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November 2004 Magazine Contents

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    AAS Tassman v4.0

    Physical Modelling Synth [Mac/PC]

    Tassman is not the oldest 'virtual modular' software synth, but it's always been one of the better ones around. We check out the latest version...

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    ADAM ANF10

    Passive Nearfield Monitors

    ADAM's new passive nearfields combine proprietary ribbon tweeters with doped-paper woofers to provide high-precision monitoring on a budget.

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    AKG C414B XLS & XLII

    Capacitor Microphones

    One of the all-time classic microphones gets a 21st-century makeover.

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    Allen & Heath MixWizard WZ3 16:2

    Analogue Mixer

    Allen & Heath's Mix Wizard range of multi-purpose analogue mixers has just been redesigned and re-released. But is the old magic still there?

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    Apple Logic Pro 7 [Preview]

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Mac OS X]

    When Apple bought Emagic two years ago, the question on everyone's lips was 'What will they do with Logic?' Now they have unveiled perhaps the most radical overhaul the sequencer has ever seen, with improvements ranging from new instruments and effects to a networking system that could eliminate CPU restrictions completely. We explain what's changed in this preview (our full in-depth review will follow next month).

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    Cakewalk Kinetic

    PC Software Studio

    With pattern-based sequencing, plenty of presets and a powerful analogue-style synth, Cakewalk's affordable soft studio package could be a valuable compositional tool.

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    Fishman Aura

    Acoustic Guitar Preamp

    This digital processing unit promises a whole new level of realism from acoustic guitar pickups. Although primarily aimed at live performance, could it be a serious option for the studio too?

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    Korg CR4

    Cassette Multitracker

    Korg, one of the main manufacturers of digital workstations, have just released another multitracker, but this time it's cassette-based!

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    Latest Sample CDs

    Hot Releases Tested

    Reviews/appraisals of the latest sample CDs: Tekniks Xtreme House 2 ***** • PMI The Emperor ***** • Tekniks Ghetto Grooves 2 **** • PMI The Old Lady *****

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    Plug-In Folder

    Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium • TC Electronic TC30

    We test another crop of highly insertable software Plug-ins: Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium and TC Electronic TC30.

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    SE Electronics Icis

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    This strikingly styled new valve mic offers a sound inspired by vintage classics.

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    Steinberg Cubase SX 3

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [PC & Mac OS X]

    Cubase SX 3 is the latest incarnation of one of the best-known brands in sequencing software, offering many new features and tying up the loose ends from previous generations of Cubase. But with increased competition, most notably from Apple and Cakewalk, can Steinberg maintain their cross-platform advantage?

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    TC-Helicon Intonator HS

    Pitch-correction Plug-in [TC Powercore]

    A Powercore version of Antares' ubiquitous Auto-Tune pitch corrector was announced in 2001, but it never appeared. Is TC's new Intonator HS plug-in a viable alternative?

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    Voyager By Bob Moog

    Version 2 OS Updates • Anniversary Edition • VX351 • CP251

    Since the release of the Voyager analogue monosynth last year, Bob Moog's company have been busy producing OS updates, special-edition versions, and accessories. We bring you up to date with a look at the lot.

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    Zero-X Beat Quantizer

    Multitrack Beat Slicer & Quantizer [PC]

    If you are an avid slicer of beats, then Zero-X's latest offering might just appeal. With its support for multitrack slicing and quantizing, is Beat Quantizer the best thing since sliced bread?

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Techniques

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    Choosing A PC Audio Interface: The SOS Guide

    PC Musician

    There are now so many sizes, types and formats of audio interface available that it can seem well-nigh impossible to find the one that best suits your needs. We sort out the spec features that are really important.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Sade 'The Sweetest Taboo'

    Producers: Robin Millar, Sade Adu, Mike Pela, Ben Rogan • Engineer: Mike Pela

    Sade's ice-cool vocals and sophisticated, jazz-tinged instrumentation defined a new kind of soul music for the '80s. Engineer and producer Mike Pela describes the organic recording process that produced one of the singer's most memorable hits from 1985.

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    Cubase: SX Embracer, Tonic & Monologue Plug-ins

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We take a closer look at the Embracer, Tonic and Monologue plug-ins that come supplied with Cubase SX.

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    Demo Doctor

    Reader Recordings Diagnosed

    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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    Digital Performer: Audio Pitch & Tempo Manipulation

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    A guide to DP's options for audio pitch and tempo manipulation is on the agenda for this month's instalment of Performer Notes.

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    Einstürzende Neubauten

    Alexander Hacke: Recording Phase 1 & Perpetuum Mobile

    After more than 20 years making uncompromising industrial records, pioneering German band Einstürzende Neubauten escaped a creative and financial crisis through an Internet project which allowed their fans to influence the recording of their latest album.

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    Investigating Core Audio Performance Under Mac OS X

    The Ins & Outs Of X

    In recent months, SOS's online Mac Music forum has highlighted the difficulty with achieving the same number of channels of audio I/O under Mac OS X and Logic that were possible under OS 9. We investigate the problems and provide some solutions.

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    Marquee Tool Tips in Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Once you find out all the things you can do with the Marquee tool, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it, so we offer some advice on how to put it to work in your projects.

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    Organising Tracks & Plug-ins In Sonar

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Organise your tracks with Sonar 4's Track Folder feature, nudge them into place with sample accuracy, and reclaim older plug-ins for use in newer versions of Sonar.

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    PowerBook Power; New iMac; OS X Tips

    Apple Notes

    We discuss Apple's brand-new iMac, investigate how much power a musician can really expect from the latest Powerbooks, and explain how to save some hard disk space when installing Mac OS X.

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    Reason: Alternatives To 4/4 Time

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason seems firmly fixed in a 4/4 time signature — but clever use of the Redrum and Matrix pattern-based devices allows you to explore more unusual signatures. Here we explain how, as well as bringing you the essential news and tips.

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    Secrets Of House & Trance

    Darren Tate's Production Tips

    Darren Tate is one of Britain's leading house and trance producers with nine top-40 hits under aliases including Jurgen Vries, Angelic and Citizen Caned, his latest success being the DT8 Project's summer anthem 'The Sun Is Shining (Down On Me)'. He reveals the personal production tricks which make his records stand out.

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    Should Musicians Install XP Service Pack 2?

    PC Notes

    The Windows XP Service Pack 2 is out, and it offers valuable bug fixes as well as enhanced Internet security measures. But as reports of a few audio-related problems surface, should musicians go ahead and install it?

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    Solving Computer Audio Problems

    Banish Them For Good

    Many of the unwanted hums, clicks, and whirrs that compromise the performance of your computer studio are nothing to do with software. We take a look at what causes them, and how to banish them for good!

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    Studio SOS: Fixing Monitor Phase Problems

    Tony Global

    Tony Global's background is in the dance music/DJ scene. The SOS team help him to polish his vocal sounds and improve his mixes.

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Sound Advice

People

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    AIM: Association Of Independent Music

    Alison Wenham • Steve Johnston

    We would all like to make a living from selling our own music — but how would you actually go about it? The UK-based Association Of Independent Music offer some thoughts on how to cope with the opportunities and pitfalls of the modern music industry.

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    Bill Szymczyk

    Producer

    From unlikely beginnings as a naval SONAR operator with no musical training, Bill Szymczyk became a legendary producer and engineer whose work with The Eagles would define the hi-fi sound of '70s rock.

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    Business End

    Listen & Learn From Reader Tracks

    Listen to the tracks while you read what the MPG (Music Producers Guild) members thought of the latest batch of SOS readers' submitted recordings.

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    Crosstalk: Your Communications

    Readers' Writes

    Replies to more of your emails, faxes and letters.

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    Keeping Hardware Alive

    Leader

    Editor In Chief, Paul White, believes that if the manufacturers of studio hardware outboard equipment still want to be building it in significant numbers in five years' time, then a system similar to the one he proposes in this article is the only thing he can see that will keep them in the game. Read on...

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    Mark Nevers

    Producing Lambchop

    Fed up with being treated badly by spoilt divas, engineer Mark Nevers abandoned the country music establishment to start his own studio, and has made a name for himself on the 'other side' of Nashville.

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    Sounding Off: Entry-level Software

    Duncan Williams

    Is entry-level software killing musical creativity?

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Music Business

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    The History Of Roland: Part 1

    1930-1978

    The Roland name is almost synonymous with music technology — there can't be an SOS reader who has not made use of their instruments at some time. As founder Ikutaro Kakehashi approaches his 75th birthday, we begin a journey through the company's extraordinary history...

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