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October 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) October 2022

Reviews: Oberheim OB-X8 synthesizer [front cover] • Apogee BOOM interface • PWM Malevolent synth • Focal ST6 Twin6 monitors • Pulsar Massive EQ plug-in • Roland Juno-X • sE Electronics DynaCaster mic • Audeze MM-500 headphones • Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 9 • Universal Audio SD-1 & SP-1 mics • Goran Grooves Handy Drums VI • EastWest Forbidden Planet • Noise Engineering Plugin Bundle 1 • Manley Reference Silver mic • IK Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip • Hammond SK Pro 73 • Majella Audio Implexus — and lots more!

Techniques + People: Stuart White: Recording & Mixing Beyoncé • Multi-stage Compression • Inside Track: YoungBoy ‘Loner Life’ • Modulation Effects: A Primer • The Constance Demby Mystery • How I Got That Sound: Tyler Bates • The Decca Ring Cycle: Then & Now • Modular Profile: Sarah Belle Reid • Talkback: Juan Sebastián Rodriguez • DAW workshops: Studio One, Cubase, Digital Performer, Pro Tools, Logic Pro — and plenty more!

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    Apogee BOOM

    USB Audio Interface

    Apogee hope to make an impact with their new entry‑level interface.

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    Audeze MM-500

    Planar Magnetic Headphones

    Audeze’s newest open-backed headphones were designed with the help of mix legend Manny Marroquin.

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    Caveman Audio AP1

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    If you play acoustic instruments with piezo pickups and require the very best amplification, the AP1 is a serious contender.

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    Cre8audio NiftyKEYZ

    Eurorack Case & Controller Keyboard

    Cre8audio’s NiftyKEYZ case might just change your whole approach to modular.

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    EastWest Forbidden Planet

    Sample Library

    EastWest go off world with a whole planet of screen‑friendly synth sounds.

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    Electro-Harmonix S9 String Ensemble

    Effects Pedal

    The S9 turns your guitar into a full‑blown string section.

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    Elf Audio Koala Sampler

    Sampler App For iOS & Android

    Koala Sampler makes sampling simple again.

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    Focal ST6 Twin6

    Active Monitors

    Focal’s premium ST6 series promises monitoring without compromise.

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    GoranGrooves Handy Drums

    Virtual Instruments

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. If you are looking for an ‘easy’ virtual acoustic drum instrument, GoranGrooves’ Handy Drums provide an interesting alternative.

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    Great Eastern FX Design-A-Drive

    Guitar Overdrive Pedal

    The Design‑A‑Drive is the first pedal that allows you to really substantially tune its overdrive characteristics to match the requirements of a large range of amps.

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    Hammond SK Pro 73

    Keyboard

    Could the SK Pro 73 be Hammond’s most versatile keyboard yet?

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    IK Multimedia iRig Pro Quattro I/O

    Audio Interface

    IK’s new interface is designed to go anywhere and record anything.

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    IK Multimedia Joe Chiccarelli Vocal Strip

    Vocal Processing Plug-in

    Could this plug‑in meet all your vocal‑polishing needs?

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    Klevgrand Brusfri

    Noise Reduction Plug-in

    Brusfri is a simple‑to‑use noise‑reduction plug‑in designed to attenuate steady‑state noise using the established technique of analysing a short section of ‘noise‑only’ recording.

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    Look Mum No Computer #1222 Performance VCO & #1114 Filter Grr

    Look Mum No Computer #1222 Performance VCO & #1114 Filter Grr

    Eurorack Modules

    In collaboration with Christian Bloch of Funque Mod, the LMNC modules have been shrunk back down to Eurorack size and released as finished modules.

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    Majella Audio Implexus

    Synthesizer

    The Majella Implexus is a beautifully made synth with a foot on both coasts.

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    Manifold Research Centre Tetragrid

    Eurorack Module

    Tetragrid is described as "the first magnetic board gate sequencer.”

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    Manley Reference Silver

    Large‑diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    This classy valve mic adds a little Manley magic to the C‑37 formula...

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    Melda Production MTurboAmp

    Amp & Effects Emulation Plug-in

    MTurboAmp lets you build pretty much any amp or distortion pedal you want!

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    Minimal Audio Morph EQ

    Modulated Filter Plug-in

    Looking to add movement to your sounds? Look no further!

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    Cursus Vereor

    Noise Engineering Plugin Bundle 1

    Instrument & Effect Plug-ins

    Noise Engineering bring their distinctive modular philosophy to the computer.

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    Oberheim OB-X8

    Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Oberheim are back, and doing what they do best — making massive polysynths with a massive sound.

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    Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 5

    Sine Player

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. Large orchestral sections are augmented by a mixed choir, but in an unexpected twist this sample library also includes analogue and modular synths.

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    Production Sound Mixer: Notes & Thoughts

    Book Review

    Informative books about audio careers in the film and TV industry are relatively rare but, oddly, I’ve come across two new...

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    Pulsar Massive

    Analogue Modelling EQ Plug-in

    Pulsar train their modelling sights on Manley’s mighty Massive Passive.

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    PWM Malevolent

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    New synth‑makers PWM met the Devil at a crossroads at midnight. This is the result.

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    Roland Juno‑X

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Is the Zen‑powered X the best Juno Roland have ever made?

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    sE Electronics DynaCaster

    Active Dynamic Microphone

    sE’s latest mic combines a moving‑coil capsule with the company’s Dynamite preamp technology.

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    Spitfire Audio Originals Epic Choir

    Plug-in

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. This very affordable choral instrument from Spitfire Audio features a 50‑piece mixed vocal ensemble recorded at AIR Studios’ legendary Lyndhurst Hall in London.

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    Steinberg SpectraLayers Pro 9

    Spectral Editing Software

    Steinberg continue to develop SpectraLayers at a remarkable pace.

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    Unfiltered Audio LO-FI-AF plug-in

    Unfiltered Audio LO-FI-AF

    Lo-fi Plug-in

    LO‑FI‑AF combines four damage‑wreaking sections to offer a range of treatments that extend from the fairly subtle to out‑and‑out audio vandalism!

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    Universal Audio SD-1 & SP‑1

    Microphones

    UA’s affordable new microphones prove themselves to be capable and versatile workhorses in the studio.

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    Waverley Instruments Guitar Gig Bag Plus

    Amp & Effects Modules For Voltage Modular

    Cherry Audio’s virtual modular environment gains a range of affordable, high‑quality guitar‑oriented processors.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Crunch Time

    How bad will the cost of living crisis get? Energy prices are forecast to rise by hundreds of percent this autumn. Inflation...

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    Michael Whalen

    Michael Whalen - Imaginary Trains | Podcast

    Michael Whalen talks about performing his latest instrumental album ‘Imaginary Trains’ to a live audience at the EMEAPP museum, using their extensive collection of rare vintage synthesizers.

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    Modular Profile: Sarah Belle Reid

    Synthesist & Educator

    A lauded synthesist and an inspiring educator, Sarah Belle Reid’s techniques are innovative, explorative and experimental in all the right ways.

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    Talkback: Juan Sebastián Rodriguez

    Sound Engineer

    Resident in Mexico City, engineer Juan Sebastián Rodriguez thanks British producer Phil Vinall for his baptism into the recording industry.

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    Why I Love... Guitarists

    Jyoti Mishra

    The electric guitar — has there ever been an instrument so identified with rebellion, with danger, with transgression?

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