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Competition

WIN: Alchemea Pro Tools Operator Course

Deadline: 2006-12-31

This month, thanks to the folks at Alchemea, we are able to give one fortunate reader the chance to become a certified Pro Tools Operator, by taking the Pro Tools 101, 110, 201 and 210M modules at the college. The winner will attend the Islington site for a total of 10 days, but the timetable is flexible so the programme could last for up to a month. Travel and accommodation are not included in the prize.

Reviews

Ableton Live 6

Looping & Composition Software [Mac OS X/Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Ableton Live 6Ableton's Live revolutionised user interface design in music software, and with every update, the company have striven to retain its ergonomic appeal whilst adding some very sophisticated new features.

ADAM A7

Active Studio Monitors

Thumbnail for article: ADAM A7ADAM have shaved the price but not the quality for these active nearfields. Do they offer enough to help them stand out from the crowd?

Capella 2004

Scoring Software For Windows

Capella is a highly evolved and intuitive scoring package that helps you get the job done more quickly by cutting down on distractions.

Chandler Germanium

Mic & Instrument Preamp

Chandler revive a vintage technology in their unique new preamp. We put it to the test...

Digidesign M Box 2 Pro

Firewire Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

Thumbnail for article: Digidesign M Box 2 ProThe new M Box 2 Pro is the first portable Pro Tools interface that connects via Firewire rather than USB. As a result, users get more I/O, a phono preamp and word clock support among other bonuses.

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

We test Exploraudio's Liveguitar H-clamp for fixing a conventional mic to an acoustic guitar, and explain ways to track down the source of guitar tuning problems, plus GT news...

IK Ampeg SVX

Bass Amp Modelling Plug-in [Mac/PC]

Most guitar amp modellers can be pressed into service on bass guitar, but now IK Multimedia have teamed up with Ampeg to create a plug-in dedicated to recreating bass amp sounds.

Korg TR88

Keyboard Workstation

Thumbnail for article: Korg TR88Korg's Triton LE series has evolved into the TR range, but does it deliver any more than a new paint-job?

Lexicon MX400

Multi-effects Processor

Lexicon's MX200 offered the innovative ability to integrate with a sequencer host just like an effects plug-in. The updated MX400 goes one better - it does all that, but with dual effects-processing engines too.

Little Phatty by Bob Moog

Programmable Monophonic Analogue Synthesizer

Bob Moog's final project carries his visionary synthesizer design into the future.

M-Audio Mid Air 25

Wireless MIDI Controller Keyboard

M-Audio's new wireless controller keyboard aims to free you from the restraints of MIDI cables.

M-Audio Sputnik

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

Thumbnail for article: M-Audio SputnikM-Audio's latest foray into the mic market combines a striking retro look with the warmth of a valve and the versatility of switchable polar patterns.

Novation Remote Zero SL

MIDI & USB Controller

Thumbnail for article: Novation Remote Zero SLNovation have cut the keyboard and the cost with the latest addition to their Remote SL line of 'intelligent' hardware controllers.

Plug-in Folder

More hot Plug-ins tested

• WWYAM NWEQ Pro
• Universal Audio Neve 1073 Equaliser

Roland Juno G

Keyboard Workstation

As Roland revisit the Juno name once again, we look at whether their latest offering is a serious contender, or merely a bantamweight Fantom.

Sample CDs

Mini Reviews

• VSL Woodwinds II, Brass I & Brass II • Ilio Skippy's Big Bad Beats, Skippy's Noizbox, Stark Raving Beats & Ethno Techno • Ueberschall Urban Jointz

SE Electronics R1

Ribbon Microphone

The democratisation of the ribbon mic continues with the release of an attractive model from SE. We find out whether it sounds as good as it looks.

Terratec Komplexer VST

Wavetable Soft Synth [Windows]

Old synths never die, they get reproduced as virtual instruments. So it is with Waldorf's Micro Q, which forms the heart of Terratec's impressive wavetable-based soft synth.

The Story Of The Davolisint

Retrozone

It lacked most of the features we'd expect from even a basic synth, but this rare Italian keyboard had a charm all of its own.

Waves Vocal Bundle

Vocal Processing Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

With their Vocal Bundle, Waves look to take voice processing and automatic pitch correction to a new level of sophistication.

People + Opinion

Crosstalk: Readers' Writes

Your Correspondence

Some of the more interesting feedback we recently received, along with our official responses...

Getting Better?

Paul White's Leader

Scissor Sisters: Recording Ta-Dah

Babydaddy • Dan Grech-Marguerat

The Scissor Sisters' first album, recorded in a Manhattan apartment, sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up sees them expanding their horizons, while keeping their DIY ethos very much intact.

Sounding Off

Robin Bigwood

Need inspiration? It may be closer than you think...

Steve Hodge

Mixing R&B

Thumbnail for article: Steve HodgeAfter 17 years mixing almost everything that came out of Jam & Lewis's Flyte Tyme Studios, there's very little Steve Hodge doesn't know about making R&B records work.

Technique

Altiverb On PC — How Good Is It?

PC Notes

The Altiverb convolving reverb plug-in arrived on the PC platform earlier this year. We find out how it stands up to the convolution competition, as well as bringing you the usual crop of PC news and tips.

Choosing & Using Enhancement Plug-ins

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

In this month's Pro Tools workshop, we concentrate on the top and bottom of the frequency spectrum, looking at plug-ins that claim to enhance treble and bass. How do they work, how should you use them, and most importantly, which ones are the best?

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Future Sound Of London 'Papua New Guinea'

Producers: Garry Cobain, Brian Dougans • Engineers: Yage

In 1991 The Future Sound of London brought their unique brand of experimentalism to the dancefloor with the seminal track, 'Papua New Guinea' — and launched their career in the process.

Customisation Options In Sonar 6

Sonar Notes & Techniques

Sonar seems to get more customisable with every version, and the newly released Sonar 6 is no exception, allowing you to tweak various aspects of appearance and operation until the program looks and feels just the way you want it.

iMacs For Musicians

Apple Notes

The new high-end and mid-range iMacs look interesting for musicians, offering Core 2 Duo processors and rather attractive prices. Apple Notes takes a look at the spec.

Mix Rescue

Remixing Simon Fitzpatrick

This month we help reader Simon Fitzpatrick to bind his synthesized, programmed, and acoustic sounds together into a cohesive mix.

Mix Rescue: Simon Fitzpatrick

MP3 Audio examples

Optimising Your Studio Acoustics With PC Utilities

PC Musician

The subject of studio acoustics can seem like black magic — but don't let it scare you off. You can make easy changes, that could vastly improve your recording and mixing environment, with the help of free or cheap PC software utilities, as we discover this month.

Pitch & Tempo Manipulation In Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

You can now update Logic's creaky old pitch and tempo manipulation routines with third-party algorithms from names such as Serato, Izotope, and Celemony. We compare the options to find out whether these upgrades are worth it.

Side-chaining In The Software Studio

Sound Workshop

With the powerful automation available in modern DAWs, it is easy to overlook their side-chaining features. But what value does this technique have in the modern project studio?

Studio SOS: Midge Ure

Updating Studio Acoustics

This month, the SOS team help out with the acoustics at Ultravox and Band Aid star Midge Ure's personal studio.

Tempo & Timing

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase's Tempo Editor offers some powerful ways to manipulate tempo and time signatures in your Projects. This month we take a detailed look at these features.

Using DP5's Improved Metronome Click Features

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

The subject of clicks might not seem terribly interesting — but it's surprising how much difference a well-chosen timing reference can make to the recording of your musical performances.

Using Reason Live

Part 1: Replacing A Live Keyboard Rig

In the first part of a series on using Reason live, we look at using the Combinator and MIDI remote control to replace a live keyboard rig.

Music Business

Behind The Desks

A Guide To Producer Management

Want to spend more time in the studio and less on the phone to accountants and record company executives? A producer manager could take care of the business and develop your career into the bargain. Find out how...

Big George's Big Mouth

Musical identities

This month Big George wonders: has music lost its identity?

Sound Advice

Q. What mics should I use for a bigger drum sound?

Q. What mics should I use for a bigger drum sound?

Q. What recording/mixing tools do you recommend?

Q. What recording/mixing tools do you recommend?

Q. When I mix in Cubase, my mixed-down songs do not sound as good in playback as they did before I saved them. Why?

Q. When I mix in Cubase, my mixed-down songs do not sound as good in playback as they did before I saved them. Why?

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