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October 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus Indigo 2

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    Hot on the heels of the recent Virus C comes the Virus Indigo 2, now upgraded to include the new Virus C synth engine. And what a difference it makes!

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    Big Fish Audio Breakbeat 3

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. To save wading through the stacks of unwanted vinyl at the local charity shop, Big Fish Audio have produced Breakbeat 3, a two-CD set of live drum loops.

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    Digital Village PC

    Music Computer

    Many UK music technology retailers are now building specialist PCs to order, and Digital Village are no exception. Their Pentium 4 systems promise careful optimisation at a very competitive price.

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    Drawmer Tube Station TS1

    Tube Preamp & Compressor

    A compressor and front end combining pedigree Drawmer performance with ease of use.

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    EMES Pink TV

    Active Monitors

    This pair of nearfields from EMES offer precision monitoring for small rooms.

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    ESI Pro WaMi Rack 192X

    Audio Interface For PC

    As well as bringing 192kHz capability to the project-studio market, ESI Pro's new range of soundcards also features revolutionary drivers which allow the PC user new freedom to route audio between applications.

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    IK Multimedia Amplitube

    Virtual Guitar Amp Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Digital hardware that models classic guitar amps has been big business in recent years, but in the software field Line 6's Amp Farm has had the market to itself. Now, however, IK's Amplitube looks set to provide some serious competition.

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    LA Riot: The Funky Drummers

    Sample Library

    * Score = 1/5. Format: Audio. Over three hours of warm and punchy drumming well suited for modern pop, electronica or hip-hop...

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    London Orchestral Percussion

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. LOP is a superior, consistently played, musically thorough and sensibly programmed library.

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    MXL V69

    Tube Microphone

    We check out MXL's most affordable tube microphone yet.

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    PMI Grandioso Steinway Model D

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 stars. Post Musical Instruments' Grandioso is a sampled piano library, which modestly claims to be "the best sampled piano ever"...

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    QL Voices Of The Apocalypse

    Sample Library

    ***** Score = 5/5 stars. A choral library with a difference. VOTA aims to provide the composer with the samples needed to recreate the sound of a Hollywood choir.

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    SM Pro Audio FX01 Prism

    Programmable Multi-effects Processor

    A new company adds another affordable effects unit to the market. But does it have what it takes to compete with the established big names?

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    Soundlib CDXtract 4.0

    Universal File Converter & Database [PC/Mac]

    CDXtract 4 is a handy cross-platform utility for extracting and converting sample data from CD-ROMs.

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    Spectrasonics Stylus

    Plug-in Groove Instrument

    Spectrasonics' new software instruments are based around a vast library of sampled material, but also contain enough processing options to make them more like virtual synths. We check out the rhythm-oriented Stylus...

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    Vermona MARS & MARS Control

    Analogue Synth Module & Controller

    The German team behind the inexpensive MARS have been responsible for several SOS-reviewed products in the past, although the MARS is the first under their own brand name Vermona. But is it more of a Trabant than an Audi?

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    Yamaha 02R96

    Digital Mixing Console

    After seven years, one of the most successful digital consoles has been completely overhauled, improving the sound quality and ergonomics, and catering for new high-resolution and surround-sound formats.

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    Yamaha AW16G

    Digital Audio Workstation

    First there was the 4416, then the 2816. Now Yamaha have announced a baby brother for their AW audio workstations, in the form of the AW16G.

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Techniques

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    Nashville Recording

    Recording & Production Insights From Nashville's Top Engineers

    Nashville is still a place of legend when it comes to music. Although overall sales of the city's flagship genre, country music, have dipped somewhat from their mid-'90s peak, Nashville still has a recording legacy matched by few cities in the world.

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    Studio SOS: Boxy Vocals & A Weedy Mix

    Nick Tucker

    The SOS team rushes to the rescue of a reader in Somerset suffering from boxy vocals, a weedy mix, and a dodgy tweeter.

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    Synthesizing Pianos

    Synth Secrets

    Surely the only convincing synth pianos are sample-based ones? A sound as rich and expressive as that of an acoustic piano is far too complex to be rendered by subtractive synthesis... isn't it? Let's find out...

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    The Truth About Latency: Part 2

    Latency & Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

    In the second part of our investigation into the real-world delays caused by PC hardware and software, we consider the differences between different MIDI applications and versions of Windows. Are some sequencers really 'tighter' than others?

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Sound Advice

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    Q&A October 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Should I buy a second-hand tape recorder or cheap digital multitracker? How can I stop my speakers from 'booming'? Should the earth pin in an XLR plug be soldered to the shell? How reliable is the word clock on Yamaha's SW1000XG? Can you advise me about connecting a classic Leslie to a VK8?

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People

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    Bedrock

    DJ John Digweed & Nick Muir

    Internationally renowned DJ John Digweed and studio partner Nick Muir make cutting-edge dance music as Bedrock.

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    Creature Comforts

    Leader

    When we first came up with the idea for Studio SOS, we didn't quite know what to expect. To our knowledge, no other recording magazine had attempted to solve readers' problems actually in their own studios...

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    Markus Popp: Music As Software

    Oval

    According to Oval's Markus Popp, traditional definitions and categories are inadequate when it comes to evaluating electronic music. Instead, his highly conceptual projects aim to make us understand music in terms of the software processes used to produce it.

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    Media Adventures

    Hans Zimmer & Jay Rifkin

    From Rain Man to The Lion King, and Gladiator to Mission Impossible 2, Hans Zimmer's music is known by audiences worldwide. With business partner Jay Rifkin, Zimmer is also responsible for Media Ventures, a music studio that offers a unique environment for media composers.

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    Sounding Off: Who 'Owns' A Sample?

    Chris Eccles

    Copyright law may be very rigid these days, but in the context of creativity, who actually 'owns' a sample?

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Music Business

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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 2

    On The Record

    In Part 1's introduction to this series, we explained some of the legal issues which you need to consider when setting up a record label to release your own material. This time, we take a closer look at publishing and royalties.

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    The History Of Korg: Part 1

    40 Years Of Korg Gear

    Over the 40 years of their existence, Korg have produced a huge variety of groundbreaking music gear, from electronic percussion to industry-standard synths, and from guitar tuners to digital recording workstations. This month, we look back at how it all started...

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