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July 2003 Magazine Contents

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    Apple 17-Inch Powerbook

    Laptop Computer

    With the largest screen ever featured on a portable computer, Apple's flagship laptop would be tempting even if it didn't offer lots of musician-friendly features such as versatile connectivity and quiet operation...

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    Arturia Moog Modular V

    Virtual Modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    For their latest software instrument, Arturia have taken on the tough job of modelling a modular synth — and it's the granddaddy of them all, a Moog modular... Switched-on software or spaghetti junction? We find out.

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    Audio Technica AT3060

    Phantom-powered Valve Microphone

    This ground-breaking new tube mic design can run directly from phantom power. But how does it sound?

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    Blue Sky Pro Desk 2.1

    Active Monitoring System

    Blue Sky provide their innovative speaker technology, first seen in the Sky System One, in a new and more compact system.

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    Creamware Noah

    Instrument-modelling Hardware Synthesizer

    Software instruments are flexible, upgradeable, and frequently offer better user interfaces, while hardware offers better tactile feedback and is easier to use live. But what if you could combine the plus points of both? Enter the Noah...

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    Demeter RV1

    Dual Spring Reverb

    Just what you've always wanted — a high-spec spring reverb for the digital age!

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    Echo Indigo

    PCMCIA Headphone Output For Laptop Computers

    Your laptop computer probably already has a headphone output — but does it offer low-latency 24-bit ASIO, GSIF, MME, Direct Sound and Core Audio drivers? Echo's Indigo does.

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    FMR Really Nice Preamp

    Mic Preamp

    FMR's dual-channel mic preamp offers a transparent sound at a project-studio price.

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    Hammond B3

    Modelled Electromechanical Tonewheel Organ

    Synthesized, sampled, or modelled, the Hammond B3 tonewheel organ has inspired many imitations over the years. Now, for 15 thousand pounds, you can own Hammond's attempt at recreating the original. How close have they come?

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    Lapjockey Flatpack

    Sample Library

    Flatpack contains a large selection of patches and sample sets for each of the modules in Reason v2 and, though largely electronic in character, it steers clear of catering for any single, specific style or genre.

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    Making Waves Studio

    Loop-based Music Production Software [Windows]

    Making Waves have been developing their eponymous looping software to include new features such as VST Instrument support and high sample-rate recording, while retaining its core virtues of simplicity and low hardware requirements.

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    RME Hammerfall DSP 9652

    Soundcard [Mac & PC]

    RME have added MIDI I/O and extensive DSP facilities to their well-regarded Hammerfall digital soundcard. Will the new Hammerfall DSP keep its place as a benchmark for audio interface design?

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    Sibelius G7

    Mac & PC Notation Software For Guitarists

    Sibelius Software have won over the classical music community with their well-regarded score-writing software. Can their new G7 package do the same for guitarists?

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    Sonic Foundry Scoring Pack 1

    Sample Library

    Cinematix Vol. 1: 3* • James Johnson Spektral Minimalism: 5* • Robert Rich Ambient Atmospheres & Rhythms: 4* • Numina Emotional Peak Sounds For Cinema: 5* • Orchestral Series 3: Cinematic: 4*

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    Sonic-O-Tool 2

    Sample Library

    Considering the kinds of cutting-edge dance music styles that are usually associated with Reason, the idea of a General MIDI Refill might appear to be a bit of a strange one...

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    Steinberg Groove Agent

    Virtual Drummer [Mac / PC]

    If you don't fancy programming drums from scratch, but you find pre-recorded drum loops too inflexible, perhaps what you need is Steinberg's virtual drummer...

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    Synapse Audio Orion Platinum

    Software Studio [Windows]

    Synapse Audio's Orion is now supplied platinum-coated and, with only a modest price rise over the Pro version, is also available in a cardboard box.

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    Tascam CDGT1

    CD Guitar Trainer

    Tascam's colourful new CDGT1 lets you easily practice playing or singing alongside your favourite CD.

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    TFPro P3

    Recording Channel

    The latest update of Ted Fletcher's ubiquitous half-rack recording channel.

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    The Sound Guy: SFX Machine RT

    Plug-In Folder

    This Adobe Premiere plug-in has now been ported to two different real-time plug-in formats: VST (for Mac OS 9, OS X and Windows) and Apple's new Audio Unit standard (for OS X).

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    Yamaha MG16/4

    Mixing Console

    We test this entry-level mixer for simple recording and monitoring tasks.

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    Zoom MRS802

    Digital Multitracker

    A complete studio in a box, for around the cost of a decent software sequencing package.

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