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January 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Akai MPC2500

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai have updated the classic sampling sequencer concept last embodied in the MPC2000XL, but have they managed to preserve the magic formula that made the series a success?

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    Aphex 240

    Dual Logic-gated Compressor

    The latest dynamics processor from Aphex combines a sophisticated gate with an easy-to-use compressor and forces them to work as a team.

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    Arturia Analog Factory

    Software Synthesizer

    If you're after convincing analogue-style sounds but you don't want to delve into complex programming, Arturia's Analog Factory may be just the thing.

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    Creamware Prodyssey ASB

    Modelled Analogue Synth

    In the latest addition to their successful ASB range, Creamware take on ARP's legendary Odyssey.

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    Cwejman Synthesis Modules: Part 2

    VCO-2RM • MMF-1 • ADSR-VC2 • VCA-2P

    Part 2: We continue our exploration of Wowa Cwjeman's new range of exclusive analogue synth modules.

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    Dangerous Music Monitor ST/SR

    Expandable Monitoring Controller

    This modular monitor controller system offers an easy upgrade path from stereo to surround capability, and transparent audio quality to boot.

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    Emerson Williams Dark Blue

    Guitar Tube Preamplifier

    If you are looking for an authentic tube-amp guitar sound from a DI recording system, then maybe the Dark Blue's all-tube preamp and speaker simulation is just what you need.

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    Emu 0404

    USB 2.0 Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    Emu's first USB 2.0 interface, and their first to offer Mac OS X compatibility, dispenses with DSP effects and complex software front-ends, majoring instead on hands-on controls and practical studio features. Have they hit on a winning formula?

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    Event ALP5

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    Surely you can't get a good bass response from small monitors... or can you?

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    Kinman No-solder Harness & Pickup Set

    Guitar Technology

    • Kinman No-solder Harness & Pickup Set• Haynes Fender Stratocaster Manual

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    LD Systems D1121 & D1120

    Studio Microphones

    SOS puts LD's new tube and capacitor mics to the test.

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    Magix Samplitude 9

    DAW Software [Windows]

    Over the last few years, Magix's Sequoia and Samplitude have quietly been establishing a name for themselves in the mastering and recording communities, and the new version 9 of Samplitude looks set to win plenty more friends.

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    McDSP Classic Pack

    Pro Tools Plug-ins

    McDSP's compression and EQ designs offer a huge amount of control with the potential for accurate emulation of vintage devices. Throw in a tape-modelling suite and a powerful multi-band compressor, and you have the Classic Pack.

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    Modartt Pianoteq

    Physically Modelled Virtual Piano

    Can an 8 Megabyte plug-in really compete with the new generation of multi-Gigabyte sampled grand pianos?

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    Novation Xiosynth

    Synthesizer & Audio Interface

    Synthesizer, USB audio interface, MIDI controller — Novation's Xiosynth does it all, and at a very reasonable price...

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    Plug-in Folder

    Nomad Factory Blueverb DRV2080 • Kjaerhus Audio MPL1 Pro • Voxengo Marquis • Chandler EMI TG12413

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

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    Sample CDs

    Mini Reviews

    • VSL Saxophones, Elements & Vienna Konzerthaus Organ • Scarbee Imperial Drums XL • BFD Platinum Samples: Andy Johns Classic Drums

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    TL Audio M1 Tubetracker

    Mixing Console

    Worried that your digital recordings sound a bit sterile? Maybe the Tubetracker can warm things up a bit...

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Techniques

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    Audio Editing Secrets In Digital Performer 5

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    You'll soon be wondering how you ever managed without the audio editing tricks and shortcuts offered by this month's essential DP workshop.

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    Choosing Channel Strip Plug-ins

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The trend among plug-in designers is to integrate commonly used processes such as EQ and compression into a single plug-in. It saves on insert slots, but do channel strips offer any other benefits, and which ones stand out from the crowd?

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Les Paul & Mary Ford 'How High The Moon'

    Producer & Engineer: Les Paul

    Les Paul made some of the most innovative records of the 20th Century, but he had to invent multitrack tape recording first...

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    Direct X Plug-ins & Cubase 4

    PC Notes

    Direct X plug-in support has been dropped from Steinberg's Cubase 4 sequencing software — so what do you do if you have projects that use such plug-ins and you want to upgrade to the latest Cubase? PC Musician offers some solutions, as well as rounding up the latest PC news and information.

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    Macbook Pro (64-bit) & Xeon Xserve

    Apple Notes

    We take the opportunity of a New Year issue to look back at the 12 months that saw Apple's transition to Intel processors, and to welcome in the new Core 2 Duo-based MacBook Pros and Xeon-based Xserves.

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    Mechanical SFX

    A DIY Guide To Unusual Audio Effects

    Some of the best signature sounds have been developed through experimentation with mechanical devices. We offer some inspiration...

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    Metal Machine Music

    Ballet Mécanique At The National Gallery, Washington DC

    George Antheil's Ballet Mécanique is all but impossible for human musicians to play. So for his latest presentation of it, Paul D. Lehrman built an orchestra of robots...

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    Mix Rescue: Adrian Bannister

    Remixing 'Liar'

    Rescuing and reinforcing a weak-sounding cello are amongst this month's remedies...

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    Mix Rescue: Adrian Bannister | Audio files

    MP3 Audio examples

    Rescuing and reinforcing a weak-sounding cello are amongst this month's remedies...

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    Mixing On Headphones

    Successful Mixing Without Loudspeakers

    Mixing on 'cans' is often frowned upon, but if you know what you're doing, you can get good results with only occasional checks on your monitor speakers.

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    Preparing Your CD For Manufacturing

    Avoiding The Pitfalls

    Ever thought about releasing your own album or single? We explain the ins and outs of producing a small batch of CDs.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: David Pensado

    Inside Tracks: Pussycat Dolls 'Beep' & 'Buttons'

    Mix engineers have a huge role to play in modern record production; but what does it take to turn a collection of raw tracks into a chart-topping single? In a major new SOS series, specialist mixers will be showing us exactly how they use the tricks of their trade.

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    Sonar 6: Exploring VC64 Vintage Channel

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar 6's new 'channel strip' offers multiple routings that enable techniques such as parallel compression, frequency-conscious dynamics control and side-chaining.

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    Stereo Image Trickery With PC Plug-ins

    PC Musician

    If you're after bigger-sounding tracks, read on, as we discover plug-ins that manipulate stereo information to play tricks with your mix...

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    Studio SOS: Ray Parkes

    Digital Detectives

    Sorting digital gremlins and rogue reflections is all in a day's work for the Studio SOS team...

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    Track Presets

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Track Presets might not add anything to the sonic possibilities offered within Cubase 4 but Steinberg have been very keen to blow this particular marketing trumpet. So just what can Track Presets do for you?

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    Using Racks In Ableton Live

    Live Tips & Techniques

    We look at how the new Instrument and Effects Racks in Live 6 stretch the creative possibilities for combining and controlling multiple devices and plug-ins.

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    Using Waveburner: Part 2 | Mastering Your CD

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    This month we discuss in-depth features in Waveburner and look at some of the included plug-ins that can be used to polish up a mastering project.

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Sound Advice

People

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    A Return To Reality?

    Paul White's Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White praises a return to musical reality and wonders how 2007's new gear releases will satisfy us.

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    Big George's Big Mouth

    Sacred Cows

    This month, Big George takes a swipe at a few sacred cows in the name of fair play.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Les Paul & Mary Ford 'How High The Moon'

    Producer & Engineer: Les Paul

    Les Paul made some of the most innovative records of the 20th Century, but he had to invent multitrack tape recording first...

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The Savants

    Medz 4 Life

    I've been trying to reconstruct the...

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    Quantic: Will Holland

    Vintage Techniques For New Dance Music

    Will Holland is one of the most prolific producers in the UK's alternative dance scene, and rather than sampling old records, he prefers to track down the musicians who made them.

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Music Business

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    Preparing Your CD For Manufacturing

    Avoiding The Pitfalls

    Ever thought about releasing your own album or single? We explain the ins and outs of producing a small batch of CDs.

    Music Business
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