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October 2004 Magazine Contents

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    ART DPS II

    Valve Microphone Preamp

    This dual-channel unit has hybrid solid-state/tube circuitry, variable input impedance, instrument-specific presets, and a flexible digital output.

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    Electro-Harmonix NY2A

    Valve Optical Compressor

    This high-end stereo compressor boasts three different flavours of optical compression.

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    Garritan Personal Orchestra

    Orchestral Sample Library (Mac & PC)

    Gary Garritan takes on the orchestral behemoths with a small but perfectly formed library packed with extra features.

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    Groove Tubes MD1b FET

    Condenser Microphone

    This is a reissue of Groove Tubes' first large-diaphragm condenser, but with solid-state electronics replacing the valve to offer a more affordable package.

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    K+H O 300D & Pro C28

    Active Monitors & Digital Controller

    Despite its small size, this new system leads the field when it comes to nearfield monitoring accuracy.

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    Latest Sample CDs

    Sample Shop

    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs:Luscious Grooves 5* MULTI-FORMAT; Electro Magnetic Pulse 4* AUDIO+WAV+REX; SAM Solo Sessions 4* MULTI-FORMAT; Saophones 1 5* GIGASTUDIO/EXS24 MKII.

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    M-Audio Firewire 1814

    Firewire Audio Interface [PC/Mac]

    M Audio's half-rack interface provides a comprehensive selection of analogue and digital I/O at a competitive price.

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    M-Audio Keystation Pro 88

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The price of compact MIDI controller keyboards has come tumbling down in the past few years, but weighted-action full-length keyboards have remained relatively expensive —until now. We investigate the 88-note keyboard that runs off USB power...

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    Mackie Onyx 1620

    Mixer & Firewire Audio Interface

    Mackie combine a completely redesigned 16:2 mixer with a multi-channel Firewire audio interface. What more could you want?

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    MakeMusic! Finale 2004

    Music Notation Software [PC/Mac]

    The latest incarnation of a well-established scoring package holds few surprises, but plenty of power for the asking price.

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    PreSonus Central Station

    Monitor Controller

    This high-quality passive monitor controller can cater for five stereo input sources and three pairs of speakers, with built-in cue monitoring and talkback functions.

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    Prosoniq Rayverb

    Inverse Raytracing Convolution Reverb Plug-In [PC/Mac]

    There are now plenty of convolution reverbs around, but Prosoniq's Rayverb offers something a little different. So just what is 'inverse raytracing' anyway?

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    Studio Electronics Omega 8

    8-voice Digitally Controlled Analogue Synth

    In this ever-changing world of virtual analogues, modelled instruments, and software emulations, it's a pleasant surprise to find that some companies are making synths the old-fashioned way. But is nostalgia really what it used to be?

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    Virsyn Cantor

    Singing Synthesis Software [XP/ Mac OS X]

    If your computer could sing, what would it sound like? With the Cantor software synth from Virsyn, you can find out...

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    Wharfedale Pro Diamond 8.1 Pro Active

    Active Monitors

    These new active nearfields from Wharfedale offer a polished sound for studio owners on a budget.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    All Things Must Pass

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White bemoans the ephemeral nature of modern software instruments and wonders what will be the Stradivarius of our time in 300 years...

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    Business End

    Readers' Tracks Evaluated

    Hear the tracks while you read constructive comments from MPG (Music Producers Guild) members who assess the latest batch of SOS readers' submitted recordings.

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    Crosstalk

    Reader Feedback

    Replies to more of your emails, letters and faxes.

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    Readerzone: Synthfest!

    Philip Taysom

    Walk inside Philip Taysom's studio and you will find classic synths in abundance, all connected and all ready to play...

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    Sounding Off: Your CV

    Paul Bower

    Paul Bower explains why the CV may be more important than you think — even in the music business...

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    The Engineers Who Changed Recording

    Fathers Of Invention

    Some of the legendary names in engineering and production didn't just make great records — they also invented equipment and techniques we take for granted today.

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    The Prodigy

    Liam Howlett: Recording Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

    Nowadays, plenty of hit albums are recorded in bedroom studios — but Liam Howlett of the Prodigy has gone one better, by recording his latest in bed.

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    The Resurrection Of Brian Wilson's SMiLE

    Mark Linett & Darian Sahanaja

    The Beach Boys' SMiLE album was to have been the pinnacle of Brian Wilson's groundbreaking recording and production achievements — but it was never completed. This year, in an extraordinary tale of emotional drama, tape-vault archaeology and recording technology, Brian finished it, debuted it live, and then re-recorded it in the studio. SOS brings you the full story...

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