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January 2017 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) January 2017

Reviews: Arturia MatrixBrute (Cover), iZotope Neutron, Korg Monologue, Steinberg Cubasis 2, Kii Audio Three, Analog Outfitters Scanner, Universal Audio UAD 8.7 & 9.
Features: Classic Tracks: Fatboy Slim ‘Praise You’, Dolby Atmos At The Ministry Of Sound, Inside Track: Bon Iver.
Techniques: Session Notes, Recreating The BBC Echo Mixture Control, Revoice Pro Masterclass.

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    A-Designs Mix Factory

    Analogue Summing Mixer

    Can this California company’s first summing mixer reach the high standards set by their outboard processors?

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    Analog Outfitters Scanner

    'Upcycled' Hammond Organ Effect

    Built from reclaimed Hammond organ parts, the Scanner is an unusual electro-mechanical effects unit that sounds as classy as it looks!

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    Arturia MatrixBrute

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Arturia’s MatrixBrute combines everything the company know about synthesis into one hugely ambitious machine.

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    AudioRealism Bassline 3

    Software Synthesizer

    The humble TB303 has proved notoriously difficult to recreate in software, but ABL3 comes far closer than most.

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    Blue Essential SL

    Capacitor Microphones

    Blue’s newly updated range of studio mics offers stylish looks and great sound for a very reasonable price.

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    Boss ES-5

    Guitar Pedal Switching System

    Boss’s well-conceived switching system brings the convenience of a multi-effects unit to your collection of individual pedals.

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    Catalinbread Echorec

    Binson Echorec Emulation

    Named after Binson’s Echorec magnetic-drum echo machine, the Echorec aims to squeeze all that unit’s essential character into a standard-sized pedal.

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar Guitarscapes

    Kontakt Instrument

    Guitarscapes is built on a foundation of electric and acoustic guitars, plus mandolins and pedal steels. Sometimes the sources are obvious, but more often they’re not.

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    Grace Design M108

    Remote-controlled Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    With remote control, USB audio interfacing and the sublime sonic performance for which Grace are known, the m108 doesn’t disappoint!

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    iZotope Neutron

    Multiband Dynamics & EQ Plug-in

    iZotope say that Neutron not only has the processing power to address all sorts of mixing issues, but the intelligence to help you identify them.

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    Kii Audio Three

    Active Monitors

    Yes, Kii Audio’s flagship monitors are expensive — but then they might just be the best loudspeakers in the world...

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    Korg Monologue

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Monologue may be a cut-down version of the Minilogue, but it offers a few features its polyphonic big brother can’t match.

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    KRK V6 Series 4

    Active Monitors

    KRK’s established V-series monitors have long been popular in the project studio, and now they’ve been given a major overhaul.

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    Lunastone Wise Guy

    True Overdrive Pedal

    The name Lunastone may not sound so familiar, but this Danish company have an excellent provenance...

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    Magix Samplitude Pro X3

    Digital Audio Workstation [Windows]

    With clever new tempo-mapping features and low-level Melodyne integration, time and pitch are now putty in the hands of Samplitude users!

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    Peavey Dark Matter 112/115

    Active PA Speakers

    Peavey’s smart new range of PA speakers is punchy, robust, and easy on the pocket!

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    Penn Elcomm LED Rack Lighting

    Many companies have offered rack-lighting products over the years, but this elegant British-made light employs super-bright LED strips rather than conventional bulbs.

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    Rigid Audio Synferno

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rigid Audio’s Synferno is a Kontakt-based construction kit library, offering 1200 24-bit loops organised into 300 preset ‘kits’ with a bass, synth, ambient and groove loop within each kit.

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    Samar VL37

    Passive Ribbon Microphone

    Ribbon mics have long been associated with a subdued high-frequency response — but this classy example bucks the trend.

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    Sonokinetic Woodwinds Ensembles

    Sample Library

    Sonokinetic bring their idiosyncratic approach to sampling to the woodwinds section.

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    Spitfire Audio Ricotti Mallets

    Kontakt Instrument

    All-round percussionist and jazz vibraphonist Frank Ricotti has enjoyed a stellar career as a composer, arranger, band-leader and session player, appearing on countless records and film scores. Spitfire Audio’s Ricotti Mallets features our man playing straight hits, rolls and glisses on marimba, glockenspiel, crotales and xylophone.

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    Steinberg Cubasis 2

    DAW App For iOS

    Steinberg update Cubasis 2 with real-time time-stretching and a “carefully redesigned user interface”, which amounts to a flatter, cleaner design that’s a little crisper and more pleasing to the eye than previous versions.

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    Ueberschall Elastik Cinematic Guitar Loops

    Elastik Instrument

    Ueberschall have built up an impressive series of titles based around their Elastik Player front-end. The bulk of these follow a construction-kit format offering collections of genre-specific music composition broken down into their constituent loops...

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    Universal Audio UAD 8.7 & 9.0 Software

    Plug-ins For UAD2 & Apollo

    UA’s latest updates add new compressors, delays, voice channels and virtual bass amps, as well as refreshing a few familiar faces.

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    VirSyn Addictive Pro

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    Addictive Pro adds more complex oscillator configurations, a better effects implementation and a hot-rodded arpeggiator, but has surprisingly dropped the very useful four-track looper of the original Addictive Synth.

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    Waves Nx

    Virtual Mix Room Software & Head Tracker

    Room simulation on headphones usually stops being convincing as soon as you move your head. Not so with Waves’ new Nx...

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