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April 2002 Magazine Contents

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    ARP Quadra: Part 1

    Keyboard Synthesizer (Retrozone)

    Combining strings, a monosynth, a bass synth and a polyphonic synthesizer, did ARP create the keyboard equivalent of 'Wash and Go', or a jack of all trades and master of none?

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    Behringer DDX3216

    Digital Mixer

    Can a digital console at such a low price really deliver on features and audio quality?

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    CLM Dynamics DB8000S

    Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    The DB8000S from CLM Dynamics provides eight channels of high-quality mic preamplification, with limiting, M&S matrixing and no less than three separate outputs per channel.

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    DK Technologies MSD100 Series v1.5

    Master Stereo Displays

    DK Audio have revised several of their audio metering products since we last looked at them...

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    Drawmer DF330

    Universal Noise Filter

    We test this two-channel analogue dynamic noise filter, expander and HF enhancer.

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    EastWest Breakz From The Nu Skool

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. Programmer Brian Transeau delivers 436 breakbeats, mostly four bars long, divided into two categories, "Dirt Breakz" and "Live Breakz", with tempos ranging from 66 to 180 bpm.

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    EastWest Twisted Textures

    Sample Library

    ***** Score = 5/5 stars. Categorised by emotions, Twisted Textures is a very useful and admirably varied collection of short, self-contained sonic mood pieces.

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    Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control

    MIDI+Audio Sequencer & Hardware Control Surface

    Users of Emagic's Logic sequencer have been itching to get their hands on the latest version 5 and Logic Control, the company's dedicated moving-fader control system. Has it been worth the wait?

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    iZotope Ozone

    DirectX Mastering Tools [PC]

    Many home and project studio owners are interested in mastering as a way to add that professional sheen to their recordings. The newest way to do this is with iZotope's DirectX mastering tool for PC.

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    KRK V4

    Active Studio Monitor

    This active nearfield monitor offers stunning audio performance from its extremely compact cabinet dimensions.

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    Macbeth Systems M3X

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The M3X is the first product from Macbeth Systems, the Scottish company founded by former DIY analogue synth enthusiast Ken McBeth. Will all turn out well, or is the M3X destined for a tragic end?

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    Novation K-Station

    Modelled Performance Synthesizer

    Novation seem to be on a roll. Scarcely had the monotimbral A-Station made the cover of our December 2001 issue, when news broke of a £500 keyboard version. We look at one of the first UK production models.

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    Oberheim OB•12 v1.5

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    The Oberheim/Viscount OB•12 was already a well-specified virtual analogue synth when it was launched in 2000, but it failed to gain much of a following. Now, after an OS upgrade and a cut in price, it's seriously good value for money...

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    Propellerhead Strings

    Reason Refill Collection

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. This 170Mb collection features the Moscow Session Strings working through a varied selection of fully‑arranged riffs, which have been processed with Propellerhead's Recycle 2.

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    Sennheiser Evolution E664

    Condenser Microphone

    This latest addition to the affordable Evolution range brings Sennheiser's renowned K-series technology within reach of the project studio.

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    Sennheiser HD250 Linear II

    Closed-back Headphones

    These Sennheiser headphones combine high sound quality with comfortable design.

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    SPL Track One

    Voice Channel

    A Channel One without the valve for little over half the price? Seeing (and hearing) is believing.

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    Superlux PRA Series

    Drum Microphones

    Complete boxed sets of drum mics at incredibly low prices. Is it too good to be true?

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    Tascam CDRW2000

    CD Recorder

    If you're on a very tight budget then you might be willing to live with a CD recorder with unbalanced analogue phono connectors, consumer S/PDIF digital interfacing and no-frills operation. However, if you want more professional features, then the CDRW2000 is well worth checking out.

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    TC Electronic M•One XL

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    TC upgrade both the hardware and the software of their cost-effective M•One multi-effects unit.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Q & A April 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Why is phase important? What orchestral sample libraries are available for HALion? Where can I get Windows-based ASIO drivers for an Audiomedia III card? Are there really reverb and synth plug-ins supplied with Mac OS X? How can I isolate the vocals from a stereo mix?

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