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June 2019 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) June 2019

Reviews: Arturia MicroFreak synthesizer (cover) • Akai Force workstation • Eventide H9000 multi-effects • Korg Minilogue XD synthesizer • Focal Trio11 Be monitors • NI Maschine Mikro III & Komplete Kontrol A-Series • Extinct Audio BMx2 & Black Ops ribbon mics • Radial KL-8 keyboard mixer/interface • Audix DP7 drum mics... and more.

Techniques + People: Softube: Modelling Hardware In Software • Inside Track: Dave 'Black' Manon Grandjean • Innovation In Studio Loudspeaker Technology • Matt Wiggins recording & mixing engineer • Capitol Studios [video feature] • Cubase Pro Smart Controls [video tutorials] • Mix Rescue... plus DAW workshops.

Reviews

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    4MS WAV Recorder Eurorack module.

    4MS WAV Recorder


    Eurorack Module

    This 6HP module is specifically set up as a hi-fi, low‑noise, two‑channel (stereo) audio recorder with a basic playback facility.

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    Akai Force

    Music Workstation

    Akai Pro have distilled the best of their technologies into a stand-alone clip- and scene-based performance and production workstation.

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    Apogee HypeMiC

    USB Microphone

    With its built-in analogue compressor, Apogee's latest USB mic aims to give you radio-ready recordings straight out of the box.

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    Arturia MicroFreak

    Synthesizer

    Arturia throw out the synthesizer rulebook with an instrument that dares to be different.

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    Audionamix Instant Dialogue Cleaner

    Noise-reduction Plug-in

    Sanitise dirty talk on the spot with Audionamix's effective and easy-to-use plug-in.

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    Audix DP7

    Drum Microphone Kit

    With its world-class mics, rugged carry case and comprehensive accessories, Audix's DP7 is a one-stop shop for drum recording.

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    Blue Microphones Ember

    Side-address Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Designed both with both podcasters and home-studio owners on tighter budgets in mind, Blue's Ember is a transformerless, fixed...

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    Book: So You Want To Become A Media Composer?

    Book Author: Adonis Aletras

    This book claims to be "the most comprehensive guide to becoming successful in the Film/TV/Media industry, as told by 65 thriving professionals in mini interviews."

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    CIOKS DC7

    Pedalboard Power Supply

    If you use effects pedals, whether on stage or in the studio, running them from a high-quality power supply is essential to...

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    Eventide H9000

    Digital Multi-effects Processor

    Eventide's most powerful ever Harmonizer crams half a century of effects know‑how into a unit that's elegant, easy to use and — thanks to its upgradeability — completely futureproof.

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    Extinct Audio BMx2 & Black Ops

    Ribbon Microphones

    Extinct Audio's excellent BM9 ribbon mic is now joined by a stereo version, and a ruggedised edition designed for loud sources. We put them to the test.

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    Focal Trio11 Be

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Focal's new flagship monitor combines pioneering technology from their previous models with newly designed drivers. The result? A classy, powerful and revealing monitor worthy of any studio control room.

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    Korg Minilogue XD

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Taking the design of the original Minilogue and features from the Prologue, does the XD offer the ideal balance between function and price?

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    Media Content - June 2019

    Hear & See For Yourself

    Listing of all SOS June 2019 articles with accompanying media files.

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    Modwheel A Psaltered Zither

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. A Psaltered Zither should make it much easier for musicians to include zither playing in their compositions...

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    NI Maschine Mikro MkIII & Komplete Kontrol A-Series

    Controller Instruments

    These new controller instruments make NI's tight hardware/software integration more portable and affordable than ever before.

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    NUGEN Audio SigMod

    VST3 Routing & Hosting Plug-in

    NUGEN Audio's SigMod VST3 plug-in is designed to be a sort of toolbox that provides an extremely flexible set of routing and...

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    Numerical Audio RE-1 Tape Machine

    Tape Emulation Plug-in For iOS

    Numerical Audio will probably be known to keen iOS recordists through developer Kai Aras' earlier apps such as RP‑1 and...

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    Q Up Arts Pop Strings UK

    WAV

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Pop Strings UK (6.4GB installed) is a collection of 48kHz WAV audio files — no sampler required, you just drag the WAVs into your DAW, set the song tempo and off you go.

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    Qu-Bit Prism

    Eurorack Module

    Prism is an 12HP effect module capable of combining three distinct elements: delay, filter and decimation.

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    Radial KL-8

    Keyboard Mixer & USB Interface

    Radial's newest problem-solver could prove indispensible to gigging keyboardists.

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    Rakit Metal Synth

    Percussion Synthesizer

    Need percussive noise on a budget? Look no further...

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    Rob Papen Vecto

    Vector Synthesizer Plug-in

    Rob Papen's versatile Rack Extension vector synth has been reborn as a plug-in.

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    Sample Logic Drum Fury

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 5/5 Stars. This library delivers big, bad (in a good way) drum and percussion sounds designed for epic TV and film music creation.

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    Schlappi Engineering Angle Grinder

    Eurorack Module

    Built to Schlappi's same exacting standards, this all-analogue module can be an oscillator, LFO, filter or waveshaper...

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    Steinberg Cubasis 2.7

    Music Creation System For iOS

    Steinberg's Cubasis is one of the more popular and powerful DAWs/sequencers for the iPad — and since its first release, this...

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    Strymon Volante

    Virtual Tape-echo Pedal

    This isn't Strymon's first analogue-modelling delay pedal... but it may well be their best!

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    Two Notes Torpedo CAB M

    Guitar Amp & Cabinet Simulator

    Two Notes' latest device offers serious power-amp and cabinet modelling in a convenient stompbox format.

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    VSL Synchron Power Drums, Concert D274 & Yamaha CFX Pianos

    Virtual Instruments

    VSL push out the boat with hall-recorded rock power drums and two top of the range grand pianos.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Going Loopy

    Leader

    If I were ever asked to participate in the TV programme Room 101, I could find plenty of things to rant about...

    People
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    Matt Wiggins: Recording & Mixing Engineer

    MPG Recording Engineer Of The Year

    Engineer Matt Wiggins has worked with everyone who's anyone — and knows that he needs to be prepared for anything!

    People
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    Maxime and Victor of Mix With The Masters.

    Mix With The Masters

    The Man Behind The Brand

    Mix With The Masters celebrates its 10th year of existence in 2019, and its 100th one-week seminar.

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    To help you brush up on your listening skills, we examine the production of some recent hits from Lewis Capaldi, Brandi Carlile, and Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus. Our classic mix is Bobbie Gentry's 1967 country music hit.

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    Why I Love... Noise

    Rory Dow

    “Garage band sessions, where the drums have been mixed on a single microphone, embody honesty and humanity.”

    People

Music Business

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    Capitol Studios: Past, Present & Future

    Video Feature

    From Frank Sinatra to the Beach Boys, Iron Maiden to Arcade Fire, LA's famous Capitol Studios has played host to the world's greatest talents for more than 60 years. Sound On Sound visited the iconic building for an exclusive tour.

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    Innovation In Studio Loudspeaker Technology

    Key Milestones In History

    Monitors are better than they've ever been — but they're still the weakest link in most studios. We trace the technology from its roots in the 1930s, and find out whether there's a DSP revolution on the way.

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    Softube: Modelling Hardware In Software

    Oscar Öberg, Arvid Rosén & Niklas Odelholm

    Ever wondered how plug-in companies recreate classic outboard gear in your DAW? We take a peek into Softube's modelling lab to find out.

    Music Business
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