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February 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) February 2018

Reviews: Arturia MiniBrute 2 & 2S (Cover), Ableton Live 10, Sony C100, Roland D05, Line 6 Helix Native, Korg Kross 2, JBL 7 Series, Arturia Keylab Essential, Electro-Voice Evolve 50, Sonarworks Reference 4 & Standalone.

Techniques: Inside Track: Cardi B 'Bodak Yellow', Making Modern Metal, Joe Chiccarelli & Maxime Le Guil: Recording Morrisey, Digital Performer's Comp Tools, Field Recording, Transferring Sonar Projects To A New DAW.

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    4MS Stereo Triggered Sampler

    Eurorack Module

    We check out this high-fidelity two-channel stereo audio recorder and playback module that can record high-quality (stereo) WAV files whilst simultaneously playing two different (stereo) files.

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    Ableton Live 10

    Music Production Software

    With Live 10, Ableton’s aim is to make the music‑making process as smooth as possible. Have they succeeded?

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    ART Pro Audio MX622

    Rackmount Mixer

    ART’s MX622 is a 1U rackmount mixer equipped with three balanced XLR microphone/line-level inputs, plus three stereo line inputs on RCA phono sockets.

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    Arturia KeyLab Essential

    Controller Instrument

    The KeyLab Essential condenses Arturia’s core controller capabilities into one cut-down package.

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    Arturia MiniBrute 2 & 2S

    Analogue Synthesizers

    The hugely successful MiniBrute has evolved into what Arturia describe as a synthesis ‘ecosystem’, but the MiniBrute 2 and 2S aren’t just updates — they’re completely new instruments.

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    Audio Damage QuatroMod

    Modulation Effect For iOS

    Like its desktop namesake, with which it shares the full feature set, the QuatroMod app offers four ‘modes’ of modulation processing: Flanger, Chorus, Diffusor and Freqshift...

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    BAE Hot Fuzz

    Boost & Fuzz Stompbox

    BAE’s first guitar pedal was borne of a fruitless search for two classic 1960s stompboxes.

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    Big Fish Audio Vintage Horns Bundle

    Kontakt Instrument

    Both volumes in the bundle provide a selection of multi-sampled, multi-articulation, virtual brass instruments that are playable in exactly the same way as a conventional orchestral sample library is but are much more suited to soul, funk and pop.

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    Bram Bos Rozeta Sequencer Suite

    Sequencer Tools For iOS

    This suite of six MIDI sequencer tools run as AU-only plug-ins within a suitable AU-host. Rozeta also makes use of one of the new features Apple has snuck rather quietly into the iOS 11 update: the ability for AU plug-ins to send MIDI Out data.

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    Dizengoff Audio D4

    Microphone Preamplifier

    The D4 is a single-channel mic preamp based on a design created by EMI’s in-house Recording Engineering Development Department, as part of the development of the REDD.51 tube console.

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    DPW Design MÖG WF-1 Wavefolder

    Eurorack Module

    The MÖG Wavefolder doesn’t just modify waveform shape, it squishes, shifts, boosts and distorts — and is equally happy doing the same to control signals.

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    Electro-Harmonix Hot Wax

    Two-stage Overdrive Pedal

    Hot Wax is a dual overdrive pedal that draws upon and combines two existing EHX pedal designs, the Crayon and the Hot Tubes.

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    Electro-Voice Evolve 50

    Active Column PA

    Portable column-style sound systems have been around for many years, but US veterans Electro-Voice may have just perfected the art.

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar: Cinematic Atmospheres Module

    Kontakt Instrument

    This module follows the structure and feature sets of the other Dronar modules. Each Cinematic Atmospheres preset is therefore based upon blending up to four underlying sound elements...

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    HH Tessen TNE-1201

    Active PA Speaker

    HH’s affordable Tessen range has been upgraded, and now represents even better value for money.

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    JBL 7 Series

    Active Monitors

    If you’re looking for a monitor that goes loud and low, and has excellent high-frequency performance, JBL’s new range might just fit the bill.

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    Josephson C725

    Large-diaphragm Valve Capacitor Microphone

    This high-end valve mic sounds every bit as classy as it looks, and a unique voicing switch adds to its versatility.

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    Korg Kross 2

    Workstation Keyboard

    The Kross 2 enjoys the twin benefits of Korg’s workstation pedigree and an attractive price tag.

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    Leviathan Instruments Submarine

    Two-string Pickup for Guitar

    This neat gadget opens up a host of possibilities for electric and acoustic guitar.

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    Line 6 Helix Native

    Guitar Rig Modelling Software

    Helix systems are converting many guitarists to amp modelling, and the newest of them brings Line 6’s latest algorithms to your DAW.

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    Performance Samples Caspian

    Thematic Orchestral Brass Kontakt Instrument

    Caspian: Thematic Orchestral Brass comprises three .NKI patches: Six French Horns, Three Bass Trombones and Three Trumpets, performed by the Czechoslovakia-based Capellen Orchestra.

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    Roland D-05

    Linear Synthesizer

    Thirty years after the launch of the groundbreaking D-50, Roland’s Boutique version offers the same iconic sound.

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    Sample Logic Expeditions

    Kontakt Instrument

    Expeditions uses the powerful (and very deep) Kontakt-based front-end that provides loop playback, manipulation, a range of creative effects with sequencing options, and is designed to inspire hi-tech music tracks/cues.

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    Sonarworks Reference 4 & Standalone

    Headphone & Speaker Calibration Software

    Sonarworks’ headphone and monitor correction software has spread its wings outside the DAW, and now encompasses more headphone models than ever.

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    Sony C100

    Dual-element Capacitor Microphone

    Twenty-five years after the release of the iconic C800G, Sony are back with a brand-new studio microphone — with a unique ultrasonic twist...

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    Stager SR-1A & SR-2N

    Ribbon Microphones

    Hand made in Nashville, these mics use old-school materials and manufacturing techniques to deliver that classic ribbon sound.

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    Towner Vibrato Mounting Kits

    Screwless Bigsby Tailpiece Installation Kits

    The Towner system fits many guitars that have a separate bridge and stop tailpiece. It mainly works with Bigsby B3 and Bigsby B6 vibrato units, enabling them to be secured using a single two-inch strap-button screw.

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Techniques

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    Adventures In Field Recording

    Outside World

    Grammy-winning producer Ian Brennan discusses his approach to working with unique artists in outdoor locations around the world.

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    Granular Synthesis In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We examine three different ways to harness the power of granular synthesis in Live.

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    Inside Track: Cardi B 'Bodak Yellow'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Evan LaRay

    When a track contains nothing but beats and vocals, the vocal mix has to be perfect. Mix engineer Evan LaRay explains his role in taking Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’ to number one.

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    Logic Pro X: Automation Tips

    Apple Logic Tips & Techniques

    We take a closer look at the automation features in Logic Pro X.

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    Making Modern Metal: Part 2

    Recording

    We continue our trek through the production of Damnation’s Hammer’s latest album: did all that pre-production effort pay dividends in the studio?

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    Mastering Tips For Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools isn’t just for recording and mixing. It’s also pretty handy for mastering work.

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    Media Content - February 2018

    Files To Accompany This Month's Articles

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

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    Reason's Synchronous Rack Extension

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Propellerhead’s uber-modulator Synchronous is now included for free with Reason 10.

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    Studio One: Duck Tales

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Get your Studio One ducking techniques in a row as we explore different ways to improve vocal intelligibility.

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    Studio SOS: Motorhome Studio

    Paul Thompson

    This month, Studio SOS takes on a unique challenge: modifying a motorhome for use as a mobile recording studio!

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 8

    Harp, Keyboards & Choir

    A glorious suite of extras bolsters the core orchestral sound.

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    Transferring Sonar Projects To A New DAW

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to transfer your projects from Sonar to a new DAW.

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    Using Cubase's MixConsole Rack

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Manage effects and processors more efficiently in Cubase’s MixConsole.

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    Using Digital Performer's Comp Tools

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    We explain how to use Digital Performer’s comping tools to assemble a killer vocal take.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Sounding Off: Messing With Meter

    David Ricard

    Messing with meter makes for more memorable music.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We discuss another handful of hit records, to help you brush up on your listening skills.

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    The Morrissey Effect

    Joe Chiccarelli & Maxime Le Guil: Recording Low In High School

    When you’re recording a Morrissey album, you need to be ready for anything...

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    The Thrill Of The New

    Leader

    Around this time of year I often get asked what I expect to see at the Winter NAMM show...

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