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September 2005 Magazine Contents

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    Audio Ease Altiverb 5

    Convolution Reverb [Mac OS X]

    Altiverb was one of the first convolution reverbs to appear. Is it still the best?

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    AVI Pro Nine Plus

    Passive Monitors

    These high-spec passive monitors use well-established engineering principles to achieve a smooth and revealing sound.

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    Boss RC20XL

    Loop Recorder Stomp Box

    Record loops and overdub in real time for lightning-quick track creation live or in the studio.

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    Cycling 74 Pluggo

    Plug-in Collection [Mac/Windows]

    Cycling 74's Pluggo plug-in bundle continues to grow, and now encompasses over 100 effects, synths and modulation sources.

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    Drawmer D-Clock

    Word-Clock Distribution Amplifier

    As we all acquire more and more digital audio equipment, clock distribution becomes more of a key issue. This new distribution amplifier not only delivers multiple word-clock outputs, but also offers real-time monitoring of the accuracy of the source clock signal.

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    Enhanced Audio M600

    Universal Microphone Mount

    A range of impressive sonic claims are made for this unusual clamp design, but the physics behind it remains unclear (to me, at least).

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    Focusrite Saffire

    Firewire Audio Interface [PC/Mac]

    Focusrite's first computer recording interface looks to cover all the bases with plentiful I/O, DSP effects and flexible monitoring arrangements (including surround).

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    FXpansion Guru

    Virtual Drum Sampler [Windows/Mac OS X]

    FXpansion's software drum machine takes the 'pad sampler' concept pioneered by Akai's MPC range to new levels.

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    Korg D4

    Digital Multitracker

    Korg's latest multitracker is as small as it is affordable.

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    M-Audio Trigger Finger

    MIDI Controller

    The Trigger Finger is clearly intended for those of us who prefer hitting to clicking when it comes to percussion, but, as we discover, there's much more to it than that...

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    MOTU MX4 v2

    Software Synth [Mac OS X]

    Every major sequencer manufacturer now sells software synths for use with their recording applications, but MOTU's MX4 had not been out long before an updated version was announced. We find out whether v2 was worth the wait...

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    NI Reaktor 5

    Virtual Modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    Native's sound design software is back, and with v5, you have more control over your instruments than ever — offering fully user-definable looks, the ability to construct your own modules from scratch, and an improved library. We get patching...

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    Roland V-Synth XT: Part 1

    Variphrase Synthesizer & V-Synth OS v2

    Part 1: The V-Synth repackaged Roland's groundbreaking Variphrase technology, creating a powerful new kind of sample-based synthesis. Now there's a rackmount V-Synth, and (as you'll discover in Part 1 of our two-part review) it's more powerful than the first...

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Analog Archive • Cycles • EZ Rollers • Notre Dame de Budapest

    We check out more sample libraries on the block: Analog Archive ***, Cycles ****, EZ Rollers **** and Notre Dame de Budapest *****

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    Sontronics Orpheus & Helios

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphones

    With a characterful sound to match their striking retro styling, these new mics set themselves apart from the crowd.

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    Steinberg Virtual Bassist

    Bass Player VST Instrument [PC/Mac]

    Looking for a new bass player? If you'd consider a software candidate, Steinberg's Virtual Bassist is now ready for audition...

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    Ta Horng iSmart

    Rubber Fold-away USB MIDI Keyboard

    Note: this is a genuine product, not an April Fool hoax!

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    Universal Audio Boss CE1 • TC Electronic NonLin2

    Plug-in Folder

    This month: Universal Audio Boss CE1 • TC Electronic NonLin2 Stereo Effects Reverb

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    Universal Audio LA610

    Recording Channel

    Two classic designs — the 610 preamp and LA2A compressor — are combined for the first time in this attractive new reissue.

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    Waves APA 32

    DSP Plug-in Host [Mac/PC]

    Waves are the latest software company to launch their own hardware DSP accelerators. The APA 32 and 44-M can be linked over Ethernet to form massively powerful plug-in farms.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

People

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    Business End

    Reader Tracks commercially evaluated

    Read what music industry professionals think of the latest collection of SOS readers' recordings.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Pretenders 'Back On The Chain Gang'

    Producer: Chris Thomas • Engineer: Steve Churchyard

    In 1982, the Pretenders responded to desperate circumstances with some of the strongest material they would ever produce. Engineer Steve Churchyard was there to record it.

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    Crosstalk: Your Feedback

    Response to your letters, emails and calls

    Replies from the editorial team to more of your valued feedback.

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    Has It Got Any Easier?

    Leader

    Striking the right balance between simplicity of operation and powerful features is as elusive as it ever was...

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    Nainita Desai

    Building A Career In Music For Picture

    For over a decade, Nainita Desai has earned her living designing sounds and composing for film and television. She speaks about her experiences in the industry, and explains what opportunities there are for newcomers who want to get their foot in the door.

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    Sounding Off: Sample Library Makers

    Hilgrove Kenrick

    When it comes to installation and licensing restrictions, have sample-library makers completely lost the plot?

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    Steve Albini

    Sound Engineer Extraordinaire

    Steve Albini has become a legend in the world of alternative music by championing traditional engineering skills, respecting the opinions of the artists he records, and doing business ethically.

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Music Business

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    FX Copyroom: Tape Salvage & Transfer

    Kevin Vanbergen

    We've seen some curious studios in SOS over the years, but not many have included a warehouse full of vintage hardware, Pro Tools HD rigs, and thermostatic ovens. But it's all part of the daily routine at FX Copyroom...

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