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    Aardvark Aark 20/20

    20-bit PC Digital Audio Recording System

    Multichannel PCI-card based digital audio recording systems are increasingly common these days, but not all of them focus on the quality of the onboard converters to the extent they should. Dave Shapton checks out a new card from far-sighted digital problem-solvers Aardvark that promises not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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    Alesis LX20

    ADAT Type II Recorder

    Paul White meets the junior member of Alesis' family of Type II 20-bit ADAT recorders.

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    Amtech AGE One

    Tape Echo Emulator

    Paul White takes a trip back in time to a place where old technology is being used to emulate even older technology.

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    Apogee AD8000

    24-bit Digital Audio Converter

    The AD8000 is a high performance 8-channel, 24-bit A-D converter which can cope with an array of different digital audio formats, either in its basic form or with the addition of one of several optional cards.

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    Arboretum Hyperprism

    Effects Plug-in Pack

    Arboretum's latest Hyperprism suite of effects and processors offer no less than 29 modules, at an average price of less than £10 each. Janet Harniman-Cook gets plugged in.

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    ART Tube PAC & Tube EQ

    Preamp/Compressor & EQ

    We test ART's two compact tube processors to see if they sound bigger than they look.

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    Audio Technica ATM87R Condenser Boundary Microphone

    Boundary Effect microphones have been around for some time now, and the standard PZMs (Pressure Zone Microphones) use piezo...

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    Caig Laboratories Deoxit & Progold

    As studio systems become more complex, analogue signal degradation caused by poor signal connections becomes a serious problem...

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    Crumar Bit One, Bit 01, Bit 99

    Synthesizers (Retro)

    Gordon Reid is bitten by the memory of a brilliant, but deeply flawed trio of Italian synthesizer designs that could have been the last word in affordable analogue.

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    Dbx DDP

    Digital Dynamics Processor

    The DDP takes the five dynamics processes you're most likely to want, turns them digital, and squashes them into a 1U studio workhorse box for under £600.

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    Emu Audity 2000

    Digital Synth Module

    The streamlined '90s exterior of Emu's Audity 2000 claims to hide a virtual modular hybrid, harking back to the company's own lost '70s analogue megasynth.

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    Johnson Millennium

    Guitar Amplifier

    Dave Lockwood tests this hi-tech guitar system which seeks to replicate the sound of many of the most coveted vintage and modern amplifiers on the market, with full digital multi-effects thrown in, and all in a convenient, portable, combo format.

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    Keyfax Software <i>Twiddly Bits Vol. 9 — Jazz</i>

    Keyfax's Twiddly Bits soundware has a very respectable track record in the market of producing MIDI files for general...

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    Lexicon MPX100

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    If you've £250 to spare and a reverb-shaped hole in your studio, Lexicon would like you to fill it with their latest budget processor, which offers 20-bit converters, a digital output as standard, and the famous Lexicon Ambience effect.

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    Line 6 AX2 212

    Modelling Guitar Amp Upgrade

    Line 6 announce a software upgrade for their physical modelling guitar amplifier. Paul White plugs in, turns on and checks out the reborn AX2.

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    Neato CD Labelling Kit

    As CD‑writers become more popular, so the need to label one‑off CDs more professionally grows, and a number of...

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    Novation Supernova ASM

    Polysynth

    Long awaited and much anticipated, Novation's digitally-modelled analogue synth module is the company's most ambitionus offering yet.

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    Roland SP808 Groovesampler

    Sampling Workstation

    The new SP808 has little in common with its namesake, the TR808; one was an analogue rhythm unit, the other is a feature-packed sampler, multitrack digital audio recorder, synth and remix tool. Clearly, Roland are hoping that some of the 'hi-tech classic' status of the TR will pass to the new SP.

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    Sennheiser Evolution Series

    Vocal Microphones

    Paul White studio-tests Sennheiser's new range of affordable vocal microphones to see if they really can give the established models a run for their money.

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    Sony SMS1P

    Sony SMS1P Powered Monitors

    Paul White tests Sony's diminutive powered monitor designed for desktop music and multimedia work. Can such a small box deliver the goods, and is the performance worth the price?

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    Tannoy Reveal

    Nearfield Monitors

    Paul White finds out whether Tannoy's new Reveals have anything to hide...

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    TC Works Native Essentials

    EQ & Plug-In Software

    TC Works transfer more of their expertise to DirectX PC software with a set of interfaces that let you squash, tone up, and space out your audio with a mouse. Martin Walker gets clicking.

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Techniques

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    20 Tips On Recording Guitars

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White and Dave Lockwood strum up a few tried-and trusted methods of improving your studio guitar sound.

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    Choosing A Recording Setup, Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Following on from last month's look at the advantages and pitfalls of analogue and digital tape, and hardware tapeless recorders, Paul White turns his attention to the ways in which computers can be used in audio recording.

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    Creative Sequencer Tips, Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    Your computer sequencer can do bewitching things with simple ingredients, creating the impression that you're a musical wizard even if you're just a one-finger pianist. Nicholas Rowland works some MIDI magic...

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    Digitally Transfering Sounds From Audio CD To Your PC

    Tips & Tricks

    To get the maximum quality from audio sample CDs, you need to transfer the sound data to your PC in the digital domain. Martin Walker explains why the process isn't always as easy as you might expect.

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    Intel Celeron; Cleansweep Deluxe v3.0

    PC Notes

    Just when you thought you'd got your cholesterol down, it's nothing but chips again. MARTIN WALKER wades through the new CPU options, and uninstalls some more software.

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    Joe Connor's InterActive

    Atari Notes

    Hardware development is still going for Atari computers: now STe users can buy a new processor accelerator that brings faster operation and internal hard drive to STe computers, for relatively modest cost. Derek Johnson feels the need for speed...

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    Mac OS 10

    Apple Notes

    Martin Russ looks forwards and backwards this month, with visits to the limits of Mac-Time, the year 2000, MacOS 10, and a modern version of yesterday's analogues.

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    Practical Acoustic Treatment, Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    In his second article on acoustic treatment, Paul White tackles the absorbing subject of acoustic traps.

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    Reorganising Your Studio On A Budget

    Tips & Tricks

    Getting your studio organised doesn't necessarily mean investing in expensive studio furniture or being a DIY whizz. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser explain how they made the most of their space, and pass on some hints and tips for a tidier life.

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    Synth School: Part 10

    Modelling Electric Instruments

    Last month, Paul Wiffen looked at how virtual synthesis can emulate analogue synths whilst going beyond their hardware-based limitation. Now he looks at its applications for imitating and exceeding older instruments such as electric piano and organ.

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Sound Advice

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    All About Digital Audio: Part 4

    Digital Tape Recording Formats

    In the fourth instalment of our series on the techniques and technology behind digital audio Hugh Robjohns looks at digital tape recording formats.

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    Science Of Digital Audio Data Reduction

    Exploration

    Though you might not realise it, the audio industry has employed data reduction strategies since the earliest days of digital systems. Hugh Robjohns explains the concepts and explodes some myths.

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People

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    Bon Harris: Techno Pioneer

    Programming For The Smashing Pumpkins

    Sam Molineaux discovers an early techno pioneer thriving in the heart of Hollywood; living proof of the maxim 'what goes around comes around'.

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    MARTIN WALKER: Why Is Some Music Software So Difficult To Use?

    Sounding Off

    'That Martin Walker', you probably think as you leaf through your new SOS, 'he must be very happy man. He's always getting to look at the very latest music software — and for free!' But no, he's complaining about it. Here's why...

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    PASCAL GABRIEL (PEACH): Sliding Doors

    Interview | Producer

    Renowned producer and remixer Pascal Gabriel is back with a stylish new recording project, Peach. With a hit in the states behind them and the inclusion of a Peach track in the film Sliding Doors, widespread recognition can't be far away. Bill Bruce meets Pascal and production partner Paul Stretham at their Strongroom studio to talk technology, and finds them going back to their fruits...

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    Steve McNally: Sound Programmer

    Sound Design

    Do you ever wonder who's responsible for the waveforms and sound patches in your favourite synth? If it's a Korg keyboard, then the answer might be Steve McNally, one of the team of sound developers.

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