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February 1997 Magazine Contents

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    Audio Toys Inc 8MX2

    Preamp/Mixer

    Hugh Robjohns takes a look at yet another studio unit designed to partner the new generation of digital 8-tracks, this time from a company new to the UK market.

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    Cool School Interactus Circle Of Digi Volume One

    CD-ROM

    I have to admit that I was intrigued when I first saw Circle of Digi Vol 1 at a recent AES show, and the fact that...

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    Emagic Zap

    Lossless Audio Compression Utility

    Paul White tries Emagic's new audio file compression utility while balancing the implications of time and space.

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    Focusrite Green

    Dual Mic Preamp

    Some mic preamps are used for the audible effect they produce on recordings, while others are chosen simply to amplify your mic signals as cleanly as possible. Paul White checks out at the third unit in Focusrite's affordable Green range, and finds a quality mic amplifier that falls into the latter category...

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    Genelec 1029A & 1091A

    Active Nearfield Monitors & Sub-woofers

    Finnish company Genelec have long been admired for their high-end professional monitors, but have only recently started to fix the project studio market in their sights. Hugh Robjohns checks out their smallest and most affordable active monitors yet to see if quality as given way to cost considerations...

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    Guillemot Maxi Sound 64

    PC Soundcard

    The Maxi Sound 64 is a new Plug and Play full-duplex soundcard with some pretty tasty features, cooked up by French company Guillemot International. Martin Walker tucks in.

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    Hohner Midia Red Roaster

    24-bit CD Pre-mastering Software

    There's never been a better time to burn your own CDs at home, as the price of CD writers and the necessary mastering software continues to fall. Now the Red Roaster bundle is bringing the homemade CD dream within the reach of Pentium PC owners. Janet Harniman-Cook experiences burning desires...

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    Intelligent Devices Pro Audio Analyser 2.0

    Audio Analysis Software

    Paul D. Lehrman discovers things he never knew about his recordings...

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    Iomega Jaz

    Removable 1GB Hard Drive

    Iomega's removable Zip drive has been a huge success for cost-effective data backup. Now the much larger capacity Jaz, which is fast enough for direct to disk audio use, looks set to continue the Iomega success story. Paul White enters the Jaz age...

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    Korg NS5R

    Synth Module

    Perhaps 'more sounds for less money' is becoming a tired selling point, but Christopher Holder finds some features that set Korg's latest GM sound module apart.

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    LA Audio GCX2

    2-channel Compressor/Gate

    This UK-designed and built processor offers two channels of easy-to-use compression and gating for under £200. Paul White's backing Britain.

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    MIDI + Audio On The PC: Steinberg Cubase, Emagic Logic Audio, Cakewalk Pro Audio

    Product Comparison

    Last year saw the proliferation of reliable, fully-featured MIDI + Audio sequencers for the IBM-compatible PC — packages which were previously the preserve of the Apple Macintosh platform. Janet Harniman-Cook takes a look at the three top PC programs in the field to see how their facilities compare.

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    Neutrik 48-Way Jack Patchbay

    Low‑cost jack patchbays are available from a number of sources, but most tend to use the same type of budget jack socket...

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    Roland GR30

    Guitar Synthesizer

    Roland continue to champion the cause of the guitar synthesist, refining their respected line of guitar synths in search of the best combination of facilities, usability and price. Paul White finds out whether they've got the right balance right with the new GR30.

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    Roland JP8000

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer (Preview)

    Though Korg have been making some inroads lately, notably with the Prophecy, Roland is still the name to drop in dance circles, so the announcement of a new, analogue-style Roland megasynth stirs the blood like little else. Brett Mitchell gets his exclusive hands on it...

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    Roland S330

    Digital Sampler (Retro)

    Darius Pocha suggests that one of Roland's 'ones that got away' is an excellent second-hand buy: the S330 sampler. Additional material by Derek Johnson.

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    Sony MDMX4

    Digital Multitracker

    Sony's new MDMX4 digital multitracker heralds the beginning of a conscious attempt to woo the home recording market, and uses the company's own MiniDisc technology to put a digital spin on that home studio mainstay, the compact 4-track recorder. Hugh Robjohns checks it out.

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    Steinberg Wavelab 1.5

    Audio Editing Software & DSP Plug-ins

    How do Steinberg's DSP software plug-ins for their WaveLab software, now at version 1.5, compare with the industry heavyweights? Paul White unearths his nastiest recordings to find out.

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    SyQuest EZFlyer 230

    Removable External 230MB Drive

    Paul White tries out the SCSI version of this popular drive, and discovers lots of potential applications in the studio.

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    TC Electronic 1210

    Spatial Expander & Stereo Chorus/Flanger (Retro)

    Although still available to buy new, TC Electronic's 1210 is actually older than much of the gear featured in Retrozone. However, it's not a synth, but an effects processor. Norman Fay explains his deep-seated love of this grizzled veteran among effects.

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    TL Audio Crimson 3011 & 3012

    4-band & Parametric EQs

    Do TL Audio's designs stand up without valves, or is it a case of tubeless tires? Paul White endeavours to find out.

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    Waldorf Pulse Plus

    Monophonic Synthesizer

    One of the hit synths of 1996, Waldorf's Pulse is now available in a slightly upgraded version, incorporating an external audio input and CV/gate interface. Paul Nagle sets it, squizzing and phzweeing to find out exactly what has put the Plus in the Pulse.

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    Westlake LC 6.75

    Nearfield Monitors

    Paul White lends an ear to Westlake's new nearfield monitors and discovers that they have a distinctively Californian sound.

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    Zeta Jazz & Synthony

    MIDI Violin & MIDI Controller

    For over a decade, Californian company Zeta have kept the flag flying for strings players who'd like to bring their skills into the synth age. Alan McClure takes a bow..

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    ALAN FISH-BARNES: What's In A Name?

    Sounding Off

    Alan Fish-Barnes asks " what's in a name?" and concludes: "quite a lot, actually..."

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    All About Library Music

    Exploration

    A surprising amount of the music you hear on TV and radio is not specially commissioned but is taken instead from libraries of ready-written themes. Nigel Beaham-Powell explains how the library music system works and gives some pointers on getting into it.

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    DANNY SABER: Saber Dance

    Interview | Artist

    He's an accomplished producer, remixer, writer, programmer, guitarist, bassist and keyboard player — is there no end to Danny Saber's abilities? Richard Buskin talks to him about his blending of pop, rock, hip-hop and trip-hop sensibilities, as well as the commercially unorthodox results that have placed him in international demand.

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    DAVID WEST: The Sound Of The X Files

    Interview | Music Production

    West Productions' innovative work on the audio post-production of cult TV series 'The X-Files' netted the company two Emmy awards in 1996. Paul White talks to company founder David West about the sound element of major TV programmes, including X-Files creator Chris Carter's new series, 'Millennium'.

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    Freelance Engineers & Their Personal Racks

    Exploration

    It was once taken for granted that freelance engineers would use the standard outboard provided by the studio they were working in. But the explosion in the amount of gear available means that now they often have to assemble personal rack to be sure of getting access to their tools of choice. Dan Daley explores the phenomenon...

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    John Adams

    Crossing Borders

    This American classical composer writes rock songs as well as concertos and has a home studio complete with contemporary synths and a computer-based sequencer. Paul Tingen talks to him about the best of both worlds.

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    MARK SNOW: Scoring The X-Files

    Interview | Composer

    Mark Snow's quirky yet haunting X-File theme tune was last year's surprise worldwide chart hit, and his atmospheric scoring plays an important part in setting the mood for this darkly compelling television phenomenon. Derek Johnson discovers that the music is out there...

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