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    Cakewalk Sonar 8

    MIDI Audio Sequencer For Windows

    As well as creating some excellent new plug-ins and making operational improvements, Cakewalk have been working hard to make Sonar 8 the most CPU-efficient version yet.

    Reviews Feb 2009
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    Drum Maps

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Many Cubase users also own high-quality drum virtual instruments and sample libraries that aren't mapped to the GM standard. Fortunately, you can create your own dedicated drum maps.

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Vocal Production In Logic Pro: Part 2

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Your toolkit for producing polished, contemporary-sounding vocals should include appropriate EQ techniques and subtle ambience processing. Enter the workshop...

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Guitar Recording Methods In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Achieving exactly the recorded guitar tone youre after is easier than its ever been, with the facilities on offer in a DAW package such as Digital Performer...

    Techniques Feb 2009
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    Digidesign Pro Tools 8

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Mac & PC: Part 1

    Eight is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. Will this eighth version of Pro Tools bring prosperity to Digidesign, as they try to establish their world-leading recording and mixing application as a serious contender in the music-creation market?

    Reviews Jan 2009
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    Cockos Reaper 2.4

    MIDI Audio Sequencer For Windows

    Since we first reviewed Cockos' shareware Reaper multitrack recording package, it has undergone hundreds of improvements — but the bargain asking price has barely changed.

    Reviews Jan 2009
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    Exploring Sonar 8's Beatscape Instrument

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar 8 introduced Beatscape, a new Cakewalk instrument designed specifically for the groovily inclined. We dig behind the interface for some tips and tricks you won't find in the documentation.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Timing Correction

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    With Cubase 4.1, Steinberg overhauled the Sample Editor, creating a very powerful new tool for real-time pitch and time manipulation.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Vocal Production In Logic Pro: Part 1

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Dynamics control without compression, tuning for dummies, and vocoding for fun and profit... There's all this and more in part one of our complete vocal production masterclass.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Digital Performer 6: More New Features

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Version 6 of DP comes with improved hosting of Audio Unit plug-ins — but what does that mean for the MAS format? We consider the issues, and bring you a guide to DP's new bundled convolution reverb, ProVerb.

    Techniques Jan 2009
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    Q. Why won't my Logic EVOC vocoder plug-in work?

    I'm at a loss. I cannot get the EVOC PS vocoder to work in Logic Pro 7 on a Power Mac G5 with Mac OSX 10.4.11 — or with...

    Sound Advice Jan 2009
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    Looking After Logic

    Performance & Maintenance Tips

    Housekeeping tasks might not be as much fun as making music, but staying on top of them should ensure safely backed-up tracks and a hassle-free system performing at its best.

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Reason ReGroove: Getting Your Groove On

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Think computer music's got no soul? Think again! Join us as we explore Reason's ReGroove mixer...

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Transient Shaping With Sonar 8's TS64

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    There's more to dynamics than compression and expansion, and now transient shaping is part of Sonar 8, courtesy of the TS64 Transient Shaper plug-in.

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Vocal Processing

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Having done your best to capture a high-quality recording of your vocals, how best do you go about processing them so they work in your mix?

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Plug-in Management In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    If you've lots of third-party plug-ins in different formats, it can be a pain to keep tabs on where they're stored and which version to use. We explain how DP's plug-in manager functionality can help, as well as offering guidance on DP6 features, including the essential new 'pre-generation'.

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Using Window Configurations

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    You can save time and cut down on mouse-clicks by using Pro Tools' window management features.

    Techniques Dec 2008
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    Inside Transfuser

    Getting The Best From Digidesign's Groove Instrument

    Digidesign's Transfuser plug-in is a sequencer within a sequencer — not to mention a sampler, loop-slicer, synth, drum machine and effects unit! We offer some expert tips to help you get to grips with it.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Sonar: Creating Loop-based Music

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar was one of the first DAWs to take looping seriously — which means that you'll find plenty of tools for making loop-based music easier.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Linked Channels

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you want to group tracks in Cubase, Group channels aren't always the best option. We explore what you can and can't do with the Link Channels function.

    Techniques Nov 2008
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    Quantisation & Groove Functions In Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Logic's quantisation facilities can do lots more than just helping you to tidy up sloppy timing — although they can certainly do that. Here's a simple guide to some of the possibilities.

    Techniques Nov 2008

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