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December 2018 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2018

Reviews: Rode NT-SF1 (Cover), Solid State Logic Fusion, Novation SL MkIII, Avantone CLA-10, Line 6 Variax Standard, Kali Audio LP-6, Bose S1 Pro, Erica Synths Drum Module, Roland TM-6 Pro.

Techniques: Chris Watson: The Art Of Location Recording, Classic Tracks: Cypress Hill, Inside Track: Brockhampton, Piper Payne: Mastering Engineer, Recording A Live Video Performance.

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    Audified Synergy R1

    Reverb & Saturation Processor

    This is a hybrid product in more ways than one — not least because it can be controlled via a dedicated DAW plug‑in.

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    Audio Damage Quanta

    Software Instrument

    Audio Damage’s latest plug-in instrument gives an accessible but versatile take on granular synthesis.

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    Avantone CLA-10

    Passive Monitors

    There’s no shortage of homages to classic microphones and processors but, until now, the monitor market has resisted the notion. Enter Avantone’s take on the iconic Yamaha NS‑10.

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    Black Lion Audio Seventeen

    FET Compressor

    We put BLA’s feature-rich and keenly priced 1176-style compressor to the test.

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    Bose S1 Pro

    Compact PA System

    Bose’s new all-in-one PA might be small, but it packs some serious punch.

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    Daking Audio Mic Pre II

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Find out what this vintage-inspired preamp has to offer the modern recordist.

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    DPA d:screet 4060 Core

    Stereo Microphone Kit

    Whether you’re recording music, speech or wildlife — indoors or out — DPA’s newly enhanced stereo mic set will ace the job!

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    Ehrlund EHR-H

    Vocal Capacitor Microphone

    Premium Swedish mic-makers Ehrlund take their unique triangular-diaphragm technology to the stage — and the results are impressive!

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    Erica Synths Drum Modules

    Eurorack Modules

    Latvian Erica Synths have partnered up with French company e-licktronic to develop drum modules with a distinctly Japanese flavour.

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    Golden Age Project Comp-3A Jr

    Audio Leveler

    Golden Age have compressed their Comp‑3A compressor, cramming more than a little of its essence into the smaller form of the Comp-3A Jr.

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    In Session Audio Riff Generation

    Generative Sequencer & Virtual Instrument

    This Kontakt-based virtual instrument doesn’t just give you sounds to play back your ideas. It can also give you the ideas themselves!

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    In Session Audio Shimmer Shake Strike

    Kontakt Instrument

    Every so often, something so incredibly useful comes out that you wonder why nobody thought of it before. This Kontakt instrument is such a product...

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    Kali Audio LP-6

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    These compact monitors from new company Kali Audio strike an enticing balance between performance and affordability.

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    Kenton Electronics Thru-12 & Pro CV to MIDI

    MIDI Distributor & Converter

    Even though it first saw the light of day in the early 1980s, MIDI is a protocol that shows no sign of fading away, and for those of us who depend on it, it’s an ongoing relief that companies such as Kenton exist...

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    Line 6 Variax Standard

    Electric Guitar With DSP Modelling

    We get up to speed with the latest leaps in Line 6’s guitar-modelling technology.

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    Mackie Onyx Artist 1.2 & Producer 2.2

    USB2 Audio Interfaces

    Mackie offer a straightforward and affordable approach to audio interfacing with two new Onyx units.

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    Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

    D-A Converter, Headphone Amp & Preamp

    This D-A converter boasts a range of useful features — as well as impressive performance.

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    Novation SL MkIII

    Controller Keyboard

    Could Novation’s new keyboard be the ultimate command centre for your synth studio?

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    Plugin Boutique Scaler

    Scale Detection & Generation Plug-in

    Need help coming up with creative chord sequences? Plugin Boutique’s Scaler can provide the missing music theory...

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    Rode NT-SF1

    Ambisonic Microphone

    Rode’s new Soundfield mic brings the benefits of Ambisonic recording to everyone, whether you’re working with 360‑degree audio or old‑fashioned stereo.

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    Roland TM-6 Pro

    Trigger Module

    Roland’s TM-6 Pro module could be the perfect way to combine electronic and acoustic drums.

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    Solid State Logic Fusion

    Stereo Analogue Processor

    This classy stereo processor aims to bring analogue colour to your digital recordings.

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    Sonicsmith Squaver P1+ synthesizer module.

    Sonicsmith Squaver P1+

    Analogue Synthesizer Pedal

    The Sonicsmith Squaver P1+ is not your ordinary semi-modular synth...

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    Soundiron Antidrum Machine

    Kontakt Instrument

    As the ‘anti’ suggests, what you are getting here are predominantly rhythmic sounds, but not based upon conventional drum or percussion instruments...

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    Three-Body Technology Heavier7Strings

    VST/AU Plug-in Instrument

    If you hanker after the sound of uber-heavy metal guitars, but don’t have the guitar chops or the seven-string guitar to pull it off, then Heavier7String might be just the (virtual) session guitarist you are looking for...

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    Tiptop Audio Forbidden Planet

    Eurorack Module

    Clearly aimed at the cost-conscious end of the market, the Forbidden Planet filter embodies its quintessentially analogue namesake thanks to a 2-pole, 12dB/oct filter inspired by the 1975 Steiner-Parker Synthacon...

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    Waves Abbey Road Chambers

    Reverb Plug-in

    Waves’ latest plug-in takes us into the bowels of the world’s most famous studio!

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Techniques

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    Chris Watson: The Art Of Location Recording

    Wild Tracks

    Chris Watson’s fascination with location sound recording has taken him to some of the most remote places on Earth, where climatic extremes and uncooperative wildlife push his equipment and skills to their limits.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Cypress Hill ‘Insane In The Brain’

    Released: 1993 • Producer: Cypress Hill • Engineer: Joe Nicolo

    Cypress Hill’s crossover classic launched the group into the mainstream — and without sampling a single horse...

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    Creative Thinking In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We explore a free Max For Live Pack that could change the way you make music in Live.

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    Cubase Piano Roll: Chord Tools

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Not all piano-roll editors are created equal — Cubase’s boasts some very handy chord-programming tools.

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    Glymjack: Recording A Live Video Performance

    Session Notes: The Practical Craft of Recording

    To showcase the band to promoters and festival bookers, singer‑songwriter Greg McDonald wanted to film an 'as live' main‑stage performance by the full band line‑up...

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    Inside Track: Brockhampton 'Weight'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

    Hip-hop collective Brockhampton abandoned their home studios for Abbey Road — and left with a number one album.

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    Logic Pro X : Samply The Best

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Take your auto-sampled hardware synth patches to the next level using EXS24 and Alchemy.

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    Media Content - December 2018

    Hear For Yourself

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

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    New Time-stretching In Cakewalk By Bandlab

    Sonar / Cakewalk Tips & Techniques

    Zplane’s advanced time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms are now available in Cakewalk.

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    Pro Tools: First Among EQs

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The stock EQIII plug‑in may be old, but it still has a few neat tricks up its sleeve.

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People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Bad Apples

    Leader

    Although Macs are simply wonderful when they are working properly, on a bad day they can be just as frustrating as their counterparts...

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    Piper Payne

    Mastering Engineer

    The move away from traditional studio production has opened up new opportunities for mastering engineers like Piper Payne — but it’s also brought new challenges.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed 

    Hone your listening skills, as we dissect more hits from a recording and production perspective. This month: Freya Ridings, Marshmello (feat. Bastille), Ella Mai, and our classic mix is Aretha Franklin ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)’ (1967).

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    Why I Love... Batteries

    Simon Sherbourne

    “I’ve loved standalone sequenced synths and grooveboxes since coming late to the Roland MC202 and Korg’s Electribes. But the computer always seemed the way forward...”

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Music Business

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    Black Rock,
 Santorini

    Studio File

    There is still a demand for residential studios where artists can get away from distractions, and one particularly pretty example is Black Rock Studio on the Greek island of Santorini.

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    Off The Record: Studio Weddings?

    Music & Recording Industry News

    Studios may be suffering in the 21st Century, but they still hold a certain appeal — not least as wedding venues.

    Music Business
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