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Reviews

Akai MPC2500

Sampling Workstation

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Akai have updated the classic sampling sequencer concept last embodied in the MPC2000XL, but have they managed to preserve the magic formula that made the series a success?

Aphex 240

Dual Logic-gated Compressor

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The latest dynamics processor from Aphex combines a sophisticated gate with an easy-to-use compressor and forces them to work as a team.

Arturia Analog Factory

Software Synthesizer

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If you're after convincing analogue-style sounds but you don't want to delve into complex programming, Arturia's Analog Factory may be just the thing.

Creamware Prodyssey ASB

Modelled Analogue Synth

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In the latest addition to their successful ASB range, Creamware take on ARP's legendary Odyssey.

Cwejman Synthesis Modules: Part 2

VCO-2RM • MMF-1 • ADSR-VC2 • VCA-2P

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Part 2: We continue our exploration of Wowa Cwjeman's new range of exclusive analogue synth modules.

Dangerous Music Monitor ST/SR

Expandable Monitoring Controller

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This modular monitor controller system offers an easy upgrade path from stereo to surround capability, and transparent audio quality to boot.

Emerson Williams Dark Blue

Guitar Tube Preamplifier

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If you are looking for an authentic tube-amp guitar sound from a DI recording system, then maybe the Dark Blue's all-tube preamp and speaker simulation is just what you need.

Emu 0404

USB 2.0 Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

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Emu's first USB 2.0 interface, and their first to offer Mac OS X compatibility, dispenses with DSP effects and complex software front-ends, majoring instead on hands-on controls and practical studio features. Have they hit on a winning formula?

Event ALP5

Active Nearfield Monitors

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Surely you can't get a good bass response from small monitors... or can you?

Kinman No-solder Harness & Pickup Set

Guitar Technology

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• Kinman No-solder Harness & Pickup Set• Haynes Fender Stratocaster Manual

LD Systems D1121 & D1120

Studio Microphones

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SOS puts LD's new tube and capacitor mics to the test.

Magix Samplitude 9

DAW Software [Windows]

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Over the last few years, Magix's Sequoia and Samplitude have quietly been establishing a name for themselves in the mastering and recording communities, and the new version 9 of Samplitude looks set to win plenty more friends.

McDSP Classic Pack

Pro Tools Plug-ins

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McDSP's compression and EQ designs offer a huge amount of control with the potential for accurate emulation of vintage devices. Throw in a tape-modelling suite and a powerful multi-band compressor, and you have the Classic Pack.

Modartt Pianoteq

Physically Modelled Virtual Piano

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Can an 8 Megabyte plug-in really compete with the new generation of multi-Gigabyte sampled grand pianos?

Novation Xiosynth

Synthesizer & Audio Interface

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Synthesizer, USB audio interface, MIDI controller — Novation's Xiosynth does it all, and at a very reasonable price...

Plug-in Folder

Nomad Factory Blueverb DRV2080 • Kjaerhus Audio MPL1 Pro • Voxengo Marquis • Chandler EMI TG12413

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Another batch of hot plug-ins get installed and tested.

Sample CDs

Mini Reviews

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• VSL Saxophones, Elements & Vienna Konzerthaus Organ • Scarbee Imperial Drums XL • BFD Platinum Samples: Andy Johns Classic Drums

TL Audio M1 Tubetracker

Mixing Console

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Worried that your digital recordings sound a bit sterile? Maybe the Tubetracker can warm things up a bit...

People + Opinion

A Return To Reality?

Paul White's Leader

Editor In Chief Paul White praises a return to musical reality and wonders how 2007's new gear releases will satisfy us.

Metal Machine Music

Ballet Mécanique At The National Gallery, Washington DC

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George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique is all but impossible for human musicians to play. So for his latest presentation of it, Paul D. Lehrman built an orchestra of robots...

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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The Savants

Medz 4 Life

I've been trying to reconstruct the...

Quantic: Will Holland

Vintage Techniques For New Dance Music

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Will Holland is one of the most prolific producers in the UK's alternative dance scene, and rather than sampling old records, he prefers to track down the musicians who made them.

Sounding Off: Dom Melville

Beware Lightning Strikes!

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Technique

Audio Editing Secrets In Digital Performer 5

Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

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You'll soon be wondering how you ever managed without the audio editing tricks and shortcuts offered by this month's essential DP workshop.

Choosing Channel Strip Plug-ins

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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The trend among plug-in designers is to integrate commonly used processes such as EQ and compression into a single plug-in. It saves on insert slots, but do channel strips offer any other benefits, and which ones stand out from the crowd?

CLASSIC TRACKS: Les Paul & Mary Ford 'How High The Moon'

Producer & Engineer: Les Paul

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Les Paul made some of the most innovative records of the 20th Century, but he had to invent multitrack tape recording first...

Direct X Plug-ins & Cubase 4

PC Notes

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Direct X plug-in support has been dropped from Steinberg's Cubase 4 sequencing software — so what do you do if you have projects that use such plug-ins and you want to upgrade to the latest Cubase? PC Musician offers some solutions, as well as rounding up the latest PC news and information.

Macbook Pro (64-bit) & Xeon Xserve

Apple Notes

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We take the opportunity of a New Year issue to look back at the 12 months that saw Apple's transition to Intel processors, and to welcome in the new Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pros and Xeon-based Xserves.

Mechanical SFX

A DIY Guide To Unusual Audio Effects

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Some of the best signature sounds have been developed through experimentation with mechanical devices. We offer some inspiration...

Mix Rescue: Adrian Bannister

Remixing 'Liar'

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Rescuing and reinforcing a weak-sounding cello are amongst this month's remedies...

Mix Rescue: Adrian Bannister | Audio files

MP3 Audio examples

Rescuing and reinforcing a weak-sounding cello are amongst this month's remedies...

Mixing On Headphones

Successful Mixing Without Loudspeakers

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Mixing on 'cans' is often frowned upon, but if you know what you're doing, you can get good results with only occasional checks on your monitor speakers.

Preparing Your CD For Manufacturing

Avoiding The Pitfalls

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Ever thought about releasing your own album or single? We explain the ins and outs of producing a small batch of CDs.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Pensado

Inside Tracks: Pussycat Dolls 'Beep' & 'Buttons'

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Mix engineers have a huge role to play in modern record production; but what does it take to turn a collection of raw tracks into a chart-topping single? In a major new SOS series, specialist mixers will be showing us exactly how they use the tricks of their trade.

Sonar 6: Exploring VC64 Vintage Channel

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Sonar 6's new 'channel strip' offers multiple routings that enable techniques such as parallel compression, frequency-conscious dynamics control and side-chaining.

Stereo Image Trickery With PC Plug-ins

PC Musician

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If you're after bigger-sounding tracks, read on, as we discover plug-ins that manipulate stereo information to play tricks with your mix...

Studio SOS: Ray Parkes

Digital Detectives

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Sorting digital gremlins and rogue reflections is all in a day's work for the Studio SOS team...

Track Presets

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Track Presets might not add anything to the sonic possibilities offered within Cubase 4 but Steinberg have been very keen to blow this particular marketing trumpet. So just what can Track Presets do for you?

Using Racks In Ableton Live

Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at how the new Instrument and Effects Racks in Live 6 stretch the creative possibilities for combining and controlling multiple devices and plug-ins.

Using Waveburner: Part 2 | Mastering Your CD

Logic Notes & Techniques

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This month we discuss in-depth features in Waveburner and look at some of the included plug-ins that can be used to polish up a mastering project.

Music Business

Big George's Big Mouth

Sacred Cows

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This month, Big George takes a swipe at a few sacred cows in the name of fair play.

Sound Advice

Q. Exactly how loud is 'loud'?

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I am working with a church that's receiving complaints about noise from neighbours. What is the decibel level that we can...

Q. How can I get more effective synth bass in my mixes?

I'm having trouble with a synth bass sound I've been using in a song. It sounds impressive on its own, but isn't working so...

Q. PZM and Boundary mics — what's the difference?

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I'm wondering what the difference is between PZM and boundary microphones. I've heard a lot of people say you should place...

Q. Should I convert my studio from analogue to digital?

I've got lots of kit in my studio — over 30 items of both analogue and digital gear — and I've got a dilemma. I...

Q. What's the best way to manage long digital cable runs?

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I'm putting together a list of equipment for a venue. We already have a PA (the amps are behind the stage), and the mixing...

Q. Why can't I make the Kick Drum sit with the Bass?

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I'm trying to get a bass guitar to sit well with a kick drum. I know the idea of shaping the EQ of both so they'll...

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