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December 2006 Magazine Contents

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    Apple Mac Pro

    Desktop Workstation Computer

    With 64-bit quad-core processing in every model and the ability to run both Mac OS X and Windows, is the Mac Pro the computer all musicians have been waiting for?

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    Book Review: Recording The Beatles

    By Brian Kehew & Kevin Ryan

    Could this book be the definitive guide to the Beatles' recording sessions?

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    Cakewalk Sonar 6

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows]

    Another major upgrade for Cakewalk's DAW software adds powerful new features, and provides hands-on control at a touch.

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    Carillon TI Plus PC

    Music Computer

    Carillon's new TI series sees them incorporating affordable, no-nonsense music PCs into their familiar rackmount cases.

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    Charter Oak SA538 & 538B

    Multi-pattern Tube Microphones

    Can mics at this price really compete with the classics? Sound On Sound puts them to the test...

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    Cwejman VM1

    Analogue Voice Module

    Swedish designer Wowa Cwejman has built a reputation for exclusive analogue synths. Now he's going modular, starting with the VM1 Voice module...

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    Dave Smith Mono Evolver Keyboard

    Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

    Pushing at the boundaries of synthesis, as ever, Dave Smith's Evolver range continues to, er, evolve...

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    Digidesign Strike

    Pro Tools Virtual Drummer Plug-in

    A new drum-based instrument from Digidesign combines instant gratification with a huge sound library and plenty of potential for editing.

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    DPA 3521

    Modular Stereo Microphone Set

    DPA's innovative modular design, combined with diminutive parts, means that the 3521 gets to the parts other mics can't reach...

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    Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 I/O

    Firewire Interface [OS X/Windows]

    Focusrite take their Firewire interface range to a new level with the competitively priced Saffire Pro 26 I/O.

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    Guitar Technology

    Graphtech Ghost • Intelli IMT 500

    • Graphtech Ghost piezo and MIDI pickup system • Intelli IMT 500 clip-on Chromatic Tuner • Guitar technology news

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    Korg Micro X

    Synthesizer

    They say that good things come in small packages — but just how much synthesizer can Korg cram into the tiny Micro X?

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    M-Audio Black Box

    Guitar Processor & USB Audio Interface

    The guitar modelling revolution continues apace with M-Audio's latest interface.

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    MOTU Ethno

    World Music Software Instrument [Mac/PC]

    This new software instrument majors on lively and evocative loops and phrases that can be flexibly combined to create convincing world-music atmospheres.

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    Sample Libraries

    Mini Reviews

    • Sample Magic Funky House Grooves

    • Sample Logic Ambience Impacts Rhythms

    • VSL Percussion & Harps

    • Soundlabel Piano Attack

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    SM Pro M-Patch 2

    Passive Monitor Controller

    Monitor controllers can offer a handy solution to monitor level control in the mixer-less studio. SM Pro Audio's M-Patch 2 offers a whole lot more...

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    Steinberg Cubase 4

    MIDI + Audio Sequencer [Windows/Mac OS X]

    The new version of Cubase is all about big ideas, including a completely new way of working with tracks, plug-ins and virtual instruments.

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    Submersible Music Drumcore 2

    Groove Library / Audition Engine

    Is it a loop librarian? Is it a sample library? Is it a drum-sample playback engine? No - it's all of these, and it brings along its own roster of hyper-famous drummers too...

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    True Systems P-Solo

    Microphone Preamplifier

    Can this mic preamp really deliver 'expensive' sound quality at a mid-market price?

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    Zoom H4

    Portable Stereo/4-track Recorder

    We've seen affordable field recorders from Edirol and M-Audio. How does Zoom's H4 compare?

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Techniques

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    Audio Editing Essentials In DP5

    Digital Performer Tips & Technique

    We take a look at a variety of audio-related techniques, from the staples of soundbite editing to DP5's new Soundbite Volume feature.

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    Firewire Chips To Win XP Media Center

    PC Notes

    From rogue Firewire controller chips to Windows XP Media Center Edition, the strangest things can cause problems with PC audio...

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    Mix Rescue: Russell Simon

    Tape Restoration

    No, it's not the Naked Chef, just Sound On Sound getting busy in the kitchen to salvage some old tape recordings... Note: there are no audio files accompanying this article

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    OS X RAID: Any Good For Audio?

    Apple Notes

    With the new Mac Pro offering increased internal data storage, we investigate whether using the software RAID functionality built into OS X has any benefits for audio applications.

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    Quick Punch & Track Punch

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools offers punch-in features designed to make it work like a tape machine - except that you can change your mind later about where, when and what to drop in...

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    Recording Latin Percussion

    Miking & Mixing Techniques

    Latin music is popular all over the world, but it has its own unique assortment of quirks and exotic instruments. Four of the genre's leading engineers explain what it takes to make a conga sing and timbales talk.

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    Refurbishing Your Old Equipment

    Workshop

    Musicians, producers and engineers continue to discover the delights of all things vintage and retro, but why settle for classic gear that works but looks tatty when you can restore its appearance, too?

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    Simultaneous Multitrack Audio Exports & Flexible Routing

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Limitations to Cubase's audio routing and audio export facilities have always been frustrating, and are still present even in Cubase v4. Thankfully, there are some free or inexpensive third-party solutions...

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    Studio SOS: Ross Prior

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    Sweetening the mixing environment and sorting out the bass end is this month's task — but there's much more to do than adding a bit of rockwool!

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    Using Reason Live: Part 2

    Live Electronic Performance

    In the second part in our series, we're exploring ways to use Reason in a live electronica performance, laptop DJ set or jam session.

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    Using Waveburner: Part 1

    The Basics

    Waveburner is bundled free with Logic Pro and offers some significant power in the mastering department. We take a look at the hidden jewel in Apple's crown.

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    Vocal FX

    Creative Vocal Processing

    Tired of the same old vocal sound? Time to get creative with your plug-ins, FX pedals and anything else you have!

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    Warping 101 In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Tips & Technique

    It's back to basics for this month's Live workshop, with an overview of Live's time-warping technology.

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Orbital 'Chime'

    Producers: Paul & Phil Hartnoll • Engineers: Tim Hunt, Orbital

    Orbital were renowned for their amazing live shows, and the story of 'Chime', the track that launched their career, shows how they brought their 'live' approach to electronic music to the studio and into the charts.

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    Gnarls Barkley & The Atlanta Sound

    Ben Allen

    Their combination of Southern soul and hip-hop gave Gnarls Barkley one of the biggest hits of the year, thanks in part to the mixing wizardry of Ben Allen.

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    Sounding Off: Stephen Bennett

    Will Plug-ins Replace Hardware Instruments?

    In the last few years, the increase in computing power has led to an explosion in the availability of high-quality virtual instrument and effects plug-ins, many of which emulate classic hardware...

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    Who Pays For Progress?

    Paul White's Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White wonders why we value software so little...

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Music Business

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    Big George's Big Mouth

    Solitaire?

    Big George takes a critical look at what seems to be the only game in town: solitaire.

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