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July 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2021

Reviews: EastWest/QL Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition library [front cover] • Antelope Audio Zen Go Synergy Core interface • Tegeler Audio Crème RC channel/remote control • ROLI LUMI Keys Studio Edition • Zoom F6 multitrack field recorder • Arturia Pigments 3 soft synth • Novation Circuit Tracks • Roland JD-800 soft synth • Universal Audio UAFX pedals • MeterPlugs Perception A|B plug-in • RME HDSPe AIO-Pro soundcard • Sonarworks SoundID Reference • SoundGym ear training site • Roland Octapad SPD-20 Pro drum controller • M-Audio Hammer 88 Pro keyboard • Mesanovic RTM10 monitors • Austrian Audio Hi-X65 open-back headphones • HOFA IQ-Series Reverb V2 plug-in • Isla Instruments S2400 sampler • MXL Revelation II mic • Golden Gear: Yamaha NS-1000 monitors — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Sai Shravanam: Recording Indian Music • How I Got That Sound: Steve Albini • Inside Track: Young Thug & Gunna 'Ski' • How To Record Guitar Cabs With One Mic • Creating Usable Synth Bass • Surgeon • Leslie Ann Jones • Anna Laverty • Logic: Writing MIDI Scripts — plus Cubase, Digital Performer, Studio One, Reason & Pro Tools DAW workshops.

Reviews

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    A Vintage Odyssey (Dan Alexander)

    Book Review

    This book is essentially an autobiography of the author's experiences in buying and selling all manner of vintage pro‑audio equipment, combined with some fascinating history about the leading manufacturers and their products...

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    Antelope Audio Zen Go Synergy Core

    USB Audio Interface

    Antelope condense their considerable know‑how into an affordable, bus‑powered interface.

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    Arturia Pigments 3

    Software Synthesizer

    Arturia’s soft synth gets bigger and better.

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    Austrian Audio Hi-X65

    Open-backed Headphones

    We put AA’s new open-backed mixing and mastering headphones to the test.

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    Chairman At The Board: Recording The Soundtrack Of A Generation

    Book Review

    “I believe both producing and engineering are about serving the artist’s needs to help them accomplish their goals,” writes...

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    EastWest/Quantum Leap Hollywood Orchestra Opus Edition

    Sample Library

    EastWest/Quantum Leap unveil their expanded orchestral masterwork and built‑in orchestrator.

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    Frozen Plain Terracotta: Mirage

    Mirage

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars.Terracotta is based around samples taken from recordings of 25 different Terracotta pots, divided into four round‑robin and four velocity layers.

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    Golden Gear: Yamaha NS-1000 Monitors

    Passive Speakers

    Almost half a century after its initial release, Yamaha’s classic three‑way monitor remains an impressive speaker, and it pioneered the use of diaphragm materials that are still considered cutting‑edge today.

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    Har-Bal Dynamics Processor

    Dynamics Plug-in

    Think you’ve heard everything a compressor can do? It might be time to think again...

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    HOFA IQ-Series Reverb V2

    Reverb Plug-in

    If you’re looking for one reverb to rule them all, HOFA’s massively comprehensive plug‑in ticks all the boxes.

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    Intensive Care Audio Fideleater Chorus, Vibrato & Delay Pedal

    Intensive Care Audio Fideleater

    Chorus, Vibrato & Delay Pedal

    Fideleater is a lo‑fi chorus, vibrato and delay pedal whose six controls can be used to access a huge palette of sounds.

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    Isla Instruments S2400

    Sampler

    If vintage samplers butter your muffin, Isla Instruments have got a full afternoon tea for you.

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    M-Audio Hammer 88 Pro

    Controller Keyboard

    M‑Audio’s 88‑note controller significantly improves its bang‑per‑buck ratio.

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    Mackie MC‑350 & MC‑450

    Studio Headphones

    Mackie’s latest cans prove themselves to be serious monitoring tools.

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    Mesanovic RTM10

    Active Monitors

    Detroit microphone maker Deni Mesanovic applies his considerable knowledge of transducers to produce an impressive debut studio speaker.

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    MeterPlugs Perception A|B

    Level-matching Plug-in

    Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd’s first plug‑in has been completely redesigned — with both mastering and mixing in mind.

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    MXL Revelation II

    Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

    We try out the second coming of MXL’s affordable valve mic. Was it worth the wait?

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    Naroth Audio Rhythmus

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Rhythmus is built from over 2.5GB of samples taken from a variety of ‘found’ percussion.

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    Novation Circuit Tracks

    Groovebox

    Novation’s Circuit Tracks is a portable musical playground.

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    Performance Samples Vista

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Performance Samples’ description of Vista as a ‘larger‑than‑life’ chamber ensemble aptly describes this beautiful‑sounding string library.

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    RME HDSPe AIO-Pro

    30-channel PCI-Express Card

    RME’s PCIe audio interface card gets a major overhaul.

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    Roger Mayer Purple Haze Octavia

    Analogue Octave Pedal

    Given the significant cost of this pedal, it’s probably going to appeal mainly to those who already know what to expect from it, though the limited production run may also make it of interest to collectors.

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    Roland JD-800

    Software Synthesizer

    The JD‑800 is the latest instrument to join the Roland Cloud.

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    Roland Octapad SPD-20 Pro

    Percussion Pad

    Roland’s venerable SPD range just keeps getting better...

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    ROLI LUMI Keys Studio Edition

    ROLI LUMI Keys Studio Edition

    Keyboard Controller

    ROLI’s luminous keyboard offers MPE control and a very colourful way of working.

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    RT Sonics Cinematic Bundle

    WAV

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. These high-quality WAV samples would most certainly feel at home dropped into a high‑end blockbuster movie, action trailer, or AAA video game.

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    Softube Empirical Labs Collection

    EQ & Dynamics Plug-ins

    Created in partnership with Empirical Labs, these two emulations form a characterful yet capable channel strip.

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    Sonarworks SoundID Reference

    Monitoring & Playback Correction System

    So far, monitor and headphone calibration systems have targeted music makers exclusively. Sonarworks’ SoundID aims to solve the problem of mix translation from the consumer end too.

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    SoundGym

    Ear Training Website

    The ability to analyse what you’re hearing is a vital skill for audio engineers. SoundGym is a fun way to hone that ability.

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    Source Audio Ultrawave

    Multiband Distortion Pedal

    This powerful digital stompbox is far more than just a distortion pedal...

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    Tegeler Audio Manufaktur Crème RC

    Analogue Channel Strip + Remote Control

    Tegeler add convenient plug‑in remote control to one of their best‑selling processors.

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    Universal Audio UAFX

    Digital Effects Pedals

    UA have long been among the best developers of analogue‑modelling software, so the world is expecting great things of these little boxes. Do they deliver the goods?

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    Zoom F6

    Multitrack Field Recorder

    With 32‑bit recording, six inputs and a stereo mix facility, as well as impressive battery life, this versatile compact recorder should have wide appeal.

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Techniques

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    Screen 1. Recording multiple takes down the timeline is a quick and safe way to work, especially if you’re playing in the band as well as running the session.

    Comping Takes In Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We consider three different approaches to running a tracking session and comping takes in Reason.

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    Creating Usable Synth Bass

    Bass Exploration

    Make your mixes easier by getting the bass sound right from the start.

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    Paul White - Executive Editor

    Creative Use Of Auto-Tune | Podcast

    7 Tips For Creating Soundscapes

    Paul White explains the basics of Auto-Tune and demonstrates 7 tips to help you create a variety of alternative textured soundscapes.

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    Cubase 11: SuperVision Explained

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase 11’s new SuperVision plug‑in makes it easier for Pro and Artist users to trust their ears.

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    Digital Performer: Multi-Song Mastering Project

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to set up a multi-song mastering project.

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    Field Music: Building A Track In The Studio

    VIDEO FEATURE

    Across 17 years and eight albums, Field Music have become one of Britain’s best-loved guitar bands. They’ve also evolved a...

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    Paul White - Executive Editor

    FX Chain Order | Podcast

    Does The Order Matter

    Paul White explains the basic concepts behind FX chain order and gives examples of how these guidelines can be broken in order to achieve new and unique audio outcomes.

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    How I Got That Sound: Steve Albini

    The Jesus Lizard ‘Seasick’

    In the first episode of a new column, we asked Steve Albini to choose a favourite sound from his huge back catalogue and explain how it was created.

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    For the brightest sound, place the mic ‘on axis’ (firing directly at the speaker), and aiming at the centre of the speaker cone.

    How To Record Guitar Cabs With One Mic

    Cab Miking

    If you’re new to recording, it often pays to keep things simple, and when it comes to guitar cabs that means learning how to get the best sound with only one microphone.

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    Inside Track: Young Thug & Gunna ‘Ski’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineer: Bainz

    Traditionally educated in the art of recording, Bainz has had to adapt to Atlanta rap’s studio culture. Here, he talks us through his mix of Young Thug and Gunna’s hit single, ‘Ski’.

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    Logic: Writing MIDI Scripts

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Logic’s Scripter plug‑in opens the doors to powerful custom MIDI manipulation.

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    Pro Tools: Hybrid Engine

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Exploring the Hybrid Engine.

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    Studio One: The Browser

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The Browser’s presence and impact has swelled to take in all sorts of file‑based functions and probably has a raft of features that you weren’t even aware of.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Generations | Part2: Surgeon

    Key Figures From Electronic Music

    DJ, producer and remixer Dave Clarke meets a producer who’s been at the cutting edge of UK techno for more than 25 years.

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    Marshal Jefferson - House Music Pioneer

    House Music Pioneer - Marshall Jefferson | Podcast

    Marshall Jefferson talks about his seminal 'Move Your Body’ house music track, the classic equipment he's worked with and how modern music technology allows anyone to create with ease.

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    Leslie Ann Jones

    Recording Engineer

    Traditional hands‑on training gave Leslie Ann Jones the skills she needed to head up one of the world’s most advanced scoring stages.

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    Producer and engineer Mark Linett

    Remixing The Beach Boys | Podcast

    Mark Linett

    The career of LA producer and engineer Mark Linett spans everything from live mixing for Frank Zappa to engineering for Randy Newman and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We talked to him about his studio, the gear of past and present, and his extensive work remixing and remastering classic Beach Boys records.

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    Sai Shravanam: Recording Indian Music

    Music Producer & Recording Engineer

    Learning to capture Indian music in all its rich variety has been a life’s work for Sai Shravanam.

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    Talkback: Anna Laverty

    Studio All-rounder

    Now resident in Melbourne, Australia, this former Miloco Studios producer/engineer takes our 9-question challenge.

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    Michelle Moog Koussa

    The Bob Moog Foundation | Podcast

    Building A Legacy

    Michelle Moog Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, talks to Rob Puricelli about her father's legacy.

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    Total Immersion

    Leader

    While it’s too early to pronounce immersive music a commercial success, it would be a mistake to write it off as an attempt to repackage old ideas...

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    Why I Love... Photography

    Chris Korff

    Good photography, like a good recording, comes from a mix of experience and pragmatism...

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