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December 2017 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2017

Reviews: Sontronics Mercury (Cover), Native Instruments Maschine 3 & Komplete Kontrol 2, Trident 78 Series, Audionamix Trax Pro 3 SP, Bettermaker Mastering Limiter, Mackie Axis Mixer, Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic, Warm Audio WA-87, Dynaudio Lyd 48. Dave Smith Prophet Rev 2, Vermona quadroPOL.

Techniques: Inside Track: Lil Uzi Vert 'How To Talk', Classic Tracks: Coldcut ‘Paid In Full’, The Sampled Orchestra: Part 6, Matt Katz & Richie Webb: Horrible Histories Song, Session Notes: Recording Voiceovers On The Road. 

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    API TranZformers

    Guitar & Bass Channel Strip Pedals

    API put the sound of their classic consoles right at your feet!

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    Apple iPhone 8

    Smartphone

    Powered by Apple’s latest A11, so-called ‘Bionic’ SoC (System on a Chip) that includes (for the first time) a custom Apple-designed GPU, this is the snappiest iPhone performance you will have ever experienced...

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    Audionamix ADX Trax Pro 3 SP

    Speech & Melody Separation Software [Mac OS]

    Mixing audio can be difficult, but unmixing is impossible — unless, that is, you have access to Audionamix’s innovative ADX technology.

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    Bettermaker Mastering Limiter

    Digitally Controlled Analogue Limiter

    With its DAW integration, colour touchscreen and harmonic generator, Bettermaker’s latest processor is much more than just a limiter.

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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev 2

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    The Rev 2’s attractive feature set and inviting price tag could make it the most popular Prophet yet.

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    DigiTech CabDryVR

    IR-based Amp/Cabinet Simulator

    We’re used to seeing convolution technology in plug-ins, but recent years have seen this increasingly appearing in hardware form. DigiTech’s take on this is a compact stompbox-format dual-channel cabinet emulator.

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    Dynaudio Lyd 48

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Dynaudio’s Lyd series of nearfield monitors has been a great success — and now the range has a new three-way flagship model.

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    Internet Co Sound It! 8 Pro

    Audio Editing Software

    If you’re looking for an alternative to the established stereo editing packages, Internet Co’s slick dual-platform offering might pique your interest...

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    Korg iMono/Poly

    Synthesizer iOS App

    Korg's latest soft synth is an iOS version of the Mono/Poly, which appears to be so similar to previous versions that it can swap patches with them...

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    Lawing Zexcoil

    Noiseless Strat Pickups

    Lawing Musical Products have been building their own take on noiseless replacement pickups for Stratocasters for some years...

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    Liivatera TZ-VCO

    Eurorack Module

    The TZ-VCO is 100 percent analogue, and unusual in several respects...

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    Lynx Aurora (n)

    Converter & Audio Interface

    Lynx have updated and improved their celebrated modular audio interface.

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    Mackie Axis

    Digital Mixing System

    The DC16 control surface for Mackie’s DL32R digital mixer gives you the best of both iPad and hardware control.

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    Native Instruments Maschine 3 & Komplete Kontrol 2

    Controller Instruments

    Are the Maschine 3 and Komplete Kontrol 2 enough to keep NI at the top of the integrated controller/software game?

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    RCF ART 712-A Mk4

    Active PA Speaker

    These powered PA speakers have a simplicity of operation that belies the powerful technology within.

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    Rode RodeLink Performer Kit

    Wireless Microphone System

    Rode’s new performance-oriented wireless set promises ease of use and robust performance.

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    Sample Logic Trailer Xpressions

    Kontakt Instrument

    Sample Logic’s latest release, while appealing to media composers, is perhaps more firmly situated on the sound design side of that line.

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    Soniccouture The Canterbury Suitcase

    Kontakt Instrument

    This exquisitely touch-sensitive virtual instrument comprises over 11,000 samples of what many consider to be the ultimate Rhodes electric piano: the Mark I Suitcase model.

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    Sonnox Oxford Dynamic EQ

    Dynamic Equaliser Plug-in

    As we’ve come to expect from Sonnox, their take on the dynamic equaliser boasts more than a touch of class.

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    Sontronics Mercury

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    Sontronics have had great success building mics for specific applications — but their new flagship is designed to take almost anything you can throw at it.

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    Sonuscore The Orchestra

    Sample Library

    Sonuscore’s new library takes an unusual and inventive approach to the sampled orchestra.

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    Soundiron Ambius Prime

    Kontakt Instrument

    Soundiron’s original Ambius release received a glowing review from Martin Walker here in November 2010, since when the concept...

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    Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic

    Miniature Drum Synth

    Teenage Engineering take the Pocket Operator game to the next level.

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    Trident Audio Developments 78 Series

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Derived from the larger flagship Trident 88 consoles, this new range offers many of the same features for a lot less money.

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    Universal Audio UAD 9.3

    Plug-in Suite For UAD Apollo & Satellite DSP Processors

    This update to Universal Audio’s plug-in catalogue includes several mouthwatering delights!

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    Vermona quadroPOL

    Eurorack Module

    The quadroPOL works as a VC mixer or quad VCA, with the ring modulation and the polarising qualities adding something extra...

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    Vertigo Sound VSE-2

    Dual-channel Gyrator EQ

    Vertigo’s classy new equaliser draws on some intriguing design ideas from the 1970s.

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    Vir2 Cinematic Thunder: Epic Orchestral Toms v1.5

    Kontakt Instrument

    As a source of very playable — and suitably thunderous — orchestral toms, Cinematic Thunder provides plenty of bang for a relatively modest buck.

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    Vox MV50 Series

    Guitar Amplifiers

    With an all-analogue preamp stage, combining solid-state components with Korg’s new ‘flat’ 6P1 Nutube triode valve, these diminutive 50W lunchbox amps are ideal in the studio.

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    Warm Audio WA-87

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Warm Audio’s new mic is claimed to offer the sound of an original Neumann U87 at a fraction of the price. Does it succeed?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Genre Defining

    Leader

    Not all that long ago it seemed that there was a place in the mainstream for instrumental music...

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    Hugh Robjohns 2017 in Paul White's studio.

    Sounding Off: Orchestra Tecnologica

    Hugh Robjohns

    Orchestral performance and the role of modern technology.

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    The Horrible Histories Songs

    Matt Katz & Richie Webb

    Karl Marx predicted that history would repeat itself as farce — but he never saw a role for expert pop parody!

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    This month tracks from Sam Smith • Taylor Swift • Imagine Dragons • Classic Mix: Spice Girls ‘Wannabe' (1996).

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Music Business

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    All About Library Music: Part 8

    Avoiding Disaster

    Like any way to make a living, library music has its pitfalls. We help you look out for some of the biggest!

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Is it really still OK for our livelihoods to depend on a small piece of plastic?

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    Off The Record

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    This year’s AES Show in New York saw a number of welcome changes...

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    Saal 3, Berlin

    Studio File

    In 2016, acclaimed pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm took over operation of the former chamber music hall at Funkhaus, and after extensive remodelling, the studio is now ready to embark on the next phase of its journey.

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