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November 2019 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) November 2019

Reviews: Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra library (cover) • Roland Fantom workstation synthesizer • NI Massive X soft synth • McDSP APB-16 processor • Cranborne Audio 500ADAT • Black Corporation Kijimi synth • Warm Audio WA-251 mic • Tascam Series 8p Dyna preamp • Tracktion Waveform 10 DAW • PSI Audio A23-M monitors • EastWest Hollywood Pop Brass library • Cycling '74 Max 8 software • WMD Crucible eurorack module.

Techniques + People: Jacob Collier: Multi-instrumentalist, Singer, Composer, Producer • Inside Track: Lil Tecca 'Ransom' • Mix Rescue: Stem-Mixing-Mastering • Creative Mid-Sides Techniques • Studio SOS: Curing Hums & Buzzes... plus DAW workshops.

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    8Dio Terminus

    Sample Library

    Is Terminus the final destination in your search for hits, slams, risers and falls?

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    AppSys ProAudio MVR-64 Multiverter

    Digital Format Converter

    After decades of development, there are now countless digital audio formats — can this black box allow them all to talk to one other?

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    AudioModern Riffer

    MIDI Sequencer Plug-in

    Riffer is a randomising MIDI melody generator plug-in from AudioModern and is available as a VST/VST3/AU & AAX plug-in for Mac OS, Windows and as an iOS app.

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    Black Corporation Kijimi

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Fresh from recreating the CS80, Black Corporation set their sights on another classic polysynth...

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    Boss SY-1

    Polyphonic Guitar Synth Pedal

    Boss have managed to pack plenty of expressive, yet guitarist-friendly, 'synth' sounds into this compact stompbox.

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    Cinesamples Randy's Prepared Piano

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 4/5 Stars. To create Randy's Prepared Piano, various objects and materials were used to alter the sound of the source instrument before it was recorded.

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    Cranborne Audio 500ADAT

    ADAT Expander, Analogue Mixer & 500-series Rack

    Can Cranborne convert you to the 500 series?

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    Cycling '74 Max 8

    Programming Environment For Audio & MIDI

    Max 8 sees Cycling '74 enhance both multi-channel audio and JavaScript support, among many other improvements.

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    EastWest Hollywood Pop Brass

    Sample Library

    EastWest's Hollywood Pop Brass does exactly what it says on the tin.

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    FabFilter Pro Bundle

    iOS Mixing & Mastering Tools

    If your music-making workflow is centred on an iOS device, you can now pick up FabFilter's plug-in suite in app form for a fraction of the price of their desktop counterparts.

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    Heavyocity Mosaic Keys

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. It's perhaps not surprising that electronic keyboard sounds are a big part of the underlying sound set. However, these also include synths, ambient noises, attack sounds and various drones.

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    Impact Soundworks Pedal Steel

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 4/5 Stars. Nearly 10,000 samples of a modern 10-string E9 pedal steel were taken for this appealing virtual instrument...

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    Mackie ProFX12v3

    Compact Mixer & USB Interface

    Now boasting Mackie's highly regarded Onyx preamps, the newest mixers in the ProFX range offer much to tempt musicians on a budget.

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    Make Noise X-PAN

    Eurorack Module

    X-PAN is a voltage-controlled mixer with crossfading, monophonic inputs and a stereo output.

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    McDSP APB-16

    Analogue Plug-in Co-processor For Pro Tools

    McDSP's revolutionary APB‑16 promises to combine the sound of analogue compression with the convenience of plug-ins. Is it all too good to be true?

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    Native Instruments Massive X

    Software Synthesizer

    NI's Massive X isn't just an update, it's a whole new synth!

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    Origin Effects Revival Drive Compact

    Overdrive Pedal

    Origin Effects have distilled the essential features of their wonderfully versatile RevivalDrive into this single-channel Compact version.

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    PSI Audio A23-M

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Swiss speaker gurus PSI have never failed to impress us with their technical innovations, and their latest model is no exception!

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    Roland Fantom

    Workstation Synthesizer

    Emerging from the mists of time comes the rejuvenated Fantom, Roland's new flagship workstation synthesizer. Available in three models: Fantom 6 (61 keys), Fantom 7 (76 keys) and the 88-key Fantom 8.

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    Soma Laboratory The Pipe

    Effects Processor & Synthesizer

    Once again, Soma bring us an instrument like no other...

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    Sonic Farm Xcalibur JC

    Valve Preamplifier & Saturation Processor

    With its ability to deliver anything from super-subtle saturation to downright despicable distortion, could this be the only valve preamp you'll ever need?

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    Sonokinetic Ostinato Woodwinds

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Ostinato Woodwinds delivers a much more focused vocabulary of less than a dozen motifs, ideal for minimalist rhythmic beds and pads.

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    SOS Awards: Vote Now!

    Voting Now Closed For 10th Annual SOS Awards

    Voting opened on September 19th for the 10th annual SOS Awards, whose mission is to honour and celebrate the finest products in our industry. Cast your vote today!

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    Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra sample library

    Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra

    Sample Library

    Spitfire Audio join forces with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the celebrated Maida Vale Studios. Is this the best of British?

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    Tascam Series 8p Dyna

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    This ADAT-equipped preamp offers one-knob compression on every channel.

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    Tracktion Waveform 10

    Music Production Software For Mac OS, Windows & Linux

    Rebranded Waveform by Tracktion, is this long-established alternative ready to become a mainstream DAW option?

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    United Plug-ins Front DAW

    Console-emulation Plug-in

    Front DAW is a very affordable analogue console emulation plug-in for Mac and Windows, compatible with VST, VST3, AAX and AU hosts.

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    Vox MVX150H

    Guitar Amplifier

    Vox's hybrid approach to electronics has yielded a natural–sounding amp that won't break your back.

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    Warm Audio WA-251

    Multi-pattern Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Telefunken's ELA M 251 is considered by many to be the Holy Grail of vocal mics — but at 10 grand a pop, owning one is a mere aspiration for most of us. Enter Warm Audio...

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    Waves Bass Fingers

    Virtual Bass Guitar Instrument

    Hyperrealism is the order of the day with Waves' new virtual bass instrument.

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    WMD Crucible

    Eurorack Module

    The Crucible is described as a ‘curved metal and cymbal synthesizer’ and although it is entirely digital, the sound may have you believing otherwise.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Investment Advice

    Leader

    Have you noticed that whenever you buy a new guitar, a new amplifier or a different software guitar amp emulation, the end...

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    Jacob Collier

    Singer, Composer, Multi-instrumentalist & Producer

    Dazzling harmonies, complex arrangements and ambitious production have made multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier a unique phenomenon.

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    The Mix Review | November 2019

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Brush up on your listening skills as we examine the production of recent hits from Aitch, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and a classic mix from Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta.

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    Why I Love... Early Mornings

    Gavin Herlihy

    It wasn't until life dragged me by the scruff of the neck out of bed at an unfathomably early hour that I began to learn the value of being up before everyone else.

    People
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