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August 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus C

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    Access have managed to add some excellent features to their Virus synth in the past simply by upgrading its OS, but the march of progress means that a hardware revision is eventually necessary. Does the new Virus C do enough to keep up with the virtual-analogue crowd?

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    Akai/Perfectionear Drums: Vol. 2 Percussion

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 stars. Pretty much every form of mainstream percussion is represented here in this velocity-switched sample-plus-ambience collection.

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    Alesis M1 Active MkII

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Alesis update their cost-effective nearfields.

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    Amek DMCL

    Dual Mic Preamp & Compressor/Limiter

    Legendary designer Rupert Neve brings us the third in the Amek Pure Path range, a dual preamp and dynamics processor with unusually flexible filtering and side-chain facilities.

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    Analogue Solutions Filtered Coffee

    Analogue Filter Module

    Despite the prevalence of digital processing, stand-alone analogue filters continue to have an important part to play in modern production. It's no surprise to find Analogue Solutions releasing one - but the low price might cause a few raised eyebrows...

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    Buzz Audio MIA 1.0

    Musical Instrument Adaptor

    The Buzz MIA 1.0 is designed to solve interfacing problems between unbalanced instruments and balanced recording systems.

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    e-Lab Nu Directions

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 stars. e-Lab set out to produce a house sample CD. All the loops are either 125 or 130bpm, thumping bass drums dominate and every other element is designed to either reinforce or unobtrusively complement that all-important rhythm.

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    Edirol DA2496

    Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    Edirol are best known for their desktop music products, but they're heading into the professional arena with the DA2496, a high-quality eight-channel audio interface with a PCI card and breakout box.

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    Edirol UM880

    Eight-in/Eight-out USB MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    Edirol's latest offering is a well-specified multi-port USB MIDI interface which claims to offer excellent timing.

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    Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail

    Digital Reverb Processor

    The Holy Grail is probably the simplest digital reverb unit on the planet. Designed for guitar, the pedal will work with any instrument-level source...

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    Fostex DE10

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    Does this preset-based dual-channel multi-effects processor produce a performance that belies its entry-level price?

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    Hollywood Edge Premiere Edition 3 & 4 Sound Effects

    SFX Sample Libraries

    4/5 stars **** Hollywood Edge market one of the largest sound effects libraries in the world on audio CDs; we check out two of their massive collection...

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    Ilio Stark Raving Beats

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5 stars. Copious use of live performances and real percussion in these loops give them much more groove than you'd associate with a dance market library...

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    Making Waves v3

    Loop Sequencing Software [PC]

    The straightforward but effective Windows-based sequencing package Making Waves has been upgraded to include multi-channel recording, DirectX and MIDI support.

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    Mellotron MkVI

    Rebirth Of The Cool

    The Mellotron has had a chequered history, from '60s 'must-have' to '80s has-been, but it's survived bankruptcy and technological progress, and now it's back, in a brand-new, reworked form. We relate the story of this classic instrument, and see how the new version compares to the old.

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    Native Instruments Kontakt

    Software Sampler [PC & Mac]

    Although Native Instruments' Reaktor has offered sampling options for some time, it's taken the company a while to produce a dedicated software sampler: Kontakt. Can it make headway in what has become a crowded market?

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    Real Drumslive Vol. 1

    Sample Library

    *** 3/5 stars. This CD-ROM contains just over 1800 live drum loops, fills and hits for use with any sampler or MIDI + Audio sequencer that accepts WAV files.

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    Red Sound Elevata

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    Elevata is a 16-voice polyphonic, eight-part multitimbral modelling synth from UK innovators Red Sound. But with a number of virtual analogue synths available at the same price point, does the Elevata offer enough to distinguish itself?

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    Rode NT4 & NT5

    Condenser Microphones For Stereo Recording

    Do you prefer doing stereo recordings with two separate mics or with one dual-capsule mic? With their NT4 and NT5 models, Rode cater for both techniques.

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    Roland V-Bass

    Modelling Bass System

    Roland's new V-Bass refines the technology developed for the pioneering V-Guitar systems to meet the demands of bass players.

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    Roland VS2480 v2

    Digital Studio Workstation

    Roland have enhanced the VGA monitor graphical interface of their flagship 24-track recording workstation to make it easier to use, and have also thrown in a few extra features for good measure.

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    Schmid Digispy

    Digital Audio Transmission Analyser

    Digital audio is now very much a part of everyday studio life, but do you ever wonder how well your system is really working?

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    TC-Helicon Voice One

    Voice Modelling Processor

    The Voice One offers the second generation of TC-Helicon's pioneering modelling technology, along with powerful tools for manipulating and correcting pitch.

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    Toontrack Drumkit From Hell

    Sample Library

    5/5 stars ***** Based on samples taken from Ludwig and Sonor kits, Drumkit From Hell offers both the individual elements of a drum kit plus ready-made jazz and rock kits recorded to the highest audio quality.

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    Zero-G Pure Tabla

    Sample Library

    *** 3/5 Stars. Pure Tabla is based on a library of rhythmic tabla loops performed by Aref Durvesh, who has recorded with artists as diverse as Sting and Jeff Beck.

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Techniques

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    Q&A August 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Is it safe to switch all my gear off using one power switch? How can I get a vocal sound that's dry, but fits in the mix? How can I measure my soundcard's background noise level? Can I connect my keyboard's output to a mic input on my desk? How can I calculate the frequency of individual pitches? Will silica gel have a limited lifespan in my mic box? 

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