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June 2003 Magazine Contents

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    ADAM S2.5A

    Active Studio Monitor

    Two-way nearfield monitors with cutting-edge ribbon tweeter technology.

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    Alesis QS6.2 & QS8.2

    Expandable 64-voice Sample-based Synths

    Alesis' QS6.2 and QS8.2 may induce a feeling of déjà vu — they look remarkably similar to 1995's QS6 and QS8. But eight years on, surely the spec has been significantly upgraded to reflect the passage of time?

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    Apogee Mini-Me

    Two-channel Preamp & A-D Converter

    This compact unit from Apogee offers high-end preamplification and conversion, along with a clutch of useful processing, monitoring and output facilities.

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    Applied Acoustics Tassman v3

    Modular Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    The latest version of this powerful modular software synth adds Mac support at last, includes many new modules, uses less CPU power than previous versions and has a much simplified user interface. What's not to like?

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    BLUE Kiwi

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    BLUE's flagship solid-state microphone combines their trademark distinctive styling with exceptional sonics.

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    Cakewalk Project5

    Pattern-based Music Production Software [Windows]

    At first sight, Cakewalk's new virtual studio suite might seem like a Reason clone — but it's actually a highly individual product, which offers a new and unique approach to creating music from patterns, sequences and loops.

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    Creamware SCOPE

    Open-ended DSP Platform

    Creamware's SCOPE Fusion Platform is a powerful and flexible PC and Mac-based music-production system that's often overlooked by computer-based musicians. We take a detailed look at the system and investigate what you might be missing.

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    JL Cooper CS32 Minidesk

    Portable Control Surface For DAWs

    JL Cooper's miniature controller packs 155 controls into a box the size of a book.

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    Line 6 Variax

    Modelling Guitar

    Not content with modelling guitar amps, Line 6 have now turned their attention to the guitars themselves.

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    Magix Samplitude 7.1

    Digital Audio Workstation [Windows]

    The latest 7.1 version of Magix's popular recording software adds support for native audio standards including ASIO and VST, as well as some tasty new features such as full plug-in delay compensation.

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    Roland M1000

    Digital Line Mixer

    A unique problem-solver from Roland combines line mixing, sample rate conversion and a USB audio interface in a single rack space.

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    Roland TD8KV

    Electronic V-Drum Kit

    Electronic drum kits have a bad reputation; straight away you think of nasty, pinging syndrums and unrealistic samples. But they've come a long way since the days when hexagonal red-rimmed drum pads ruled the roost, as we find out...

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    SAM Trombones

    Sample Library

    ***** Following their excellent SAM Horns title comes a Giga set dedicated to a three-trombone section, augmented by a fruity solo bass trombone.

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    Smart Sound Direct Hermit Cab

    Guitar Recording Cabinet

    Now you can have gain without the pain, courtesy of a sealed speaker box designed for recording electric guitars.

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    TC-Helicon Voice Works

    Mic Preamp & Effects Processor

    TC-Helicon's new rack unit aims to provide you with every conceivable vocal recording tool, including EQ, compression, pitch-correction, double-tracking, intelligent harmony generation and effects.

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    Ultra Magnetic Beats

    Sample Library

    **** Programmed and produced by Lukecage in the heart of LA, Ultra Magnetic Beats is AMG's latest hip-hop sample library

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    Vintaudio Upright Piano Collection

    Sample Library

    **** While you might think that the large number of high-quality sampled pianos already available would cater for most musicians' needs, there has always been a breed of piano largely absent: namely, upright pianos...

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    Voyager By Bob Moog

    Analogue Performance Monosynth

    The man behind the Mini has brought us the Voyager — an updated version of the original Minimoog for the 21st century. How does it compare to the original, how does it sound, and how does it play? Read this in-depth review and find out.

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    Yamaha Motif Rack

    128-voice Rackmount Synth

    It seems simple enough — take the successful Motif workstation, remove the keyboard, and release it as a more affordable rack unit. But there's lots more to the Motif Rack than meets the eye...

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    Zarg Music Prophet & Prophet Plus 3.1

    Virtual Instrument Plug-in

    Formats: Creamware SFP

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Q & A

    Your Questions Answered

    What advantages are there to variable input impedance? • How can I extract loops from audio sample CDs? • Can I use the True Tape option in Cubase to prevent clipping? • Should I use S/PDIF or AES for long cable runs? • Can you have too much low-frequency absorption? • What's the best way to use the multiple filters on my soft synth?

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People

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    Ben Salisbury

    Composing For The Life Of Mammals

    BBC Bristol's natural history series 'The Life Of Mammals' was a high-profile production, with stunning visuals that demanded an equally impressive soundtrack.

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    Business End

    MPG Reader Demo Assessments

    Under scrutiny this month by the Music Producers Guild panellists are: Jazz Dentist; Pig; Alex Moody; Qhixldekx

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    Chris Gehringer of Sterling Sound

    Mastering Engineer

    As one of the senior engineers at New York's famous Sterling Sound, Chris Gehringer has mastered some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hits of recent years.

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    Demo Doctor

    Readers' Demo Recordings Assessed

    This month: Blue Dog Yawning = Top Demo • Guy Katsav • Quickies: Richard Amos; Andy Ruff; Martin Noakes; Dirtyboy

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    Extreme Music

    Russell Emanuel & Dolph Taylor | Production Music

    Production music's sub-standard image means that many composers and producers ignore it, despite its commercial potential. Extreme Music are a London-based company who are trying to change the perception of library music.

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    Joe Zawinul

    Jazz Keyboardist

    Joe Zawinul is perhaps the best-known and most influential keyboardist in jazz. He pioneered the use of electric keyboards and synths with Weather Report, and at 70 he's still at the peak of his powers.

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    Sounding Off: Studio Building For Education

    Steve Gurevitz

    Music technology is being taught more widely than ever before. But who's teaching the teachers, and who's building their studios?

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    The Soft Bulletin

    Leader

    Another insightful missive from SOS Editor-in-chief Paul White.

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