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February 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Audient Centro Master Section

    Stereo Monitor Controller

    As more people leave behind their mixing desks, many find they still need a good monitor controller.

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    Boss Micro BR

    Portable Digital Multitrack Recorder

    As Boss introduce their tiniest ever portable studio, we discover just how much can be packed into such a small box...

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    Cwejman Synthesis Modules: Part 3

    DLFO Dual LFO • RM2S Stereo Ring Modulator • VCEQ3

    We conclude our three-part exploration of Wowa Cwjeman's new range of exclusive analogue synth modules.

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    Desert Island Plug-ins

    SOS's Favourite Effect & Processing Plug-Ins

    Which effects and processing plug-ins do the Sound On Sound staff and product reviewers love the best? We asked, they answered...

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    Digidesign M Box 2 Mini

    USB Audio Interface [Mac OS X/Windows]

    Digidesign have shrunk the M Box to give us the most compact and affordable Pro Tools interface ever. How good is it?

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    Fatar Studiologic VMK176 Plus

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    This controller comes from a range that, unusually, takes the concept of a quality weighted action into the realm of the shorter keyboard — and offers hands-on knobs and sliders for software control to boot.

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    Groove Tubes Convertible

    FET Condenser Mic

    If you're sceptical about manufacturers claiming their mic is suitable for both stage and studio applications, maybe this one can change your mind...

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    Kahler 2300 Series Locking Tremolos • IK Multimedia Stealthplug

    Guitar Technology

    • Kahler 2300 Series Locking Tremolos • IK Multimedia Stealthplug USB guitar interface

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    Korg Kaoss Pad 3

    Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler

    Korg's tactile effects processor benefits from a major overhaul - so is the third generation the Kaoss Pad you always wanted?

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    Native Instruments Massive

    Software Synth [OS X/Windows]

    Is Native Instrument's new stand-alone soft synth as big as they say it is?

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    PSP Neon

    Linear Phase Equaliser Plug-ins [Mac OS X/WinXP]

    PSP's new linear phase equaliser plug-ins offer mastering quality at a project-studio price.

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    Quested VS2108

    Near/Midfield Active Monitors

    Big or small, Roger Quested's monitor designs always deliver the goods. His VS2108 actives are no exception.

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    Rode - MXL - SE: To USB Or Not To USB?

    Three-way USB Mic Shoot-out

    We discuss the merits of mics featuring a USB port and compare recent arrivals from Rode, MXL and SE.

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    Sample Libraries On Test

    Mini Reviews

    • Loopmasters Disco House Sessions • Synthogy Ivory Italian Grand • Ueberschall Hip Hop Underground • Bela D Media Anthology Volume 1: Celtic Wind

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    Sony Vegas 7

    Multitrack Audio & Video Editor [Windows]

    If your needs tend more towards looping and video editing than MIDI, Sony's distinctive multitrack recording package could be just what you're looking for.

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    Tascam GVI

    VST Instrument/Stand-alone Soft Sampler [PC]

    Giga Virtual Instrument gives you Tascam's Giga sampling engine as a plug-in for the first time.

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    TL Audio 2 Fat & Fatfunker

    Valve Processors

    TL Audio's latest additions to their popular Fat Man range are more versatile than their names suggest.

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Techniques

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    Designing Cubase Synth Pads

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Creating your own synth patches is one way to add a unique element to your music projects. We look at how you can get started designing your own pad sounds using the VST Instruments supplied with Cubase.

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    Designing Cubase Synth Pads | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Creating your own synth patches is one way to add a unique element to your music projects. This month we look at how can you can get started designing your own pad sounds using the VST Instruments supplied with Cubase.

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    Digital Interfacing

    Connections & Clocking For Digital Audio

    Getting the jitters about your digital clocking? Don't know your AES from your EBU? Then read on.

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    Exploring Audiosnap in Sonar 6

    Sonar Notes & Technique

    One of the biggest new additions in Sonar 6, Audiosnap, is a powerful time-stretching audio toolkit promising better-quality stretching and enhanced controllability. This month we'll explain the basics of using the new tools, following up next month with some real-world applications.

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    Inside Track: Rihanna 'SOS' & 'Unfaithful'

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Phil Tan

    Phil Tan, one of the leading mix engineers specialising in urban music, dissects his mixes for two worldwide hit singles from Rihanna: the apty-named 'SOS' and 'Unfaithful'.

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    Integrating MIDI Hardware with Ableton Live

    Live Notes & Technique

    This month, we look at how to connect, control and record hardware MIDI instruments using Live.

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    Mix Rescue: Leaf

    Guitar Pop

    This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

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    Mix Rescue: Leaf | Audio

    Hear The Differences Yourself

    This month we beef up drums and bass, polish guitars and vocals, and give choruses a lift, as the Belgian band Leaf get the Mix Rescue treatment.

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    Pitch Correction with Logic

    Logic Notes & Technique

    Automatic tuning is synonymous with many things, good and bad. We take a look at Logic's Pitch Correction tool and then examine what Auto-Tune can add.

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    Running Windows On Intel Macs

    Apple Notes

    We take another look at running Windows on Intel Macs and consider how Apple's latest acquisition will affect their professional video and audio software.

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    Specifying & Building A Dual-core Desktop PC

    PC Musician

    If you haven't yet taken the dual-core plunge, there's an alternative to either buying an off-the-shelf mainstream model that may not be quite right for music or paying a premium for a custom-assembled music PC: choose the components and build your own.

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    Studio SOS: David Crane

    Bedroom Studio Makeover

    Would you let two strange men drill holes in your house? USA-based SOS reader David Crane took the risk enough to let Paul and Hugh at his walls with a drill to solve his cabling issues...

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    Using Fades & Crossfades

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    If you edit audio in Pro Tools, you need to know about fades and crossfades. As well as being vital editing tools, they can also be used in surprisingly creative ways...

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    Using Intel Mac Audio Hardware with DP 5

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    We update you on changes to new Macs' built-in audio hardware, then take a look at how Bundles can help users of older and current Macs alike to easily reconfigure their audio I/O.

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    Using Reason Live: Part 3

    Live Looping With Dr:Rex

    This month we look at a Combinator building project that allows you to mix and manipulate loops on the fly.

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    Windows Vista — Upgrade Or Wait?

    PC Notes

    After a long wait, the new Windows Vista OS is actually on the horizon — so should we all be rushing to upgrade?

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Depeche Mode 'People Are People'

    Producers: Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Gareth Jones • Engineer: Gareth Jones

    Released in 1984, 'People Are People' perfectly combined Depeche Mode's love of pop music and experimentalism, and gave them their first US hit single.

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    Ken Freeman & The Birth Of String Synthesis

    Retrozone

    Ken Freeman couldn't afford a Mellotron to play his string parts, so he invented a new kind of electronic instrument. But though the world would eventually embrace string synthesizers with a passion, he never got the credit he deserved.

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    Martin Rushent: Producer

    From Punk To Electro

    Martin Rushent managed the rare double feat of working at the artistic cutting edge and having colossal success — until disaster struck.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    SOS editorial staff audition your demos and offer their opinions...

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    Sounding Off: Paul Farrer

    Look Beyond The Limelight...

    Look beyond the limelight...

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    The Buying Game

    Paul White's Leader

    Editor In Chief explains why offering definitive advice to readers' queries is... well, difficult at times.

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    Tori Amos

    Inside Her Martian Engineering Studio

    Over the last decade, some extraordinary music has emerged from Tori Amos's Martian Engineering studio. A new box set collects together the highlights, while the studio itself is soon to open to paying customers.

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Music Business

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    Big George's Big Mouth

    Music Industry Comment

    This month Big George examines the cut of the music industry's new clothes...

    Music Business
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