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November 2002 Magazine Contents

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    BLUE Baby Bottle

    Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    BLUE's newest hand-built condenser mic is their most affordable yet, and continues their tradition for striking styling. But does it sound as good as it looks?

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    Emagic Xtreme Digital & Xtreme Hip-Hop

    Sample Library

    Following on from the success of their Xtreme Analog library, Emagic have followed up with two more discs of EXS24 sonic ammunition in the form of Xtreme Digital and Xtreme Hip-Hop.

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    Klein+Hummel O 100 & O 800

    Active Monitors & Subwoofer

    A versatile and cost-effective modular system which can cater for stereo and surround monitoring in both nearfield and midfield applications.

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    Korg KP2 Kaoss Pad

    Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler

    Korg give their creative real-time effects processor a face-lift, adding new algorithms, extra sampling power, and tempo-matching facilities.

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    Metric Halo 2882 Mobile I/O

    FireWire Audio Interface

    Despite the obvious advantages of FireWire as an audio interface protocol, MOTU have had the market to themselves. Now, however, Metric Halo's Mobile I/O looks likely to threaten their dominance, offering true portability and built-in DSP mixing.

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    Pure Hip-Hop

    Sample Library

    3/5 stars. Zero-G continues its range of lower-priced 'Pure' titles with this collection of hip-hop samples of drum loops, scratch loops and turntable tricks...

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    Roland MMP2

    Mic Modelling Preamp

    This new front end from Roland combines two high-quality analogue mic preamps with digital EQ, dynamics, and physical modelling effects. Plus, you can choose to control it from its front panel or from a computer via USB.

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    Roland XV2020

    Synth Module

    Designed to replace the JV1010 as Roland's entry-level synth product, the XV2020 is diminutive, affordable, and crammed with those great XV sounds. But what's it like to use?

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    Scarbee J-Slap & J-Fingered

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5 stars. What does a talented bass player do after developing wrist problems? If you're Thomas Skarbye, you use the capabilities of GigaStudio to develop the ultimate bass sample library.

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    Sonic Implants Symphonic String Collection

    Orchestral Sample Library

    The sampling world, still reeling from the impact of Garritan Orchestral Strings, faces a full-scale onslaught from a fresh challenger.

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    Sonic Reality Sonic Synth

    Sampletank Sample Library & Player [Mac/PC]

    Sonic Reality's new Sampletank-format library comes with a free player.

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    Tascam Pocketstudio 5

    Portable Digital Studio

    Tascam's Pocketstudio might not be quite what you'd call pocket-sized, but it does cram an MP3 digital recorder, a General MIDI sound module and comprehensive multi-effects into an impressively small space.

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    Tascam US224

    Control Surface, USB Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    With their latest recording tool, Tascam aim to entice hobbyists away from their cassette multitrackers and onto their computers.

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    Viscount DB3

    Digital Drawbar Organ

    Years after releasing their successful OB series of digital drawbar organs under the Oberheim brand, Viscount have updated their take on organ modelling with the new DB series. But the march of progress seems to have executed an abrupt about-turn...

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    Yamaha DM2000

    Digital Mixing Console

    Using the same improved technology seen within the 02R96, Yamaha's DM2000 provides an upgrade path for those who need more channels, even more hands-on control, and the purest in mic preamplification.

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    Yellow Tools Pure E-Basses Vol. 1 & 2

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5 stars. We check out this pair of sampled bass guitar titles from respected German developers Yellow Tools.

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Techniques

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    Planning Your Studio Wiring

    Studio Installation Workshop

    Suffering from signal degradation or mains hum on your audio lines? The chances are that you're having problems with impedance matching or earth loops. However, with a little understanding and some careful planning, these gremlins can be successfully eliminated.

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    Q&A November 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Is it possible to link multiple Tascam 788 recorders? How can I move files between my computers? How do I use a degausser to demagnetise tape heads? What's the difference between the Sennheiser MD421 and MD421 MkII microphone? Can you suggest a good weighted keyboard? Can I copy vinyl to CD via an S/PDIF connection? Can I use my Logic plug-ins with another sequencer? How do digital errors affect the stereo image?

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    Studio SOS: Turkish Delights

    Murat Yucel

    A special holiday edition of our hands-on troubleshooting column comes direct from sunny Turkey, where Paul White forsakes the beach to help Murat Yucel refine his band's recording setup.

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    Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10 [Part 1]

    Synth Secrets

    As explained last month, synthesizing the sound of an acoustic piano is difficult, but it can be done reasonably realistically, as the 1986-vintage Roland JX10 shows. We find out how Roland managed it...

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    Rightmark's Audio Analyser provides a simple way to assess various aspects of the audio performance of your PC soundcard and compare it to others, and best of all, it's freeware.

    Testing & Improving PC Soundcard Audio Performance

    Clear Signals

    An hour spent fine-tuning the performance of your soundcard can yield permanent improvements in background noise, distortion levels and frequency response.

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    Using Reason: Part 1

    Making The Most Of Reason

    Propellerhead Software's flexible studio package can take you in all kinds of new creative directions if you know how to get the best out of it. Let us be your guide...

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    A metronome.

    Using Tempo Changes

    Sequencing Tips

    All modern sequencers make it easy to enhance your arrangements with subtle tempo variations, but these facilities are often ignored.

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People

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    Mike Oldfield: Tres Lunas

    Combining Music And Virtual Reality

    One of the UK's most successful instrumentalists, Mike Oldfield is now embarking on a pioneering attempt to combine music and virtual reality.

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    Sounding Off: The State Of Music Today

    Marius Kahan

    It's always the music industry that gets blamed when people bemoan the state of music today; but maybe they shouldn't be so eager to point the finger...

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    The Avalanches

    Darren Seltmann & Robbie Chater

    The Avalanches' acclaimed debut album Since I Left You is composed almost entirely of samples from other records - but there's nothing lazy or unimaginative about their approach to recording...

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    Paul White.

    What Makes A Good Studio?

    Leader

    You can please some of the people all of the time, or all of the people some of the time; but striking the best balance between the two becomes increasingly difficult as recording technology becomes more fragmented.

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Music Business

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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 3

    On The Record

    This series has already looked at the legalities of song ownership and how to make money from song publishing — but, as the head of your own label, you also make money from record sales. Like publishing income, however, it's not straightforward. We explain the basics...

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    The History Of Korg: Part 2

    40 Years Of Gear

    In the 1980s and early '90s, with Yamaha's help, Korg expanded dramatically, producing some of the first affordable digital recorders and physical-modelling instruments. But it was their world-class synths, such as the M1 and Wavestation, that made them the company they are today...

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