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July 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Akai Z8

    Z-Series Hardware Samplers

    Many people consider software samplers to have consigned the hardware equivalent to history. Not Akai, who have responded by releasing their best-value hardware samplers ever, offering unprecedented levels of computer integration, and packing them with user-friendly features.

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    Alesis Ineko

    Multi-effects Processor

    Despite cramming 48 effects and 144 adjustable parameters into a box the size of a double CD case, Ineko is remarkably simple to use.

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    Analogue Solutions Oberkorn

    Analogue Sequencer

    Analogue sequencers may seem simple devices, especially when compared to their computer-based counterparts, but they can be put to fantastically complex uses in the right hands. We plumb the hidden depths of the new Oberkorn...

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    B&W DM602 S3

    Passive Monitors

    Passive nearfields from B&W, designed to balance the needs of both project-studio and hi-fi listening.

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    Dbx ProVocal

    Physical Modelling Recording Channel

    In addition to the usual dynamics and EQ facilities, this voice channel from Dbx offers physical modelling effects in the digital domain, allowing it to simulate the performance of different types of mics and mic amps.

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    EastWest Joey Kramer Loops

    Sample Library

    **** 4 stars. Although he's served time with vintage US rockers Aerosmith, there's more to Joey Kramer's playing than a 10-ton backbeat...

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    Edirol SD90

    USB Sound Module & Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    The Edirol SD90 combines Roland's Sound Canvas sound set with a USB audio and MIDI interface.

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    Groove Tubes Vipre

    Variable-impedance Mic Preamp

    A heavy-duty valve preamp with variable input impedance, a unique slew-rate control, and a sublime sound.

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    Keyfax Reggae Grooves

    Twiddly Bits MIDI Files

    Keyfax have been creating all kinds of musical phrases, loops and flourishes in MIDI file format for their Twiddly Bits range for as long as we can remember, but this new set represents a departure from previous trends...

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    Korg Triton Studio

    Production Workstation

    Korg's Trinity and Triton have led the workstation market for so long that updating the concept can't have been easy — after all, how do you improve the best? So what's new in the Triton Studio, and will it keep Korg ahead?

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    MOTU 896

    FireWire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    Mark of the Unicorn were first to market with a multi-channel FireWire audio interface, the 828. Their new 896 adds 96kHz support among other features.

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    Mutronics Colorsound

    Rackmount Analogue Effects

    Mutronics bring a blast from the past to a rack near you.

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    Native Instruments FM7

    Virtual FM Synth [Mac / PC]

    Virtual analogue plug‑in synths are now common, and as DX‑style FM was the next great leap forward for real synths, a virtual FM synth was only a matter of time. So how does FM7 measure up to the original DX?

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    Phonic MRS1-20

    Analogue Surround Mixer

    Phonic's new MRS1-20 brings analogue surround mixing to the project studio market for the first time.

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    Roland RS202 & Multivox MX202 (Retrozone)

    A Tale Of Two String Synths

    The Roland RS202 and Multivox MS202 are two classic string synthesizers that seem to share more than a passing physical and sonic resemblance. We investigate the machines and the myths, and solve the mystery once and for all.

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    Shure KSM27

    Cardioid Capacitor Microphone

    A versatile, entry-level large-diaphragm condenser mic with a particularly well balanced performance.

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    Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro v2

    Audio Editing Software For PC

    From its beginnings as shareware, Syntrillium's cool Edit Pro has acquired an impressive professional user base. The new version offers more features, more power, and an updated user interface.

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    Zero-G Beats Working

    Surround-Compatible Sound Library

    Take a famous studio, a top session drummer and engineer, make the results 5.1 surround-ready, and what do you get? We find out if using this innovative sample library beats working...

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Techniques

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    Choosing & Installing A Subwoofer

    A Guide To Setting Up Your System

    An incorrectly set up or unsuitable design of subwoofer can seriously compromise the accuracy of your monitoring environment. We outline the performance characteristics of the different types and show you how to incorporate a sub for optimum effect within your system.

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    Groove Control Masterclass

    Making Music With Groove Control Sample Libraries

    Groove Control loop libraries allow you much more flexibility than traditional sample CD-ROMs, if you know how to get the most out of them.

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    Monitors vs Hi-fi Speakers: Part 2

    For Project Studio Monitoring

    We conclude our two-part examination into whether the traditional distinction between studio monitors and hi-fI speakers is justified. This month, the power-handling and compression characteristics of our four test monitors come under scrutiny...

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    Practical Cymbal Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    Synthesizing realistic cymbals is complex, but not impossible — after all, over 20 years ago, Roland's TR808 drum machine featured synthesized cymbals. We look at how they managed it, and attempt to create cymbals on another affordable analogue synth.

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A July 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I produce aggressive female vocals? Mac Or Windows? How do I eliminate flanging MIDI notes? Can I use Virtual Guitarist with Logic on a Mac? Should I record at a 24-bit resolution?

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People

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    Damien Egan

    Programmer & Sound Designer

    To be successful in the music business today, you need to be flexible and multi-skilled — but not many people take these qualities as far as Damien Egan...

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    Herbie Hancock

    Creating Future2Future & Touring In Surround

    One of the most influential jazz keyboardists ever, Herbie Hancock is renowned for his innovative use of electronics and new production techniques.

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    Marketing Initiative?

    Leader

    While listening to Classic FM on the way home from the SOS offices recently, I heard something that set me solidly into rant mode...

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    Recording Sigur Ros

    Ken Thomas & Jonsi Birgisson

    Over the years, Iceland has produced more than its fair share of innovative, experimental pop music. The country's latest hot exports, Sigur Ros, are currently recording an album in a disused swimming pool...

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    Sounding Off: Original Music Being Undermined

    Nigel Beaham-Powell

    Is the work of media composers writing original music being undermined by people using unprocessed material from sample CDs, and passing it off as their own work?

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    TMS

    Readerzone

    We visit another group of enterprising SOS readers: TMS (which stands for The Musical Shed) is a six-man business partnership producing hip-hop and garage music for white-label release.

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