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October 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Boss GT Pro

    Guitar Effects Processor

    The Boss GT Pro is more than just a guitar effects processor — in fact, with its dual COSM-based processing engines, it's two. But when it comes to guitar tone, does the GT Pro put Boss in charge?

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    Crowley & Tripp Naked Eye

    Ribbon Microphone

    One of the most welcome developments of recent years in the microphone market is the growing availability of ribbon mics. This new model takes its place in the middle ranks of price but has a far from mediocre sound...

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    Digidesign DV Toolkit 2

    Post-Production Tools For Pro Tools LE

    If you want to do serious post-production work in Pro Tools but you can't stretch to an HD system, Digi's new DV Toolkit 2 could be the answer.

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    Edirol R09

    Compact Digital Recorder

    The Edirol R09 is one of the most stylish and compact digital recorders on the market - but is it as accomplished as it is good looking?

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    Graphtech Nuts & Saddles

    Guitar Technology

    Graphtech

    Nuts & Saddles

    Many common tuning stability problems associated with...

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    Kong Audio Chinee

    Chinese VST Instruments [PC]

    Five new evocative sampled Chinese instruments in virtual instrument form at a seriously low price.

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    Korg D888

    Digital 8-track Studio

    This simple digital eight-track might appear a bit feature-light, but it could have hidden appeal for DAW users wanting a flexible multitrack audio capture machine.

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    Korg STR1 & OASYS v1.1

    Plucked String Synthesizer Expansion & OS Upgrade

    An amazing new string-modelling synth is added to Korg's flagship workstation.

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    Lexicon Lambda

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac OS X / Win XP]

    Lexicon's latest addition to their alphabetically inspired soundcard range is friendly to both your desktop space and your wallet .

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    Masterwriter

    Songwriting/Rhyming Dictionary Tools [Mac OS X / Windows]

    Computers may have taken over every aspect of the recording process, but they still can't help you write a good song. Or can they? The people behind Masterwriter certainly think so...

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    Novation Remote 25 LE

    MIDI & USB Controller Keyboard

    Novation's Remote LE range offers a healthy selection of features from their popular Remote controller keyboards at a cut-down price.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Eliosound Air EQ • Audio Damage Discord 2 • Crysonic Spectra'Q • Arts Acoustic Reverb

    Another batch of hot plug-ins get installed and tested.

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    Sample Libraries

    Sample Shop

    Our monthly round-up and evaluation of what tickled our fancy from the newest Sample Library releases.

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    Sonalog Gypsy MIDI

    Motion Capture MIDI Controller Suit

    Want to turn movement into sound? Sonalog's 'mocap suit' is probably the world's first wearable MIDI controller.

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    Steinberg Halion Symphonic Orchestra

    Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

    We find out how well Steinberg's new take on the virtual orchestra conducts itself...

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    Violet Amethyst

    Studio Capacitor Microphones

    Are the Amethysts a bit of a jewel in the studio, or only semi-precious? We find out.

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    Virtuosoworks Notion

    Notation & Performance Software [Mac / PC]

    Ever wondered how your composition would sound played by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios? Virtuosoworks' notation package gives you the opportunity to find out.

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Techniques

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    Apple Developer Conference

    Apple Notes

    It was all happening at this year's Apple Developer Conference, where an Intel-based Power Mac replacement and a new Xserve were showcased and Apple Notes was in the audience for the first demonstration of Tiger's spotty successor, Leopard...

    Techniques
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    DP 5.1 Universal Binary for Intel Macs

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    MOTU have released DP 5.1, a Universal Binary version of Digital Performer that allows owners of Intel Macs to finally make the most of the application on their new machines. But while this is a crucial piece of the jigsaw in enabling DP's use on the Intel platform, it's going to be a while before you can recreate a fully loaded G4 or G5 setup. Here's the low-down...

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    Eradicating PC Audio Clicks & Pops

    PC Musician

    Cicks and pops can ruin a recording, not to mention causing vast amounts of annoyance and wasted time. Tracking down their causes can be far from easy — but our step-by-step troubleshooting guide is here to help.

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    How To Create Your Own Podcasts

    Sound Workshop

    Podcasting is a powerful new communications medium that could help you get your music out to the masses — and it's accessible to pretty much anyone with a home studio and a broadband Internet connection.

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    Mix Rescue: No Logo

    Remixing 'Evian/Naive'

    This month we overhaul rock band No Logo's mix in pursuit of a bigger and more commercial sound. Listen to Audio examples

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    Mix Rescue: No Logo | Audio Files

    MP3 Audio Examples

    This month we overhaul rock band No Logo's mix in pursuit of a bigger and more commercial sound.

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    Mixing Essentials

    The Fundamentals Of Mixing

    For the newcomer, mixing a multitrack recording can seem overwhelmingly complicated. The key is never to lose sight of the basic principles...

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    Networking Macs: Using Nodes In Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Logic allows you to multiply the processing power of your studio system by networking multiple computers together. But how well does this actually work in practice?

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    Processing Acoustic Guitars

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The acoustic guitar has its place in almost every style of contemporary music. So how can you use the processing tools of SX to help find the right place in your mix for all that strumming and picking?

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    Studio SOS: Paul Roy

    Improving The Mix Environment

    The team rearrange Paul Roy's studio to improve the mixing environment and tackle some bass issues.

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    USB Ports

    PC Notes

    All USB ports are not created equal, as PC Notes finds out this month...

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    Using Region Groups In Pro Tools 7

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The new Region groups feature in Pro Tools 7 enables us to work with multiple Regions as though they were a single object. In this month's workshop we also take a look at two new training resources from Digidesign.

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    Working With Video In Sonar 5

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    As video becomes more accessible, Cakewalk have taken notice, adding a lot of video-friendly features to Sonar 5. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to combine the worlds of audio and video within the program.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    10 Years Of Native Instruments

    Industry Profile

    As Native Instruments celebrate their 10th anniversary SOS goes behind the scenes at the company, remembers the highlights, and looks forward to the next decade in software instrument design.

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    Big George's Big Mouth

    Recording '(Is This The Way To) The World Cup'

    This month sees the return of iconoclastic composer, DJ and music industry commentator Big George to the pages of Sound On Sound — and you thought we'd sacked him for good...

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    Roger Nichols: Across The Board

    The Current State Of Affairs

    Recording engineers are finding it tough to get jobs. But have they really tried all the options out there?

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