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July 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) July 2022

Reviews: Akai MPC Key 61 keyboard workstation [front cover] • Austrian Audio OC16 mic • Focal Alpha Twin Evo monitors • Modal Cobalt5S synthesizer • Warm Audio WA-CX12 microphone • Moog Etherwave theremin • Roland JX-08 synth • Moog Mavis semi-modular synth • Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre • Behringer MonoPoly synth • Echo Fix EF-X2 tape echo • Line 6 DL4 MkII • Universal Audio UAFX Amp Pedals • Universal Audio UAD Spark • IGS Audio Zen limiter • OneOdio Monitor 60 headphones • Novation FLkey 37 controller • Signum Audio Skye Dynamics plug-in — and lots more!

Techniques + People: Inside Track: Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Black Summer' • Bryan Adams • Understanding Nearfield Miking • Mixing Atmos: Morten Lindberg • Console Automation In The DAW Age • Paul Englishby: composer • How I Got That Sound: Alan Parsons • The Sustainable Studio: Focusrite Group • Hardware In The Studio • Modular Profile: Moritz Klein & Girts Ozolins • DAW workshops: Cubase, Pro Tools, Studio One — and plenty more!

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    Akai MPC Key 61

    Sampling Workstation

    The MPC Key isn’t just an MPC with a keyboard, it’s a completely new species of workstation.

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    Austrian Audio OC16

    Capacitor Microphone

    The OC16 makes Austrian Audio’s impressive CKR capsule available at a new low price.

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    Behringer MonoPoly

    Analogue Synthesizer

    We test Behringer’s take on an underrated Korg classic.

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    Best Service Dark Horizon By Sonuscore

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Some 80 individual sounds are provided, organised into four categories: Synthesized, Orchestra, Dirt & Noise and Dirt Bikes...

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    Echo Fix EF-X2

    Analogue Tape Echo Unit

    Could this modern tape delay prove to be even better than the real thing?

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    Emergence Audio Violin Textures

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Violin Textures is an apt product name, as the provision of textural effects is undeniable.

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    Fallout Music Group Trailer Braams II

    Kontakt Instrument/WAV

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Fallout Music Group focus on sound effects and sound‑design instruments aimed at media composers...

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    Focal Alpha Twin Evo

    Active Monitors

    Focal’s new MTM speaker offers remarkable bang for your buck!

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    Focusrite Clarett+ Octopre

    Multichannel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Twenty years on, the Octopre concept remains as strong as ever.

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    IGS Audio Zen

    Dual-channel Zener Compressor/Limiter

    Diode‑based compressors can be delightful but also rather noisy. True to its name, the Zen promises a more peaceful approach...

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    Line 6 DL4 MkII

    Delay Pedal

    Modelling pioneers Line 6 have breathed new life into their ageing delay unit — but they’ve also retained everything that made the original a classic.

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    Miso Cornflakes

    Eurorack Module

    Cornflakes is a 14HP granular oscillator module from a new Danish company called Miso.

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    mki x es.EDU VCO & Dual VCA

    Eurorack Modules

    We explore the first two DIY synth modules resulting from the Erica Synths/Moritz Klein collaborative venture that is mki x es.EDU.

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    Modal Electronics Cobalt5S

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    A streamlined version of Modal’s Cobalt8, is the Cobalt5S even better than its sibling?

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    Moog Etherwave

    Theremin

    Theremins have been part of Moog’s story since day one, and their latest is the culmination of all that experience.

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    Moog Mavis

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    Meet Mavis, Moog’s affordable semi‑modular with more than a few tricks up its sleeve.

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    Novation FLkey 37

    Controller Keyboard

    Novation’s compact keyboard gives you hands‑on control of FL Studio.

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    OneOdio Monitor 60

    Closed-back Headphones

    Hong Kong brand OneOdio prove that studio headphones needn’t cost a fortune.

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    PreSonus AudioBox Go

    USB Audio Interface

    AudioBox Go from PreSonus proffers pocket‑sized portability.

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    Revox Reel To Reel Tape Recorders 1949-1993

    Book Review

    Officially approved by Revox, the company’s entire tape recorder portfolio is described through this book's 34 short chapters.

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    Roland JX-08

    Synthesizer

    Roland add another classic polysynth to their Boutique range.

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    Shure A27M

    Stereo Microphone Mount

    Shure offer a very neat lateral‑thinking solution to mounting stereo microphone arrays quickly and accurately.

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    Signum Audio Skye Dynamics

    Dynamics Processing Plug-in

    Could this natty plug‑in streamline your approach to compression, limiting and expansion?

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    Sub51 & Soundtrax Drop Pad

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Drop Pad enables the user to experiment with some seriously exotic sound-shaping using straightforward controls.

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    TC Electronic Infinite Sample Sustainer

    Guitar Pedal

    TC’s Infinite Sample Sustainer pedal allows the user to sustain notes or chords indefinitely.

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    Universal Audio UAD Spark

    Native Plug-in Bundle For Mac

    For the first time ever, Universal Audio’s acclaimed plug‑ins are available in a native format.

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    UAFX Guitar Amp Emulators

    Universal Audio UAFX Amp Pedals

    Guitar Amp & Speaker Simulators

    In a world where makers of digital amp simulators take pride in offering a huge variety of models, Universal Audio have adopted a ‘less is more’ approach.

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    Warm Audio WA‑CX12

    Valve Microphone

    Warm Audio’s assault on the vintage mic market continues with this impressive take on an Austrian classic.

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Techniques

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    Creating Custom Shortcuts In Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    For the first time ever, Pro Tools 2022.4 now lets you create your own custom shortcuts.

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    Cubase 12: Audio To MIDI Chords

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We get to grips with Cubase 12’s new Audio To MIDI Chords feature included in Pro, Artist and Elements.

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    Cubase 12: Audio To MIDI Chords | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio examples accompany July 2022's Cubase workshop.

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    Editing MIDI In Studio One

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    We explore Studio One’s MIDI editing facilities.

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    How I Got That Sound: Alan Parsons

    Alan Parsons Project ‘The Eagle Will Rise Again’

    Asked to pick a favourite from the innumerable sounds he’s committed to tape, Alan nominates the unique keyboard sound on ‘The Eagle Will Rise Again’, from the third APP album Pyramid.

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    Inside Track: Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Black Summer'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineer: Ryan Hewitt

    Working on tape with the Red Hot Chili Peppers forced Ryan Hewitt to revisit old‑school mixing skills — and find ways to adapt modern techniques to the analogue domain.

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    Understanding Nearfield Miking

    How To Get It Right

    Extreme close miking can be an aesthetic choice or an uncomfortable necessity. Either way, it’s important to know how to get it right.

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    Is Console Automation Still Relevant In The DAW Age?

    Fading Away?

    Do the automation features in DAW software make old‑school console automation redundant? We canvass opinions from big‑name mix engineers.

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    Q. Should I compress at the recording stage?

    I’m seeing a lot of conflicting advice about using compression while recording. Some swear by it while others say it’s completely unnecessary with 24‑bit recording and modern converters. Where do you stand on this?

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    The Value Of Hardware In The Studio

    The Hard Way

    Mix engineers used to prefer hardware to software because it sounded better. Is that still true? And if not, is there still a reason to use it?

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People

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    Bryan Adams

    At Home In The Studio

    Like any true rock star, Bryan Adams is most at home in the studio!

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    Express Yourself

    I write this column with two recent events in mind. One is the sad passing of legendary synthesist and composer Vangelis. The...

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    Mixing Atmos: Morten Lindberg

    The Recording Art

    For Norwegian engineer, producer and record label boss Morten Lindberg, immersive audio begins at source.

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    Modular Profile: Moritz Klein & Girts Ozolins

    DIY Education

    German DIY electronics whiz Moritz Klein and Erica Synths founder Girt Ozolins explain the motivation behind their mki x es.EDU collaboration.

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    Paul Englishby

    Composer

    Film composer, theatre composer, TV composer, ballet composer... Why be one when you can be them all?

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    Talkback: Shuta Shinoda

    Engineer

    Engineer Shuta Shinoda faces the SOS nine-question treatment...

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    Why I Love... The State Of Flow

    Pasquale Abate

    The state of flow is a term used in different practices ranging from sports to the creative arts, but what does the state...

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    Will Gregory: My Favourite Synths

    VIDEO FEATURE

    Composer, producer and one half of Goldfrapp, Will Gregory opens up about the instruments that mean the most to him — and shows us how great they can sound in the right hands.

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Music Business

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    The Sustainable Studio

    Part 2: Focusrite Group

    One of the audio industry’s largest manufacturing groups, Focusrite, is taking the lead in tackling green issues.

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