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February 2000 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus B

    Access Virus B & KB

    Modelled Analogue Synth Module, KB Keyboard & v3.0 Software

    The Virus modelled analogue synth has received a hardware upgrade to complement its ever‑evolving software feature set, and is now available in a keyboard version.

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    Chiswick Reach

    Stereo Valve Compressor

    Hugh Robjohns tries out a new stereo valve compressor hand-built in Britain, which shines both in the studio and the mastering room.

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    Korg D16

    Portable Digital Multitracker

    With new 16-track portable digital multitracker, Korg have packed a lot of features into a surprisingly small case.

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    Lexicon MPX500

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    Lexicon's new mid-priced unit strikes a balance between the ease of use of their budget gear and the flexibility and sonic class of their high-end products. Paul White gets an exclusive first look...

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    MAM SQ16

    MIDI Step Sequencer

    The analogue-style hardware sequencer has always suited some ways of working better than its software cousin, and the latest company to try to bring it up to date are MAM.

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    PMC FB1

    Floor-standing Monitor Loudspeakers

    Developing their TB1 nearfield into a floor-standing loudspeaker, PMC have come up with a full-range monitor which nicely balances studio performance with the cosmetics of quality domestic hi-fi.

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    TL Audio VTC

    Valve Technology Console

    This unique hybrid eight-bus mixing desk brings a welcome alternative to the established options.

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Techniques

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    Figure 1: [top] A simple synthesizer. Figure 2: [bottom] Applying this control voltage to the oscillator frequency would result in a short burst of vibrato.

    Modulation

    Synth Secrets

    In this month's instalment of his series on the basics of subtractive synthesis, Gordon Reid considers the magic ingredient that makes all the other elements sound interesting...

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People

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    Ken McBeth in his Edinburgh-based workshop.

    Ken McBeth: Building Analogue Synths

    Macbeth Studio Systems

    Regular SOS readers may have noticed Ken McBeth, a DIY analogue synth builder for over 10 years, guesting as the columnist in last month's Net Notes. We sent Paul Nagle to bonnie Scotland (where else?) to find out exactly what makes this constructor of kitchen‑table instruments tick...

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