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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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