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December 2003 Magazine Contents

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    Audio Technica AE2500

    Dynamic/Electret Kick-drum Microphone

    Audio Technica have put two different capsules into the same mic, giving you a choice of different sounds for different occasions.

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    Audiotrak Maya 44 USB

    USB PC Audio Interface

    Laptop users on a budget can't help but be tempted by the Audiotrak Maya 44 USB's promise of four-channel analogue I/O, low-latency ASIO drivers and multi-client support for under £100. Is it really as good as it sounds?

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    DAV Electronics BG1

    Dual Mic Preamp

    This preamp gives you vintage Decca design at a surprisingly low cost.

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    Doepfer A100 Modular

    Synthesis Modules

    Since the launch of their A100 modular synth in the mid-'90s, Doepfer have been quietly adding modules to the system, some fairly simple, others splendidly esoteric. We explore some of the latest...

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    Edirol UR80

    USB Interface & Controller [PC & Mac]

    Edirol's all-in-one UR80 combines USB audio and MIDI interfaces with a fader-based control surface.

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    Emagic Space Designer

    Convolving Reverb Plug-in For Logic

    Convolving reverbs are coming down in price as more manufacturers make their own. We check out Emagic's new plug-in, which is one of the more affordable ones around, but still allows you to create your own reverbs from favourite spaces.

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    Event TR5 & TR8

    Active Monitors

    Event build on their tried and tested design principles to offer two new sets of affordable active monitors.

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    Focusrite Liquid Channel (preview)

    Convolving Voice Channel

    DSP convolving techniques now allow us to 'sample' the sound of real reverberant spaces, and even other digital reverbs. But why stop at reverb? Focusrite's Liquid Channel can be used to reproduce the effect of classic compressors and even mic preamps...

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    iZotope Trash

    Distortion Modeller For Windows PCs

    There's already a decent range of products providing digital emulations of vintage guitar amps, but iZotope's Direct X plug-in goes a lot further, offering no fewer than seven processing modules, and is intended to model every kind of distortion you'll ever need.

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    Korg D32XD & D16XD

    Digital Multitrackers

    In a market populated by 16-track and 24-track machines, Korg up the ante once again with the first project-studio multitracker to offer 32-track playback.

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    Latest Sample CDs

    • LA Riot: Big Rockin' Beats Volume 2 • Smokers Delight • Punch ERM  • World Traveler

    Looking for rockin' drum kits, classic synths and world instruments? We sample the delights of four more library CDs.

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    M-Audio BX5

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    M-Audio's desktop active monitors offer magnetic shielding and a smooth mid-range sound.

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    Mackie Control

    DAW Control Surface

    Building on the success of previous mixer and control surface designs, Mackie's affordable Mackie Control promises the best of the soft- and hardware worlds — but will it make you hang up your mouse?

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    Mackie Tapco 6306

    Mixer

    This affordable mini-mixer from Mackie brings their Tapco brand bang up to date.

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    Novation Virtual BassStation

    Software Plug-in [Mac & PC]

    Novation's V-Station plug-in provided a software version of their hardware K-Station — now there's a software version of their mid-'90s hardware monophonic analogue bass synths, the BassStation and BassStation Rack...

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    Propellerhead Reason v2.5

    Virtual Studio [Mac & PC]

    The success story that is the Reason software studio continues to unfold with the release of v2.5, which adds a slew of sophisticated effects and processing devices — all free to registered users.

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    RME Quad Mic

    Four-channel Mic Preamp

    This cost-effective four-channel microphone preamp with flexible powering options is well-suited to location recording.

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    Samson Q7

    Drum Mic Set

    An extremely cost-effective set of seven dedicated drum microphones.

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    ST Audio DSP3000 M-Port

    PCI Audio Interface [PC/Mac]

    ST Audio's DSP3000 system offers an impressive feature set for its price, boasting eight-channel 24-bit/96kHz analogue I/O with mic preamps on every channel, plus digital I/O in S/PDIF and AES-EBU formats, MIDI I/O, and the ability to function as a stand-alone analogue/ADAT digital converter.

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    Vox Valvetronix Tone Lab

    Modelling Valve Guitar Preamp

    This modelling preamp achieves a variety of realistic amp tones by combining DSP processing with real analogue gain stages.

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    Yamaha S90

    Weighted-action Keyboard Synth

    Yamaha have taken a weighted keyboard from their latest digital pianos, added high-quality piano samples and Motif sounds, and thrown in a playback sequencer and arpeggiator, and master-keyboard facilities. Left to simmer, the S90 is the result...

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