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June 2022 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) June 2022

Reviews: Boss RC-505 MkII looper [front cover] • Embody IVS Alan Myerson Edition • Toontrack EZdrummer 3 • Roland JD-08 synthesizer • Behringer 2600 synth • Tascam Mixcast 4 • Steinberg Dorico 4 scorewriter • Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer • Hammer Audio HA-69 mic • Sonicware Liven XFM groovebox • Grimm Audio UC1 interface/monitor controller • ReProducer Epic 55 monitors • alter.audio Timetosser • Nektar Impact LX Mini controller • Expert Sleepers Lorelei, Ivo, Beatrix & Persephone Eurorack modules • Beyerdynamic DT700 Pro & DT900 Pro headphones • Leapwing UltraVox plug-in • Lunacy Audio Cube plug-in — and lots more!

Techniques + People:  Inside Track: Charli XCX 'New Shapes' • Mixing Atmos: Caroline Hilton • Stompbox Power Supplies • The Chainsmokers • Max Richter: composer • The Studio Pedalboard • How I Got That Sound: Stabbing Westward • The Sustainable Studio: Genelec • Michelle Birsky & Kevin Henthorn • DAW workshops: Cubase, Studio One, Logic Pro: Mixing In Atmos, Pro Tools, Live, Digital Performer — and plenty more!

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    alter.audio Timetosser

    Resequencing Instrument

    Warning: alter.audio’s Timetosser can interfere with the fabric of time and is dangerously addictive.

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    Behringer 2600

    Semi-modular Analogue Synthesizer

    Behringer’s version of the classic ARP 2600 could be the one you’ve been waiting for.

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    Bettermaker Stereo Passive Equalizer

    Analogue EQ With Plug-in Remote Control

    This classy EQ marries vintage tone with the convenience of software control.

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    Beyerdynamic DT 700 Pro X & DT 900 Pro X

    Headphones

    How do Beyer’s new studio cans compare with the competition?

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    Boss RC-505 MkII

    Desktop Loop Processor

    Boss’s best‑in‑class looper just got even better.

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    Digital Sampling: The Design And Use Of Music Technologies

    Book Review

    When it comes to history, there are typically two ways of looking at a subject. One is to examine it from an emotional...

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    Embody IVS Alan Meyerson Edition

    Virtual Control Room Software

    Embody’s Immerse Virtual Studio aims to replicate loudspeaker listening on headphones — and the newest variant does so in up to 7.1.6 surround.

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    Expert Sleepers Lorelei, Ivo, Beatrix & Persephone

    Eurorack Modules

    “New modules (not a new Disting)” declared an Expert Sleepers Instagram post shortly before the announcement of a ...

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    Grimm Audio UC1

    Audio Interface, A‑D/D-A Converter & Monitor Controller

    There are many high‑end converters that boast excellent specifications — but this one sounds good too!

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    Hammer Audio HA-69

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    This classy, handmade valve mic offers a wide range of tonal options.

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    Leapwing UltraVox

    Vocal Processing Plug-in

    This one‑stop‑shop plug‑in can polish your vocals with a minimum of fuss.

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    Lunacy Audio Cube

    Software Synthesizer

    Lunacy Audio take a different approach to in‑the‑box sound design.

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    Mixland Tilt!

    EQ & Saturation Plug-in

    Tilt! is a neat and genuinely useful plug‑in which offers a pair of modelled shelving filters, each with a switchable turnover frequency.

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    Modbap Modular Osiris

    Eurorack Module

    Osiris has four banks of 32 wavetables, harbouring 32 waveforms each, that you can browse and smooth between...

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    Nektar Impact LX Mini

    MIDI Controller

    Nektar’s LX Mini controller keyboard ticks all the right boxes.

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    PlayScore 2

    Notation App [iOS/Android]

    PlayScore 2 is an iOS and Android app that performs OMR (optical music recognition) via a device’s camera or graphics‑type file import.

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    ReProducer Epic 55

    Active Monitors

    There’s more to ReProducer’s flagship speaker than its unusual looks!

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    Roland JD-08

    Synthesizer

    How does Roland’s Boutique version of their classic JD‑800 synth compare to the original?

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    Sonicware Liven XFM

    FM Groovebox

    Sonicware promise no menu‑diving in their creative take on FM synthesis.

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    Sound Radix Auto-Align Post 2

    Dynamic Time Alignment Plug-in

    Auto‑Align Post 2 was designed to automatically address the audible nasties that are often heard when one or more mics move in relation to the source and other microphones.

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    Steinberg Dorico 4

    Notation Software

    Steinberg’s scoring suite just keeps getting better!

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    Tascam Mixcast 4

    Podcast Workstation

    Can the Mixcast 4 offer podcast producers something its rivals can’t?

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    TC Electronic Impulse

    IR-based Speaker Emulation Pedal

    The Impulse pedal can store up to 99 impulse responses and comes ready loaded with some excellent IRs from Celestion’s collection.

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    Toontrack EZdrummer 3

    Virtual Drum Instrument

    Toontrack’s EZdrummer just gets better and better.

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    UAFX Guitar Amp Emulators

    Universal Audio UAFX Amp Pedals

    Guitar Amp & Speaker Simulators

    In a world where makers of digital amp simulators take pride in offering a huge variety of models, Universal Audio have adopted a ‘less is more’ approach.

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Techniques

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    Pedal Power

    Stompbox Power Supplies

    Does it matter how you deliver power to your pedalboard?

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    Q. Can I use an inline booster with lavalier mics?

    I have a Tram TR50 lavalier mic with a very low output level. I was thinking about getting an inline gain booster for it, but someone told me that this kind of device was not appropriate for lav mics...

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    Q. What’s making this waveform wonky?

    The waveform of an audio file looks bizarre when I load it in Adobe Audition, with a curious displacement of the audio...

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    The Studio Pedalboard

    An Inspirational Recording Tool

    Every serious studio can make use of a high‑quality pedalboard, but putting one together that’s truly versatile requires a plan...

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People

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    Aki Mäkivirta, R&D Director at Genelec

    Genelec - Developments In Immersive Audio | Podcast

    GLM Speaker Calibration • Aural ID Headphone Personalisation

    Aki Mäkivirta, R&D Director at Genelec, talks to Sam Inglis about the latest developments in immersive audio, GLM measurement software and Aural ID technology.

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    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise

    JJ Jeczalik - Art of Noise | Podcast

    Sampling Pioneer

    JJ Jeczalik emerged as the pre-eminent Fairlight programmer of the 1980s primarily as one fifth of the art-pop collective, Art of Noise, but also in projects ranging from ABC and Dollar to Yes and Malcolm McLaren.

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    Max Richter

    Composer & Producer

    Blurring the boundaries between classical music and ambient electronica, Max Richter is one of the most prominent composers of his generation. As of now, he’s also a studio owner...

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    Mixing Atmos: Caroline Hilton

    Universal Music Group

    Working in immersive audio can be intimidating even for experienced professionals. Caroline Hilton’s team at Universal Music provide the help that mix engineers need to make that transition.

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    Modular Profile: Mylar Melodies

    Getting Better At Making Music

    Mylar Melodies has in recent years ascended to become one of the Internet’s premier educators in all things modular.

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    Paying Our Dues

    The idea of paying to ‘own’ software has always been problematic. What exactly is it that you possess? And what...

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    Talkback: Michelle Birsky & Kevin Henthorn

    Post‑classical Melodies To Collaged Soundscapes

    Composers Michelle Birsky and Kevin Henthorn speak to us from their studio space in Los Angeles...

    People
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    The Chainsmokers

    Drew Taggart & Alex Pall: Producing So Far So Good

    The Chainsmokers’ new album shows off some serious production and songwriting skills.

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    Why I Love... Playing Live

    Dave Stewart

    When I started my musical career in 1968, playing live was all there was. My first band Uriel lived for the moment when...

    People

Music Business

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    The Sustainable Studio

    Part 1: Genelec

    What can audio equipment manufacturers do to minimise their impact on the environment? We look for answers in the forests of Finland.

    Music Business
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