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January 2023 Magazine Contents

SOS (UK Edition) January 2023

Reviews: SSL 12 interface • Avid MBox Studio interface • Neumann KH150 monitors • Roland Fantom-0 workstation • IK Multimedia iLoud Precision MTM monitors • Arturia MiniLab 3 controller • E-V Everse 8 PA • iZotope RX10 • Sony C80 mic • Massenburg MDWDRC2-Native dynamics plug-in • Eventide Misha sequencer • Sonicware Liven Bass & Beats groovebox • Dawesome Novum soft synth • Rockruepel Sidechain.one compressor • Ingram Engineering EQ52 • Problem-solving Gadgets • Latest sample libraries — and lots more!

Techniques + People: Stormzy: Making 'This Is What I Mean' [front cover] • How To Start A Mix • Spike Edney: Queen's keyboard player • Keeping Synths & Grooveboxes In Time • Inside Track: Stormzy 'Hide & Seek' • How I Got That Sound: John Feldman (The Used) • Talkback: Billy Nomates • DAW workshops: Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason — and plenty more!

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    Accentize DeRoom Pro

    Reverb Removal Plug-in

    Removing ‘baked in’ room sound is no longer the stuff of dreams, and this clever plug‑in does it better than most.

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    Arturia MiniLab 3

    Controller Keyboard

    Anyone fancy a versatile controller keyboard with the tip of the Arturia software iceberg included free?

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    Avid MBox Studio

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    The MBox is back and it’s much better and certainly much bigger than it was before.

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    Cong Burn Strokes

    MIDI Sequencer Plug-in

    Strokes brings unconventional Eurorack‑style sequencing to your DAW.

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    Dawesome Novum

    Software Synthesizer

    Dawesome’s Novum is a granular synthesizer with a multi‑layered approach to sound design.

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    Electro-Voice Everse 8

    Portable PA Speaker

    With its powerful built‑in battery and water­‑resistant cabinet, E‑V’s new compact PA will deliver the goods whatever the weather.

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    Eventide Misha

    Eurorack Module

    A melodic interval-based sequencer from Eventide with a unique set of features.

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    Fluffy Audio Timedrops

    Fluffy Audio Timedrops

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating **** 4/5 Stars. If you need something to help you cook up dynamic drones, creepy cues or surreal synths, Timedrops has a lot to offer.

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    Hugh Robjohns (L) and Paul White (R)

    Gear Of The Year 2022 | Podcast

    Paul and Hugh's favourite gear releases

    Paul White and Hugh Robjohns pick their hardware and software highlights from the last 12 months, plus feature some late arrivals.

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    Heavyocity Vocalise 3

    Heavyocity Vocalise 3

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Vocalise 3 provides 7GB of vocal‑inspired sample data and runs in a dedicated front‑end within Kontakt 6.7.1.

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    IK Multimedia AmpliTube Tonex

    Amp Profiling Software

    Tonex lets you capture and share the sound of your guitar amps, pedals and miking setups.

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    IK Multimedia iLoud Precision MTM

    Active Monitors

    IK’s affordable iLoud range has grown into a serious monitoring tool. We put their new flagship to the test.

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    Ingram Engineering EQ52

    500-series EQ

    Its combination of ‘See‑Saw’ band and filters make this classy EQ really versatile.

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    Interphase Audio EQ Modules

    Analogue Equalisers

    Compatible with both the 500‑series and the 51X modular formats, these classy Allan Bradford‑designed modules offer up analogue magic in spades.

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    iZotope RX10

    Audio Repair Software

    What’s new in the latest version of iZotope’s market‑leading audio restoration app?

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    Massenburg Design Works MDWDRC2-Native

    Dynamic Range Controller Plug-in

    George Massenburg’s new plug‑in promises a different approach to dynamic control.

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    Modular Round‑up: Cases

    They may seem like an unromantic part of modular, but having the right case can make all the difference to your system.

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    Neumann KH150

    Active Monitors

    The latest model in Neumann’s celebrated KH series sets a new standard for nearfield monitoring.

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    NovoNotes Ambience Enhancer

    Multichannel Ambience Plug-in

    Ambience Enhancer is a clever plug‑in for Mac OS 11.0 or above that allows you to control ambience in a mix.

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    Rockruepel Sidechain.one

    VCA Compressor

    This quality analogue processor offers precise and intuitive control over your compression.

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    Roland Fantom-0

    Workstation Synthesizer

    The Fantom‑0 squeezes the soul of its flagship big brother into a compact and affordable package.

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    Sampleson Alienize ambient cinematic soundscape VST virtual instrument

    Sampleson Alienize

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Sampleson describe their latest release, Alienize, as a cinematic sci‑fi instrument with mouse gesture‑based modulation.

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    Sonicware Liven Bass & Beats

    Groovebox

    Sonicware’s Bass & Beats has a lot to offer, but you’ll have to work hard to get it.

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    Sony C80

    Capacitor Microphone

    Sony’s latest microphone makes their C‑series magic more affordable than ever.

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    Spitfire Audio Abbey Road Orchestra: Low Percussion

    Sample Library

    Spitfire Audio launch their new flagship series with an intensively‑miked drum collection.

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    SSL 12

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    The SSL 12 is a cleverly conceived interface with a very attractive price tag.

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    TC Electronic Bucket Brigade Delay

    Analogue Delay Pedal

    Bucket‑brigade delay pedals are making something of a comeback, and it’s almost certainly due to the unique way in which their delays degrade as they repeat...

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    Vegas Audio Drumslot

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: 4.5 Stars. Fledgling company Vegas Audio’s new drum plug-in tempts you to take a chance on a roll of the fruit machine...

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    Warm Audio Centavo

    Overdrive Pedal

    Launched in 1994, the original Klon Centaur Professional Overdrive pedal was surely the product that paved the way for today’s vibrant ‘boutique’ guitar‑pedal market.

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    Warm Audio Warmdrive

    Overdrive Pedal

    Warmdrive replicates the sound of the original, ‘classic’ version of the pedal design that helped create the whole ‘Dumble‑in‑a‑box’ concept.

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    Waves Harmony

    Harmony Generation Plug-in

    Waves have a knack of making sophisticated plug‑ins easy to use, and this one is no exception.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Martyn Ware

    Martyn Ware | Podcast

    Electronically Yours

    Martyn Ware has been at the forefront of the British synth-pop scene since its inception, founding the hugely influential Human League and Heaven 17. This year he released his autobiography, entitled Electronically Yours Vol.1.

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    Modular Profile: Finlay Shakespeare

    Future Sound Systems

    Modular Profile: Finlay Shakespeare

    The founder of Bristol‑based developer Future Sound Systems, Finlay Shakespeare is a...

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    Spike Edney

    Queen’s Keyboard Player

    For Spike Edney, touring with one of the biggest bands in the world has meant keeping up with the very latest in stage keyboard technology.

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    Stormzy: Making 'This Is What I Mean'

    Team Production

    Britain’s most high‑profile rapper has made his most ambitious album yet — with a little help from his friends.

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    Talkback: Billy Nomates

    Tor Maries

    Combining deft production and fluent beat‑making with no‑holds‑barred spoken word and singing, Bristol’s Billy Nomates, aka Tor Maries, has enjoyed a fast ascent to cult success.

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    Team Talk

    Leader

    When Stormzy agreed to be interviewed for this month’s cover feature, he set one condition. We would, he insisted, be...

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    Why I Love... Compact Discs

    David Baer

    I bought my first CD player in 1984. I had been lusting for one since I first saw/heard the new format three years earlier,...

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