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    Akai MPC4000

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai's MPC sampling workstations have been a studio fixture for nearly 15 years, and the MPC4000 is the most powerful one yet. But the world of sampling has changed dramatically since the MPC2000XL was released. Can an MPC still cut it in the 21st century?

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    Alesis CLX440

    Compressor/Expander Limiter

    Although it features a familiar analogue-style control interface, the CLX440 has a digital interior that allows it to offer advantages such as a 'Look Ahead' facility more commonly found in plug-in processors.

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    Audio Technica AT4040 SM

    Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    At a price point of around £300, there are already very good contenders for your money on the quality condenser mic market. Does the 4040 SM have what it takes to become a front-runner?

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    Bitshift Audio pHATmatik Pro

    VST Sample Loop Manipulation Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Users of Propellerhead's Recycle could be forgiven for thinking that sample slicing couldn't get much easier, but Bitshift Audio's pHATmatik Pro aims to prove them wrong by offering an unprecedented level of integration with MIDI + Audio sequencers.

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    Brauner Phantom

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    The Phantom is the first valveless mic from a company known for their top-quality valve designs. Will their solid-state debut make as good a name for itself?

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    Deep Fried Hammond

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 Stars. A copyright-free collection of conventional, innovative and sometimes downright unusual Hammond licks, fills, riffs, grooves, progressions, slides, growls and funky bass lines all designed to spice up any track.

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    Dynaudio Acoustics Air Series

    Integrated Digital Loudspeaker System

    Dynaudio Acoustics use cutting-edge digital signal processing, developed with TC Electronic, to increase the fidelity of their existing driver technology.

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    EastWest Steve Smith's Rhythmic Journey

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 Stars. This is an experienced, technically accomplished drummer playing some good, controlled multi-purpose rock and pop grooves with a strong, but not unduly aggressive delivery.

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    Focusrite Octopre

    Eight-channel Mic Preamp

    Focusrite's Platinum series expands further with an unusually affordable eight-channel mic preamp boasting dynamics on every channel.

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    Garrison Orchestral Strings Update

    Sample Library

    What does a sample developer do after creating an acclaimed orchestral strings library? Take a holiday? Not if you're Gary Garritan...

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    Ghetto Grooves

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 Stars. While Ghetto Grooves has an obvious hip-hop and R&B bias, it should appeal to producers of every flavour of downtempo dance music.

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    Ilio Keys To The City

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 Stars. This collection of sample loops is dominated by keyboard phrases, and loops aimed at producers of dance, hip-hop, R&B, pop, funk and electronica.

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    Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn

    Filter, Effects, Amp Modeller & Drum Box

    It's a sequenceable filter, it's an amp modeller, and it's a drum machine... it's the AdrenaLinn, the new guitar processor from famed designer Roger Linn, best known for his classic drum machines and sequencing workstations.

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    Roland VK8

    Virtual Tonewheel Organ

    The VK8 is Roland's latest addition to their long-established VK series of tonewheel organ emulations. But due to the current popularity of the tonewheel sound, there are now plenty of other Hammond imitators around. Can the new VK stand its ground?

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    Sintefex FX2000 & CX2000

    Stereo EQ/Compressor & Compressor/Gate

    What if you could access the sound and controllability of a range of the best-known classic analogue compressors and EQs, from a single rackmount box, in the digital domain? Two advanced processors from Sintefex aim to offer just this ability.

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    Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 6.0

    Digital Audio Editor [PC]

    Sonic Foundry's popular stereo editor takes another step forward with the introduction of non-destructive editing and a multitasking audio engine.

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    Vox Valvetronix

    Modelling Guitar Amplifier

    This hybrid physical modelling, valve and solid-state design, presented in a classic AC30-style format, aims to offer the best of all possible worlds. How far does it succeed?

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    Zero-G Brutal Beats

    Sample Library

    *** 3/5 Stars. Recorded in the Townhouse's stone room, Scottish session drummer Geoff Dugmore bashes his way through some classic rock beats with many variations, intros and fills...

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Techniques

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    Studio Installation Workshop

    Basic Tools & Techniques

    Most SOS readers seem either to be setting up a studio or refining their existing setup, and could save money and hassle by doing much of the wiring and installation themselves. We explain how.

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    Studio SOS: Mixes That Don't Travel

    Tim Way

    Another reader's studio gets the benefit of expert SOS staff attention. This month, it's the turn of Tim Way, whose mixes sound fine in his own studio, but don't travel well.

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    Synthesizing Cowbells & Claves

    Synth Secrets

    Having learned last month how to synthesize tuned bells, we turn this time, in the last of this series on the subject of percussion, to untuned bells — in the form of the humble cowbell — and claves.

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    The Truth About Latency: Part 1

    Soft Synth Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    Theoretical figures and manufacturers' measurements may suggest that the latency of your soft synths is negligible — but that's no use if their timing is all over the place when you actually play them. Our real-world results give you the true picture.

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    Uniting Music & Film

    The Ballet Mécanique

    Not content with reviving and staging a 1920s avant-garde work for the first time, Paul D. Lehrman also worked out a way to reunite the piece with its contemporary film, which was never used due to technical problems. This is how...

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    Waves Native Plug-ins

    PC Notes

    As Intel and AMD continue to push the clock speeds and architectures of PC processors, music software developers are taking advantage of the optimisations possible, as demonstrated by Waves with the latest update to their native plug-ins.

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A September 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I use my external effects units with my Akai DPS16 hard disk recorder? How can I convert my mono recordings into stereo? Are there any cheap multi-band compression plug-ins? How can I reverse the effects of performing Windows XP tweaks?

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People

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    Apples And Lemons

    Leader

    Despite rumours that Apple was on the lookout for a major audio company, Apple's buyout of German developers Emagic took us all by surprise...

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    Damon Albarn & Simon Burwell

    Recording Mali Music

    Mali Music is one of the most ambitious collaborations yet between European and African musicians. The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, it also represented the first big break for producer Simon Burwell.

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    Jimmy Douglass

    Sound Engineer

    Some engineers earn a reputation for classic recording techniques and live bands, while others help to create the cutting-edge sounds of modern rap and R&B. From Foreigner and the Rolling Stones to Timbaland and Missy Elliot, Jimmy Douglass has done both.

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    Phoenix J

    Readerzone

    Originally from Singapore, Phoenix does all the engineering and production herself in a home studio based around a Roland VS1680.

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    Sounding Off: Bad Web Sites

    Tom Flint

    Web sites are one of the greatest revolutions of the information age; but is their purpose being undermined by bad design?

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Music Business

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    30 Years Of Emu

    The History Of Emu Systems

    A number of hi-tech music manufacturers are celebrating important anniversaries this year and next year. In the first of several articles on these companies, we look at the milestone products made by Emu, who drove the sampling revolution in the '80s.

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    Apple's Emagic Takeover

    The Inside Story Of The Deal That Changed The Music World

    The music technology world changed overnight on June 30th, as Apple announced their acquisition of German sequencer heavyweight Emagic, becoming the first computer manufacturer to own a music software company. Our team brings you the latest news on how and why the deal went through, and what the changes may mean for Emagic and their PC and Mac users.

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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 1

    On The Record

    With record industry cutbacks all round, the prospect of success with a major record label seems more remote than ever for most musicians. So why not start your own? Many of us think about it, but what would you actually need to do? Our new 7-part series tells you...

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