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June 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) June 2020

Reviews: Akai MPC Live MkII • Moog Subharmonicon synth • Black Lion Audio Bluey FET compressor • Modal Argon 8X synthesizer • Rode RodeCaster Pro V2 • Waldorf Kyra synth • Manley Labs ELOP+ • Big Fish Momentum sample library • Befaco Voltage Controlled MIDI Controller • Dynaudio Core 47 & Core Sub • Sontronics Podcast Pro mic • StaffPad scorewriter • ADAM Audio T10S sub • Steinberg UR816C interface • Grace Design m908 monitor controller • ProjectSAM Symphobia 4 Pandora library — and plenty more…

Techniques + People: Podcast Like A Pro (front cover) • Vangelis • Inside Track: Lil Baby ‘Sum 2 Prove’ • Saint Jhn & Imanbek: ‘Roses’ • Creative Uses For Amp Simulators • USB Mics: Choosing & Using • Podcasting In GarageBand • Podcast Template In Studio One • Podcast Dialogue Editing In Cubase — plus other DAW workshops • [Video Feature] Drum Tracking With Adrian Bushby (inc. downloadable stems).

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    ADAM Audio T10S

    Active Subwoofer

    ADAM's new sub is an affordable way to add serious bass to your monitoring system.

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    Akai MPC Live II

    Sampling Workstation

    With battery power and built-in speakers, the MPC Live II is ready to rock some blocks.

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    Audio Damage Enso

    Looper Plug‑in For Mac, Windows & iOS

    What more can this plug‑in offer than the hardware that inspired it?

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    Audio-Technica ATM350GL

    Acoustic Guitar Miking Kit

    Audio-Technica's popular ATM350a mic is now available with a dedicated acoustic guitar mount. We put it to the test!

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    Avion Studios Retro-Flyer

    Active Preamp For Rhodes Pianos

    Retro‑Flyer adds an impedance-matched preamplifier and a mid-range EQ, plus stereo tremolo, to 73-note and 88-note Mk1 and Mk2 Rhodes pianos.

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    Befaco VCMC

    Eurorack Module

    This Voltage Controlled MIDI Controller takes all your Eurorack–based manipulations and maps them to the parameters of any MIDI device.

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    Big Fish Audio Momentum

    Sample Library / Loop Manipulator

    BFA's Momentum combines samples and loop manipulation with an irresistible price tag.

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    Black Lion Audio Bluey

    Mono FET Compressor

    Black Lion's Bluey recreates an 1176 that has made more hits than most!

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    Black Lion Audio Bluey | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany the review of Black Lion Audio’s Bluey FET compressor in SOS June 2020

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    Choosing & Using A USB Microphone

    For Podcasting

    USB mics provide a convenient one-stop shop for podcast recording — but there are a few things to look out for when deciding which one to buy.

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    Choosing A USB Microphone | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany our main USB Microphones round-up article in SOS June 2020 issue.

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    Creative Uses For Amp Simulators

    Outside The Box

    Used right, amp modelling plug‑ins can sound almost like the real thing. But it's much more fun to use them wrong!

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    Delta Labs Stream

    Granular Effects Plug-in

    If you like looking to effects for musical ideas, this plug‑in's worth checking out.

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    DJ Swivel The Sauce

    Effects & Processing Plug‑in

    It's not every day you find a channel-strip plug‑in that offers out-there features such as pitch and formant shifting!

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    Dynaudio Core 47 & Core Sub

    Active Monitors

    Dynaudio's premium Core series grows apace with the launch of a new three-way model and a powerful subwoofer.

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    Fame Pro Series VT-67

    Multi-pattern Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Fame's homage to a German classic gives you vintage vibe on a budget.

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    Grace Design m908

    Multi-channel Monitor Controller

    Immersive audio is increasingly important, and requires large multi-channel monitoring systems. Grace Design's m908 is intended to provide complete control over such a system.

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    HK Audio Polar 10

    Active Line Array

    HK's PAs don't normally come cheap, but their newest rig is surprisingly affordable, and maintains the high quality for which they're known.

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    In Session Audio Drumatic Creator

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Deeply sampled percussion nestles in a fiendishly clever Kontakt engine that allows the user to design their own percussion ensembles down to the finest detail.

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    KMA Audio Machines Cirrus

    Spatial Temporal Modifier Pedal

    Cirrus combines delay, reverb, dynamic modulation, dynamic filtering, sample & hold modulation and octave shimmer in a single digital pedal.

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    Manley Labs ELOP+

    Dual-channel Compressor

    Manley's well-liked optical compressor gets a makeover in time for its 30th birthday!

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    Modal Electronics Argon 8X

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Modal's Argon 8X offers a lot of synthesizer for a very compelling price.

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    Moog Subharmonicon - EXCLUSIVE FULL REVIEW

    Semi-modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Moog love to push boundaries, and the Subharmonicon may be their most unusual synth yet.

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    Polyend Preset Recaller & Sequencer

    Eurorack Module

    The Preset offers a tantalising promise: presets in your modular, allowing you to save and recall up to nine control voltages in up to 1024 'presets'.

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    ProjectSAM Symphobia 4: Pandora

    Sample Library

    The latest entry in Project SAM's Symphobia series promises heart-stopping thrills, terrifying sci-fi action and nerve-jangling horror.

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    PSP InfiniStrip

    Channel-strip Plug-in

    Want to combine the freedom to choose EQs and compressors with the convenience of a single plug‑in? PSP may have the answer...

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    Qu-Bit Chord V2

    Eurorack Module

    The original Chord module, reviewed in SOS February 2017 by Jyoti Mishra, offered an excellent way to get polyphony and, more...

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    Rhythmic Robot Audio Dark Machine

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. From a damaged, poorly-maintained Soviet-era monosynth that suffers from crackles, frequency drift and other problems, RR saw an opportunity to create an unusual polysynth...

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    Rode RodeCaster Pro v2

    Podcast Production System

    Rode's one-stop podcasting shop continues to evolve.

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    RT60 Drummer ITP

    Intelligent Metronome For iOS

    Although described as the world's most intelligent metronome, Drummer ITP is primarily an accuracy training app for drummers...

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    Sontronics Podcast Pro

    Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone

    The newest mic from UK makers Sontronics offers smooth, radio-ready sound at a competitive price.

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    Spitfire Audio Ólafur Arnalds Stratus

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Stratus centres around a collection of phrases, polyrhythmic patterns and textures performed by a pair of Yamaha Disklavier felt-dampened, self-playing upright pianos.

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    StaffPad

    Notation Software For iOS & Windows

    Pen-based input devices have been sadly neglected in music software. The StaffPad notation app reminds us why they're cool!

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    Steinberg UR816C

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    Steinberg's UR range is a proven studio stalwart. We take a look at the newest addition to the family.

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    Stylus Timer

    Studio Accessory

    Read on to find out why we're writing about this device in a music-recording magazine...

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    Toontrack The Rooms Of Hansa SDX

    Expansion Pack For Superior Drummer 3

    Toontrack's Superior Drummer 3 set the bar for acoustic drum samples. Their Rooms Of Hansa expansion has raised it.

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    Vox Cambridge 50

    Hybrid Valve & Modelling Guitar Amplifier

    Need a single amp to cover all your home–recording and gigging duties? Vox have got you covered!

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    Waldorf Kyra

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Kyra's FPGA-based synth engine is technologically innovative, but what's it like as an instrument?

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Techniques

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    Drum Tracking With Adrian Bushby

    VIDEO FEATURE & AUDIO STEMS

    Drum recording is his specialism. Adrian talks us through his mic choices, placement and console setup for a tracking session with Superglu — and you can download the multitracks to hear the results for yourself!

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    How To Make Zoom Work For Music

    Set-up & Operation Tips

    With self-isolation likely to continue for some time, we talk you through using the world's leading conference‑call service for remote music performance.

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    Inside Track: Lil Baby 'Sum 2 Prove'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tillie

    In just seven years at hip-hop label Quality Control, Thomas 'Tillie' Mann has helped shape the sound of Atlanta rap.

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    Podcast Dialogue Editing In Cubase

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    Reduce the time you spend on podcasting post-production, with these Cubase voice-editing tips.

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    Podcast Like A Pro!

    Podcast Production For The Project-studio Owner

    If you're a musician, podcasting is the perfect application for the studio skills and equipment you already have.

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    Podcast Template Use In Studio One

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We explore the new Podcast Production template in Studio One.

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    Podcasting In GarageBand

    A Beginner's Guide

    Apple's GarageBand recording software comes free with every Mac/iPad and has everything you need to make pro-sounding podcasts. We show you how...

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    Pro Tools: Folder Tracks In 2020.3

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explore the 2020.3 update and specifically Pro Tools' new Folder Tracks.

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    Sending MIDI From Reason To Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Reason version 11.2 now lets you drag MIDI clips into Live from three of Reason's MIDI-based devices: the Redrum drum machine, the Matrix step sequencer and the Dr Octo Rex Rex-file player.

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    Studio SOS: Making A Small Room Sound Good

    Inside Hugh Robjohns' Revamped Home Studio

    Getting good results in a small space isn't easy — but it is possible. And if you're the Technical Editor of Sound On Sound, it's also essential!

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    Studio SOS: Web - Extra Photos

    Inside Hugh Robjohns' Revamped Home Studio

    More photos and information of SOS Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns' home studio workspace that we were unable to publish in the print magazine. Enjoy!

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    Adrian Bushby: Drum Tracking - out of focus snare drum 'art' photo.

    Three Ways To Compress Snare - Mike Senior | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    Compression can do radically different things to the sound of a snare drum, depending on how it's set up. In this episode, Mike Senior explores three ways in which a compressor can help bring your snare tracks to life.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Glossary Of Technical Terms

    Recording | Audio Production | Music Technology | Music Software | MIDI | Audio Plug-ins | Acoustics | Live Sound | Electronics | Computers |

    Welcome to Sound On Sound's regularly updated, indispensible explanations of technical terms from the fields of Recording, Audio Production, Music Technology, MIDI, Music Software, Audio Plug-ins, Mac and PC Computing, Live Sound, Acoustics, Electronics and more...

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    Q. Do digital effects always cause problems when used via an aux send?

    I've got a Zoom MS-70CDR [multi-effects] pedal, and a few people are saying not to use it via an aux send and return, owing to a comb-filtering issue. Have you noticed this issue with digital pedals on aux returns?

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    Q. How steep should I make a high-pass filter?

    I've always advised my students to set their high-pass filter slope at a steep setting of 48dB per octave to reduce boominess. Is this the best advice to give my students, who are very much at the beginner stage?

    Sound Advice
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    The Hidden Dangers Of Vintage EQ

    Pultec EQP‑1A & Models

    Plug‑in models of classic hardware can sound great if you feed them the right level. But what level is right?

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    Sam's Top 10

    Top 10 Boring Things That Are Really Important In The Studio

    VIDEO

    In this video, SOS Editor In Chief Sam Inglis counts down his unsung heroes, the Top 10 items that won't make your heart beat faster — but will prove vital in the heat of a session.

    Sound Advice

People

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    A Helping Hand

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Sam Inglis unveils three SOS Podcast channels, a Podcast-themed June issue, and a new SOS Digital Magazine reader to help during the pandemic lockdown.

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    The article author Paul Baggott with Mac Pro below his studio desk

    Diary Of A Mac Pro Upgrader

    The Journey Is The Reward?

    Like many SOS readers, Paul Baggott's studio centred around the original 'cheesegrater' Mac Pro tower but in 2020 he could hold off no longer and needed to upgrade. In our 'web-only' feature, we thought you'd enjoy reading the trials-and-tribulations tale of Paul's journey and his real-world experiences as this producer bites the bullet and buys a new 2019 Mac Pro.

    People
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    Saint Jhn & Imanbek: 'Roses'

    Conquering The Charts

    How did a teenager from Kazakhstan, armed only with an ageing laptop and a copy of Fruity Loops, conquer the charts?

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    Vangelis

    The Role Of Synthesizers In Music

    In a rare interview, legendary composer Vangelis shares his thoughts on the role of synthesizers in music — including his beloved Yamaha CS80.

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    Why I Love... Chance Operations

    Andrew Culver

    When you use chance operations correctly, you end up challenging yourself constantly...

    People

Music Business

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    AMS Neve - Mark Crabtree

    AMS Neve - Mark Crabtree | Podcast

    History & Tech Talk

    Mark Crabtree of AMS Neve chats with Sam Inglis about how two of the biggest names in UK audio technology came together, and how they are using their unique expertise in analogue and digital audio to develop their next wave of studio products.

    Music Business
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