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April 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) April 2022

Reviews: Intel vs AMD CPUs [front cover] • PMC6-2 monitors • ARP 2600 M synthesizer • Apogee Duet 3 audio interface • Beyerdynamic M90 Pro X & M70 Pro X studio mics • Waldorf M synth • PreSonus Revelator io24 interface • Hifiman Sundara, Arya & HE-R10D headphones • Nektar Impact GXP & GX Mini keyboards • Boss IR-200 pedal • Gainlab Audio Empress passive EQ • Tierra Audio Flavours inline preamps • Sonic Potions/Erica Synths LXR-02 drum machine • Chase Bliss Audio CXM 1978 reverb • Red Panda Tensor looper • Audio Imperia Solo sample library — and plenty more!

Techniques + People:  Cutting Vinyl At Abbey Road Studios [Video] • Mike Dean: Super Producer • Hildur Guðnadóttir & Sam Slater: Chernobyl • Get More From Your DAW • Vocal Tracking Tips • Mixing Atmos: Andy Bradfield • Inside Track: Encanto • Talkback: Noga Erez & Ori Rousso • DAW workshops: Ableton, Cubase, Digital Performer, Studio One, Pro Tools, Logic Pro.

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    Apogee Duet 3

    Apogee Duet 3

    USB Audio Interface

    Apogee’s long‑serving desktop audio interface gets a thorough makeover.

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    ARP 2600 M

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Back by popular demand: Korg have miniaturised the ARP 2600 but kept the spirit and sound of the original very much alive.

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    Audio Imperia Solo

    Sample Library

    A new collection adds expressive solo instruments and voices to the company’s orchestral range.

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    Best Service Elysion 2 by Sonuscore

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars.

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    Beyerdynamic M90 Pro X & M70 Pro X

    Studio Microphones

    Beyerdynamic’s new studio mics are as classy as they are versatile.

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    Boss IR-200

    Amp & Cab Emulation Pedal

    The IR‑200 is a compact, DSP‑powered pedal that pairs an amp simulator with a speaker cabinet impulse‑response engine.

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    Chase Bliss Audio CXM 1978

    Reverb Stompbox

    This modern take on the Lexicon 224 may be a pedal, but it has applications that go way beyond guitar.

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    Denise Audio Poltergate

    Gate & Transient Shaping Plug-in

    Poltergate is a combination tool for use with drums or other percussive sounds and has both creative and problem‑solving capabilities...

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    DryBell Vibe Machine v3

    Guitar Effect Pedal

    One of the best Uni‑Vibe clones on the market just got an update.

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    Fracture Sounds Box Factory

    Sample Library

    Fracture Sounds elevate the humble cardboard box to versatile percussion instrument.

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    Gainlab Audio Empress

    Passive Valve Equaliser

    Hungarian company Gainlab impressed us with their Dictator compressor, so we were looking forward to putting their EQ through its paces.

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    Heavyocity Mosaic Leads

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This library/virtual instrument focuses very much on analogue synth‑based sound sources.

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    Hifiman Sundara, Arya & HE-R10D

    Headphones

    Hifiman are driving the development of headphone technology at an impressive pace!

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    IK Multimedia T-RackS Fame Studio Reverb

    Reverb Plug-in

    IK Multimedia’s Fame Studio Reverb emulates the sound of the legendary FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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    Klevgrand Borsta

    Brushed Percussion Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Borsta's audio engine is designed to simulate natural‑sounding brush playing and it offers 18 different percussion instrument sounds.

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    Nektar Impact GXP & GX Mini

    Controller Keyboards

    Nektar keep doing what they do best: making solid, capable, no‑nonsense MIDI controllers.

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    PMC6-2

    Active Three-way Monitors

    If anyone knows how to make a transmission‑line speaker, it’s PMC...

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    PreSonus Revelator io24 audio interface.

    PreSonus Revelator io24

    USB Audio Interface

    PreSonus’s Revelator io24 is packed with useful features for podcasters, streamers and even common‑or‑garden recording musicians.

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    Red Panda Tensor

    Looping Pedal

    Embracing both the charm and limitations of open‑reel tape, the Tensor is a unique and creative looping pedal.

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    Sonic Potions/Erica Synths LXR-02

    Drum Machine

    Sonic Potions and Erica Synths team up to create a truly unique drum machine.

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    Sonora Cinematic Poiesis Cello

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. This first title in Sonora’s new solo string series expands the frontiers with a large set of atmospheric articulations beautifully performed by Alan Black, distinguished principal cellist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

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    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Inline Booster Preamps

    Clean‑gain ‘booster’ preamps are popular accessories for ribbon and moving‑coil dynamic mics — but what if that gain were deliberately made more characterful?

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    Tierra Audio Flavours | Audio

    Hear For Yourself!

    SOS April 2022

    Tierra Audio Flavours

    Audio Captions

    Neil Rogers

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    Toontrack Americana EBX

    EZbass Expansion

    Toontrack’s latest EZbass expansion delivers a classic American sound.

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    UJAM Finisher Dynamo

    Effects Plug-in

    UJAM add sonic movement to the themes explored in their popular Finisher series.

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    Waldorf M

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Waldorf return to their roots with a modern take on the classic Microwave.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Central Processing

    Leader

    One of the core skills of the audio engineer is overcoming limitations. In the days of tape, that might have meant squeezing...

    People
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    Hildur Guðnadóttir & Sam Slater

    Composing With Field Recordings

    HBO’s Chernobyl exposed the horrifying story behind the 1986 nuclear disaster — and made a star of composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

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    Howard Gray Producer

    Howard Gray - Producer | Podcast

    Engineering Tales From The '80s

    Howard Gray gives us a fascinating look behind the scenes of recording and engineering some of the biggest tracks of the '80s.

    People
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    Matt Johnson - Jamiroquai

    Matt Johnson - Jamiroquai | Podcast

    Jazz Funk keyboard player

    Matt Johnson has emerged as one of the most talented and prolific keyboard players of the last 20 years, mostly as part of the legendary Jamiroquai.

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    Mike Dean

    Super Producer

    With an extraordinary track record as producer, songwriter, musician, mixer and remixer, Mike Dean is a one‑man music industry.

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    Talkback: Noga Erez & Ori Rousso

    Collaborative Beat-making

    We put the desert island questions to this Tel Aviv-based dynamic, hip‑hop‑infused pop duo.

    People
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    Why I Love... Making A Difference

    Simon Glenister

    My school attendance was, ahem, erratic to say the least. The only place I felt I was any good at anything was hitting drums...

    People

Music Business

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    Abbey Road Studios cutting lathe

    Cutting Vinyl At Abbey Road

    VIDEO FEATURE

    SOS visits the world’s most famous studio, Abbey Road, to discover how the ones and zeros in a digital recording get turned into grooves on a vinyl record.

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    LEWITT Audio

    LEWITT Audio - Behind The Brand | Podcast

    Pushing microphone technology forward

    LEWITT Audio chat to Hugh Robjohns about their approach to developing, innovating and engineering their range of home, studio and live microphones.

    Music Business
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