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Competition

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Deadline: 2006-03-31

Up for grabs to all paid-up subscribers or new subscribers is the following haul of delightful prizes:

The Joemeek Twin Q, worth £560, is a dual recording channel with a flexible input stage, high-quality preamps and three-band 'Meequalizer' EQ. The Toft Audio ATC2 is a fully-featured dual recording channel worth £728. Each channel features a preamp, a four-band EQ, an FET-based compressor, and mic, line and DI inputs. The Studio Projects SP828 is an eight-channel mic pre and mixer housed in a 1U rack case, and is worth £476. Each channel offers 48V phantom power, gain control and level and pan controls. The JM472 is a combo pack comprising a JM47 large-diaphragm mic and a JM27 small-diaphragm mic, and is worth £241. The JM27 Pack, worth £224, includes a pair of Joemeek JM27 mics and a stereo 'T' bar for X-Y recording applications. The JM37 is a large-diaphragm condenser mic with a fixed cardioid pattern, and the competition prize includes two of these mics, worth £168 each. The Studio Projects LSD2 is a large diaphragm stereo condenser mic and is worth £595. Last but not least, there's the Studio Projects T3, a large-diaphragm, multi-pattern condenser mic worth £417.

If you would like to win this fine haul of studio kit, please ensure your entry and (if you're subscribing for the first time) your subscription details reach us by the closing date: 31st March, 2006.
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Reviews

Apogee Rosetta 200

A-D/D-A Converter

Thumbnail for article: Apogee Rosetta 200Apogee's new converter builds on the reputation of the original PSX100 and Rosetta units, upgrading the sonics and adding a pile of new facilities, including sophisticated jitter-reduction processing and sample-rate conversion.

Applied Acoustics Lounge Lizard EP3

Modelled Electric Piano Instrument [Mac/PC]

Most recent electric piano virtual instruments have been sample-based, but in Lounge Lizard, AAS continue to fly the flag for their physical modelling technology; version 3 offers an improved fork model, plus modelled electromagnetic and electrostatic pickups...

ART T8

Transformer Isolator

Beyer MCE72

Stereo Condenser Microphone

Thumbnail for article: Beyer MCE72If you're looking to record high-quality audio to your portable Minidisc or MP3 recorder, then this small battery-powered stereo mic could be just what you are looking for.

Coleman Audio M3PH MkII

Monitor Controller

This new unit from Coleman Audio makes a mark with its sonic integrity, despite its apparent lack of operational frills.

Dave Smith PolyEvolver Keyboard

Four-voice Analogue & Digital Synth

Thumbnail for article: Dave Smith PolyEvolver KeyboardThe Evolver began as a mono desktop unit, then became polyphonic, and now there's a polyphonic keyboard version. It's almost as if Dave Smith's latest synth is steadily evolving back into his earlier Prophet 5... We check it out.

Fostex NX6A

Active Nearfield Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Fostex NX6ASeveral unusual new technologies have been combined in this new product from Fostex to create an accurate mixing tool.

Guitar Technology

Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

• Line 6 Echo Park and Liqua-Flange Stomp box effects
• Digitech EX7 Expression Factory
• Terratec Producer Hi Jack Guitar preamp
•Re-recording with Fishman Aura and D-Tar's Mama Bear

IK Multimedia Miroslav Philharmonik

Virtual Orchestra [PC/Mac]

Miroslav Vitous's orchestral library was the first of its kind, and more than 10 years after its launch, has been reinvented as a self-contained virtual instrument. Is the original still the best?

Image Line

FM Soft Synth [Windows]

Combining frequency and ring modulation with analogue-style resonant filtering, Image Line's Sytrus takes FM synthesis in new directions.

Intatouch Touchscreen

Touchscreen Add-on [Mac/PC]

Hate mixing by mouse? Intatouch's neat monitor add-on allows you to draw control data directly onto the screen.

M-Audio Microtrack 24/96

Portable Digital Stereo Recorder

Thumbnail for article: M-Audio Microtrack 24/96The new Microtrack packs a high-quality 24-bit/96kHz two-track recorder, complete with USB connectivity, into a box not much larger than a mobile phone. Is it the ideal field recorder? We check it out...

Millennium Dual-core Pentium 4 PC

Music Computer

Dual-core processors hold the key to unprecedented performance with music applications. But how do systems based around Intel's Pentium D, like this one from Millennium Music, compare with their AMD-based rivals?

Psoft Chronostream 2

Pitch & Time Manipulation Software [Windows]

If you need a new way of adapting the feel of a loop, or you want decent pitch-shifting and time-stretching on a budget, Psoft's inexpensive utility might be for you.

Raxx System

Wall-mounted Rack Hardware

Sample Libraries: On Test

Hot New Releases

• Big Fish Audio First Call Horns
• Best Service Galaxy Steinway 5.1
• Big Fish Audio London Solo Strings
• Tascam Larry Seyer Acoustic Drums

Skylife Sample Robot

Auto-sampling Software [Windows]

Like the idea of having all your hardware synth sounds in a software sampler, but can't be bothered to do the necessary programming? Fear not, Sample Robot will do it for you...

Steinberg Hypersonic 2

Virtual Workstation Synth [PC/Mac]

Thumbnail for article: Steinberg Hypersonic 2The new version of Steinberg's virtual sound module brings more and better instruments, without sacrificing convenience or ease of use.

TC-Helicon Voice Pro

Vocal Processor

Thumbnail for article: TC-Helicon Voice ProCombining pitch-correction, multi-part harmony generation, the ability to change vocal character, and multi-effects processing, TC-Helicon's Voice Pro is a complete vocal production suite inside a single box. But does it sound any good?

Yamaha Stagepas 300

Portable Powered PA System

We test this affordable complete vocal PA you can carry from the car to the stage in one trip!

Live Sound

AMT SP25B

Acoustic Bass Microphone System

Amplifying an acoustic bass on stage is far from straightforward — indeed, the difficulties involved have been known to make players swap to an electric. Could this new AMT mic/preamp system be what upright bassists have been waiting for?

Chris Trimby: Monitor Engineer

Mr Monitor

The award-winning Chris Trimby not only tours with top artists and spends summers working the major festivals but also mixes live sound for TV music shows, including BBC TV's Top Of The Pops, proving how varied and interesting a career as a monitor engineer can be. We find out how it all happened and what's involved...

Etymotic ER4S

Professional Noise-isolating Earphones

Etymotic Research, leading makers of high-quality earphones, recommend their ER4S model for in-ear stage-monitoring use. We find out whether hearing is believing.

Flightcasing and Protection

Buyer's Guide

Stage gear takes a lot more punishment than studio equipment, so investing a few quid in suitable protection for it has to be worth considering. But what do you need to know before buying?

Fohhn Xperience II

Powered PA System

This premium German-made PA aims to offer a genuine hi-fi approach to live sound reproduction. But is it worth the investment?

LD Systems PM 12-2

12-channel Powered Mixer

This traditionally-designed mixer/amp packs quite a punch, with 1400W of power under the hood, and also boasts very sturdy construction and built-in digital effects.

Line Arrays explained

The Science and the Magic

If you've been to a large gig or a festival in recent years, you've no doubt had the pleasure of hearing line arrays of loudspeakers in action. But why are line arrays the current 'best practice' in large-scale PA, how did they evolve, and will they ever filter down to more modest gig venues?

Sennheiser Freeport

Radio Microphone System

It's not difficult to find a cheap wireless mic system these days, but not all have a prestigious name tag — unlike this Sennheiser true-diversity setup, their most cost-effective to date.

People + Opinion

Cool & Dre

Producing Hip-Hop

Miami is now a hip-hop centre to rival New York and LA, and Cool & Dre are two of its most active beatmakers, songwriters and producers.

Crosstalk: Don Buchla replies...

Readers Writes

Synth pioneer Don Buchla took issue with some points raised by our review of his 200e modular synth and felt them somewhat unfair — read on and you decide.

Editor's Studio Makeover

Paul White's Leader

Our esteemed Editor In Chief got bored over Christmas so he decided to conduct a Studio SOS makeover on his own studio. Read all about it...

Line 6: Inside the Tone Modelling Factory

Marcus Ryle • Michel Doidic • Jeff Slingluff

We go behind the scenes at the home of the Pod and Variax to get the latest on developments in the world of guitar modelling technology.

Recording Les Retrouvailles

Yann Tiersen

Thumbnail for article: Recording Les RetrouvaillesThe unique musical world of Yann Tiersen was opened up to millions of people by the soundtrack to Amelie. His idiosyncratic working method involves toy instruments, songs built from fragmented ideas, and entire string sections created by recording himself over and over again.

Sounding Off: Brave New World?

John Savage

This reader ditched all his old synths and hardware in favour of a shiny new all-singing, all-dancing Music PC and sof synths. Does he now regret the decision? Read on...

Technique

Choosing The Right Reverb

How best to use different reverbs

Recording engineers have been adding artificial reverberation to recordings for many years, and have developed a variety of different ways of doing this. Home recordists now have access to modern versions of all these tools, so let's look at how they compare to each other, and how best to use each.

CLASSIC TRACKS: Bob Marley & The Wailers: 'I Shot The Sheriff'

Producers: Chris Blackwell, The Wailers; Engineers: Phill Brown, Tony Platt

Bob Marley & The Wailers were the first Jamaican musicians to achieve world stardom. Tracked in Kingston and finished in London by Island engineers Phill Brown and Tony Platt, their breakthrough album was a truly international recording and a true reggae classic. Find out how it was recorded...

Creating a Drum Editor in Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

Some users of Steinberg's Cubase complain that Logic has no specialised drum editor. Little do they know that Logic lets you build your own.

Intel Macs: What Do They Mean For Musicians?

Apple Notes

If 2003 was Apple's 'year of the notebook', 2006 is set to be the 'year of Intel', with the prospect that every Mac computer in the company's range will use an Intel processor by the end of it.

Logical Editor

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

We delve into the Boolean operations in the Logical Editor, offer some tips for entering numeric values in the Transport Panel, and take a first look at Cubase running on dual-processor, dual-core systems.

Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 4

How To Make A Pitch

Success! You've been invited to pitch for a job. Surely that Hollywood career now beckons? Well, no... This is just a pitch — there are others competing for the job. We look at how to maximise your chances of winning the commission...

Making the change to a Dual-Core PC

PC Musician

If you've been waiting and wondering whether to 'go dual-core' in your next PC upgrade, which processor to choose is only one of the factors to consider. We discuss the options and implications.

Mix Rescue

+ Audio Files

Kick drum and lead vocal present tough processing challenges in this installment's remix.

On-line Mastering Services Shootout!

Web Masters

A new business model based around the Internet promises to make professional mastering more convenient — and much more affordable. But is on-line mastering a real alternative or a false economy? We put the UK's leading services to the test.

Studio SOS: Building a DIY Vocal Booth

Paul Joyner

This time, the team convert a small empty room into a professional vocal booth within the space of a single afternoon!

Using Reason with 8 major Audio Host Applications

Reason Notes & Techniques

Reason makes an ideal 'synth rack' for use with a variety of host software. We take you through the steps needed to Rewire it to 8 popular programs.

Using Quantising in Digital Performer

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Quantising is all about turning your sloppy playing into rigid, computerised perfection, right? Well, no — at least, it doesn't have to be. We check out the finer points of quantising in DP and look at what it can do for your music.

Using the RXP REX-file player in Sonar 5 Producer Edition

Sonar Notes & Technique

Now that the RXP REX-file player is bundled with the Producer Edition of Sonar 5, the creative possibilities of REX files have really opened up for Sonar users. We take a tour around RXP and discuss its features and uses.

Windows Driver Model & Harbal Auto EQ

PC Notes

Can Harbal's new automatic track EQ solve your equalisation problems with one click? We find out, as well as exploring the mysteries of the Windows Driver Model...

Working With Video

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Once you have got your video and sync audio files into a Pro Tools Session, what do you do with them? Our short series on sound for picture concludes by explaining the ins and outs of dubbing, sound effects and Foley.

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