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October 2005 Magazine Contents

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    ADAM Artist

    Active Monitors

    A compact active monitor for high-quality listening at low-to-medium sound levels.

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    Earthworks DK25/R

    Drum Microphone Kit

    This new set of high-resolution drum mics is also versatile enough for many general recording tasks.

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    East West / Quantum Leap Ra

    Kompakt Instrument [Mac / PC]

    Continuing the recent tradition for wedding software-instrument front ends to vast sample libraries, Ra is a 14Gigabyte collection of exotic and 'world' instruments with an NI Kompakt wrapper...

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    Echo Audiofire 12

    Firewire Audio Interface [PC/Mac]

    Echo are the latest soundcard manufacturer to move into the market for Firewire interfaces, and the flagship of their range promises 12-channel analogue I/O with pristine sound quality.

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    Emu 1616M

    PC Laptop Digital Audio System

    Emu's latest audio interfaces use the Cardbus format to provide 16 inputs and outputs at prices that put many Firewire interfaces to shame...

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    Hollow Sun Classic Keyboards

    Akai-format Sample CD-ROMs

    Hollow Sun's vintage keyboard sounds go against all the current sample-library trends, being supplied on CD-ROM rather than on dedicated hard drives, and weighing in at Megabytes in size, not Gigabytes. But how do they sound...?

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    Ion Audio IED01

    Electronic Drum Kit

    The price of MIDI keyboard controllers has tumbled over the past few years, and Ion clearly feel it's time the same thing happened to MIDI drum kits. Their IED01 costs £299 and includes five pads, two pedals, and the stand!

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    Mutec iClock

    Master Digital Clock

    This new master clock generator from Mutec can transmit a bewildering array of clock signals at many different rates simultaneously. Does your studio need one?

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    Plug-in Folder

    3 Hot New Plug-ins

    Basement Arts Frantic, Cakewalk Z3TA+, and Progress Software Soup get the install treatment.

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    Roland V-Synth XT: Part 2 VC1 & VC2 Cards

    Variphrase Synthesizer

    Part 2: We conclude our review of Roland's fabulous new rackmount synth, and look at the built-in VC1 and VC2 cards, which respectively convert the V-Synth XT into a fully functioning D50 and a powerful vocal-processing synth.

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: Spatial Awareness, Ghetto Electro, Housematic, Cycles Volume 4: Momentary Incursions.

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    Samson C02

    Condenser Microphone

    This new small-diaphragm mic provides a good upgrade path for home studios currently working with just dynamic models.

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    Sibelius 4

    Score-writing Software [PC / Mac]

    Viewed by many musicians as the modern standard in computer-based score-writing software, Sibelius has an impressive pedigree and reputation. Following the success of three releases on the Mac and Windows platform, can it maintain its simple user interface as the powerful feature-set continues to expand?

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    Tascam US2400

    25-fader USB Control Surface

    Hardware control surfaces promise to make working with a software DAW more intuitive and 'hands on'. Tascam's new offering has more knobs and faders than most, but also keeps things deliberately simple. Is it an essential accessory, or an expensive gadget?

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    Yamaha AW1600

    Digital Multitracker

    Yamaha breathe new life into their AW range with USB connectivity, loop sampling, and an onboard pitch-correction processor.

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Techniques

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    AUPitch: Better Pitch-shifting?

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    The new Tiger AUPitch plug-in promises better pitch-shifting performance, but does it deliver in practice?

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    Beta-testing Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Propellerheads have always had a rather unusual approach to beta-testing, routinely involving thousands of registered users. We talk to the Props about how it's done.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Hollies 'The Air That I Breathe'

    Producer: Ron Richards, The Hollies • Engineer: Alan Parsons

    The Hollies were the third artist in as many years to cut Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood's pop ballad, yet it was their version that became a worldwide top 10 hit. In 1974, Alan Parsons was behind the mixing desk at Abbey Road for the recording.

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    Digital Performer Notes

    News & Tips

    Click with a new metronome, tune up a pitch correction problem and stop that annoying whistling. In short, catch up with the latest from MOTU's wonderful world of Digital Performer...

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    Dynamics Control In Sonar 4

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Both Sonar Producer Edition and Studio Edition offer several choices for dynamics processing. How do you pick the right one for the job?

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    FREE Audio Units Host App

    Apple Notes

    We explore a powerful Audio Units plug-in host application you might not realise you already own, called AU Lab. Plus news of the multi-button Apple mouse and Intel architecture changes...

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    Hardware Safety Guidelines For The PC Musician

    PC Musician

    The new PC interfacing standards of USB and Firewire brought with them the promise of 'hot-plugging' and easy interconnection. But some musicians have discovered, to their cost, that the reality doesn't always live up to the promise. We investigate...

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    Maintenance Updates; Plug-ins

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    This month brings news of further maintenance updates to Pro Tools, plus some intriguing plug-in launches...

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    MIDI Tracks & Keyboard Functions

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We look at how to use the facilities available to Cubase's MIDI tracks to recreate certain master keyboard functions.

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    Mozilla Firefox Vs Microsoft Internet Explorer

    PC Notes

    More news of what's cooking in the world of Windows — but first, why it might be time to ditch Internet Explorer in favour of Mozilla's Firefox browser...

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    Preparing Your Music For Mastering: Part 2

    Mastering: How The Pros Do It

    Last month we discussed how to prepare mixes so that they are ready for the mastering engineer. This month, we look inside the mastering room during the processing of an album, to see what kind of equipment is used, and the sort of processes that are applied to finish the tracks to the required standard.

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    Reason Mixing Masterclass

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason mixes can sound superbly fat and punchy, thanks to the array of tools the software puts at your disposal. We adapt some traditional mixing know-how to the Reason platform and offer device-specific tips to help you improve your mixes.

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    Sonar: Audio Engine Tune-Up

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar technology takes over Cakewalk's entire product line, from low to high end, while the Studio and Producer editions get an audio engine tune-up. Read all about it...

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    Stem Mixing In Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Mixing and automating complicated projects can be made simpler if you use 'stems'. What are they and how do you do it? Read on...

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    Studio SOS: Vocal Recordings

    Phil Evans

    This issue's Studio SOS comes to you from the other side of the world, as we help an Australian reader sort out his vocal recordings.

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    Tempo Maps For Pre-Recorded Audio

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Sometimes the click can steal the life from a session, so why not start with a live performance?

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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 3

    Making Samples

    Having introduced the concept of looping, velocity switching, and multisampling, it's time to actually make some samples. We give you a few hard-won tips that can make your life easier on the way.

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    Using Pitch Automation in Digital Performer v4.6

    Workshop

    Move over Auto-Tune: Digital Performer v4.6's new Pitch Automation features are fully integrated into the program and provide considerable power over all aspects of pitch. We explain how they work and take you through some practical examples.

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    Using Pro Tools' Strip Silence Function

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The Strip Silence window in Pro Tools allows you to automate complex edits that would take hours to do by hand. Find out how...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Andrea Terrano: Iguana Studio

    Readerzone

    SOS visits reader Andrea Terrano, who has turned the empty shell of a South London industrial unit into an impressive studio complex.

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    Brian Eno.

    Brian Eno

    Recording Another Day On Earth

    For his latest album, musician/producer Brian Eno has returned to the world of songwriting. But his ideas about music are as radical as ever...

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    Massive Attack's New Studio

    Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge

    Production pioneers Massive Attack are going through exciting times — they've built an awesome recording studio, moved into surround soundtrack work, and they have a new album on the way. We take a spin around their new workspace.

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    Organisational Discipline

    Leader

    SOS's Editor In Chief advocates that music computers should operate more like efficient secretaries than a Dan Brown novel...

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    Sounding Off: Music Mastering

    Paul Abbott

    Is music mastering an art or science?

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