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September 1999 Magazine Contents

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    Analogue Solutions Concussor

    Modular Percussion Synth

    Designing analogue circuitry to recreate drum sounds is nothing new, but Analogue Solutions have gone one stage further with their Concussor system — it's modular, making it probably the world's first commercially available dedicated modular percussion synth. Gordon Reid can scarcely control his voltages...

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    Boss GT3

    Guitar Effects Processor

    John Walden examines Boss's latest entrant in the crowded guitar effects processor race and considers whether its COSM-based preamp might be just the thing to enhance his performance.

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    Dbx Quantum

    Digital Mastering Processor

    The Quantum from Dbx is the latest entrant into the growing market for all-in-one digital mastering boxes, offering competition to the likes of TC Electronic's Finalizer and Drawmer's Masterflow. Hugh Robjohns finds out how well it stands up in this illustrious company...

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    Genelec 2029A

    Digital Monitoring Speakers

    'Digital loudspeakers' have been available in the hi-fi world for many years, but Genelec have now brought the technology to the home studio market. Hugh Robjohns tries out their new small active monitors and subwoofer.

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    Hafler P1000 Trans.Ana

    Power Amplifier

    Power amps are rarely seen as glamorous, but remain a vital part of the audio chain. Martin Walker tries out a well-specified model from Hafler.

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    JoeMeek JM47 Meekrophone

    Capacitor Mic

    Paul White tries out a JoeMeek product that, for once, isn't entirely green — but finds there's still a lot for the competition to envy.

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    Korg NX5R

    Sound Module

    Some people rage against GM food: hi-tech musicians on the other hand, rage against GM synths. But how justified is their hostility? Nicholas Rowland takes on Korg's latest black box...

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    Mackie VLZ Pro

    Series Mixers

    The updated compact mixers in Mackie's VLZ range may look the same as ever on the outside — but inside lurk new, high-grade microphone preamps. Hugh Robjohns tries out the new design.

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    Mindprint Envoice

    Voice Channel

    As well as offering a high-quality mic preamp, equaliser, and valve compressor, the MindPrint voice channel can have digital interfacing added at a very reasonable extra cost. Hugh Robjohns does a spot of channel hopping.

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    Novation Nova

    Polyphonic Synthesizer

    Novation's latest synth is a more affordable 'laptop' version of their powerful Supernova, which capitalises on its user-friendly front panel while adding the ability to process external audio signals. Simon Trask discovers new life in the synth universe...

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    Oxford Synthesizer Company Oscar

    Synthesizer (Retro)

    Under hypnosis, Paul Wiffen regresses to an earlier life when he was involved in the development and marketing of what is now regarded as a British classic.

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    RME Digi 9652 Project Hammerfall

    PCI Soundcard

    Project Hammerfall is an unusual name for a soundcard — but then RME's new card is somewhat out of the ordinary. Martin Walker enters a world of sample-accurate sync and minimal latency.

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    Roland MC80

    Micro Composer Sequencer

    There have been Grooveboxes and user -friendly MIDI file players, but it's been a while — nine years, in fact — since Roland last added a full-on hardware MIDI sequencer to their product line up. Now the MC80 seeks to bring the idea bang up to date. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser take the hard option...

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    Steinberg Cubase VST 3.7

    MIDI Audio Sequencer

    The latest PC version of Steinberg's popular sequencing package incorporates a number of significant new features, including the long-awaited VST 2 and ASIO 2. Martin Walker checks them out.

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    TC Electronic Unit.Y

    Yamaha 02R Co-processor Card

    Most modern digital mixers, like Yamaha's 02R, incorporate powerful built-in effects — but they frequently do this at the expense of their ability to interface with high-quality external processors. Mike Collins explores an alternative way of adding top-notch effects to the 02R...

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    Xing Technology Audio Catalyst 2

    Software

    An inexpensive program from MPEG software veterans Xing makes MP3 ripping and encoding quick and easy. But does it produce worthwhile results? Simon Trask has a ripping time with Audio Catalyst...

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Techniques

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    Axialis AX Icons 4.5; Dream Station

    PC Notes

    This month Martin Walker explores a number of interesting new releases, improves the ergonomics of his desktop, and prepares downloadable demos for the SOS web site.

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    Electronic Cow MIDI Arpeggiator; Phonic MIDI Arpeggiator; Petri Sinisalo Real Arp

    Atari Notes

    Explore life's ups and downs with MIDI arpeggiators and step sequencers for your Atari, expanded your horizons with a multi-port MIDI cable, and find out about TOS's French connection. Derek Johnson presents a readers' digest. Electronic Cow MIDI Arpeggiator; Phonic MIDI Arpeggiator; Petri Sinisalo Real Arp

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    Figure 1: A simple low-pass filter.

    Further With Filters

    Synth Secrets

    Gordon Reid continues his series on the theory of subtractive synthesis by delving deeper into the amazingly complex world of the analogue audio filter.

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    Making Use Of Discussion Lists

    Net Notes

    John Walden introduces the email discussion list — one of the most valuable resources for information, advice and opinion.

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    Recording A Choir On Location, Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Recording a choir on location presents a number of unique technical and artistic challenges. Hugh Robjohns describes how he approached a recent project.

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    Steinberg Rewire; MOTU Digtital Performer v2.6

    Apple Notes

    Martin Russ joins the Blue & Whites and examines the goal of all-software music creation. Steinberg Rewire; MOTU Digtital Performer v2.6.

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    Windows '98 Revisited

    Exploration

    Many musicians are still debating whether to upgrade to Windows '98. Martin Walker reports back on a year of using Microsoft's latest operating system for consumers.

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Sound Advice

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    20 Tips On Buying Second-hand Gear

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    There are some fine bargains to be had in the second-hand equipment market — but there are plenty of pitfalls too. Debbie Poyser & Derek Johnson offer a guide through the maze.

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