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November 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) November 2020

Reviews: Choosing A 500-series Chassis (front cover) • Choosing 500-series Modules • Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core interface • Prism Sound Dream ADA-128 (first look) • API 312 mic preamp • Aston Element mic • Roger Mayer 500 Series • Roland VAD506 electronic drums • Korg SoundLink MW-2408 mixer • DACS HeadLine • Universal Audio Apollo Solo • Apple MacBook Pro 13 • IK Multimedia MixBox • UST UT FET 47 mic • Audix A Series headphones • Akai MPK Mini MkIII • PreSonus PM-2 mic • UJAM Virtual Bassist 2 • zPlane deCoda song deconstruction plug-in • Amphion FlexBase25 • 4MS Ensemble Oscillator, Spitfire Audio Symphonic Motions — and plenty more…

Techniques + People: NUGEN Audio: How A Plug-in Is Made • Inside Track: Pop Smoke ‘The Woo’ • Yusuf Islam: Tea For The Tillerman2 • Disclosure • DAWless Jamming • Processing Reverb • The Gerzon Array • iZotope RX For Music: Part 2 • Studio One & MPE — plus other DAW workshops • 35 Years of SOS.

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    4MS Ensemble Oscillator

    Eurorack Module

    This ensemble oscillator comprises 16 sine wave VCOs in one module, each voice of which will play different (related) programmed notes/harmonics in arrays that you can select, tweak and voltage control.

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    Akai MPK Mini MkIII

    Controller Keyboard

    The new MPK Mini portable controller punches well above its price tag.

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    Amphion FlexBase25

    Bass Extension System

    Amphion’s innovative FlexBase system offers true‑stereo sub‑bass in a single speaker cabinet.

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    Antelope Audio Zen Tour Synergy Core

    Thunderbolt 3 & USB Audio Interface

    Antelope Audio have turbo‑charged the desktop interface with their Synergy Core processing engine.

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    API 312

    Mic Preamplifier

    API celebrate half a century of their iconic preamp design with a reissue for the 500 series.

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    Apple 
MacBook Pro 13 (2020)

    Laptop Computer

    If the 16‑inch MacBook Pro was too much and the MacBook Air too little, is this latest 13‑inch MacBook Pro just right?

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    Aston Element

    Cardioid Microphone

    The newest mic from the Aston stable offers remarkable performance at a surprisingly low price.

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    Audix A Series headphones

    Audix A Series

    Closed-back Headphones

    Having mastered the dynamic microphone, US company Audix turn their attention to headphones — with impressive results.

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    Baby Audio Parallel Aggressor

    Compression & Saturation Plug-in

    If you loved Baby’s I Heart NY but wished it were more tweakable, you really should check out Parallel Aggressor.

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    Blue Cat Audio Re-Head

    Head-response Simulation Plug-in

    Re‑Head aims to offer headphone users a loudspeaker‑like listening experience.

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    Boss DD-3T & DD-8

    Digital Delay Pedals

    Boss got so much right with their DD‑3 that it has remained on sale ever since it launched in 1986. But this year they’ve updated it and introduced the more adventurous DD‑8.

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    DACS HeadLine

    Guitar Amp & Speaker Selector

    The HeadLine could save you precious session time when indulging your inner tone‑hound.

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    Heavyocity Mosaic Bass

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. The 3GB of sample content is divided amongst nearly 50 different bass and sub‑bass sounds and these are complemented by a further 50+ drones, noise layers and ‘attack’ sounds.

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    IK Multimedia MixBox

    Modular Effects & Processing Software

    IK’s latest modular processing suite brings a whole new meaning to the idea of ‘mixing in the box’.

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    Instant Audio QuickAG

    Acoustic Guitar Processor Plug-in

    QuickAG is a set of easy‑to‑use tools designed to polish the sound of acoustic guitars and similar stringed instruments...

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    Korg SoundLink MW-2408

    Hybrid Analogue/Digital Mixer

    For their new range of mixers, Korg enlisted the help of two of the biggest names in console design.

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    Metasystem Metagrid

    Remote Control App For iPad

    Metagrid lets you control multiple pieces of software from a single iPad app.

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    PreSonus PM-2

    Stereo Microphone Kit

    The PM‑2 set offers quality stereo capture for those on a budget.

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    Prism Sound Dream ADA‑128

    Multichannel A-D/D-A Converter & Audio Interface

    We take an exclusive first look at Prism Sound’s new flagship converter/audio interface.

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    Roger Mayer 500 Series: 68MP, 58LM, 456HD

    Modular Channel Strip

    Mayer’s all‑analogue tape emulation is joined in the 500 series by a mic preamp and limiter.

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    Roland VAD506

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Can Roland’s latest V‑Drum kit recreate the feeling of playing real drums?

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    Spitfire Audio Raven Bush - Moonglades

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Moonglades provides the user with a modest number of distinctive sounds that can be modified to a limited but useful degree via very simple controls.

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    Spitfire Audio Symphonic Motions

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. If you need driving short‑note string ostinatos heard in countless contemporary action‑film cues, Symphonic Motions serves them up at the touch of a key.

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    UJAM Virtual Bassist 2 Royal, Mellow & Rowdy

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars

    As with the original versions, Royal, Mellow and Rowdy provide three style‑based variants in terms of bass tones and performances, and the three titles share the same engine.

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    United Audio Technologies UT FET 47 | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio files accompany our review of the United Studio Technologies UT FET47 mic.

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    UST UT FET 47 condenser microphone

    United Studio Technologies UT FET 47

    Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    UST’s debut large diaphragm condenser mic is a homage to one of the best‑known solid‑state designs around. We put it up against the real thing.

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    Universal Audio Apollo Solo

    Thunderbolt 3 & USB Audio Interfaces

    The Apollo Solo gives you UA quality in a bus‑powered box.

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    Warm Audio Foxy Tone Box

    Fuzz Pedal

    Warm Audio’s Foxy Tone Box claims to be an accurate recreation of one of the most sought‑after vintage fuzz pedals of all time...

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    zplane deCoda

    Song Deconstruction Software

    If you regularly learn or transcribe songs from audio, deCoda might be just the helping hand you need.

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    Cubase: String Theory Part 1

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    Cubase can help you write and arrange realistic string parts.

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    Cubase: String Theory Part 1 Audio

    Audio Examples: Hear For Yourself

    Audio examples to accompany Part 1 of our Cubase: String Theory article.

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    DAWless Jamming

    Making Electronic Music Without A Computer

    We look at the history, the theory and the practice of making electronic music without a computer.

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    EQing & Processing Reverbs | Podcast

    Expert Tips From Mat Gendreau

    Canadian producer and educator Mat Gendreau shares his Top 5 Tips on processing reverbs to fit with your song tempo and to avoid overpowering a mix.

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    Inside Track: Pop Smoke 'The Woo'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jess Jackson

    The lead single from Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut album was stitched together from two demos in different keys. Mix engineer Jess Jackson turned it into a piece of pop magic.

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    iZotope RX For Music Recording: Part 2

    Noises Off

    With the right guidance, iZotope's RX can remove problem sounds that would otherwise ruin a mix.

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    Logic Pro: Introducing Sampler

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    With the introduction of Logic Pro X 10.5, EXS24 has been ‘replaced’ by a plug‑in instrument called Sampler.

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    Mastering Essentials: EQ - Balance, Don’t Match

    Part 4 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    EQ will make or break your master. It's the single most important factor in mastering, once you've decided the loudness...

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    Mastering Essentials: How Loud Should You Master?

    Part 3 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd

    How loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud?

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    Pro Tools: Tempo Mapping With Beat Detective

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to make a tempo map with Beat Detective.

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    Processing Reverb

    Optimisation Techniques

    There’s more to great‑sounding reverb than loading and tweaking your favourite plug‑in.

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    Studio One: Working With MPE

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We offer guidance on working with MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) in v5 of Studio One.

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    The Echo: Reason's Versatile Delay

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We delve deep into The Echo, Reason’s versatile delay effect.

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    The Gerzon Array

    Stereo Miking Configuration

    We introduce a little‑known mic configuration that has some unique advantages over more familiar stereo arrays.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Disclosure

    Producing Energy

    We speak to Disclosure’s tech guru Guy Lawrence about their journey from bedroom production to working with top‑flight stars in some of the biggest studios in the world.

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    Don Lewis & Ned Augustenborg | Podcast

    The Untold Story Of A Synthesizer Pioneer

    Don Lewis toured with the Beach Boys, as well as played studio sessions for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. He's now the focus of a documentary film by Ned Augustenborg.

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    Happy Birthday SOS

    A lot can happen in 35 years. Start the clock in 1914 and it’s a period that encompasses both World Wars, the Russian...

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    Why I Love... The EBow

    Paul White

    The EBow is a small plastic‑cased gadget, powered by a 9V battery, and when it’s hovered over a guitar string, it causes it to vibrate...

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    Yusuf Islam

    Tea For The Tillerman²

    Recorded in 1970, Tea For The Tillerman cemented Cat Stevens’ place in rock history. Half a century later and under his latter‑day name Yusuf Islam, he’s teamed up with original producer Paul Samwell‑Smith to re‑record it from scratch.

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