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April 2006 Magazine Contents

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    ADAM P11A

    Active Monitors

    This revealing new monitor provides a surprising degree of low-end punch given its size.

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    Audient ASP008

    Microphone Preamp

    Eight channels of clean and transparent preamplification, complete with input impedance switching and flexible digital output options.

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    Celemony Melodyne 3

    Pitch & Time Correction Software [Mac/PC]

    Melodyne has always worked miracles with the pitch and timing of monophonic audio, but Celemony's new version 3 turns its attention to full polyphonic mixes.

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    Digitech Jam Man

    Loop Recorder & Phrase Sampler Stomp Box

    Add high-capacity Compact Flash storage and USB transfer to a real-time looper's facilities and you've got a host of new potential applications. What could the Jam Man do for you?

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    Guitar Technology

    Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

    • Ehrlund Acoustic Pickup • Compensating for Volume Control treble loss • Radial Engineering Plexitube, Hartke AC75/AC150, TC Electronic G Sharp, Zoom G7.1ut/G9.2tt

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    HV Design Total Tassman

    Instrument Library for AAS Tassman

    Do you like AAS's Tassman but are a bit baffled when it comes to programming? Check out some of Harm Visser's ready-made instruments...

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    JBL LSR4328P

    Auto-EQ Active Studio Monitors

    These active monitors can automatically EQ their frequency response to compensate for your room acoustics. But how effective is this technology in practice?

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    Korg Radias

    Synthesizer & Vocoder

    The Radias is described by Korg as a synth and vocoder, but that's somewhat modest — it manages to cram analogue modelling, S&S, FM and formant synthesis into its stylish frame, plus a host of sound-shaping and triggering facilities. Plus that vocoder...

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    M-Audio Prokeys 88

    88-note Stage Piano

    M-Audio have applied the same economies of scale to this digital piano that they have to their controller keyboards, with the result that the Prokeys 88 retails for well under £500, with the cut-down Prokeys 88SX costing far less.

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    Mackie C4

    Mix Control Surface

    Mackie's C4 controller has been a long time coming, but now that it's here, it provides real-time control for a variety of supported sequencers and their plug-ins, including Apple's Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, and Mackie's own Tracktion.

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    Microtech Gefell M300

    Condenser Microphone

    This new high-resolution small-diaphragm condenser mic offers high SPL handling and a warm tone.

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    Prism Sound ADA8XR

    Multi-channel A-D/D-A Converter

    Exceptional A-D and D-A conversion, digital audio interfacing in multiple formats, plus Firewire connectivity make this high-end workhorse something for any studio owner to aspire to.

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot New Releases

    • Big Fish Audio Hip-Hop High: Multi-format • Garritan Jazz & Big Band: Kontakt Instrument • Sample Lab Broken Beats: WAV+REX+Apple Loops • Sonic Implants Symphonic Harp: Gigastudio

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    Sonic Implants Complete Symphonic Collection

    24-bit Orchestral Library

    The addition of woodwind and percussion libraries rounds out Sonic Implants' Complete Symphonic Collection, bringing their three-year symphonic project to a close.

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    Sound Toys Echoboy

    Pro Tools Effects Plug-in [Mac OS X]

    The former Wave Mechanics team set out to create the ultimate classic echo unit emulator, and ended up with a plug-in that does much more.

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    Soundscape 32 & Editor v5

    Recording & Editing System [PC]

    Soundscape have always been renowned for the stability of their DSP-based PC recording systems. Their latest development is a unique new way of integrating native CPU power into the Soundscape environment.

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    Stedman Proscreen 101

    Pop Shield

    Like a number of pop shields on the market today, the Stedman Proscreen 101 uses metal grille, as opposed to nylon mesh, to remove those annoying plosive sounds...

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    Tascam DVRA1000

    High-resolution Stereo Digital Recorder

    This new stand-alone recorder from Tascam records a variety of high-resolution audio formats directly to DVD discs.

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    Worsesounds Total Cacophony

    Sample Library

    While the sampling world has warmly embraced the drive towards superb sonics, Dagenham-based Worsesounds have made their mark with cheap-but-cheerless sound libraries aimed at the undiscerning...

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    Yamaha mLAN16E

    Motif ES mLAN Expansion Card

    Sometimes, a small interface board can make all the difference! We check out the card that allows you to send up to 16 channels of audio from your Motif ES synth (and all your MIDI data) via one Firewire cable...

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Techniques

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    Achieving Flexible Tempo In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    If you favour the feel of music that results from real people playing real instruments, the strict-tempo approach of a sequencer can feel like a straitjacket. But DP offers many ways of breaking out, and this month we explore them, as well as bringing news of the major update that is Digital Performer v5.

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    Intel Macs & Music

    Apple Notes

    With another major transition occurring in the Mac world this year, it's time to consider the real ramifications of moving from Power PC to Intel-based Macs for musicians and audio engineers.

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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 5

    You Got The Commission — Now What?

    So, you've been commissioned to write the score for something. What should you do next? We provide some suggestions, with real-world scoring examples for you to download and try.

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    Mix Rescue: Punchier Drums/Meatier Guitars

    Taxi

    We overhaul Bristol band Taxi's mix sound in search of punchier drums, meatier guitars, and a more polished lead vocal.

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    On-line Mastering Services Shootout: Part 2

    The Follow-Up

    A new business model for mastering houses allows you to submit tracks via the Web and pay on-line. Last month, we embarked on a unique test of these services. This month: the results are in...

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    Quiet Please: Advanced PC Silencing

    PC Musician

    If you have to record in the same room as your PC, the acoustic noise the computer produces can be more than a mere irritant: it can also compromise sensitive recordings. We take a look at what you can do to restore peace.

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    Setting Up Pro Tools For Surround Sound

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    More and more post-production work is ending up in surround-compatible formats, such as DVD. We explain how to set up your Pro Tools system to do that work, and give some guidelines on recording and mixing in surround.

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    Studio SOS: Drum Recording

    Simon Kusnierek • Jon Kent • Nate Lewis • Dan Edney

    Drum recording problems face the Studio SOS team this month, as they sort out two Bristol-based studios at once.

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    Useful Sonar Features You May Have Missed

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    In a program as complex and feature-rich as Sonar, it's almost inevitable that there are useful little facilities that could make your life easier, which you have somehow overlooked or forgotten. We turn the spotlight on some of the best.

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    Using Hardware Controllers with Reason 3

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    In all the excitement about Reason 3's Combinator device, the powerful new Remote hardware control functionality has been sadly overlooked — so let's remedy that situation with this article...

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    Using REX Files In Ableton Live

    Live Tips & Techniques

    Ableton Live 5 doesn't work with REX files, right? Well, technically speaking, it does not support the 'official' REX file format. But not only can you create your own REX-style slicing within Live, the 'do it yourself' stretching method we describe in this article can be surprisingly flexible.

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    What's New In Logic v7.2

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Although the new version of Logic is billed just as a Universal Binary crossgrade, it does more than simply allow the sequencer to run on the new Intel-based Macs. Read on...

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    Windows Vista

    PC Notes

    If you're thinking about a new PC, do you need to make sure it's ready for the forthcoming Windows XP replacement: Vista? We examine the relevant issues for the musician.

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    Write In Cubase, Mix In Pro Tools

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    If you like Cubase's sequencing capabilities but prefer to mix your projects in another application (eg. Pro Tools), we show you how to get your soft-synth parts from one app to the other.

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