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September 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Alesis DM5

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Now that electronic drums have finally become respectable, there seems to be a trend towards producing more easily affordable MIDI kits. This offering from Alesis is based around the well-regarded DM5 module, yet is still surprisingly inexpensive.

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    Allen & Heath Xone 3D

    DJ Mixer

    Is an all-in-one mixer, MIDI controller and audio interface the perfect solution for digital DJs and live laptop artists?

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    Apple Macbook Pro

    Laptop Computer

    Apple's first Intel-based laptop was introduced earlier this year. Is this the portable Mac musicians and audio engineers have been waiting for?

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    Arturia Prophet V

    Software Synthesizer

    Arturia emulate both the classic Prophet 5 and the lesser-known Prophet VS synthesizers in their latest software instrument.

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    Digidesign Pro Tools 7.2

    Exclusive PREVIEW

    Digidesign unveil a suite of powerful new mixing and automation features with this major HD release of the Pro Tools software, and throw in a surprising number of other goodies at the same time.

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    Focusrite Liquid Mix

    Firewire Dynamic Convolution Processor

    Following on from last month's sneak preview, here's the full SOS hands-on test: If you're looking for characterful compression and EQ to warm up your computer-based mixes, Focusrite's Liquid Mix might just be the answer.

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    Line 6 Low Down LD150

    Modelling Bass Amplifier

     Line 6 have extended their reach into the bass amplifier market with the Low Down series, the smallest and most portable of which is the LD150.

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    Line 6 Variax Workbench

    Editing Software For Variax Guitars

    The revolutionary Variax modelling guitar is already a uniquely versatile instrument, but now Line 6 have added an extra dimension with the ability to customise almost every aspect of its operation.

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    M-Audio EX66

    Active Monitors

    With their latest monitor design, M-Audio are aiming higher than ever before. We put the EX66 to the test...

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    MOTU Digital Performer 5

    DAW For Mac OS X

    Mark Of The Unicorn's flagship recording package combines individual design with a heavyweight feature set. Could Digital Performer be the sequencer for you?

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    Music Lab Real Guitar 2L & Steinberg Virtual Guitarist 2

    Virtual Instruments

    There have been some famous twin-guitar line-ups in rock history and, even if you can't strum a note, you can now have the virtual equivalent — both of these software instruments will play on time and in tune, and won't want a solo in every song! But are they both equally good?

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    PC Audio Labs Athlon Dual-core PC

    Music Computer

    AMD's dual-core Athlon CPUs are proving popular with those seeking the ultimate in desktop PC performance for their money, and this machine from PC Audio Labs shows why.

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    Sample Libraries

    Latest Sound Libraries On Test

    • Soniccouture Abstrakt: Konkrete • Tekniks Drumm EAR • AMG Kick-ass Brass • Bela D Media Lyrical Distortion: Volumes 1 & 2

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    Serato Pitch 'n Time Pro

    Pitch & Time Correction Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Serato's Pitch 'n Time has carved out a reputation as one of the best time-stretching and pitch-shifting plug-ins out there, with special features including 'morphing' time-stretch and the ability to recreate varispeed effects.

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    Sontronics Omega

    Valve Capacitor Microphone

    We examine a handsome Chinese-made valve mic with retro style to spare. But how does it sound?

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    Tascam DM3200

    Digital Mixer

    Tascam's new 48-channel digital console is an imposing sight, full of features and attractively priced. We get to grips with it...

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    TL Labs TL Drum Rehab

    Drum Replacement Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Beefing up real drums with samples is routine practice these days, but the standard tool is looking pretty dated. Can TL Labs' new plug-in help us do it better?

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    Universal Audio Solo 110 & 610

    Microphone Preamps

    The Solo 110 and Solo 610 are a pair of high-quality, no-frills preamps — one solid-state, the other valve.

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