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August 2019 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) - August 2019

Reviews: Moog One (cover) polysynth • Focusrite Scarlett USB-C • Cherry Audio Voltage Modular • Dangerous Music D-Box+ • WJA Jones-Scanlon monitors • Trident 68 mixer • Magix ACID Pro Next • Sherman Filterbank 2 Compact • NI Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII keyboard • Spitfire Audio Ambient Guitars • RCF Evox JMIX8 PA • Audio Modeling SWAM Solo Instruments... and more.

Techniques + People: From DAW To Score • Inside Track: Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus 'Old Town Road' • Louis Bell: songwriter/producer • Session Notes: Making Custom Baffles • Young Punx: Recreating Stewart Copeland's Drum Sound [video feature]... plus DAW workshops.

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    Audio Modeling SWAM Solo Instruments

    Software Instruments

    Audio Modeling's SWAM range delivers a complete suite of virtual solo woodwinds and strings.

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    Celestion F12–X200

    Full–range Guitar Speaker

    Struggling to make amp modelling work on stage? Something just 'not quite right' in the feel? Maybe Celestion's new speaker will make all the difference.

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    Cherry Audio Voltage Modular

    Virtual Modular Synthesizer

    Clearly believing that more is more, Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular combines a user-friendly interface with a very generous selection of modules.

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    Dangerous Music D-Box+

    Summing Mixer, Monitor Controller & D-A Converter

    Technology has moved on in the 10 years since the original D Box was released — but the concept seems stronger than ever.

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    Dear Reality DearVR Ambi Micro

    Binaural Output Plug-in

    Oh dear. Towards the end of my article on working with Ambisonic audio in Logic Pro X (SOS June 2019:...

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    EastWest Voices Of Opera

    Virtual Instrument

    EastWest set themselves a technical challenge and a half with this solo operatic vocal instrument.

    Reviews
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    Expert Sleepers Little Mikey

    Eurorack Module

    Little Mikey is a classic preamp in a sturdy 8HP module, designed to get your instrument and live microphone signals into the modular as cleanly as possible.

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    The new third-generation Focusrite Scarlett range.

    Focusrite Scarlett USB-C

    Third-generation USB-C Audio Interfaces

    The latest generation of Focusrite's extensive Scarlett range offers something for every budget.

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    Intellijel Steppy

    Eurorack Module

    Intellijel's Steppy is a four-track programmable gate sequencer that combines an impressive feature set with a tiny footprint.

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    Kew Labs K1

    Compact Bluetooth Speaker

    At one time every studio had a 'grot box' speaker to reveal how their material would sound on TV sets and portable transistor...

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    Magix ACID Pro Next

    Loop-based Production Software For Windows

    ACID Pro is the original loop-based remixing program, and the Next version opens up new possibilities thanks to the intriguing Stem Maker.

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    Moog One

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    The Moog One is the most ambitious instrument the company have ever built. We put it through its paces in our world exclusive review.

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    Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol S88 MkII

    Controller Keyboard

    The S88 MkII offers a high-quality weighted keyboard and even tighter computer integration.

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    Native Instruments Noire

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Noire is the result of composer and pianist Nils Frahm's quest to recreate his signature piano sound as a virtual instrument.

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    Polyverse Music Comet

    Reverb Plug-in

    The aim of most reverb plug-ins is to emulate something else, whether that be the sound of a real acoustic space, a vintage...

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    RCF Evox JMIX8

    Compact Active Line Array PA

    This column PA system from RCF incorporates a digital mixer plus Softube guitar-amp modelling. Could it be all you need to take with you for small gigs?

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    RME Digiface Dante

    USB 3 Digital Audio Interface

    Audinate's Dante AoIP (audio over IP) format is fast becoming the de facto standard for large-scale multichannel...

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    Sample Logic & Soundiron Modern Animated Percussion

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Modern Animated Percussion represents a collaboration between two well-established sample library/virtual instrument developers: Sample Logic and Soundiron.

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    Sherman Filterbank 2 Compact

    Effects Processor

    The Filterbank's status as an analogue sound mangler is legendary. Can this smaller variant keep it relevant in the modern world?

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    Sonicware ELZ-1

    Synthesizer

    FM synthesis, virtual analogue synthesis, 8-bit wavetable synthesis, noise synthesis, granular synthesis... The Sonicware ELZ‑1 has got it all!

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    Spitfire Audio Ambient Guitars

    Sample Library

    Spitfire's Ambient Guitars takes the humble six-string into new and uncharted sonic territory.

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    Spitfire Audio British Drama Toolkit

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. British Drama Toolkit consists of eight solo string and woodwind instruments separately recorded from two mic positions in a purpose-built dry stage at Spitfire's HQ.

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    TC Electronic TC 2290-DT

    Delay Plug-in & Hardware Controller

    The TC 2290-DT is part plug-in, part hardware: the bus-powered USB 2 device acts as both dongle and control surface...

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    Tiptop Audio MISO

    Eurorack Module

    Tiptop are back again with one of those unglamorous modules you're going to end up using in every patch, a 10HP utility...

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    Trident 68

    Analogue Mixer

    By changing their manufacturing approach, Trident aim to offer their big-console sound and facilities at a much lower price.

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    Wayne Jones Audio Jones–Scanlon Monitors

    Active Studio Monitors

    The result of a collaboration between bassist Wayne Jones and sound engineer Steve Scanlon, these Australian-made midfield monitors may look retro, but inside there's some serious DSP going on!

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Louis Bell: Songwriter & Producer

    Post Malone | Jess Glynne | Selena Gomez

    Louis Bell's unique perspective on songwriting and production has brought massive success with acts such as Post Malone, Jess Glynne and Selena Gomez.

    People
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    Phil Dudderidge Executive Chairman of Focusrite

    Phil Dudderidge of Focusrite

    The Man Behind The Brand

    Industry veteran Phil Dudderidge, now 70, may have plenty to look back on, but he’s still looking forward as Focusrite enters its 30th year.

    People
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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills with our analysis of recent hits from Lauren Daigle, Stormzy, Meduza (featuring Goodboys), Tom Walker and a 1966 classic from The Beach Boys.

    People
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    Why I Love... Fretless Bass

    Phil Ward

    Fretless bass: the instrument that dare not speak its name. It had its 15 minutes of fame in the '80s, when almost every bass player who'd caught a glorious moment of Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report or in Joni Mitchell's band had a go at fretless...

    People
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Work Smarter

    Leader

    As the 'smart home' revolution takes off, will we ever see the 'smart studio'?

    People

Music Business

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    Soup Studio, London

    Studio File

    If you want to build a studio in England's capital, you're faced with what Giles Barrett from the Soup Studio team calls the...

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    The Story Of The Philips RH544

    Motional Feedback Speaker

    One of the best-selling albums of all time was mixed on a long-forgotten experimental hi-fi speaker. Forty years later, are Philips' innovations finally catching on?

    Music Business
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