As always, the latest issue of SOS is packed with in-depth, independent reviews, insightful interviews and practical music and audio production techniques.
Our cover feature this month is an exclusive first review of Ableton’s next-gen Live controller, the Push 2, which adds the ability to slice up and trigger loops.
We also check out Akai’s MPD 2 MIDI controllers with new pads and step sequencers, Roland’s JD-XA crossover synthesizer, the Zoom F8 multichannel field recorder, the Royer R122 MkII active ribbon mic. On top of that, we have reviews of the Chandler REDD.47 valve mic pre, Steinberg Nuendo 7, the Rode NT-USB capacitor mic, and much more.
We have some great features this month including an Inside Track with Carlo ‘Illangelo’ Montagnese, the engineer, mixer and producer behind The Weeknd’s brooding single ‘The Hills’. There’s also an interview with singer-songwriter Ben Folds about recording his album So There which is one-third piano concerto and two-thirds chamber rock. For Classic Tracks we find out how engineer Phil Hampson recorded Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch.
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