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October 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2018

Techniques: David Guetta: DJ & Producer (Cover), Designing & Measuring Reference Headphones, Inside Track: ABBA, Com Truise On Tour, Fred Rister: Songwriter & Producer.

Reviews: Behringer Model D, Antares Auto‑Tune Pro, Arturia DrumBrute Impact, Sensel Morph, Apogee Symphony I/O MkII 2x6SE, PreSonus FaderPort.

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    Antares Auto-Tune Pro

    Pitch-correction Plug-in

    Auto-Tune keeps evolving, and the latest version incorporates both its best pitch-correction ever and a nod to its past.

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    Apogee Symphony I/O MkII 2x6SE

    Thunderbolt Audio Interface

    Apogee increase the range of their Symphony I/O MkII interface with a module aimed squarely at mastering.

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    Arturia DrumBrute Impact

    Drum Machine

    Meet the DrumBrute’s leaner, meaner little brother.

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    Audio Precision 376M03

    Measurement & Recording Microphone

    Highly regarded for their test equipment, US company Audio Precision are hoping their new mic will find favour among recordists too.

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    Behringer Model D

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The very existence of the Behinger Model D has divided opinion, but just how good is this “homage” to the Minimoog?

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    Big Fish Audio Vintage Vocals

    Kontakt Instrument

    The 2GB Vintage Vocals library offers three different female singers, a range of performance articulations and, of course, the same ‘retro’ sonic target.

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    Boss RV-500

    Reverb Processor

    Covering the everyday and the esoteric, could this pedal meet all your reverb needs?

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    Bram Bos Kosmonaut

    AU Spatial Delay Effect For iOS

    Kosmonaut is Bram's take on a delay effect. Like Troublemaker and Ripplemaker, the GUI is both a cool design, easy to use in the compact mobile format and packed with features.

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    Cranborne Audio Camden 500

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This debut product from a new British company is not just another mic preamp...

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    Dubreq Stylophone GEN X-1

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Stylophone is back — with knobs on!

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    Electro-Harmonix 95000

    Performance Loop Laboratory

    With mic preamps, multitrack recording and mixing built in, EHX’s 95000 is much more than your average looper.

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    Elysia Skulpter 500

    500-series Channel Strip

    Skulpter 500 is ostensibly a mic preamp, but there’s much more to it than that — in fact, you could argue that there’s enough on offer to call it a channel strip.

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    Flea SuperFET 47 & 48

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphones

    Can you emulate a classic valve microphone using solid-state circuitry? Slovakian mic makers Flea certainly think so!

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    Ibanez TS Mini & Nu Tube Screamer

    Stompbox Effects

    Reviewed here are two brand new variants of possibly the most famous overdrive pedal ever made...

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    IK Multimedia iRig Stomp I/O

    USB Pedalboard Controller & Audio Interface

    IK’s iRig Stomp I/O bridges the gap between hardware and software, both on stage and in the studio.

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    iZotope VocalSynth 2

    Vocal Processing Plug-in

    iZotope’s one-stop shop for processed vocal sounds has acquired a few new aisles!

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    Lumbeat iBassist

    Virtual Bass Player For iOS

    While virtual drummers are part of the music technology furniture, non-drum virtual instruments that provide automatic musical accompaniment are thinner on the ground under iOS. Enter iBassist...

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    Native Instruments Electric Sunburst

    Kontakt Instrument

    Electric Sunburst delivers highly polished Les Paul-style electric guitar performances via a Kontakt front-end...

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    Olympia Noise Co Patterning 2

    Drum Machine For iOS

    How do you improve upon what is already one of the best iOS drum machine apps? Well, Olympia Noise Co are giving it a go with the release of Patterning 2.

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    Performance Samples Con Moto Cellos

    Kontakt Instrument

    The Con Moto Cellos samples are taken from actual performances, the idea being to give a sense of naturalistic movement with dynamic and tonal consistency to played phrases.

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    Phoenix Audio N-8

    Active DI & Line Amp

    Crammed with discrete electronics and boasting huge headroom, this box has rather more to offer than the average DI...

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    Positive Grid Bias Mini Guitar & Bias Amp 2 Pro

    Amp-emulation System

    Ever wanted to tailor your own software amp in a plug-in, and pack the result into a box to take on stage with a real speaker?

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    PreSonus FaderPort

    DAW Controller

    The updated FaderPort aims to give you comprehensive DAW control with a single fader.

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    Push Turn Move

    Book: Interface Design In Electronic Music

    Push Turn Move offers a fascinating insight into how we interact with electronic instruments.

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    QSC TouchMix-30 Pro v1.3

    Digital Mixer

    One year and a major firmware update later, we take a second look at QSC’s flagship digital console.

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    Sensel Morph

    Control Surface

    If you like your control surfaces to be versatile as well as tactile, the Sensel Morph might be for you.

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    Sonarworks Reference 4 Studio Edition

    Speaker Calibration Software

    Sonarworks software has been widely lauded for its ability to correct the sound of headphones. Can it do the same for monitors?

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    Tascam ML-32D

    A-D/D-A Converter

    This device packs 32 channels of bidirectional analogue-to-Dante conversion in a 1U rackmounting box...

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    Toontrack Hard Rock EZX

    EZdrummer Expansion

    This new EZX pack was created from existing recordings made for Superior Drummer 3 Rock Foundry — and rock is most certainly what it delivers.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Com Truise On Tour

    Seth Haley | Wave Machine

    For his recent tour of the States, synthwave star Seth Haley, aka Com Truise, has had to adapt his complex studio setup to life on the road.

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    David Guetta

    David Guetta

    DJ & Producer

    David Guetta is the global superstar who brought EDM out of the underground and into the mainstream.

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    Fred Rister

    Songwriter & Producer

    Together with David Guetta, French producer and composer Fred Rister created the hits that made EDM a global phenomenon.

    People
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    The Commitments

    Leader

    Should we pay more attention to the benefits of creating a suitable sound and sticking with it rather than, for example, recording a dry guitar part and then spending hours trying out different amp models and effects?

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    Why I Love... Patchbays

    Chris Korff

    “Nothing, to my mind, represents the harmonious marriage between the creative and the technical quite like a patchbay.”

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Music Business

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    Altes Elektrizitätswerk, Munich

    Studio File

    Installed in an old water mill, the building is home to the 200-square-metre ‘stone studio’ Studio A, an open-plan space with no acoustic barrier between the control and live areas...

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    Off The Record: Branding

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Branding is perhaps more important now than it’s ever been — but the old rules of providing a valuable service still apply.

    Music Business
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