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December 2005 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus TI

    Modelled Analogue Synth

    The Virus TI promises to bridge the divide between hardware and software instruments, and create a world of Total Integration, while still offering the classic Virus sound. Is it a hard reality, or have Access gone totally soft?

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    AEA R88

    Stereo Ribbon Microphone

    This new monster mic incorporates two separate ribbon diaphragms, allowing you to use either Blumlein or M&S stereo recording configurations.

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    AER Acousticube 3

    Acoustic Instrument Amplifier

    AER's Acousticube has been at the pinnacle of acoustic instrument amps since 1992. Does the latest revision live up to the legacy?

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    AKG D22 & D11

    Instrument Microphones

    The new Crystal Clear Sound range of mics includes two models intended for instrument miking. They've got the prestigious AKG name, but they won't break the bank.

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    Buchla 200e: Part 1

    Patchable Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

    Alongside Bob Moog, Don Buchla is one of the founding fathers of synthesis, and yet much less is known of him and his instruments. With this two-part review of Buchla's latest synth, and a history of some of his pioneering work, we hope to redress the balance...

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    Cakewalk Sonar 5

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows]

    The new version 5 sees Cakewalk's Sonar becoming a more complete production package than ever, with the addition of new synths, a convolution reverb, 64-bit support and Roland's celebrated Variphrase vocal processing technology.

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    Digitech Artist Series

    Digital Guitar Effects Pedals

    These new pedals model celebrated guitar tones, including those of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, in unprecedented detail.

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    ESI Pro Maxio XD

    192kHz Audio + MIDI Interface For PC

    Firewire and USB 2 interfaces have their advantages, but if you need serious channel counts at high sample rates, the PCI card still rules, and ESI's heavyweight recording system caters for a huge range of input and output formats at up to 192kHz.

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    Genelec 8020A

    Active Monitors

    Despite their diminutive size, these new nearfield monitors still share the Genelec family sound.

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    Korg OASYS: Part 2

    Workstation Synth

    We finish our in-depth examination of Korg's new mega-workstation, taking in the remaining synth engines, the sampler, the KARMA algorithms and the onboard sequencer, and draw our conclusions about it...

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    Little Labs Multi Z PIP

    Instrument Preamp / DI / Re-amp

    Aimed at professionals, the Multi Z PIP combines premium DI box, mixer, and re-amping device in a single small unit.

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    M-Audio Aries

    Hand-held Capacitor Microphone

    M-Audio are perhaps better known for their studio and computer-based peripherals, but they now have a microphone range, to which has been added a stage-specific model. We put the Aries through its paces.

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    M-Audio iControl

    Control Surface For Apple Garage Band 2

    There are dedicated (and expensive) control surfaces for Logic, Pro Tools and Cubase... so why not an affordable one for Apple's semi-free entry-level application Garage Band? M-Audio must have thought exactly the same thing...

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    RCF ART 322A

    Active PA Speakers

    Italian company RCF have a good pedigree. They helped design and manufacture for Mackie when the latter first entered the live sound market. We check out RCF's own entry in the portable powered PA stakes.

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: True Strike 1 • Flatpack 2 • Drumdrops In Dub Volume 1.

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    Sony Oxford Limiter

    Mastering Limiter Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Like many of Sony Oxford's plug-ins, their new limiter takes a familiar concept and applies a novel twist.

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    TL Audio M4

    Valve Mixer

    This new mixer caters for those who found TL Audio's M3 too small, and the flagship VTC too big. But is the M4 just right?

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    Tube-tech MEC1A & MMC1A

    Valve Recording Channel & Multi-band Compressor

    These two new valve units offer unusually powerful processing for professional studio use.

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    Voice Systems Eclipse

    Active PA Speakers

    The PA market isn't short of powered 'plastic' cabinets at the moment, but not many use the coaxial speaker design approach — which is what sets apart this Italian-made model.

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    Yamaha EMX512SC

    Powered PA Mixer

    Clever lightweight amplifier technology and exceptional effects, plus several other useful features, distinguish this practical and powerful live mixer.

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Techniques

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    Advanced Timing Correction

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We all know that Beat Detective can be used to fix up dodgy drumming. But how about creating a tempo map from a freely played keyboard part? Or replacing a piano track with note-for-note accuracy? You can achieve amazing results when you know how...

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    Dual-core/Dual-processor G5s

    Apple Notes

    Christmas came slightly early this year for Mac enthusiasts, with significant product announcements, including new dual-core, dual-processor Power Mac G5s. But just what do the new high-spec computers mean for musicians?

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    Granular Synthesis

    How It Works & Ways To Use It

    Granular synthesis is the core technology behind the latest time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms, but it can also be used to generate extraordinary evolving soundscapes. We explain how the process works and show you how to get the best from the software that uses it.

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    Improved MIDI Functions In Sonar 5

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Cakewalk have strengthened the MIDI side of Sonar 5 considerably, in recognition of the rise of software synths that benefit from enhanced MIDI controllability. We run through some of the new features and suggest how you might want to use them...

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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 1

    Getting A Break

    Writing music for picture seems like the ideal career. You get to work in your studio for a living, you can earn good money, and there's so much potential work: action films, travel and nature documentaries, romantic comedies, cartoons, low-budget sci-fi, even breakfast cereal ads. But how do you break into this lucrative world?

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    Mixing Live Recordings In Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Mixing live band recordings within Logic presents a unique set of challenges, so we show you how to get great results with the minimum hassle.

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    Stage Monitoring & Monitor Mixing

    Workshop

    Although monitor engineering is often thought of as subordinate to handling the FOH sound, in reality it's at least as important. We take a tour around this most crucial of live sound subjects.

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    Streamlining Your Ableton Live Workflow

    Live Tips & Techniques

    We begin this regular column on using Ableton Live by examining how you can increase your productivity whilst using the program as a writing tool.

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    Studio SOS: Monitoring

    Dave Rogers

    This SOS reader was having trouble with his monitoring, so the SOS team sped over to his home studio in Bristol, England to sort things out.

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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 5

    Sampler Synth Engines

    Nearly all modern samplers have powerful synth engines concealed inside them — and sometimes they're so well hidden that their users are unaware of their existence. But then why would you want a synth in your sampler? Let's find out...

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    Tuning Drum Loops In Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Can't quite get your Reason rhythm section kicking with the rest of the track? If you've never considered tuning your drum samples and loops to help create a tight and harmonious mix, now may be the time to try it...

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    Using Digital Performer With External Hardware

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Few of us use our software sequencers in isolation — we all need associated hardware, such as monitors, external effects, and favourite MIDI synths. This month we take a look at using DP with such hardware.

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    Windows XP x64

    PC Notes

    The 64-bit Windows XP x64 edition is on the shelves, but musicians should stick with their trusty 32-bit OS for the moment. PC Notes explains why, as well as offering some constructive soundcard feature suggestions to manufacturers.

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    Working With Video

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    We take a look at building tempo maps for writing to picture in Cubase, using Markers, Time Warping and the Process Tempo command.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Music Publishing

    Everything You Wanted To Know (But Were Afraid To Ask)

    If you want to make money as a songwriter, composer or lyricist, the obvious answer is to find yourself a publisher. But what do music publishers actually do for their clients? Why do you need one, and how can you find the right one?

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