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November 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) November 2022

REVIEWS: Neumann M49V mic • ASM Hydrasynth Explorer & Deluxe synths • Zoom F3 field recorder/interface • Arturia V Collection 9 • Cranborne Audio CAST Intro Bundle • Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field • Universal Audio Volt 476P audio interface • Warm Audio WA-47F mic • Wes Audio Rhea stereo compressor • Cleer Audio Next headphones • Hohm HR01 ribbon mic • Blackstar Amped 1 pedal • Doepfer A-126-2 frequency shifter • Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings • Sound Particles Density plug-in • Strymon Zelzah mod pedal • Latest sample libraries — and lots more!

TECHNIQUES + PEOPLE: Jean-Michel Jarre: Producing Oxymore [front cover] • Setting Up An Atmos Mixing Room • Ricky Reed: Producing Lizzo • Granular Synthesis Primer • Inside Track: David Guetta & Bebe Rexha 'I'm Good (Blue)' • MIDI For The Hardware Studio • How I Got That Sound: Richard Chycki • Talkback: Teno Afrika • DAW workshops: Cubase, Reason, Pro Tools, Logic Pro — and plenty more!

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    Arturia Dist Coldfire

    Distortion Plug-in

    Arturia’s new distortion processor is good for much more than just a bit of dirt and fuzz!

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    Arturia V Collection 9

    Software Instruments

    Arturia’s mighty V Collection continues to grow and improve.

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    ASM Hydrasynth Explorer & Deluxe

    Digital Synthesizers

    ASM expand their popular Hydrasynth range with two new options.

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    Blackstar Amped 1

    Guitar Amp With Speaker Sim & USB Interface

    The past few years have seen sophisticated amp‑in‑a‑pedal products from several companies, so it comes as...

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    Book Review: Vintage FX

    By Matthias Fuchs

    Want to learn about vintage studio effects units? This book is a great place to start.

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    Cleer Audio Next

    Open‑backed Headphones

    Thanks to their innovative driver technology, these audiophile cans could prove a valuable tool in the studio.

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    Cranborne Audio CAST Intro Bundle

    Analogue Audio Routing System

    Cat cabling is cheap and readily available — and there’s no reason you can’t use it to run balanced analogue audio signals all over the place!

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    Doepfer A-126-2

    Eurorack Module

    The A‑126‑2 is a redesign of their long‑discontinued A‑126. It’s a slender 8HP module in Doepfer’s usual utilitarian design...

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    Hohm HR01

    Ribbon Microphone

    We try out the debut mic from a new boutique Australian manufacturer.

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    ILIO Waverunner

    Omnisphere 2 Patches

    Rating: 4/5 Stars. Waverunner aims to replicate the sound of classic analogue synths from the ’80s and ’90s...

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    LiquidSonics Tai Chi

    Reverb Plug-in

    Tai Chi is an algorithmic reverb plug‑in with some very handy features that allow it to cover more ground than most...

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    Neumann M49V

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    More than 50 years after it was discontinued, Neumann have reissued one of the greatest mics of all time.

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    Neural DSP Archetype: Rabea

    Neural DSP Archetype: Rabea

    Amp & Effects Modelling Plug-in

    Archetype: Rabea is one of very few modellers to include guitar‑synth sounds, alongside the usual amps, cabs and stompbox effects.

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    Orchestral Tools Berlin Con Sordino Strings

    Sample Library

    Orchestral Tools expand their Berlin Series with a muted strings collection.

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    Qu-Bit Aurora

    Eurorack Module

    The discovery of a truly new sound — a reality‑shifting sonic experience — is the never‑ending goal of modular. It’s this very drive that constitutes the heart of Qu‑Bit’s Aurora.

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    Rast Sound Sephardic Vocals

    Rast Sound Sephardic Vocals

    Kontakt Instrument/WAV

    Rating: 4/5 Stars. With its roots in a medieval Jewish vocal culture, this library comprises long songs arranged by musical key.

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    Red Panda Particle 2

    Granular Delay & Pitch-shift Pedal

    The Particle 2 brings powerful granular processing to your pedalboard.

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    Soniccouture Sun Drums

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. This library offers top‑notch acoustic drums with a dry(ish) sound that’s perfect for pop, hip‑hop, breakbeats or funk.

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    Sonokinetic 80

    Kontakt Sample Library

    Sonokinetic’s new Kontakt library resurrects the sounds of the 1980s.

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    Sound Particles Density

    Doubling & Harmonisation Plug-in

    The idea of a harmonising plug‑in might not be new — but how about one with multi‑channel support and up to 100 voices?

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    Spitfire Audio Mercury

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: 4.5/5 Stars. In addition to reverberant clangs and monumental industrial noises, Mercury also excels at quiet, eerie and mysterious textures.

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    Strymon Zelzah

    Modulation Pedal

    The Zelzah will take you to places conventional phasers can only dream of...

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    TC Electronic Monitor Pilot

    Monitor Controller

    TC’s Monitor Pilot is a simple monitor controller with a small, wired remote control unit. The idea, of course, is...

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    Teenage Engineering OP-1 Field

    Portable Synthesizer

    Teenage Engineering’s OP‑1 Field is much more than a sequel.

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    Universal Audio Volt 476P

    USB Audio Interface

    UA’s Volt range welcomes two additional members, including a new flagship.

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    Warm Audio WA-47F

    Warm Audio WA-47F

    Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    How close does Warm Audio’s FET 47 recreation get to the revered original?

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    Wes Audio Rhea

    Stereo Vari-mu Compressor

    This powerful 500‑series processor combines Wes Audio’s cutting‑edge digital control technology with the timeless sound of valve compression.

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    Zoom F3

    Zoom F3

    32-bit Field Recorder & Audio Interface

    Don’t be deceived by the F3’s diminutive form — there’s a seriously useful recording device lurking in this box!

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Techniques

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    Granular Synthesis: A Practical Introduction

    Hardware & Software Tools

    Once the preserve of academic and experimental music, granular synthesis is more accessible than ever and has a lot to offer in all sorts of genres.

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    How I Got That Sound: Richard Chycki

    Rush ‘Caravan’

    Multi‑platinum mixer and engineer Richard Chycki details how he got Geddy Lee’s bass sound on ‘Caravan’.

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    Inside The Abbey Road Reverb Chamber

    VIDEO FEATURE

    In our exclusive video, Abbey Road's Mirek Stiles explains how EMI’s studio boffins developed their secret weapon, and puts it through its paces on drums, guitars, vocals and more.

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    Inside Track: David Guetta & Bebe Rexha 'I'm Good (Blue)'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Timofey Reznikov

    Timofey Reznikov made a name for himself recreating tracks by famous producers. Now, he mixes their tracks!

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    Logic Pro: Customisation & Project Navigation

    Apple Logic Pro Tips & Techniques

    Be bold and take full advantage of Logic’s incredible customisation features.

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    Pro Tools & Melodyne ARA

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    What does Melodyne ARA integration mean for you as a Pro Tools user?

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    Reason: Chord Sequencer

    Reason Studios Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason’s new Player device specialises in the often overlooked art of sequencing chords.

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

    Recording Vocals | Podcast

    Pro Techniques Explained

    In part four of his recording series Mark Mynett details how to prepare a vocalist for studio recording and how to select and set up your recording equipment for optimal results.

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    Setting Up An Atmos Mixing Room

    Atmos And You

    Immersive audio is a massive opportunity — if you’re equipped to take it. Here’s what you’ll need to do to make your studio Atmos‑ready.

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    Using MIDI Remote In Cubase 12

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase 12’s new MIDI Remote features make it easier than ever to get hands‑on with your plug‑in effects and virtual instruments.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Electric Indigo - Susanne Kirchmayr

    Electric Indigo | Podcast

    female:pressure

    Electric Indigo is an Austrian music producer, Techno DJ and founder of female:pressure, an international network of women in the electronic music industry.

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    Jean-Michel Jarre: Producing Oxymore

    Immersive Worlds

    Immersive audio is helping Jean‑Michel Jarre implement a distinctly French musical vision, inspired by his own mentors.

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    New Or Improved?

    Leader

    Spatial audio needs to offer more than just an iterative improvement — and if that’s going to happen, producers and musicians are the people who need to make it happen.

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    Ricky Reed: Producing Lizzo

    Producer & Songwriter

    Ricky Reed has worked with a multitude of artists across a huge range of genres, most recently delivering a string of huge hits for Lizzo.

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    Talkback: Teno Afrika

    Amapiano Ambassador

    Teno Afrika, aka Lutendo Raduvha, is one of South Africa’s fastest‑rising electronic music stars. 

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    Why I Love... Live Streaming

    Jyoti Mishra

    Could live streaming open up fresh worlds for your music?

    People
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