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October 2019 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2019

Reviews: Novation Summit (cover) • Audient Nero • Waves Abbey Road Studio 3 • Korg Volca Drum • Rode TF-5 • IK Multimedia iLoud MTM • Pioneer DJ Toraiz Squid • DPA 2028 • Microtech Gefell M102 • Gyraf Gyratec XXIV • Dynaudio Core 59 • Toontrack Orchestral Percussion SDX.

Techniques + People: Kuk Harrell: Vocal Producer • Inside Track: NF 'The Search' • How Not To Mess Up Your Mix • Classic Tracks: Led Zeppelin 'Kashmir' • The Perils Of Headphone Impedance •  Treating A New Control Room …plus DAW workshops.

Reviews

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    Aphelian Labs Aphelian

    Geometrical Sequencer For iOS

    This app serves up four sequencer engines, each with its own fully-formed synth, a pattern-based drum machine, a compact mixing environment with effects, and plenty more!

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    Audient Nero

    Monitor Controller

    A console manufacturer should know a thing or two about how to make a good monitor controller...

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    Channel Robot KeyTone

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 4/5 Stars. This ROMpler-based instrument for Kontakt offers some fairly classic-sounding pianos and keyboards.

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    Cinematique Instruments Lap Harp

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 4/5 Stars. Lap Harp features a sampled Eastern European zither-like instrument called a Perepyolochka.

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    Cinesamples Tina Guo Cello Volume 2

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. World-renowned and Grammy-nominated cellist Tina Guo returns to Cinesamples to create a valuable update to her industry-defining virtual instrument.

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    DPA 2028

    Handheld Capacitor Microphone

    DPA's stage mics have long been held in high regard, but they've also been priced out of reach of many. Until now...

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    Dynaudio Core 59

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Taking advantage of the very latest design and manufacturing techniques, Dynaudio's new three-way monitors offer an uncompromisingly accurate window into your mixes.

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    From DAW To Score by Tristan Noon

    PDF eBook

    Inside you're rewarded with a very good dose of common-sense advice for those just getting to grips with the world of film and TV music creation.

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    GFI Specular Tempus

    Reverb & Delay Effects Processor

    This compact effects pedal could help you inject creativity into all sorts of sources.

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    Gramotech Pompeii

    Multiband Dynamics Plug-in

    Conventional compressors or expanders are not always suitable for tackling issues that affect only one part of the frequency spectrum, which is where multiband solutions like Pompeii come in very useful.

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    Gyraf Gyratec XXIV

    Stereo Compressor

    This clever design rethinks many aspects of compressors that we've long taken for granted.

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    IK Multimedia iLoud MTM

    Active Monitors With Room Correction

    Though compact and affordable, IK's newest monitors manage to cram in a remarkable amount of tech — and the results speak for themselves.

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    Intellijel Planar 2

    Eurorack Joystick Module

    Thanks to its multi-axis approach, Planar 2 offers much more than traditional joystick controller designs.

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    IsoAcoustics Iso-Puck Mini

    Speaker Isolator

    Based on the same technology, the Iso‑Puck Mini is basically a miniaturised version of the standard Iso‑Puck.

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    Korg Volca Drum

    Percussion Synthesizer & Sequencer

    The latest model in Korg's unstoppable Volca range offers a typically idiosyncratic approach to drum synthesis.

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    Make Noise QPAS

    Eurorack Filter Module

    The Quad Peak Animation System, aka QPAS, is a filter aimed primarily at stereo imaging and animation.

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    Microtech Gefell M102 microphone.

    Microtech Gefell M102

    Large-diaphragm Omnidirectional Microphone

    Measurement mics are necessarily neutral and accurate, and that's often just what you want when recording music too. Gefell's newest offering, based around a measurement capsule, has those characteristics in abundance.

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    Niio Analog Iotine Core 4

    Filter & Distortion Effects Processor

    This all-analogue processor is designed to massage, mangle and mutilate your audio.

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    Novation Summit

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Novation scale dizzying heights with their new flagship synthesizer.

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    Pioneer DJ Toraiz Squid

    Sequencer

    The Squid is a sequencer with a mission: to unify your gear on stage and in the studio...

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    Prominy SR5 Rock Bass 2

    Virtual Bass Guitar Instrument

    Prominy's bass instrument comes of age with a major version 2 overhaul.

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    Rode TF-5

    Stereo Capacitor Microphone Set

    Developed in conjunction with renowned recording engineer Tony Faulkner, Rode's new stereo miking kit is intended not just to compete with the established competition, but to better it. Have they succeeded?

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    Sampleson Model T

    VST, AU or Stand-alone Plug-in

    Rating: ***** 4/5 Stars. While you wouldn't buy this Pianet T instrument to boast about its facilities, you might be tempted by its unique and rather charming sound.

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    Sennheiser XSW-D Vocal Set

    Digital Wireless Microphone System

    This wireless system combines supreme ease of use with the quality for which Sennheiser are known.

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    Slate+Ash Auras plug-in.

    Slate + Ash Auras

    Software Instrument

    We explore some alien soundscapes, courtesy of Slate + Ash's Auras...

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    Soniccouture The Attic 2

    Software Instrument

    Soniccouture's fabled loft yields further synth treasure...

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    TC Electronic Polytune 3 Mini

    Guitar Tuner Pedal

    Given its affordable price and compact format, is the Mini now the perfect choice tuner?

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    Toontrack Orchestral Percussion SDX

    Sample Library

    The US drum maestros take a decisive step into the world of orchestral percussion.

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    UA Capitol Chambers, 175B & 176

    Plug-ins For UAD2 System

    Universal Audio continue to tempt UAD2 owners with officially licensed recreations of classic equipment — and rooms!

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    Waves Abbey Road Studio 3

    Virtual Studio Monitoring Plug-in

    Waves bring one of the world's most famous mix rooms into your DAW.

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    Waves Submarine

    Subharmonics Generator Plug-in

    Submarine's role in life is to add natural-sounding sub-bass content by generating frequencies that are one octave and two octaves lower than the input signal.

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: Rotating Rhythms

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at a different approach for creating rhythms in Live.

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    Binaural Panning In Logic Pro

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Get creative with Logic's new binaural panning options.

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    Classic Tracks: Led Zeppelin 'Kashmir'

    Label: Swan Song • Producer: Jimmy Page

    Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir' became a band-defining track, but it started life in an Airstream trailer known as the Ronnie Lane Mobile Studio.

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    Cubase Pro: Key Commander

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    With some DIY Smart Controls for Cubase's Key Editor, you could become a MIDI-editing ninja.

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    How Not To Mess Up Your Mix

    Pure & Simple

    However much studio trickery is considered 'normal' in a genre, the unwanted side-effects of processing can rob your mixes of impact. But it doesn't have to be that way

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    Inside Track: NF 'The Search'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tommee Profitt

    NF's The Search has revitalised hip-hop with its cinematic textures and arrangements. Longstanding producer Tommee Profitt was at the controls...

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    Phones & Ohms

    The Hidden Perils Of Headphone Impedance

    The frequency response of your headphones probably isn't neutral, but at least it's always the same. Or is it?

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    Positive Preferences In Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We continue our look at further ways to tailor Pro Tools to your tastes.

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    Reason's Rytmik Drum Machine

    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    We explore Reason 10.4's new drum machine, Rytmik.

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    Studio One: Super Groups

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One 4.5 boasts massively improved grouping functionality. Here's how it works.

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    Treating A New Control Room

    Square Space

    A DIY approach to control room acoustics can go a long way, but sometimes it pays to get the professionals involved.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Kuk Harrell: Vocal Producer

    Coaxing Magical Performances From Star Singers

    The world's first and most successful specialist vocal producer tells SOS how he coaxes magical performances from star singers like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige and Beyoncé.

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Making Mistakes

    Leader

    Acquiring the skill to mix a piece of music takes time and practice, and like playing an instrument, you’re never done...

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    The Mix Review | October 2019

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills as we examine the production of some recent hits from Avicii, Dave, Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, Fantastic Negrito and a classic mix from Procol Harum.

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    Why I Love... Standing Up

    Paul Nagle

    Verticality has been such a revelation that I now no longer own a beanbag!

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