?

    Leader

    I think most people would agree that music is a form of art. And in art it would seem that almost anything qualifies, so by...

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    It’s tempting to think that success is about who you know — but in fact, it’s about what you do.

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record: Church & Studio

    Music & Recording Industry News

    The decline of churches echoes the fate of studios — but it could present some exciting new opportunities.

    Music Business
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    Sphere LA, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    Running a successful multi-room recording facility is challenging at the best of times, and relocating such a studio to a different continent is in an entirely different league of difficulty! This, however, is what Francesco Cameli has done.

    Music Business
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