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November 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) November 2021

Reviews: Warm Audio WA-8000 mic • RME Fireface UCX II interface • Wes Audio ngBusComp • Bitwig Studio 4 • Genelec 8351B & W371A monitors/woofer • Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 8 • Polyend Tracker • Vochlea Dubler 2 • Antares Auto-Tune Vocodist • Focusrite Clarett+ 8Pre interface • Erica Synths Matrix Mixer • Positive Grid Bias FX 2 Elite • Austrian Audio Hi-X15 headphones • MXL Revelation Mini FET mic • VSL Synchron Brass sample library — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Compression: What Do All Those Knobs Do? [front cover] • Fred Gibson (aka Fred again...) • Inside Track: Rod Wave 'Street Runner' • Bluetooth LE Audio explainer • How I Got That Sound: Andrew Maury • Proximity Effect new DPA research • Tackling Guitar Tone Suck • Gemini Major • Plus DAW workshops — Logic Pro gain staging, Digital Performer Nanosampler 2, Cubase Pro multiband mastering, Pro Tools EuCon mappings, Studio One automation and Reason Mimic sampler.
 

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    Antares Auto-Tune Vocodist

    Vocoder Plug-in

    Combining the classic vocoder with Antares’ popular pitch processor, this plug‑in is capable of some pretty 'out there' effects.

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    Austrian Audio Hi-X15

    Closed-back Headphones

    The Hi‑X15s bring Austrian Audio’s proprietary headphone driver technology to the mass market.

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    Bitwig Studio 4

    Music Production Software

    Bitwig continues to blur the boundaries between instrument and DAW, while offering some welcome practical enhancements.

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    Bram Bos Woott

    Multiband Compressor For iOS

    Woott is described as a ‘dynamic hype enhancer’ , which suggests we are in for a bit of not‑so‑subtle compression...

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    Erica Synths Matrix Mixer

    Modular Synth Patch Matrix

    Erica Synths’ Matrix Mixer could change the whole way you think about modular.

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    Focusrite Clarett+ 8Pre 1U rackmount audio interface

    Focusrite Clarett+ 8Pre

    USB Audio Interface

    Necessity may be the mother of invention, but a switch to Cirrus Logic converters has also significantly improved Focusrite's Clarett+ audio interfaces...

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    Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal

    Spring Reverb Stompbox

    We all love a good spring reverb, and the Light Pedal from Gamechanger Audio offers much more than most.

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    Genelec 8351B & W371A

    Active Monitors & Woofer System

    This impressive setup combines point‑source technology, advanced loudspeaker management DSP and a powerful new bass extension system. Is this the state of the art in studio monitoring?

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    In Session Audio World Percussion Creator

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This library leans more towards percussion but there are still plenty of drum sounds included to provide a complete sound palette for creating ethnic rhythms.

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    JM Acoustic ORTF Microphone Clip

    Microphone Mounting Bracket

    3D‑printing has made it practical for designers to manufacture all manner of specialised microphone mounting brackets at relatively low cost.

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    MXL Revelation Mini FET

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    MXL’s Mini FET mic is as versatile as it is affordable.

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    Polyend Tracker

    Sequencer & Sampler

    Polyend breathe new life into an old technology with an instrument that’s as forward‑looking as it is retro.

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    Positive Grid Bias FX 2 Elite

    Amplifier & Effects Modelling Software

    With both desktop and mobile versions, and a tiered pricing model, there’s a Bias FX 2 version to suit any budget.

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    RME Fireface UCX II

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    The UCX II packs 25 years’ interface design experience into half a rack space.

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    Sample Logic Animation Station

    Step Sequencer/Arpeggiator Plug-in

    Sample Logic’s first plug‑in can bring your samples and music to life.

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    Slate + Ash Landforms

    Sample Library

    Slate + Ash take a different approach to the orchestral sample library.

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    Sonic Atoms Zaria

    Halion Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Based on evocative female vocal sounds performed by soprano Roksana Korban, this vocal library is more about texture and ambience than creating realistic lead melodies.

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    Soniccouture Orchestral Chimes Collection

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. This deep-sampled, pristine sound library focuses on more traditional tuned percussion: tubular bells, crotales and glockenspiel.

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    Sonixinema Saxophone Explorations

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. Saxophone Explorations is not your traditional instrumental sample library, but an eclectic and diverse set of samples, which take the instrument to the outer edges of its technical and tonal capabilities.

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    Soundevice Digital Voxessor

    Vocal Processing Plug-in

    Voxessor provides a user‑friendly toolkit for improving the sound of spoken voice. It’s intended to appeal to anyone doing podcasts or voiceovers.

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    Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 8

    Spectral Audio Editing Software

    Steinberg are on a mission with SpectraLayers. So, what’s new with Pro 8?

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    Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Brass

    Sample Library

    VSL’s new hall‑recorded brass collection aims for maximum grandeur.

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    Vochlea Dubler 2

    Voice-to-MIDI Software

    Not everyone can play keys or guitar, so how about contolling virtual instruments with nothing but your voice?

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    Can't afford a Sony C-800G? Try this Warm Audio WA‑8000 microphone.

    Warm Audio WA‑8000

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    In perhaps their most ambitious project yet, Warm Audio’s latest microphone tackles the legendary Sony C‑800G.

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    Way Huge Atreides

    Analogue Effects Processor

    Described by its creator as a “weirding module”, the Atreides doesn’t do things by halves!

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    Wes Audio ngBusComp

    Digitally Controlled Analogue Compressor

    Want the sound and tactile experience of hardware but the convenience of plug‑ins? Wes Audio have the answer...

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Techniques

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    Compression: What Do All Those Knobs Do?

    How To Make Compressors Do What You Want

    Dynamics processing is a core mixing technique, but it’s often misunderstood. We explain how to make a compressor do what you want it to!

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    Cubase Pro: Mix Mastering With Multiband Tools

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    We explore how Cubase’s multiband tools can help you master your own mixes [includes Audio Examples].

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    Digital Performer: Exploring Nanosampler 2

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    With its significant overhaul, the new Nanosampler 2 offers a wealth of creative sample playback options.

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    Paul White

    ECHO: Back To Basics | Podcast

    From Tape To Plug-Ins

    Paul White looks back over the history of the echo effect, from tape loops through to plug-ins, and explores how modern echo effects can be used as sound design tools.

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    Gain Staging In Logic Pro

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Giving yourself plenty of headroom when recording will help you get the most out of your plug‑ins and give you greater flexibility when mixing.

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    How I Got That Sound: Andrew Maury

    Lewis Del Mar ‘Loud(y)’

    New York‑based engineer and producer Andrew Maury, when asked to pick a favourite sound that he’s worked on, nominates the drum mix he created for Lewis Del Mar's ‘Loud(y)’.

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    Inside Track: Rod Wave 'Street Runner'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineer: Travis Harrington

    Rod Wave’s chart‑topping album Soulfly was not only recorded in hotel rooms, but mixed and mastered on the road too. Travis Harrington was the engineer who made it work.

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    Avid S1, S3 and Dock control surfaces

    Pro Tools: Custom EuCon Control Mappings

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Find out how to create custom control mappings with EuCon when using Pro Tools.

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    Proximity Effect

    In Theory And In Practice

    We all know that close miking boosts the low end. But why? New research from DPA Microphones explains that some instruments are more affected by proximity effect than others.

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    Reason: How Powerful Is The Mimic Sampler?

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    There’s more to Reason’s new Mimic creative sampler than meets the eye...

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    Studio One: Automation Breathes Life Into Mixes

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Automation helps you realise your creative vision by baking in those movements, changes and layering that you couldn’t manage to pull off in your performance. It also lets you resuscitate a dying mix and breathe new life into your tracks.

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    Tackling Tone Suck

    Make Guitars Sound Great Again!

    Does your guitar sound dull and lacklustre through your pedalboard? Here’s how to side‑step the tone‑suck trap.

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Sound Advice

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    LE Audio: The Evolution Of Bluetooth

    A New Standard In Wireless Sound

    The next evolution of Bluetooth contains a number of innovations that should appeal to consumers and professionals alike. And it’s coming to a device near you.

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People

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Dynamics: Back To Basics

    Leader

    When it comes to dynamics processing, we’ve never had it so good. Once upon a time, even the largest studios had only basic...

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    Fred Gibson aka Fred again...

    From Eno Apprentice To Brit Award-winning Producer

    Producer Fred Gibson (aka Fred again..) studied under Brian Eno and has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world. And his favourite microphone is the one built into his iPhone.

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    Hugh Robjohns (L) and Paul White (R)

    From Tape To DAW | Podcast

    Recollections From Paul White & Hugh Robjohns

    Paul White and Hugh Robjohns discuss the evolution of recording from the perspective of their own experiences, starting with analogue tape and ending with computer-based digital systems.

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    Talkback: Gemini Major

    Artist & Producer

    The producer behind an array of South African stars such as Nasty C, Sho Madjozi and Cassper Nyovest answers our quick-fire questions.

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    Why I Love... The Future

    Jyoti Mishra

    Isn't 'the future' meant to be all about user convenience?

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