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August 2004 Magazine Contents

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    Allen & Heath Inpulse One (Retrozone)

    Sample-based Drum Computer

    These days primarily a mixer manufacturer, Allen & Heath have made many different kinds of gear in their time, but none is more obscure than 1985's Inpulse One. We unearth the facts about one of music technology's most forgotten rhythm computers.

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    Audiotrak Maya 44 MkII

    PC Soundcard

    If you need four analogue inputs and outputs, Audiotrak's 24-bit/96kHz-capable soundcard is about the most affordable option on the market.

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    Behringer REV2496 V-Verb Pro

    Modelling Reverb Processor

    Behringer's new digital effects box models the characteristics of well-known high-end and vintage reverberators.

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    Bellari MP105

    Mic Preamp

    This no-frills tube preamp provides a simple way to warm up your mic and line sources while recording.

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    CM Labs Motormix & Dashboard

    DAW Assignable Control Surfaces

    Although they started off as rugged, assignable control surfaces aimed mainly at Pro Tools, CM Labs' Motormix moving-fader and Dashboard button/jog/shuttle controllers can interface with most digital audio workstations. We put them through their paces.

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    Cwejman Sound S1 MkII

    Semi-modular Analogue Synth

    Swedish company Cwejman have recognised that there is no way to build a cheap semi-modular analogue synth for mass-market sale these days (if there ever was). Enter the premium, but meticulously crafted S1 MkII...

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    DAV Electronics BG5

    Recording Channel

    This premium recording channel has a big Decca-pedigree sound which belies its unassuming 1U rackmount box.

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    DelayDots Spectrum Worx

    Modular Spectral Effects Plug-in [Windows]

    As well as more-or-less conventional vocoding and pitch-shifting, DelayDots' new VST plug-in offers effects so bizarre they almost defy description.

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    Hot New Sample CDs!

    Sample Libraries

    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: The Legend Of China 4* • Freaky Jazzy Funky 2 4* • Glass & Stones 5* • Opus 1 5*

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    Korg Legacy Collection (Part 3)

    Virtual Instrument / Hardware Controller

    It's been an unreserved thumbs-up for Korg's bundle of software synths so far... but will the Legacy Polysix and Legacy Cell scale the same heights in the final instalment of our three-part definitive review?

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    KRK Rokit 5 & Rokit 8

    Active Monitors

    KRK's new monitors use glass-fibre cone technology to offer a big sound for those on a budget.

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    Lovetone Cheese Source & Meatball

    Analogue Effects Pedals

    Lovetone breathe new life into some old favourites. But can their all-analogue handmade pedals still compete with digital multi-effects and software plug-ins?

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    Metric Halo ULN2+DSP

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac OS]

    The latest addition to Metric Halo's Mobile I/O range is, like the existing MIO 2882, now available with a powerful DSP option for running audio processing plug-ins.

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    Oktava MKL5000

    Multi-pattern Tube Microphone

    This striking new vintage-style mic from Oktava not only gives a great rock vocal sound, but also offers the flexibility of multiple polar patterns.

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    Plug-in Folder

    More Top Plug-ins Tested

    We test and report on another crop of highly insertable software plug-ins: PSP Nitro • Sony Oxford Inflator • Kjaerhus Audio Gold Series • Luxonix Ravity • Audio Damage Mayhem

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    PreSonus Digimax LT

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    Combi jack/XLR connectors and ADAT connectivity help set this smart eight-channel preamp apart from the crowd.

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    Propellerhead Recycle 2.1

    Loop-slicing Software [Mac OS X/Windows]

    It's been a long wait, but the original slice-and-dice loop editing program has finally made it to Mac OS X. Is it still an essential tool a decade after its original launch?

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    SE Electronics Z3300A

    Multi-pattern Microphone

    This new mic offers three polar patterns and a surprisingly high-end sound for the money.

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    Sony Oxford Dynamics

    Dynamics Plug-in For Pro Tools & TC Powercore

    Sony's Oxford digital mixers are out of many people's reach, but Pro Tools and Powercore users can now get their hands on the Oxford's sophisticated processing tools.

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    Studio Essentials

    Mixing With Your Mind Book • The A/B CD Audio Comparisons CD

    We check out two more studio essentials: Mixing With Your Mind book (author: Michael Stavrou) and The A/B CD Audio Comparisons CD.

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    Waves Musicians Bundle

    Plug-in Effects [Mac/PC]

    Looking to extend your sequencer's capabilities with some high-quality effects? Then you're exactly the sort of person Waves are trying to tempt with their most affordable plug-in bundle yet.

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    Zero-G Morphology

    Kompakt-based Virtual Sound Module [Mac/PC]

    These days, if your sample library is going to be a success, it seems you've got to release it with a virtual-instrument front-end. Analogue synth fanatic and long-standing sample-library producer Ian Boddy does not disappoint with his latest creation...

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Techniques

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    Access Virus Masterclass

    Synth Programming Techniques

    Although the Access Virus features one of the most knobby control surfaces amongst virtual analogue synths, there's a lot of programming flexibility available which isn't immediately obvious. We show you how to uncover the hidden possibilities?

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    Audio Mastering In Your Computer

    How To Achieve Classy-sounding Results

    Many home recordists hope to perfect their productions by undertaking their own mastering on their studio computer. However, few seem to achieve the classy results they're after. So how much can you realistically achieve by going it alone, and what techniques will deliver the highest-quality results?

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    Backup Strategies For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    It has almost certainly happened to you at some time — a crash or a damaged or deleted file that takes days of music with it. If you don't want it to happen again, read on...

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Michael Jackson 'Black Or White'

    Producers: Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell • Engineer: Bill Bottrell

    The 18-month gestation period behind Michael Jackson's Dangerous album and its lead single 'Black Or White' saw '80s studio perfectionism taken to extremes — and despite their success, the experience helped to convince co-writer, engineer and co-producer Bill Bottrell that there had to be another way to make records!

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    Clean Up Your Windows Registry

    PC Notes

    Even if you've cleaned out all references to old hardware from your Windows registry, it's a fair bet that it is not quite as spick and span as it could be. Housekeeping tasks and installations leave behind their own trail of junk, but fortunately it can be removed. Find out how...

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    Cubase: Timewarp

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    It's just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right. With your hands on your hips, you bring your knees in tight. But it's the pelvic thrust that really drives you insane. Let's do the time-warp again?

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    Faster G5s • Wireless Music

    Apple Notes

    Apple finally announced faster Power Mac G5 models this month, along with a new wireless music technology for use with iTunes — plus the long-awaited opening of the iTunes Music Store in the UK.

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    Handy Pro Tools Tips

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We feature a bumper crop of handy tips in this month's guide to all that's good in Pro Tools...

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    More Reason To Be Cheerful

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    A new Refill is reviewed and ways around some common Reason problems are offered.

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    Sonar: Using Pantheon Reverb & Clip Linking

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    This month, fun things to make and do with Lexicon's Pantheon reverb, plus how linking clips can make your life easier...

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    Studio SOS: Cube-shaped Room

    Pete Keen & Nick Smith

    Setting up your studio in a cube-shaped room isn't a very good idea, as Pete Keen and Nick Smith found out to their cost. So the Studio SOS team set off to Kidderminster to help find some solutions to the inevitable acoustic problems.

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    Technical Support & How To Avoid It

    Diagnostic Guidelines For Self-starters

    Why does software always crash irrecoverably when you are at your busiest? And why are technical support lines unable to help you when you need them most? We offer some advice on how to avoid phoning them in the first place...

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    Using Logic's I/O Plug-ins & Compensation Delay

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Find out how to use the I/O plug-in within an Output Audio object, and also learn how Logic's improved plug-in delay compensation allows some powerful new mixing techniques.

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    Using Mac OS 10.3 For Music

    Panther OS X

    Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) has been with us a few months, and has been dissected and evaluated to destruction in the mainstream computer press — but just how useful are its new features for Mac-based musicians and engineers?

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Sound Advice

People

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    Business End

    Reader's Tracks Commercially Assessed

    Listen to the music while you read constructive comments from MPG (Music Producers Guild) members on SOS readers' submitted recordings.

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    Crosstalk

    Readers' Writes

    Replies to a few more of your letters, emails, and faxes.

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Analysed

    Think your own music is good? Listen to these tracks from SOS readers and see if you agree with the good Doctor's prognosis...

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    Producing Keane's Hopes And Fears

    Andy Green

    Pop band Keane made the bold decision to record an album without using any guitars at all — and the result was the chart-topping Hopes And Fears. Andy Green describes his work as producer, engineer and programmer on this unique project.

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    Recording Shania Twain's Up!

    Bob Bullock: Engineer

    For his third album with Shania Twain, reclusive production legend Mutt Lange introduced an ambitious concept: different mixes and instrumentation for different markets. And as engineer Bob Bullock found, even the 'country' version left Nashville and its conventions pretty far behind...

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    Sounding Off: The Producer's Role

    Seal

    How do you see the producer's role in the studio? Singer/songwriter Seal has some fairly clear ideas on the subject...

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    Turn It Off!

    Leader

    Paul White gets annoyed at the tendency for operating systems to attempt to second-guess what you want to do... and inevitably get it wrong.

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    Unkle: Recording Never, Never, Land

    James Lavelle & Richard File

    With help from their galaxy of high-profile collaborators, Unkle have embarked on an ambitious attempt to reinvent dance music.

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