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January 2003 Magazine Contents

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    Analogue Solutions Vostok

    Analogue Pin-matrix Synth

    Pin-matrix synths, like EMS's legendary VCS3 and Synthi A(KS), are fairly scarce these days, but Analogue Solutions' Vostok revisits the concept in a more affordable form. Is it a vintage-inspired classic, or is it just history?

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    Bardstown Audio Classic Accordions

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5. Bardstown Audio has collected together nine classic accordions in this two-CD Giga-format collection, and all are sampled from instruments made in the 1950s, when they were hand-made to high standards.

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    Edirol SD80

    GM / GS Sound Module

    The latest Studio Canvas module from Edirol aims to expand the sound palette available to those who need GM and GS compatibility.

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    Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro

    Recording Channel

    The Platinum Voicemaster Pro updates the original Voicemaster concept, adding new features as well as design improvements.

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    Korg D1200

    Digital Recording Studio

    Having upgraded their D16 to the D1600, Korg have now revamped the 12-track D12 to the D1200. So where does Korg's latest offering stand in the competitive digital multitracker marketplace?

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    Korg Microkorg

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer & Vocoder

    Korg's Electribe grooveboxes presented their analogue-modelling technology in an affordable, dance-friendly format and were a smash success. Now, using the MS2000 virtual analogue synth as a starting point, they're hoping for similar budget triumph with the fun-sized Microkorg...

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    Lexicon MPX550

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    Lexicon update their MPX500 with more editing parameters, extra mastering processes, and more user patches.

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    Line 6 PodXT

    Modelling Guitar Preamp & Effects Processor

    This new version of Line 6's ground-breaking Pod guitar processor combines improved amp modelling with a host of high-quality effects plundered from the company's range of rack processors.

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    MAM MLM62

    Rackmount Mixer

    This compact mixer could be a godsend if you've got more sound modules and effects units than soundcard inputs.

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    PMC DB1S

    Miniature Nearfield Monitor

    Introducing the world's smallest transmission-line speaker.

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    Primacoustic London Systems

    Acoustic Treatment Kits

    We check out these integrated kit solutions to room-acoustic problems in the project studio.

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    Samson C01

    Condenser Microphone

    Samson seek a share of the budget microphone market with their highly competitive new large-diaphragm condenser.

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    Software Technology VAZ 2010

    Software Synth [PC]

    The latest version of the popular VAZ software synth combines the simplicity and low cost of a preset design with some advanced options from the full-fat VAZ Modular.

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    Sonic Foundry Acid Pro v4

    Audio + MIDI Loop Sequencer [Windows]

    With the addition in version 4 of surround sound mixing, ASIO and VST Instrument support and an expanding MIDI functionality, Sonic Foundry are attempting to move Acid beyond its original role in loop-based music creation.

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    ST Audio DSP24 Media 7.1

    PC Audio & MIDI Interface

    ST Audio's recording interface provides multi-channel, multi-client audio I/O, as well as MIDI In and Out and full 24-bit/96kHz capability, for a highly affordable £230.

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    Ueberschall Da Nu Hiphop Era

    Sample Library

    **** 4/5. Da Nu Hiphop Era is a two-CD set (both audio) made up of 27 construction kits.

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    Zero-G Creative Essentials

    Sample Library

    ***** 5/5. Zero-G have reworked the entire contents of their extensive library into a single, three-CD Refill package for use with Reason, providing over 9000 individual samples.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Q & A January 2003

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? • Are red indicators in audio software significant? • What is 'zero level'? • Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? • Why have my faders stopped working? • Does normalising have any adverse effect on audio? • Can I obtain better orchestral sounds on a budget?

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People

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    Andy Cross: Zoo Audio

    Readerzone

    Although we don't usually cover commercial studios in Readerzone, Andy Cross's small Zoo Audio studio has found its way here because it is one of the few studios in the country to contain an Esmono recording booth.

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    David Newman

    Film Composer

    Composition runs in David Newman's family, and he's become one of Hollywood's most sought-after writers of music for film.

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    Ernst Nathorst-Böös

    Propellerhead Software

    Propellerhead, makers of the unique Reason software studio, have come from nowhere to award-winning developer status in just eight years. We catch up with one of the key men behind this small but influential Swedish company.

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    Future Bible Heroes: Stephin Merritt, Chris Ewen & Claudia Gonson

    No More Love Songs?

    With the cult triple album 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt established himself as one of the most remarkable songwriters around. The Future Bible Heroes' new album sees his trademark lyrical cleverness paired with Chris Ewen's distinctive, organic electronica.

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    Saving Graces

    Leader

    Digital data can't actually be considered 'real' unless it exists in at least two different places...

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    Sounding Off: Not Convinced About Surround Sound

    Matt Bell

    The combined might of the record industry is currently behind the attempt to persuade us that surround is the next big thing - but many of us still remain to be convinced...

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