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May 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Akai DPS24

    24-track/96kHz Digital Studio

    Akai's new 24-track recording and mixing workstation continues the expansion of their DPS multitracker concept with technology derived from the company's renowned post-production machines.

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    Antares AVP1

    Vocal Producer

    Antares have packed their acclaimed Auto-Tune and mic modelling processes, along with dynamics and EQ, into this 1U rack unit.

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    Apple iMac 800

    Desktop Computer

    Apple's new iMac is as radical in appearance as its predecessor — but how well does it fit into the recording studio?

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    ARP Quadra: Part 2

    Keyboard Synthesizer (Retrozone)

    In Part 1 (of 2) last month, we finished with the question: 'What is the Quadra? Is it a turkey of the first order, or a misunderstood and overlooked masterpiece?' This month, we'll take a closer look at the instrument itself to find the answer.

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    Audio Ease Altiverb

    Sampling Reverb Plug-in

    The latest technological advances in reverb design have yielded expensive hardware units that can 'sample' the sound of real rooms. Now Audio Ease's Altiverb brings the same convolving technology to the Mac — at a fraction of the cost.

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    Audio Technica AT3031 & AT3032

    Back-electret Studio Microphones

    AT's new models prove that back-electret designs can offer performance to rival conventional capacitor mics.

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    Buzz Audio SOC 1.1

    Stereo Optical Compressor

    A stereo compressor offering the classic dynamic characteristics that only an optical design can provide.

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    Digitech Genesis 1

    Modelling Guitar Amp

    The Genesis 1 is a simplified version of the Genesis 3 modelling guitar preamp/effects unit, offering a reduced feature set at a lower price.

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    Emu RFX32

    Effects/Mixer Card For Emu Ultra Samplers

    The market for hardware samplers may be on the wane, but Emu aren't abandoning their hardware customers; their RFX32 effects/mixer card can add tremendous processing and routing power to any of their Ultra samplers.

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    Garritan Orchestral Strings

    Sample Library

    After creating the ultimate harp library, has Gary Garritan managed to succeed again with the most ambitious sampled string library ever undertaken?

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    Mackie HR624

    Active Studio Monitors

    Finally the HR824 has a little brother and, like most little brothers, this one has both attitude and confidence!

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    Roland SH32

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Roland released the JP8000/8080 virtual analogue synth way back in 1997, but never really followed it up. Now they've combined the modelling synth idea with their Groovebox concept, presenting it in compact form with a wealth of hardware control options...

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    Sony DMX R100 V2

    8-buss Digital Console

    With competition hotting up in the DMX R100's sector of the market, Sony have released a major new software upgrade to make their contender stronger than ever.

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    Sony MDR7506 & MDR7509

    Monitor Headphones

    We test two pairs of high-quality closed-back headphones for discerning studio users.

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    Steinberg Wavelab v4

    PC Audio Editor

    As an all-round package for multitrack audio editing, mastering and CD burning, Steinberg's Wavelab leads the field. Does the new version 4 keep it ahead of the competition?

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    Waves Y56K

    Audio Processing Mini YGDAI Card For Yamaha AW4416 & AW2816

    A plug-in card for the Yamaha AW-series workstations that combines Waves-quality DSP effects with eight channels of ADAT optical I/O.

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Techniques

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    Affordable Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Recordings

    Maximum Quality, Minimum Cost

    We all want to improve the quality of our recordings, but there's often no need to rush out and buy new equipment. You just have to take a close look at the way you're using what you already have.

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    Analysing Metallic Percussion

    Synth Secrets

    The task of synthesizing convincing metallic percussion defeated many synth giants — you only need to listen to Kraftwerk's weedy cymbals on 'The Model' to be persuaded of that. So why is it so difficult? We find out...

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    Hit Factors

    The Link Between Music & Emotional Response

    Do hit songs have a hidden ingredient that makes them successful by appealing directly to our emotions? It's a question that musicians and scientists have sought the answer to for many decades. Acoustic researcher Ernest Cholakis has a new take on the theory...

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A May 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Why can't I run Cubase 5.1 on Windows 95? Is there a software package that acts purely as a virtual tape recorder? What is panning law? How can I get equal monitoring levels? Do multi-client soundcards still exist? Which hard disk format is best for PC audio?

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