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November 2023 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) November 2023

REVIEWS: Clavia Nord Stage 4 keyboard • Rupert Neve Designs MBT • Shure SM7dB • HEDD Audio HEDDphone Two • Zoom MicTraks recorders • IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro X • Apple Logic Pro For iPad • Boss GM-800 guitar synth • Austrian Audio MiCreator • AJH Synth MiniMod Keyz • Arturia Acid V soft synth • Warm Audio ODD Box v1 pedal • Alice 538R compressor • Mesanovic CDM65 monitors • Digit Music CMPSR controller • Acon Digital Remix source separation plug-in • KMI K-Board-C & QuNexus RED MPE keyboards • Lightning Boy Dark Storm mic pre • Musik Hack Master Plan mastering plug-in • Cherry Audio Novachord & Solovox • Spotlight: Atmos-capable DAWs • Sample Libraries — and more reviews!

TECHNIQUES + PEOPLE: Ludwig Göransson: Hollywood Composer [front cover] • Calibrating Your Mix Setup • How beyerdynamic M Series mics are made • Inside Track: David Wrench / Blur 'The Ballad Of Darren' • Negative Ratio Compression techniques • Roger Manning • How I Got That Sound: Luke Smith/Foals • DIY Equipment Grounding Test • Talkback: Grimm Grimm • DAW workshops: Digital Performer, Studio One, Pro Tools... and plenty more!

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    2024 SOS Awards - Vote Now!

    Your Vote Counts

    The SOS Awards mission is to honour and celebrate the finest products in our industry. Make your vote count!

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    Acon Digital Remix

    Source Separation Plug-in

    There are now some impressive offline source separation tools — but this one works in real time!

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    AJH Synth MiniMod Keyz

    Modular Synthesizer

    AJH Synth’s first dedicated system reimagines what the Minimoog might be.

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    Alice 538R

    Stereo Optical Compressor

    If you’re a fan of Ted Fletcher’s classic optical compressor designs, this one should not disappoint.

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    Apple Logic Pro For iPad

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    With their iPad version of Logic Pro, have Apple succeeded in implementing a touch‑first user interface without sacrificing pro features?

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    Arturia Acid V

    Software Synthesizer

    Arturia have another classic on their long list of software synths: a special little squelchy box.

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    Atmos-capable DAWs

    Spotlight Round-up

    Want to mix in Atmos? We take a look at compatible DAWs.

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    Austrian Audio MiCreator

    Modular USB Microphone System

    Austrian Audio’s MiCreator is more than just a USB mic. It’s an entire family of mics!

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    Boss GM-800

    Guitar Synth

    It’s nearly half a century since the first guitar synth became available commercially — and, boy, have they come on a long way since then!

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    Bunker Samples Bunker Perc

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Bunker Samples return with their new library Bunker Perc, recorded in the bomb shelter that gives the company their name.

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    Cherry Audio Novachord & Solovox

    Software Synthesizers

    Cherry Audio delve into the distant past to bring us two new virtual instruments.

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    Clavia Nord Stage 4 88

    Stage Keyboard

    The ubiquitous Nord Stage keyboards just keep getting better.

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    Digit Music CMPSR

    MIDI Controller

    Tired of keyboards? The Digit Music CMPSR might be the MIDI controller for you...

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    HEDD Audio HEDDphone TWO

    Air Motion Transformer Headphones

    Three years ago, HEDD Audio developed the world’s first AMT‑based headphones — and before anyone else has had time to catch up, they’ve now replaced them with the second generation.

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    Hughes & Kettner StompMan

    Guitar Amplifier Pedal

    The StompMan may look like ‘just another drive pedal’ but actually it’s a fully‑fledged 50W amp head that can fit on a pedalboard.

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    IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro X

    Synthesizer

    With the UNO Synth Pro X, IK have upped their synth game and targeted ‘serious’ synthesists.

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    KMI K-Board-C & QuNexus RED

    MPE Controller Keyboards

    KMI’s latest keyboards offer MPE control in compact and colourful packages.

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    Lightning Boy Dark Storm

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Mic preamps and DIs all sound the same, right? Nope!

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    Mesanovic CDM65

    Active Monitors

    Mesanovic’s three‑way speaker offers outstanding performance, wireless connectivity — and a cardioid bass response.

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    Musik Hack Master Plan

    Mastering Processor Plug-in

    This great‑sounding processor does more than make your music loud — but does it do enough?

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    Origin Effects Bass Rigs

    Amp Simulation Pedals

    OE’s all‑analogue bass pedals pack the sound of a stack into a stompbox.

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    PolyChrome DSP McRocklin Suite

    Guitar Rig Modelling Plug-in

    Thomas McRocklin’s first foray into the world of guitar rig emulations treads a slightly different path from the competition.

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    Rupert Neve Designs MBT

    Stereo Bus Processor

    For the first time, the Red and Blue bands of RND’s popular Silk circuit can be used together in the same device — but there’s more to the MBT than purple Silk!

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    Sam Thomas Music The Sound Of Love Lost

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Sam Thomas is a composer, producer and session musician who describes his debut solo plug‑in as being somewhere between a synth, guitar and organ.

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    Shure SM7dB

    Active Dynamic Microphone

    Shure’s classic mic celebrates a milestone birthday with the addition of a built‑in preamp. We test the new SM7dB and explore its fascinating history.

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    Sonuscore Fragments: Modern Percussion

    Sample Library

    Sonuscore combine organic percussion sounds with a creative sequencing engine.

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    Soundghost Scatter

    Granular Delay Plug-in

    Scatter is a very simple‑to‑use granular delay that generates up to 64 grains with randomised positions, with stereo placement based around a fixed one‑second recording buffer.

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    Spitfire Audio Jupiter By Trevor Horn

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating 4.5/5 Stars. UK producer Trevor Horn was a dominant force in 1980s pop, and this collaboration with Spitfire Audio gives users instant access to the maestro’s sound world.

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    Strezov Sampling Jade Evolutions

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Jade Evolutions can be regarded as a partner product to Strezov’s existing Jade Orchestra, but with all‑new content and a substantially different instrument construct.

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    Strymon Ultraviolet

    Uni-Vibe Emulation Pedal

    The Ultraviolet is the third pedal to join the ranks of Strymon’s new compact line of ARM‑powered processors.

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    Warm Audio ODD Box v1

    Overdrive Pedal

    The latest pedal from Warm Audio pays homage to one of the all‑time pedalboard favourites, the Fulltone OCD pedal.

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    Zoom MicTraks

    Handheld 32-bit Recorders

    Once again, Zoom raise the bar for high‑quality, 32-bit affordable handheld recorders.

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Techniques

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    Calibrating Your Mixing Setup

    On The Level

    Mixing gets so much easier when your processing chains are configured to deliver the same results in response to the same levels!

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    Digital Performer: Save And Recall Clippings

    MOTU Digital Performer: Tips & Techniques

    Stay on top of your content with DP's powerful Clippings.

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    How I Got That Sound: Luke Smith

    Foals ‘Spanish Sahara’

    Record producer/mix engineer Luke Smith details how he got his favourite sound on ‘Spanish Sahara’ from Foals...

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    Inside Track: Blur 'The Ballad Of Darren'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Wrench

    David Wrench’s goal as mix engineer was to make Blur sound like themselves!

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    Negative Ratio Compression

    Creating Reverse Dynamics Effects

    Turn the ratio up, and a compressor becomes a limiter. Go even further and you enter the world of reverse dynamics — and unique sonic effects.

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    Pro Tools Sketch

    Avid Pro Tools: Tips & Techniques

    With the new Sketch window and app, Pro Tools enters the world of clip launching.

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    Studio One: Video Editing

    PreSonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques

    Studio One, from version 6 on, is now a surprisingly powerful video editor!

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    UA Sphere LX & DLX Microphones: Beyond Modelling

    VIDEO FEATURE: Practical Techniques for miking a Drum Kit using Sphere LX and DLX modelling microphones

    Universal Audio’s Sphere microphone modelling system is well known for emulating classic mics — but that’s not all it does.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Ludwig Göransson

    Hollywood's Hottest Composer

    Film composer and producer Ludwig Göransson has earned a stellar reputation for sonic world‑building.

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    DJ, Artist and Producer NikNak

    NikNak - Turntablism | Podcast

    Turntables In Electronic Music Performance

    DJ, Artist and Producer NikNak chats about her route into immersive performances and turntablism.

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    Roger Manning

    Keyboard Player & Songwriter

    From co‑founding cult band Jellyfish to writing with Brian Wilson and touring with Beck, Roger Manning has enjoyed an extraordinary career — and a remarkable collection of vintage instruments.

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    Talkback: Grimm Grimm

    Producer & Artist Koichi Yamanoha

    It was roughly a decade after moving to the UK from West Tokyo in 2004 that Japanese producer and artist Koichi Yamanoha came up with the kaleidoscopic mix of folk, art‑rock and psychedelia he calls Grimm Grimm.

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    Tempting Fate

    Leader

    There’s something inspiring about stories of unexpected success, and by ensuring the quality is there, we can at least open up the possibility of success.

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    Delia Derbyshire at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    The Delia Derbyshire Archive | Podcast

    British Electronic Music Pioneer

    In celebration of Delia Derbyshire Day 2023 and the 60th Anniversary of the Doctor Who theme, Caro C discusses the Delia Derbyshire archives and the importance of her contributions to the development of electronic music.

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    Why I Love... My Les Paul Junior

    Sam Murray

    If you were to ask me which electric guitar I most pick up when I play for pleasure, not work, I do have an answer, absolutely and definitively.

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