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January 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Antares Avox

    Vocal Processing Plug-ins [Mac OSX/WinXP]

    With their new plug-in suite, Antares promise to let you change the character of the human voice.

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    Buchla 200e: Part 2

    Patchable Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

    We conclude our look at synth pioneer Don Buchla's extraordinary new 200e modular synth.

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    CAD GXL Series

    Condenser Microphones

    This new set of Chinese-built mics offers good-quality vocal and instrument recording on a budget.

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    Cornford Carrera

    Recording Combo

    A recording amp with switchable choice of output tube type...

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    Creamware Minimax ASB

    Modelled Analogue Synth

    Creamware's Minimax is certainly not the first digital emulation of a Minimoog to be released — nor even Creamware's first. But it bucks the recent trend for software recreations of vintage synths — by being hardware. Can it replace the real deal?

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    Digidesign Pro Tools v7

    Recording Software [Mac/PC]

    With new MIDI sequencing functionality among many other features, Pro Tools v7 is intended to be the ultimate audio and MIDI workstation. Will this release keep Digidesign on top?

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    DK Technologies MSD100C

    Stereo Audio Meter

    The baby of the MSD series of stereo meters gets an overhaul with a new colour LCD panel.

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    Drawmer Three-Sum

    Band-splitting Processor

    This intriguing new unit from Drawmer lets you split a stereo signal into three bands and then process each band with a different piece of outboard.

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    Korg D3200

    Digital Multitracker

    Korg's newest workstation heavyweight boasts 32 recording tracks, a powerful 44:12:2 mixer, a programmable drum machine, and up to 11 simultaneous effects — all for under £1000. Read our hands-on report...

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    M-Audio Project Mix I/O

    Firewire Interface & Control Surface [PC/Mac]

    M Audio have packaged a fully featured control surface with motorised faders, an 18-input Firewire interface and eight mic preamps in one box — at a very competitive price.

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    Mackie Onyx 400F

    Firewire Audio Interface

    Mackie's new 10-in, 10-out breakout box includes an internal DSP mixer, MIDI connectivity, and four of their high-spec Onyx preamps.

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    Native Instruments B4 II

    Modelled Drawbar Organ Software [PC/Mac]

    Since its launch in 2000, NI's B4 has been the software instrument of choice for those who want realistic tonewheel organ sounds from their computer. But NI are clearly convinced it can be better...

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    Pedalsnake G2

    Configurable Guitar Rig Multicore

    Where do you turn when you need a multicore that will handle two MIDI lines, a 9V DC power line and a voltage control line?

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    RPCX Blue

    VST 2.0 & AU Synth Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Sound designer Rob Papen may be best known to you as the man behind amazing sounds for the Access Virus or Alesis Andromeda. Now he's moved into producing software-based synths of his own. So how good is it?

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot New Releases

    This month: Funk University;  Koncept & Funktion; Chopped Guitars; Downtempo Guitars Volume 2 and Talkbox Guitar.

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    Scan 3XS

    Dual-Core Athlon 64 PC For Music

    Dual-core CPUs promise a huge jump in performance at a modest price, while RAID disk arrays can provide both faster and more secure storage. Scan Computers' Athlon-based system features both technologies.

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    Takamine CTP1 Cool Tube

    Onboard Preamp For Electro-acoustic Guitars

    We check out the Takamine Cool Tube acoustic preamp and offer a technique for successfully combining mics and pickups in acoustic guitar recording.

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    Tannoy Reveal 8D

    Active Midfield Monitors

    Updating their successful Reveal range, Tannoy have included new high-resolution tweeter technology, sophisticated room-correction EQ, and digital interfacing.

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    Tascam FW1804

    Firewire Audio & MIDI Interface [PC/Mac]

    If you fancy Tascam's FW series of Firewire interfaces but don't need their control-surface features, the new FW1804 might be just what you are looking for.

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    Yamaha MG8/2FX

    Analogue Mixer

    Straightforward facilities, built-in effects processing, and an affordable price make this analogue mixer a good choice for entry-level studio and live setups.

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Techniques

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    Avoid Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Phishing & Internet Hacks

    PC Notes

    We'd probably all prefer to keep our music PCs insulated from viruses, spyware, adware, phishing and the general nastiness of the Internet, but the way music software is developing makes this increasingly difficult. Find out more...

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    Avoiding The Blue Screen Of Death

    PC Musician

    If you've ever been confronted by the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death, suffered random reboots or faced the frustration of inexplicable PC crashes, read on for some preventative measures...

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    Logical Editor

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase contains many powerful features for processing MIDI data, such as the Logical Editor and Macros. This month we look at how using them together can create some powerful solutions to potentially tedious problems.

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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 2

    Creating Your Showreel

    If you're ever going to make it in this game, you need a calling card, a way of impressing potential clients with your musical ability — you need a showreel. We explain what to do to create one...

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    Making The Most Of Digital Performer Plug-ins

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Can you honestly say you use all the features of DP's plug-ins? If not, prepare to be intrigued, as we dig deeper into Dynamics, Multimode Filter, Sonic Modulator and more, in search of the facilities you didn't know were there.

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    Mastering In Logic: 1

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    We look at how to combine your hardware and the software-processing within Logic for mastering purposes.

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    Mix Rescue: Eastern European Folk Music

    Ouja

    Can't get your mix sounding right? Let SOS sort it out! This month we tackle some eastern European folk music.

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    PCI Express: What Does It Mean For Mac Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    With the new single-processor, dual-core Power Macs shipping, we continue to investigate the impact of PCI Express on the Mac audio and music world.

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    Recording & Remixing With Ableton Live: 1

    Live Tips & Techniques

    In the first instalment of this two-part article, we examine how you can use Live as a conventional digital audio workstation.

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    Studio SOS: Troublesome Monitoring

    South

    The SOS team get busy at the London studio of a band called South, by transforming the sound of their troublesome monitoring room.

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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 6

    Layering & Multitimbrality

    We continue exploring what your sampler's synth engine can do to liven up bland self-sampled sounds, and explain the concepts of layering and multitimbrality.

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    Tomorrow's Musicians & What They'll Be Playing

    Controllers Of The Future

    The New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference has been running for five years, and is a great place to see and discuss new ideas that may provide the musical controllers of the future. SOS was in Vancouver to learn more...

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    Using Sonar 5's Cyclone Loop Tool

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    The Cyclone 'groove sampler' DXi, bundled free with Sonar, is a powerful tool that allows loops of all kinds to be dissected, manipulated and generally bent to your will...

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    Working With Video: 1

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    This Pro Tools workshop is the first in a series where we will explain how to use Digidesign's DAW to work to picture. First of all, we look at the decisions you need to make in setting up your system.

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Staple Singers 'I'll Take You There'

    Producer: Al Bell • Engineers: Terry Manning, Jerry Masters

    For the Staple Singers' landmark 1972 Stax album, engineer Terry Manning and producer Al Bell employed the talents of Memphis's finest musicians and two of the South's most famous studios.

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    From 4AD To Nine Inch Nails

    Engineer/Producer: John Fryer

    The likes of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails all owe a sonic debt to engineer/producer John Fryer, who explains his approach to production.

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    Futurism...

    Paul White's Leader

    Fast-forward ten years to 2016 and Editor In Chief Paul White pens another thought-provoking leader column...

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    Sounding Off: Monitors

    Mike Senior

    Your monitoring system is so important that it affects the entire development of your listening and engineering skills.

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