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December 2002 Magazine Contents

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    Apogee AP8AD & AP8DA

    A-D & D-A YGDAI Converter Cards

    If you're happy with the facilities of your Yamaha console or recorder, but you just want to upgrade the quality of the A-D/D-A conversion, these two cards from Apogee might be just what you're after.

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    Art Vista Cool Vibes

    Sample Library

    Score = **** 4/5 stars. Cool Vibes consists of a single GIG file containing 80 patches organised into 16 instruments, each with five stereo placements.

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    Behringer Virtualizer Pro dual-channel multi-effects processor.

    Behringer Virtualizer Pro

    Dual-channel Multi-effects Processor

    A low-cost multi-effects unit with a huge repertoire of effects.

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    Buzz Audio MA 2.2

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Another product from New Zealand's Buzz Audio gives you two channels of Class-A preamplification with switchable input impedance.

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    Digidesign Digi 002

    Digital Audio Workstation

    FireWire audio and MIDI interfaces are gaining in popularity, as are fader surfaces designed for hands-on control of computer recording packages. Now Digidesign have combined the two.

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    DigitalFishPhones Dominion

    Formats: Mac & PC VST

    Dominion is a 'signal modelling device' similar in concept to SPL's highly regarded Transient Designer dynamics processor, embodying characteristics of both compressors and expanders, yet without being either a compressor or an expander in the normal sense.

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    DUY SynthSpider

    Virtual Modular Synth

    Host-based programs allowing you to build your own synthesizers from virtual modules have been around for a while. Thanks to DUY, Pro Tools TDM and HD owners can now join in the fun.

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    Edirol Audio Capture UA700

    USB Audio + MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    Much more than just an audio and MIDI interface, Edirol's UA700 also incorporates a preamp with DSP effects, microphone and guitar amp modelling.

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    Ilio: The Memphis Horns

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. A combination of melody lines and chordal riffs which evoke the golden age of soul.

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    Kenton Control Freak Live

    MIDI Control Centre

    Kenton's latest take on their affordable hardware control surface concept eschews the faders of previous Control Freaks in favour of 16 knobs. And it manages to be cheaper than the fader versions...

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    Mackie SDR24/96

    24-track Hard Disk Recorder

    Mackie's new entry-level hard disk multitrack gives you all the convenience of hardware, but also allows you to transfer tracks to your computer via USB for more detailed editing and mixing.

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    If you want to investigate surround sound without investing in a high-quality 5.1 monitoring system at this early stage, the MJ Acoustics solution may well provide an ideal stepping stone.

    MJ Acoustics Pro Cinema 1 & Pro 50

    Passive Surround Monitor System & Active Subwoofer

    Looking to experiment with surround sound but on a tight budget? This new system could provide the opportunity you've been looking for.

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    Sony Oxford R3 EQ

    Formats: Mac & PC TDM/HD and PowerCore (VST & Mac MAS)

    R3 comprises a five-band, fully parametric EQ design plus switchable-slope, variable-frequency high and low-pass filters.

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    Steinberg Virtual Guitarist

    Plug-in Guitar Emulator [Mac/PC]

    This innovative VST Instrument from Steinberg and Wizoo aims to take the donkey work out of producing realistic sequenced guitar parts.

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    Studio Projects C1 & C3

    Capacitor Microphones

    A choice of two stylish and affordable microphones, each complete with hard case, shockmount and wind shield.

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    TL Audio Ivory 2 5013 & 5051

    Valve Signal Processors

    TL Audio have updated their popular Ivory-series processors in response to feedback from their user base. We try out two of the updated units to see what's new.

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    Ueberschall Groove Shadows

    Sample Library

    **** Score = 4/5 stars. These 350 rhythmic stereo loops, at tempos between 40 and 180bpm, are designed to be layered behind your own drum programming to add greater depth and ambient interest.

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    Yamaha S08

    88-note Weighted-action Synthesizer

    Finding an affordable keyboard with a good weighted action and a healthy selection of sounds suitable for studio and live use isn't as easy as you might think. Could Yamaha's S08 be the Holy Grail?

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Techniques

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    BIOS Tweaks For Music Performance

    PC Musician

    Your computer's most fundamental system settings are stored in its BIOS. Modifying them can help increase performance and eliminate glitches, but it's not something to approach lightly...

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    Music & Sound Design For Video Games

    Electronic Arts

    Film tie-in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets will be one of the most sophisticated video games ever created, and the soundtrack alone has taken the designers from Surrey to Seattle — by way of a school toilet...

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    Recording Electric Guitar

    From Miked-up Valve Amps To Physical Modelling Preamps

    There are now many different ways to record electric guitars, from miked-up valve amps to physical modelling preamps. So how do you decide which to use?

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    Studio SOS: Guitar Hums & Buzzes

    Noor Ali

    Hums, buzzes and noise were stopping Noor Ali recording his guitar parts, so SOS headed over to Worcestershire to set things straight.

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    Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10 [Part 2]

    Synth Secrets

    How did they make that sound on a subtractive synth? We continue to dissect the analogue 'Acoustic Piano' Performance from Roland's 1986-vintage JX10.

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    Using Reason: Part 2

    Making The Most Of Reason

    In the second half of this two-part series, we pass on tips that make sequencer use easier, explain device layering, and add some hints for the new devices added to Reason in the v2 update.

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    Yamaha SW1000XG EQ Response

    PC Notes

    We take a look at the EQ response of the Yamaha SW1000XG soundcard, the possibility of disabling the SMBus to gain an extra IRQ, and more advice on managing your updates.

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Sound Advice

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    Q & A December 2012

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can you advise on the powering and positioning of Behringer's Truth monitors? How can I control proximity effect? Why do speaker stands have spikes? Will Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist run on my PC? Will replacing my carpet with laminate affect the acoustics? Can you recommend a second-hand sampler with a floppy drive? How can I get broadcast masters to sound louder?

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People

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    Paul White circa 2002.

    Doing It The Hard Way

    Leader

    Isn't it time that the convergence of user interface design amongst the virtual instrument market began to happen on hardware recorders?

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    Ron Mulholland

    Readerzone

    Like many other musicians, the impact of modern computer-recording technology brought a huge step forward in the quality Ron could achieve with his home studio setup...

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    Soft Cell: Dave Ball & Ingo Vauk

    Recording Cruelty Without Beauty

    Pioneering electro-pop duo Soft Cell are back with a new album, seeking to combine the best of old and new production techniques.

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    Sounding Off: Authentic & Inspirational Ideas

    David Greeves

    Like authenticity, inspiration can't be bought and sold. Instead, it hides in all sorts of strange places and the only way to find it is to look...

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    Tim Ryan Of M-Audio

    Music Technology Visionary

    Tim Ryan, founder of Midiman (now better known as M-Audio) has successfully changed his company from a manufacturer of affordable sync boxes for MIDI sequencers into the fastest-growing American music-technology outfit. We find out where he's taking them next.

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Music Business

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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 4

    On The Record

    We've discussed how to set up your label and integrate it with the UK music business. But how you run it from day to day, and who you employ to help, is up to you. We look at how two own-label bosses manage...

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    The History Of Korg: Part 3

    40 Years Of Gear

    Cutting-edge innovation is by no means a guarantee of commercial success, but Korg have had a flair for both - although not always simultaneously. We look at how this continued to be true throughout the '90s to the present, when the company pushed the boundaries of physical modelling while refining their world-beating workstations.

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