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March 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) March 2018

Reviews: Clavia Nord Stage 3 (Cover), Roland TR-08, HEDD Type 20, Audionamix Xtrax Stems, Lewitt LCT 540 Subzero, Focusrite Clarett USB, Eventide MangledVerb.

Technique: Making Modern Metal: Part 3, The Sampled Orchestra: Part 9. Creating A Music Programme For Ice Dancing, Live Sound On The High Seas, Inside Track: Greg Wells.

Reviews

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    Analogue Solutions Mr Hyde & Doctor Strangelove

    Modulating Filter & Echo Ring Mod

    Analogue Solutions introduce their new SynthBlocks range with two highly individual devices.

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    Audified RZ062 Equaliser

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU

    RZ062 is a faithful recreation of a valve EQ that was made by Siemens in the 1950s — or rather, of two different valve EQs, because Audified have modelled both ‘A’ and ‘B’ versions of this processor as separate plug-ins.

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    Audionamix Xtrax Stems

    Unmixing Software [Mac OS]

    Audionamix’s easy-to-use Mac utility promises to separate any music track into drums, music and vocals.

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    Cableguys TimeShaper

    Multiband Time Modulation Plug-in

    Cableguys’ neat plug-in lets you alter the fabric of time itself — or just make cheesy tape-stop effects. The choice is yours...

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    Chocolate Audio Uproar RAW 8-String Baritone Guitar

    Kontakt Instrument

    According to urban legend, an Irish theatre manager once bet his mates that he could add a new word to the English language...

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    Clavia Nord Stage 3

    Performance Keyboard

    Clavia have considerable experience and expertise when it comes to designing stage keyboards. Is this the best one yet?

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    Dangerous Music Convert-AD+

    Stereo A-D Converter

    Fifteen years after releasing their first D-A converter, Dangerous have brought out their first A-D. Was it worth the wait?

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    Eventide MangledVerb

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX; Mac AU

    MangledVerb first appeared as an algorithm in the rackmount Eventide Eclipse effects units. It then migrated to the H9 guitar pedal, and is now available as a self-contained plug-in supporting all the usual formats.

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    Focusrite Clarett USB

    USB Audio Interfaces

    Focusrite’s new Clarett range drops Thunderbolt for USB and sheds a few pounds into the bargain.

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    G-Sonique Psychedelic FX 6000 V1

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, Mac AU

    Software instruments range from the massive and deep, such as Spectrasonics Omnisphere, to the very basic. Psychedelic FX 6000 V1 definitely inhabits the simpler end of the spectrum — and that’s all part of its appeal.

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    Gamechanger Audio Plus Pedal

    Infinite Sustain Pedal

    While the Plus Pedal is similar in concept to Electro-Harmonix’s (EHX) Freeze and SuperEgo, there are significant differences...

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar Vintage Synth Module

    Kontakt Instrument

    Gothic Instruments continue to expand the collection of libraries (‘modules’ in GI-speak) based around their Kontakt-based Dronar...

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    HEDD Type 20

    Three-way Active Monitors

    By combining traditional speaker engineering with a little help from software, HEDD have come up with a rather special set of monitors.

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    Keith McMillen Instruments BopPad

    Smart Fabric Drum Pad

    KMI bring their trademark tactile genius to the world of percussion pads.

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    LaChapell Audio 500TDI

    500-series Tube DI

    LaChapell Audio’s experience with tubes has enabled the company to develop its proprietary TrueTube technology...

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    Lewitt LCT 540 Subzero

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Lewitt’s latest mic is so quiet that its noise floor is below the level of human hearing! But what about the sound you can hear?

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    Line 6 Echo Farm 3.0

    Formats: Mac & PC AAX Native

    If there is such a thing as a classic plug-in, Line 6’s Echo Farm surely falls into that category...

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    Louder Than Liftoff Silver Bullet

    Stereo Mic Preamp, EQ & Distortion Processor

    Intended as a means of adding ‘analogue mojo’, this device has been designed to integrate seamlessly into a DAW-based workflow.

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    Mackie MR Series

    Active Monitors

    With Mackie’s experience in making monitors, it’s no surprise that their affordable new range punches above its weight.

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    Modartt Pianoteq 6

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Modartt’s modelled piano just keeps getting better...

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    MusicLab RealGuitar 5

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    MusicLab’s latest update makes RealGuitar more real than ever.

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    Philips VoiceTracer DVT7500

    Portable Digital Recorder

    The VoiceTracer series spans everything from dictaphones to this —a serious PCM recorder with XLR input module and phantom power.

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    Pianomount Mirizio Microphone Mount

    Mic-mount System For Grand Piano

    For anyone regularly needing to mic a grand piano, the Mirizio Microphone Mount is a very elegant and cost-effective solution.

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    PreSonus AIR12 & AIR15S

    Active PA Speakers

    With their easy portability and clear, transparent sound, PreSonus’ latest range of PA speakers couldn’t have been better named.

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    Roland TR-08 Rhythm Composer

    Drum Machine

    The 808 needs no introduction, but can its diminutive descendent deliver the same punch?

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    Samson QH4

    Headphone Amplifier

    The QH4 is a simple, four-output headphone amplifier and each output has its own volume control...

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    sE Electronics sE8

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    sE Electronics’ affordable new pencil mics prove themselves more than capable on a wide range of sources.

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    Zero-G Eastern Percussion Module

    Sample Library

    Zero-G’s new library makes it easy to add a touch of Middle Eastern flavour to your productions.

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    Zero-G Heavy Industry

    Multi-format Sample Library

    With a title like Heavy Industry, it will perhaps come as no surprise if Zero-G’s latest offering is intended to take the user into the sonic realms of the urban, industrialised world.

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Techniques

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    Creating Avebury Soundscapes

    Steve Marshall

    His quest to capture the spirit of Avebury led former Radiophonic Workshop composer Steve Marshall to develop some unique experimental recording techniques.

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    Creating A Music Programme For Ice Dancing

    Rob Colling

    With arbitrary tempo restrictions to contend with and Olympic glory riding on every cut, adapting music for ice dance represents a unique editing challenge.

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    Cubase’s Track Versions

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you like to explore different versions of a song (or just have difficulty making your mind up!) Cubase’s Track Versions have a lot to offer.

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    Dual Mono & Track Stacks In Logic Pro

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Make mono guitars monstrously wide with Logic Pro X’s Dual Mono features and Track Stacks.

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    Inside Track: The Greatest Showman ‘Rewrite The Stars’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Greg Wells

    Greg Wells has worked with everyone who’s anyone in the world of music — but nothing could prepare him for mixing a film soundtrack!

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    Making Modern Metal: Part 3

    Mixing & Mastering

    Drawing our mini-series to a close, we take you on a detailed tour of the mix and mastering stages of the Damnation’s Hammer album Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres.

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    Media Content - March 2018

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

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    Mixing Live Sound On The High Seas

    Inside The Cruise-Ship Industry

    The cruise-ship industry is booming, and with it a number of career opportunities — for those who can meet the unique challenges of mixing live sound at sea.

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    More Pro Tools Mastering Tips

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We continue our exploration of the mastering possibilities in Pro Tools.

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    Reason Rack Extensions Subscription Plans

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    We investigate Propellerheads’ new subscription service for Reason Rack Extensions.

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    Sonar: Back To The Features

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    We show you some of Sonar’s lesser-known functionality beginning with the DSP menu...

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    Soup Studio: Recording On A Ship

    Video Feature

    Meet the crew behind London's Soup Studio

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    Studio One: Buffers & Low-latency

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    With Studio One’s advanced features, latency need not be a problem.

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    Studio SOS: Small Room Problems

    Jo Bates

    Small rooms are often the trickiest to get right, as our visit to a TV and film composer’s new home studio proved!

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    The Sampled Orchestra: Part 9

    Tutti & Effects

    In this final part of the series, we show how well-chosen instrument combinations and effects will bring your orchestral arrangements to life.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Out With The Old

    Leader

    As regular readers of Sound On Sound might know, one of my Christmas rituals involves dismantling my studio, pruning away anything I haven’t used in a while and then putting it all back together again...

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    Sounding Off: Is Bigger Better?

    Dennis Wilkins

    Is bigger always better... or just bigger?

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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. This month: Cardi B • Rak-Su • Eminem ft Ed Sheeran • Classic Mix: The Animals ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ (1964).

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    They say that absolute power corrupts absolutely. But it does give you a certain amount of artistic freedom.

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record: Gender Equality

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Gender equality in music production still has a way to go.

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    Question de Son, Paris

    Studio File

    The recording industry has always been a tough business, especially for studios located in larger cities. Too many famous...

    Music Business
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