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January 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) January 2018

Reviews: Korg Grandstage, Royer R‑10 Ribbon Mic, Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands, Hammond XK-5, Warm Audio WA-412, Cinematic Studio Solo Strings, Newfangled Audio Elevate, Soundelux USA U99,  IK Multimedia Syntronik.

Techniques: Jack Antonoff, Vocal Microphones For The Stage, Inside Track: Mixing Chris Young, Making Modern Metal Part 1, Computer Connectors guide, Protocols & Audio Interfaces. 

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    Apple Airpods

    Wireless Headphones

    AirPods are essentially wireless versions of Apple’s wired EarPods. But how well do they work with music apps on an iPhone or iPad, specifically in terms of latency?

    Reviews
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    Beyerdynamic TG V50d & TG V70d

    Dynamic Vocal Microphones

    These classy new stage mics sit at opposite ends of the tonal spectrum — so if one doesn’t suit you, the other probably will.

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    Celestion Speaker/Cab Impulse Responses

    Format: WAV files

    Celestion have made available impulse responses for a wide range of their classic speakers mounted in 1x12, 2x12 and 4x12 cabinets, and miked with appropriate single or double mic arrays.

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    Cinematic Studio Solo Strings

    Sample Library

    Cinematic Studio turn their sampling expertise towards a quartet of solo strings.

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    Cinematique Instruments Ensemblia 2 Percussive

    Kontakt Library

    Cinematique Instruments have released a small number of titles based upon the Ensemblia engine, and featuring different niche sound sets, and their latest is Ensemblia 2 Percussion.

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    Dizengoff Audio DA2

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Based on an obscure 1950s valve preamp, the DA2 offers a lot of character for a relatively low outlay.

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    Earthworks SV33

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Earthworks have long been renowned for their top-tier instrument mics, but their latest offering is aimed at capturing vocals.

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    Electro-Harmonix Superego+

    Guitar Synth & Multi-effects Pedal

    Pairing EHX’s impressive ‘freeze’ technology with a multi-effects processor opens up a world of creative possibilities.

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    Expert Sleepers General CV Eurorack Module

    Expert Sleepers General CV

    Eurorack Module

    Every now and again a module appears that slots into a niche you didn’t realise existed, but once it’s there you start to see all kinds of new possibilities...

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    Gig Gear Gig Gloves

    Protective Clothing

    Designed for stage hands, road crew and those of us who have to lug our own gear to gigs, Gig Gloves aim to provide hand protection combined with flexibility and the ability to grip well.

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    Hammond XK-5

    Organ

    Is Hammond’s XK-5 the best lightweight ‘clonewheel’ organ money can buy?

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    IK Multimedia ARC 2.5

    Room Acoustics Correction System

    A new microphone technology is helping IK Multimedia’s ARC provide ever-better correction for uneven room acoustics.

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    IK Multimedia Syntronik

    Software Synthesizer

    If a rare and expensive collection of analogue synthesizers continues to allude you, IK Multimedia have just the thing.

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    IsoAcoustics Iso-Puck

    Loudspeaker Decoupler

    All loudspeakers, whether active monitors or guitar/bass amps, tend to exhibit cabinet vibrations. We test this new stand-alone isolating ‘puck’, designed to minimise unwanted colorations from structure-borne vibrations.

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    KEF LS50 Wireless

    Active Monitors

    Although primarily a hi-fi brand, KEF have strong links to some classic monitor designs — and in this new compact speaker, it shows...

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    Kilohearts Phase Distortion Plug-in

    Formats: Mac OS & Windows VST, AAX & Reason Rack Extension; Mac AU

    Kilohearts not only develop plug-in processors but also what they call Snapin Host multi-effects plug-ins...

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    Korg Grandstage

    Stage Piano

    Korg’s new stage piano might just be the best you can buy...

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    LiquidSonics Seventh Heaven Professional

    Reverb Plug-in

    LiquidSonics have made a convolution reverb that sounds like an algorithmic reverb — and not just any algorithmic reverb...

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    Miktek MX4

    Four-Channel Mixer

    Miktek’s MX4 mini-mixer includes its own phantom power source, which is a big step up from typical budget mini-mixers...

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    Music Things Modular Turing Machine MkII Eurorack Module

    Music Thing Modular Turing Machine MkII

    Eurorack Module

    Bored with plain old Sample & Hold? We check out the updated Turing Machine MkII along with the new Pulses and Volts expanders.

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    Neve 1073 SPX

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    The world’s most famous console preamp and EQ continues to evolve to meet the needs of the modern studio.

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    Newfangled Audio Elevate

    Multiband Mastering Dynamics Plug-in

    A new processor from a new developer promises limiting and transient control precisely targeted to the needs of an individual mix.

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    Radial Key Largo

    Keyboard Mixer & USB Interface

    Radial’s innovative Key Largo is designed to sit at the heart of your live keyboard rig.

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    Royer R-10

    Ribbon Microphone

    The R-10 is Royer’s most affordable ribbon mic to date. Find out how it performed in our tests.

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    Soundelux USA U99

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Soundelux are back with another premium valve microphone — this time a modern interpretation of the venerable Neumann U67.

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    SoundToys Little Plate

    Reverb Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    SoundToys’ new reverb might be little, but it has a big sound...

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    Synthogy Ivory II Studio Grands

    Virtual Piano Instrument

    Synthogy continue to do what they do best, with another pair of stellar virtual pianos.

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    The New Electronic Guitarist

    By Marty Cutler | Book Review

    Aimed primarily at the guitarist who also wants to get to grips with MIDI and guitar synthesis, Marty Cutler's book manages to cover the subject in adequate depth without ever getting too complicated.

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    Umlaut Audio Motors

    Kontakt Instrument

    Motors is a collection of rhythmic pulse sounds with tools to blend two of these — plus a whole range of sound modulation and effects options — to create all sorts of rhythmic beds.

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    Universal Audio UAD 9.4

    Plug-in Suite

    The 9.4 software release sees Universal Audio add a modern classic to their plug-in range.

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    Warm Audio WA-412

    Four-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Find out how Warm Audio’s API-inspired preamp compares with the real thing.

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    Waves Torque

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU; Waves SoundGrid

    Torque lets you retune a drum that’s already been recorded, but without introducing the artifacts that simple pitch-shifting always seems to throw up.

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    Wolfgang Palm PPG Infinite

    Synthesizer App [iOS]

    Wolfgang Palm is undoubtedly a bit of a synth super-hero to many. He was the man behind wavetable synthesis back in the 1970s...

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: Grain Fever

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We delve into the mysteries of granular synthesis with Max For Live’s Granulator II instrument.

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    Choosing A Vocal Microphone For The Stage

    Top Front-Of-House Engineers Reveal Their Favourites

    Top FOH engineers tell us which stage vocal mics they recommend — and why!

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    Cubase: MixConsole Workflow Wins

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s MixConsole has all sorts of handy features to help you establish an efficient mix workflow.

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    Inside Track: Chris Young 'Losing Sleep'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Billy Decker

    Keeping up with the Nashville music world means working fast — and few mix engineers work as fast as Billy Decker!

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    Logic Smart Controls & Track Stacks

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    Create, recall and control complex effects chains and routings with Logic’s Smart Controls and Track Stacks.

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    Making Modern Metal: Part 1

    Pre-production

    In this three-part series, we follow the painstaking production of a metal album, all the way from rehearsals to release.

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    Media Content - January 2018

    Files To Accompany This Month's Articles

    A list of all articles that hold associated media files for January 2018 audio and video examples. You'll find links in...

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    Pro Tools: DAW To DAW

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explain the pitfalls to avoid when transferring projects from other DAWs for mixing in Pro Tools.

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    Reason's Grain Synthesizer

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    We get to grips with Grain, Reason 10’s versatile new granular synth.

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    Studio One: Bouncing Back

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We lift the lid on Studio One’s multifarious methods of exporting, bouncing and merging material.

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 7

    The Kitchen Strikes Back

    Symphonic percussion joins forces with ethnic drums in the modern Hybrid Orchestra.

    Techniques
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    Total Recall With Reaper

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper’s Track Templates facility allows you to store and recall far more than a list of insert plug-ins!

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    Using Groove Clips In Sonar

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Get the most out of Groove Clips in Sonar.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Creating A Virtual Studio Tour

    Video Feature

    To attract talent from around the world, Johann Scheerer has created an interactive online tour of his world-class Clouds Hill Studios facility in Hamburg. In this month’s SOS video feature, Johann and his team explain how they used virtual reality and immersive audio to bring the studio’s unique ambience to life.

    People
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    Jack Antonoff

    Songwriter & Producer

    Go-to producer for Taylor Swift, Lorde and St. Vincent, Jack Antonoff has the rare ability to translate wild experimentation into record sales.

    People
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Personal Property

    Leader

    If you make and record music using computers, as most of us do, you rely heavily on technology and have to come to terms with the fact that things can sometimes change more quickly than you might like.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Black Friday Sales

    Eddie Bazil

    Are Black Friday sales really such a good idea?

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some commercial releases to help you brush up on your listening skills. This time: Joey + Rory and our Classic Mix is Fats Domino's ‘Blueberry Hill’ (1956).

    People

Music Business

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    All About Library Music: Part 9

    Meet The Publishers

    Composers need publishers. But are they there to help us, or help themselves?

    Music Business
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    El Pie, Buenos Aires

    Studio File

    Located in the North West of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, El Pie was built in 1992 by famous singer, composer and musician Alejandro Lerner...

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    There are always loose ends in the murky world of music for the media. And sometimes those loose ends end up tied round your neck.

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record: Album Credits

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Are album credits finally coming to streaming services?

    Music Business
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