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March 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) March 2022

Reviews: Orchestral Sample Libraries Buyer's Guide [front cover] • Lewitt LCT 1040 hybrid mic • Kurzweil K2700 keyboard • Sonokinetic Orchestral Strings • Austrian Audio OD505 dynamic mic • Baby Audio TAIP plug-in • Jones-Scanlon Reds monitors • Warm Audio Bus Comp • Boss SY-200 guitar synth pedal • KRK KNS 8402 headphones • NI Action Strings 2 • Orchestration Assistants • AKG Ara USB mic • Apogee Clearmountain's Phases plug-in • Krotos Concept 2 soft synth • OWC Envoy Express • Empress Effects ZOIA • Endorphin.es Ground Control modular • Hazelrigg Industries VNE compressor • KIT Plugins BB N105 channel strip plug-in • sE Electronics DM2 TNT • Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive pedal • Sonnox Claro EQ plug-in — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Elbow: Recording Flying Dream 1 • Greg Wells: Mixing Atmos • Orchestral Sounds: For Non-orchestral Music Genres • Two-stage Mixing • Inside Track: Gayle 'ABCDEFU' • Angel-Ho producer/artist • Pat Pattinson: Writing Better Lyrics • DAW workshops: Studio One, Reason, Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro.

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    AKG Ara

    USB Microphone

    AKG’s new multi‑pattern USB microphone proves its worth on both instruments and vocals.

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    Apogee Clearmountain’s Phases

    Analogue Modelling Effects Plug-in

    It can’t turn you into Bob Clearmountain, but this plug‑in can certainly help you create some beautiful effects!

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    Applied Acoustic Systems Objeq Delay

    Delay Plug-in

    Objeq Delay is not a typical delay plug‑in. Yes, it can generate repeats with adjustable feedback and tempo sync, but the way it treats them, using some ingenious acoustic filtering, really sets it apart.

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    Austrian Audio OD505

    Active Dynamic Microphone

    Austrian Audio turn their attention from studio to stage, with an intriguing new vocal mic aimed at live performance.

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    Baby Audio TAIP

    Tape Emulation Plug-in

    Ever wondered what AI technology might bring to the tape‑emulation party?

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    BLAMMO! Electronics Voltage Booster

    Guitar Pedal

    If you’re a fan of early 1970s guitar tones, this evamp of the classic Colorsound Power Boost pedal might be one you’ll enjoy...

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    Boss SY-200

    Guitar Synthesizer Pedal

    The latest pedal in Boss’ SY series offers expressive synth sounds without the hassle.

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    Donner Island Delay

    Stereo Delay / Looper Pedal

    Donner’s Island Delay is a multimode delay pedal with a maximum delay time of 1.2 seconds and 10 delay types on offer...

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    Emergence Audio Quantum

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Hosted by either the full or free Player version of Kontakt 6.4 or later, Quantum is a two‑layer instrument dedicated to producing pad and drone sounds.

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    Empress Effects ZOIA

    Modular Digital Synth & Effects Pedal

    Empress’ compact, powerful and versatile ZOIA is part multi‑effects unit, part modular synthesizer...

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    Endorphin.es Ground Control

    Eurorack Module

    Barcelona‑based developers Endorphin.es have finally ironed out the folds when it comes to their contender for a system‑driving controller and sequencer. Has it been worth the wait?

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    Great Eastern FX Small Speaker Overdrive

    Guitar Effects Pedal

    Can a pedal really replicate the classic studio sound of a tweed‑era Champ?

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    Hazelrigg Industries VNE

    Single-channel PWM Compressor

    With its unusual method of applying gain reduction, the Hazelrigg VNE is no ordinary compressor.

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    Jones-Scanlon Reds

    Active Monitors With Sonarworks Room Correction

    How do you make a great monitor even better? By integrating Sonarworks’ acclaimed SoundID Reference room correction system!

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    KIT Plugins BB N105

    Channel Strip Plug-in

    This classy console emulation from newcomers KIT puts Blackbird Studios’ Neve in your DAW.

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    KRK KNS 8402

    Closed-back Headphones

    KRK’S latest cans offer quality sound, value for money and good isolation.

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    Krotos Concept 2

    Software Synthesizer

    The latest version of Krotos’ Concept adds granular synthesis and an impressive modulation engine.

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    Kurzweil K2700

    Workstation Keyboard

    Now in its fourth decade, Kurzweil’s celebrated K series continues to evolve.

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    Lewitt LCT 1040

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    Lewitt’s new flagship hybrid microphone could be the last vocal mic you ever need...

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    Martinic AX73

    Software Synthesizer

    Martinic take Akai’s long‑neglected AX73 ball and run with it.

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    Naroth Audio Alloy Vol I

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Built from detailed sampling of chromatically tuned metal discs, Alloy Vol I's tones are reminiscent of chromatic orchestral percussion, hang drums, steel drums and tubular bells...

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    Native Instruments Action Strings 2

    Sample Library

    NI and Sonuscore take assisted string arranging to another level with Action Strings 2.

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    Orchestration Assistants

    Tools To Help You Start Scoring!

    Want to get started with scoring? Don’t worry, today’s super‑intelligent sample libraries have got your back.

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    Orchestration Assistants | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Orchestration Assistants Audio Example 01.mp3

    This example features UJAM’s Striiiings. The audio example demonstrates...

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    OWC Envoy Express

    Portable Thunderbolt Drive Enclosure

    External storage becomes so fast and so small it might as well not be external at all!

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    Rast Sound Contemporary Colours

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Contemporary Colours’ designers describe the sounds as being rooted in contemporary classical and theatrical styles that combine instrumental and electronic music.

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    Retrokits RK-006

    Portable USB MIDI/Gate Hub

    Retrokits’ RK‑006 is a tiny but incredibly versatile hub for MIDI, USB and modular.

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    sE Electronics DM2 TNT

    Inline Microphone Preamplifier

    sE’s latest mic booster offers much more than just a bit of extra gain...

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    Sonnox Claro

    EQ Plug-in

    This powerful new EQ plug-in aims to encourage you to make better mix decisions.

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    Sonokinetic Orchestral Strings

    Sample Library

    Sonokinetic’s Orchestral Strings is as playable as it is high quality.

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    Spitfire Audio Aperture: The Stack

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. If you like big synth drones, The Stack will not disappoint...

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    TC Electronic AEON String Sustainer

    Guitar Sustainer

    TC Electronic’s AEON String Sustainer has been out for a few years now, but we recently got our hands on one for the first time...

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    Warm Audio Bus Comp

    Stereo VCA Compressor

    This homage to a famous console compressor is keenly priced and offers some thoughtful extra features.

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    Wavesfactory Quantum

    Transient-based Processor Plug-in

    Quantum is similar in concept to Eventide’s Physion, in that it can split sounds into attack transients and sustain components...

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Techniques

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    Exploring Cubase's Bundled MIDI Plug-ins | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany our Cubase workshop in SOS March 2022.

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    Exploring Cubase’s Bundled MIDI Plug-ins

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase's stock MIDI plug‑in collection includes some unsung heroes...

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    How I Got That Sound: Thorsten Quaeschning

    Tangerine Dream ‘Los Santos City Map’

    Asked to nominate his favourite sounds he’s created on record, the Tangerine Dream leader picks a track composed for the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto V in 2013.

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    Inside Track: Gayle ‘ABCDEFU’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Nappi

    It was just another session for producer Peter Nappi, but Gayle’s ‘ABCDEFU’ would become one of the most listened‑to tracks of 2022.

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    Logic Pro: Housekeeping Tips

    Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques

    A virtual declutter will massively improve your Logic experience!

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    Mixing Atmos: Greg Wells

    Creating Real-world Dolby Atmos Content

    We talk to the people who are creating real‑world Atmos content, starting with Canadian super‑producer Greg Wells.

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    Orchestral Sounds - For Non-orchestral Music Genres

    Alternative Approaches, Techniques & Products

    We all know you can score a movie or compose a symphony from the comfort of your DAW, but what can orchestral sample libraries do for other genres of music?

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    Pat Pattison: Writing Better Lyrics

    Guide To Powerful Songwriting

    Writing lyrics is often said to be the hardest aspect of songwriting. Berklee College of Music Professor Pat Pattison has been teaching people to do it better for decades. Read his advice...

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    Pro Tools: Subscription & Support Plans

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We explore the value offered by Avid’s subscription and support plans.

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    Reason: Exploring The New Combinator

    Reason Studios Reason Tips & Technqiues

    We dive into the newly improved and expanded Combinator.

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    Studio One: Version 5.5 Update

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Mastering and MIDI get a welcome boost in Studio One's v5.5 update.

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    Two-stage Mixing

    Making The Most Of Home Recordings

    Our tame engineer describes a new approach to mixing that helped him to get the best out of an EP that was recorded remotely during lockdown.

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Sound Advice

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    Orchestral Sample Libraries - Buyer’s Guide

    Find Your Way Through The Maze!

    With hundreds of products crowding the marketplace, choosing an orchestral library can be a daunting experience. Sound On Sound's Buyer’s Guide aims to help you find a way through the maze.

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    Q. How should I power my 19-inch equipment rack?

    I’ve got a 19‑inch rack setup which currently houses six units and I’m wondering if it’s time that I considered powering it in a better way?

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People

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    Elbow: Recording Flying Dream 1

    At The Theatre

    Elbow reacted against lockdown and their own tried and tested methods by hiring Brighton’s Theatre Royal as an improvised studio space.

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    Orchestral Revolution!

    Leader

    Ask anyone in the know about trends in music technology, and the reply will probably contain the word ‘democratised’. DAW...

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    Sarah Angliss Composer, Musician and Robotic Artist

    Sarah Angliss - My Electroacoustic World | Podcast

    Composer, Musician, Robotic Artist and Theremin Virtuoso

    Sarah Angliss talks to Caro C about her route into Electronic Music and how she utilises sub-frequencies, robotics, and her own effects in her compositions and live performances.

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    Talkback: Angel-Ho

    Artist / Producer

    South African artist/producer Angel‑Ho creates joyous and very danceable music, combining synths, samplers, Afrobeat influences and pop sensibilities.

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    Why I Love... Adversity

    James Keith Norman

    How a setback forced the writer to question and freshen the way he had been doing things...

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    ​​​​​​​Modular Profile: Kris Kaiser - Noise Engineering

    Designer

    Los Angeles’ Noise Engineering have in just a few years established themselves as one of the most exciting developers on the modular stage.

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Music Business

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    CEDAR Audio Managing Director, Gordon Reid

    CEDAR Audio | Podcast

    Real-time Audio Restoration & Noise Suppression

    CEDAR Audio has led the world in audio restoration and noise suppression for over three decades. We find out more about their ground-breaking technologies.

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    Hugh Robjohns (L) and Paul White (R)

    Grumpy 101: Top Peeves, Annoyances and Pet Hates | Podcast

    Paul and Hugh wax lyrical about the things they dislike about today's gear

    Paul White and Hugh Robjohns engage in a lighthearted discussion about what peeves and annoys them about today's music software and recording hardware.

    Music Business
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