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November 2001 Magazine Contents

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    RECORDING VOCALS ON A COMPUTER

    Recording Vocals On A Computer

    Recording to a computer can make it easier than ever before to produce a great vocal sound - but there are also pitfalls to watch out for...

Reviews

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    AKAI AK.SYS

    Akai AKsys v1.7 S5000/S6000 Sampler Management Software For Mac & PC

    Akai introduced AKsys some months ago, providing a USB-driven, computer-based control interface for recent S-series samplers. Now at v1.7, it is becoming indispensible for anyone fed up with managing their samplers via an LCD...

    Reviews
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    Celemony Melodyne

    Audio Manipulation Software For Mac

    Few recent software products have stirred as much interest as Melodyne - a program offering unique pitch, time and formant-processing features, which was created not by one of the major music developers but by a maverick Bavarian musician and his software-designer friend.

    Reviews
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    CREATIVE LABS AUDIGY

    Creative Labs Audigy Platinum EX PC Soundcard

    The ultimate soundcard for high-end musicians? Creative Labs' Soundblaster products may have dominated the consumer soundcard market, but can they take the next step up with its successor?

    Reviews
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    Digital Recordings Audio-CD

    Hearing Test CD

    For anyone involved in the sound recording industry, good hearing is essential. Yet typical medical tests only check for...

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    Drum Drops Volumes 1, 2 & 3

    Sample Library

    * Score = 4

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    EMAGIC EMI 2|6

    Emagic EMI 2|6 USB Audio Interface

    Emagic's stylish blue interface reliably squeezes two inputs and six outputs out of the limited bandwidth of USB.

    Reviews
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    Emu MP7 & XL7 Command Stations

    128-Voice Synths/Multitrack Sequencers

    Emu's eye-catching new Command Stations repackage the sounds of their MP1 and XL1 sound modules, adding hands-on sequencing and real-time controls. Can the company win fans with these late entries to the groovebox market?

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    Focusrite Platinum Trak Master

    Recording Channel Processor

    Focusrite expand their affordable Platinum range with a channel strip, featuring an optical compressor and EQ that can be optimised for vocal or instrument usage.

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    Journey To The Light

    Sample Library

    Rating: *** 3/5 Stars

    Reviews
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    Marantz CDR770

    CD Recorder

    The new CDR770 from Marantz is one of the cheapest CD recorders on the UK market, and features a new writing technology known...

    Reviews
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    MOTU DIGITAL PERFORMER V3

    MOTU Digital Performer v3: MIDI Audio Sequencer For Mac

    The latest and greatest incarnation of MOTU's flagship Mac sequencer adds full surround mixing support among many other new features.

    Reviews
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    MXL 1006, 2003 & V67

    Capacitor Microphones

    Do these low-cost condenser microphones from Marshall Electronics' MXL range have what it takes to stand out from an ever-increasing number of competitors?

    Reviews
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    NY Cutz 2 - Off Da Hook

    Sample Library

    * Score = 5

    Reviews
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    PMC TB2S & XB1P

    Nearfield Monitors & Subwoofer

    Can a compact system offer true reference monitor performance?

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    ROLAND DISC LAB CDX1

    Roland Disc Lab CDX1: Multitrack CD Audio Workstation

    Roland's innovative new audio workstation is the first multitracker to use a CD-RW disc in place of a hard disk, and offers a one-stop production station with multitrack recording, phrase sampling, and CD mastering.

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    Sequential Prophet VS [Retrozone]

    Vector Synthesizer

    Boasting one of the most intuitive methods of sound creation ever devised, 1986's Prophet VS was meant to be US synth giant Sequential's commercial saviour. Sadly, it didn't succeed - but it did earn itself the status of American Classic...

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    SOUND FORGE V5AUDIO EDITOR FOR PC

    Sonic Foundry Sound Forge v5 Audio Editor For PC

    Sound Forge is a very popular PC audio editor, but users have waited a long time for 24-bit support. Now it's here in version 5, along with a bundle of new features and plug-ins.

    Reviews
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    TC-HELICON VOICEPRISM PLUS

    TC-Helicon Voiceprism Plus: Vocal Formant Pitch Processor

    TC-Helicon claim that their flagship vocal processor can make you sound like a totally different person. But how well does it work?

    Reviews
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    TERRASONDE AUDIO TOOLBOX PLUS

    Terrasonde Audio Toolbox Plus: Audio Test & Measurement Set

    Terrasonde have given their audio test set even more test functions and a rugged new casing.

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    Underground Garage

    Sample Library

    * Score = 4

    Reviews

Techniques

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    Advanced Reverberation: Part 2

    Effective Treatments For Your Mixes

    Used correctly, reverb is of the most powerful tools of modern music production. This month, we explore the most effective treatments for some of the individual components of a mix.

    Techniques
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    Identifying And Solving PC Instability Problems

    PC Musician

    There's nothing more disruptive to music-making than an unstable PC. Fortunately, there are many utilities and diagnostic tests available to help you resolve your problems.

    Techniques
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    LOGIC NOTES

    Time & Pitch machine; Protecting finished tracks

    A workshop on using Logic's off-line pitch-shifting, as well as advice on how to protect your finished tracks from accidental damage. Plus more tips, tricks and problem-solvers...

    Techniques
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    Melodyne Pitch & Time Software

    Apple Notes

    Find out just how long it takes to set up a musical environment on a Powerbook, and welcome the Melodyne pitch and time software to the world of OS X, as well as discovering how Microsoft broke QuickTime and Apple fixed it...

    Techniques
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    PERFORMER NOTES

    Sequence Editor; Audio Bundles

    Performer Notes continues its detailed look at some of DP3's new features. This month, there's more on mix and plug-in automation, creative aux buss routing tips, and the mysterious new Audio Bundles window is unveiled...

    Techniques
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    Quietpc.com; Tassman 2.1

    PC Notes

    There are lots of things to consider when building your own PC, especially when transferring the contents of your hard drives to the new machine.

    Techniques
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    Simon ST Pattern/Event Editor

    Atari Notes

    With software from an independent German writer, your Atari could make music like Mozart, or just play back MIDI files for you...

    Techniques
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    Home theatre 5.1 speakers.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 4

    5.1 Surround

    SOS's guide to the world of surround sound comes right up to date with the first of two looks at the modern 5.1 standard, and its use with DVD Video and DVD Audio discs.

    Techniques
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    Synth Secrets Nov 2001 artwork image of timpani and percussion.

    Synthesizing Percussion

    Synth Secrets

    Synth Secrets turns its attention to the synthesis of percussion instruments, beginning with pitched drums.

    Techniques
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    TDM MIX Systems Routing 5.1 Surround

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    For MIX TDM users, the latest Pro Tools software offers a tailor-made way of mixing in surround. But those with older TDM setups or LE-based systems can do surround too, with some lateral thinking...

    Techniques
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    VST Channel Settings; Channel Mixer; Cubasis v3

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    When you work with a complex program such as Cubase VST, it's easy to overlook the hundreds of small features that are there to make your life easier.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    CUTTING EDGE

    Laptop technology

    For years, laptops have been the poor relations of desktop computers in terms of power and facilities, yet have remained expensive in comparison to their studio-bound brethren. But things are changing...

    People
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    Kent Brainerd

    Making Money From Music For Corporate Video

    You don't need to have Top 40 hits to make a living from your music. Just ask Kent Brainerd, who has made a tidy sum by composing music for company training and presentation videos. Find out how...

    People
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    Marius De Vries: From Moulin Rouge To Björk

    Programmer & Producer

    Baz Luhrmann's ambitious film Moulin Rouge integrates radically reworked pop classics into a historical romance. As well as co-ordinating this unique musical project, programmer and producer Marius de Vries somehow found time to work on Bjork's acclaimed new album Vespertine.

    People
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    Music For Video Games

    Gerard 'Gez' Gourley Of Smartdog

    Gez Gourley specialises in creating sound for console games - whether it be orchestral music or crashing cars...

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    READERZONE

    Adie Flute

    Adie Flute

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    SOUNDING OFF

    By Andy Searle-Barnes

    Education versus making the tea: which one is the path to enlightenment?

    People

Music Business

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    DOING THE BUSINESS

    Big George's Guide To Commercial Success; Ultimatum

    Could this be the end of Doing The Business?

    Music Business
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