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January 1999 Magazine Contents

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    Akai S6000 & S5000

    Rackmount Samplers

    Akai samplers, in their familiar off‑white rackmount cases, have become fixtures in studios all over the world. Their latest models may use the same colour scheme, but they offer an entirely new user interface and a host of powerful new features.

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    Analogue Systems RS200 & System 8000

    Analogue Sequencer & Modular Synthesizer

    Analogue Systems have expanded their RS Integrator modular range to include an analogue step sequencer and several new modules — as well as a new, complete high-end system.

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    Microtech Gefell UM900

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    The East German company Microtech Gefell only became known in the West after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it was founded by no less a man than Georg Neumann in 1943. Hugh Robjohns tests a new mic with an impressive pedigree...

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    Otari RADAR II

    Tapeless 24-track Digital Recording System

    Designed as a replacement for high-end tape-based multitracks, Otari's original RADAR 24-track random access recorder/editor captured a sizeable chunk of the pro market. We take a look at its successor, RADAR II, which offers a host of enhancements including 24-bit audio.

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    Quasimidi Polymorph

    Sample-based / DSP Modelling Synthesizer

    With several successful dance-oriented synth successes to their name, Quasimidi attempt to buck the trend with their latest offering. The Polymorph does offer plenty to interest the dance fraternity — real-time modulation knobs, and an analogue-style sequencer and user interface — but behind the façade lurks a powerful synth.

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    Roland VK1 (Retrozone)

    Drawbar Organ

    Sam Inglis roots around in the dustbin of history and fishes out one of the few Roland analogue instruments you can still afford without a second mortgage. Does it deserve to be rehabilitated?

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    SPL Qure

    Parametric Equaliser

    We get down to some serious equalising with SPL's most Qurious product to date.

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Techniques

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    Recording Brass & Reeds

    Tips, Tricks & Techniques

    Brass and reed instruments present some challenging problems to the recording engineer, whether played by soloists or sections. Hugh Robjohns offers some hints and tips.

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People

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    Deep Purple

    Recording Their 'Abandon' Album

    Legendary rockers Deep Purple are back with a new, self-produced album. Sharon Stancavage talks to bassist Roger Glover and engineer Darren Schneider about how it was recorded.

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    Sounding Off: Is It All Getting Too Easy?

    Paul Ward

    Samples, re-sampling, looping, cutting and pasting — is it all getting too easy? Is the phrase 'dance music' becoming an oxymoron?

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    Spike Stent

    The Work Of A Top-flight Mixer

    Since coming to prominence through his work with the KLF, Spike Stent has become one of the most sought-after mixers in the world. Paul Tingen visits him in his new purpose-built London studio to talk about the role of the specialist mixer.

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