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September 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) September 2022

Reviews: Neve 88M audio interface [front cover] • DPA 4055 kick mic • Qube Audio Mobi One control surface • Novation Launchkey 88 • Focusrite Vocaster Two interface • IK Multimedia Modo Bass 2 • Waldorf Iridium Keyboard • Audeze Euclid in-ear monitors • Golden Age Premier Pre-73 Jr & EQ-73 • Hifiman HE400se headphones • KIT Plugins Mo-Q • AJH Synth Tap Tempo VC-LFO & Dual RVG Eurorack • PSI A21-M monitors • PreSonus Revelator Dynamic mic • Vanguard Audio V44S Gen2 mic • Wave Alchemy TRIAZ virtual percussion • Latest sample libraries — and lots more!

Techniques + People: VIDEO: The Secrets Of Spotify's Studio • Austrian Audio: Building Microphones • Colin Cartmell: Making Great Guitar Cab IRs • Achieve Better Separation In Your Mixes • Mixing Atmos: Bob Clearmountain • Controlling Synths With Your Voice • Classic Tracks: Soul II Soul 'Back To Life' • Inside Track: LF System ‘Afraid To Feel’ • How I Got That Sound: Chris Shaw • Modular Profile: Aimo Scampa • Talkback: Malena Zavala • DAW workshops: Studio One, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason, Logic Pro — and plenty more!

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    AJH Synth Tap Tempo VC‑LFO & Dual RVG

    Eurorack Modules

    MiniMod makers AJH Synth have developed and realised two new modules, Tap Tempo VC‑LFO and Dual RVG Random Voltage Event Generator.

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    Audeze Euclid

    In-ear Monitors

    Amazingly, Audeze have shrunk their proven planar magnetic driver technology to fit into a conventional earbud format. How do they sound in practice?

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    Behind The Sound Cart: A Veteran’s Guide To Sound On The Set

    Book Review

    Spanning over 300 pages this book condenses an entire career of experience and knowledge into a really practical guide, focusing on exactly what a newcomer to the industry needs to know and do.

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    Blackstar St James

    Valve Guitar Amplifiers

    Blackstar aim to take the weight out of valve amplification, without compromising on tone.

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    DPA 4055

    Kick Drum Microphone

    We put DPA’s new kick mic to work on a series of major festival headline shows.

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    Focusrite Vocaster Two

    USB Podcasting Interface

    Focusrite’s Vocaster Two puts everything you need to podcast in one very well designed box.

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    Golden Age Premier Pre-73 Jr & EQ-73

    Microphone Preamplifier & Equaliser

    Golden Age’s new Premier series of Neve‑inspired devices get even closer to the real thing.

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    Guillermo Guareschi The Cuatro

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 4.5/5 Stars. The Cuatro is a South American derivation of the Spanish guitar, but rather smaller in size and with only four strings. It’s not a million miles away from the ukulele or mandolin.

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    Hifiman HE400se

    Planar Magnetic Headphones

    Hifiman’s mission to democratise premium headphone technology continues.

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    Hologram Electronics Microcosm

    Multi-effects Pedal

    With granular processing, pitch manipulation, reverb, modulation and a looper, this isn’t just a tool for guitarists.

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    IK Multimedia Modo Bass 2

    Virtual Bass Software

    Modo Bass 2 builds on the success of the original, adding more and better basses.

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    KIT Plugins Mo-Q

    Analogue-modelling EQ Plug-in

    The second plug‑in in KIT’s Blackbird range aims to bring a little Motown magic to your DAW.

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    Klevgrand Fosfat

    Drum Reinforcement Plug-in

    Fosfat makes it easy to reinforce your drums with sculpted noise or sine waves.

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    KRK S10.4

    Active Subwoofer

    Looking for a powered sub to go with your monitors? KRK’s S10.4 160W Class‑D powered unit might fit the bill...

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    Naroth Audio Bloom

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Given the ‘cinematic sound engine’ tag line, there are no prizes for guessing that media composers are the primary target for this instrument.

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    Neuzeit Instruments Quasar

    Eurorack Module

    Quasar is the first Eurorack module to tackle 3D audio by using a combination of panning, level, frequency content, phase‑shifting and reverberation to fool the listener into thinking sounds are moving around your head in a three‑dimensional space.

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    Neve 88M audio interface front panel

    Neve 88M

    USB Audio Interface & Dual Mic Preamp

    The 88M packs the sound of a Neve console preamp into a compact audio interface.

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    Novation Launchkey 88

    Controller Keyboard

    Novation’s first attempt at an 88‑note controller keyboard seems to get everything right.

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    PreSonus Revelator Dynamic

    USB Microphone

    PreSonus’ new desktop mic gives you a broadcast‑ready sound out of the box.

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    PSI A21‑M

    Active Monitors

    PSI’s two‑way monitors are more expensive than many three‑way models. Do they justify their cost?

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    Qube Audio Mobi One

    DAW Control Surface

    Designed with Cubase users in mind, the Mobi One promises a boutique MIDI controller experience at a reasonable price.

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    RT60 Songzap

    Pre-production App For iOS

    Could this natty iPhone app help you structure your songs and make better demos?

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    Softube Model 82

    Software Synthesizer

    Softube take on Roland’s classic SH-101.

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    Space Lab Systems LIFT

    Motorised Monitor Stands

    Sit/stand desks are becoming the norm in many work environments, and with these motorised speaker stands, your monitors needn’t be left behind!

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    Spitfire Audio Nok Cultural Ensemble: Tape Percussion

    Plug-in

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Spitfire's inexpensive instrument is described as “Explosive Afro‑percussion meets dub and free jazz”.

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    Techivation T-Exciter

    Harmonic Enhancement Plug-in

    Techivation have quietly been building an impressive range of plug‑ins which tend to tackle everyday mixing techniques...

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    The A-Z Of Analogue Synthesisers

    Book Review

    Here we have the book versions published in 1998 and 2003, reissued to meet a demand that has never evaporated...

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    Ueberschall Delta Blues

    Elastik Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Delta Blues comes in 10 loop‑based construction kits (nearly 6GB of sample data), combining acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, electric bass and drum loops.

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    Vanguard Audio V44S Gen2

    Stereo Microphone

    The glory days of the stereo microphone are long gone — or are they?

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    Waldorf Iridium Keyboard

    Synthesizer

    The keyboard version of the desktop version of the Quantum, is the Iridium Keyboard even better than the original synth?

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    Wave Alchemy TRIAZ

    Virtual Percussion Instrument

    Wave Alchemy’s TRIAZ could be all the percussion software you’ll ever need.

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Techniques

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    Classic Tracks: Soul II Soul ‘Back To Life’

    Producers: Jazzie B • Nellee Hooper

    Soul II Soul’s ‘Back To Life’ was a hit record with a sound all of its own.

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    Colin Cartmell: Making Great Guitar Cab IRs

    Roll Your Own Impulse Responses

    Colin Cartmell’s decades‑long tonequest has led him to create some of the best guitar cabinet IRs out there — so we asked him for advice on how to roll your own.

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    Controlling Synths With Your Voice

    Opening Up Your Creative Potential

    We’re used to playing and sequencing synth parts in our productions, but why not sing them as well?

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    How I Got That Sound: Chris Shaw

    Bob Dylan ‘Things Have Changed’

    Four‑time Grammy Award‑winning producer, engineer and mixer Chris Shaw has worked with some of the biggest and most...

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    How To Achieve Better Separation In Your Mixes

    Tips, Tricks & Techniques

    If you’re struggling to get everything in your mixes coming across loud and clear, read on.

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    Inside Track: LF System ‘Afraid To Feel’

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineer: Scott Rosser

    The ear‑catching tempo changes of LF System’s hit ‘Afraid To Feel’ provided a unique challenge for mix engineer Scott Rosser.

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    Logic Mixer Modes

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Logic’s Mixer Modes help you navigate even the most complex projects.

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    Mixing Atmos: Bob Clearmountain

    Next-level Surround

    Can a legendary engineer create immersive audio mixes without giving up his beloved SSL console? Of course he can!

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    Prepping Vocals In Cubase

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The latest iteration of VariAudio includes all the tools you need to get vocals in shape for mixing.

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    Prepping Vocals In Cubase | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    These audio files accompany September 2022's Cubase workshop.

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    Pro Tools: Using Sends

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Getting the most from aux sends requires you to understand how they work!

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    Reason: Exploring BV‑X Multimode Vocoder

    Reason Studios Reason Tips & Techniques

    A new Rack Extension could be all the vocoder you’ll ever need.

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    Mark Mynett - Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Huddersfield University

    Recording Bass Guitar | Podcast

    Pro Techniques Explained

    Mark Mynett, talks us through prepping for and recording a bass session, including ways to generate multiple layered tracks for use in your final mix.

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    Mark Mynett - Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production at Huddersfield University

    Recording Drums | Podcast

    Pro Techniques Explained

    Mark Mynett, Sound Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Music Technology and Production, talks us through the setup and recording of live drums.

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    Studio One: Melodyne Essential

    PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Included with Studio One Professional, Melodyne Essential has (almost) all the time‑ and pitch‑correction power you’ll ever need!

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A 0922 mixer inserts

    Q. Should I choose +4 or -10 dB for my console inserts?

    I recently rewired my studio and patched a compressor and an effects unit into my mixer’s master inserts. Both processors were set to work with +4dB signals but the levels from the processors seemed low, so I switched them to their ‑10dB positions and the levels seem healthier. Have I done the right thing?

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    Q. Will a mic’s high-pass filter counter the proximity effect?

    I noticed in your review of the Lewitt LCT 1040 microphone that it has a switchable 120Hz 6dB/octave high‑pass filter, for countering the proximity effect. If my mic doesn’t have this feature, can I just set up the same thing in my DAW channel EQ?

    Sound Advice

People

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    Bob Clearmountain - Engineer | Podcast

    Mixing Atmos

    Grammy Award-winning engineer Bob Clearmountain details his unique approach to mixing music in Dolby Atmos using an analogue desk.

    People
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    Modular Profile: Aimo Scampa

    Manifold Research Centre

    Aimo Scampa designs modules under the moniker of Manifold Research Centre, with an approach that’s as off‑the‑wall as it is fascinatingly clever...

    People
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    Peter Zinovieff

    Peter Zinovieff - A Tribute | Podcast

    Legendary Composer & Synth Designer

    A tribute to the life and works of composer and synth pioneer Peter Zinovieff by James Gardner, featuring interviews with family, co-workers and collaborators.

    People
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    Sam Inglis, new Leader photo landscape black t-shirt

    Price vs Progress

    Leader

    Are manufacturers becoming more willing to pursue original design concepts?

    People
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    Talkback: Malena Zavala

    Cross‑cultural Synth‑Guitar Pop

    Malena Zavala pauses her cross‑cultural synth‑guitar pop career to answer SOS's nine core production questions...

    People
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    Why I Love... Imperfections photo of vocalist singing into studio mic.

    Why I Love... Imperfections

    Daniel Lee Collins

    Sometimes you need to free yourself from the reign of the click track and headphones...

    People

Music Business

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    Austrian Audio: Building Microphones

    In-house Capsule Design

    The capacitor microphone is an incredible feat of precision engineering. We go behind the scenes in Vienna to find out what makes it possible.

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    McDSP founder Colin McDowell

    McDSP - Analog Processing Box | Podcast

    20 Years Of Plug-in Development

    McDSP founder Colin McDowell chats to Sam Inglis about his career at the cutting edge of plug-in development.

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    The Secrets Of Spotify's Studio

    SOS VIDEO FEATURE

    Spotify At Mateo isn't your average recording studio. Designed to support the Spotify Singles programme and provide facilities for podcasters, it's an epic build that is stuffed to the gills with the best vintage and modern gear.

    Music Business
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