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April 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) April 2021

Reviews: Black Lion Audio Revolution 2x2 interface • Flock Audio Patch • Tierra Audio Gravity VCA compressor • Fredenstein Artistic Plus 500-series • Korg Nautilus synthesizer • Modartt Pianoteq 7 modelled piano • Luftrum Bioscape • UJAM Striiiings virtual instrument • miniDSP ambiMIK-1 ambisonic USB mic • McDSP Royal Mu, Royal Q & MC-3 APB plug-ins • M-Audio M-Track Solo & Duo interfaces • AVP Synth Ritmobox • Tasty Chips GR-1 synth • 2Box Speedlight electronic drum kit • Sony ECM-100 mics • Telefunken TF11 FET mic • Strymon NightSky reverb pedal • Powerwerks PW PA • Orchestral Tools Berlin Symphonic Strings library — and tons more!

Techniques + People: Mixing With Pedals (front cover) • Patrick Gleeson synth pioneer • Lostboy producer/composer • Inside Track: Olivia Rodrigo 'Drivers License' • Binaural Recording introduction • Programming Perfect Pads • Lockdown Mixdown • Niko Moon • Mastering In Cubase 11 — plus Digital Performer, Logic, Live, Pro Tools & Studio One DAW workshops.

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    2Box Speedlight

    Electronic Drum Kit

    2Box’s Speedlight kit takes an unconventional but flexible approach to electronic percussion.

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    AVP Synth Ritmobox

    Analogue Drum Machine

    The Ritmobox is a no‑nonsense drum machine with a solid analogue sound.

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    Black Lion Audio Revolution 2x2

    USB Audio Interface

    With their debut audio interface, Black Lion Audio say they’re putting quality first.

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    Cymatic Form Acousmatic Engine

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Acousmatic Engine explores future retro and Gothic‑influenced sound design to conjure a world of dank cellars, flickering lightbulbs and leering spectral apparitions.

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    Delta Sound Labs Fold

    Distortion Plug-in

    There are many types of distortion that can be pressed into service in the name of musical creativity, ranging from soft...

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    Electro-Harmonix Eddy

    Analogue Vibrato & Chorus Pedal

    The bucket‑brigade analogue delay line gives this pedal a classic chorus sound reminiscent of the early Clone Theory pedals...

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    Flock Audio Patch

    Software-controlled Analogue Patchbay

    Never has working with a hybrid analogue/in‑the‑box setup been so easy.

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    Fredenstein Artistic Plus

    500-series Modules

    This refreshed range boasts new features and improved specs — but the same great value for money.

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    Korg Nautilus

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg’s Nautilus puts much of the functionality of the Kronos into a far more affordable instrument.

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    Krackle Killers

    Socket Cleaners

    Krackle Killers are made of a hard and stiff, but quite absorbent, plastic foam, shaped in the form of a dummy plug...

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    Luftrum Bioscape

    Sample Library

    Luftrum offer some found sounds as a cure for lost inspiration.

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    M-Audio M-Track Solo & Duo

    USB Audio Interfaces

    Can you really buy a useful audio interface for £39$49?

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    McDSP Royal Mu, Royal Q & MC-3

    APB Plug-ins

    McDSP’s unique analogue plug‑in platform continues to grow, with three impressive new processors joining the collection.

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    miniDSP ambiMIK-1

    Ambisonic Microphone

    This USB microphone provides an affordable entry point into the world of Ambisonic recording.

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    Modartt Pianoteq 7

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Pianoteq 7 introduces new morphing features and an even more realistic modelling engine.

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    Orchestral Tools Berlin Symphonic Strings

    Sample Library

    Orchestral Tools beef up their Berlin orchestra with a full‑size symphonic string instrument.

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    Powerwerks PW3X6BT & PW110

    Active PA System

    If you’re looking for a compact, scalable system for outdoor events, this affordable rig may be just the ticket.

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    Soniccouture Celeste

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Soniccouture have given this musical treasure the five‑star treatment it deserves...

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    Sony ECM-100

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphones

    We put Sony’s classy ‘hi‑res’ instrument mics to the test.

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    Strymon NightSky

    Reverb Pedal

    With patch‑morphing and a built‑in step sequencer, the NightSky is no ordinary reverb unit.

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    Sudden Audio RAW Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4.5/5 Stars. Sudden Audio describe this package as ‘strings reimagined’, setting this sampled‑suite apart from the more usual orchestral or solo string bundles.

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    Sugar Bytes DrumComputer

    Drum Machine App For iPad

    Sugar Bytes bring their powerful drum machine to iPad.

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    Tasty Chips GR-1

    Granular Synthesizer

    The Tasty Chips GR‑1 makes granular synthesis more approachable than ever.

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    Telefunken TF11 FET

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    We try out Telefunken’s affordable take on an Austrian classic.

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    Telefunken TF11 FET: Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany April 2021's review of the Telefunken TF11 FET microphone.

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    Template Mixing And Mastering

    Book Review

    Can you mix a hit record in 45 minutes? Billy Decker can, and in this book he tells you how!

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    Tierra Audio Gravity

    Stereo VCA Compressor

    If you’re into analogue processing but worried about your carbon footprint, Tierra have you covered!

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    Toontrack Electronic Edge EZX

    EZ Drummer/Superior Drummer Expansion

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This is a very unusual expansion kit, steering well clear of the more familiar electronic drum sounds in favour of something rather more experimental.

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    UJAM Striiiings

    Virtual Instrument

    UJAM and Hans Zimmer attempt to make creating professional string parts possible for everyone with Striiiings.

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    Utility Design Vidami

    Video Looper Pedal

    Want to set loop points on YouTube video tutorials and control their playback? This device does just that...

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    Vox Valvenergy

    Amp-emulation Pedals

    We check out four pedals that emulate classic amplifier types.

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    Waves Abbey Road RS124

    Compressor Plug-in [Mac / Windows]

    Will Waves' plug-in emulation of the Abbey Road RS124, which was based on a much modified Altec 436B valve compressor, find favour with today's engineers and producers?

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    zplane PEEL

    Spatial Spectral Isolator EQ Plug-in

    Ever wished you could pick individual sounds out of a stereo signal in real time? Now you can...

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    50 Years Of Eventide

    50 Years Of Eventide | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    Tony Agnello and Richard Factor chat about the 50 year history of Eventide, from their groundbreaking use of digital technology in the early ’70s to the modern challenges of adapting their algorithms for plug-ins and stompboxes.

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    David Gamson of Scritti Politti

    David Gamson - Scritti Politti | Podcast

    Defining Sound Of '80s Pop Music

    As one third of the second incarnation of Scritti Politti, David Gamson was the man behind the polished, groove-laden sound of the band’s second album Cupid & Psyche ’85 and their third album, Provision.

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    Siamäk Naghian and Andy Bensley of Genelec

    Genelec: Active Monitor Development | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    Siamäk Naghian and Andy Bensley of Genelec chat to Sam Inglis about the 43 year history of the company, the development of new technology and future sustainability.

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    Lostboy

    Producing Pop For The 21st Century

    The way pop music is made and consumed has changed radically in the last few years. Pete Rycroft, aka Lostboy, has adapted better than most...

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    Patrick Gleeson

    Synth Pioneer

    Alongside the people who make them, Patrick Gleeson has probably done more than anyone else to introduce synthesizers to popular music.

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    Rights & Wrongs

    Leader

    We owe the famous saying “If it sounds right, it is right” to Joe Meek. It sounds like a truism — but only if you overlook what’s involved in deciding that something sounds right.

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    Talkback: Niko Moon

    Country Meets Hip-hop

    Georgia‑born, Nashville‑based Niko Moon gets the 10-question treatment...

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    Why I Love... Modern Instruments

    Kate Isaac

    Sam Inglis’s leader regarding vintage gear got me thinking about similar myths which surround vintage saxophones...

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