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September 2023 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) September 2023

REVIEWS: Lewitt Audio Pure Tube mic • Neumann MT 48 audio interface • SSL G3 MultiBusComp plug-in • Focal ST6 Solo6 & Sub12 monitors • Yamaha AG08 podcasting/livestream mixer • DPA 2012 & 2015 capacitor mics • Kurzweil SP7 Grand piano • Steinberg Dorico 5 notation • Boss SDE-3000D delay pedal • SPOTLIGHT: Active Ribbon Mics • Modartt Pianoteq 8 virtual piano • Fiedler Audio Dolby Atmos Composer • Intellijel Cascadia semi-modular • GForce M-Tron Pro IV • Neural DSP Archetype: Tom Morello plug-in • PSP Stereo Controller 2 mix plug-in • Waves StudioVerse plug-in chainer • Sample Libraries — and lots more!

TECHNIQUES + PEOPLE: The Change Makers [front cover] • Linda Perry songwriter/producer • Ann Mincieli producer/engineer • Workers’ Rights In The Studio • The Listener Profile: How We Perceive Music • Spatial Audio For Live Performance • Analogue Warmth In The Box • Clip Gain • The Art Of Vocal Production • Modular Profile: Modular Princess • Talkback: Mörmaid • DAW workshops: Cubase, Studio One, Logic Pro, Pro Tools... and plenty more!

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    Active Ribbon Microphones

    Spotlight Round-up

    Looking for that smooth ribbon tone with the convenience of a modern mic? Look no further...

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    Boss SDE-3000D

    Dual Delay Pedal

    This pedal brings Roland’s classic ’80s rackmount delay into the 21st Century, with dual delay engines and modern control options.

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    Cinematique Instruments Rytmik II

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Rytmik II follows the same broad concept as the original version but promises to make something that was already very good even better.

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    Distortion In Music Production — The Soul Of Sonics

    Book Review

    This 290‑page book, published a few months ago, is the latest addition to the Focal Press Perspectives On Music Production series.

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    DPA 2012 & 2015

    Small‑diaphragm Capacitor Microphones

    These live‑oriented pencil mics offer excellent performance at a very attractive price.

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    Fiedler Audio Dolby Atmos Composer

    Immersive Mixing Software

    Now you can create Atmos mixes using any DAW! But that’s not all this app has to offer...

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    Focal ST6 Solo6 & Sub12

    Active Monitors + Sub

    Focal’s new active nearfield speakers represent a significant update on their predecessors, and the matching subwoofer is a powerful beast!

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    GForce M-Tron Pro IV

    Software Instrument

    GForce’s software Mellotron just keeps getting better.

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    Intellijel Cascadia

    Semi-modular Synthesizer

    Intellijel pack their considerable Eurorack experience into a single standalone synth.

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    Kurzweil SP7 Grand

    Stage Piano

    Kurzweil’s new stage piano makes the case for simplicity as a virtue.

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    Lewitt Audio Pure Tube

    Valve Microphone

    Lewitt’s vocal‑oriented Pure Tube promises valve tone without the noise.

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    Loudspeaker Design Cookbook

    Book Review

    In print for almost half a century, the eighth edition of Vance Dickason’s loudspeaker bible is as relevant as ever.

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    Modartt Pianoteq 8

    Modelled Virtual Piano

    Modartt’s modelled piano goes from strength to strength and is now, remarkably, available for iOS.

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    Molten Modular Motion Meter

    Eurorack Module

    The Molten Motion Meter is the fruit of a collaboration between Robin and DIY‑leaning Eurorack company Befaco.

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    Neumann MT 48

    USB & RAVENNA Audio Interface

    Neumann have joined forces with Merging to create an interface that’s both excellent and accessible.

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    Neural DSP Archetype: Tom Morello

    Guitar Rig Modelling Plug-in

    No synthesizers were used in the making of this plug‑in.

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    PSP auralComp

    Immersive Audio Compressor Plug-in

    Intuitive and powerful, this compressor can handle anything from mono up to 7.1.4 Atmos sources.

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    PSP Stereo Controller 2

    Stereo Mix Correctional Plug-in

    This plug‐in is designed specifically to help identify and correct problems with stereo tracks or mixes, whether in L‐R or M‐S format.

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    Roland AIRA Compact S-1 Tweak Synthesizer

    Synthesizer Module

    Roland’s SH‑101‑inspired S‑1 is a great‑sounding synth with surprising depth.

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    Sample Logic Drum Fury Motion

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Sample Logic’s Drum Fury Motion combines a sample‑based drum and percussion library with a powerful step‑based pattern sequencing engine.

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    Slate Digital Transient Shaper

    Transient Processing Plug-in

    Slate’s latest plug‑in offers precise control over your transients.

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    Spitfire Audio BBC Symphony Orchestra Piano

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Currently retailing at a cool £156k, the nine‑foot Steinway Model D‑274 grand is the star in this Spitfire Audio piano sample library.

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    SSL G3 MultiBusComp

    Multiband Compressor Plug-in

    Solid State Logic have added some new strings to their G‑series compressor’s bow.

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    Steinberg Dorico 5

    Notation Software

    Steinberg’s Dorico inches ever closer to full DAW status...

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    Toontrack Soul Roads EKX

    EZkeys Expansion

    Hot on the heels of EZkeys 2 comes its first sound expansion, Soul Roads EKX.

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    UJAM Beatmaker Cozy

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating ***** 5/5 Stars. The latest in UJAM’s Beatmaker collection is Cozy, released with the aim of tapping into the lo‑fi market that has become so popular in recent years.

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    Waves Gems

    Effects Plug-ins

    Waves Gems is a collection of creative effects that offer stompbox‑like simplicity and a variety of useful effect treatments.

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    Waves StudioVerse

    Plug-in Chainer & Preset System

    This clever solution for combining processors is much more than just a plug‑in host...

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    Worng Electronics ACRONYM

    Eurorack Module

    In the biscuit barrel of modular, ACRONYM is a chocolate Hobnob dunked into a chilli mochaccino.

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    Yamaha AG08

    Podcast & Live Streaming Mixer

    Your computer sees the AG08 as four separate USB audio interfaces, so it can be addressed by multiple apps at the same time...

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Q. What happens when I change a mic preamp’s input impedance?

    I am trying out an ART Voice Channel, which has some interesting features, one of which is a dial to vary the microphone impedance continuously from 3kΩ down to 120Ω. So I have been testing this with a bunch of dynamic and capacitor mics...

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    Reading The Room

    Producing With Empathy

    Creating an environment where artists can flourish means building trust, understanding people and valuing everyone’s input.

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    The Listener Profile: How We Perceive Music

    Listen Up!

    Understanding the science behind musical taste and listening preferences can help you make more effective production decisions.

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    Workers’ Rights In The Studio

    Safer Spaces

    Up‑and‑coming engineers and producers deserve protection from exploitation, discrimination and sexual harassment.

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People

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    Ann Mincieli

    Producer, Engineer & Studio Owner

    After rising through the vibrant New York studio scene of the ’90s, Ann Mincieli developed a 25‑year partnership with the biggest R&B star of the 21st Century, and now has her own state‑of‑the‑art Manhattan studio.

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    Change Is Happening

    Guest Leader

    Catherine Marks, Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild, explains the motivation behind this 'Change Makers' themed SOS edition.

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    Linda Perry

    Songwriter & Producer

    It takes talent, attitude and self‑belief to succeed in the music business, and Linda Perry has plenty of all three...

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    Modular Profile: Modular Princess

    Engineer, Producer & Creator Arushi Jain

    Arushi Jain has toured the world over as Modular Princess, with a critically acclaimed brand of electronic composition infused with the influence of Hindustani classical music.

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    Talkback: Mörmaid

    Artist & Producer Live Sollid

    Norwegian artist and producer Live Sollid began her musical journey in the world of jazz, but is now exploring the outer reaches of progressive electronica and experimental pop...

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    The Change Makers

    Meet the producers, engineers, songwriters and musicians

    Meet the producers, engineers, songwriters and musicians featured on this month’s Sound On Sound front cover.

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    Why I Love... Change

    Emily Lazar

    When Catherine Marks asked me to be a part of this special issue of SOS, I was honoured to be included among this awesome community of women.

    People
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