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December 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) December 2022

Reviews: Arturia MiniFreak synth [front cover] • 2022 Gear Of The Year • PreSonus Studio One v6 DAW • PMC6 monitors • Audient ASP4816-HE console • NI Komplete 14 • ReProducer Epic 4 monitors • Zoom PodTrak P8 recorder • JBL EON 710 PA • Sonible Smart:Comp 2 plug-in • Tech 21 SansAmp Character Plus • Toontrack Hitmaker SDX • United Studio Technologies UT Twin87 mic • DACS Audio Purity headphone amp • Gauge ECM-47 mic • Vir2 Phoenix virtual instrument • Latest sample libraries — and lots more!

Techniques + People: 10 Essential Mix Checks • 7 Reasons Not To Check Your Mixes In The Car! • Inside Track: Steve Lacy 'Bad Habit' • Gilla Band/Daniel Fox: Recording 'Most Normal' • Charlie Puth • Mixing Atmos: Ricardo Bacelar • How I Got That Sound: Andy Wright (Jeff Beck) • Talkback: Authentically Plastic (Tayo Alemi) • DAW workshops: Cubase, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools — and plenty more!

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    Gear Of The Year 2022

    2022 Gear Of The Year!

    SOS Team Picks

    The SOS team pick their hardware and software highlights from the last 12 months.

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    Ableton Note

    Sketchpad App For iOS

    Ableton’s first app puts a Live‑compatible ideas machine in the palm of your hand.

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    Arturia MiniFreak

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Much more than just a bigger MicroFreak, Arturia’s MiniFreak is a six‑voice polysynth with a character like nothing else.

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    Audient ASP4816-HE

    Analogue Mixing Console

    The ASP4816 offered big‑console features in a project‑studio footprint, but its new souped‑up sibling offers that bit more...

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    Bastl Instruments Pizza

    Eurorack Module

    Swap your analogue pineapple for some digital jalapeño and grab a slice from the Bastl Instruments Pizza.

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    Big Fish Audio Smack II

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. With Smack II, Big Fish Audio are clearly attempting to deliver the complete one‑stop shop for your body percussion needs.

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    Caveman Audio AP1 Compact

    Acoustic Instrument Preamplifier

    The AP1 Compact features the same proprietary preamp circuit as the AP1, and delivers a superb sonic performance that gets very close to that of its larger stablemate.

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    Conversations With Women In Music Production

    Book Review

    It’s obvious to anyone working in any aspect of pro audio that it’s still a very male‑dominated industry...

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    DACS Audio Purity

    Stereo Headphone Amplifier

    If you’ve invested in a pair of high‑end headphones, you’ll want a high‑quality headphone amp to power them. And headphone amps don’t get much better than this...

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    Eventide Physion Mk II

    Multi-effects Plug-in

    We check out the updated version of Eventide’s creative ‘Structural Split’ effect.

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    Fallout Music Group Hybrid Studio Taiko

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Hybrid Studio Taiko library has a number of interesting design features compared to some of the obvious competition.

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    Gauge ECM-47

    Valve Microphone

    This classy valve mic proves its worth on a range of sources.

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    Heavyocity Aspire Modern Mallets

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Aspire Modern Mallets introduces tuned percussion with a distinctly modern twist.

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    JBL EON 710

    Active PA Speaker

    JBL’s latest EON speakers integrate powerful digital technology into traditional point‑source PA.

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    Modular Gear Of The Year

    The Best Modules Of 2022

    Every year modular developers are faced with the challenge of outdoing themselves with ever more inventive and useful modules...

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    Native Instruments Komplete 14

    Software Instruments & Effects Collection

    Does the latest iteration of NI’s Komplete music production suite provide all the tools you need?

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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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    NUGEN Audio Halo Vision

    Analysis Plug-in For Stereo & Immersive Formats

    A good real‑time analyser can draw attention to what our ears miss, and with multi‑channel formats that second opinion can be invaluable.

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    Origin Effects Halcyon Green Overdrive

    Overdrive Pedal

    Origin Effects’ new Halcyon Green Overdrive pedal is based on the classic Ibanez TS808 Tube Screamer.

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    PreSonus Studio One 6

    Digital Audio Workstation

    PreSonus’ DAW software continues to grow and improve as it reaches version 6.

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    Pro Tools Intro & 2022.9 Features

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid’s latest 2022.9 release introduces a new free edition of Pro Tools.

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    Professional Monitor Company PMC6

    Active Monitors

    PMC’s new nearfields push the boundaries of what a compact, two‑way speaker can achieve.

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    ReProducer Epic 4

    Active Monitors

    If you need a pair of portable and compact monitors, the Epic 4s have you covered!

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    Rides In The Storm DOC, XXM, QEG & CON

    Eurorack Modules

    Rides In The Storm have released a lot of modules, and were kind enough to send SOS an entire box to check out!

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    Sonible Smart:Comp 2

    Compressor Plug-in

    Sonible have packed even more ‘smarts’ into their second‑generation AI‑driven compressor.

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    Sonuscore Time Textures

    Sampled Instrument

    Sonuscore transform the sounds of the orchestra into cinematic soundscapes.

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    Source Audio Atlas

    Compressor Pedal

    Right out of the box, the Atlas compressor offers six types of digitally modelled compression based on revered studio hardware...

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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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    Tech 21 SansAmp Character Plus Series

    Tech 21 SansAmp Character Plus

    Analogue Amp-emulation Pedals

    Tech 21’s renowned Character pedals get a new lease of life in the form of the compact, channel‑switchable Character Plus series.

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    Teletone Audio Ondine

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Teletone Audio’s Ondine features treated and processed samples from popular analogue synths.

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    Toontrack Hitmaker SDX

    Superior Drummer Expansion

    Toontrack and Hugh Padgham bring the drum sounds that defined the 1980s to Superior Drummer.

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    United Studio Technologies UT Twin87

    Large‑diaphragm Capacitor Microphone

    UST’s latest mic gives you two Neumann‑inspired classic flavours.

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    Vienna Symphonic Library Synchron Woodwinds, Percussion III & Harp

    Sample Libraries

    The addition of woodwinds, a third percussion collection and concert harp sees VSL’s Synchron Orchestra reach maturity.

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    Vir2 Phoenix

    Virtual Instrument

    Vir2’s Phoenix is a one‑stop shop for rises, hits and whooshes.

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    Zoom PodTrak P8

    Podcast Workstation

    We get hands‑on with Zoom’s new dedicated podcast recorder.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Charlie Puth

    Artist, Producer & Songwriter

    To find himself as an artist, Charlie Puth swapped high‑profile co‑writers for fan reaction on TikTok. It seems to have worked...

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    Gilla Band

    Daniel Fox: Recording 'Most Normal'

    Gilla Band’s new album is one of the least normal things you’ll hear this year...

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    Look Sharp

    Leader

    Many years ago, a manufacturer who shall remain nameless sent us two iterations of their new product...

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    Robert Henke

    Robert Henke - Visual Music Artist | Podcast

    Co-founder of Ableton

    Robert Henke, electronic visual music artist, software developer and co-founder of Ableton discusses the artist/engineer overlap and how software needs to be accessible to encourage and not hinder the creative process.

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    Talkback: Authentically Plastic

    Ugandan Producer & Performance Artist: Tayo Alemi

    Ugandan producer and performance artist Tayo Alemi, aka Authentically Plastic, creates experimental electronic music.

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    Why I Love... Distortion

    Misty Jones

    My first experience with distortion was with guitar pedals. There was something amazing about physically stomping on a device...

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    Chris Calcutt Novation

    Novation - 30th Anniversary | Podcast

    Grooveboxes, Controllers and Synths

    This year marks the 30th birthday of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of synths, samplers and hardware controllers. In this podcast, Novation Product Specialist Chris Calcutt looks back over three decades of innovation.

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    The Console That Changed Mixing Forever

    VIDEO FEATURE

    This SOS video is kindly...

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