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Acoustica Mixcraft 3

Multitrack Audio Recording Software For Windows

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With unlimited audio tracks, support for VST and Direct X effects, and an intuitive interface, Acousticas Mixcraft offers a lot of recording potential for not a lot of money.

Apple Logic Pro 8

MIDI Audio Sequencer For Mac OS X

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The eighth version of Logic has arguably been the most anticipated music software release of the last couple of years. With a redesigned user interface and some new audio features, can Apple keep existing Logic users happy while broadening the applications appeal?

Blue Sky Big Blue

2.1 Monitor System

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The biggest Blues in the Blue Sky Range aim to be the best — and they don't disappoint.

Blüthner Digital Model One

Sample Library

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After a few years away from releasing new sample libraries, Dan Dean has returned with a brand-new piano library, developed in collaboration with sound architect Ernest Cholakis, that offers an unprecedented level of tonal control.

Chandler Germanium Tone Control

Rackmount Equaliser

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Beneath this innocent exterior lies a growling analogue beast that can help you create some truly unique sounds...

CME Bitstream 3X

MIDI Control Surface

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This powerful MIDI control surface boasts a lot more flexibility than the budget offerings on the market, yet it's still affordable.

Fable Sounds Broadway Big Band

Sample Library

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Roll out the red carpet, dim the lights and raise the curtains - it's showtime for this big jazzy production from Fable Sounds...

Fishman Aura Imaging Pedals

Acoustic Guitar Processors

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Fishman's acclaimed process for improving the sound of acoustic guitar pickups is now available in pedal format — and with 24-bit converters and 32-bit internal processing, this is a distinctly superior-sounding Aura.

Hot new Sample Libraries on test

Sample Library

• Sonivox Loop Line Series
• Sample Magic Sunset Sessions
• Big Fish Audio Reggaeton

Phonic Firefly 302

Firewire Audio Interface[Mac/PC]

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Phonic's diminutive Firewire audio interface is extremely affordable and it can record at 24-bit/96kHz. Is it too good to be true?

Propellerhead Reason 4

Software Studio For Mac & PC

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In 2001, Propellerheads Reason broke new ground by virtualising every element of the classic analogue synth studio. Six years on, is the original still the best?

Restoration Shootout 2

More Pro Tools Restoration Plug-ins Compared

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The range of specialist restoration tools available for Pro Tools continues to grow. We find out if the latest are really the greatest...

Ribbon Microphones On Test

Part 1: About The Mics

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Once the sole province of the professional, ribbon mics are now more plentiful and affordable than ever before, and this two-part feature aims to root out some of the best. But first, some background...

Rode M3

Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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This neat little mic is incredibly versatile — and it sounds a lot more expensive than it actually is.

Roland V-Synth GT

Variphrase Synthesizer

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In 2003 the original V-Synth represented a bold leap forward in synthesizer technology. Can Roland take the concept further with the new V-Synth GT? Read on...

Sample Libraries

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Sonivox Loop Line Series

WAV, REX 2 & Apple Loops

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The Sonivox brand...

Softube Vintage Amp Room

Guitar Amp Modelling Plug-in [Mac/PC]

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Softubes guitar amp modelling software is light on fancy features but is claimed to offer unparalleled authenticity.

Tascam FireOne

Audio Interface & Control Surface

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Why carry two boxes with your mobile studio when one will do? Tascam's FireOne combines a MIDI and audio interface with a control surface, all in one convenient, paperback-sized unit.

Yamaha MW & MG Series

USB Mixers

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These modestly priced small mixers from Yamaha offer plenty of functionality and a good clean signal path.

Live Sound

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People + Opinion

Commercial Music

Hans Brouwer & Auke Riemersma Of Massive Music

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A very short piece of music can earn a very large amount of money if its the soundtrack to a TV ad, but competition for these spots is fierce. The founders of Massive Music, specialists in sourcing music for the advertising industry, explain what it takes to succeed.

Playback

Readers’ Music Reviewed

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CD Of The Month: Kekal The Habit Of Fire

The Habit Of Fire is apparently...

Sounding Off

Julian Allen

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Throw away the rule book!

The Lone Arranger

Leader

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Our august Editor In Chief, Paul White, wonders why synth presets sound good when auditioned on their own but don't cut the mustard in a song arrangement...

Technique

Audio Warp

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Cubase's audio warp facilities provide a powerful toolkit for manipulating the timing of recorded audio to fit grids and grooves.

Classic Tracks: Billy Swan 'I Can Help'

Producers: Chip Young, Billy Swan; Engineer: Chip Young

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In 1974 Billy Swan walked into Chip Young's Young'un Sound studio and, in two takes, recorded a million-selling single that had taken him 20 minutes to write. This is how it was done...

Expressive Sound Design With EXS24

Logic Notes & Techniques

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Logic's built-in EXS24 sampler is a powerful tool for playing realistic instruments, but dig a little deeper and you'll also find unlimited potential for sound design.

Guitar Technology

Guitar Strings

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This time we look at one of the most important parts of the guitar: the strings

iMac Developments

Apple Notes

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Apple renewed their commitment to music this month, both for those who listen to it and those who create it. We examine the latest developments, and take a more detailed look at the new iMac, which could offer enough power to be considered more than just an entry-level machine.

MachFive 2 & Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes

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We take a look at how MOTU's new MachFive 2 sampler integrates with Digital Performer 5, explore a DP plug-in that makes it easier to work with MIDI controllers, and round up the customary batch of news and tips for DP users.

Mix Rescue

Michael Bowkunowicz

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This month we tackle one reader's first ever attempt at mixing his own music.

Mix Rescue: Audio Files

Hear for yourself

Here are links to the audio files from November 2007's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs.

Optimising Preferences In Sonar

Sonar Notes & Techniques

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With Sonar 7 just out, it's time to tweak all our preferences to perfection, before they're transferred over into the latest version of the software.

Remixing Depeche Mode In Surround

Sound Workshop

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The challenge: to remix 10 Depeche Mode albums in surround — while recreating the signature sounds created by the band and some of the worlds greatest producers. As Mute Records Head Engineer Kevin Paul explains, it was never going to be easy!

Resolving VST Plug-in Conflicts

PC Notes

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Have you ever had a VST plug-in 'go missing' when you've installed an update, or conflict with another that's been newly added to your system? PC Notes explains why it happens and offers some solutions.

Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: JJ Puig

Inside Track: Fergie's ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’

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The role of the mix engineer is becoming ever more creative. Jack Joseph Puig explains how his imaginative approach helped shape Fergies smash hit Big Girls Dont Cry.

Studio SOS

Sounds Expo 2007 Prize Draw Winner

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We help install the equipment won by one of the lucky winners of the SOS and Digital Village prize draw held at Sounds Expo 2007.

Track Freezing In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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Track freezing makes it possible to create much larger projects, and collaborate with other Live users who have different plug-ins, all without cramping your style.

Sound Advice

Q. How can I stay objective when mixing?

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Sometimes you think your mix sounds great one day, but then you listen to it a few days later and it sounds just awful. And...

Q. How do I maintain my tape machine?

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Hugh: It's strange. A few years ago I used tape machines almost every day, but now it is something of a...

Q. How do I set up a monitoring reverb inside Cubase?

I use Cubase SX v1 and I want to set up a reverb that the vocalist can hear during recording, but that doesn't get recorded...

Q. Sould I record my vocals with more than one microphone?

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There seem to be instances where several mics are used to record an instrument, such as a guitar amp or drum kit, but I've...

Q. Which preamp should I use with my vintage ribbon mic?

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I was lucky enough to pick up an old Reslo ribbon mic, like the ones you see in old Cavern Club pictures. I wanted to know...

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