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March 1999 Magazine Contents

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    Audio Architect 4

    Software Synth

    As computers continue to increase in power, so the numbers of roles they can play in the studio increases — and the makers of Audio Architect would have us do our synthesis in software. Kevin Perry finds out if it can really replace those old Moogs and Prophets.

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    AVI Biggatron

    Monitors

    Paul White is all ears as he puts AVI's latest two-way monitor loudspeaker to the test.

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    Beyer MCE90 condenser microphone.

    Beyer MCE90

    Studio Condenser Microphone

    Beyerdynamic's range of microphones has grown at a very healthy rate over the last year or so. We provide a first opinion on their new general‑purpose studio condenser, the MCE90.

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    Beyerdynamic DT770 Headphones

    Go into any top recording studio and the chances are that you'll find not one, but numerous pairs of Beyerdynamic DT100...

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    Cakewalk Guitar Studio

    MIDI Audio Sequencing Software

    Paul White braves the slings and arrows of his outrageous PC in the good cause of testing a MIDI + Audio sequencer designed with the guitarist in mind.

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    Creamware Pulsar

    Music Production Environment

    These days, high-end PC soundcards offer much more than mere audio interfacing, incorporating mixing, synthesis, sampling and often powerful onboard processing facilities. Martin Walker finds the features of Creamware's new DSP-powered Music Production Environment' impressive even by modern standards.

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    Emu Proteus 2000 synth module.

    Emu Proteus 2000

    Synthesizer Module

    We meet the reviewer's dream — a powerful synth that's versatile, easy to use, easy to edit and even demonstrates its own patches for you!

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    Ensoniq Fizmo

    Real-time Transwave Synth

    Ensoniq were as the forefront of workstation and sampling technology in the '80s, but their recent synth offerings have not kept up with the fashion for controller-festooned techno boxes. The Fizmo, however, updates their take on wavetable synthesis with extensive real-time control.

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    Lexicon MPX G2

    Guitar Effects Processor

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a new guitar-oriented effects unit from Lexicon. But will it inspire our mild-mannered reported John Walden to turn his Clark Kent chords into guitar (super)heroics?

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    Marantz CDR640

    CD Recorder

    Having tested the waters with the low-cost CDR630, Marantz are now set to challenge professional compact disc recorders higher up the ladder. Paul White takes the new CDR640 for a spin.

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    Music Engineering [Book]

    by Richard Brice

    The perfect all‑round audio reference book is still to be written and, I suspect, never will be. However, this new tome...

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    Peavey PC1600X

    MIDI Command Station

    As studios became more and more virtual, musicians begin to miss having real knobs and faders to play with — hence the success of Peavey's original PC1600 MIDI hardware fader box. Six years on, it has just been replaced with a new version.

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    Roland <i>Vocal Collection</i> JV-Series Synthesizer Expansion Board

    When I did the recent roundup of Roland Expansion boards in the November '98 issue, the Vocal board had been announced but...

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    TC Electronic Gold Channel

    Stereo Signal Conditioner

    TC Electronic's latest innovation is a dual-channel mic preamp/channel strip with comprehensive digital processing.

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    TL Audio C1

    Valve Compressor

    TL Audio have gained an enviable reputation for high-quality processors. Hugh Robjohns takes a look at the latest addition to their Classic range.

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    Yamaha CS2X

    Performance Synth

    Yamha scored a big success with their famously blue, knob-endowed CS1x Performance synth, and now they seek to build on this with the silver-grey CS2x — but does the 1-digit increment and change of colour scheme constitute revolution or evolution?

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    Yamaha FS1R

    Editor Software

    Yamaha's fine tradition of free product-support software continues with a Mac editor for their unique FS1R synth.

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Techniques

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    Bondi Blue G3 PowerMac

    Apple Notes

    The times are colourful for Apple Macs. Martin Russ looks at the new Bondi Blue G3 PowerMac, and then does some serious Thonking.

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    Creating Orchestral Music With Sampled Instruments

    Tips & Tricks

    When it comes to emulating acoustic instruments, the modern orchestra probably represents the ultimate challenge. Philip Meehan shows you how to take it on and win.

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    ETF4; MIDILyser

    PC Notes

    This month, Martin Walker reviews PC software packages that help you check out your own studio acoustics and examine your MIDI data.

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    Hands On On Stage Soft; Centek CenTurbo II Card

    Atari Notes

    Ataris can now be picked up at very reasonable prices and, with the addition of some cost-effective software, make useful live sequencing devices. Derek Johnson highlights this and other uses for your ST, and discusses some fast new TOS-compatible machines from Europe.

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    Harmony Central

    Net Notes

    John Walden exchanges his plectrum for a mouse and suggests some guitar-related Internet sites that might encourage even the more technophobic pluckers and strummers to venture into cyberspace.

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    Recording 20-bit & 24-bit PC Audio

    PC Musician

    Audio software and PC soundcards are offering 20- or 24-bit recording capabilitiy at even more affordable prices — but whether the extra data on your hard disk will actually correspond to better sound quality depends on a host of other factors. Martin Walker tells you what you need to know when deciding if you should make the change.

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    Recording Bass Guitar

    Tips & Tricks

    Although most modern synths come with good bass guitar patches, there's still nothing quite like the real thingplayed well — provided you know how to record it. Paul White examines a few alternative approaches.

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    Synth FX: Part 1

    Introduction Of Built-in Effects On Synthesizers

    These days, a new synth without some form of DSP effects processing is almost unthinkable — but it wasn't always like that. Paul Wiffen traces the introduction of effects on synthesizers and looks at making the most of the early implementations.

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    The Basics Of Quantising

    Tips, Tricks & Techniques

    Subtle timing nuances play a large part in the feel of much of today's rhythm-based music. Martin Walker bangs the drum about creative use of groovy time-tweaking functions.

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Sound Advice

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    20 Tips On Reducing Noise

    Sound Advice

    Hums, clicks, rustles, chirps, shuffles and creaks. Just a few of the sounds that your recordings could well do without. Paul White has a quiet word about the art of noise reduction.

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People

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    Howard Turner: The Studio Wizard

    Studio Designer

    Seven years ago, teacher, musician and engineer Howard Turner transformed himself into The Studio Wizard and placed an ad offering his services as studio trouble shooter and consultant. It worked like a charm...

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    PAUL ROBB: Scoring South Park, The Information Society & Working For Film & TV

    Interview | Composer

    A co-founder of US electro-pioneers Information Society, Paul Robb recently scored the new movie form the creators of South Park. He has a new band signed to Virgin and a dance side-project, yet still manages to write award-winning music for TV. Sam Molineaux joins him and his various alter egos in his new Los Angeles studio, Digitalis.

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    Sounding Off: Bad PR In The Music Business

    Sam Inglis

    The music biz is a notoriously difficult one, but you might think that at least the people who get paid to work for you are on your side. Sam Inglis says it's even worse than you thought.

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    The Future Of Music Copyright In A Digital World

    Exploration

    Music on the Internet has brought into sharp focus the changes that will need to be made to a global law to ensure the safety of music copyright. Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson assess the possible impact of new technology.

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    TORE JOHANSSON: Recording The Cardigans 'My Favourite Game'

    Interview | Producer

    The Cardigans are the biggest thing to come out of Sweden since, er, Ace Of Base, and their recent hit 'My Favourite Game' represented a successful change of musical direction. Sue Sillitoe tracks down their regular producer Tore Johansson in his Country Hell studio to talk about how the song was put together. Reasearch by Matt Bell.

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