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July 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2018

Reviews: Sound Devices MixPre‑10M (Cover), Waves Scheps Omni Channel, Elektron MkII Octatrack, Analog Four & Analog Rytm, Magix Acid Pro 8, Retro Instruments Revolver, Analogue Solutions Fusebox, Moog Model D, Mackie MP Series.

Techniques: Classic Tracks: Eurythmics, Inside Track: Sky Adams, Optimising Your Recorded Vocals: Part 1, Tim Jessup: Restoring & Mixing Chicago At The Isle Of Wight.

Reviews

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    Acustica Audio Pink2 & Ruby

    EQ & Dynamics Plug-ins

    Acustica’s non-linear convolution technology is constantly evolving, and two new plug-in suites provide a dazzling showcase for their latest Core12 engine.

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    Analogue Solutions Fusebox

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Analogue Solutions’ new semi-modular synth is as flexible as it is fun.

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    Big Bear Audio MP1 & MP1+

    500-series ‘Colour’ Mic Preamps

    Not only do these preamps boast superb performance, they can also host one of the growing range of DIYRE Colour modules.

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    Boss MS-3

    Guitar Processor & Effects Switcher

    Boss’ latest guitar-friendly floor unit combines the convenience of a multi-effects box with the ability to use your own pedals.

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    Elektron MkII Analog Four, Analog Rytm & Octatrack

    Analogue Synthesizer, Drum Machine & Performance Sampler

    Elektron have treated three of their flagship instruments to a major redesign. We see what’s new...

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    Erica Synths Graphic VCO

    Eurorack Module

    Erica’s new Graphic VCO is a digital wavetable oscillator on which you can draw and save your own waveforms and wavetables....

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    Fred Anton Corvest Maxima Maximiser

    App For iOS

    For audio mastering, Fred Anton Corvest’s new Maxima app might be ideal for users simply looking to get the final audio levels right with a bit of compression or limiting...

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    Line 6 HX Effects

    Multi-effects Processor

    If you’ve found integrating multi-effects units into your existing amp and pedalboard setup problematic, this unit could make life easier...

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    Mackie MP Series

    In-ear Monitors

    Mackie enter the in-ear-monitor market with three models offering top-notch performance, comfort and durability at Mackie value-for-money pricing.

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    Magix Acid Pro 8

    Music Production Software For Windows

    After almost a decade in the wilderness, the original loop-based sequencer is back. But is Acid still the best?

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    Microtech Gefell M320

    Omnidirectional Microphone

    Twelve years since the original M300 was launched, illustrious mic makers Gefell have released an omni version — and it doesn’t disappoint!

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    Modwheel Waveskimmer

    Kontakt Instrument

    Waveskimmer (developed in collaboration with Kike Godfrey of ShapedNoise) is a ‘pulse machine' sample-based virtual instrument.

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    Moog Model D

    Synthesizer App For iOS

    The Model D app is based upon the 2016 Minimoog Model D — the one with the dedicated LFO and additional modulation routings — rather than the original Minimoog...

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    Neunaber Inspire Tri-chorus Plus

    Chorus Stompbox

    The Inspire is a compact pedal capable of producing an impressive range of tri-chorus sounds...

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    Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Micro Sequence

    Eurorack Module

    The Lifeforms Micro Sequence is a compact eight-step sequencer with more functionality than its minimalist design suggests...

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    Retro Instruments Revolver

    Dual-channel Valve Compressor

    Retro set their sights on modernising a classic design from the golden age of recording — did they hit their target?

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    Signum Audio Bute

    Loudness Analyser Plug-in

    Signum Audio’s comprehensive loudness measurement tools are flexible enough to cater for all current and future standards.

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    Sound Devices MixPre-10M

    Portable Multitrack Recorder & USB Audio Interface

    Compact, portable, capable of overdubbing, and packed with preamps — could this be the multitracker we’ve all been waiting for?

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    Soundiron Microrgan

    Kontakt Instrument

    Microrgan is a fairly straightforward instrument, based on an obscure 49-key reed organ that was made some time in the 1950s...

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    Spitfire Audio BT Phobos

    Polyconvolution Synthesizer Plug-in [Mac/Win]

    A collaboration with a renowned composer and electronic music pioneer launches Spitfire Audio into outer space.

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    Strezov Sampling Rhodope 2 Ethnic Bulgarian Choir & Balkan Ethnic Orchestra

    Kontakt Instrument

    There exists in Bulgaria a rich choral tradition which sounds quite different from the Western classical vocal style....

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    Triton True Phantom

    Low-distortion Phantom Power Supply

    The ‘True Phantom’ unit appears to be a typical two-channel phantom power supply box but inside it involves a far more sophisticated and elegant engineering approach than the standard IEC-specified phantom supply arrangement.

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    Waves Scheps Omni Channel

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    Waves’ latest signature plug-in distils the accumulated wisdom of a master engineer into a powerful channel strip.

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    WS Audio Trueno

    Analogue Synthesizer

    If good things really do come in small packages, this USB stick-based analogue synth ought to be a winner.

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Techniques

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    Cakewalk by Bandlab

    Sonar/Cakewalk By Bandlab Tips & Techniques

    Sonar is dead, long live Cakewalk by Bandlab! We run through some of its top features.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’

    Released: 1983 • Producer: Dave Stewart

    Begun as an experiment, ‘Sweet Dreams’ launched Eurythmics to international stardom and is still filling dancefloors to this day.

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    Creative Crossfades In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We see how crossfades can be used creatively and cosmetically in Live.

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    Cubase Vocals: Stacking Different Compressors

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Compressing dynamic vocal parts can be tricky with one compressor — so why not try using two?

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    How To Make Your Vocals Twice As Good! Part 1

    Practical Tips, Techniques & Sound Advice

    Once you’ve recorded, edited and comped your vocals, a little careful prep work could pay real dividends when it comes to the mix.

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    Inside Track: Kylie Minogue 'Dancing'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Sky Adams

    Successfully integrating dance and country music on Kylie Minogue’s latest album posed a new challenge to producer, songwriter and mix engineer Sky Adams.

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    Logic Pro X: Time-stretching To The Project Tempo

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Logic’s new Smart Tempo features can be useful when using third-party loops in your productions.

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    Media Content - July 2018

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

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    Mix Rescue: Trafficker

    Our Expert Transforms Your Tracks

    Despite paying a studio to record and mix their album, Tommy Allen’s band weren’t keen on the result. Could our engineer do any better?

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    Pro Tools: Playlist Perils

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Playlists in Pro Tools are usually invaluable, but once in a while, they can trip you up.

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    Reason 10.1 101

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    The latest version of Reason introduces new Player devices and a big update for flagship synth Europa.

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    Restoring & Mixing Chicago At The Isle Of Wight

    Tim Jessup

    A combination of modern technology and skilled engineering has allowed Chicago’s landmark festival performance to be released, almost 50 years after it was taped.

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    Studio One: 'Heroes' Effects With FX Chains

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Inspired by Tony Visconti’s famous gated room mic technique on 'Heroes', we look at how Studio One’s FX Chains can be used to set up complex dynamic effects.

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    Studio SOS: Getting A Better Recorded Drum Sound

    Cirencester Sixth-Form College

    This month’s Studio SOS challenge was to help a college music department get a better recorded drum sound.

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    Tracking A Record In A Day with Vance Powell

    Grammy winning engineer explains how he breezes through instrumental recordings

    When Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell has to track an entire record in a day, you can rest assured he has some tricks up his sleeve…

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Sound Advice

People

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    Sounding Off: Drum Machines

    Laura Barnes

    Drum machines are not a drummer’s enemy...

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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:  Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton , French Montana, Daniil Trifonov, plus a classic mix from Bruce Springsteen.

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Travel Insurance

    Leader

    For some people sitting on a sandy beach doing nothing and getting cooked by the sun is their idea of holiday heaven, but that doesn’t work for our Editor In Chief...

    People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Don’t get too carried away at the idea of seeing your name in lights. For one thing, it might not be your name, exactly...

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Getting proper credit for your work is about to get a whole lot easier — but there’s still a way to go.

    Music Business
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    The Sanctuary, New Providence, Bahamas

    Studio File

    The Caribbean is a favourite holiday destination for many, thanks to its sandy beaches, clear waters and subtropical weather...

    Music Business
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