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April 2001 Magazine Contents

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    Alesis A6 Andromeda

    16-Voice Analogue Synthesizer

    Looking like a star cruiser, or something from the film 2001 (rather than just the year), Alesis' Andromeda is the first analogue polysynth that approaches the complexity of a digital workstation. But does analogue necessarily equate to quality?

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    Antares AMM1

    Microphone Modeller

    Hugh Robjohns checks out the new hardware incarnation of Antares' award-winning microphone-modelling software.

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    ATC T16

    Active Monitors

    Paul White tests ATC's T16 monitors, which combine space-age looks, solid engineering and a detailed, accurate sound at a surprisingly attractive price.

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    Bitheadz Phrazer

    Loop Composition Tool

    With its on-the-fly tempo-matching for sample loops, Acid put a new spin on an old way of making music on the PC. Now, at last, there's a similar Mac program. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser try out Bitheadz' Phrazer.

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    Cheetah MS6

    Analogue Synth Module (Retro)

    British computer peripherals manufacturer Cheetah ventured into the hi-tech music jungle in the 1980s and went down in budget gear history. David Harman goes on a synth safari with their MS6 analogue rack synth.

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    Fostex VF08

    Hard Disk Multitracker

    Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser test Fostex's new eight-tracker, which once again lowers the entry-level price for the musician aspiring to digital.

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    M Audio Audiophile 24/96 & Terratec BWX 24/96

    Soundcards

    Many musicians with computer-based studios don't need lots of inputs and outputs, but that doesn't mean they're happy to put up with poor audio quality and design compromises of consumer soundcards. However a new type of affordable, high-quality soundcard is now emerging to meet this need. Martin Walker puts two or the leading candidates to the test.

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    Millennia STT1 Origin

    Recording Channel

    Hugh Robjohns twsts Millennia's flagship STT1 recording channel which offers elements of their entire product line all in one ultra-flexible box.

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    Native Instruments Dynamo

    Virtual Instrument

    Paul White explores Dynamo, a remarkable suite of virtual synths and drum machines from Native Instruments, offering all the tonality of their acclaimed Reaktor software, but without the complexity.

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    Peter Siedlaczek's Smart Violins

    Sample Library

    * Score = 4

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    Quested F11

    Monitors

    Quested have not only updated the original F11, but also introduced a new passive version, the F11P.

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    Quested F11P passive monitors.

    Quested F11P

    Passive Monitor

    Quested have addressed the negative points of our previous F11 review, and incorporated a few small but significant improvements along the way. In the process, they've updated the original F11, and introduced a new passive version, the F11P.

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    Roland VGA7

    Modelling Guitar Amplifier

    Paul White studio tests Roland's versatile modelling guitar amplifier, which has applications both on stage and in recording.

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    Samson Q1

    Back-electret Microphone

    The Samson Q1 is a dual-purpose live/project studio mic that looks similar to many hand-held dynamic stage mics and, indeed, it's this type of mic that it is designed to replace.

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    Yamaha Motif [Preview]

    Workstation Synthesizer

    Rumours of a new Yamaha synth were circulating at January's NAMM show, but nothing was confirmed until a few weeks later, when SOS were invited to Yamaha's London R&D Centre. Matt Bell meets the Motif...

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Techniques

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    Drawmer's ever-popular DS201 dual noise gate.

    Advanced Gating Techniques: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White reveals that there's much more to gating than you might think.

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    Cost-effective MIDI

    Atari Notes

    If you're looking for a cost-effective way into MIDI music making, the Atari is still a good option, as Derek Johnson explains.

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    Intel Pentium 4

    PC Notes

    Martin Walker looks at Intel's new Pentium 4 processor, and catalogues the Cubase 5.02 update debacle.

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    Interactive Phrase Synthesizer

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The Interactive Phrase Synthesizer is one of those parts of Cubase that most of us know exist, but which few have actually used. We take a look at what it can do, as well as offering some handy tips on setting up loops and introducing the idea of controlling your computer remotely...

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    Logic: Touch Tracks

    Logic Notes

    We look at the creative potential of Logic's Touch Tracks feature and the corrective potential of the audio fade-in, as well as showing you what 'solo safe' is and why you need it.

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    MOTU 8x8 Firewire System

    Apple Notes

    Paul Wiffen reports on some historic developments for Mac musicians, as Apple announce their official support for the mLAN interface standard, and also comes to the rescue of more readers seeking advice.

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    Polar

    Digital Performer Notes

    Logic and Cubase owners have had their own dedicated SOS columns for several months — so we're now devoting space to another of the world's favourite sequencers, MOTU's Digital Performer. Long-standing DP user Robin Bigwood presents the first of this regular column.

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    Practical Phrase Sampling For Modern Music Production: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    The sampler has made its presence felt throughout modern music production, and phrase sampling in particular is the backbone of many musical styles. Oli Bell arms his loop points and explores some tricks of the trade.

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    Figure 1(a): The stretched string.

    Synthesizing Wind Instruments

    Synth Secrets

    Gordon Reid embarks on a journey to synthesize convincing woodwind and brass. This month, he considers how these instruments make their sounds in real life.

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    Understanding And Writing Lyrics, Part 5: Simile & Metaphor

    Tips & Tricks

    Sam Inglis demostrates how you might furhter enrich your lyric writing with the use of comparisons.

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    Using A Second PC As A Standalone MIDI Soft Synth

    Tips & Tricks

    Modern software allows you to turn a spare PC into a synth of sampler that's perfectly tailored to the needs of your studio. Martin Walker tells you how.

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    Working On Music For Picture

    Net Notes

    The advent of digital television has opened the eyes of many more musicians to the possibility of working on music for picture. John Walden trawls the Net to see what advice is available for those who want to score.

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Sound Advice

People

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    DVD

    Cutting Edge

    The audio industry is gearing up to fully embrace DVD but, as Dave Shapton argues, there could be a better way...

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    Fred Speckeen Of TC-Helicon

    The Science Of Voice Modelling

    TC‑Helicon's revolutionary VoiceCraft card for their VoicePrism processor allows the user to radically reshape the whole character of a vocal sound, adding tonal and inflectional changes that go way beyond the capabilities of current voice processors. Paul White talks technology with designer Fred Speckeen.

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    IAIN GRANT: Basement Studio

    Readerzone

    SOS visits another reader's home/project studio.

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    PASCAL GABRIEL & JAMES SANGER: Recording Dido's 'Here With Me'

    Interview | Producer

    The standout track from Dido's debut album No Angel is known to millions as a TV theme, and is now a smash hit single in the UK. Sam Inglis talks to Pascal Gabriel, who co-wrote 'Here With Me' with Dido and his colleague Paul Statham, and programmer James Sanger, who helped to shape the final version.

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    ROBIN MORLEY: Copyright Implications On The Net

    Sounding Off

    Many musicians bemoan the Net's implications for copyright but, as Robin Morley says, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...

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    TONY PLATT: Rock Island Life

    Interview | Producer

    Over the last 30 years Tony Platt has engineered and produced albums by some of the biggest names in music, from rock to reggae. Tom Flint talked to him about his days at the pioneering Island Studios, his work with the legendary producer Mutt Lange and his vision of the future.

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