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August 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) August 2021

Techniques + People:  The 5 Biggest Mixing Mistakes [front cover] • Classic Tracks: Japan 'Ghosts' • Preventing & Negating Hearing Loss • Gesture Control For Electronic Music • Inside Track: St Vincent 'Pay Your Way In Pain' • How Phasers Work • How I Got That Sound: Chris Sheldon • Mix Rescue • Four Tet/Kieran Hebden • Henrietta Smith-Rolla • Nick Hook • Cubase: Vocal Rebalancing — plus Ableton Live, Studio One & Pro Tools DAW workshops.

Reviews: Apple M1 For Music • CB Electronics XPatch-32 • Rupert Neve Design MBC • Sound Particles Energy Panner • Sennheiser MD 435 mic • UJAM Finisher Retro plug-in • DACS Clarity HeadLite 3+ • Behringer 2500 Filtamp Module 1006 • Wavesequencer Hyperion • Hotone Audio Ampero • U-he CVilization • Rogers LS5/9 Classic SE monitors • Orchestral Tools Tallinn sample library • Overloud Gem Studio plug-ins • Boz Digital Claps, Stomps & Snaps Bundle • Orange Tree Famous E Electric Piano • VSL Synchron Elite Strings library — and plenty more!

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    Acid Rain Technology Maestro

    Eurorack Module

    Maestro is a six‑channel clockable and programmable LFO with an unusual button‑based front panel.

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    Audio Kitchen Fake Plastic Trees

    Analogue Guitar Amp Emulation Pedal

    This solid state homage to the line output section of The Big Trees is an amplifier‑style preamp pedal that can be set anywhere from a nicely rounded clean tone to convincing valve‑amp‑style break up.

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    Audio Simplified Pedal Pusher

    Dual DI/Reamper & Pedal Power Supply

    This box aims to provide all you need to use your pedals with a mixer or audio interface.

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    Aum Guitar

    Musical Instrument

    It’s not often that we review guitars in SOS, but the Aum guitar, brainchild of Gareth Whittock, is such a radical departure...

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    Baby Audio Smooth Operator

    Dynamics Plug-in

    Baby Audio offer an intriguing take on frequency‑conscious dynamics processing.

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    Behringer 2500 Filtamp Module 1006

    Eurorack Module

    The Filtamp 1006 is a combined 24dB ladder VCF and VCA module with two mixable audio inputs, three modulation inputs, filter resonance and amplifier gain with linear or exponential control.

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    Boz Digital Claps, Stomps & Snaps Bundle

    Plug-ins

    Sometimes the most familiar sounds are the hardest to get right...

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    CB Electronics XPatch-32

    Analogue Routing Matrix

    With software control, silent switching and a choice of input cards, this clever box is way more than a patchbay substitute.

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    DACS Clarity HeadLite 3+

    Four-channel Headphone Amplifier

    Struggling to drive multiple set of cans? DACS have an amp for that...

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    dSONIQ Realphones 1.7

    Headphone Correction & Room Simulation Software

    Recreating a studio monitoring experience on headphones just got simpler, courtesy of dSONIQ’s improved Realphones.

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    Eventide UltraTap delay pedal.

    Eventide UltraTap Pedal

    Stompbox Delay

    While UltraTap can go some way towards replicating a multi‑head tape echo machine, it also excels at artificial double-tracking, dreamy ambient delays, vocal thickening and gentle tremolo...

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    Future Sound Systems OSC2 Recombination Engine

    Eurorack Module

    At its core, the Recombination Engine is a triple analogue VCO module based around reissue Curtis CEM 3340 VCO chips. How it combines the three, however, is quite unique...

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    Heavyocity Scoring Acoustic Guitars

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Scoring Acoustic Guitars is most likely to appeal to media composers or more experimental musicians. The quality of the sounds is most certainly big budget, but the price of access is not.

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    Hotone Audio Ampero

    Amp Modeller & Effects Processor

    Hotone believe you shouldn’t have to tweak a million virtual components to find a great guitar tone...

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    M1 For Music

    What Do Apple’s New Computers Offer For Musicians?

    We undertake the most comprehensive look at Apple’s M1‑based Macs from a musician and audio engineer’s perspective.

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    Minuendo Earplugs

    Adjustable Attenuation Hearing Protectors

    With their impressive sound quality and adjustable attenuation, these off‑the‑peg earplugs give even custom‑moulded designs a run for their money.

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    Native Instruments Session Guitarist Electric Vintage

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Electric Vintage has been created around samples and performances from a vintage ’50s Fender Telecaster.

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    Neuratron PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate 2020

    Notation Software

    Let Neuratron take the misery out of copying musical notation.

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    Orange Tree Samples The Famous E Electric Piano

    Sample Library

    Orange Tree Sample’s Famous E may be the best virtual Rhodes you can buy.

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    Orchestral Tools Tallinn

    Sample Library

    Sounds of voices and strings rise from the chilly shores of the Baltic.

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    Overloud Gem Studio

    Plug-in Collection

    Overloud’s plug‑in suite has everything you need to equip a virtual vintage studio.

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    Relab LX480 Essentials

    Reverb Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    Want the classic Lexicon sound without having to dive deep into the parameter pages? You’re in luck...

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    Rob Papen DelSane

    Delay / Multi-effects Plug-in

    If you prefer delays that are a little more ‘out there’, this one is aimed at you.

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    Rogers LS5/9 Classic SE

    Passive Monitors

    Despite its decades‑old design, the Rogers LS5/9 can still compete with some of the best monitors around today. We put this faithful recreation to the test.

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    Rupert Neve Designs MBC

    A-D Converter & Analogue Processor

    With selectable analogue drive paths and a fast limiter, this box is designed to add controllable vibe and colour as you capture your analogue mix.

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    Sennheiser MD 435

    Dynamic Microphone

    Sennheiser’s latest stage mic puts one of the company’s premium wireless capsules into a conventional wired mic format. We put it to the test.

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    Sonixinema Monsta

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4.5/5 Stars. A mouthwatering library of samples from reputedly the largest modular setup in Europe, owned by media composer Lester Barnes.

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    Sound Particles Energy Panner

    Dynamic Panning Plug-in

    With applications in stereo mixing and immersive surround, this plug‑in is not your typical auto‑panner!

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    Toontrack Fretless EBX

    EZbass Expansion

    Toontrack go fretless with a new EZbass expansion.

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    UJAM Finisher Retro

    Effects Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    UJAM add some vintage vibes to their range of user‑friendly effects plug‑ins.

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    Unfiltered Audio SILO

    Granular Reverb Plug-in

    SILO combines granular processing with reverb and pitch change, the aim being to produce complex, musically involving effects...

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    U‑he CVilization

    Eurorack Module

    If you use software synthesizers, the name U‑he will be familiar to you. Their virtual synths —...

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    Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Elite Strings

    VSL Synchron Player

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. A new strings library from Vienna Symphonic Library comes as no great surprise, but this one’s a bit special.

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    Wavesequencer Hyperion

    Software Synthesizer

    Hyperion is a hugely capable synthesizer with a complex modular heart.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    How Phasers Work

    Effects Explained

    Have you ever wondered what lies behind the intriguing wobbles and lush swooshes of this classic effect?

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    Preventing & Negating Hearing Loss

    Damage Limitation

    We speak to some of the leading experts in hearing loss to find out why it happens, how to prevent it, and what to do if your hearing fails.

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    Q. How do you make only low frequencies mono?

    Is high‑passing the Sides with an M‑S EQ. the same as making the bass mono, as with Boz’s Moongoose or...

    Sound Advice

People

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    Four Tet / Kieran Hebden

    And Nobody Played Samplers...

    Producer Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has been prolific during lockdown, not only finding new ways to make music but also to listen to it.

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    Generations | Part3: Henrietta Smith-Rolla

    Key Figures From Electronic Music

    Producer, DJ and remixer Dave Clarke meets the innovative producer acclaimed both for her piano‑based film soundtracks and her techno music.

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    Practice Makes Perfect

    Leader

    Writers like Malcolm Gladwell argue that talent is a myth. What separates the successful from the also‑rans, they say, is practice...

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    Talkback: Nick Hook

    Producer

    A renowned producer straddling the worlds of hip‑hop and alternative music, Nick Hook speaks to me from thespacepit, his...

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    Why I Love... Peace & Quiet

    John Savage

    When I was but a wee lad, I loved things that were noisy. But as I got older, I started to appreciate moments of calm...

    People
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