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August 2003 Magazine Contents

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    AKG K271

    Closed-back Headphones

    A new pair of closed-back headphones from AKG which are well suited to recording and overdubbing.

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    Alto Alpha Mic Tube

    Stereo Tube Preamp

    This metal half-rack mic preamp offers variable tube drive.

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    Aphex Xciter

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer Pedals

    A set of pedals offering the famous Aural Exciter and Big Bottom processes for your choice of instrument.

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    Audiotrak Prodigy

    24-bit/192kHz PC Soundcard

    Launched under their Audiotrak badge, ESI's Prodigy 192 audio card provides support for 24-bit and 192kHz audio plus optional digital and MIDI I/O. But the really good news for software-based musicians is that it also provides a low-cost route to the company's EWDM drivers and Direct Wire technology.

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    BLUE Ball

    Phantom-powered Dynamic Mic

    BLUE's most affordable mic yet continues their tradition of off-the-wall design and styling.

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    Boomedia Studio Weapons

    PC DirectX Plug-ins

    This bundle consists of no fewer than 11 Direct X plug-in instruments and five effect plug-ins.

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    Cycling '74 Radial

    Loop-based Performance Software for Mac OS

    Options are growing in number for electronic musicians who want to perform live, and the latest real-time loop manipulation tool, Cycling '74's Radial, promises a new and uniquely intuitive user interface.

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    East West Public Enemy: Welcome To The Sampledome

    Sample Library

    With PE main man Chuck D (alongside Gary G-Wiz) on production, this library features 49 original construction kits spread over two audio CDs.

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    Electro-Harmonix LPB 2ube

    Stereo Tube Preamp

    A pedal-based stereo tube preamp for use with unbalanced line or instrument sources, including guitars and basses.

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    Gmedia Oddity

    Virtual Synthesizer Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    We take a journey through a new software instrument that aims to put the distinctive sound of the famous ARP Odyssey analogue synth into your computer.

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    Hartmann Neuron

    Neuronal Resynthesizing Keyboard

    What if an instrument could combine the realism of a sampler with the complete control over its sounds that only a true synth can offer? That's what the long-awaited Hartmann Neuron claims to do. We put it to the test...

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    Intuitive Works Intuitive MX

    PC Audio Recording Software

    As recording software gets more and more complicated, French developers Intuitive Works are taking a different tack with their first product, emphasising ease of use and ergonomic design.

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    Korg BX3 Organ

    Dual-manual Modelled Combo Organ

    Korg's CX3 digitally modelled combo organ went down a storm when we reviewed it some two years ago. Now it's time to find out if the dual-manual BX3 is twice as good.

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    M&K CR2401 & CR480

    Passive Monitors & Powered Subwoofer

    A new nearfield satellite and subwoofer system for stereo or surround applications, using infinite-baffle designs for a smooth frequency response and increased phase linearity.

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    Novation Remote 25

    Portable USB Controller Keyboard

    The concept of the portable laptop-based studio is enticing, but you still need a musical input device — hence the current popularity of compact MIDI keyboards. And although it's not the cheapest, Novation's Remote 25 has much to offer...

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    Red Submarine Mini-Sub

    PC Music Workstation

    Does a standard PC take up too much space in your studio? Red Submarine's Mini-Sub system packs all the performance of a full-sized desktop PC into a diminutive Micro-ATX case.

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    SEK'D Prodif 88

    24-bit/96kHz AES-EBU Digital Audio Card

    Among audio professionals, the electronic AES-EBU format is widely used for digital audio transfer. The SEK'D Prodif 88 soundcard equips Windows PCs with eight channels of AES in and out at up to 24-bit/96kHz.

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    SPL Model 2380

    Surround Monitor Controller

    This affordable new unit from SPL brings surround monitor control within reach of the home studio owner.

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    Studio Electronics ATCX

    Analogue Tone Chameleon Rack Synth

    The ATCX really could be seen as four synths in one, as its unassuming exterior conceals not only an adaptable true analogue synthesis architecture, but also the filter characteristics of classic synths that include the Minimoog and the TB303.

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    Swar Systems Swarshala & Swarplug

    Indian Music construction kit

    Combining impressive educational resources with a huge library of MIDI files and high-quality samples in stand-alone and VST Instrument formats, Swar Systems' software promises to open up the world of Indian music to anyone with a PC or Mac.

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    Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture

    Valve Distortion Processor

    With high-resolution digital mixers, processors and recorders now standard fare, our recordings can sometimes seem too clean and sterile. As a result, there is quite a demand for devices and plug-ins which add a little distortion or warmth to a recording. This unusual product aims to give you every tube distortion sound you could ever want!

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    Waves Renaissance Maxx

    Plug-in bundle for Mac & PC

    This latest plug-in bundle from Waves combines their celebrated Renaissance Collections 1 and 2, with the added bonus of a new 'channel strip' plug-in.

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    Yamaha 01V96

    Digital Mixer

    Yamaha's entry-level digital mixer gets an 02R96-style makeover, providing increased digital audio resolution, improved channel and effects processing, and surround functionality.

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Techniques

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    Business End

    Music Producers Guild Assess Your Demos

    Another selection of reader demos comes under scrutiny from a panel of Music Producers Guild members.

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    Crosstalk

    Readers writes

    Kurzweil KSP8 fan noise... Yamaha 01X effects loops, and more interesting opinions...

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Diagnosed

    More readers' recordings given the once-over by resident audio doctor, John Harris.

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    Digital Rights Management & Music

    A barrier to creativity?

    Music industry sources suggest that soon all CDs will have built-in copy protection, and plans are underway to fit PCs with a chip that will police audio use. Will this protect creative rights, or become a barrier to creativity?

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    Mickie Most

    Record Producer

    Many record producers are content to remain out of the public eye, but Mickie Most was a household name. In a unique interview before he passed away in May, Britain's most successful hitmaker looked back over his extraordinary career.

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    Quality Begins At Ohm

    Leader

    Choosing good quality equipment and integrating it into a system of well-chosen components is a major step towards achieving better sound quality...

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    Readerzone: David Gledhill

    Slo-Mo

    Are computers changing the way we make music? If you're David Gledhill, the answer is an unequivocal 'yes'. Years of playing with guitar bands had left him disillusioned and on the point of giving up when he decided to experiment with recording on a PC...

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    Recording & Remixing Roxy Music's Avalon

    Rhett Davies & Bob Clearmountain

    "When we originally mixed Avalon in stereo, I was thinking that it should be in surround,"says Bob Clearmountain. Twenty-one years on, he and producer Rhett Davies describe how they first made Roxy Music's classic album and how they finally got the chance to mix it in 5.1.

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    Sounding Off

    Big George Webley

    If music be the food of love, why are there so many terrible cooks around these days?

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    Steely Dan

    Recording Everything Must Go

    When Steely Dan ended a 20-year hiatus with 2000's Two Against Nature, they took full advantage of today's digital recording tools. For their new album Everything Must Go, however, they've returned to analogue tape and live band recording. Paul Tingen reports...

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