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April 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) April 2018

Reviews: Zoom LiveTrak L-12 (Cover), Korg Prologue, Nob Control nOb, IK Multimedia iRig Keys, Soyuz SU-023, Polivoks Pro, Soundcraft Notepad-8FX, Lindell Audio WL-3 R.

Techniques: Mixing Album Projects, Zaytoven: Producing Trap, Managing Projects With Databases, Inside Track: Justin Timberlake.

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    Alto Bluetooth Total

    XLR Bluetooth Receiver

    Quite a few audio companies build separate Bluetooth receivers, but this Alto offering is a little unusual...

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    Book Review: Room Acoustics

    6th Edition by Heinrich Kuttruff

    Heinrich Kuttruff, the author of Room Acoustics — which was first published in 1973 and is now in its sixth edition (2017) —...

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    Cinesamples Tonal Ticky Tackies

    Kontakt Instrument

    Steeped in LA’s musical and film culture, Cinesamples built their reputation on the acclaimed CineSymphony orchestral series....

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    DiGiCo S21

    Digital Mixing Console

    In the S21, DiGiCo have made their world-class digital mixing technology more accessible than ever before. We spent some time with it, both at DiGiCo HQ and at a real live event.

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    DPA d:vice

    Mobile Recording Kit

    DPA’s iOS-friendly interface and mic set is aimed squarely at broadcasters and interviewers who need the very best audio quality.

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    Embertone Joshua Bell Violin

    Kontakt Instrument

    This excellent library features a deeply sampled solo violin expressively played by the maestro himself.

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    Extinct Audio BM9

    Passive Ribbon Microphone

    Born out of a successful microphone repair business, Extinct Audio’s first product is inspired by the classic Danish ribbon mics of old.

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    IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O 49

    Controller Keyboard

    The iRig Keys I/O offers a one-cable keyboard controller solution for computer- and iPad-based musicians.

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    Intellijel/Cylonix Rainmaker

    Stereo Spectral Rhythm Delay Eurorack Module

    Rainmaker consists of a stereo 16-tap spectral delay paired with a 64-tap comb resonator, the latter sporting external triggering options that turn it into a (single-voice) Karplus-Strong synthesizer.

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    Korg Prologue

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Korg’s new “flagship analogue synthesizer” actually incorporates plenty of digital technology — and to great effect!

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    Lindell Audio WL-3 R

    500-series Channel Strip

    How did the 500-series’ first discrete, transformer-balanced full channel strip fare in our tests?

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    Miktek T89

    Dynamic Microphone

    Miktek’s T89 dynamic follows a familiar physical format, offering a super-cardioid response and with a frequency range that extends right up to 19kHz.

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    Mission Engineering 529

    USB Pedal Power Supply

    Mission Engineering’s 529 is designed to convert the 5V of direct current available from any USB power source into the 9V DC used by most of the world’s guitar effects pedals.

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    Modor Formant Filter

    Eurorack Module

    Formant Filter offers morphing between three different vowel sounds and via parallel band-pass filters, it delivers convincing vocal tones...

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    Nob Control nOb

    Software Controller

    Welcome to the world’s smallest serious DAW control surface!

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    OS Acoustics DB7

    Active Monitors

    New British company OS Acoustics impress us with their high-performance debut monitor.

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    Polivoks Pro

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The original Polivoks is rare, iconic, nasty and fabulous in equal measure. So how does a modern-day reincarnation compare with the classic?

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    RealiTone Screaming Trumpet

    Kontakt Instrument

    RealiTone offer several specialist sample-based virtual instruments and the latest release — Screaming Trumpet — is no...

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    Rycote Stereo Cyclone

    Microphone Wind Shield

    Rycote's innovative Cyclone wind shielding device has been joined by a range of Stereo Cyclones. We test the MS4 kit with a Mid‑Sides stereo array of Sennheiser MKH30/40 microphones.

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    Soundcraft Notepad-8FX

    Analogue Mixer & USB interface

    Boasting two mic preamps, USB interfacing and Lexicon effects, this keenly priced mixer holds lots of promises. Does it deliver?

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    Soundtheory Gullfoss

    Automated EQ Plug-in For Mac OS

    Soundtheory’s first plug-in doesn’t just give you a ‘make it sound better’ control — it has five of them!

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    Soyuz SU-023

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Soyuz’s classy new creation brings a Soviet-era capsule design in from the cold. But how does it sound?

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    Strezov Sampling Wotan, Freyja & Arva Choirs

    Sample Libraries

    The Bulgarian choir specialists go epic with a trilogy of choir libraries.

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    Transformizer Pro

    Sound-design Plug-in

    A unique new DSP tool allows disparate sounds to be mated — with intriguing results!

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    Yamaha EAD10

    Acoustic Electronic Drum Module

    Recording, triggering, sampling, effects: Yamaha’s versatile new drum module does it all.

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    Zoom LiveTrak L-12

    Multitrack Recorder, Mixer & USB Audio Interface

    Zoom reimagine the stand-alone multitracker for the DAW generation.

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Techniques

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    Chopping Up Loops In Sonar

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    We show you the many ways you can chop up and manipulate loops in Sonar.

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    Digital Performer: Pitch Craft

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    We explore DP’s tools for applying pitch-correction, harmony generation, pitch-quantising and pitch effects to vocal tracks.

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    How A Database Can Improve Your Productivity

    Touching Base

    Database software might not be as exciting as the latest virtual instrument or DAW — but it can be even more effective in helping you get work finished.

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    Inside Track: Justin Timberlake’s ‘Say Something’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Henri d’Armancourt & Guillaume de la Villéon

    Performed live and filmed in a single take, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Say Something’ is one of the most ambitious music videos ever made.

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    Logic Pro: Vocal Processing With Track Stacks

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    We serve up some fresh ideas for vocal processing using Track Stacks in Logic Pro X.

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    Media Content - April 2018

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

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    MeLo-X: Mobile Music Making

    Video Feature

    How does a platinum-selling producer make music on a mobile device? We sit down with MeLo‑X, who found commercial success co-writing tracks on Beyoncé’s Lemonade, as he talks about the real-world advantages of making music on a phone or tablet.

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    MIDI Capture & Multi-clip Editing In Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We explore Live 10’s new MIDI Capture and Multi-Clip editing features.

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    Mixing Albums

    How To Stay Efficient, Focused And Effective

    Mixing an album can be more challenging than working on songs individually — but it can also be the most satisfying achievement for an engineer.

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    Monitor Controls In Pro Tools Mixer

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Some of the most important features of a hardware console are found in its master section. Here’s how to add them to the Pro Tools mixer.

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    Reason: Boost Productivity With Templates

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Cut to the chase with Reason templates.

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    Session Notes: Recording A Tango Band

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Our engineer figures out the best way to capture a dozen songs in a single afternoon.

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    Symphonova

    Faking A Full Orchestral Performance

    Using a unique combination of virtual musicians and acoustics manipulation, Dr Shelley Katz aims to bring orchestral performances to even the most modest of venues.

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    Using Groove Agent SE4

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Can Cubase’s Groove Agent SE4 take care of all your virtual drummer needs?

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Future Forecast

    Leader

    It’s always interesting to speculate on what the future might hold for music technology, so maybe it’s time to wipe the dust off the old crystal ball...

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    Sounding Off: Is Hard Work Enough?

    Tom Flint

    If you are trying to make a living in the music industry at the moment, you might ask yourself "What are my chances?"

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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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    Zaytoven

    Producing Trap

    Central to Atlanta’s white-hot rap scene is producer Zaytoven, who brings a West Coast flavour to trap.

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Today’s TV composers have no choice but to operate a Zen studio. Where’s the fun in that?

    Music Business
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    Lil Miquela - @LilMiquela/Instagram

    Off The Record: AI

    Music & Recording Industry News

    AI is yet to find its place in music production — but it’s only a matter of time...

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    Tonscheune Oleak, Berlin

    Studio File

    For many decades, sound recording studios have conventionally had physically and acoustically separate live and control rooms...

    Music Business
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