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November 2003 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus Indigo 2 Redback

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer • Virus OS 6 Update

    This limited edition collectable synth comes complete with the advantages of new features in the latest Virus OS — and these features can also be added to previous Virus synths via a free update.

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    Analogue Systems RS Modular

    Synthesis Modules

    The monster AS modular synth system continues to expand with the launch of another batch of new sonic tools.

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    Buzz Audio SSA1.1

    Dual Preamp

    Buzz Audio's MA2.2 preamp made an excellent impression a year ago, but does its new little brother continue in the family tradition?

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    Edirol UA1000

    USB 2.0 Audio Interface [PC]

    Until now, if you wanted multi-channel or high-resolution audio I/O in a hot-swappable external interface, Firewire was the only way to go. Edirol's UA1000 offers an alternative, using the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 protocol that is standard on nearly all new PCs.

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    Fostex PM1

    Active Monitors

    These affordable active monitors from Fostex provide a tight and punchy sound, despite their compact dimensions.

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    Frontier Design Apache

    Optical Digital Router

    This useful digital router can handle 12 channels of S/PDIF or ADAT optical digital I/O with full MIDI control.

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    Image Line FL Studio

    Loop-based Sequencer For Windows

    Fruity Loops has built itself quite a cult following in dance music circles. The latest version comes with a new name, FL Studio, as well as some interesting new virtual instruments and proper audio recording features.

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    INTA Audio SOS Workstation

    Music PC System

    INTA Audio's music workstation boasts some of the latest PC technology, including hyperthreading, dual-channel DDR400 memory and Serial ATA, making it one of the fastest systems around.

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    Korg Electribe EMX1

    Music Production Station

    This new member of the Korg tribe offers synthesis, sequencing, drum programming, tons of real-time control plus genuine valves to light up your studio and your sound.

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    Kurzweil Rumour & Mangler

    Multi-effects

    These two stereo multi-effects boxes from Kurzweil bring the powerful processing of their flagship KSP8 more easily within reach of the home studio owner.

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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    • The Dark Side Of The Groove **** • Kick-ass Brass ***** • Drum N Bass Fast Forward **** • Phat Beats From The Box ******

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    Little Labs IBP

    Analogue Phase Alignment Tool

    Phase cancellation can play havoc with your sound if you're using multiple mics, or combining mic and DI signals. This clever little box offers a solution, providing powerful phase-alignment facilities which go far beyond those of most mixers and preamps.

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    Native Instruments Absynth 2

    Soft Synth [Mac/PC]

    Absynth gets a significant overhaul, including tempo syncing, sample playback, granular synthesis and a module library. What do we think of it? Read on...

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    RME HDSP 9632

    192kHz PCI Soundcard [PC/Mac]

    RME's latest PCI soundcard is their first to support 192kHz sample rates, and offers a different balance of features compared with their existing Hammerfall cards.

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    Roland VR760

    Performance Keyboard

    This impressive-looking instrument provides modelled classic organ, piano and supporting timbres, and is designed to appeal to keyboard players looking for an all-round stage tool — though it could easily form the centrepiece of a home setup too.

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    Samson C03

    Multi-pattern Capacitor Microphone

    This Samson microphone offers true capacitor design and multi-pattern operation at an extremely affordable price.

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    Steinberg Cubase SX 2

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [PC & Mac OS X]

    This first major revision to Steinberg's Cubase SX incorporates the newly developed audio engine from Nuendo 2, new features for media composers, and classic features from Cubase VST. Does it all add up to a substantial improvement over version 1?

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    Tascam FW1884

    Firewire Control Surface, Audio & MIDI Interface

    The FW1884 is more than just a well-specified Firewire audio and MIDI interface: it also offers detailed control over almost every MIDI + Audio sequencer thanks to its motorised faders, rotary controls, transport buttons and more.

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    TL Audio Ivory 2 5052

    Dual Valve Recording Channel

    TL Audio's monster new tube voice channel gives you mic/ line/ instrument preamp, EQ, compression, limiting, and optional A-D conversion — twice over!

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    Yamaha MG16/6FX

    Analogue 16:4:2 Mixer

    Another affordable mixer from Yamaha offers 16-channel, four-bus architecture, with a surprisingly good built-in effects section.

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Techniques

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    Badged PCs — What's In A Name?

    PC Notes

    Many laptop PCs that bear a specific brand name are not in fact manufactured by the company in question — and that includes some specialist music PCs. But does this really matter to the musician?

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Cliff Richard 'Move It'

    Producer: Norrie Paramor • Engineer: Malcolm Addey

    This month, Sound On Sound begins a major new series, looking back in detail at the engineering and production behind some of the most historically significant recordings ever made, with the story of the first and greatest British rock & roll record.

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    Cutting Edge

    Ultra-low-cost PCs

    Ultra low-cost PC setups are all very well, but can we be sure they'll run everything we need them to? Cutting Edge finds out from personal experience.

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Analysed

    The Doc proffers diagnosis and suitable cures for another batch of reader-submitted meisterwerks.

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    Devising Music PC Test Routines

    PC Musician

    PC paper specifications can vary so much that it's hard to know how one PC compares to another in terms of its performance with real-word audio apps. Hence the need for tests designed just for music PCs...

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    Exploring Sonar v3

    Cakewalk Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's version number has just been incremented by a Significant Digit, so it's time for some exploration of what this new release means to Sonar aficionados.

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    iTunes Music Store

    Apple Notes

    Legal action by The Beatles' Apple Records caused the iTunes Music Store to hit the headlines recently, but there's no denying it has been an instant success that could change the way music is distributed forever. We look at the background to the Music Store and consider its implications for independent musicians.

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    Kick Drum Processing Tips Using Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Is the sound of your kick drum letting the rest of your mix down? If so, find out how to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with this bass-drum processing workshop.

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    Making The Most Of D-Verb In Pro Tools

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Since Pro Tools 6, there's been some additions to the set of built-in plug-ins. This month we look at how to get the most out of the D-Verb reverb.

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    OS X Performer

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    DP 4.1 is here at last, with significant increases in stability and efficiency, as well as support for Apple's Audio Unit plug-in standard. So is Digital Performer finally ready for the big time in OS X?

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    Preparing Backing Tracks For Live Use

    Sound On Stage

    If you play live regularly, sooner or later someone will suggest that you use a backing track on stage to enhance your performance. So here's how to go about creating them, based on experience learned the hard way!

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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 1

    Programming Masterclass

    Ubiquitous though Roland's long-lived range of sound modules appear to be, not many users get the best out of the vast synthesis and processing potential they offer. So here's how to coax circus-pony tricks out of your studio workhorse.

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    Studio SOS: Balance & Tonality

    The Harding Family

    Musicality isn't everything when you're trying to make a decent-sounding recording at home, even if you're as talented as the multi-instrumentalist Harding family. So the SOS team travelled north to help them get their engineering techniques up to scratch.

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    Synthesizing Tonewheel Organs: Part 1

    Synth Secrets

    Long before Bob Moog built his first synth, there was the Hammond tonewheel organ; effectively an additive synthesizer, albeit electro-mechanical rather than electronic. So emulating a Hammond with an analogue synth shouldn't be too hard, right? Well...

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    Using Cubase Drum Maps

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We report on Steinberg using Nuendo to record a three-day music festival, and look at how a Cubase Drum Map can assist you in finding and working with all the one-shot drum and percussion sounds in your studio.

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Sound Advice

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    Business End

    MPG Appraise Your Demos

    Business End enables you to have your demo reviewed by a panel of producers, songwriters, musicians and managers from the Music Producer's Guild.

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    Crosstalk

    Readers' Correspondence

    Following up the timing problems our reviewer encountered in his review of the Motif Rack...

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    Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley

    Mixing Led Zeppelin's Live DVD & Recording Iron Maiden

    When Jimmy Page decided to mine a massive archive of decaying Led Zeppelin live footage for a DVD and double CD, the epic task of restoring, editing and mixing the audio went to rock specialist Kevin Shirley — who has gone on to help veteran metallers Iron Maiden return to the upper reaches of the charts.

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    Mouse On Mars

    Jan St Werner • Organic Electronica

    Over the last decade, Mouse On Mars have become one of the leading names in European electronic music. Their experimental approach brings together analogue and digital, lo-fi and hi-fi, real instruments and samples to create an organic-sounding whole.

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    Sounding Off: Hardware Reliability

    Mike Senior

    Some people say that software is killing off the hardware market. But is it the hardware manufacturers' own software?

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    Leader

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