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December 2021 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) December 2021

Reviews: 2021 Gear Of The Year • Universal Audio Volt audio interfaces • Arturia MiniFuse 1 & 2 audio interfaces • Ashdown NFP-1 monitors • iZotope RX 9 Advanced • Alice 828 Mk3 mixer • Cherry Audio Memorymode soft synth • Slate Digital MetaTune • Slate Digital Custom Opto • Novation Circuit Rhythm • IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro • Audix A127 mic • Austrian Audio CC8 mic • Soundtheory Gullfoss v1.10 • Headrush MX5 pedal effects • Focusrite FAST Verb • Pulsar 1178 plug-in • Spitfire Audio Hammers sample library — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Vocal Comping & Editing [front cover] • Scoring Guardians Of The Galaxy [video] • BPT Array miking techniques • Inside Track: The Lathums 'I'll Get By' • Classic Tracks: Wire 'Outdoor Miner' • Producer/engineer John 'Spud' Murphy • How I Got That Sound: Danny Elfman • Du Blonde • DAW workshops — Logic Pro audio-to-video, Cubase 11 sound design, Pro Tools and Studio One 5.4 new features.

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    2021 Gear Of The Year!

    The SOS team pick their highlights from recent hardware and software launches.

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    Alice 828 Mk3

    Analogue Mixing Desk

    Reunited with the much‑loved Alice brand after many years, has Ted Fletcher managed to breathe new life into this classic compact mixer?

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    Alto TX310

    Active PA Speaker

    Alto’s new TX range is portable, compact and cost‑effective. What’s not to like?

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    Arturia MiniFuse 1 & 2

    USB Audio Interfaces

    Do Arturia’s MiniFuses go off with a bang or fizzle out with a whimper?

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    Ashdown NFP-1

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    British bass‑amp brand Ashdown’s debut monitor is inspired by the classic BBC LS3/5a. How does it compare with the real deal?

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    Audix A127

    Omnidirectional Electret Microphone

    Audix are renowned for their dynamic mics, but their latest model is a high‑end electret design intended to compete with some of the best instrument mics in the world.

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    Austrian Audio CC8

    Small-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Austrian Audio deliver a 21st Century take on a famous ‘pencil’ mic design.

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    Blackstar Dept. 10 Boost

    Boost Pedal With EQ

    Blackstar Dept. 10 Boost is part of a series of pedals that use full‑voltage, dual‑triode valves to provide the touch responsiveness of a valve amplifier.

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    Cherry Audio Memorymode

    Software Synthesizer

    Cherry Audio recreate Moog’s classic polysynth at a fraction of a fraction of the price of an original.

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    FAC Drumkit

    Percussion App For iOS

    FAC Drumkit is a flexible drum synth and sample player.

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    Focusrite FAST Verb

    Reverb Plug-in [Mac & Windows]

    The latest addition to Focusrite’s AI‑powered Collective makes great‑sounding reverbs easy to achieve.

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    Gainlab Audio Dictator

    Stereo Valve Compressor

    This keenly priced device offers a bit more control than most valve compressors.

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    Green Light District Electronic Textures Volumes 1 & 2

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. These cinematic libraries focus on bowed guitar and bowed piano textures.

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    Headrush MX5

    Amp & Effects Modelling Processor

    It may be super-compact, but the MX5 punches well above its price tag. What’s not to like?

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    IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro

    Synthesizer

    IK go pro with desktop and keyboard versions of their expanded UNO Synth.

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    Intellijel Metropolix

    Eurorack Module

    This upgraded sequencer module maintains all the key traits that made its predecessor a hit while expanding its horizons with a second gate and CV track, three auxiliary inputs, two assignable control knobs, on‑the‑fly playability and a cavalcade of new modulation options.

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    iZotope RX 9 Advanced

    Audio Repair Software [Mac / Windows]

    iZotope’s popular audio restoration tool has been treated to some significant improvements.

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    M-Audio Oxygen Pro Mini

    Controller Keyboard

    M‑Audio go Pro with a new Oxygen controller keyboard.

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    Novation Circuit Rhythm

    Sampling Groovebox

    Novation’s Circuit Rhythm offers portable immediacy and a surprising amount of depth.

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    Pulsar 1178

    Analogue-modelling Compressor Plug-in

    A four‑band side‑chain EQ is just one of many nice touches in this new take on an analogue classic.

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    Session Recall

    Virtual Recall Sheet Software

    Session Recall is a boon for those who still mix out of the box using a plethora of non‑recallable analogue equipment.

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    Shout Audio Bold

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Bold is a sound library with a colourful user interface that features sampled drums, effects/Foley, keys and bass sounds.

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    Slate Digital Custom Opto

    Analogue-modelling Compressor Plug-in

    At heart, it models the same hardware as Slate’s FG‑2A, but Custom Opto’s tweaks make it useful on so many more sources!

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    Slate Digital MetaTune

    Pitch-correction Plug-in [Mac / Windows]

    Have Slate Digital perfected real‑time pitch‑correction?

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    Soundtheory Gullfoss v1.10

    Intelligent Equaliser Plug-in

    As well as upgrades to its fundamental algorithms, Gullfoss now includes both low‑latency Live and high‑resolution Mastering editions.

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    Spitfire Audio Hammers

    Drum & Percussion Sample Library

    Spitfire’s blockbuster percussion library makes a big impact.

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    Supercritical Synthesizers Neutron Flux Filter

    Eurorack Module

    This 8‑pole variable character stereo filter has an analogue core with digital control...

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    Synth Gems 1: Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

    Book Review

    The latest lavish offering from Bjooks collects some of the world’s rarest and most desirable synths between its covers.

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    Ueberschall Jazz Works Vols 1, 2 & 3

    Elastik Player

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. If your next musical project needs to create the authentic sound of an old‑school, late‑night jazz club, Ueberschall’s Jazz Works series might make a great place to start.

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    Universal Audio Volt

    USB Audio Interfaces

    Universal Audio target newcomers to recording with a range of affordable USB interfaces.

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    Wangulator

    Performance Controller

    The Wangulator is a performance controller for Eurorack that was designed by someone with a need to get all their fingers modulating different things all at once.

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    Yum Audio Spread

    Multiband Stereo Width & Panning Plug-in

    With user-adjustable crossover points, Spread splits the audio signal into four bands, each of which can be adjusted for stereo width and ‘tilt’.

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    Zero-G Mobeus

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This loop‑based instrument uses threerhythmic layers plus processing to create rhythm loops, sequencer‑like riffs, pulses, grooves and even shifting textures.

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Techniques

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    Classic Tracks: Wire ‘Outdoor Miner’

    Producer: Mike Thorne • Studio: Advision

    The three albums Mike Thorne produced for Wire showed that there was much, much more to punk than met the eye.

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    Cubase 11 Sound Design

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Want to create your own signature sounds? Cubase makes sound design easy.

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    Cubase 11 Sound Design | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio files and captions accompany December 2021's Cubase Sound Design main article.

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    How I Got That Sound: Danny Elfman

    Danny Elfman ‘True’

    Elfman recently released his latest solo album, Big Mess, and chose a track from the album as his favourite sonic achievement.

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    Inside Track: The Lathums ‘I’ll Get By’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineer: Caesar Edmunds

    British guitar band The Lathums achieved the rare feat of topping the charts with their debut album. Mix engineer Caesar Edmunds was at the controls.

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    Live 11 Audio & MIDI Effects

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We dig deeper into the audio and MIDI effects included with Live 11.

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    Logic Pro: Adding Audio To Video

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    Logic Pro X contains everything you need to add high‑quality audio to your videos. Let's find out how...

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    Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

    VIDEO | Richard Jacques: Scoring The Video Game

    The epic soundtrack to the Guardians Of The Galaxy video game is one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by a single composer. In our exclusive feature, Richard Jacques describes how he created nearly six hours of high-impact orchestral music

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    Navigating Pro Tools With Ease

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Navigating the Edit Window is key to speeding up your Pro Tools workflow.

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    Studio One 5.4: Plug-in Nap & Real-time Chord Detection

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    The new 5.4 update includes intelligent chord detection, plug-in nap, M1 compatibility and much more.

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    The BPT Array

    Blumlein‑Pfanzagl‑Triple Mic Array In Action

    The creator of the Blumlein‑Pfanzagl‑Triple mic array describes its development, as well as its use at a recent Salzburg Festival event.

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    Vocal Comping & Editing

    Piecing Together The Perfect Performance

    To transform multiple takes into truly great vocal tracks, you might need to look further than your DAW’s built‑in comping tools.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Carry On Comping

    Leader

    Comping is an intrinsic part of modern record production. It’s something we all have to do...

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    Synth Musician Ian Boddy

    Ian Boddy - Synth Artist | Podcast

    DiN Label's 100th Release: 'Nevermore'

    Rob Puricelli talks to Ian Boddy, who has been a fixture on the electronic music scene for over 40 years, as an artist, a sound designer and a label owner.

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    John ‘Spud’ Murphy

    Producer & Engineer

    One of Ireland’s busiest producers, John Murphy applies his love of studio experimentation to noise‑rock and traditional folk alike.

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    Synth Gems 1 book author Mike Metley

    Synth Gems 1: Exploring Vintage Synthesizers | Podcast

    Interview with book author Mike Metlay

    Synth Gems 1 sets out to document, both visually and in words, some of the most incredible keyboard synthesizers ever made. Hear how it came to be...

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    Talkback: Du Blonde

    Singer / Producer Beth Jeans Houghton

    Newcastle‑based singer and producer Beth Jeans Houghton, aka Du Blonde, enters the quick-fire questions round...

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    Why I Love... Gates

    Ashley Pomeroy

    SOS reader Ashley Pomeroy celebrates the creative power of gates.

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Music Business

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    Daniel Blackmer of Earthworks Audio

    Earthworks Audio | Podcast

    Extended Range Microphones

    Daniel Blackmer, Director of Engineering at Earthworks Audio, explains the company's distinctive approach to microphone design.

    Music Business
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