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August 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) Aug 2022

Reviews: Audient EVO 16 audio interface [front cover] • Rode RodeCaster Pro II podcast workstation • Hammond SKX Pro keyboard • Audix A231 mic • Avid Pro Tools Artist • Korg miniKORG 700FS synth • Viscount Legend '70s Compact stage piano • Neumann NDH 30 headphones • Genelec Aural ID binaural monitoring • Wavefonix W314 & W614 modular synths • Benchmark HPA4 headphone amp • DS Audio Tantra 2 multi-effects plug-in • Golden Age Premier GA-47XT M7 mic • Heritage Audio Motorcity EQualizer • Positive Grid Spark Mini modelling amp • sE Electronics Neom USB microphone • Lake People G103 MkII & G105 MkII headphone amps • Zoom B6 bass processor • Boss Space Echo RE-202 & RE-2 pedals • Latest sample libraries — and lots more!

Techniques + People: Mixing DI Bass Guitar • Dave Porter: Scoring Breaking Bad & Better Caul Saul • Classic Tracks: Freeez 'IOU' • Inside Track: Cat Burns 'Go' • Drum Compression techniques • How I Got That Sound: Matt Squire • The Sustainable Studio: Vicoustic • Modular Profile: Josh Mason • Talkback: Randall Dunn • DAW workshops: Cubase, Digital Performer, Live, Logic Pro, Studio One — and plenty more!

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    AJH Synth Multi Burst Envelopes

    Eurorack Module

    AJSynth’s original Mini Mod series has always blazed the trail, supplying a Minimoog concept in Eurorack form. Coupling...

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    Akai MPK Mini Play MkIII

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Akai’s MPK Mini Play MkIII is a small keyboard with a dual identity.

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    Audient EVO 16

    USB Audio Interface

    The EVO 16 targets newcomers to recording, but offers some surprisingly professional features.

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    Audix A231

    Capacitor Microphone

    Every studio needs at least one good vocal mic. Is Audix’s A231 the right choice for yours?

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    Avid Pro Tools Artist

    DAW Software

    Is the most affordable version of Avid’s DAW still a serious music production tool?

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    Baby Audio Crystalline

    Reverb Plug-in

    Like other Baby Audio plug‑ins, Crystalline combines great sound with a refreshing GUI.

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    Benchmark HPA4

    Headphone & Line Amplifier

    If you’ve spent money on serious headphones for critical listening, could it be worth investing just as heavily in your headphone amp?

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    Boss Space Echo RE-202 & RE-2

    Delay Pedals

    Pedal maestros Boss revisit the iconic Roland Space Echo in two different formats.

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    Boss Waza Craft FZ-1W Vintage Fuzz

    Analogue Distortion Pedal

    Boss have launched a Waza Craft Fuzz pedal, which uses new circuitry that aims to recreate classic fuzz sounds and more modern variants.

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    Cinesamples Collision Impact Designer

    Sample Library

    Cinesamples give you the tools to design your perfect impact.

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    Cre8audio Function Junction

    Eurorack Module

    When you mention function generators in Eurorack you tend to start thinking about West Coast synthesis. For those of us...

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    DS Audio Tantra 2

    Multi-effects Plug-in

    Can Tantra 2 help you breathe new life into your sounds?

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    Electric & Company EC3

    Valve Microphone Preamplifier

    This versatile preamp offers Ampex attitude in abundance!

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    Eurorack Sequencers

    Eurorack Modules

    There are a multitude of excellent Eurorack sequencers available in all shapes and sizes. Principally they all fulfil a...

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    Genelec Aural ID

    Binaural Monitoring System

    It’s useful to be able to work on headphones even when mixing immersive audio. Does Genelec’s Aural ID system make this easier?

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    Golden Age Premier GA‑47XT M7

    Valve Microphone

    Four years ago, Golden Age released an impressive homage to Neumann’s classic U47. And they’ve been improving it ever since...

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    Hammond SKX Pro

    Dual-manual Keyboard

    The Hammond SKX Pro may not be cheap, but boy do you get a lot for your money.

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    Heritage Audio Motorcity EQualizer

    Seven-band Inductor EQ

    We check out this painstaking recreation of the rare and coveted Motown equaliser.

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    JMG Nanopulse

    Transient Enhancer Plug-in

    Marketed by United Plugins, JMG Audio’s Nanopulse is a sophisticated transient enhancer. It applies profiles extracted from a variety of percussive sources to the input signal...

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    Key Instruments The Oeser

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 4.5/5 Stars. This 32GB Kontakt library presents an unusual Viennese baby grand piano from 1877 by the little‑known maker Franz Oeser.

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    Korg miniKORG 700FS

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Korg lovingly recreate a ’70s synth classic.

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    Lake People G103 MkII & G105 MkII

    Headphone Amplifiers

    No matter what headphones you prefer, Lake People’s versatile amps will feed them the right level.

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    Neumann NDH 30

    Open‑backed Headphones

    Can headphones really replace a high‑end monitoring setup? Neumann seem to think so...

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    Positive Grid Spark Mini

    Modelling Guitar Amplifier

    The Spark Mini makes Positive Grid’s acclaimed amp sounds more portable than ever.

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    Rode RodeCaster Pro II

    Audio Production Studio

    The original podcast production station has grown up — and it’s not just for podcasters!

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    Roger Mayer Dottore XFM DR1

    Passive Inductor Equaliser

    Many of the best‑loved classic equalisers used a passive inductor‑capacitor (L‑C) circuit, in most...

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    sE Electronics Neom USB

    USB Microphone

    sE’s new desktop mic is good for more than just podcasting!

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    TC Electronic SCF Gold

    Stereo Chorus-Flanger Pedal

    TC Electronic’s first chorus device dates back to 1976 and is now reborn in the form of their SCF Gold all-analogue pedal.

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    The Synth Factory HoriZEN

    Software Synth

    This powerful ROMpler aims to be all things to all synthesists.

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    Toontrack Big Stage EZX

    Expansion For EZdrummer/Superior Drummer

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. We check out the first EZX designed for EZD3 — Big Stage.

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    Viscount Legend ’70s Compact

    Stage Piano

    With its innovative modular approach to sound engines, this powerful stage keyboard should suit the needs of most performers!

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    Wavefonix W314 & W614

    Modular Synthesizers

    These powerful self‑contained instruments blend analogue and digital sound generation to devastating effect!

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    Wrong Tools Plateau

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: 4.5/5 Stars. Plateau is best described as a package of Arctic Soundscapes, re‑synthesized from strings, flutes, bowed guitar and prepared piano.

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    Zero-G Sahara Beats

    Kontakt Instruments

    Rating: 5/5 Stars. Sahara Beats is based on a wide range of exotic percussive beats and grooves inspired by Middle Eastern and North African music.

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    Zoom B6

    Bass Processor

    Zoom’s new multi‑effects pedal is both a problem‑solver and a source of inspiration.

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Techniques

People

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    Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.

    Growing Bolder

    Leader

    For Elton John, sorry seemed to be the hardest word. For the sound engineer, it’s something we all have to say sooner or later...

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    Modular Profile: Josh Mason

    Utility Music

    American synthesist Josh Mason’s latest release, Utility Music, is a rather stunning demonstration of the Doepfer A‑100...

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    Richard Norris - The Grid

    Richard Norris - The Grid | Podcast

    British Acid House

    Richard Norris talks about his early break into the music industry, success with The Grid in the 90s, his many collaborations, remixes and unexpected career turns.

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    Talkback: Randall Dunn

    Producer

    New York‑based producer Randall Dunn answers the SOS quickfire questions.

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    Why I Love... Live Sound

    Joseph Winters

    Live sound has been a fascination of mine ever since I did my first live sound job at a pub in Cambridge back...

    People

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    Nuno Fonseca of Sound Particles

    Sound Particles | Podcast

    Behind The Brand

    Nuno Fonseca of Sound Particles talks about their rapid rise in the film and audio industry and how they are using their sound particle plug-in technology to bring exciting new options to sound design and audio recording.

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    The Sustainable Studio

    Part 3: Vicoustic

    It’s essential to every studio, but acoustic treatment can also affect our health — and that of the planet.

    Music Business
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