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October 2017 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2017

Reviews: Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 (Cover), Roland SE-02, Audio-Technica AT5047, AudioEase Indoor, Roland System 8, ROLI Blocks.

Technique: Session Notes, The Sampled Orchestra Part 4, Library Music Part 6, Inside Track: Lana Del Rey, Classic Tracks: DJ Shadow ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’, National: Recording Sleep Well Beast, Mixing New Order live.

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    ART SPLITMix4

    Four-channel Passive Splitter/Mixer

    This neat little unit can serve either as a four-into-one passive stereo line mixer, or as a one-into-four stereo line splitter, just by using the appropriate input and output connectors. However, it goes rather further than that...

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    Audio-Technica AT5047

    Capacitor Microphone

    Mic manufacturers can sometimes seem to be stuck in the past — but not so Audio-Technica, whose innovative capsule technology yields impressive results!

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    AudioEase Indoor

    Convolution Reverb For Post-production

    With yachts, SUVs and auto garages on the menu, Indoor is not your ordinary reverb.

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    Bram Bos Ripplemaker

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    With Apple’s AU plug-in format for iOS finally beginning to gain some serious ground, I reviewed the excellent...

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    Crane Song Solaris

    Stereo D-A Converter

    Dave Hill’s uncompromising converter design focuses on making clock jitter as low as possible, with impressive results.

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    Eventide UltraTap Delay

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU

    UltraTap delay was an algorithm in Eventide's H9 processor, but it has now become available as a plug-in in its own right.

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    Free The Tone Flight Time FT-2Y

    Digital Delay Pedal

    This retro-looking stompbox keeps things simple and unfussy, while boasting unique and clever features.

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    Genelec 8340A & 8350A SAM

    Active Monitors

    Genelec have never shied away from technological innovation, as these classy, DSP-equipped monitors demonstrate!

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar Dark Synthesis Module

    Kontakt Instruments

    Having designed their interesting Kontakt-based Dronar front-end, Gothic Instruments are now moving pretty quickly to provide users with a range of sample content (‘modules’) to exploit it...

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    HUM Audio RS-2

    Active Stereo Ribbon Microphone

    Polish company HUM Audio have set out to make the finest ribbon mic known to humanity. Have they succeeded?

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    LD Systems Maui 11 2G

    Compact Line Array

    If you want a big sound from a small PA, LD’s latest column system might be just the ticket.

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    Leapwing Audio CenterOne

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU

    Leapwing Audio are new Belgian plug-in developers. CenterOne is a ‘spatial’ plug-in that doesn’t use M-S techniques at all, relying instead on sophisticated panning and spatial manipulation algorithms.

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    Miktek DI1 & DI2

    Active DI Boxes

    DI boxes are a mainstay of both studio and live sound, acting as ‘go betweens’ when matching various signal...

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    Native Instruments Thrill

    Kontakt Instrument

    NI describe Thrill as a “cinematic tension performance instrument”...

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    Nugen Audio MasterCheck Pro

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU

    The Pro extension to MasterCheck takes this plug-in to a whole new level, allowing the user to hear (as well as see) how a track will work on different media platforms.

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    Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 2 & Berlin Percussion

    Sample Libraries

    Orchestral Tools add orchestral percussion to their Berlin symphonic project and unleash a second cinematic epic.

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    QSC K12.2

    Active PA Speakers

    Have QSC struck the perfect balance between sound, portability and price?

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    Roland SE-02

    Synthesizer

    The latest in the Boutique range is the result of an unexpected collaboration between Roland and Studio Electronics.

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    Roland System 8

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    The System 8 may offer ‘plug-out’ recreations of Roland classics, but it’s also a versatile synthesizer with a character all of its own.

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    ROLI Blocks

    Control System

    ROLI have taken their forward-thinking multitouch technology and applied it to an imaginative modular control system.

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    RT60 iDrumTune Pro

    Drum Tuning App For iOS

    Almost four years ago I reviewed a drum-tuning app for iOS from RTSixty Ltd. Essentially a ‘guitar tuner’ for...

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    Sonic Farm Tantra

    Valve Bass Preamp/Amplifier

    Sonic Farm’s latest creation is a processor and amplifier designed to cater for every possible bass guitar recording scenario.

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    Sonimus TuCo

    Compressor Plug-in

    The latest vintage-styled plug-in from Sonimus is a neat compressor with a vari-mu flavour.

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    Soundiron Elysium Harp

    Kontakt Instrument

    San Francisco-based Soundiron’s impressively esoteric product list includes a substantial collection of choir and solo...

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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Crème

    VCA Compressor & Passive Equaliser

    This combination of Pultec-inspired stereo mastering EQ and VCA bus compressor could earn its keep in a wide range of situations.

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    Toontrack Superior Drummer 3

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    It’s been a long time coming, but the new version of Superior Drummer raises the bar for virtual drum instruments.

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: DJ Shadow ‘Midnight In A Perfect World’

    Produced, Engineered, Mixed By DJ Shadow

    DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing wasn’t just a staggering technical achievement. It also reimagined a whole musical genre.

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    Cubase: Create Arpeggios With Chord Pads

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    With only the most basic of keyboard skills, you can use Cubase to play convincing piano parts in real time.

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    Inside Track: Lana Del Rey 'Lust For Life'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kieron Menzies & Dean Reid

    With a stellar line-up of producers, engineers and co-writers behind her, Lana Del Rey appears to be unstoppable...

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    Integrating Maschine With Reason

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to integrate NI's Maschine with Reason.

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    Media Content - October 2017

    Audio files to accompany the article

    A list of all articles that hold associated media files for October 2017 audio and video examples. You'll find links in the righthand sidebar of each article.

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    Mixing New Order Live

    Danny Davies & Paul Rattcliff

    One of the highlights of the 2017 Manchester International Festival was a series of intimate live performances by New Order, who reinvented their stage show by introducing an entirely new set list and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra!

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    Neal Cappellino: Vocal Pre-Production

    Neal Cappellino: Vocal Pre-Production

    Video Feature

    We drop in on Neal ahead of a vocal recording session with singer Heather Bond to find out about his preparation process...

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    Opening Old Pro Tools Sessions

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    In theory, old Pro Tools sessions should open in version 12. In practice, you may need to know a few tricks!

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    Perc Up: Logic Pro 10.3.2

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Logic Pro 10.3.2 improves the DAW’s Drummer feature by adding new Percussionists to the mix.

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    Power Arranging In Reaper

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper’s Region Playlists make it easy to sketch out new song structures or rework existing tracks.

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    Session Notes: Spooky Men’s Chorale

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    We find out whether a unique choir and a unique church will prove a match made in heaven.

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    Sonar TH3: Customise Your Guitar Tone

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Customise your guitar tone with Sonar’s TH3 Cakewalk Edition amp simulator.

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    Tempo Mapping With Melodyne In Studio One

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Thanks to ARA, Studio One users have direct access to Melodyne’s amazing tempo-manipulation tools.

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 4

    Basic Woodwind Writing

    This often-overlooked orchestral family holds the key to a wide range of exciting tonal colours.

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    Using Ableton Link

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you how Live and Reason can play together thanks to Ableton Link.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Sounding Off: Wire

    Ethan Winer

    Stop worrying about wire!

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills as we review some hit tracks from a producer’s perspective. This month: Niall Horan • London Grammar • Anderson Paak • Classic Mix: Linkin Park ‘In The End’ (2000).

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    The National

    Aaron Dessner & Jonathan Low: Recording Sleep Well Beast

    A move to the country led the National to rethink their recording process and embrace studio experimentation as never before.

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    What Price Value?

    Leader

    Recording our own music has never been more affordable, but there are still some pricing decisions that make little sense to...

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Music Business

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    17 Hertz Studios, Los Angeles

    Studio File

    Originally named One On One Recording, the studio became very famous from the 1970s to the 1990s, with Studio A in particular gaining a reputation for delivering one of the best drum sounds around LA...

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    All About Library Music: Part 6

    Hollywood Trailers

    A trailer can make or break a blockbuster movie, and the choice of music can make or break a trailer. Chances are that music will be library music...

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Increasingly, clients don’t just want your music. They want the opportunity to ruin your music, and waste hours of your life into the bargain.

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    Off The Record

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    New York’s Avatar Studios — au revoir, but not goodbye.

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