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April 2003 Magazine Contents

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    Analogue Systems Spawn

    Patchable Analogue Monosynth

    This quirky rack synth not only offers that genuine analogue sound, but comes with built-in MIDI interfacing and a very useful degree of patchability, for exciting sound-design potential.

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    API 7600

    Input Module

    Not only does the API 7600 offer the heritage sound of the company's renowned Legacy consoles in a stand-alone rack unit, but multiple units can also be used to build a complete small mixer for audiophile recording.

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    Creative Labs Audigy 2 Platinum EX

    PC Soundcard

    As ever, Creative Labs' latest PC soundcard promises a lot of features for £200. But does it deliver the kind of performance that musicians need?

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    Dan Dean Solo Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings

    Sample Library

    • Solo Brass **** • Solo Woodwinds ***** • Solo Strings ***

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    Earthworks Sigma 6.2

    Time-coherent Reference Monitors

    Earthworks are already world-renowned for the fidelity of their microphones and preamps, and now their studio monitors are setting a benchmark for reference quality.

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    Edirol PCR50

    USB & MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Edirol's latest desktop music product is a controller keyboard that can also be used to control your sequencer's on-screen mixer.

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    Emu Vintage Pro

    Sample-based Vintage Keyboard Module

    10 years on from the Vintage Keys module, Emu are looking to repeat its success, this time with 128-note polyphony, 32 MIDI channels and 32MB of sample ROM. But is it a fine Vintage, or past its best?

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    Groove Tubes GT55, GT57, GT66 & GT67

    Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones

    Groove Tubes' versatile mics offer a range of facilities to suit every budget.

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    i3 DSP Quattro

    Real-time Audio Editor [Mac OS]

    This popular shareware sample editor has grown into a serious audio manipulation tool...

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    Peavey Kosmos

    Sub-harmonic Generator/Enhancer

    A combined sub-harmonic synthesizer and high-frequency psychoacoustic enhancer for live and studio use.

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    Plug-in Folder: April 2003

    Wave Arts Power Couple • Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle • Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets • Professional Sound Projects PSP84

    We check out Wave Arts Power Couple • Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle • Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets • Professional Sound Projects PSP84.

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    Rare Impractical & Deservedly Obscure Instruments

    Sample Library

    ****** 6/5 stars! Dave Stewart is a skilled musician and composer who's been reviewing sample libraries in SOS for years. With so much experience in this area, Dave has produced a library of his own, and rather than sampling conventional instruments, he's focused on a collection of unique instruments built up over many years.

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    Soundcraft Spirit E Series

    The newest Spirit mixers offer a straightforward feature set and long-throw faders at a seriously...

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    Spectrasonics Trilogy

    Sample-based Virtual Bass Module

    Trilogy is big on bass — its supplied library has 3GB of sounds! Is it sweet and low, or does it plumb new depths? We find out...

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    TC Electronic Reverb 6000

    Reverb Processor

    TC's flagship reverb processor, based on the System 6000 hardware, combines 16 channels of world-beating processing with flexible and lightning-fast operation.

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    TC Works Assimilator

    Fingerprint Equaliser Plug-in

    The latest plug-in for the TC Powercore card allows you to extract frequency responses from commercial tracks and apply them to your own mixes.

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Techniques

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    Digital Clocking Explained

    Most home studio owners now rely heavily on digital audio recording and processing, but you could be sacrificing the quality of your recordings if your system isn't clocked correctly.

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    Mac OS X For Musicians

    What You Need To Know

    The most dramatic overhaul of the Mac OS ever was ignored by most musicians until recently — and rightly, as established music applications and standards no longer run under it. But lately, there have been more and more reasons for musicians to leave OS 9 behind. If you're considering making the switch, read on...

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    Mastering Tracks In Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    This month's workshop shows you how to go about mastering your tracks in Logic, and there are also some useful tricks for faster audio and MIDI editing.

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    Speeding Up Windows

    Improving Windows Performance For Music

    Whatever version of Windows you're running, the chances are you can streamline it with a few simple tweaks.

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    Spicing Up Your Sampled Drums

    Breathing Life Into Your Recordings

    Few project studio owners have the space to record a real drum kit to its best advantage. However, drum parts that are completely sample-based can lack a sense of organic authenticity, and can make an otherwise good recording sound like a demo. Fortunately, there are several ways you can tackle this problem for more lively results.

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    Studio SOS: Uneven Bass Response

    Dave Wraight

    Dave Wraight had been having trouble with his mixes, despite twice upgrading his speaker system, so the SOS team set about diagnosing and treating his monitoring problems.

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    Synthesizing Bowed Strings: The Violin Family

    Synth Secrets

    Following our success at synthesizing the sound of analogue string machines, we hone our techniques with a view to recreating the sound of the real thing...

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    Using Your DAW's Gates & Expanders

    Software Gating Masterclass

    Following on from our discussion of compression and limiting last month, let's look at how you can use the related processes of gating and expansion within your DAW.

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    Yamaha Open Plug-in Technology (OPT) • Acousticase • SF2 Library

    PC Notes

    This month we look at why MIDI interfaces aren't always to blame for your MIDI timing problems, and report on the latest news regarding Yamaha's Open Plug-in Technology.

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Sound Advice

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    Q & A April 2003

    Definitive Answers To Readers' Questions

    What exactly is a modular synth? How slow is a slow release? How can I wire my 32:8:2 analogue desk to a 16-track recorder? How can I compensate for a lack of phase-reversal and EQ bypass controls on my mixer? Why do some bass notes have more 'punch' than others? Is there a problem with inputs on the Roland VS2480? Should I buy a DI box or a channel strip? Should EQ or compression be applied first? What is the advantage of recording with a higher resolution, as opposed to a higher sampling rate? Can I run V-Producer via OMS?

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People

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    Amon Tobin

    Out From Out Where

    If you don't think the sampler can be a musical instrument, then you haven't been listening to the music of Amon Tobin!

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    Cutting Edge

    Linux • Lindows • Sun Star Office • Edirol Audio Capture

    While Linux might not be ready to run your entire studio just yet, it could provide an ideal solution for a cheap additional computer to handle your everyday computing tasks, keeping the music computer safely isolated.

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    Hang The Duvet?

    Leader

    Getting the signal right at source when recording can save you time and money.

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    Neil Davidge: Recording 100th Window

    Massive Attack

    A new Massive Attack album is always an event, and this year's 100th Window was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated yet. Like its predecessor Mezzanine, it was co-produced and co-written by Neil Davidge.

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    Rob Jackson & The Low Country

    Readerzone

    Rob Jackson's latest project is a band called The Low Country, with a sparse, American sound that calls to mind the likes of Lucinda Williams and Low.

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    Sheryl Crow & Her Producers

    The Crow Road

    Sheryl Crow's rise to the top has seen her use — and lose — the talents of a lot of people behind the glass, from world-famous producers to unknown songwriters.

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    Sounding Off: What Is Real Music?

    Jyoti Mishra

    The argument over what's considered to be real music goes on and on (and on and on)...

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