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September 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) September 2021

Reviews: Focal Alpha 65 Evo • Genelec 8361A •  H2 Audio Helios 2128 Preamp & 5011 EQ •  Heritage Audio BritStrip •  Accusonus Voice Changer • Korg Modwave • Behringer TD-3-MO • Hit’n’Mix RipX DeepAudio • Orchestral Tools Tom Holkenborg’s Percussion • Modal Electronics SkulptSynth SE • Positive Grid Spark 40 • Studio Electronics SE-3X • Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit • SPL Control One & Marc One • Warm Audio WA-67 •  Zero-G Ethera Gold Sahara Voices — and plenty more!

Techniques + People + Sound Advice: How To Choose Studio Monitors [front cover] • David Bottrill: Crown Lands 'White Buffalo' Track Breakdown [feature video]  •  Global Chip Crisis •  Cubase: Frequency 2 •  Getting Started In Music For Video Games •  Inside Track: Polo G ‘Rapstar’ •  Remote Vocal-Ensemble Production •  Studio One: FX Chains • Pro Tools: Exploring 2021.6 • The Monsters & Strangerz • Talkback: Priya Ragu & Japhna Gold.

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    Accusonus Voice Changer

    Voice Processing Plug-in

    This Voice Changer plug‑in is probably going to appeal more to those creating podcasts or low‑budget movies than to music producers...

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    Aum Guitars Vibraslide

    Guitar Slide & Sustainer

    The Vibraslide is a genuinely unique and impressive take on the guitar sustainer concept.

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    Becos CompIQ Twain

    Dual-band Compressor-Saturator

    Love stompboxes but find pedal compressors frustratingly untweakable? This one’s designed with you in mind...

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    Behringer TD-3-MO

    Synthesizer

    Behringer’s TD‑3‑MO isn’t just a TD‑3 with extra knobs: it’s a completely different instrument.

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    Cinesamples Continuum Guitars

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Whether you are a busy media composer or producer of song‑based music, this library is great for designing complex evolving pad/drone‑type sounds.

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    Drum Sound And Drum Tuning

    Book Review

    Drums are crucial to the sound of so many records, but they’re more complex instruments than most people imagine.

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    Focal Alpha 65 Evo

    Active Monitors

    Focal’s revised Alpha‑series speakers offer serious studio monitoring at an entry‑level price.

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    Frozen Plain Cinematic Atmosphere Toolkit

    VST/AU Plug-in

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. CAT's suite of six libraries is designed to provide sounds that fit in with cinematic soundtrack compositions, though there are applications in other musical genres such as chill, EDM and ambient.

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    Genelec 8361A

    Active Monitors

    Genelec’s high‑tech The Ones series has a new flagship model. We fire it up...

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    H2 Audio Helios 2128 Preamp & 5011 EQ

    500-series Modules

    H2 aim to put the legendary sound of Olympic Studios in your 500‑series rack.

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    H2 Audio Helios 2128 Preamp & 5011 EQ | Audio

    Hear For Yourself!

    The audio files available on this page accompany my review of the...

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    Heritage Audio BritStrip

    Analogue Channel Strip

    Could this modern spin on a classic British trio be the perfect analogue front end?

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    Hit’n’Mix RipX DeepAudio

    Source Separation & Audio Processing Software

    If you want to separate mixed audio, this is the best game in town.

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    Imperative Audio PVB

    Portable Vocal Booth

    Can this open, portable device help you capture a professional vocal‑booth sound?

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    Korg Modwave

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Korg’s Modwave is a wavetable powerhouse that can import Serum wavetables without conversion.

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    Make Noise Strega

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    When Make Noise label an instrument an ‘experiment’, you know things are about to get interesting...

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    Modal Electronics SkulptSynth SE

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Modal’s SkulptSynth SE packs an awful lot of synth into a very small package.

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    Muramasa Audio Electrum

    Guitar Amp & Effects Plug-in

    Available through United Plugins, Muramasa Audio’s Electrum is a guitar‑style amp, speaker and pedalboard modelling plug...

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    Orchestral Tools Tom Holkenborg’s Percussion

    Sample Library

    A top‑tier film composer shares his coveted percussion collection. Is this the best cinematic drums library ever?

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    Origin Effects RD Compact Hot Rod

    Guitar Preamplifier Pedal

    Origin Effects' latest offering is inspired by the work of the backline technicians of the ’70s and ’80s who spent time modifying amps in search of new and exciting sounds.

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    Positive Grid Spark 40

    Modelling Guitar Amplifier

    The affordable and stylish Spark 40 packs Positive Grid’s powerful modelling software into a convenient, portable practice amp. What’s not to like?

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    Rupert Neve Designs 5057 Orbit

    16-channel Summing Mixer

    With RND’s famous Silk circuitry on board, this summing mixer allows you to dial in texture to taste.

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    Soundbrenner Core

    Wearable Metronome/Music Tool

    The Soundbrenner Core is a smartwatch made for musicians.

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    SPL Control One & Marc One

    Monitoring Controllers

    SPL combine their acclaimed headphone amps with monitor control facilities and USB audio interfacing.

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    Studio Electronics SE-3X

    Analogue Synthesizer

    A long way from their rackmounted Minimoogs, Studio Electronics’ SE‑3X is a four‑filtered, paraphonic monster.

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    Vienna Symphonic Library YMIR Children’s Choir

    VSL Synchron Player

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars.  This lovely little library blends beautifully with the rest of the Big Bang Orchestra range.

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    Warm Audio WA-67

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Warm Audio’s latest mic takes on the venerable Neumann U67. We put it to the test!

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    Zero-G Ethera Gold Sahara Voices

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This Stefano Maccarelli production with vocals provided by the hugely versatile Clara Sorace, includes five multisampled Kontakt instruments, all with a Middle Eastern flavour.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    How To Choose Studio Monitors

    Sound Advice

    Two‑way or three‑way? Ported or sealed? Analogue or DSP‑assisted? We help you navigate the monitor maze and choose the best speakers for your studio.

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    Q. Why does my mains socket keep failing?

    I’m running my whole studio from one 13 amp socket. I should imagine the total load is no more than one kilowatt. Even at twice...

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People

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    Talkback: Priya Ragu & Japhna Gold

    Songwriting/Production Partners

    The music of Priya Ragu is, on the surface, a solo project. However, a closer look at the Sri Lankan Tamil‑Swiss artist’s work reveals a close songwriting and production partnership with her brother, Japhna Gold.

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    David Bessell Electronic Musician

    The Art Of Physical Modelling - David Bessell | Podcast

    Working With Modular Synths And Software

    David Bessell talks to Rob Puricelli about how he was inspired by Physical Modelling and sought to explore it further using modular synths and software. 

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    The Monsters & Strangerz

    Songwriting & Production Team

    Pop writing and production today is a team game, and the Monsters & Strangerz are one of the hottest teams around.

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    Tough Choices

    Leader

    Buying equipment can be stressful and difficult, and never more so than in the case of loudspeakers...

    People
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    Why I Love... The 1010Music Blackbox

    Paul Nagle

    Not long ago, I learned a sobering lesson about pet hates and how they can trip you up. I initially dismissed the 1010music...

    People

Music Business

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    Robin Porter - AMS-Neve designer

    20 Years Of The AMS Neve 88R Series Console | Podcast

    Robin Porter - Chief Analogue Designer

    In the 20 years since its introduction, AMS Neve’s 88R has proved that there is still a market for top-flight, large-format analogue consoles. In this episode, Robin Porter tells Sam Inglis how Neve built upon their design heritage to create what might be the ultimate analogue mixer.

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    Chip Crisis!

    What The Global Semiconductor Shortage Means For Musicians

    Integrated circuits are fundamental to today’s studio hardware. And when the semiconductor industry sneezes, the music business catches a cold...

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