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December 2023 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2023

REVIEWS: Antelope Audio Atlas i8 [front cover] • Gear Of The Year 2023 • beyerdynamic M Series • Steinberg Cubase Pro 13 • PreSonus Studio One 6.5 • Avid Pro Tools 2023.9 • Arturia AudioFuse 16Rig • Harrison 32Classic console • PreSonus Eris 3.5 BT monitors • Zoom UAC-232 audio interface • Prism Sound Dream ADA-128 • Akai APC64 controller • Two notes OPUS amp modeller • Warm Audio WA-1B compressor • Strymon Brig delay pedal • LANDR Mastering Plugin • Modartt Organteq 2 • ASI Audio 3DME in-ear monitors • Sonible pure:EQ • Toontrack Stories drum library • Pope Audio PRE-BX • RYK Night Rider • UJAM Ufx Reverb • Sample Libraries — and many more reviews!

TECHNIQUES + PEOPLE: Cirkut: Pop Producer & Songwriter • When Should You Use Oversampling? • Power Up Your MIDI Arpeggiators • Inside Track: Riccardo Damian / Jorja Smith 'Try Me' • How I Got That Sound: Davey Badiuk / Harrison Brome... and plenty more!

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    2023 Gear Of The Year!

    SOS Team Picks

    The SOS team pick their highlights from the past year of hardware and software launches.

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    Akai APC64

    Performance Controller

    Akai’s APC64 is much more than just a successor to the APC40 — in fact, it’s much more than just an Ableton controller...

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    Antelope Audio Atlas i8

    Active Monitors

    The green front panel of Antelope’s first monitor speaker conceals an unusual design approach.

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    Arturia AudioFuse 16Rig

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    Arturia have designed the AudioFuse 16Rig specifically to cater for electronic musicians. What does it offer that other interfaces don’t?

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    ASI Audio 3DME

    In-ear Monitor System

    Thanks to its built‑in microphones, this unique IEM system lets you bring the outside world into your monitor mix.

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    Avid Pro Tools 2023.9

    Music Production Software

    Pro Tools users can now join the clip‑launching party without leaving the comfort of their favourite DAW.

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    Bela Gliss

    Eurorack Module

    Gliss is the new Eurorack offering from innovative company Bela. A capacitive touch sensor with alleged sub‑millimetre accuracy(!) that promises a whole lot...

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    beyerdynamic M Series

    Studio Microphones

    There’s something for everyone in beyerdynamic’s classic M Series microphone range.

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    Guillermo Guareschi Violonair

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 4/5 Stars. This new Kontakt instrument started life as a viola da gamba; a string instrument from the Baroque era, which is generally regarded as the precursor to the cello.

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    Harrison 32Classic

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Music production has changed a good deal since Harrison’s most famous in‑line console enjoyed its heyday — so they decided to bring it up to date.

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    Heavyocity Damage Guitars & Damage Rock Grooves

    Kontakt Instruments

    Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5/5 Stars. It makes sense that Heavyocity, devotees of dangerous, destructive, distorted brain‑crushing timbres, turn their attention to heavy guitar.

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    Kirk Hunter Studios Kinetic Solo & Chamber Strings

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The latest sample library from Kirk Hunter Studios is designed to cater to all your strings section needs.

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    LANDR Mastering Plugin

    AI-assisted Mastering Plug-in

    LANDR’s automated mastering service just got better... and it no longer requires a connection to the cloud.

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    Modartt Organteq 2

    Modelled Virtual Pipe Organ

    Modartt revisit the richly complex world of the pipe organ, reducing one of the world’s largest instruments to a mere 30MB.

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    Modbap Modular Meridian

    Eurorack Module

    Modbap Modular’s Meridian is a dual digital filter that can switch between an array of modes and signal path...

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    Pope Audio PRE-BX

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    There’s a lot of competition in the 500‑series preamp market, but this one offers something a little different.

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    PreSonus Eris 3.5 BT

    Active Monitors With Bluetooth

    These remarkably affordable speakers raise the bar for ultra‑compact monitoring.

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    PreSonus Studio One 6.5

    Digital Audio Workstation

    The latest update to PreSonus’ top of the line DAW introduces comprehensive Dolby Atmos integration and more besides.

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    Prism Sound Dream ADA-128

    Audio Converter System

    Building on Prism's high‑end converter range, the ADA‑128 caters for those working with high channel counts and multiple signal types.

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    Quiet Music Serenity 2

    Plug-in Instrument

    Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5/5 Stars. Quiet Music may not be the biggest name in software instruments, but for those producing ambient, chillout or lo‑fi music, the company’s products are a real find.

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    RYK Night Rider

    Eurorack Module

    Night Rider from RYK is a Quad Sequential Resonator, offering four resonant filters that can be sequenced.

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    Sonible pure:EQ

    Automated EQ Plug-in

    Sonible’s AI‑based EQ processing just got easier to use and more affordable.

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    SoundGhost Drift

    Tape Emulation Plug-in

    Drift is a plug‑in that embraces all those things that old‑school engineers used to hate about analogue tape!

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    Steinberg Cubase Pro 13

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Cubase Pro 13 may be light on headline features, but its raft of small improvements makes it a worthwhile upgrade.

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    Strymon Brig

    Analogue Modelling Delay Pedal

    Strymon’s Brig is a digital pedal that runs analogue ‘bucket brigade’ delay emulations, and offers three switchable delay voicings.

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    Tonemission John Petrucci IR Collection: Vol 1

    Cabinet Impulse Response Library

    Tonemission, founded by John Petrucci, guitarist and founding member of prog metal band Dream Theater, recently released a...

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    Toontrack Stories

    Superior Drummer Expansion

    Toontrack and Frank Filipetti span a vast array of musical genres with the latest Superior Drummer expansion.

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    Two notes OPUS

    Amp & Cabinet Modelling Pedal

    The cab‑modelling pioneers take on the rest of the chain, right from the preamp input to the mics.

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    UJAM Ufx Reverb

    Reverb Plug-in

    Ufx Reverb might sound like a conventional effect but, fear not: Reverb can do conventional things, but there’s a good dollop of UJAM creativity here too!

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    Universal Audio Compact UAFX Pedals

    Digital Stompboxes

    The ever‑growing UAFX stompbox line‑up now includes a range of more affordable single‑function digital pedals: 1176 Studio Compressor, Orion Tape Echo, Heavenly Plate Reverb and Evermore Studio Reverb.

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    Warm Audio WA-1B

    Valve Optical Compressor

    The war of the clones shows little sign of ending — and Warm Audio have now trained their sights on a very classy optical compressor.

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    Yamaha DM3

    Digital Mixer & USB Audio Interface

    Yamaha’s new compact 'mixerface' console packs a lot of powerful features and functionality into a portable package.

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    Zoom UAC-232

    32-bit USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    Can Zoom’s new 32‑bit floating‑point interface banish clipping forever?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Cirkut

    Producer & Songwriter

    Today’s pop music has Cirkut’s hands all over it.

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    Gareth Jones - Producer Engineer

    Gareth Jones - Producer Engineer | Podcast

    The MixBus Interview

    Kevin Paul chats to producer engineer Gareth Jones about his impressive career at Mute Records and Hansa Studios in Berlin, working with bands such as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Erasure and Goldfrapp.

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    Talkback: Andrea Rocha

    Songwriter & Producer

    Mexican‑Canadian songwriter and producer Andrea Rocha was classically trained and has worked with some of pop’s brightest stars, including Ellie Goulding, Gabrielle Aplin and Becky Hill.

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    The Unequal Struggle

    Leader

    You can get superb results from a free soft synth or a £100 mic, but confident mixing decisions still require a high‑quality monitoring system in a decent acoustic environment.

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    Why I Love... Recording Outside Studios

    Joe Osborne

    Our ears are so used to hearing music made in recording studios that it can sound quite different to hear something that was recorded with an ambience...

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    Yamaha DX7 team - Dr John Chowning, Dave Bristow, Gary Leuenberger, Manny Fernandez

    Yamaha DX7: The Birth Of FM Synthesis | Podcast

    Celebrating the 40th Anniversary

    In May 1983, the world of synthesizers and electronic music as we knew it would change forever with the launch of the Yamaha DX7.

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