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November 2000 Magazine Contents

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    Berklee Press music books

    Three new books have been produced by Berklee Press, the publishing arm of the respected Berklee College of Music in the USA,...

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    Beyer MSB48 Phantom Power Supply

    The affordability and compactness of Minidisc, DCC and smaller DAT recorders makes gathering location sounds a lot easier than...

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    Electrix Filter Queen & EQ Killer

    Processors

    Electrix's new babies may look like Day-Glo '50s Bakelite radios, but they are in fact an innovative pair of pint-sized studio processors. Paul Farrer gets out his magnifying glass...

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    Fostex NF1A

    Nearfield Studio Monitors

    Paul White auditions some new active monitors from Fostex that offer a number of technical innovations.

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    Hughes & Kettner Red Box Pro

    The original Hughes...

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    Korg Triton Rack

    Expandable Sound Module/Sampler

    Korg follow up their top-flight Triton workstation with a sophisticated rackmount expander. The new model sacrifices some features but enhances many others and adds support for the mLAN music network standard. Simon Trask racks it up.

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    Line 6 Bass Pod

    Physical Modelling Bass Preamp

    At last, an easy way of consistently getting a polished, 'produced' bass guitar sound in your recordings! Dave Lockwood tests a physical modelling processor that bass players and engineers alike will welcome.

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    Lynx Studio Technology Lynx One

    PC Soundcard

    Despite the ever-increasing number of PC recording cards on the market, there's one particular niche that has remained unaddressed, for years. Martin Walker tries out a product that, at last, fills the gap.

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    Native Instruments B4 Tonewheel

    Organ Plug-in

    Paul White boldy goes where no man has been B4!

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    Nemesys Music Technology Gigasampler 160

    Software Sampler

    Nemesys' Gigasampler proved that a fast PC could compete with the latest hardware samplers, and provided some features they simply couldn't match — such as sampled instruments many gigabytes in size. Now the company has updated the range to include two new products. Martin Walker asks if rackmount samplers have finally met their Nemesys...

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    Rode NT3

    Studio Condenser Microphone

    A true condenser studio mic from Down Under, provides quality on a budget. Hugh Robjohns checks out the Rode NT3.

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    Roland XV5080

    Rack Synthesizer/sample Playback Module

    In their eagerly-awaited new flagship synth, Roland have harked back to the sampling technology of their respected S-series samplers, as well as adding some contemporary touches to equip it for the 21st century. Gordon Reid assesses past, present and future.

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    SPL Channel One

    Valve Voice Channel

    Paul White might have more voice channels than he can find voices, but after using the new SPL Channel One, he gets the overwhelming urge to add another one to his armoury.

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    Tech 21 Bass Compactor processor

    Recording bass is ostensibly a simple affair, but often what sounds great in isolation lacks any power to penetrate a mix. The...

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    Yamaha AW4416

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Hugh Robjohns tries out the very first production unit of the AW4416 — Yamaha's eagerly awaited combination of O-series digital mixer, hard disk recorder and sampler — and finds even more than he bargained for...

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    Yamaha SU200

    Loop Sampler

    Yamaha's new budget phrase sampler is designed to allow rapid creation of phrase- and loop-based music. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser put it to the test.

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    Yamaha UX256

    USB MIDI Interface

    Derek Johnson tries out a new multi-port USB MIDI interface that's also designed to allow connection of serial-port gear.

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Techniques

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    Arpeggiator Tips

    Logic Notes

    In the first of our new regular software columns based on the leading sequencer packages, Paul White gets Logic Notes off to a flying start with some invaluable hints and tips.

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    Broadcasting Your Audio: Part 1

    Net Notes

    Part 1 of a 2-part Net Notes in which Dave Shapton explores the theory and the practice of broadcasting your audio and video on the Internet.

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    Cubase 5.0; JXsynth

    PC Notes

    This month Martin Walker improves his aural skills and reports on progress with Cubase 5.0.

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    DirectConnect; Finale

    Apple Notes

    This month Vic Lennard looks at the practical implications of DirectConnect and possible problems when using the wrong system updaters...

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    Duophony

    Synth Secrets

    Gordon Reid discovers that two's company, as he investigates how manufacturers stretched the capabilities of analogue monosynths to offer the magnificent total of two notes at a time...

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    Expanding Your Effects Horizons: Part 1

    Effects Processing Tips & Tricks

    Most people are familiar with basic reverb, delay and modulation effects, but what lies beyond? In the first part of a new series, Paul White explores the twilight zone of effects processing.

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    MIDI Master Drummer

    Atari Notes

    Derek Johnson gets into the groove with an 'emailware' rhythm-creation program and goes analogue with an updated step-sequencer...

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    Optimising G-series Macs & iMacs: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    The recent G3, G4 and iMac computers are fast and attractive to musicians, but they present various dilemmas when it comes to connecting your MIDI and audio interfaces. In part 1 of this short series, Paul Wiffen looks at the various ways to get MIDI data flowing reliably in the absence of ADB and serial ports.

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    Scale Correction

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The music production software we now use has become so sophisticated that valuable features and techniques can often go unused simply through unfamiliarity. With this in mind, SOS has added new regular monthly columns dedicated to making the most of the leading programs. In this inaugural Cubase Notes, Martin Walker explains the use of the Scale Correction feature.

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    15 Years Of Sound On Sound

    Special Feature

    This special November 2000 edition includes a 32-page supplement looking back over those early days, making this this the biggest SOS of all time. Selected leaders, highlights, and advertisements reveal how the hi-tech music recording field has evolved and how expectations (and prices) have radically changed through the years...

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    DAVE MAUGHAN: Recording Cathryn Williams

    Interview | Engineer

    Newcastle-based engineer Dave Maughan, like many SOS readers, runs a small commercial studio based in his own house — where he recorded one of the year's most acclaimed albums. Sam Inglis hears his story.

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    Disk Storage

    Cutting Edge

    Disk storage may well be the future of recording but, as Dave Shapton explains, it pays to be aware of some of the potential pitfalls before entrusting your precious original master recordings to such media.

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    HUGO NICOLSON: You Only Live Twice

    Interview | Producer / Engineer

    The studio business has seen huge changes in the last 10 years, and the equipment, techniques and fashions that were cutting-edge in the early '90s are often redundant now. Mike Senior meets a producer and engineer who, having made it to the top then decided to take a five-year break and is now back with a vengeance.

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    LESTYN POLSON: Recording David Gray's 'Babylon'

    Interview | Producer

    David Gray's album White Ladder has become one of the most successful UK chart albums of 2000, a breakthrough spearheaded by top five chart single 'Babylon'. Engineer/programmer and co-producer Lestyn Polson tells Tom Flint the story behind the song.

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    SEAN CLOUGH: Click Track Constraints On Musical Expression

    Sounding Off

    Sean Clough laments the constraints which the click track has imposed upon musical expression.

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    SIMON RINALDO: Bedroom Studio

    Readerzone

    Simon Rinaldo and his bedroom studio full of vintage keyboards and synths.

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Music Business

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    EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

    All About EMS: Part 1

    EMS VCS3 & DK1 Retrozone

    In the first part of a two-part series, Gordon Reid charts the rise of EMS and their creation of the world's first self-...

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