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December 1997 Magazine Contents

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    ARP Odyssey

    Duophonic Analogue Synthesizer [Retrozone]

    For the synth afictionado, the ARP Odyssey is up there with the Minimoog in terms of its power and sonic quality. Gordon Reid explains why he loves his Ody...

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    Bellari RP583

    Dual Tube Compressor

    Paul White finds out whether a blend of valves and photocells really can deliver the ultimate vintage compressor sound.

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    Buying A Voice Channel

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    In the last year SOS has reviewed no less than 10 examples of the new breed of so-called 'Voice Channels', promising a one-box solution to high quality vocal recordings. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser present a brief guide to the models we've looked at, to help you decide which you should go for.

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    DACS Headlite

    Headphone Amplifier

    Paul White listens in on the new headphone amplifier from British makers DACS Audio.

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    Doepfer MS404

    MIDI Analogue Synthesizer

    Apart from a few MIDI-supported commands, the Doepfer MS404 is completely analogue — so there are no patch memories, no SysEx, and no storable front-panel settings. Chris Carter explains why you'd nevertheless be mad to overlook it...

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    Empirical Labs Distressor

    Compressor

    Can new technology really emulate vintage equipment, or do you have to use vintage parts? Paul White test a modern compressor that claims chameleon-like abilities to emulate classic compression sounds.

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    Event Electronics Gina

    Multitrack PCI Soundcard

    Layla, Darla and Gina are the eagerly awaited multi-channel PCI soundcards from Event Electronics, which promise a complete audio solution featuring eight independent outputs. Martin Walker interfaces with Gina — and falls in love.

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    FAR CR10A

    Powered Nearfield Monitors

    Combining your monitoring and amplification requirements into one portable enclosure has obvious benefits. Christopher Holder has a double date with a couple of sophisticated little performers.

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    Fostex D160

    Hard Disk Multitrack Recorder

    Pioneered by Fostex, the concept of the 'personal' digital multitrack — a stand-alone digital recorder with a simple, cassette multitracker-like interface — has been around for two years now. But the new D160 is the first of the bunch to offer 16-track capabilities.

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    Hof Hofex Spectral Exciter II

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer

    A good psychoacoustic enhancer can take your sound higher than you thought possible, and though there are plenty of enhancers on the market, this new Austrian model proves there's always room at the top. Paul White tries to control his excitement...

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    Lexicon PCM80

    Vocal Fix Card

    Paul White tries out a new hardware solution for dodgy vocalists — Lexicon Vocal Fix Card for the PCM80.

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    MIDIMAN Digipatch12X6

    Digital Audio Patchbay

    Midiman are a company devoted to producing cost-effective problem solvers, and with the Digipatch they're aiming to solve the problem of affordable digital patching. Paul White finds out how well they've succeeded.

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    Philips CDR870

    CD Writer

    Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall? Are you making your own re-recordable CD masters on a stand-alone CD writer for under £500? Paul White is...

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    Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Upgrades

    Dance Box

    Quasimidi are delivering on their promise to provide new goodies for owners of the 309 dance box. Derek Johnson raves a bit...

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    Roland V-Drums

    Electronic Drums

    Though the V-Drum system is ideally suited to the hi-tech drummer, its modular brain features, modelled timbres and powerful editing features may lend it appeal as a source of high-quality sounds for the non-drummer. Nicholas Rowland checks out the beat feat.

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    SPL Dynamaxx

    Compressor/ Decompressor/ Limiter/ Gate

    SPL claim to have come up with a completely new type of compressor. Paul White puts their assertions to the test.

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    Symetrix 551E

    5-band Parametric Equaliser

    For serious sonic sculpting, you can't beat a parametric EQ, and this new contender from Seattle-based Symetrix is priced within reach of many project studio owners.

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    Tascam DA98

    Digital Multitrack Recorder

    It started in 88, dropped to 38, now rises to 98... no, it's not the chart performance of the new Spice Girls album, but Tascam's rather strange way of numbering the models in their respected DA series of digital multitrack recorders. Hugh Robjohns checks out the new flagship in the range.

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    TL Audio 2031

    Indigo Valve Overdrive

    Paul White goes into overdrive with TLA's latest valve processor — the 02031.

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    Yamaha CDR400TX

    CD-R Writer

    Yamaha's new CD-ROM burner comes with the option of a cut-price copy of Toast 3.5, allowing you to create backups, burn CDs, and even make your own CD-ROMs. Paul White tries out the combination.

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    Cakewalk Home Studio; Cubase VST

    PC Notes

    This month, Martin Walker has some chips and a little sauce, as well as investigating some mysteriously disappearing features in Cubase — Cakewalk Home Studio; Cubase VST.

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    Electronic Cow's Sound Chip Synth

    Atari Notes

    This month, Derek Johnson checks out a couple of new software versions, and finds that Electronic Cow's Sound Chip Synth is moovin' on up...

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    Equipping A Home Studio, Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    In the first part of this new series, David Mellor gives his personal slant on creating a studio that will stay with you as your recording skills and budget improve.

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    Portable DAT Recording On A Budget

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    Taking a compact DAT machine out and about can gain you some unique recordings, but can also present you with some unique problems. Martin Walker packs his shoulder bag and heads for the hills.

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    Practical Drum Kit Miking: Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    Drum kit miking is a black art as far as many project studio owners are concerned. Yet, as Benedict Grant explains in the first of this two‑part series, there's no need to let the kit beat you...

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    Recording & Storing Large Projects On PC Hard Disks

    Tips & Tricks

    Storing large PC-based hard disk recording projects can become tricky, especially when you need to make regular backups too. Martin Walker looks at the options available.

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    Setting Up A New Computer

    Apple Notes

    There's no gain without pain. Martin Russ experiences the joys and agonies of a new computer — the Apple Power Mac 7300.

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    Synth School: Part 5

    The Origins Of Sample & Synthesis (S&S)

    At the January NAMM show in 1987, Roland launched their D50, which mixed synthesis and sampled sounds in one package, a compbination which has remained popular to the current day. Paul Wiffen examines how S&S evolved into the most widespread form of sound generation on the market.

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    Where To Use Processors & Why: Part 3

    Reverb

    Paul White explains why a great reverb doesn't always make a mix sound better.

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People

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    CRAIG ANDERTON: Software Hell

    Sounding Off

    Craig Anderton explains why the dove of software-reviewer happiness has flown out of his life, to be replaced with the turkey of user beta-testing hell...

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    Morcheeba

    From Clapham To The Orb

    Morcheeba make their weird and wonderful music in a studio in Clapham that used to belong to The Orb. To find out more about the band and their gear, Sue Sillitoe ventured south of the river to meet Paul Godfrey and the band's programmer and producer Pete Norris.

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    N-Trance: Do You Think I'm Sexy?

    Sampling Pleasure

    The perpetrators of recent smash hit 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' might look like a leopardskin-clad disco covers band composed of several people, but in fact they're the pet electronic project of two Mancunians with their heads firmly screwed on an eye to the future of dance music.

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    Pitching & Writing A Channel 5 Theme Tune

    Interview | Composer

    When Channel 5 decided to re-do the music for their daily magazine show, Exclusive, Big George was asked to pitch for the job, and went about it in his usual idiosyncratic way...

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    SOS Christmas Wishlist 1997

    Opinion

    What does the SOS team want for Christmas this year?

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    Tchad Blake: Binaural Excitement

    Engineer / Producer

    This inventive American has graduated from aiding and abetting producer Mitchell Froom in his sonic escapades to full production duties on a variety of live and studio albums. Paul Tingen talks to a devotee of binaural recording who's more than just a dummy head.

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