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December 2001 Magazine Contents

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    RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

    Resource Management: Making The Most Of PC System Resources

    Even when you've installed the fastest processor you can afford and masses of RAM, your PC can still end up being slow and unresponsive. Here's what you can do about it.

Reviews

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    AARDVARK DIRECT PRO Q10

    Aardvark Direct Pro Q10 Computer Recording System

    Aardvark's newest soundcard and breakout box are claimed to provide all the recording facilities PC owners could ever need, with excellent sound quality and at an affordable price. But how does the Q10 fare on the SOS test bench?

    Reviews
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    Backbeat

    Sample Library

    * Score = 5

    Reviews
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    BLUEROOM MINIPOD

    Bass Station Monitors & Subwoofer

    Can these unconventional plastic-bodied speakers possibly be suitable for studio work?

    Reviews
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    Clavia Nord Electro

    Virtual Electromechanical Keyboard

    Electromechanical keyboards - electric organs, electric pianos, and so on - are popular at the moment, and there's no shortage of software plug-ins modelling them. Clavia's Nord Electro attempts exactly the same thing in hardware - but how successfully?

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    Dbx Mini Pre

    Hybrid Mic Preamp

    The Dbx Mini Pre is a simple and inexpensive mic preamplifier with phantom power, using a hybrid valve/solid‑state mic...

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    Electric Ghetto

    Sample Library

    * Score = 5

    Reviews
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    EMAGIC EXSP24 & EVP73

    Emagic EXSP24 & EVP73 VST Instruments For Mac & PC

    EXS24 and EVP88, two of Emagic's dedicated plug-ins for Logic, are now available in scaled-down form for VST-compatible sequencers. But what has been lost in order to make the instruments work as VST plug-ins?

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    EMAGIC LOGIC AUDIO V5 & LOGIC CONTROL

    Emagic Logic Audio v5 & Logic Control MIDI Audio Sequencer & Hardware Control Surface

    An exclusive first look at Emagic's new Logic Control hardware control surface, and the eagerly awaited Version 5 of Logic - a powerful combination that takes the system to a new level of functionality

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    JOEMEEK VC TWINQ

    Joemeek TwinQ Dual Recording Channel

    Joemeek's new dual recording channel provides an innovative current-sensing preamp, optical compression and three-band equalisation, as well as the option to fit an onboard stereo A-D converter.

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    Kodish Drum 'n' Bass

    Sample Library

    * Score = 2

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    Korg PXR4

    Digital Recording Studio

    Korg's new pocket-sized multitracker gives you everything you need to record impressive demos on the road, and also lets you transfer the tracks to a computer via USB for backup and archiving.

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    Malmsjo Acoustic Grand

    Sample Library

    * Score = 4

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    Miditech Midicontrol

    MIDI Keyboard Controller

    Miditech's new 49-key take on the simple MIDI keyboard controller adds a panel of assignable knobs for even more control potential - and all for well under £200.

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    Native Instruments Absynth

    Stand-alone/Plug-in Software Synth For Mac

    Released last year as a web-only download from Rhizomatic, the ground-breaking Absynth is now part of Native Instruments' product line, and can be used as a VST instrument plug-in.

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    Novation A-Station

    Polyphonic Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Novation's new A-Station seeks to combine the compact styling of their BassStation Rack synths with some of the spec of the prestigious Supernova and Nova - and all for £399! Is it an inspired bit of cross-breeding, or a misbegotten mongrel?

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    Oktava ML52

    Ribbon Microphone

    A Russian ribbon mic brings this classic technology to a new low price point.

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    RMI Keyboards [Retrozone]

    The Rise And Fall Of Rocky Mount Instruments

    The keyboard instruments created by American manufacturer RMI may be deeply obscure now, but without them, '70s progressive rock could have a very different sonic signature.

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    TC ELECTRONIC G MAJOR

    TC Electronic G Major Guitar Effects Processor

    The effects engine of the feted G Force at half the price! What more could you want? TC Electronic's new G Major guitar multi-effects processor sets out to redefine the price/performance ratio.

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    TC Works Spark FX Machine

    SE Mac VST Wrapper Utility

    TC Works' neat Mac utility allows you to turn VST plug-ins into sophisticated multi-effects combinations.

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    The Mastering Engineer's Handbook

    This large paperback book by Bobby Owsinski aims to explain the mastering process for anyone taking their project to a...

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Techniques

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    Cadenza Web Wizard

    Atari Notes

    The useful range of Atari software from Cadenza includes the Web Wizard web site creation tool, and is now free.

    Techniques
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    Configuring Pro Tools For Traditional Band Recording

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    How would you configure your PT system to cope with the practicalities of traditional band recording?

    Techniques
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    Eliminating Phase Problems

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    This month, we explain how to eliminate phase problems in Cubase's Audio Editor, and round up some interesting new plug-ins.

    Techniques
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    Emu ESI Samplers Masterclass

    Power-user Tips & Techniques

    The sheer power of Emu's three ESI samplers has endeared them to many home musicians on a budget. However, it can be tricky to get the most out of these machines, so here are some power-user tips to help you.

    Techniques
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    FXpansion DR-008; SamplerChan

    PC Notes

    Shareware can be just as innovative and feature-packed as its fully commercial equivalent — take FXpansion's ambitious DR-008 sampled/synthesized drum machine, for example...

    Techniques
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    Islington MacExpo; OS X

    Apple Notes

    The audio side of OS X receives a big boost with the release of the first major update, as does Islington's MacExpo, as Apple themselves decide to attend their first UK show for several years.

    Techniques
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    LOGIC NOTES

    Groove Templates

    There's a step-by-step guide to creating Groove Templates this month, plus the usual collection of handy tips, including some pointers on making the most of Aliases.

    Techniques
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    Mac Processor Upgrades

    Tested For Musical Applications

    Upgrading your ageing Mac's processor to extend its useful working life is an appealing concept, and there are plenty of processor upgrades on the market. But what effect do they really have on musical and recording applications? We tested eight of them to find out...

    Techniques
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    PERFORMER NOTES

    MIDI Automation Features

    Performer Notes turns its attention to DP3's MIDI automation features. Plus all the latest MOTU-related news and tips.

    Techniques
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    Figures 1,2 and 3

    Practical Percussion Synthesis: Timpani

    Synth Secrets

    Building on the theory of what makes up the sound of timpani, this month's Synth Secrets reveals how to synthesize realistic kettle drums using a Korg MS20 and a Yamaha DX7.

    Techniques
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    Figure 1: A diagrammatic representation of Dolby's Dynamic Range Control (DRC) process.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 5

    Metadata, Upmixing, Downmixing & The Centre Speaker

    There's a lot more to 5.1 surround sound production than stereo with extra channels — new, bewildering terms and concepts abound. This month, we explain Metadata, Upmixing, Downmixing, and look at what that centre speaker actually does...

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    The Secrets Of Warmth & Air

    Recording Tools

    You don't need a wand to conjure up sonic magic, just a few well-chosen recording tools.

    Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Biffco Productions

    Richard Stannard - Julian Gallagher - Ash Howes

    In recent years, Dublin has become one of Europe's hottest centres for pop production, and Biffco Productions are one of the top hitmaking teams who've made their home there.

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    Brian 'BT' Transeau

    Emotional Impact

    BT revitalised the sound of boy band N'Sync, composed some of the most radical soundtracks to appear in mainstream films, and has a good claim to have invented trance. And he still finds time to talk to SOS...

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    CUTTING EDGE

    BeOS

    BeOS is arguably the most promising independent multimedia OS of recent years - but, sadly, innovation and quality have not been enough to guarantee its future...

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    Jay Graydon

    Musician & Producer

    The 'producers' producer', the 'guitarists' guitarist': Jay Graydon is back, with a new album and a renewed hunger for success. Always the consummate studio craftsman, when he talks technique, it's worth listening...

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    SOUNDING OFF

    Eddy Robinson talks about bringing MIDI into the 21st century

    Much effort is currently being invested in establishing new digital audio interface standards for the future - but shouldn't we also be thinking about bringing MIDI into the 21st century?

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