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November 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Ableton Live 6

    Looping & Composition Software [Mac OS X/Windows]

    Ableton's Live revolutionised user interface design in music software, and with every update, the company have striven to retain its ergonomic appeal whilst adding some very sophisticated new features.

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    ADAM A7

    Active Studio Monitors

    ADAM have shaved the price but not the quality for these active nearfields. Do they offer enough to help them stand out from the crowd?

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    Capella 2004

    Scoring Software [Windows]

    Capella is a highly evolved and intuitive scoring package that helps you get the job done more quickly by cutting down on distractions.

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    Chandler Germanium

    Mic & Instrument Preamp

    Chandler revive a vintage technology in their unique new preamp. We put it to the test...

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    Digidesign M Box 2 Pro

    Firewire Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

    The new M Box 2 Pro is the first portable Pro Tools interface that connects via Firewire rather than USB. As a result, users get more I/O, a phono preamp and word clock support among other bonuses.

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    Exploraudio Liveguitar H-clamp • Tuning Troubleshooter

    Guitar Technology: Reviews, Tips and Techniques

    We test Exploraudio's Liveguitar H-clamp for fixing a conventional mic to an acoustic guitar, and explain ways to track down the source of guitar tuning problems, plus GT news...

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    IK Ampeg SVX

    Bass Amp Modelling Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Most guitar amp modellers can be pressed into service on bass guitar, but now IK Multimedia have teamed up with Ampeg to create a plug-in dedicated to recreating bass amp sounds.

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    Korg TR88

    Keyboard Workstation

    Korg's Triton LE series has evolved into the TR range, but does it deliver any more than a new paint-job?

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    Lexicon MX400/400XL

    Multi-Effects Processor

    Lexicon's MX200 offered the innovative ability to integrate with a sequencer host just like an effects plug-in. The updated MX400 goes one better - it does all that, but with dual effects-processing engines too.

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    Little Phatty by Bob Moog

    Programmable Monophonic Analogue Synthesizer

    Bob Moog's final project carries his visionary synthesizer design into the future.

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    M-Audio Mid Air 25

    Wireless MIDI Controller Keyboard

    M-Audio's new wireless controller keyboard aims to free you from the restraints of MIDI cables.

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    M-Audio Sputnik

    Multi-Pattern Valve Microphone

    M-Audio's latest foray into the mic market combines a striking retro look with the warmth of a valve and the versatility of switchable polar patterns.

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    Novation Remote Zero SL

    MIDI & USB Controller

    Novation have cut the keyboard and the cost with the latest addition to their Remote SL line of 'intelligent' hardware controllers.

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    Plug-in Folder

    WWAYM NWEQ Pro • Universal Audio Neve 1073

    • WWYAM NWEQ Pro• Universal Audio Neve 1073 Equaliser

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    Roland Juno G

    Keyboard Workstation

    As Roland revisit the Juno name once again, we look at whether their latest offering is a serious contender, or merely a bantamweight Fantom.

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    Sample Libraries

    Mini Reviews

    • VSL Woodwinds II, Brass I & Brass II • Ilio Skippy's Big Bad Beats, Skippy's Noizbox, Stark Raving Beats & Ethno Techno • Ueberschall Urban Jointz

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    SE Electronics R1

    Ribbon Microphone

    The democratisation of the ribbon mic continues with the release of an attractive model from SE. We find out whether it sounds as good as it looks.

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    Terratec Komplexer VST

    Wavetable Soft Synth [Windows]

    Old synths never die, they get reproduced as virtual instruments. So it is with Waldorf's Micro Q, which forms the heart of Terratec's impressive wavetable-based soft synth.

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    The Story Of The Davolisint

    Retrozone

    It lacked most of the features we'd expect from even a basic synth, but this rare Italian keyboard had a charm all of its own.

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    Waves Vocal Bundle

    Vocal Processing Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    With their Vocal Bundle, Waves look to take voice processing and automatic pitch correction to a new level of sophistication.

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Techniques

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    Altiverb On PC — How Good Is It?

    PC Notes

    The Altiverb convolving reverb plug-in arrived on the PC platform earlier this year. We find out how it stands up to the convolution competition, as well as bringing you the usual crop of PC news and tips.

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    Choosing & Using Enhancement Plug-ins

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    In this month's Pro Tools workshop, we concentrate on the top and bottom of the frequency spectrum, looking at plug-ins that claim to enhance treble and bass. How do they work, how should you use them, and most importantly, which ones are the best?

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    Customisation Options In Sonar 6

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sonar seems to get more customisable with every version, and the newly released Sonar 6 is no exception, allowing you to tweak various aspects of appearance and operation until the program looks and feels just the way you want it.

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    Exploraudio Liveguitar H-clamp • Tuning Troubleshooter

    Guitar Technology: Reviews, Tips and Techniques

    We test Exploraudio's Liveguitar H-clamp for fixing a conventional mic to an acoustic guitar, and explain ways to track down the source of guitar tuning problems, plus GT news...

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    iMacs For Musicians

    Apple Notes

    The new high-end and mid-range iMacs look interesting for musicians, offering Core 2 Duo processors and rather attractive prices. Apple Notes takes a look at the spec.

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    Mix Rescue: Simon Fitzpatrick

    Remixing Your Track

    This month we help reader Simon Fitzpatrick to bind his synthesized, programmed, and acoustic sounds together into a cohesive mix.

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    Mix Rescue: Simon Fitzpatrick | Audio

    MP3 Audio Examples

    This month we help reader Simon Fitzpatrick to bind his synthesized, programmed, and acoustic sounds together into a cohesive mix.

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    Optimising Your Studio Acoustics With PC Utilities

    PC Musician

    The subject of studio acoustics can seem like black magic — but don't let it scare you off. You can make easy changes, that could vastly improve your recording and mixing environment, with the help of free or cheap PC software utilities, as we discover this month.

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    Pitch & Tempo Manipulation In Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    You can now update Logic's creaky old pitch and tempo manipulation routines with third-party algorithms from names such as Serato, Izotope, and Celemony. We compare the options to find out whether these upgrades are worth it.

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    Scissor Sisters: Recording Ta-Dah

    Babydaddy • Dan Grech-Marguerat

    The Scissor Sisters' first album, recorded in a Manhattan apartment, sold 3.5 million copies worldwide. The follow-up, Ta-Dah, sees them expanding their horizons, while keeping their DIY ethos very much intact.

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    Side-chaining In Your Software Studio

    What It Is & When To Use It

    With the powerful automation available in modern DAWs, it is easy to overlook their side-chaining features. But what value does this technique have in the modern project studio?

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    Studio SOS: Midge Ure

    Updating Studio Acoustics

    This month, the SOS team help out with the acoustics at Ultravox and Band Aid star Midge Ure's personal studio.

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    Tempo & Timing

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase's Tempo Editor offers some powerful ways to manipulate tempo and time signatures in your Projects. This month we take a detailed look at these features.

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    Using DP5's Improved Metronome Click

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    The subject of clicks might not seem terribly interesting — but it's surprising how much difference a well-chosen timing reference can make to the recording of your musical performances.

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    Using Reason Live: Part 1

    Replacing A Live Keyboard Rig

    In the first part of a mini-series on using Reason live, we look at how the Combinator and MIDI remote control can replace a live keyboard rig.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    A Guide To Producer Management

    Behind The Desks

    Want to spend more time in the studio and less on the phone to accountants and record company executives? A producer manager could take care of the business and develop your career into the bargain. Find out how...

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