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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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