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February 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Ableton Live

    Performance Loop Sequencing Software [Mac / PC]

    Ableton's Live allows the user to create and record musical performances by combining sampled loops in real time, with high‑quality pitch‑shifting, time‑stretching and audio effects.

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    Alesis HD24

    Multitrack Recorder

    The new tapeless ADAT provides 24 tracks of hard disk recording at less than the price of the original eight-track.

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    Analogue Systems French Connection

    Analogue Keyboard Controller

    The Ondes Martenot was one of the earliest 20th-century electronic musical instruments, and found favour with composers of avant-garde orchestral works for many years. Now, thanks to Cornish company Analogue Systems, it's getting a new lease of life...

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    Aphex Model 204

    Aural Exciter

    Aphex update their famous Aural Exciter and Big Bottom processes for the 21st century.

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    Big Briar Moogerfoogers

    Pedal-based Voltage-controlled Processing System

    Since 1999, Bob Moog's Big Briar company has been making analogue filters and effects pedals based on his original Moog module designs. Now there's a central control unit, so that you can use them all together as a complete processing system.

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    BLUE Dragonfly

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    Not only is this new cardioid condenser microphone extremely striking to look at, but it also boasts performance which is well out of the ordinary.

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    DACS Audio Freque II

    Ring Modulator & Frequency-shifter

    Flying in the face of the 'digital all-in-one' trend, the Freque II unashamedly provides specialist analogue processing for the audiophile.

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    Koch Pedaltone

    Tube Guitar Preamp

    Housed in a tough stainless steel chassis, the Pedaltone uses four twin-triode valves, one of which is in the output stage, enabling power amp saturation to be replicated. A speaker simulator is included for recording or DI'ing.

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    Korg M1 (Retrozone)

    Digital Synth Workstation

    The all-time best-selling synthesizer, Korg's M1 laid the groundwork for synths that followed. We go behind the scenes to reveal the secrets of its success.

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    Line 6 Echo Pro

    Modelling Effects Processor

    Line 6's acclaimed Delay Modeler pedal gets a rackmount makeover.

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    M-Audio SP5B

    Nearfield Monitors

    M-Audio's first foray into active nearfield monitors is certainly extremely affordable, but could it be a false economy for the home recordist?

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    RME DIGI 96/8 PAD

    Soundcard For PC & Mac

    RME's DIGI range of soundcards offers comprehensive cross-platform support, high audio quality and lots of extras, such as digital format conversion.

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    Roland Fantom FA76

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg's Triton has dominated the workstation synth market for several years, but the past 12 months have seen challenges to this position firstly from Yamaha, with their Motif, and now from Roland. Does this Fantom have what it takes?

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    Roland SPD6

    MIDI Percussion Controller

    The SPD6 MIDI percussion pad features 113 internal drum sounds, with six rubber playing pads and can run from an optional power adaptor or from batteries.

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    SPL Kultube

    Stereo Compressor

    SPL's new surround-ready stereo compressor offers clever programme-adaptive compression, as well as decompression and tube-saturation functions.

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Techniques

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    Adding Feel To Your Rhythm Parts

    Tips & Techniques

    Try these tips and techniques for creating more convincing programmed rhythm parts in your sequencer.

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    Location Recording

    Recording The Cheshire Youth Orchestra

    Recording a large orchestra can be fairly tricky, even in the most well-equipped of studios, but trying to get a great sound on location, using only the gear you can fit into your car, adds challenges all of its own.

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    Practical Bass Drum Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    Moving from last month's theoretical bass drum synth patch to its practical application on affordable analogue synths, we also take a look at how the world's most famous drum machines produce this fundamental rhythm sound.

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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 7

    Mixing In Surround

    We consider some of the pros and cons of mixing in surround, and hear how experienced surround producers take advantage of the format, and tackle the problems.

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    Using Plug-ins

    Routing & Ordering Of Plug-ins For Recording/Mixing Tasks

    The flexibility of the effects assignment in modern MIDI + Audio sequencers (DAWs) can be daunting, so here's some advice on how to sort out the routing and order of your plug-ins for common recording and mixing tasks.

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    Windows XP: Is It Suitable For Music?

    PC Musician

    Windows XP is probably the most important PC operating system upgrade since Windows 95, but as always, its new features come at a cost. Should you upgrade your computer? Here's the definitive guide...

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A February 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    What causes soft-synth latency? What's the best thing to do when my old gear begins to wear out? What extra gear should I buy to make dance music? How can I stop my music annoying my neighbour? Can I ensure that my CDs will play on all hi-fi systems?

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