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November 2005 Magazine Contents

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    Ableton Live 5

    Loop-based Sequencer [Windows/Mac OS X]

    Ableton Live is one of the software success stories of the last few years, with devoted users in fields as diverse as DJing, remixing, theatre sound and music production. Version 5 addresses requests from all these areas, whilst retaining the program's renowned ease of use.

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    Apple Soundtrack Pro

    Audio Sequencer & Editor

    Apple's loop-sequencing application has grown up, with the addition of sophisticated recording, editing and mixing facilities, a powerful waveform editor, and many of Logic's most sought-after effects.

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    Cakewalk Sonar Home Studio

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows]

    With Sonar Home Studio, Cakewalk have made the core features of their flagship sequencing application available at a bargain price.

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    Camel Space & DVR2

    Plug-in Folder

    We test two hot new plug-ins: Camel Audio's Camel Space (PC VST & Mac OS X AU) and TC Electronic's DVR2 (Mac/PC Powercore).

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    Crane Song Avocet

    Stereo Monitor Controller

    This monitor controller sets new standards for operational flexibility and sonic fidelity.

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    Digidesign M Box 2

    USB Recording Interface [PC/Mac]

    Digidesign have given the most affordable interface in their Pro Tools range a makeover, with a new case, new preamps and some additional features.

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    East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs

    Kompakt Instrument [Mac/PC]

    Ever fancied arranging 'Oops, I Did It Again' for a full choir? Well now you can, courtesy of Symphonic Choirs, the latest virtual-instrument sample library from East West and Quantum Leap.

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    Kawai MP8

    Digital Stage Piano

    Kawai's last few digital pianos have been finely wrought things of beauty: solidly built keyboards with an amazingly realistic playing action and beautifully sampled piano timbres. But their latest claims to surpass all of those. Can it possibly be true?

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    Korg OASYS: Part 1

    Workstation Synth

    For over 15 years, Korg have produced the world's most successful workstation synths, and the OASYS is their new £5400 flagship, their attempt to take the concept to the next level. In the first instalment of our two-part in-depth test, we assess how they have fared...

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    Lexicon MX200

    Multi-Effects Processor

    Lexicon's latest hardware reverb is designed to be as easy to control from your computer as a plug-in.

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    M&K MPS1611P

    Active Monitors

    These new speakers from M&K let you switch between reflex and infinite-baffle designs on a whim.

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    Rayzoon Jamstix

    Virtual Drummer PC VST Instrument

    Virtual band members are now a regular feature in SOS reviews, but how about a virtual drummer that actually will jam with you? Rayzoon claim Jamstix is able to do just that...

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: Reason Drum Kits • Beats Working In Cuba • The Giovani Edition

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    SE Electronics Titan

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    The capsule within this microphone has a diaphragm coated with titanium, rather than the usual gold. We find out whether it makes any sonic difference...

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    SSL AWS900

    Mixer & Control Surface

    With their latest Superanalogue console, SSL bring the sonics and functionality of their flagship SL9000K to studios with smaller rooms and budgets. In the process, they've incorporated comprehensive control-surface facilities for driving computer DAWs remotely. But can the AWS900 really live up to its pedigree?

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    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Sample Library Player [PC/Mac]

    If you want the sample playback features of Steinberg's Halion sample player, but you don't need its detailed editing facilities, there's now an affordable answer to your needs — and it includes the full Halion sound library too...

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    Waves GTR Guitar Tool Rack

    Guitar Processing System [PC/Mac]

    Software guitar amp modelling has been around for a while, but GTR is Waves' first foray into the field — and as you'd expect, they have made a huge effort to get it right, even hiring guitar maker Paul Reed Smith to design a bespoke preamp.

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Leader: Happy 20th Birthday SOS!

    Paul White

    As SOS starts its 21st year, Editor In Chief Paul White casts an eye over the past 20 years.

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    Manu Katché

    Session Drumming & Music Technology

    He is one of the most famous drummers in the world, having played on more than 200 records. His CV reads like a Who's Who of English, American and French popular music, and even if he prefers not to lose himself in computers, he always takes a PowerBook with him, to write songs, at home or on tour. Meet Manu Katché, drummer extraordinaire.

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    Sounding Off: Make Time To Listen

    Stephen Bennett

    In a desert of noise, the personal MP3 player is an oasis of quiet...

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    The Go! Team: Recording Thunder, Lightning, Strike

    Gareth Parton

    The Go! Team's debut album, a glorious pile-up of mangled samples and lo-fi home recordings, is now attracting widespread acclaim — but its path to Mercury nomination and commercial success has been anything but smooth.

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