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May 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) May 2021

Reviews: Roland Juno 60 soft synth • Warm Audio WA-87 R2 mic • Korg SQ-64 sequencer • Shure MV7 mic • Rupert Neve Designs 5254 compressor • Melodium 42Bn mic • OS Acoustics DBS8 monitors • M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49 controller • Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt • Embody Immerse Virtual Studio • TK Audio T-Komp • Golden Gear: AKG D19 mic • Toontrack Gospel EZX & EBX • miniDSP SHD Power amplifier • Waves CLA Epic & Vocal Bender plug-ins • PreSonus Analog Effects Collection • VSL Synchron Strings Pro & Synchron Percussion libraries • UJAM Virtual Drummer DEEP • Cinematic Studio Woodwinds library — and tons more!

Techniques + People:  Insta Hits: Producing Social Media Influencers (front cover) • Choosing A Budget Audio Interface • The Mechanics Of Keyboards Explained • Mix Rescue: Gypsy Jazz • Classic Tracks: The Bangles 'Walk Like An Egyptian' • Emily Lazar mastering engineer • Inside Track: Mogwai 'As The Love Continues' • Saturation Strategies • Why Your Ears Are Lying To You — plus Studio One 5.2, Logic, Pro Tools & Reason DAW workshops.

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    ALM/Busy Circuits Jumble Henge

    Eurorack Module

    This may offend certain modular enthusiasts, but I’m a big believer in restriction aiding creativity. Eurorack designers...

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    Auddict PercX: Raw Drum Kits

    PercX Engine

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. Auddict are back with a further library that uses the PercX engine: Raw Drum Kits, aimed more at songwriter/producer types.

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    Black Corporation Deckard’s Voice

    Eurorack Module

    Black Corporation have taken a single monophonic voice from Deckard’s Dream, made a few tweaks and packaged it into Eurorack format.

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    Cinematic Studio Woodwinds

    Sample Library

    Cinematic Studio’s eagerly anticipated Woodwinds library does not disappoint.

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    EBS Stanley Clarke Signature

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    Is this the perfect partner for acoustic bass?

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    Embody Immerse Virtual Studio

    Control Room Simulation Plug-in

    Embody offer a unique way to tailor their room‑simulation system to the individual user.

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    Focusrite FAST Reveal

    Spectral Ducker Plug-in

    FAST Reveal is designed to make it easy to tackle masking problems in your mix.

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    Golden Gear: AKG D19

    Dynamic Microphone

    We kick off a new series profiling classic studio equipment with a look at a humble dynamic mic that has passed into Liverpudlian legend.

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    Graph Tech RATIO

    Synchronised Guitar Machine Heads

    These RATIO tuners take the geared tuner concept further, in an attempt to solve an issue that most players probably don’t even recognise as being a problem...

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    Holy Island Audio Super Freq

    Auto-filter & Fuzz Pedal

    The Super Freq by Holy Island Audio is not for the subtle tone seeker, as it is wild and unruly — but in the most wonderful way!

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    Korg SQ-64

    Polyphonic Step Sequencer

    Korg’s SQ‑64 step sequencer bridges the gap between ‘deep’ and ‘hands‑on’.

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    Leapwing Audio Al Schmitt

    Channel-strip Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    Can Leapwing’s latest plug‑in really sprinkle some Al Schmitt magic on your recordings?

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    M-Audio Oxygen Pro 49

    Controller Keyboard

    With plenty of performance features, DAW control and programmability, have M‑Audio found the winning formula in the MIDI controller‑keyboard game?

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    Melodium 42Bn

    Ribbon Microphone

    A French classic is reborn.

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    miniDSP SHD Power

    Power Amp & Speaker Correction System

    This powerful amp brings high‑tech Dirac room optimisation DSP to your favourite passive monitors.

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    Neewer Stand Sandbags

    Mic Stand Stabilisers

    When weighted with sand (or another suitable mass) the bag can be placed across the legs of lightweight tripod stands to make them more stable and safer...

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    Newfangled Audio Generate

    Software Synthesizer

    Newfangled Audio’s Generate soft synth embraces chaos...

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    OS Acoustics DBS8

    Active Monitors

    OS Acoustics have followed up their impressive DB7 with an even more capable twin‑woofer design. We put the new DBS8 to the test.

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    Patch & Tweak With Moog

    Book Review

    It’s a reflection of how big the modular‑synth world has grown, in the last decade or so, that a book like this can be commercially viable.

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    PreSonus Analog Effects Collection box.

    PreSonus Analog Effects Collection

    Processor & Effects Plug-ins

    Some of Studio One’s hidden gems are now available to users of other DAWs.

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    Qu-Bit Data Bender

    Eurorack Module

    I don’t think I’ve ever been as pleasantly surprised by a module as much as I have with the Data Bender...

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    Roland Juno 60

    Software Synthesizer

    Does Roland’s software Juno 60 capture the magic of the original?

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    Rupert Neve Designs 5254

    Dual-channel Compressor

    Throughout his illustrious career, Rupert Neve continued to refine the diode‑bridge compressor design he first created over half a century ago.

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    Shure MV7

    USB & XLR Dynamic Microphone

    Shure’s new podcasting mic delivers pro sound quality in a consumer‑friendly package.

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    Soundbake Fractured Strings & Broken Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. While Fractured Strings is a fully paid‑up product, Broken Strings is a freely available instrument, with samples drawn from a warped‑Nyckelharp and a broken Autoharp.

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    Spitfire Audio Contemporary Drama Toolkit

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. As with its predecessor, this toolkit lacks any rhythmic material, but its astonishing sounds are well worth the entry price.

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    Steinberg Cubasis 3.2

    DAW For iOS & Android

    Steinberg’s mobile DAW just got even better!

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    TK Audio T-Komp

    Dual-channel Analogue Compressor

    We check out TK’s latest intriguing interpretation of the humble VCA compressor.

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    Toontrack Gospel EZX & EBX

    EZdrummer/Superior Drummer & EZbass Expansions

    We look at the Gospel according to Toontrack.

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    UJAM Virtual Drummer DEEP

    Virtual Drummer Instrument

    Rating ***** 5/5 Stars. DEEP’s drum sample content and collections of drum pattern style sets give it a distinct musical flavour within the UJAM drum line‑up.

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    VSL Synchron Strings Pro & Synchron Percussion

    Sample Libraries

    The Vienna samplemeisters expand their Synchron orchestral range.

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    Warm Audio WA‑87 R2

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Warm Audio’s revised take on the Neumann U87 gets even closer to the real thing.

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    Warm Audio WA‑87 R2 | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Audio examples to accompany our May 2021 review of the Warm Audio WA-87 R2 capacitor mic.

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    Waves CLA Epic

    Delay & Reverb Plug-in

    Waves have a long‑standing relationship with celebrated rock music mixer Chris Lord‑Alge, and CLA Epic offers the user some of Chris’s favourite delay and reverb treatments.

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    Waves Vocal Bender

    Pitch & Formant Processing Plug-in

    Could this plug‑in be both the quickest and the best way to achieve a range of familiar vocal effects?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Emily Lazar

    Mastering Engineer

    With a record three Album of the Year nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards, mastering engineer Emily Lazar is at the forefront of her profession.

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    Tim Exile - Musician and Technologist

    Endlesss Music Creation - Tim Exile | Podcast

    Collaborative Music Creation

    Musician and Technologist Tim Exile chats to Caro C about the creation of the Endlesss project and the benefits of immersive, collaborative music creation in real-time.

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    Insta Hits: Producing Social Media Influencers

    LYRE: Alina Smith & Elli Moore

    Influencers turn themselves into brands. Production duo LYRE can turn them into pop stars too.

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    Talkback: Isabel Gracefield

    Sound Engineer

    RAK Studios engineer Isabel Gracefield undergoes our questioning.

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    Thinking Ahead

    Leader

    Next time you’re buying studio hardware, try searching the manufacturer’s website using terms like ‘sustainability’. You might be surprised at the results.

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    Why I Love... Labels

    Robin Bigwood

    Great‑sounding gear with big feature sets — what’s not to like? Well, for one, user interfaces that are so obscure you forget how they work the moment you put down the manual...

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