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January 2002 Magazine Contents

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    AMG The Vinyl Frontier 2: Boiling Point

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. Vinyl Frontier 2 focuses on urban breakbeat styles such as hip-hop and drum and bass.

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    Apogee Trak 2

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    Apogee have an enviable reputation for their state-of-the-art digital converters, but their new Trak 2 also includes sophisticated mic preamplification.

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    Boss ME33

    Guitar Multi-effects

    Boss' latest multi-effects processor for guitarists gets the SOS review treatment...

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    Chicken Systems Translator

    Sample Conversion Software [PC]

    Ever found yourself really needing a particular sample CD-ROM, only to find that it's not available for your sampler? Or perhaps you want to back up your sample programs in proprietary CD formats? Chicken Systems' PC utility Translator may be able to help.

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    Dan Dean Solo Brass

    Sample Library

    ***** Score = 5/5. This is the first Dan Dean library to feature up to eight velocity layers for the smoothest ever transitions of timbre from soft to loud...

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    Elektron SPS1 Machinedrum

    Synthetic Percussion Sequencer

    Swedish manufacturer Elektron claim that their SPS1 rhythm synth is the most sophisticated drum machine ever built, with a stunning specification that includes no less than four different types of percussion synthesis.

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    Korg Triton Le

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg have dominated the top-end workstation market for several years with their Triton range, but apart from the rack version, there have been no lower-priced spin-offs. The Triton Le keyboard changes that, offering many of the Triton's powerful features at a more affordable price.

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    Red Sound C-Loops

    Loop Sampler

    The unique C-Loops from Red Sound Systems can automatically detect the tempo of incoming audio, sample it and chop it to length ready for re‑triggering, as well as automatically timestretching all its on‑board loops to match any new tempo it receives.

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    Samson S•Com & S•Com Plus

    Dual-channel Dynamics Processors

    Samson's latest dynamics processors deliver quality sound and features that belie their affordable price tag.

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    Sonic Foundry Acid Pro v3

    PC Audio Loop Sequencer

    Sonic Foundry were the pioneers of loop-based PC sequencing with the initial release of Acid. More than three years on it's more popular than ever, and the latest version includes MIDI and video support among other new features.

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    Superlux CMH8 Series

    Capacitor Microphones

    The price war in the budget condenser mic market gets even more fierce with the launch of this range of large-diaphragm models.

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    Tekniks Geneticz

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. Geneticz is a collection of processed loops and sounds programmed by Digital Davy, a Dutch DJ and techno/gabba producer.

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    TL Audio M3 Tubetracker

    Eight-channel Hybrid Valve Mixer

    Although all-valve mixers can really warm up sounds prior to digital recording, they're usually too large and expensive for the project studio. However, TL Audio's hybrid M3 now brings valve mixing within the reach of the home musician.

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    Yamaha AG Stomp

    Acoustic Guitar Modelling Preamp

    The new AG Stomp physically models a miked-up acoustic guitar sound using the DI signal from an acoustic guitar piezo pickup, and also offers a variety of useful effects processors.

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    Yamaha AW2816

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Yamaha's AW2816 audio workstation appears to offer much of the functionality of the acclaimed AW4416, but at an even lower price point.

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    Zero-G Return To The Planet Of The Breaks

    Sample Library

    ***** Score = 5/5 stars. Return serves up 76 tracks of live beats ranging from 57 to 169bpm (though one loop pogos in at 194bpm).

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    Zoom MRS1044

    Digital Multitracker

    The MRS1044 is Zoom's first serious 'studio in a box', offering 10-track hard disk recording and editing with integrated drum machine and bass sounds. Does it have what it takes to succeed in this increasingly competitive area of the market?

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Techniques

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    iPod

    Apple Notes

    On October 25th 2001 Apple released their first non-Mac device for many years, the iPod. Apple Notes spots a vital clue which makes the iPod rather useful to the recording musician, whatever the general consumer makes of it...

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    Practical Mixing

    Tips To Help Improve Your Mixing Technique

    Hands-on advice to help you improve the fundamentals of your mixing technique.

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    Studio Ergonomics

    How To Identify & Minimise The Risks

    Most SOS readers spend a lot of time considering what equipment to buy, and learning how it works. But it's also important to consider the ergonomics of your studio if you're to avoid the possibility of painful, and surprisingly common, strain injuries.

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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 6

    Setting Up A Surround Recording System

    Our series turns to the practicalities of setting up your own surround-capable recording system, and we talk to two radically different surround studios to see how they've coped — one at project- and one at pro-studio level.

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    Synthesizing Drums: The Bass Drum

    Synth Secrets

    Ever wanted to synthesize unpitched membranophones? No? Well, you might if you knew that bass and snare drums are of this percussion type. We show you how...

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Sound Advice

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    Audio Cables & Wiring

    Frequently Asked Questions

    All tangled up when it comes to audio leads? Here are the answers to the most common queries on the subject from SOS readers.

    Sound Advice
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    Q&A January 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Which synth should I buy? How do you create a reverb algorithm? Am I better off with a soundcard designed specifically for musicians? Is hit dance track's tempo variation deliberate? Is all RAM the same? What's the best thing to do when my old gear begins to wear out? Can I ensure that my CDs will play on all hi-fi systems? How can I stop my music annoying my neighbour? What is a stereo signal?

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People

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    Jon Astley

    The Master's Voice

    Among his many credits as an engineer, producer, programmer and artist, Jon Astley is perhaps best known for his award-winning work remastering classic albums from the likes of The Who, Abba and George Harrison.

    People
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    Readerzone: Simon Greatbatch

    Another 'through the keyhole' glimpse into one more SOS reader's studio.

    People
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    Sounding Off: Beyond The Safe & Familiar

    Richard Leon

    There's an array of powerful music‑making software tools out there, but because they're considered 'hard' they don't get the same publicity as the latest toys available at your local music shop.

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    Super Furry Animals

    Cian Ciárán: Recording & Mixing In 5.1

    Super Furry Animals' recent album Rings Around The World is one of the first to be released in a custom-mixed 5.1 surround version for DVD as well as on stereo CD. Keyboard player Cian Ciárán explains how and why they embarked on this groundbreaking project.

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    The Benefits Of Copy-Protection

    Leader

    The current extent of software piracy poses a serious threat to the economical stability of the software companies on whom we rely...

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Music Business

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    Doing The Business

    Big George's Guide To Commercial Success: Last Ever Rant

    In his last-ever Doing The Business, Big George burns all his boats with some radical ideas about what should be done with the British music industry... and receives a reply from the Dept. of Culture.

    Music Business
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