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June 2004 Magazine Contents

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    Behringer ADA8000

    8-channel Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter

    Eight channels of high-spec mic preamplification, A-D/D-A conversion, and ADAT lightpipe I/O, all at a remarkable price. Is it too good to be true?

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    Bellari RP583

    Valve Compressor

    This dual-channel compressor combines valve circuitry with an opto-compressor design. But does it deliver the best or the worst of both worlds?

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    East West/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra

    Orchestral Sample Library

    It's another multi-DVD orchestral library! Does it merit a thunderous introductory timp roll or a feeble tap on a vibraslap? Find out...

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    Emulator X Studio

    1820M • 1820 • 1212M PC Soundcard & Software Sampler

    Emu's range of soundcards offers an unprecedented level of flexibility, DSP power and sound quality for the price — with the added bonus of a very impressive software sampler.

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    Evolution MK461C

    Assignable USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Evolution's new class-compliant MIDI keyboards are a cinch to use with computer-based sequencers. But do they perform as well as their spec suggests?

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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 1)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    Now that Korg's Legacy Collection is properly complete, we follow up last month's preview with the first instalment of our three-part in-depth review. This month, we focus on the Korg Wavestation plug-in...

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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Libraries

    We review: Cimbalom **** • Jazz/World *** • Neo Soul **** • Vienna Concert Guitar *****

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    Native Instruments Intakt

    Sample Looping Instrument [Mac/PC]

    NI have taken the technology behind Kontakt, and used it to build a sampler that's all about loops.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Latest Plug-ins Reviewed

    We test and report on another crop of highly insertable software Plug-ins: PSP Master Q • TLL Everyphase • Fabfilter Fabfilter One • Cranesong Phoenix • Audiorealism BassLine • Sonic Charge µTonic.

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    Red Submarine Dual Xeon PC

    Music Computer

    Most of the major Windows sequencers now support dual processing, and if you want the ultimate performance, machines like Red Submarine's dual Xeon PC could be the way to go.

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    Redmatica EXS Manager

    OS X Sample & Instrument Manager For EXS24

    Multi-gigabyte sample libraries offer unprecedented realism and lots of potential for confusion. Redmatica's neat OS X utility allows Emagic EXS24 users to tame their unruly sample collections.

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    Roland VS2000CD

    Digital Multitracker

    This recording workstation is the most affordable and portable of the VS series, but it still lets you record, mix, and master all in the one box.

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    SE Electronics Gemini

    Dual-valve Capacitor Microphone

    This impressive mic from SE Electronics uses two valves instead of the usual one. But does it actually make any sonic difference?

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    Tannoy Ellipse 10 IDP & TS212 IDP

    Digital Loudspeaker System

    Tannoy's latest-generation Ellipse technology has been combined with DSP processing from TC Electronic, creating a versatile and powerful high-resolution monitoring system.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Business End

    Reader Recordings Assessed By Music Producers Guild

    More constructive comments from MPG (Music Producers Guild) members on SOS readers' submitted recordings.

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    Crosstalk

    Your Correspondence

    We respond to another batch of reader emails and letters.

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    Demo Doctor

    Readers' Recordings Assessed

    Listen to the tracks while you read what the Doctor thought of another batch of lucky SOS readers' demos.

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    Kid 606, Cex & The Tigerbeat6 Label

    Tiger Tales

    There's some amazing music being made in bedrooms these days. And bringing it to the wider public is the job of the Tigerbeat6 label, whose stars include label founder Kid 606 and Rjyan Kidwell, aka Cex.

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    Loneliness & The Long-distance Programmer

    Sounding Off

    Paul Wiffen reflects on the evolving role of the programmer and the lonely life of the modern studio musician.

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    Recording Franz Ferdinand

    Tore Johansson

    Cardigans producer Tore Johansson was thrown into unfamiliar musical territory when asked to produce the debut album by Scottish guitar band Franz Ferdinand, but the result was a commercial and artistic triumph.

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    Sort Out Your Room

    Leader

    Now that studio equipment is getting cheaper and smaller, Paul White argues it makes sense to spend some of the money saved on making our studios nicer...

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    Vic Keary

    Thermionic Culture Valve Designs

    SOS talks to a British designer who thinks audio in the 21st century is still best served by tube.

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