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June 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) June 2018

Reviews: Moog DFAM (Cover), Roland TRS-8, Kerr Acoustic K300, API 529, Apple iMac Pro, Golden Age Project R1ST, ADAM Audio S3V, Vermona Random Rhythm, EastWest Hollywood Choirs, RME ADI-2.

Techniques: Inside Track: George Ezra, Young Fathers, Strategies For Great-sounding DI Recordings, Mix Rescue, Why Forensic Audio Isn’t Audio Engineering.

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    Abstract Data Event Boss ADE-33

    Eurorack Module

    There aren’t many modules that will deliver endless rhythmic variations, randomised ambient pings and subtle timing shifts alongside more familiar roles such as clock division and logic. The Event Boss will...

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    ADAM Audio S3V

    Three-way Active Monitors

    ADAM’s new S Series is packed with DSP, and incorporates all-new driver designs. We try out the mighty midfield three-way S3V.

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    API 529

    500-series Compressor

    We check out API’s 500-series version of the 2500 bus compressor.

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    Apple HomePod

    Wireless Speaker

    With sophisticated technology at a relatively low price, have Apple created the ultimate consumer listening experience?

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    Apple iMac Pro

    Computer

    Despite the iMac moniker, the iMac Pro is a very impressive machine. Is it the computer that Mac-based musicians and audio engineers have been waiting for?

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    Apple iPad (6th Generation)

    Tablet Computer

    We find out how this new, lower-priced iPad fairs, in terms of real-world performance, against Apple’s top-of-the-line model.

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    ART Pro Audio Tube Mix

    Analogue Mixer & USB Audio Interface

    A mixer, a USB 2 interface, and valve coloration all for less than the price of many preamps — is it too good to be true?

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    Audio Damage Axon 2

    AI Drum App For iOS

    This synth app is aimed at drum synthesis and, if the App Store blurb is to be believed, also features a dollop of artificial intelligence.

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    DACS Clarity HeadLite 3

    Headphone Amplifier

    This four-channel headphone amp sets itself apart from the crowd with a number of thoughtful and useful features.

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    EastWest Hollywood Choirs

    Sample Library

    EastWest’s new Hollywood Choirs library combines cinematic gloss with sophisticated word-building tools.

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    Eplex7 DSP Quantakor

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, Mac AU

    Quantakor is a super-simple instrument plug-in that plays back sample-based audio from a preset library, which can then be modified in quite basic ways using envelope shapers, LFO, filter and reverb.

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    Golden Age Project R1ST

    Stereo Ribbon Microphone

    Stereo ribbon mics can be enormously useful in the studio, and Golden Age’s new R1ST is a fine example at an accessible price.

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    Goodhertz Plug-ins

    From compressors inspired by a vintage Japanese sampler to tape effects without tape-machine graphics, the Goodhertz plug-in range offers something a bit different.

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    HH Tessen TSM-12A

    Active Stage Monitor

    If you’re looking for a compact, affordable stage monitor that can do double duty as a main speaker, HH might just have the answer.

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    iZotope Spire Studio

    Portable Digital Multitrack Recorder

    iZotope’s Spire Studio breathes new life into a format that will be familiar to many home studio owners.

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    JHS Pedals Pulp ‘N’ Peel 500

    500-series Channel Strip

    Although derived from their stompbox of the same name, JHS Pedals’ debut 500-series module isn’t just for guitarists!

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    Kerr Acoustic K300

    Passive Monitors

    This debut speaker from new UK company Kerr Acoustic combines a number of unusual design elements — to impressive effect!

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    Klangfreund LUFS Meter

    Loudness Metering & Matching Plug-in

    Loudness meters are invaluable at the mastering stage — but this one can also generate automated rough mixes in seconds.

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    LD Systems Maui 28 G2

    Active Column PA System

    We put the flagship of LD’s successful Maui mini line-array range to the test.

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    Miktek TDK5

    Drum Microphone Set

    This handy kit provides a useful one-stop solution for miking up drums on stage without breaking the bank.

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    Moog DFAM

    Percussion Synthesizer

    Moog’s Drummer From Another Mother cocks an inventive snook at conventional percussion synthesis.

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    Notiko Tube Phantom

    Valve/FET DI Box

    There are plenty of options when it comes to valve DI boxes, but this offering from Notiko takes a slightly different approach...

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    Oeksound Soothe

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    Oeksound have developed an algorithm that can automatically identify problem areas in a source and, rather than imposing fixed EQ, Soothe applies attenuation dynamically as and when it’s needed.

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    Reverb Foundry HD Cart

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    There are numerous emulations of the classic Lexicon 480 hardware reverb, but not all of them model the optional Surround Cart that greatly extended its capabilities. HD Cart from Reverb Foundry is intended to fill that gap.

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    Rhythmic Robot Audio Sahara

    Kontakt Instrument

    Sahara not only captures the underlying sound and the unexpected warmth of the Enqoniq Mirage, but also its sometimes imperfect soul...

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    RME ADI-2 DAC

    D-A Converter

    Though aimed squarely at the serious hi-fi market, this class-leading converter has plenty to offer in the studio.

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    Roland TR-8S

    Drum Machine

    Roland’s latest Aira instrument is set to become a classic in its own right.

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    Samson G-Track Pro

    Multi-pattern USB Microphone

    The G-Track Pro is a full-size, multi-pattern studio mic, with its own headphone amp and heavy desk stand built in...

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    Sonnox VoxDoubler

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    VoxDoubler is part of a new, much simpler, series of effects and tools that delivers the kind of sonic quality you’d expect from Sonnox, using only a small number of controls.

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    Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb

    Two-channel Reverb Pedal

    With two separate studio-quality reverb engines, this pedal isn’t only for guitar...

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    Toontrack UK Pop EZX

    EZdrummer/Superior Drummer Expansion

    Available as an EZX expansion pack for Toontrack’s EZdrummer 2 and with an imminent release in Superior 3 format, UK Pop aims to wrap up six decades of UK pop drum sounds using four kits plus extra parts and cymbals, all recorded at RAK Studios in London.

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    Vermona Random Rhythm

    Eurorack Module

    Laid out in Vermona’s usual spacious style, Random Rhythm is a dual-channel trigger sequencer optimised for hands-on, four-on-the-floor beat creation.

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    Vir2 Vital Series: Sticks

    Kontakt Instrument

    Vir2’s compact and easy-to-use Vital Series of libraries continues with Sticks, whose sounds are derived from various sticks hitting various objects.

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