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January 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) January 2022

Reviews: SSL BiG SiX mixer/interface • Rhodes MK8 electric piano • Akai MPC Studio • Apple MacBookPro M1 Pro & Max • MOTU Digital Performer 11 • Avantone Gauss 7 monitors • Groovesetter collaboration software • Mojave MA-37 microphone • Zeppelin Cortado MkIII contact mic • Reason Studios Reason 12 • Slate Digital MO-TT plug-in • Acustica Audio Silver plug-in • Kerwax Replica saturation processor • Studiologic Numa X Piano GT keyboard • Toontrack Fields Of Rock SDX • ZPlane Fennek • Orchestral Tools Miroire sample library — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Immersive Audio: the SOS Guide [front cover] • Vocal Editing: Pitch & Time • Level Up: what do you get for your money? • Inside Track: Moneybagg Yo 'Wockesha' • Producer/engineer Frank Dukes • Using Guitar FX In Parallel • Producer/engineer Yang Tan • DAW workshops — Cubase sound design (Part2), Pro Tools updates, Studio One metering • The Radiophonic world of Eve Studios [video]

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    Acustica Audio Silver

    Reverb Plug-in

    The masters of convolution have finally produced a reverb, but it’s far from being a straightforward convolution reverb.

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    Akai MPC Studio

    Sampling Workstation

    The MPC Studio provides an affordable middle ground between Akai’s software and hardware MPCs.

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    Apple MacBook Pro: M1 Pro & Max

    Laptop Computer

    Apple’s most powerful laptop computer ever has been explicitly designed with music in mind.

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    Avantone Gauss 7

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Avantone’s newest monitors revive a classic speaker brand and channel the ’70s West Coast studio sound.

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    Black Rooster Omnitec-67A

    Analogue-modelled Vintage Preamp Plug-in

    The 67A adds some useful features to a nice Altec valve preamp emulation.

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    Cherry Audio Stardust 201 plug-in

    Cherry Audio Stardust 201

    Tape Echo Plug-in

    This inexpensive Stardust 201 plug‑in borrows features from the original Roland RE‑201 and RE‑301 hardware, including the chorus section and spring reverb.

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    Denise Audio Bite Harder

    Frequency-selective Bit Crusher

    Bite Harder combines push‑pull EQ with familiar bit‑crushing and sample‑rate reduction functions, though there are further controls to facilitate more creative audio destruction. 

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    Eventide TriceraChorus

    Chorus Stompbox

    Another of Eventide’s excellent plug‑ins makes the transition to the popular pedal format.

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    Hugh Robjohns (L) and Paul White (R)

    Gear Of The Year 2021 | Podcast

    Paul and Hugh's favourite gear releases

    Paul White and Hugh Robjohns look back and chat about some of their favourite gear releases of 2021.

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    Groovesetter

    Remote Collaboration Software

    Groovesetter’s developers claim that it offers low‑latency, multitrack collaboration between multiple people in different locations. Does it live up to its promise?

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    Kerwax Replica

    Dual-channel Saturation Processor

    Derived from the custom valve console in Brittany’s famous Kerwax studio, the Replica harks back to a bygone age.

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    Mojave MA-37

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    Mojave’s new valve mic pays tribute to a neglected classic.

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    MOTU Digital Performer 11

    Digital Audio Workstation

    DP11 might not be any louder than DP10, but it’s got plenty more to offer.

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    Orchestral Tools Miroire

    Sample Library

    Orchestral Tools’ Baroque collection shines a modern light on a historic sound.

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    Positive Grid Experience Jimi Hendrix

    Expansion Pack For Bias FX 2 & Spark

    This expansion pack, which has been approved by the Hendrix estate, requires Positive Grid’s Bias 2 FX plug‑in or Spark amp to run and adds the extra pedal and amp models needed to recreate Jimi's classic sounds.

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    Reason Studios Reason 12

    Music Production Software

    There are now two ways to buy Reason, but whichever you choose, v12 is an essential upgrade.

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    Rhodes MK8

    Electric Piano

    The reborn Rhodes piano is a stunning showcase for British manufacturing.

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    Slate Digital MO-TT

    Multiband Upwards & Downwards Compressor Plug-in

    Slate have taken the famous OTT effect and added a whole load more control, creating a unique dynamics processor.

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    Sonixinema Hang Drum

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. As a type of tuned percussion, Hang Drum's roots in the steel drums of the Caribbean are obvious but, in the right hands, the sound can be both beautiful and hypnotic.

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    Spitfire Audio Albion Solstice

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Looking for great layering options or want to create an orchestral mix using instruments which are different and folk‑like? Solstice delivers a surprising array of choices...

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    SSL BiG SiX

    Mixer & USB Audio Interface

    With the SiX, SSL shrank the large-format console. Now it’s grown again!

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    SSL X-Echo

    Delay Plug-in For Mac & Windows

    SSL Native X‑Echo is a tape‑echo plug‑in that’s inspired by the sound of early hardware units, not least the Echoplex...

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    Studiologic Numa X Piano GT

    Stage Piano

    Studiologic bring their A‑game with a seriously capable new stage piano.

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    Toontrack Fields Of Rock SDX

    Expansion For Superior Drummer 3

    For their latest SD3 expansion, Toontrack made a pilgrimage to the hallowed ground of Rockfield Studios in Wales.

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    Triple Spiral Audio Nova

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Nova is a sample‑based virtual instrument built around a collection of textures, pads and soundscapes.

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    Zeppelin Design Labs Cortado MkIII

    Contact Microphone

    What would you record with an indestructible microphone?

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    Zero-G Elements

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Zero G’s Elements is a Wavetable Hybrid Synth aimed at those working on creating contemporary soundtracks and sound design...

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    ZPlane Fennek

    Audio Metering Plug-in

    This BS.1770‑compliant loudness meter offers some interesting and original features.

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Techniques

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    An Introduction To Immersive Audio

    The SOS Authoritative Guide

    Immersive audio has huge creative potential for music production, but it can be hard to get your head around. Here’s the explanation you’ve been waiting for!

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    Creative Sound Design In Cubase: Part 2

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    From plucks to pads, Cubase’s Sampler Track makes it easy to design your own sounds.

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    Creative Sound Design In Cubase: Part 2 | Audio

    Hear For Yourself

    SOS January 2022

    Cubase Workshop: Audio Examples

    John Walden

    These audio files...

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    How I Got That Sound: Tom Syrowski

    Incubus ‘In The Company Of Wolves’

    Recalling his favourite sound, LA‑based producer and mixing engineer Tom Syrowski chose the vocal on Incubus’ 2011 track, ‘In The Company Of Wolves’.

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    Inside Track: MoneyBagg Yo ‘Wockesha’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Ari Morris

    Hip‑hop and metal share more in common than you might think, as mixer Ari Morris confirmed when he worked on MoneyBagg Yo’s hit album, A Gangsta’s Pain.

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    Pro Tools & Eucon Updates

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The latest Pro Tools and Eucon updates offer much to both pro- and project‑studio users.

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    Eve Studios owner Martin King

    Radiophonic Recording At Eve Studios

    VIDEO FEATURE

    It's more than 20 years since the BBC closed their legendary Radiophonic Workshop, but its spirit lives on in the Radiophonic Room at Manchester's Eve Studios.

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    Studio One Metering Options

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We talk you through the various metering options available in Studio One.

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    Using Guitar Pedals In Parallel

    Practical Tips & Techniques

    Parallel processing while mixing is a common technique — so why not try it with your pedals when recording?

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    Eddie Bazil - Production Engineer

    Using Vocoder Plug-ins | Podcast

    Six Creative Techniques

    Vocoders are not just for vocals. In this episode, Eddie Bazil talks about the various vocoder plug-in options and demonstrates six creative techniques.

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    Vocal Editing: Pitch & Time

    Essential Editing Techniques Explained

    Last month, we showed how to comp a great vocal performance. Now we look at how you can use editing tools to improve both timing and tuning.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Frank Dukes

    Producer & Entrepreneur

    Having crafted some of the biggest hits in pop, Adam King Feeney, aka Frank Dukes, built an ambitious sample library to help others do the same.

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Lost In Space

    Leader

    Spatial audio. 3D music. 360‑degree sound. Call it what you will, immersive audio is a hot topic. And while researching...

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    Public Service Broadcasting

    Public Service Broadcasting | Podcast

    The Making Of The Bright Magic Album

    J. Wilgoose Esquire, founding member of Public Service Broadcasting, talks about the origins of the band and the surprise success they've enjoyed, and discusses his recording methods, choice of equipment and the technical challenges of performing live.

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    Talkback: Yang Tan

    Producer & Studio Engineer

    Having cut her teeth as a studio engineer with a litany of global names, classically trained producer Yang Tan takes our quick-fire challenge.

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    Why I Love... My Laptop

    Robert Hicks

    With your laptop to hand, have a go at performing a rough mix on your headphones whilst the sun is shining. You might be surprised how inspiring it can be!

    People

Music Business

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    Tim Carroll & Will Hoult of Focusrite

    Focusrite - Scarlett Interfaces | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    It's 10 years since Focusrite launched their best-selling Scarlett range of audio interfaces, now into its third generation. CEO Tim Carroll and Will Hoult, Head Of Product at Focusrite and Novation talk to Sam Inglis about what's behind the success of the Scarletts.

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