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June 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Apple Core Duo iMac

    Computer

    When is an iMac not an iMac, but still an iMac? When it's a new model featuring an Intel processor. We test Apple's first Intel-based Mac and see what the future holds for Mac musicians and audio engineers.

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    Behringer FBQ2496

    Feedback Destroyer Pro

    Given its more than respectable range of facilities and 24-bit/96kHz operation, the low price of this feedback processor seems far too good to be true. We find out whether it is...

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    Behringer Xenyx 2442FX

    Analogue Mixer

    The Xenyx range of analogue mixers offers improved sound quality and USB interfacing with computers, plus the extremely competitive pricing we've come to expect from Behringer.

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    Carlsbro Liberty WP100

    Wireless Audio System For PA

    How many times have you wished you had a magic wireless link from your desk to the stage? At some venues it can be a real problem trying to find a route for speaker cables that does not cross public access areas or look unsightly, but now the Liberty system could provide the answer...

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    DAS DS108

    Passive PA Speakers

    The extremely portable size and shape of these neat little PA speakers make them suitable for a range of more unusual sound-reinforcement jobs, plus those awkward gigs in tiny venues.

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    Digidesign Hybrid & Music Production Toolkit

    Analogue-style Synth & Plug-in Bundle For Pro Tools

    What could be more tempting than a sweet-sounding virtual analogue synth? How about that same synth bundled with a bunch of high-quality plug-ins targeted at music production?

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    East West Symphonic Orchestra Pro XP

    Orchestral Expansion Library [Mac OS X/Win XP]

    East West and Quantum Leap's Symphonic Orchestra was one of the largest orchestral libraries ever released, at 19 DVDs for the full edition. However, it still wasn't enough for some people — so East West have released this 18-disc expander set...

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    Great River ME1NV

    Microphone Preamp

    A modern take on the vintage Neve preamp sound.

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    Guitar Technology: ESI Pro Jam Mate UG1

    Gear Reviews, Tips and Techniques

    • Can a Power Soak really give you 'loud tone' without volume? • ESI Pro Jam Mate UG1 USB electric guitar • Hughes & Kettner Switchblade • Guitar pedal news... •

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    JTS US1000D

    UHF Wireless Microphone System

    The radio microphone marketplace is becoming a busy place these days, but it's always interesting to look at a new system that aims to provide good-quality performance while being very straightforward to set up and operate.

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    Kenton Pro Solo MkII

    MIDI-CV Converter

    If you're still using pre-MIDI synths, the chances are you'll already be using a Kenton converter to interface them with your more modern MIDI gear. We check out this upgrade to the faithful Pro Solo...

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    LA Audio Can-D

    Headphone Delay

    A dedicated headphone delay might seem like a bit of a luxury, but it could make life a lot more pleasant for the working engineer.

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    Lynx Aurora 16 & AES16

    A-D/D-A Converter & Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

    With even the cheapest soundcards now offering 24-bit, 192kHz recording, is it still worth investing in high-end converters? Lynx certainly think so...

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    M-Audio Axiom 25

    USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

    Controller keyboards are fitting ever more control facilities into progressively smaller units costing less and less. Is the semi-weighted Axiom 25 M-Audio's best deal yet?

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    Mackie CFX16 MkII

    16-channel Live Sound Mixer

    This compact desk benefits from built-in effects, sturdy construction and low noise. Does it measure up to the Mackie name?

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    Renkus-Heinz CF151

    Active PA Speakers

    Although Renkus-Heinz is a well-known name in high-end PA components, it's not one often seen on the stages of more modest gig venues — but that may be set to change with the arrival of the new CF/CFX series.

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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Latest releases

    • Sony Sound Series: Trance NRG2 • Big Fish Elements: Traditional Jazz • Big Fish Raging Guitars

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    Samson C01U

    USB Condenser Microphone

    If you want the simplest possible computer recording setup, it doesn't come much more straightforward than this: a mic that plugs straight into your Mac or PC's USB ports.

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    SE Electronics Mini & 2200A

    Condenser Microphones

    These two new SE models may come in at an entry-level price, but they are both highly capable capacitor mics, each with a distinctly different sound character.

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    sE Electronics Reflexion Filter

    Stand-mounted Acoustic Absorber

    SE Electronics' portable screen is designed to turn any room into a vocal booth.

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    Sequentix P3

    Hardware MIDI Sequencer

    If you thought the days of hardware sequencing were past, think again — Sequentix's P3 is a tremendously flexible MIDI sequencer whose power is concealed beneath a cool retro exterior. We step to it...

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    Steinberg Wavelab 6

    PC Audio Editing & Mastering Suite

    Wavelab's latest tricks include a revolutionary Spectrum Editor, which allows you to identify problem areas in your material visually before applying extremely precise restoration processes.

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    Waves Y96K & Power Bundle

    DSP Card & Plug-in For Yamaha Mixers & Multitrackers

    Waves are tempting owners of Yamaha digital hardware with an updated DSP board and a new selection of additional plug-in processors.

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    Yamaha HS80M

    Active Monitors

    These new monitors from Yamaha add some low-end welly to the sound of the legendary NS10.

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    Yamaha M06

    Workstation Synth

    Looking to create a more affordable keyboard version of their Motif range of workstations, Yamaha have pared back the spec of the Motif ES a little — though not much — to create the M06 and M08.

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    Yellow Tools Independence

    Software Sampler

    Building on their modular software instruments, Yellow Tools' Independence is a combined software sampler and workstation synth. But it faces a lot of competition. What makes it stand out from the rest?

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Techniques

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    Addressing Latency Problems In Pro Tools LE

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    One of the best features of TDM-based Pro Tools systems is the negligible latency, or input-to-output delay, while recording. So what is the best way to deal with this problem if you have only an LE system?

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    Automation Tips

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    When Cubase VST became Cubase SX, one of the big improvements was a better automation system for audio-based tracks and channels. This month, we show you how to make the most of this newer system.

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    Effective Mixdown With Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Your next project might be a four-track demo or a 100-track surround mix for cinema. Either way, at some stage you're going to have to mix it — but with DP on your side, that doesn't need to be a headache.

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    How To Use Modelling Guitar Preamps On Stage

    Advice & Techniques

    Guitar preamps that use digital modelling technology have found their way into vast numbers of studios. But do they have a useful place on stage, and what do you need to know if you want to use one live?

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    Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 7

    How To Cope With Revisions

    What happens when the Director whose work you're scoring isn't satisfied, or demands changes due to events beyond your control? We find out, and also look at writing music for film trailers.

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    Mix Rescue: Ambient Dance Track

    Mark Edwards

    An ambient dance track gets the Mix Rescue treatment this time, as SOS reader Mark Edwards finds out that less is definitely more.

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    Preparing A Performance With Ableton Live

    Live Tips & Techniques

    They say one step in planning saves two in execution — and that certainly applies to doing a performance with Ableton Live sequencer...

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    Preserve Presets When Upgrading

    PC Notes

    This action-packed PC Notes gives advice on preserving your lovingly crafted presets when you upgrade audio software, offers ideas on keeping your dongles safe and brings you the usual haul of handy hints and tips.

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    Programming Drums in Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Whether you need electronic beats or realistic acoustic drums, Reason is one of the quickest and easiest tools around for creating varied drum tracks.

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    Run Windows On Your Mac

    Apple Notes

    News of Apple allowing Mac users to run Windows on their Macs might sound like an April Fool — but it turned out to be anything but a hoax. This month we investigate the possibilities of running Windows on an Intel-based Mac and discuss why you might want to.

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    Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs For Music

    PC Musician

    The Small Form Factor (SFF) PC is a useful halfway house between the flexible but bulky desktop PC and the very portable but expensive and not easily upgradeable laptop. But how well does the SFF PC fit the bill for musicians? We find out.

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    Studio SOS: Mobile Home Studio

    Paul 'Spyder' Fitzpatrick

    This month the team travel to Wales to mix vocals, acoustic guitars, and a troublesome hurdy-gurdy for a studio based in a mobile home!

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    Using Logic's Global Markers

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Markers have always been available in Logic, but the new Global Tracks feature (introduced in version 7) makes them much easier to use and manipulate than in earlier versions.

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    Using Off-Line DSP In Sonar

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    If you never venture into Sonar's off-line DSP section, now could be the time to check it out, following Cakewalk's v5 revamp of these useful functions.

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    Vocal Recording & Production Masterclass

    Techniques & Tips

    Everyone knows how much a classy vocal sound can add to any recording, but achieving this in the studio can seem something of a black art, so this month we demystify the recording, processing, and mixing techniques required to produce professional results.

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    What Is Class-D Amplification?

    The Benefits Explained

    If you're under the impression that Class-D amplifiers are just 'three letters worse' than Class-A models, think again: Class-D technology is making an increasing impact on the live sound world by offering more power with less weight than ever before. We find out how and why...

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