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September 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) September 2020

Reviews: Arturia AudioFuse Studio • PreSonus Quantum 2626 • Apple Logic Pro X 10.5 • PreSonus Studio One 5 • Cranborne Audio EC2 • Liquidsonics Cinematic Rooms • Yamaha YC61 & CP88 keyboards • Novation Launchkey MkIII • VSL Big Bang Orchestra libraries • IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 Mini • Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8 • PA Brainworx Amek EQ200 • Apogee Clearmountain’s Spaces • AKG Lyra USB mic • Output Thermal • Plugin Boutique Scaler 2 — and plenty more…

Techniques + People: How To Choose An Audio Interface (front cover) • Modular Interfacing • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith • Pigsx7 • Inside Track: Haim ‘I’ve Been Down’ • Managing Sibilance • The Artist-friendly Studio • Using MIDI Controllers With Reason — plus other DAW workshops • [Video Feature] The A-Z Of Audio Interfaces.

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    AKG Lyra

    Multi-pattern USB Microphone

    This classy USB mic offers a useful range of polar patterns.

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    Apogee Clearmountain's Spaces

    Convolution Reverb Plug-in

    Based on impulse responses, Spaces incorporates profiles of some of Bob Clearmountain's favourite rooms and echo chambers, along with some of the processing used on many of his hit records.

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    Apple Logic Pro X 10.5

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Logic Pro X 10.5 introduces a raft of new features and remains exceptional value for money.

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    Arturia AudioFuse Studio

    USB 3 Audio Interface

    Arturia's audio interfaces just keep getting better.

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    Cranborne Audio Camden EC2

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    With added functionality and improved specs, this great preamp just got better.

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    DDMF Magic Death Eye

    Compressor Plug‑ins

    These two plug‑ins bring you the spirit of their 'unobtainium' hardware counterparts!

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    Digital Mixers In The Studio

    Spotlight

    Many of the features that won live sound engineers over to digital desks also have huge potential in the studio. We check out some of the best options.

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    Ergo Kukke Trails

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Primarily aimed at media composers, Trails is best described as a blend of playable instrument, rhythm/pulse creation and abstract sound design.

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    Eventide Undulator

    Modulated Tremolo Plug-in

    Undulator combines multitap delay with feedback and detuning, alongside a multi-waveform tremolo whose depth and speed can themselves be modulated.

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    IK Multimedia iRig Keys 2 Mini

    Controller Keyboard

    Need a flexible, on-the-go keyboard? Look no further...

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    IK Multimedia Z-Tone Buffer Boost & Z-Tone DI

    Variable Impedance Guitar Preamps

    IK's Z‑Tone products put the user in control of pickup, impedance and load variables, by equipping a high-quality preamp with the means to adjust the input impedance to best suit the instrument.

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    Liquidsonics Cinematic Rooms

    Reverb Plug‑in

    We bask in the reflective glory of a rather special algorithmic reverb generator.

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    Neunaber Wet Reverberator

    Reverb Plug-in

    Best known for their high-end guitar reverb effects pedals, the company has recently ported their reverb algorithm into software.

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    Novation Launchkey MkIII

    Controller Keyboard

    The third generation Launchkey offers versatile control over hardware and software alike.

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    Orchestral Tools Tableau Solo Strings

    Sine Player

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This tasteful 60GB library is the flagship of the Organic Samples range and consists of violin, viola and cello solo instruments recorded at the Teldex Scoring Stage, Berlin, from five mic positions.

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    Output Thermal

    Parallel Distortion Processor

    From subtle warmth to full-on modulated mayhem, this plug‑in covers a lot of ground.

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    Plugin Alliance Brainworx Amek EQ200

    EQ Plug‑in

    This Brainworx EQ is inspired by esoteric mastering hardware.

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    Plugin Boutique Scaler 2

    Scale Detection & Generation Plug‑in

    Scaler 2 is just the thing to get you out of a songwriting rut.

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    PreSonus Quantum 2626

    Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

    The newest addition to the Quantum range offers a plethora of I/O and excellent latency performance for a very reasonable price.

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    PreSonus Studio One 5

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Studio One continues to battle the big hitters with a broad range of enhancements and new features.

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    Rupert Neve Designs RMP-D8

    Eight-channel Dante Mic Preamp

    This remote-controllable preamp boasts some unusual features aimed largely at the live-sound market.

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    Sample Logic Cinematic Guitars Motion

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. CGM is an impressive beast. With over 850 instruments and presets included, there's plenty to explore even before you dig into the multitude of possibilities offered by the powerful front-end.

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    Sonic Atoms Baltic Shimmers

    Omnisphere Expansion

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This expansion pack for Spectrasonics Omnisphere is described by its Polish creators as a collection of ambient sounds inspired by the sea.

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    Soundevice Digital SubBass Doctor 808

    Sub-bass Generator Plug-in

    SubBass Doctor 808 is designed to add sub-bass to sounds that already reside in the sub-50Hz low-frequency register.

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    Sugar Bytes Looperator For iPad

    Step-based Multi-effects Processor

    Looperator takes any audio source and slices it into 16 steps, applying a series of effects to any step that include filters, stutters, slices, distortion, tape stops, volume modulation and looping.

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    VSL Big Bang Orchestra

    Sample Libraries

    The Viennese maestros go intergalactic with their full-scale orchestra range.

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    Yamaha THR10 II

    Guitar Amplifier

    Though small and quiet, this stereo combo is big on possibilities...

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    Yamaha YC61 & CP88

    Stage Keyboards

    Yamaha look to reclaim their stage keyboard crown with two world-class live instruments.

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Techniques

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    Cubase: Archiving Projects

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Future-proof your projects. We examine the archival options for users of Cubase Elements, Artist or Pro.

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    Digital Performer: Beats Of Burden

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    The latest version of DP includes some powerful timing & tempo-manipulation tools.

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    Dom Morley Producer

    Dom Morley - Recording & Mixing Vocals | Podcast

    Engineer Producer

    Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer Dom Morley chats with Sam Inglis about the art and craft of recording and mixing vocals.

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     Mike Senior Podcast

    Improving Your Mixes With Distortion | Podcast

    Expert Tracking & Mixing Tips

    Distortion can be a surprisingly useful mix effect, if you know what you're doing. Mike Senior reveals several common applications, and explains how to get the best results in practice.

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    Inside Track: Haim 'I've Been Down'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ariel Rechtshaid & Rostam Batmanglij

    Haim's latest album was made with a mix of old-school and modern techniques and equipment.

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    Managing Sibilance

    How To Stop It Affecting The Quality Of Your Mixes

    Here's how to prevent those pesky esses from ruining your tracks!

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    Modular Interfacing

    CV & The Audio Interface

    Everything you need to know to get your DAW talking to your modular system via your audio interface.

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    Pro Tools: Exploring Avid Pro Multiband Splitter

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explore Avid's Pro Multiband Splitter plug‑in.

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    Setting Up & Using Jamulus

    Play With Other Musicians Over The Internet In Real Time

    The free and open-source Jamulus app lets you play along with other musicians over the Internet in real time. We guide you through it.

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    Using MIDI Controllers With Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason has two completely different systems for configuring MIDI sources. We unpick some of the confusion around this to find the best ways to sequence and play Reason from external devices.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Choices Choices

    Leader

    Why is Sound On Sound publishing a major article about choosing an audio interface? Many reasons...

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    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

    Producing Ambient Music

    We talk to prolific producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith about her ambient compositions and love of Buchla synths.

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    Manny Fernandez

    Manny Fernandez - From DX to MODX | Podcast

    Programming Yamaha FM Synths

    Dr Manny Fernandez has been heavily involved in development and programming for Yamaha and is best known for his FM and Physical Modelling work through their glory years of new synthesis technologies in the DX7II, SY77/99, VL1, VP1, EX5, AN1x and FS1R. More recently he has been working with the Reface DX, Montage and MODX.

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    Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs

    Recording Viscerals

    The rules of heavy metal are well established, but for their latest album, Pigsx7 guitarist and producer Sam Grant added a few of his own.

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    Ross Orton - Producer

    Ross Orton - Producer | Podcast

    Creating A Drum-centric Studio

    Ross Orton talks to Nigel Humberstone about his transition from playing drums with Jarvis Cocker into the world of production, remixing and songwriting. His steel city stories include working with Arctic Monkeys & Working Men’s Club.

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    Why I Love... The JBL Control One

    Helen Skiera

    JBL Control Ones with dented grilles, sticky with fake blood, painted bright yellow for some forgotten scenery reason, are the unsung heroes of theatre audio delivery.

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