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January 2004 Magazine Contents

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    Alesis Prolinear 720DSP

    Active Monitors

    These active monitors can have their responses tailored to suit their environment when used with the powerful four-band DSP equaliser option.

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    Apple G5

    The Ultimate Music Computer?

    Few products have been hyped as much as Apple's new G5 range of 64-bit personal computers — but how good are they for making and recording music in the real world? We test the 2GHz Dual Processor model...

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    Behringer V-Amp Pro & Bass V-Amp Pro

    Modelling Guitar & Bass Preamps

    Behringer's rack-friendly versions of their V-Amp 2 and Bass V-Amp add extra connection flexibility and rugged 2U hardware.

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    Celemony Melodyne 2

    Pitch & Time Correction Software [Mac/PC]

    Version 2 of Celemony's revolutionary pitch- and tempo-shifting software includes new features, better sequencer integration and an improved interface.

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    Clavia Nord Lead 2X

    Virtual Analogue Performance Synth

    The follow-up to Clavia's Nord Lead 3 is not the Nord Lead 4 (well, not yet), but a beefed-up version of the Nord Lead 2! We find out why, and how it improves on the original.

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    DB Audioware Quantum FX

    Modular VST & Direct X Effects [Windows]

    As well as a bundle of 50-plus effects plug-ins, Quantum FX provides all the tools you need to design your own.

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    Dsound VL2 & Knzaudio Midifier

    Plug-in Folder

    We check out two more useful plug-ins, one for Powercore and one for PC VST/Direct X.

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    Evolution UC33

    MIDI Fader Controller

    The budget MIDI controller market is pretty crowded these days, but Evolution are giving you the most for your money with the UC33, eschewing expensive rotary encoders and large displays for affordable non-moving faders and wipe-clean overlays.

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    Focusrite ISA430 MkII

    Recording Channel

    Focusrite update their successful high-end Producer Pack to keep it ahead of the game.

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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    Auditioned this month: Xtreme House **** • World Winds **** • Scott Rockenfield Queensryche Drums ****

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    Microtech Gefell M930

    Condenser Microphone

    This surprisingly compact large-diaphragm condenser mic shakes up the established competition.

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    Mutec Smart Clock & Smart Merge

    Digital Master Clock & Routing Matrix

    These two affordable problem-solvers facilitate digital interfacing and mixing in the home/project studio.

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    Presonus Tube Pre, Comp16, EQ3B & HP4

    Tube Preamp, Compressor, Equaliser & Headphone Amp

    A range of affordable third-rack units designed to cover a variety of studio tasks without compromising on quality.

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    Red5 Audio RVK7

    Drum Mic Set

    The excellent sound quality and rugged build of these drum mics belies their highly affordable price tag.

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    Sequential's Prophet 2000 Samplers

    Retrozone

    Back in 1986, Sequential's Prophet 2000 represented a genuine breakthrough in sampling technology, and became a 'secret weapon' for up-and-coming programmers. We take you back to the dawning days of SOS, when 12-bit was king.

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    SME Solutions/Maxdata Pro 7000X

    Centrino Laptop PC

    More and more musicians are turning to systems based around a laptop PC, and Intel's new Pentium-M processor — as found in this model from Maxdata and SME Solutions — seems to perform well with music applications.

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    Sound Toys Filter Freak

    Creative Filter Plug-in [Pro Tools]

    Sound Toys claim that their new plug-in captures the sound of an analogue filter in digital form. We put it to the test...

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    Toft Audio ATC2

    Dual Recording Channel

    Toft Audio have updated some pedigree vintage designs for their first product, which offers two channels of mic preamplification, compression, and EQ.

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    Yamaha DM1000

    Digital Mixer

    Yamaha pack most of an 02R96 into a unit little bigger than the 01V96. Could this be the ideal console for the quality home studio?

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    Yamaha Motif ES

    Music Production Synthesizer

    Two and a half years after the launch of Yamaha's impressive Motif workstation synth, the range has been further enhanced and upgraded. How much better can it get? We find out...

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Natalie Cole & Nat 'King' Cole 'Unforgettable'

    Producer: David Foster • Engineer: Al Schmitt

    Half a century in the business has seen recording engineer Al Schmitt reach the very top of his profession, but even a man of his experience can find himself faced with new challenges. So it was in 1991, when he was called upon to turn a classic Nat 'King' Cole recording into a duet with Cole's daughter Natalie...

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    Cutting Edge

    Ways Of Mixing & LCD Monitor Latency

    Considering the best way to mix in a small modern studio leads Cutting Edge to speculate on a possible future for the interconnection of digital audio devices.

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Diagnosed

    Another batch of lucky SOS readers' demos wait nervously for the Doctor's prognosis. What is the verdict? Listen while you read on...

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    Easy Cubase Tempo Changes

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Until its recent update, Cubase SX did not have all the specific tools needed for easy tempo changes when, for example, working to picture — but a close look at the tools it does have reveals ways of getting the job done for those who haven't yet upgraded.

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    Logic Matrix Editor: Step-Sequencing Tips

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We show how to create step-sequencer effects within Logic's MIDI editing windows. Plus practical tips to make your sessions more productive.

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    Mixing Loops Live

    Music Technology On Stage

    Music technology has opened up all sorts of exciting possibilities for mixing loops with live instruments on stage, if you know how to hook everything up.

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    OS X Panther

    Apple Notes

    As Apple's recent Panther operating system upgrade is adopted by the Mac community, the usual problems that accompany such a major change begin to surface. We take a closer look at the issues worth considering before making the jump to Panther, and report on Apple's new iBook G4.

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    Pro Tools Effects, Plug-in Converter & More...

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We've rounded up some free effects and other goodies. On the news front, there's word of a VST-to-RTAS plug-in converter from FXpansion.

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    Recovering Lost Files

    PC Notes

    Ever accidentally thrown away computer data that you should have kept? This month we have the technology, and we can rebuild it.

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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 3

    Programming Masterclass

    We show you how to edit and save your synth's Patches, and help you maximise the effects potential of your multitimbral setups. Plus there's advice on troubleshooting thorny panning problems, and tips on automating levels without changing your individual sounds.

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    Running Legacy Software Under Windows XP

    PC Musician

    Do you have elderly Windows or MS-DOS software that refuses to run under Windows XP? If so, there may still be a way to get it working. Find out how...

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    Setting Up A Computer Studio

    Four Computer-based Recording Systems Explained

    A frequently recurring question from new sequencer/DAW users is what else they need to set up a complete studio. We show you how to create the most simple usable system, and how to expand and adapt it to more demanding applications.

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    Sonar's Hidden EQ

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    This month, get the most out of your meters, locate that missing patch, beef up your bass, and discover the hidden EQ bands in your console.

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    Studio SOS: NY Basement Blues

    Glenn Bucci

    During the October 2003 AES Convention in New York, the SOS team managed to make it to Amityville to help reader (and SOS Forum regular) Glenn Bucci with his recorded guitar and bass sounds.

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    Synthesizing Hammond Organ Effects

    Synth Secrets

    So, you can synthesize a Hammond's tonewheel generator -- but what about its all-important effects? This month, we look at recreating the Hammond's percussion, vibrato, overdrive, and reverb -- and find that it's harder than you might think...

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    Using DP with OS X Panther

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    As Mac OS X's Panther incarnation brings some slinky new working methods to Digital Performer, we pass on some advanced ways of pasting data, as well as rounding up the usual tips and news for DP users.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Business End

    MPG Judge Readers' Recordings

    Another group of Music Producers Guild members proffer their constructive comments on the recordings of more SOS readers...

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    Crosstalk

    Your Correspondence

    This month's topics include reader reply to our Creamware SCOPE review and worrying problems one reader has had with UK mains radiation.

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    Dizzee Rascal & Cage

    Recording Boy In Da Corner

    Teenager Dylan Mills (aka Dizzee Rascal) captured the headlines in 2003 by winning the UK's Mercury Music Prize with one of the most uncompromising albums of recent times. Dizzee and engineer/manager Cage describe how they made Boy In Da Corner.

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    Readerzone

    John Hackett & Andy Wood

    We visit two readers who have set up a studio in a small corner of a small room in the West Midlands...

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    Sounding Off: Chinese Microphones

    Patrick Morvlyth

    Today, microphones are more affordable than ever. But what about tomorrow?

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    Tony Maserati: Mixing Love & Life

    Mary J Blige & Puff Daddy

    Last year's Love & Life album saw R&B superstar Mary J Blige reunited with Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P Diddy) and his Bad Boy production stable. Mix specialist Tony Maserati spent two months at Miami's Circle House Studios working on the project, and recorded his experiences in this unique diary.

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