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March 2019 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) March 2019

Reviews: Aston Stealth (cover) • Black Corporation Deckard's Dream • NI Kontakt 6 • Acustica Audio Taupe • IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 MAX • UK Sound 176 • Analogue Solutions Generator • AudioSourceRE DeMIX Pro • DPA d:screet 6000 Series • Golden Age Premier Pre-73 & PreQ-73 • Phoenix Audio Ascent Two EQ • Vir2 Mojo 2 Horn Section and more.

Techniques + People: Inside Track: 21 Savage 'A Lot' • Laura Escudé: Show Designer/Playback Engineer • Classic Tracks: The Cranberries 'Linger' • Session Notes: Recording Voiceovers At Sea • NAMM 2019: Tech Trends & Highlights [Video] • Dom Jones: Composing For Dubai's New Year Spectacular... plus DAW workshops.

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    Acustica Audio Taupe

    Channel Strip Plug-in With Tape Simulation

    Acustica Audio have applied their unique sampling technology to the world of magnetic recording media — with impressive results.

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    AJH Synth Next Phase

    Eurorack Module

    I love my Electro‑Harmonix Small Stone phasers so I was delighted when AJH Synth announced that their Mega-Phase 12 Eurorack...

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    Analogue Solutions Generator

    Step Sequencer

    At a glance the AS Generator looks like a conventional step sequencer, but there's much more to it than that...

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    Aston Stealth

    Dynamic Microphone

    Aston's capacitor mics are fast becoming popular in the studio, and with its four voicing options and built-in preamp, their first ever dynamic model looks set to follow suit!

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    Audio-Technica ATH M60x

    Closed-back Headphones

    The newest model in Audio-Technica's popular Mx series of headphones majors on portability, ruggedness and comfort.

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    AudioSourceRE DeMIX Pro

    Source Separation Software

    The goal of turning musical omelettes back into eggs gets ever closer, thanks to some unlikely cloud-based DSP wizardry!

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    Black Corporation Deckard's Dream

    Analogue Synthesizer

    While emulations of other classic analogue synths abound, there's only ever been one way to get your hands on a CS80 — until now.

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    Boss Nextone Stage

    Guitar Amplifiers

    This new range draws on Roland's Blues Cubes and promises to deliver both the sound and the playing feel of a real valvetube amp.

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    CEntrance MixerFace R4

    USB Audio Interface & Mixer

    CEntrance's MixerFace R4 is a highly versatile mobile recording interface and mixer.

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    DPA d:screet 6000 Series

    Sub‑miniature Microphones

    DPA have been leaders in the tiny-microphone market for years, but their new 6000 Series takes 'miniature' to a new level.

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    Fluid Audio SRI-2

    USB Audio Interface

    Fluid Audio's SRI-2 keeps things simple but doesn't skimp on build quality and design.

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    Gig Gear Two Hand Touch

    iPad Harness For Live-sound Engineers

    The Two Hand Touch is a kind of Batman's utility belt for the live sound engineer who mixes from an iPad.

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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 & PreQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifiers & Equalisers

    Golden Age's new Premier brand takes their popular Pre‑73 preamps to the next level.

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    IK Multimedia T-RackS 5 MAX

    Mastering Software Suite

    IK Multimedia take home-studio mastering to the MAX — and beyond!

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    Mackie MC-150 & MC-250

    Closed-back Headphones

    Mackie's new MC range of close-backed headphones are refreshingly devoid of over-fancy styling, and this gives them a reassuring 'get the job done' appearance.

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    Mixing With Impact — Learning To Make Musical Choices

    Written by Wessel Oltheten: Book Review

    This book's 350 pages are packed with useful ideas, up-to-date, well-marshalled information, and great conceptual explanations backed up with lots of useful diagrams.

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    NAMM 2019 video

    NAMM 2019: Tech Trends & Highlights

    SOS Editors sum up the show in our free 30-minute video!

    To supplement the video reports we created at the show, we invite you to join us for our post-NAMM summing-up session, where we discuss the trends of the 2019 show and identify the highlights. 

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    Native Instruments Kontakt 6

    Software Sampler

    We explore what's new in the latest version of Native Instruments' flagship sampler.

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    Phoenix Audio Ascent Two EQ

    Dual-channel Microphone Preamplifier, DI & EQ

    Though a great recording front‑end, this versatile and characterful processor could just as easily find a home on your stereo mix bus...

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    Pro Tools: Alternative Playback Modes

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Learning the alternative playback modes can make your Pro Tools experience much slicker.

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    Qu-Bit Electronix Scanned

    Eurorack Module

    Qu-Bit are bringing Scanned Synthesis to the Eurorack party, a form of organic wavetable synthesis which has hitherto been unavailable in hardware form...

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    Retrokits RK-005

    USB MIDI Hub

    Retrokits' flexible MIDI interface proves that good things do indeed come in small packages.

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    Schlappi Engineering Interstellar Radio

    Eurorack Module

    Interstellar Radio is "a faulty transmission line", whose wholly analogue design converts incoming audio to a high frequency pulse train then back again.

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    Soniccouture Nyckelharpas

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 4/5 Stars **** Resembling a cross between an elongated viola and a hurdy‑gurdy, the Nyckelharpa is a four-stringed instrument played with a bow.

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    Toontrack Custom Shop EZX

    EZdrummer Expansion

    Rating: 4/5 Stars **** Custom Shop features a range of rather exclusive hand-crafted drums and includes some very welcome brushed sounds for certain instruments.

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    Ueberschall Elastik Synthetic Soundtracks 1, 2 & 3

    Elastik Instruments

    Rating: 5/5 Stars ***** If you are a budding or busy composer looking for sonic inspiration in this style, then Ueberschall's Synthetic Soundtracks titles may well be of interest.

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    UK Sound 176

    Mono FET Compressor

    We take a look at the first in a new, more affordable range of products from BAE.

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    Vir2 Mojo 2 Horn Section

    Sample Library

    Mojo 2 Horn Section is an ambitious instrument that aims to succeed where other virtual horn sections fail.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    In With The New

    Leader

    With another NAMM show over, our esteemed Editor-In-Chief shares his thoughts on emerging trends...

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    Laura Escudé: Show Designer & Playback Engineer

    Kanye West • Jay‑Z • Herbie Hancock

    Live shows are becoming ever more reliant on technology — and the skilled engineers who operate it. Laura Escudé explains how she has helped Kanye West, Jay‑Z and Herbie Hancock realise their live performances.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    We examine the production of some recent hit records to help you brush up your listening skills.

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    Why I Love... The Acoustic Guitar

    Joe Matera

    "With its unique voice and rich timbre, the acoustic guitar in the hands of a creative mind has unlimited possibilities."

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