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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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    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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