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November 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) November 2018

Reviews: Universal Audio Apollo X (Cover), Sequential Prophet X, Unity Audio Mini Rock, Wes Audio Hyperion, Kludge Audio 506 & 510, Gothic Instruments Dronar Master Edition, Golden Age Premier GA-47, Erica Synths Drum Sequencer, Analogue Solutions Treadstone, Harrison AVA Mastering EQ, iZotope Nectar Elements.

Technique: Michalis MsM Michael, The Lemon Twigs: Recording Go To School, Sound Design For Ambient Music, Art Of Moog, Inside Track: Clean Bandit ‘Solo’.

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    Analogue Solutions Treadstone

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The Treadstone packs a lot of analogue synth into a very small box.

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    Bechstein Digital Grand

    Virtual Piano Instrument

    Bechstein have exhaustively sampled one of their own instruments to bring us this lavishly produced virtual piano.

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    Boss DC-2W Dimension C

    Modulation Pedal

    The DC‑2W is based on the same principles as the original flagship Roland SDD‑320 Dimension D processor, and it can emulate both the discontinued DC‑2 pedal and the SDD‑320.

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    Boss GT-1000

    Guitar Effects Processor

    Could Boss’s latest do-it-all modelling processor form the heart of your live or recording rig?

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    Boss VE-500 Vocal Performer

    Vocal Effects Processor

    This neat box of tricks offers a wide range of vocal effects, as well as the ability to track the pitch of a guitar or MIDI input.

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    Channel Robot Folio Bass

    Kontakt Instrument

    Outside the big-hitter sample library/virtual instrument developers, there are a whole host of smaller, indie-style developers doing their best to compete, either by offering something unique or accessibly priced. Folio Bass is one such product...

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    Erica Synths Drum Sequencer

    Eurorack Module

    The Erica Synths Drum Sequencer is a drum brain optimised for live performance with plenty of capacity for all your favourite patterns...

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    Golden Age Premier GA-47

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    For the first product in their new Premier range, Golden Age are tackling perhaps the most famous studio mic of them all.

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    Gothic Instruments Dronar Master Edition

    Virtual Instrument

    Gothic Instruments have assembled their Dronar modules into a one-stop-shop for soundscape creation.

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    Harrison AVA Mastering EQ

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    Originally best known for their large-format mixing consoles, Harrison have been diversifying in recent years, launching a range of inexpensive cross-platform plug-ins under the AVA sub-brand. We explore their equaliser designed specifically for mastering applications.

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    HK Audio Elements Gala

    Line-array PA System

    HK’s latest compact line array combines ease of setup with power, portability and clarity.

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    iZotope Nectar Elements

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, AAX & RTAS, Mac AU & DPM

    The new Nectar Elements plug-in uses artificial intelligence to help you craft a polished vocal sound. Operation is simplicity itself, but what goes on behind the scenes is actually very sophisticated...

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    Kludge Audio 506 & 510

    Analogue EQ & Saturation Processor

    Kludge Audio’s new transformer‑ and inductor‑based modules could be just what’s needed to inject a bit of vintage vibe.

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    Korg KR-55 Pro

    Rhythm Machine

    Equipped with audio recording and playback plus a four-channel mixer, the KR‑55 Pro is more than just a rhythm machine.

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    Leapwing CenterOne v2

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    CenterOne v2 adds a new Center Width control which varies what is counted as belonging to the ‘centre’ component by the algorithm...

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    LMDSP Superchord

    Formats: Mac & PC VST & AAX, Mac AU

    Superchord from LMDSP is a plug-in that takes the concept of piano-string sympathetic resonance as a starting point for an incredibly versatile range of riotously creative effects.

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    Lunastone Smooth Drive 1

    Boost Pedal

    Lunastone use cascaded gain stages rather than clipping diodes to achieve their amp-like distortion. And Smooth Drive 1 claims to deliver vintage tones that are just on the edge of break-up, rather than full-on distortion.

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    Lunastone Three Stage Rocket [MIDI Version]

    Overdrive Pedal

    Guitar pedals range from the very basic ‘turn a knob’ variety to those with deep MIDI implementations and layers of hidden parameters. Lunastone’s Three Stage Rocket [MIDI Version] overdrive aims to strike a balance between those extremes...

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    Mixed In Key Captain Plug-ins

    Music Composition Tools

    A new suite of plug-ins aims to take the compositional donkey work out of pop and EDM songwriting.

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    Mooer Slow Engine

    Envelope Pedal

    While many multi‑effects units offer a slow‑attack module, finding a discrete pedal to do the job is not so easy. Enter the Slow Engine...

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    O-G-SUS Elastic FX

    Multi-effects App For iOS

    O-G-SUS (Oliver Greschke) is already well known amongst iOS musicians for the excellent Elastic Drums app, but his latest offering is an effects app: Elastic FX.

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    sE Electronics sE2300

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    This update on a popular sE design offers improved specs at a familiar price.

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    Sequential Prophet X

    Synthesizer

    The Sequential Prophet X combines analogue and sample-based synthesis in one enormously ambitious and flexible instrument.

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    Soundiron Hyperion Strings Micro

    Kontakt Instrument

    Large and complex orchestral libraries have their place, but most of the time all that many of us need is a simple-to-use product that won’t fill our hard drives with samples that may never see action...

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    Steady State Fate Entity Percussion Synthesizer

    Eurorack Module

    The Entity PS's 100-percent analogue circuitry is capable of producing a huge range of percussive effects including, but not limited to: snares, claps, toms, rim shots, hats, synth percussions, zaps and blips, bass and lead sounds and even new flavours of kick-drum sounds.

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    Tracktion Waverazor

    Virtual Instrument

    Waverazor offers an aggressive take on waveshaping synthesis and some seriously deep editing.

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    Unity Audio Mini Rock

    Active Monitors

    The baby of Unity’s rock-themed monitors might be small, but its low-frequency performance is seriously impressive.

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    Universal Audio Apollo X

    Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces & DSP Platforms

    Universal Audio’s new Apollo X range sees the company pull out all the stops to best the competition — have they succeeded?

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    Wes Audio Hyperion

    Digitally Controlled Analogue Equaliser

    With full control and recall via a plug-in or the front panel, this hardware EQ promises full integration in a modern DAW-based setup.

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    Zero-G Ethera EVI

    Kontakt Instrument

    Featuring the vocals of Clara Sorace in three different sets of vocal presets, Zero-G’s Electro Virtual Instrument library also includes a sizeable collection of instrument sounds: synths, guitars, leads, pads, drums, drum loops and various sound effects‑style groupings.

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Techniques

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    Art Of Moog

    Arranging Bach For A Synth Ensemble Performance

    To mark its 50th anniversary, two bands have taken to the stage to pay homage to Wendy Carlos’s classic crossover album Switched-On Bach.

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    Cubase: MIDI Mod Cons

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you’re not blessed with flawless piano keyboard skills, don’t worry, Cubase can help.

    Techniques
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    Echo In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We delve into Live’s sophisticated new audio delay effect, Echo.

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    Inside Track: Clean Bandit 'Solo'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Ralph

    In a world where almost everyone is mixing ‘in the box’, Mark Ralph and Clean Bandit have gone the other way.

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    Media Content - November 2018

    Hear For Yourself

    A list of all articles that hold associated media files for November 2018 audio examples.

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    Miking Up A Piano Concert With DPA

    Grand Designs

    The brief for supplying a sound system for a youth piano concert was to make the rig look and sound as transparent as possible...

    Techniques
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    Reason: The Automation Situation

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Most of the music tech software and gear we use has some concept of recording and reproducing parameter changes. We take a tour of Reason’s extensive automation facilities.

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    Recent Updates In Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid’s new ‘little and often’ update strategy is delivering some really useful improvements. We look over the most recent.

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    Studio One: Ripple Edit 3

    Ripple Edit In Studio One 4

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Last month I wrote about techniques for handling narration in Studio One, but I did not mention a tool that...

    Techniques
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    Sound Design For Ambient Music

    Creative Pitch

    You don’t have to play synths or ‘real’ instruments to make music: embrace the experimental, and you could use almost anything...

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Sound Advice

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    Q. How best can I isolate my drum kit?

    I want to record my drums at home but am having particular issues with noise annoying a downstairs neighbour!

    Sound Advice
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    Q. Is battery power a bad idea for mics?

    My Rode NT3 mic was producing a nasty medium‑frequency buzz, and I eventually discovered that it was caused by a cheap battery. Taking the battery out and switching on my audio interface’s phantom power solved the problem...

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    Q. Which subwoofer would you choose?

    I have a pair of Focal SM9 monitor speakers and am wanting to add a subwoofer. I’m torn between the Focal Sub‑6 and ADAM Sub‑10 Mk2 for playback/DJ’ing vinyl records in my small, treated home studio...

    Sound Advice

People

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    Michalis MsM Michael

    Engineer & Mixer

    MsM’s bedroom studio in North London helped put grime on the map. Since then, both engineer and music have gone on to bigger things...

    People
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Now You See It...

    Leader

    Can you honestly say that you use all — or even most — of the features that appear in your DAW’s drop-down menus?

    People
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    The Lemon Twigs

    Michael & Brian D’Addario: Recording Go To School

    The Lemon Twigs not only draw their musical inspiration from classic power-pop; they’ve also learned to record using authentic ’70s gear and techniques.

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills, as we dissect more hits from a recording and production perspective. This month: Mabel, Big Shaq, Eminem (feat. Joyner Lucas) and our classic mix is Petula Clark 'Downtown' (1965).

    People
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    Why I Love... Writing For Big Band

    David Ricard

    “...in a big band arrangement the goal is not simply to play the song with a big band, it’s to imagine something unique with it.”

    People

Music Business

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    The Abbey Road Mic Collection with Sylvia Massy

    Abbey Road Mic Collection with Sylvia Massy

    Video Feature

    In this video feature, top engineer, producer and author Sylvia Massy (Johnny Cash, Tool) gets exclusive access to the studio and meets Lester Smith, the custodian and maintenance engineer for their astonishing microphone collection.

    Music Business
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    Art & Music, Milan

    Studio File

    Established in 2012, Art & Music was founded by Milan-born record producer, musician, pianist, DJ, sound engineer and label manager Bruno Carlo Oggioni, who as an artist also goes by the name of Dr Shiver.

    Music Business
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    Off The Record

    Music & Recording Industry News

    With waveforms on screen now the norm, how do the visually impaired navigate audio production?

    Music Business
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