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Sound On Sound UK August 2019

Sound On Sound is the world's best recording technology magazine, packed full of in-depth, independent product tests, including music software, studio hardware, keyboards and live sound (PA) gear. Every issue also includes SOS's unique step-by-step tutorial and technique columns on all the leading DAW programs, as well as insightful interviews with leading producers, engineers and musicians.

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moog one £5999/£7799

PROS • It looks and feels like the top-quality instrument it is. • It’s a joy to program and play. • All analogue synths should sound this good. • Like kidneys, grannies come in pairs. No-one is going to miss one of them. CONS • It’s a work in progress with many significant areas of operation still to be addressed. • The noise from the fans will cross it off some potential users’ wish-lists. • It’s not priced for the faint-hearted. SUMMARY It’s deep but not intimidating, and it’s a joy to program and play. It’s not cheap, but I’m not sure whether there has ever been another analogue polysynth quite like it. Provided that Moog sort out the issues discussed here it’s destined to be a classic, potentially the stuff of legends.…

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talking to the outside world

The One’s rear panel is replete with 26 inputs and outputs including the Main L-R and Subsidiary L-R outputs, all of which require quarter-inch TRS (balanced) cables for optimum results. Next to these you’ll find four TRS quarter-inch audio signal inserts plus two external audio inputs with XLR/quarter-inch ‘combi’ (mic/line) and quarter-inch (line) sockets. Analogue control is provided by two quarter-inch CV inputs, a sustain/sostenuto pedal input and two expression pedal inputs that can be used as additional CV inputs. Signals presented to these can be directed to any or all of the three Synths simultaneously, with multiple destinations programmed in the modulation matrix, and you can determine the minimum and maximum voltages received in the range ±5V. (I would have preferred ±10V to maintain compatibility with a wider range of…

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the sequencer

By far the largest section of the One’s manual is dedicated to its three polyphonic step sequencers (one per Synth), which can each store note values and up to 20 parameter values on each of their 64 steps. You can program their tempos individually and, as you would expect, they can be synchronised to the Master Clock with their own sync ratios, so you can programme sequences of great complexity. You can save sequences individually (which allows you to import them into any Timbre) or you can save them as part of an existing Timbre so that you can recall the sound and sequence as a single entity. The basis of every sequence is the Lane, which holds a single note on a given step. You can create and populate parallel…

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focusrite scarlett

Seek them here or seek them there, you don’t have to look very far to find Focusrite’s Scarlett interfaces. From the compact and portable Scarlett Solo to the versatile Scarlett 18i20, this is a range that caters to most home-studio needs; and since their introduction in 2011, these modestly priced USB devices for getting audio into and out of a computer have carried all before them. Competition is fierce in this market, and in 2016, Focusrite renewed the Scarlett range to reflect buyers’ ever-increasing expectations in terms of sound quality, features and low-latency performance. Three years on, they’ve repeated the exercise to create the third generation of Scarletts. Wait & C The headline features second time around were mostly on the software side of things, with new USB drivers offering much-improved round-trip latency,…

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secrets of the mix engineers: andrew bolooki

PAUL TINGEN Lil Nas X’s song ‘Old Town Road’ has spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard singles chart at the time of writing. It’s also the most talked-about track of the year so far, thanks in part to the success it brought 19-year old Dutch beatmaker Kiowa Roukema, aka YoungKio. Last year, still living with his parents, and making beats in his bedroom on FL Studio, YoungKio sampled some banjos from the Nine Inch Nails song ‘34 Ghosts IV’ and put a trap beat underneath. He posted his track on Beatstars, thinking it was too weird to sell. But not long afterwards, over in Atlanta, another 19-year-old, Montero Lamar Hill, aka Lil Nas X, liked the idea of a mash-up of trap and country, and bought YoungKio’s beat for…

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magix acid pro next £299

PROS • Stem Maker will get you addicted to mining samples. • MIDI Playable Chopper is a simple and effective implementation that works really well. • The core ACID program still offers the best approach to loop-based composition. CONS • Apart from the Stem Maker and MPC, most of the other core features are now quite old. • Complicated version structure, with no affordable upgrade path to the Next version. • Installer forces you to place loop content on the system drive. • No manual for the Next version yet. SUMMARY ACID Pro Next pulls an intriguing new feature out of the bag while reminding everyone of its virtues as a tool for loop makers and remixers.…

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