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October 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) October 2021

Reviews: Clavia Nord Piano 5 • Analogue Solutions Leipzig v3 synthesizer • HEDD Type 07 Mk2 monitors • Monitor Controllers user guide • Trinnov D-MON & La Remote room correction system • Minimal Audio Rift distortion/filter plug-in • ROLI Equator2 soft synth • Roland TD-50KV2 electronic drum kit • ZP Microphones ZP800G • E-RM Polygogo Eurorack module • E-V Evolve 50M PA • Studer Revox PR99 tape recorder • Soniccouture Threnody Strings sample library — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Sample Slicing: Beatmaking With Hardware [front cover] • Duran Duran: Recording Future Past • SOS Visits Real World Studios [feature video] • How To Make It In K-Pop • Inside Track: Måneskin ‘Beggin’ • Multi-miking Guitar Amps • Federico Vindver: Producer/Songwriter • How I Got That Sound: Martin Landquist • Mix Rescue: Kirsty Cooke • Badsista • Cubase: Stereo Imager — plus Ableton Live, Apple Logic Pro and Studio One DAW workshops.

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    2hp Picnic Basket

    Eurorack System

    Picnic Basket contains a sequencer, Pluck physical modelling unit, a CEM3340 VCO, multimode filter, kick, reverb, ADSR envelope and random voltage generator in its 42hp-capacity Lunchbox casing.

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    Alto Professional Bluetooth Total & Bluetooth Ultimate

    Bluetooth-to-analogue Converters

    There are plenty of cheap Bluetooth adapters on the market but most are aimed at the consumer sector, whereas these two models from Alto focus on the pro audio market.

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    Analogue Solutions Leipzig V3

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Analogue Solutions have taken a perfectly good synth... and made it better.

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    Bad Dogs P1

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    Ever fancied trying different output transformers in your mic preamp? Then check out the P1...

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    Clavia Nord Piano 5

    Stage Piano

    The celebrated Clavia stage piano continues to evolve.

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    E-RM Polygogo

    Eurorack Module

    Interesting and unique synthesis techniques seem to be plentiful of late, and the E‑RM Polygogo is no exception. It’s...

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    Electro-Voice Evolve 50M

    Compact Active Line Array

    EV’s latest rig takes the column PA format and adds a host of thoughtful extra features.

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    Golden Gear: Studer Revox PR99

    Open-Reel Stereo Tape Recorder

    The final Revox tape recorders left the factory almost 25 years ago, yet the enthusiasm and support for these classic machines remains as strong as ever.

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    HEDD Type 07 Mk2

    Active Monitors

    HEDD’s impressive Mk2‑series speakers let you choose between ported and unported formats. Which works best?

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    JMG Audio Expanse 3D

    Spatial Audio Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    JMG Sound’s spatial enhancement plug‑in employs psychoacoustic principles to “make your sounds deeper, wider and bigger”.

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    JTC Tones Cyber Driver & Daemon Driver

    Cabinet Impulse Response Libraries

    It takes a hell of a lot of prep and expertise to create the perfect cabinet IR library...

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    M-Audio Oxygen 25

    Controller Keyboard

    M‑Audio’s trusty MIDI controller workhorse treads indefatigably onwards.

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    Minimal Audio Emerge

    WAV

    Rating: 4/5 Stars. Emerge is a huge collection of overtly processed sounds divided into categories and then subcategories for use in contemporary soundtrack composition.

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    Minimal Audio Rift

    Distortion & Filter Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    If your sounds need a lift, perhaps you need Rift?

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    Orchestral Tools Rimba

    Sine Player

    Rating: 4/5 Stars. As the title suggests, the main instrument is a very decent Musser M250 concert marimba sampled at multiple dynamics over its full A2‑C7 range.

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    Roland TD-50KV2

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Is Roland’s new flagship TD‑50KV2 the best electronic drum kit you can buy?

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    ROLI Equator2

    Software Synthesizer

    ROLI’s Equator2 is less an update than a full rebuild.

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    Soniccouture Threnody Strings

    Sample Library

    Soniccouture’s new library steps into a strange new world of sci‑fi and horror.

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    Sound Particles Brightness Panner

    Auto-panning Plug-in

    This stereo/surround frequency‑based panner is dripping with creative potential.

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    Toontrack EZkeys Cinematic Pads

    EZkeys Expansion

    Rating: 4/5 Stars. If you need keyboard‑based parts but don’t have keyboard‑based skills (or a budget to hire them), EZkeys is a seriously good tool.

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    Trinnov D-MON & La Remote

    Monitor Controller With Listening-system Correction

    Trinnov’s pioneering range of room‑correction systems now has a dedicated monitor controller.

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    UJAM Groovemate ONE

    Percussion Instrument

    UJAM’s Groovemate ONE is a one‑stop shop for pop percussion.

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    United Plugins Urban Puncher

    Saturation Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    This plug-in’s primary role is in beefing up drum and percussion sounds, though it can also work well on bass parts or to add a sheen of analogue warmth to other instruments.

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    ZP Microphones ZP800G

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Can a solid‑state microphone really give you the sound of Sony’s classic valve C800G?

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live: MIDI Inversion

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    Introduce some creative weirdness with MIDI inversion.

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    Cubase Pro: Take Control Of Your Stereo Image

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to take full control of your stereo image with Cubase’s powerful bundled plug‑in suite.

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    Cubase Pro: Take Control Of Your Stereo Image | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Here the audio files that accompany the SOS October 2021 Cubase workshop.

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    How I Got That Sound: Martin Landquist

    A‑ha ‘Lifelines’

    Landquist reveals how he got his favourite sound on A‑ha’s ‘Lifelines’, the 2002 title track to the Norwegian synth‑popsters’ seventh studio album.

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    How To Make It In K-Pop

    The Asian Music Market

    Successful songwriters and producers explain how to adapt your skills to the massive Far Eastern market.

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    Inside Track: Måneskin ‘Beggin’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Alessandro Marcantoni

    Italian band Måneskin were unlikely winners of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, but even that couldn’t prepare them for what came next. Mix engineer Alessandro Marcantoni tells the story of their viral single ‘Beggin’.

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    Logic Pro Bouncing And Export Options

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    We explore Logic Pro’s bounce and export options.

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    Mix Rescue: Kirsty Cooke

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    There are times when a mix engineer needs to do more than just mixing — even if that takes you out of your comfort zone!

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    Mix Rescue: Kirsty Cooke | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany the Mix Rescue feature in Sound On Sound October 2021.

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    Sample Slicing: Beatmaking With Hardware

    Akai MPC • Native Instruments Maschine • Ableton Push

    Chopped‑up loops are at the heart of many genres of music. There’s never been a better time to get hands‑on with sliced samples.

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    Studio One Tempo Track Tips

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Manipulate the timing of MIDI and audio with Studio One’s Tempo Track.

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    Two-mic Guitar Tracking

    Cab Miking Tips & Techniques

    Many classic electric guitar sounds have been captured using just one microphone. So when and why might you use more?

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Sound Advice

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    Monitor Controllers

    An Introductory Guide

    Why might you need a dedicated monitor controller — and what separates the good models from the bad?

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    Q. Are passive mics less noisy than active ones?

    I record spoken‑word narration, close‑miked in a small room, with basic room treatment. While I have no noise‑floor problems, I’ve noticed that some of my mics have a lot less noise than others...

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People

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    Creative Cuts

    When we think of musical genius, we tend to call to mind people with exceptional powers of planning and control. Whether it’s...

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    Duran Duran

    Nick Rhodes: Making Future Past

    For their 15th album, Duran Duran collaborated with three masters of electronic music and a dog‑fixated artificial intelligence.

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    Federico Vindver: Producer, Songwriter & Arranger

    Timbaland • Kanye West • Coldplay & More...

    His remarkable versatility has made Federico Vindver the go‑to collaborator for Timbaland, Kanye West, Coldplay and more.

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    Look Mum No Computer - Sam Battle

    Look Mum No Computer | Podcast

    Sam Battle

    Sam Battle, also known as Look Mum No Computer, chats to Caro C about his love of electronics, '80s music and re-using discarded technology.

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    Real World Studios main room.

    SOS visits Real World Studios

    VIDEO FEATURE

    We go behind the scenes at Real World and meet the team who help make it one of the world’s premier recording facilities. Peter Gabriel’s personal engineer Dickie Chappell also gives us an exclusive sneak peek into Peter’s writing room and recording process.

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    Talkback: Badsista

    Producer & DJ

    Now a globetrotting producer and DJ, Badsista's work with artists like Lei Di Dai Linn da Quebrada and the Multishow Brazilian Music Award winner Jup do Bairro has seen her grow into one of Brazil’s most eminent electronic music producers.

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    Why I Love... The Electric Guitar

    Paul White

    The lovely thing about electric guitars is that you can tweak them to your own preferences in terms of both how they feel to play and in what features you add to them.

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