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May 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) May 2018

Reviews: PMC Result6 (Cover), Rupert Neve Designs 500-series, Universal Audio Arrow, Dangerous Music Convert-8, Arturia Clavinet V, Roland SH-01A, Neumann KH80 DSP, Subpac M2X, Intellijel Plonk Eurorack module, PreSonus StudioLive 24 Series III.

Technique: Inside Track: Black Panther: The Album, Bryony October, Classic Tracks: My Bloody Valentine, Session Notes: An Album In Five Days, Power Amps For Passive Monitors.

Reviews

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    4MS Tapographic Delay

    Eurorack Module

    Developed in conjunction with Matthias Puech, the 4MS Tapographic Delay is a hands-on 32-tap delay with a maximum delay time close to three minutes.

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    Arturia Clavinet V

    Software Instrument

    Arturia’s new V Collection includes a digital tribute to possibly the funkiest of all keyboards — the Clavinet.

    Reviews
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    Audio Damage Phosphor 2

    Synth App For iOS

    Phosphor 2 is Audio Damages' first of their desktop virtual instruments to be ported to iOS, bringing with it exactly the same features as the desktop version.

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    Boss/JHS Pedals Angry Driver JB-2

    Overdrive Pedal

    The JB-2 Overdrive is the first example of Boss collaborating with a boutique pedal builder — US company JHS Pedals.

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    Dangerous Music Convert-8

    Multi-channel D-A converter

    With eight channels of mastering-grade D-A conversion, this device packs a big sound into a 1U box.

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    dB Technologies ES1203

    Compact Line Array

    With its twin 12-inch woofers, this compact column system packs rather more punch than your average mini line‑array.

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    E-instruments Session Keys Upright

    Kontakt Instrument

    Weighing in at a substantial 40GB uncompressed, SKU therefore has plenty of headroom to focus on sound quality and detail...

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    Embertone Jubal Flute

    Virtual Instrument For iOS

    Partnering again with veteran iOS music-makers Blue Mangoo, Embertone's Jubal Flute is the second of their Kontakt instruments to be released in iOS guise.

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    Focal Clear Professional

    Open-back Headphones

    Focal’s new flagship studio cans aren’t cheap — but their performance is up there with the very best of them.

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    Gothic Instruments Sculptor Epic Risers & Epic Drops

    Kontakt Instruments

    Epic Risers and Epic Drops are designed for the full version of Kontakt (v.5.6 or later) and provide the sorts of ‘riser’ and ‘drop’ sounds that have become firm ear-candy favourites for cinematic composers, game sound designers, and music producers in various contemporary genres (EDM and hip hop).

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    Intellijel Plonk

    Eurorack Module

    Plonk uses AAS physical modelling to generate many voices of a typical drum machine, but it’s equally suited to creating strikes and hits with no real-world equivalent...

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    iZotope Neutron 2 & Ozone 8

    Mixing & Mastering Plug-ins

    The latest versions of iZotope’s Ozone and Neutron are not only more intelligent than their predecessors, they can also communicate with one another.

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    Mercuriall ReAxis

    Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in

    Mercuriall’s painstaking recreation of a classic Mesa guitar preamp offers more than just rock nostalgia.

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    Meris Polymoon

    Digital Modulating Delay Pedal

    The humble digital delay pedal has evolved into something we could once only dream of...

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    Mix Bus Strategies: The Definitive Guide For Producers

    Author: Eddie Bazil

    A real labour of love, this neatly-zipped 893MB download file expands to nearly 1GB of data, comprising the 185-page e-book itself, 130 audio files, and 17 associated MP4 video tutorials that in themselves provide a total of 3.5 hours of viewing.

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    Neumann KH80 DSP

    Active Monitors

    The newest member of Neumann’s celebrated KH family of monitors might be the smallest, but it’s also the most technologically advanced.

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    Olympus LS-P4

    Stereo Recorder

    Housed in a very compact metal body, weighing just 75g, the solid-state LS‑P4 is built around the familiar Olympus ‘Tresmic’ three‑microphone array, in which the central omni mic is there specifically to extend the low‑end response.

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    Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 3 & Berlin Orchestra Inspire

    Sample Libraries

    Fritz Lang’s Metropolis inspires a third epic sample collection, while Berlin Orchestra Inspire provides a full symphony orchestra in a single package.

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    PMC Result6

    Active Monitors

    PMC’s new entry-level monitors represent a distillation of nearly three decades of R&D.

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    PreSonus StudioLive 24 Series III

    Digital Mixing Console

    This major update to PreSonus’ popular multi-purpose mixers endows them with a host of new features — including, for the first time, motorised faders!

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    Pro Sound Effects The Odyssey Collection: Essentials

    WAV Sample Library

    I took my first sound design job years ago on a television show whose budget barely afforded me the petrol to the studio. It...

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    Rabid Elephant Natural Gate

    Eurorack Module

    Classic low-pass gates are probably best associated with the Buchla modulars. However, Rabid Elephant decided against the vactrols, aiming to produce something faster, more accurate, durable and natural-sounding.

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    Roland SH-01A

    Synthesizer

    Roland continue to mine their considerable legacy with another Boutique module, this time based on the simple but much-loved SH-101.

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    Rupert Neve Designs 500-series

    Analogue Preamps & Processors

    We cast our eyes and ears over Mr Neve’s elegant contributions to the 500-series format.

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    Soniccouture Haunted Spaces

    Sample Library

    Soniccouture’s latest instrument combines recordings made in extraordinary spaces with an ultra-modern interface.

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    Subpac M2X

    Tactile Subwoofer

    Low frequencies are the weak point of nearly every home and project studio — could this unique tactile subwoofer give you the edge?

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    Universal Audio Arrow

    Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

    The Arrow offers two-channel recording and Universal Audio’s celebrated plug-ins, all at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 connector.

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    Yonac Kauldron

    Virtual Analogue Synth App For iOS

    Kauldron is most certainly up there in terms of analogue sonics and with its combination of features and competitive pricing, should prove attractive to many.

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    Zynaptiq Wormhole

    Effects Plug-in

    Zynaptiq’s unique blend of pitch-shift, delay, reverb and other effects will take you into parallel musical universes!

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: My Bloody Valentine ‘Only Shallow’

    Producer: Kevin Shields

    It may be famous for its difficult birth, but Loveless was a technical triumph. My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields tells us the story behind their breathtakingly original album.

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    Cubase: Optimising Electric Bass

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    When it comes to mixing bass, sometimes more is more, and Cubase has all the tools you need...

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    Inside Track: Kendrick Lamar | Black Panther 'All The Stars'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Matt Schaeffer

    In the hands of Kendrick Lamar, blockbuster movie Black Panther spawned a new type of ‘soundtrack’ album. Engineer Matt Schaeffer was at the controls.

    Techniques
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    Logic's Smart Tempo: Part 1

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    With Smart Tempo in Logic Pro 10.4, you need no longer record to a click.

    Techniques
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    Media Content - May 2018

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

    Techniques
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    Pro Tools: A Clip For A Clip

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The need to substitute one clip for another arises frequently, and Pro Tools is ready to help out.

    Techniques
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    Reason's Radical Piano

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    We get to grips with Reason’s aptly named Radical Piano.

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    Scoring Family Guy

    Video Feature

    One of the defining features of the Family Guy TV show is its use of lush musical arrangements and a musical number. While the show’s writers pen the lyrics, it's down to Walter Murphy to turn these into musical pieces that work. In this video, Walter walks us through two musical cues, from turning a script into a song, to creating demos, right through to recording a live, 60-piece swing band on one of the most famous scoring stages in the world.

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    Session Notes: An Album In 5 Days

    The Practical Craft Of Recording

    Working with a producer and an ambitious timescale, our engineer planned ahead for the best chances of a good result.

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    Set Up Reaper's MIDI Editor For Drums

    Cockos Reaper Tips & Techniques

    Reaper’s MIDI Editor can be customised to make programming your drum parts easier. We explain how...

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    Sonar: The Human Touch

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Add a human element to your drum parts with Sonar’s various quantising options.

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    Studio One: Template Efficiency

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Learning how to use Studio One’s templates can make a massive difference to your efficiency.

    Techniques
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    Wavetable: Ableton's New Synth

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Take our crash course on Live 10’s new Wavetable synth.

    Techniques
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    What Sampling The Acoustic Guitar Taught Us

    Recording A Sample Library

    Recording a library of acoustic guitar samples highlighted the importance of repeatability, blind testing, small lasers and double‑sided sticky tape.

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Sound Advice

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    All You Need To Know About Studio Power Amps

    Choosing The Right One For Your Passive Speakers

    Whether it’s classic NS-10s, battered old Auratones or something more esoteric, passive speakers require a power amp — here’s how to choose the right one.

    Sound Advice

People

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    Bryony October

    Touring Engineer

    There are many jobs involved in large-scale touring — and established front-of-house mixer Bryony October has pretty much done them all.

    People
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Fake vs Natural

    Leader

    Recorded sound is an illusion, and as I think I’ve said before, stereo is doubly so. In real life what we hear is sound coming...

    People
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    Sounding Off: Losing Our 'Human' Sound?

    Joanna Eden

    Are we losing touch with what ‘human’ sounds like?

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills, as we dissect some hits from a recording and production perspective. This month: The Infamous Stringbusters, Logic, Chris Stapleton, NF, and Whitney Houston.

    People

Music Business

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    Daft Studios, Belgium

    Studio File

    Although it only opened for business in 2017, Daft Studios did not appear out of the blue. It is, in fact, the rightful heir to and successor of another legendary large studio, La Chapelle.

    Music Business
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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Does the concept of ownership mean anything in the software studio?

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record: Where can I go?

    Music & Recording Industry News

    For growth in the music production sector, look beyond your doorstep.

    Music Business
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