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July 2017 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2017

Reviews: Roland Boutique VP-03, Trident 80B-EQ & Deca-Dent 500, Bastl Instruments Kastle, VSL Vienna Historic Winds I & II, Genelec The Ones, Make Noise Morphagene, Korg Gadget For Mac.

Features: Ethernet Audio, Inside Track: Gorillaz, Scoring Horizon Zero Dawn.

Technique: The Sampled Orchestra, Mix Rescue.

Reviews

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    Acoustica Mixcraft 8

    Music Production Software [Windows]

    Acoustica’s alternative Windows DAW continues to evolve, with a new audio engine and some intriguing new features.

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    Acustica Audio Diamond Color-EQ

    Equaliser Plug-in

    The first plug-in from Acustica’s new Diamond range recreates the master bus EQ of a master!

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    AKG K872

    Closed-back Headphones

    AKG’s new flagship headphone design offers the benefits of open-backed ‘phones in a closed-back format.

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    Aston Starlight

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    British company Aston have impressed us with their large-diaphragm mics, and now they’re tempting us with a laser-guided SDC!

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    Auddict Drums Of The Deep

    Kontakt Instrument

    New sound companies seem to spring up every day, each one bringing a fresh selection of sample library treats. One such...

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    Audiobus 3

    Audio & MIDI Routing System For iOS

    Audiobus is compatible with Inter-App Audio as a host, and can make use of node apps in the same way as apps written to support Audiobus natively. Version 3 introduces two new areas of functionality: MIDI pipelines and a built-in mixer.

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    Bastl Instruments Kastle

    Modular Synthesizer

    Bastl Instruments’ miniature modular really is very, very small indeed.

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    Blackstar Tone:Link

    Stereo Bluetooth Audio Receiver

    The idea behind Blackstar’s Tone:Link is that it will allow any device with an external line input to receive audio streamed by Bluetooth...

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    BluGuitar BluBox

    DI Box & Convolution Speaker Emulator

    This little box puts the sound of 16 miked cabinets at your feet and, unlike convolution software, can sit between an amp and cab.

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    DMSD 60 Pro

    Speaker Decouplers

    The DMSD 60 Pro looks very simple yet stylish, comprising eight small circular platforms, four intended for each speaker in a stereo setup.

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    Elektron Analog Heat

    Stereo Distortion & Enhancement Processor

    Billed as both a bonkers sound mangler and a subtle mastering device, can this little grey box really deliver on both counts?

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    Etymotic Research ER4SR

    In-ear Monitors

    We put leading IEM specialists Etymotic Research’s new flagship design to the test.

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    Exponential Audio R4

    Reverb Plug-in

    Exponential Audio have hot-rodded their ‘character’ reverb, and the results are even more characterful!

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    Genelec The Ones

    Three-way Active Point-source Monitors

    The culmination of years of R&D, these revolutionary new speakers offer performance way beyond what you’d expect from their size.

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    Klavis Twin Waves

    Dual Oscillator/LFO Eurorack Module

    The Klavis Twin Waves, also known as VCDO (Voltage Controlled Dual Oscillator) is a small, skiff-friendly module with a minimal interface.

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    Korg Gadget For Mac

    Synthesizer Studio Software

    Korg have created a synth production studio that works on all your devices. Could this be your new second DAW?

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    Lewitt LCT 640 TS

    Dual-output Capacitor Microphone

    By giving you independent access to its front and rear diaphragms, this intriguing mic lets you change polar patterns after recording!

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    Living Memory Software Layr

    Multi-timbral Synth App For iOS

    If you are a fan of iOS synths that allow you to get your programming hands dirty, then Layr is going to be of considerable interest.

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    Lunastone True Overdrive 1

    Distortion Pedal

    The design aim with the True Overdrive 1 was to emulate the way valve circuitry behaves, so that the sound cleans up very naturally as you back off the guitar volume control or play quieter.

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    Make Noise Morphagene

    Eurorack Module

    Morphagene is Make Noise’s attempt to take creative tape splicing and microsound exploration into the 21st century...

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    Output Analog Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Analog Strings is a Kontakt instrument based on a dual-layer playback engine fed from sound sources that include orchestral strings, vintage synths and other sound design elements.

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    Phaedrus Audio Shuphler

    Stereo-correction Matrix

    Most people, engineers included, have probably never heard true stereo imaging over speakers — now’s their chance...

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    Roland Boutique VP-03

    Vocoder

    Roland have recreated their classic vocoder at a fraction of the cost — and size.

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    Simple Way D1

    Active DI Box

    How does this rugged, Latvian-made DI box compare with the established competition?

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    Squarp Instruments Pyramid

    Hardware Sequencer

    Squarp’s Pyramid is a versatile 64-track sequencer with a penchant for polyrhythms.

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    TC Electronic Clarity M

    Desktop Audio Meter

    This hardware meter includes USB interfacing and a plug-in for convenient DAW integration.

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    Trident 80B-EQ & Deca-Dent 500

    500-series Module & Chassis

    Trident’s celebrated EQ is now available as a 500-series module, and what better to house it in than the company’s very own chassis?

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    VSL Vienna Historic Winds I & II

    Sample Library

    The Vienna Symphonic team go forward into the past.

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Techniques

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    Amp & Cabinet FX In Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you why Live’s Amp and Cabinet effects aren’t just for guitarists.

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    Ethernet Audio

    Everything You Need To Know About Audio-Over-IP

    Already dominant elsewhere, audio-over-IP is poised to take over the studio world. We explain how it works — and why there are so many protocols!

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    Inside Track: Gorillaz 'Charger'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Stephen Sedgwick

    Behind every virtual band, there are real producers and engineers. In the case of Gorillaz, they were Anthony Khan and Stephen Sedgwick.

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    Logic: Vintage Bass

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Craft a vintage bass guitar sound using Logic Pro X’s built-in amp modelling plug-ins.

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    Media Content - July 2017

    Audio Files To Accompany The SOS Articles

    A list of all SOS articles that hold associated media files for July 2017 audio examples.

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    Mix Rescue: Allotment

    Our Expert Transforms Your Track

    By stepping back and taking stock, our engineer manages to rescue his own mix of guitars, bass and hurdy-gurdy for an Alt/Folk band!

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    Pro Tools: Which Audio Interface?

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Which audio interface is right for you and your Pro Tools system?

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    Scoring Horizon Zero Dawn

    Joris de Man • Joe Henson • Lucas Van Tol

    Blockbuster video game Horizon Zero Dawn took six years to make, and required its three composers to invent an entirely new sound world.

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    Sonar's MIDI Track Pane

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar’s new MIDI Track Pane makes automation easy!

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    Studio One: Tracks And Channels

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    What’s the difference between a track and a channel? In Studio One, this is not a trick question...

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    Studio SOS: Lack Of Low End

    Paul Allen

    A reader’s home-studio monitoring suffers from a lack of low end and poor stereo imaging. Can the Studio SOS team track down the cause?

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 1

    Getting Started

    Our major new series explains how to harness the power of today’s virtual orchestral instruments.

    Techniques
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    Using Cubase On Stage

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s natural home may be the recording studio, but you can also use it for on-stage improvisation.

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    X0X-style Step Sequencing In Reason

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    A new Rack Extension, Grid64g, adds X0X-style step sequencing to Reason instruments.

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People

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    Make Noise Designer - Tony Rolando

    Modular Profile

    According to its founder, Tony Rolando, synth module-maker Make Noise was initially inspired by the desire to fill out the Doepfer product line...

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    SOHN: Sonic Signatures

    Video Feature

    Soulful electronic artist/producer SOHN shows us how he layers up, edits and processes his own vocals, and uses Auto-Tune in an unconventional way to create ear-catching textural and percussive elements.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Artificial Intelligence

    Alex Marten

    Stay one step ahead of the robots...

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    Paul White

    The Balance Of Power

    Leader

    Our Editor In Chief vents his wrath on those pesky wall-wart PSUs...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Louis Tomlinson & Steve Aoki, Stormzy, Sturgill Simpson, Sarah Jarosz and our Classic Mix is Toni Braxton ‘Un-break My Heart’ (1996).

    People

Music Business

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    All About Library Music: Part 3

    The Composer

    Successful library music writers are efficient, productive and reliable as well as musical — all skills you can develop too.

    Music Business
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    Midilive Studios, Paris

    Studio File

    This remarkable French studio lay dormant for over a decade before being reborn...

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    The competitors you need to worry about are the ones you haven’t heard of. Yet...

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    Off The Record

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Digital storage has been revolutionary — but the consequences of mishandling it can be severe.

    Music Business
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