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    Analogue Systems RS370 & RS375

    Polyphonic Harmonic Generator & Expander

    Having built their reputation on knob-heavy modular synths, British manufacturer Analogue Systems surprise everyone by bringing out a menu-driven additive synthesis module! But don't worry — the optional expander is covered with things to tweak and turn...

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    ART Head Amp

    Headphone Amplifier

    The ART Head Amp provides simple headphone monitoring for several performers. It's built into a small folded-steel...

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    Arturia 2600V

    Virtual Semi-modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    Completing the quartet of vintage synth emulations they began with Moog Modular V, Arturia's latest plug-in aims to reproduce the sound of the greatest semi-modular of them all, ARP's 2600. We see how it fares up against the original...

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    Circular Logic InTime

    Real-time Tempo Tracking Software [Mac/PC]

    For those who want to put a human performance at the centre of their sequenced masterpieces, Circular Logic have developed software that can understand and follow tempo changes in real time.

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    DPA 4041T & HMA5000

    Condenser Mic & High-voltage Preamp

    DPA demonstrate the state of the art with their latest high-voltage designs.

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    Dynaudio BM5A

    Active Monitors

    Dynaudio have concentrated on high-quality internal and external engineering to create a communicative new ported monitor which isn't afraid to go loud.

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    Glaresoft iDrum

    Virtual Drum Machine [Mac OS X]

    Espousing the simple, easy-to-use, Apple-type philosophy seen in tools like GarageBand, Glaresoft's virtual drum machine has you piecing together beats in minutes. And it costs just £39! We check it out...

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    Korg KPE1 Kaoss Pad Entrancer

    Audio-Visual Processor & X-Y Controller

    The Kaoss Pad Entrancer builds on the success of the Kaoss Pad 2, offering the same versatile X-Y pad-driven audio processing capabilities, but adding video processing to give you real-time control over both sound and vision.

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    Line 6 Variax Bass 700

    Modelling Bass Guitar

    Expanding on the modelling technology used in their Variax and Variax Acoustic, Line 6 have dropped an octave and turned their attention to the bass guitar. The Variax Bass features 24 models of 'classic' instruments — is it all the bass you'll ever need?

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    Magix Samplitude Professional v8

    Digital Audio Workstation [Windows]

    The tools available in Magix's highly regarded recording package cover every stage of the recording process, from MIDI sequencing to mastering and CD burning. Version 8 adds some neat extras including analogue-style processors, a virtual drum machine and an Acid-style beat-mapping tool.

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    Merging Technologies Pyramix

    Digital Audio Workstation [Win PC]

    Pyramix might be the new kid on the block as far as audio recording and editing are concerned, but that hasn't stopped it quickly proving itself a very serious rival to Pro Tools and other established DAWs.

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    MOTU Traveler

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    With two market-leading Firewire audio interfaces already part of the MOTU stable, where does the new mobile recording-oriented Traveler find its natural home?

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    Peavey PV8

    Mixer

    This cheery new unit brings clean eight-channel mixing to the cash-strapped home studio.

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    PreSonus Blue Tube DP

    Dual Mic/Line Preamp

    Valve warmth or solid-state transparency? You decide with this flexible new hybrid preamp.

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    Pro Tools M-Powered

    Recording Software [Win/Mac OS X]

    For the first time ever, Digidesign's Pro Tools recording software is available as a stand-alone product, which can be used in conjunction with any of five audio interfaces from M-Audio.

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    Real Traps Mondo Trap

    Acoustic Panel

    Real Traps' biggest bass trap offers heavy-duty low-frequency absorption for the serious home studio.

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Sample Shop

    Four sample libraries get the aural review treatment from the SOS samplists: AMG Evolved Analog **** Chemical Synths ***** Power FX Cinematic Hip-Hop **** Sample Lab Discography *****

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    Sensorcom Soundcheck

    Sound Level Indicator

    Tinnitus and other permanent hearing damage are apparently reaching near-epidemic levels. To help warn people when their hearing is at risk, the hearing-protection specialists Sensorcom have produced the Soundcheck key fob.

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    Sony Sound Forge v8

    Stereo Audio Editor [PC]

    Sony have opened their Sound Forge editing software up to new horizons with support for VST plug-ins and the ASIO driver protocol, and improved its usability with batch processing and a new scrubbing tool.

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    Studio Projects B1

    Condenser Microphone

    The B1 may seem like just another cheap Chinese mic, but it punches well above its league.

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    Wizoo Darbuka & Latigo

    Flexgroove Software Percussion Instruments [Mac/PC]

    The humble sample CD-ROM is dying out, being replaced by sample collections with a virtual-instrument front-end. Wizoo's first forays into the field combine Latin and Arabic percussion loops with their own Flexgroove virtual-instrument engine...

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    Yamaha Digital Mixer Upgrades

    v2 OS Upgrades & Effects

    Not content with offering some of the most fully-featured digital mixers in the world, Yamaha have now upgraded them, and are offering extra effects packs to further expand their capabilities.

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    Audio Input For Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    With some clever programming, an Italian software house have created a program that claims to add an audio input to Reason. We take a sneak peek, as well as bringing you essential Reason news and quick tips.

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    Automation In Digital Performer 4.5

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    If you are a user of MOTU's Digital Performer sequencing software, you have access to an extensive and full-featured automated mixing environment. Here's how to use it...

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    Better Acoustic Guitar Recording In Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We explain how you can mock up a live acoustic guitar sound from a DI'd recording, using Logic's built-in plug-ins.

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    Building Combinator Patches in Reason 3

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    The most exciting addition to the new version of Reason is arguably the Combinator device, which greatly expands the flexibility and programming potential of everything in the Reason rack. We guide you through the creation of a Combinator patch to get you started with this great new device.

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    Cakewalk Z3TA+ Unleashed...

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Cakewalk go global, and release a new soft synth.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: 10cc 'I'm Not In Love'

    Producers: 10cc • Engineeer: Eric Stewart

    Disagreement can be destructive, but it can also drive a band on to new heights. So it was when 10cc's Kevin Godley turned up his nose at a love song penned by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, insisting that it would have to be completely reinvented in the studio...

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    DP: 3rd Party Developments

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Now that the excitement surrounding the launch of DP 4.5 has subsided somewhat, developments by MOTU-friendly companies get this month's column under way.

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    DSD Support In Cubase?

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We look at the possibility of DSD higher-quality audio support in Cubase, a plug-in to help you write ringtones for Nokia phones, and a new patch for Windows users of Cubase SX/SL 3.02.

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    Exploring Sonar 4's TTS1 Synth

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    The TTS1 soft synth bundled with Sonar 4 has many hidden talents — but you have to know where to find them. Read on...

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    From 32-bit To 64-bit

    PC Notes

    The magic number of 64 is gradually working its way into all aspects of our PC experience: processors from both AMD and Intel, the Windows XP OS, hardware drivers, and — coming soon — 64-bit music apps. But what should we be aware of as we consider the transition from 32-bit?

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    Hard Drive Defragmentation

    PC Musician

    Does defragmenting your hard drives, including the ones you use for recording audio, really result in better PC performance? Opinion is divided, so we take a considered look at the subject, as well as testing some of the most suitable 'defragger' utilities.

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    OS X Tiger • Apple Soundtrack Pro

    Apple Notes

    We offer a brief preview of the features musicians can look forward to in Mac OS X Tiger, take a first look at a major new version of Soundtrack, and examine why the iPod Shuffle is hard to resist.

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    Pro Tools Updates & Free EQ Plug-in

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    This month sees a high-quality, free EQ plug-in gracing the Digirack suite, some intriguing options for collaboration via the Internet, and a host of updates.

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    Studio SOS: Help With Guitars

    Rod Brakes

    The owner of an unusually bijou studio setup provides the chocolate biscuits this month, as the SOS team get busy helping to improve the performance of his gear and the sound of his recordings.

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    Understanding Audio Files In Cubase

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We take a look at the concepts of audio files, clips, events, parts and regions in Cubase, and explain how you can manage these objects in the Pool window.

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    Using Pro Tools' Keyboard Commands Focus

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Most people find that learning keyboard commands for their DAW enables them to get things done faster, and for the advanced user, Pro Tools has a special mode which turns the entire QWERTY keyboard into a bank of one-press shortcuts.

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    What Does Logic v7.1 Offer?

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    After months of speculation Apple have finally announced the release of the first major Logic 7 upgrade, but what can users expect from version 7.1?

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    Yamaha AW4416 User Tips: Part 2

    Masterclass

    Another selection of creative and time-saving tricks for Yamaha's fully featured hard disk multitracker.

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