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February 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) February 2022

Reviews: Apple Logic Pro 10.7 • 2022 SOS Awards results • Steinberg WaveLab Pro 11 editor • Eventide SplitEQ • API Select T25 comp-lim • Roland SP-404 MkII sampler • Earthworks ETHOS mic • Korg Collection 3 soft synths • JZ Microphones Vintage 12 • Expressive E Imagine modelling instrument • PreSonus R80 V2 nearfields • Boss Eurus GS-1 guitar with SY synth • KEF KM1 main monitors • Qu-Bit Cascade Eurorack module • Sennheiser HD 400 Pro headphones • Royer Labs dBooster2 preamp • IK Multimedia AmpliTube X-Space reverb pedal • Milab VIP-60 mic • Sonnect Audio Sound Bullet portable test device • ZPlane Tonic plug-in • Sound Particles Space Controller • Toontrack Upright EBX • Zaor studio furniture — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  EQ: What Do All Those Knobs Do? [front cover] • Idles: Recording Crawler • Vocal Mix Preparation • Inside Track: TWICE 'Scientist' • Hinako Omori producer/artist • DAW workshops: Digital Performer, Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts, Cubase's Input Transformer, Ableton Live sound customisation and Studio One audio I/O routing

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    2022 SOS Awards: Winners & Highly Commended

    Chosen by the readers of Sound On Sound

    These results celebrate the ‘best in class’ category Winners, and Highly Commended close contenders, launched or reviewed in the period from September 2020 through to the end of August 2021.

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    API Select T25

    Dual-channel Valve FET Compressor-Limiter

    API have been making excellent solid‑state outboard and consoles for decades, but their latest venture sees them using valves for the very first time.

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    Apple Logic Pro 10.7

    Music Production Software

    Could a small step for Logic’s version number represent a giant leap for music production?

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    Audio Damage Other Desert Cities

    Delay Plug-in [AAX / AU / VST / VST3]

    ODC offers six distinct delay algorithms, all named after cities in Arizona...

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    Blackstar Dept. 10 Dual Drive & Dual Distortion

    Overdrive & Distortion Pedals

    These valve‑based pedals offer DSP speaker emulation, USB audio interfacing and comprehensive EQ.

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    Boss Eurus GS-1

    Guitar With SY Synth Engine

    Pedal legends Boss have now built their clever synth engine into a regular guitar — no hex pickups required!

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    Clatters Machines Garden Listener

    Eurorack Module

    Those familiar with the YouTube channel of Eurorack expert Mylar Melodies may remember a particular video in which he deftly...

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    Earthworks ETHOS

    Capacitor Vocal Mic

    Earthworks continue their mission to bring small‑diaphragm capacitor mics to new markets.

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    Electro-Harmonix Nano Deluxe Memory Man

    Delay Pedal

    The Electro‑Harmonix Memory Man is one of the longest‑running and most popular analogue delay pedals around and...

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    ErgoLab Stealth Studio Chairs

    Accessories

    Unlike many of its competitors, the ErgoLab Stealth series of chairs is designed specifically for use in the studio.

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    Eventide SplitEQ

    Transient-shaping Equaliser Plug-in

    An EQ that gives you separate control over the transient and sustain portions could be more useful than you think!

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    Expressive E Imagine

    Software Instrument

    Imagine uses physical modelling to let you create any acoustic instrument you can, er, imagine.

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    FrozenPlain Slow

    Mirage Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Slow offers a selection of mainly gentle sounds that would slot well into ambient or New Age compositions...

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    Golden Gear: KEF KM1

    Main Studio Monitors

    Main studio monitors these days are packed full of technology — but that wasn’t always the case, and it took an innovative British hi‑fi brand to drag mains out of the dark ages.

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    Goodhertz Tupe

    Saturation Plug-in

    As the name implies, Tupe emulates both tape and tubes — but it goes a bit further than most other saturators.

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    IK Multimedia AmpliTube X-Space

    Digital Reverb Pedal

    With both a hardware pedal and a plug‑in version included, this classy‑sounding reverb offers more options than most.

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    IK Multimedia The Resonator

    SampleTank Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Need the distinctive tones of a dobro guitar, but can't play the real thing? IK Multimedia’s The Resonator can help plug your skill gap...

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    JZ Microphones Vintage 12

    Large-diaphragm Cardioid Microphone

    Can a solid‑state microphone really give you the sound of an AKG C12?

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    Korg Collection 3

    Software Synthesizers

    Korg add more instruments to their growing stable of software classics.

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    Milab VIP-60

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    Swedish mic manufacturers Pearl and Milab have been doing things differently for 80 years — with outstanding results.

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    PreSonus R80 V2

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    PreSonus have updated their ribbon‑tweetered R series with a set of tonal adjustment options.

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    Qu-Bit Cascade

    Eurorack Module

    Qu‑Bit have been on a progressive Eurorack journey for the last five years or so. Hark back to the much lauded Chord...

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    Roland SP-404 MkII

    Sampler

    Roland’s popular sampler gets a major update.

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    Royer Labs dBooster2

    Inline Microphone & Instrument Preamplifier

    Not content with having created arguably the world’s best preamp booster, Royer’s boffins decided to make it better.

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    Sennheiser HD 400 Pro

    Open-backed Headphones

    Sennheiser’s new studio headphones offer some serious bang for your buck.

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    Sonnect Audio Sound Bullet

    Portable Audio Test Device

    Every engineer needs portable problem solvers, and this offering from Sonnect Audio could become a constant companion.

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    Sound Particles Space Controller

    Smartphone-activated Surround Pan Control Plug-in

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple, intuitive way to place sources in your immersive, surround or binaural soundstage? Well, now there is!

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    Spitfire Audio Abbey Road One: Grand Brass, Wondrous Flutes & Vibrant Reeds

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. These affordable mini‑libraries provide users with the immediately recognisable and colourful instrumental combinations frequently heard in classic movie scores.

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    Steinberg WaveLab Pro 11

    Audio Editing Software

    The WaveLab department at Steinberg have been very busy indeed...

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    Toontrack Upright EBX

    EZbass Expansion

    Toontrack add a fine and upstanding acoustic expansion for EZbass.

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    UJAM Virtual Drummer BRUTE

    Virtual Drummer Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This 3GB of sample content is aimed at the more raucous end of the drumming scale; think rock, garage, punk and grunge.

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    Zaor Miza Z Flex & Griprack MkII

    Studio Furniture

    Zaor’s Miza range promises smart, affordable, self‑assembly furniture to suit every studio.

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    ZPlane Tonic plug-in

    ZPlane Tonic

    Music Theory Assistance Plug-in

    Tonic is designed to work out the key of a piece of music and to suggest musical scales and chords that might work with it.

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Techniques

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    Cubase’s Input Transformer Explained

    Steinberg Cubase Pro Tips & Techniques

    The Input Transformer can do all sorts of useful things to incoming MIDI signals. Let's find out...

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    Customising Sound Libraries In Ableton Live 11

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to put your own stamp on Live 11’s new sonic content.

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    Digital Performer 11: The Power Of Chunks

    MOTU Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    DP11 brings even more functionality to the unique and powerful Chunks feature.

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    How I Got That Sound: Howard Benson

    POD ‘Youth Of The Nation’

    Grammy Award‑winning American producer Howard Benson discusses how he achieved the drum sound on POD’s 2001 hit ‘Youth Of The Nation’.

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    Idles

    Recording Crawler

    For their latest album, Crawler, Idles guitarist Mark Bowen adopted the role of producer for the first time.

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    Inside Track: TWICE 'Scientist'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Taesub Lee

    When you’re polishing a nine‑piece vocal band like TWICE to K‑pop perfection, organisation is essential!

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    Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Speed up your mix workflow with these handy Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts.

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    Studio One: Audio I/O Routing

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to configure your inputs, outputs and audio routing in PreSonus' flexible DAW.

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    Vocal Mix Prep

    Processing Options Before Mixing

    With your lead vocal performance comped and tuned, and its timing tightened, is there anything else to do before you start mixing?

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Sound Advice

People

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    Zoë Blade and Nina Richards

    Creating The Stepper Acid Sequencer | Podcast

    Zoë Blade and Nina Richards talk about their music and technology

    Zoë Blade and Nina Richards talk about their individual music careers and how they came together to create the Stepper Acid Eurorack Sequencer.

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    Modular Profile: Andrew Ostler - Expert Sleepers

    Designer

    We chat to Andrew Ostler, the man behind one of the UK’s most eminent Eurorack developers, Expert Sleepers.

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    Talkback: Hinako Omori

    Producer / Artist

    Japanese producer and artist Hinako Omori receives the SOS desert island treatment...

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    The People’s Choice

    Leader

    When you talk to manufacturers and developers whose work has been honoured in the annual SOS Awards, you’re in no doubt as to how much importance they attach to winning...

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    Why I Love... Arranging

    Julian Schmauch

    Should arranging play a role in music education?

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Music Business

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    Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio

    Dolby Atmos Immersive Audio | Podcast

    A new format in surround sound mixing

    David Gould, Director of Audio Content Solutions at Dolby Labs, talks to Hugh Robjohns about immersive audio and how Dolby Atmos works.

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    Hugues Vinet is Director of Innovation and Research Means of IRCAM

    IRCAM Paris: Electronic Music Institute | Podcast

    Software Tools, Sound Design & AI Composition

    Hugues Vinet, of the IRCAM electronic music institute in Paris, talks to Paul Tingen about their work in software, sound design and AI composition.

    Music Business
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