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August 2017 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) August 2017

Reviews: Novation Circuit Mono Station, Korg NanoKontrol Studio & NanoKey Studio, Mojave MA-1000, Arturia AudioFuse, Barefoot Footprint 01, Soundcraft Ui24R, iZotope RX6.

Features: Inside Track: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Mixing Brian Wilson Live, Ariel Rechtshaid.

Technique: The Sampled Orchestra: Part 2, Library Music: Part 4, Session Notes: Recording Classical Vocal & Piano Ensemble.

Reviews

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    Accusonus Regroover Pro

    Loop Splitting Plug-in

    Accusonus’ innovative sampling instrument goes way beyond conventional slicing and dicing, to extract individual drum hits from loops.

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    Amtec Model 099

    Fairchild-inspired Valve Limiter

    Bringing the 099 to market took 15 years of ingenuity and application — and the result offers far more than a typical Fairchild clone.

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    Arturia AudioFuse

    USB Audio Interface

    Arturia’s first foray into the world of audio interfaces squeezes a huge amount of connectivity into a compact desktop box.

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    Barefoot Footprint 01

    Active Monitors

    The Footprint 01 is Barefoot’s most affordable monitor yet. Does it give away much in terms of performance?

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    Electro-Harmonix Blurst

    Modulated-filter Stompbox

    In designing the Blurst, Electro-Harmonix have essentially built a synth-style resonant, fourth-order, low-pass filter and put it into a guitar/bass pedal.

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    Electro-Harmonix Canyon

    Delay & Looper Pedal

    Electro-Harmonix’s Canyon is a delay/looper, but it goes the extra mile, packing a wide repertoire of delay effects into its compact pedal format.

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    Electrodyne Audio Summing Station

    Analogue Summing Mixer

    The latest product to bear the Electrodyne name combines classic ‘70s console summing with modern connectivity for use with DAWs.

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    Focal Shape 65

    Active Monitors

    Focal’s latest speaker design isn’t just pretty — it’s the culmination of years of R&D...

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar Live Strings Module

    Kontakt Instrument

    This is most certainly not just another orchestral string library. Indeed, what’s perhaps most impressive with Dronar is just how far the playback engine can take its original sample source and in how many directions.

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    iZotope RX6

    Restoration Software [Mac OS X/Windows]

    Whether you’re a professional working in post-production or a humble home studio user, there’s a version of iZotope’s RX restoration software to suit you.

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    Klavis Logica Gater

    Eurorack Module

    Another seriously compact offering from Belgium, Logica Gater, is a combined logic and gate module.

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    Korg NanoKontrol Studio & NanoKey Studio

    MIDI Controllers

    Are Korg’s Bluetooth Nanos the ultimate mobile MIDI controllers?

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    Liivatera Mono-MIDI

    Eurorack Module

    There are plenty of reasons to feed MIDI data into your Eurorack; Mono-MIDI offers traditional CV and Gate outs plus arpeggiator...

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    Magix Sound Forge Pro Mac 3

    Audio Editing Software [Mac OS]

    Its first makeover under new ownership sees Magix’s Mac editing package team up with some powerful partners.

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    MeterPlugs Dynameter

    Dynamic Range Metering Plug-in

    What matters in today’s music business is not how loud your mixes are, but how dynamic. This clever new plug-in helps you get them into the zone.

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    Mojave MA-1000

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Mojave’s latest mic combines the vintage tone of Telefunken’s classic ELA-M 251 with modern, low-noise performance.

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    Novation Circuit Mono Station

    Sequenced Paraphonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Could a mash-up of Novation’s Circuit and Bass Station II with a pinch of modular connectivity be the perfect recipe for the modern monosynth?

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    Phaedrus Audio Phusion

    Stereo Channel Strip

    Boasting an array of unusual and impressive features, this British high-quality channel strip really stands out from the crowd.

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    Polyend Perc Pro

    MIDI-controlled Drum Beater

    Can Polyend’s MIDI-powered mechanical drummer replace the real thing?

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    ProjectSAM Swing! More

    Kontakt Instrument

    Subtitled ‘the other film orchestra’, the focus is once again on the jazzy film and TV scores of the ’60s, epitomised by the likes of Mancini, Schifrin, Barry and Goldsmith.

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    PSP E27

    Equaliser Plug-in

    Does this Polish plug-in capture the character of an American classic?

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    Qu-Bit Chance

    Eurorack Module

    Allegedly inspired by John Cage’s interpretation of the Chinese divination text, I Ching, random voltages are generated by Chance for each digitally-generated coin toss...

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    Reactable Systems ROTOR

    Modular Synth For iOS

    ROTOR is the latest release by Barcelona-based Reactable Systems, and brings another slice of their attention-grabbing virtual modular synth to a wider audience.

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    Recording Orchestra And Other Classical Music Ensembles

    Book Review

    In this book, Grammy Award-winning engineer Richard King reveals the nuts and bolts of his own recording, editing, and mixing methods for a wide range of classical ensembles.

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    Soma Laboratory Lyra-8

    Organismic Synthesizer

    Soma Laboratory’s Lyra-8 may force you to reconsider everything you think you know about synthesizers.

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    Sonic Dune 1Q73

    Mic Preamp & EQ

    Serbian company Sonic Dune have augmented the classic Neve 1073 design to offer the user both practical and tonal options.

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    Soundcraft Ui24R

    Digital Mixer, Recorder & Interface

    This classy all-in-one stagebox-cum-mixer combines some of Harman’s most highly regarded technology — to great success!

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    Sugar Bytes Unique

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    When it comes to virtual effects and instruments, Sugar Bytes don’t really do ‘normal’. Even Unique, on the surface a pretty conventional-looking software synth, manages to pack in a twist or two...

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    Ueberschall Twelve String Electric

    Elastik Instrument

    The latest release in the series is Twelve String Electric, which conjures the sound of late-’60s pop like almost no other instrument.

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    UJAM Virtual Guitarist: Sparkle & Amber

    Virtual Guitar Software

    UJAM expand their virtual guitar repertoire with two new instruments.

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    Vir2 Vital Series Mallets

    Kontakt Instrument

    Subtitled ‘essential tuned percussion’, this Kontakt-hosted collection of instruments offers Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Glass Marimba, Song Bells, Vibraphone and Crotales.

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Techniques

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    Bass Guitar Recording In Logic Pro X

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Re-sculpt your bass guitar recordings with DI simulation, insert effects and part doubling in Logic Pro X.

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    Drum Recording In A Small Room

    Video Feature

    Drum recording can be challenging, even if you’re working in a professional tracking studio. Record drums at home or in a...

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    Inside Track: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Giles Martin & Sam Okell

    The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s album was mixed twice on its original release. So why mix it again, 50 years on?

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    Live: Taking Control

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at how to tame unruly instruments in Ableton Live.

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    Media Content - August 2017

    Audio Files To Accompany The Articles

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

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    Mixing Brian Wilson Live

    Clint Boire

    How do you go about translating one of the most iconic studio albums of all time to the stage? We speak to FOH engineer/production manager Clint Boire about the 50th-anniversary tour of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds.

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    Pro Tools: Clip Tips

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We serve up a tempting menu of little-known Pro Tools tips, including some new features in 12.6.

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    Session Notes: Classical Vocal & Piano Ensemble

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Recording a mezzo-soprano with piano accompaniment presents a unique set of challenges for our in-house engineer.

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    Sonar MIDI Transform Tool

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Stretch, shrink and manipulate MIDI data with Sonar’s new Transform tool.

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    Studio One 3.5 Features

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The new Studio One v3.5 upgrade is short on gimmicks and long on real improvements. Here’s what’s new.

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    Studio SOS: Sound Leakage

    Ollie Gray

    As well as tackling monitoring issues, this month’s Studio SOS visit sees the team making extensive modifications to a leaky vocal booth.

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 2

    Basic String Writing

    Adding strings to an arrangement is a great way to inject motion into your music.

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    Triggering Live Loops With Cubase's Groove Agent SE

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Live loop triggering may not be Cubase’s raison d’être, but it can be done...

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    VST Support In Reason

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason has finally embraced VST support. We tell you what you need to know...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Ariel Rechtshaid

    Producer & Songwriter

    Star producer Ariel Rechtshaid inhabits many different musical worlds at once. No wonder he’s busy...

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    Paul White

    OK Computer

    Leader

    We are very used to computers running fixed programs such as DAWs and plug-ins to accomplish specific recording and processing...

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    Stephen Bennett tweaking a synth.

    Sounding Off: Shadow Work

    Stephen Bennett

    It is time that we developed a new series of universally recognised credits that better reflect the skill and effort required to create a modern album.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month: Julia Michaels • Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber • DJ Khaled • Future • Classic Mix: The Monkees ‘I’m A Believer' (1967).

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Music Business

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    All About Library Music: Part 4

    The Client

    How can you ensure that your library music hits the spot? What better way to find out than to ask the people who buy it!

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    When people are paying peanuts, they’ll treat you like a monkey.

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    Off The Record

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” — Corinthians 13:13

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    Valentine Recording Studio, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    Mothballed for over three decades and reopened two years ago, Valentine is a time capsule of awe-inspiring completeness, providing us with a clear window into a great era of record-making.

    Music Business
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