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May 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) May 2020

Reviews: Apple Mac Pro (front cover) • ASM Hydrasynth • Akai MPC One • API The Box 2 mixer • Kali Audio IN-8 monitors • Korg NTS-1 synth • Peach Audio M196sx preamp • Rossum Trident Eurorack synth • Merging+Anubis interface • Gamechanger Audio Plasma Rack • Softube Marshall plug-in • Retro Instruments 500Pre • Waves OVox • UJAM Beatmaker 2 • Arturia FX Collection plug-ins and more…

Techniques + People: Remote Music Production • How To Record Yourself & Make It Sound Good • Recording Symphony&Metallica2 Live • Inside Track: Dua Lipa ‘Don’t Start Now’ • Reverb: What Do All Those Knobs Do? • Field Recording • Soundgas Apprenticeship Scheme • Orchestra Recording: Brief History • Studio One: Macros -- plus other DAW workshops • [Video Feature] Audio Test Kitchen: The Ultimate Mic Comparison.

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    Akai MPC One

    Sampling Workstation

    The MPC One offers the most affordable way into the latest generation of Akai's celebrated sampling workstation.

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    API The Box 2

    Analogue Mixer

    The original The Box brought API's big-console sound to a new audience, and this new version should have even wider appeal.

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    Apple Mac Pro

    Desktop Computer

    Have Apple finally delivered the professional desktop system Mac-based musicians and audio engineers have been waiting for?

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    Arturia FX Collection

    DAW Plug-in Bundle

    Could these original effects and enhanced classics be the perfect addition to your DAW?

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    ASM Hydrasynth

    Digital Synthesizer

    Seldom has a new synth from a new company excited so much anticipation as the Hydrasynth. Should you believe the hype?

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    Auddict PercX

    Virtual Percussion Instrument

    Is it a drum loop player? Is it a drum sampler? Auddict try to do both, and more...

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    Befaco Instrument Interface

    Eurorack Module

    Befaco's Instrument Interface is a one-stop solution for bringing your voice, guitar or line-level audio source into your modular system.

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    Best Service NADA

    Engine Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This sonic toolkit for the creation of New Age and meditation music ships with over 14GB of sample content.

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    Electro-Harmonix Mod 11

    Modulation Stompbox

    11 impressive modulation processes all in one compact pedal — what's not to like?

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    Gamechanger Audio Plasma Rack

    Distortion Processor

    With more control and functionality than the Plasma pedal that preceded it, is this box the new king of controllable carnage?

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    Heavyocity Vento Modern Woodwinds

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Heavyocity have combined traditional woodwind scoring with extensive sound-design capabilities, allowing you to go from 'standard' to 'sci-fi' within a few clicks.

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    Kali Audio IN-8

    Three-way Active Monitors

    Kali's latest speakers demonstrate some serious electro-acoustic know-how — and represent remarkable value for money.

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    Korg NTS-1

    Synthesizer

    There's more to Korg's dinky kit synth than meets the eye. Much more...

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    Loci Stands

    Interlocking Stand System

    Desk out of control? Loci's clever stand system could be just what you need...

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    Merging+Anubis

    Ravenna Audio Interface

    Merging's desktop network interface is endowed with vast monitor-control powers.

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    Neo Instruments Micro Vent 122 & Micro Vent 16

    Rotary-speaker Stompbox Effects

    Neo make some of the finest stereo rotary-speaker emulation pedals available. For mono users, they've packaged their core Ventilator technology into these standard-sized stompboxes.

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    Peach Audio M196sx

    Stereo Valve Mic Preamp

    Once in a while, a new preamp brings something genuinely worthwhile to the table...

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    Polyend Poly 2 MIDI-to-CV

    Eurorack Module

    This very useful eight-voice module serves as a fantastic gateway between the modular worlds and just about anything that spits out MIDI.

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    Pulsar Audio Pulsar Mu

    Compressor-Limiter Plug-in

    Is this modelled vari-mu compressor as easy on the ear as it is on the eye?

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    reFuse Bucketverb

    Reverb Plug-in

    Bucketverb imagines a history where charge-coupled analogue delay chips were used to create reverberation, and in which the digital reverb revolution never happened.

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    Retro Instruments 500Pre

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    Retro Instruments have supercharged the gain stage of their Sta‑Level compressor to build a 500-series preamp.

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    Rossum Electro-Music Trident

    Eurorack Module

    Trident offers three analogue oscillators, but what's distinctive about it is the internal cross-modulation that can be set up between them.

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    Sampleson Suit73

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: *** 3.5/5 Stars. Suit73 employs the company's Spectral Modelling technique to analyse the original Rhodes Suitcase sound and recreate the same timbral components by stacking sine waves together.

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    Softube Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959

    Amp-modelling Plug-in

    Originally developed for the UAD platform and available now in native format, this plug-in's modelled signal chain includes a period-correct Marshall 4x12 and miking courtesy of UK engineer Tony Platt.

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    Soundevice Digital Verbum Entropic Hall

    Reverb Plug-in

    The Verbum Entropic Hall plug-in uses a chaotic reflections algorithm to create a reverb with a character that's reminiscent of early reverb machines...

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    Studiospares PM150

    Vocal Stage Monitor

    The PM150 active monitor puts your vocal sound right where you need it!

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    UJAM Beatmaker 2

    Virtual Drum Instrument Suite

    If you are looking for a source of instant drum parts for your latest electronic music production, UJAM's Beatmaker 2 collection might be just what you need.

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    Waves OVox

    Vocal Effects Plug-in

    Waves' new plug–in is more than just a vocoder...

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    Zero-G Ethera Gold 2

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Gold 2 is stocked with samples for creating 'epic' vocal parts plus a substantial collection of synth, pad, sound effects and drum options amongst its sonic arsenal.

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    Cubase MultiTap Delay Tricks

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Looking for creative inspiration? Tap into Cubase's new MultiTap Delay...

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    Field Recording On An African Island

    Hidden Treasures

    Recording music in remote locations can be challenging — and before you can record it, you have to find it!

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    How To Record Yourself And Make It Sound Good

    Self Service: Solo Tracking Sessions

    Sometimes, performers have to be their own engineers. Here's how to get better results from solo tracking sessions.

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    Inside Track: Dua Lipa 'Don't Start Now'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ian Kirkpatrick

    Dua Lipa's mega-hit 'Don't Start Now' grew out of a writing session in Wyoming to achieve world-wide chart domination. Producer Ian Kirkpatrick was there from the start.

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    Logic Pro X: Multi-output Instruments

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Multi-output instruments are a powerful weapon in your Logic arsenal. Here's how to use them...

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    Pro Tools: Avid MTRX Studio

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid's recent hardware launches change the game for HDX and HD Native users.

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    Reason: Using BeatMap Player

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    No rhythm? No problem! Reason's new BeatMap device has got you covered...

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    Recording Metallica & The San Francisco Symphony Live

    Greg Fidelman: Enter Soundman

    Recording a live heavy metal concert would be challenging enough — but when you throw an 80-piece orchestra into the mix, all bets are off!

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    Recording The Orchestra

    A Brief History

    For many people, faithful capture of an orchestral performance is the Holy Grail of recording. We look back at how innovation in engineering has been driven by the pursuit of this goal.

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    Remote Music Production

    Successful Recording Over The Internet

    Social distancing needn't mean the end of studio recording. We explain a simple, free setup for real-time online collaboration.

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    Reverb: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    Control Parameters Explained

    Reverb plug-ins can present a bewildering variety of parameters. We explain what they're there for, and how to put them to good use!

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    Studio One: Macro Machines

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Perform routine tasks faster with Studio One's Macros. We show you how...

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Sound Advice

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    Audio Test Kitchen - The Ultimate Mic Comparison

    Video Feature

    We go behind the scenes of the most ambitious microphone comparison project ever attempted.

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    Ch-ch-changes

    Leader

    Industry stalwart Paul White hands over the baton to newly-promoted Editor In Chief, Sam Inglis...

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    To help you brush up on your listening skills, we examine the production of recent hits from Lewis Capaldi, Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey and a classic mix from Radiohead.

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    The Soundgas Apprenticeship Scheme

    Tony & Jo Miln

    When your business is selling gear with a past, how do you make sure it has a future?

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    Why I Love... Criticism

    Robin Morley

    Even if some people who hear it loathe your music, there will always be some who adore it. Whether you care about either camp, or just decide to make music to please yourself, is entirely up to you.

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