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July 2020 Magazine Contents

SOS UK Edition July 2020

Reviews: Roland Jupiter X synth • Toontrack EZbass • Celemony Melodyne 5 • McDSP Moo X & APB-8 • Coleman Audio C4 • dSONIQ Realphones • Lauten Audio LS-208 & LS-308 mics • HEDD Audio HEDDphone • Modartt Organteq • Golden Age Premier GA-800G mic • Spitfire Audio Albion Neo • HUM Audio ARM-1 mics • Elektron Model:Cycles groovebox • AVP Synth ADS-7 Mk2 drum machine • ADAM Audio T8V nearfields • Wes Audio Prometheus • NI Session Guitarist Picked Acoustic • Intellijel Tetrapad & Tête modular • Dirac Live For Studio • JBL IRX108BT PA speaker — and plenty more…

Techniques + People: Mixing On Headphones: A Pro Perspective (front cover) • Tame Impala • 10 Years Of The iPad • Inside Track: Dojo Cat ft. Nicki Minaj ‘Say So’ • 5 Tips For A Less Crowded Mix • Creating Shimmer Reverb Effects • Steve Ouimette: Re-recording Hits For Video Games • Cubase: Delta Monitoring Explained — plus other DAW workshops • [Video Feature] Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Studio Headphones.

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    10 Years Of The Apple iPad

    Influencing How We Make And Record Music

    In 10 short years, the iPad has changed the way we make and record music. We explore what the current line-up has to offer, and what the future might hold.

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    A Guide To Modular Worlds

    Book Review

    This book by Rolf-Dieter Leib and Ulf Kaiser is aimed at beginner to intermediate synth scholars and, in 300 pages, seeks to explain all technical aspects of modular synthesis.

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    ADAM Audio T8V

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    The new flagship of ADAM's T‑series offers serious bass extension even for those with limited budgets.

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    AVP Synth ADS-7 Mk2

    Drum Machine

    If you like your drum machines old school, analogue and ruggedly individualistic, you're going to love the ADS‑7 Mk2.

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    Becos CIQ-5 CompIQ Stella

    Mono Stompbox Compressor

    This studio VCA compressor in a pedal employs THAT VCA chips like those found in, for example, modern iterations of the SSL bus compressor.

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    Celemony Melodyne 5 - EXCLUSIVE FULL REVIEW

    Pitch & Time Manipulation Software

    Although it's now been around for two decades, Melodyne is still the stuff of science fiction. In our exclusive review, we explore version 5's new superpowers.

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    Cinesamples CineBrass Sonore

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. This library focuses on orchestral trumpet and horn sections played with maximum resonance to recreate the rich, full-bodied tone heard in classic Hollywood 1990s film scores.

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    Coleman Audio TC4

    Mastering Transfer Console

    The TC4 aims to make it easy to use mastering hardware with your DAW.

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    Creative Intent Remnant

    Granular Effects Plug-in

    Remnant comprises two delay lines, from which a granular engine takes segments and processes them.

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    Dirac Live For Studio

    Room & Speaker Correction Software

    Correcting the frequency response of a monitoring system is one thing, but Dirac claims to correct time-domain response too. Can it possibly work?

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    dSONIQ Realphones

    Headphone Correction & Virtual Studio Software

    Realphones aims to put all the software tools you need for perfect headphone monitoring in one neat package.

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    Elektron Model:Cycles

    FM Groovebox

    The Model:Cycles offers an easy and affordable way in to Elektron-world, and has a sound all of its own.

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    Golden Age Premier GA-800G

    Valve Microphone

    The Sony C‑800G is among the greatest vocal mics ever made, but getting hold of one has never been easy. Enter Golden Age, and their faithful recreation...

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    HEDD Audio HEDDphone

    Air Motion Transformer Headphones

    Both technically and sonically, these open-backed headphones represent a breakthrough in portable monitoring.

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    HUM Audio ARM-1

    Active Ribbon Microphones

    The newest mic from Polish company HUM Audio comes in either long- or short-ribbon varieties. So we tried them both!

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    IK Multimedia Sunset Sound Studio Reverb

    Reverberation Plug‑in

    Have IK managed to bottle the sound of the famous Hollywood studio?

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    Intellijel Tetrapad & Tête

    Eurorack Modules

    The Tetrapad and its expander, the Tête, offer a wealth of functions based around four touch- and pressure-sensitive...

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    JBL IRX108BT

    Active PA Speaker

    JBL's compact new PA speaker is small and cheap — but sounds quite the opposite!

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    Klevgränd Spinn

    Multiband Modulation Plug‑in

    Ever wondered how a Leslie cabinet with four different speakers would sound?

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    Lauten Audio LS‑208 & LS‑308

    Capacitor Microphones

    These intriguing new mics are designed for loud environments where spill is an issue — so that's exactly where we tested them!

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    Lauten Audio LS‑208 & LS‑308 | Audio Examples

    Hear For Yourself

    Audition these audio examples of the Lauten Audio LS‑208 & LS‑308 capacitor mics.

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    Mammoth Audio Density

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Density is designed primarily as a tool for media composers and includes sounds suitable for the epic/trailer genre.

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    McDSP Moo X & APB-8

    Hybrid Processing System

    McDSP's software-configured analogue processing system now has new hardware and software options — and support for more DAWs.

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    Melda Production MCabinet

    Guitar Cabinet Emulation Plug‑in

    Melda's novel approach to cab emulation frees you from the confines of convolution.

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    Modartt Organteq

    Modelled Virtual Pipe Organ

    Does Modartt's Organteq do for the pipe organ what Pianoteq did for the piano?

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    NI Session Guitarist Picked Acoustic

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    Is Native Instruments' virtual picked acoustic guitar better than the real thing?

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    Orange OMEC Teleport

    USB Audio Interface For Guitar

    Made specifically for use with electric guitars, Teleport has been designed with an appropriate sensitivity and high input impedance.

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    Roland Jupiter X

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    The Jupiter name comes loaded with expectation. Can Roland hit their own high standards?

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    Sample Logic Motion Keys

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars. Motion Keys is built upon a 12GB sample library derived exclusively from keyboard-based sound sources.

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    Silo SoundLabs Vintage Series

    Trident Audio Equaliser Plug‑ins

    How close do these modelling plug‑ins sound to the real thing?

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    Sonokinetic Ibrido Cinematica

    Sample Library

    Want your spine chilled and your nerves jangled? Sonokinetic are on the case.

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    Spitfire Audio Albion Neo

    Sample Library

    Spitfire's latest Albion library heads north in search of new scoring directions.

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    Strezov Sampling The Performers Mountain Girl

    Kontakt Instrument

    Rating: **** 4/5 Stars. Mountain Girl brings the haunting sound of Balkan vocal styles to composers everywhere.

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    TechZone Stellar X2

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Looks can be deceiving, and in the case of this affordable mic, so can price tags!

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    Tiptop Audio ZVERB, ECHOZ & Z5000

    Eurorack Modules

    Just over a year ago I reviewed the Tiptop Audio Z‑DSP NS. It's a large, flagship, modular effects processor...

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    Toontrack EZbass

    Virtual Bass Instrument

    Toontrack's virtual bass player should have its human counterparts very worried indeed.

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    United Plugins MorphVerb

    Reverb Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    MorphVerb's stylish interface is dominated by a large dial, which lets you blend between two reverb algorithms...

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    Wes Audio Prometheus

    Digitally Controlled Analogue EQ

    Two channels of Pultec-style EQ in a 500‑series module would be enough for most manufacturers. But not for Wes...

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Glossary Of Technical Terms

    Recording | Audio Production | Music Technology | Music Software | MIDI | Audio Plug-ins | Acoustics | Live Sound | Electronics | Computers |

    Welcome to Sound On Sound's regularly updated, indispensible explanations of technical terms from the fields of Recording, Audio Production, Music Technology, MIDI, Music Software, Audio Plug-ins, Mac and PC Computing, Live Sound, Acoustics, Electronics and more...

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    Q. How Good A Subwoofer Do I Need For Mixing?

    I want to get a subwoofer for mixing in my home studio, but I've no idea how much I need to spend to make it worthwhile...

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    STUDIO HEADPHONES: Everything You Wanted To Know...

    ...But Were Afraid To Ask

    Everyone is listening to music on headphones these days

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People

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    SOS Editor In Chief Sam Inglis

    A Price On Your Head

    Leader

    Headphones are now the primary means by which music is consumed. Some say this makes it desirable to mix and master on phones, too...

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    David Vorhaus of White Noise.

    David Vorhaus | Podcast

    That Fairlight Sound!

    David Vorhaus of White Noise chats with Rob Puricelli about his early involvement with the Fairlight CMI and his Kaleidophon ribbon controller and Maniac sequencer inventions.

    People
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    Steve Ouimette: Re-recording Hits For Video Games

    Play It Again

    He might not be a household name, but Steve Ouimette has made more people dance than anyone else on the planet!

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    Tame Impala

    The Psychedelic World Of Kevin Parker

    No two Tame Impala albums sound the same — but they've all been driven by the same experimental ethos.

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    Why I Love... Soldering

    Robin Vincent

    My confidence grew to the point that tackling surface-mounted components was not the horror I was led to believe...

    People

Music Business

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    Steve Levine in his Liverpool studio, early 2020.

    Steve Levine | Podcast

    Getting Started In The Music Industry

    Recent graduate Felipe Gutierrez chats to Steve Levine at his Liverpool studio about careers in the music industry, how to encourage good performances from your artists, and utilising whatever tech you have available in the recording process.

    Music Business
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