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March 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Auto-Tune vs Melodyne

    Antares Auto-Tune 5 & Celemony Melodyne Plug-in Pitch-correction Processors

    Auto-Tune has been the industry standard pitch-correction tool for many years, and version 5 introduces many new features, but it faces its strongest competition yet from the new plug-in version of Celemony's Melodyne. So which one should you buy?

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    Beyerdynamic Headzone Pro

    Surround Sound Headphone System

    If you thought you couldn't hear surround sound on headphones, it's time you thought again.

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    Digidesign Velvet

    Electric Piano Instrument For Pro Tools

    Digidesign's march into MIDI sequencing territory continues with the launch of a plug-in emulating classic electric piano sounds.

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    DigiTech RP250

    Amp Modeller, Multi FX & Audio Interface

    • Digitech RP250 Amp Modeller, Multi FX and Audio Interface • Tips: DIY Guitar Lube... plus news of TC Electronic's Classic Pedals.

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    Genoqs Octopus

    Hardware Sequencer

    If you want a unique approach to hardware sequencing or a charming accessory for the bridge of your alien mothership, the Genoqs Octopus could be just what you're looking for...

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    Groove Tubes The Brick

    Microphone & Instrument Preamp

    Well, it looks and feels as solid as a brick, hence the name. But there's more to this tube-based preamp than the gimmick. Let's find out...

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    Jazzmutant Lemur

    Touch-sensitive MIDI Controller

    Jazzmutant's Lemur combines both touch-sensitivity and a completely customisable interface, to create an entirely new breed of MIDI controller.

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    Kirk Hunter Symphony Orchestra Emerald

    Orchestral Sample Library

    This complete orchestral library is the jewel in its maker's crown, but are we talking Tiffanys or Ratners?

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    Korby KAT

    FET Microphone

    Should Korby's KAT be in your kit bag? We put it to the test...

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    Korg MR1000 & MR1

    High-resolution DSD Master Recorders

    SOS were invited to take an exclusive first look at Korg's powerful new 1-bit high-resolution master recorders. It wasn't an invitation we could resist!

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    Line 6 Gearbox Plug-in

    Amp & Effects Modelling Software [Mac/PC]

    Line 6 first made their name with the Amp Farm plug-in, but since then they've concentrated on hardware products, and Gearbox Plug-in makes their latest range of amp and effects emulations available in a plug-in for the first time.

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    M-Audio NRV10

    Analogue Mixer & Firewire Audio Interface

    This neat little unit offers great flexibility for both studio and stage work.

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    McDSP Project Studio Bundle

    Native Plug-in Bundle For Pro Tools

    McDSP's Project Studio Bundle provides an affordable way for Pro Tools users to get their hands on versions of all the company's acclaimed effects and processors.

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    Native Instruments Audio Kontrol 1

    USB 2.0 Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' new hardware offering has a few unusual features that may just find it a niche in the crowded audio interface market.

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    Neumann KM184D

    Digital Microphone

    Digital technology opens up a world of possibilities when applied to Neumann's classic KM-series microphones.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Audeon UFO • Musicrow Vinyl Boy • URS Classic Compressors

    Another bunch of enticing plug-ins get the full-blown insert treatment and rough handling to see how they perform.

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    PreSonus Digimax FS

    Mic Preamp & A-D Converter

    A useful studio workhorse offering eight channels of mic pres plus ADAT I/O, that does just what it says on the tin.

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    Sample Libraries On Test

    Sample Shop

    • Sonivox Flying Hand Percussion• Davide Carbone's Drum & Bass Masterclass • Zero-G Kocktail Kollection

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    Schippmann Ebbe Und Flut

    Analogue Filter & Signal Processor

    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro; introducing Schippmann's über filter box...

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    SSL Alpha Channel

    Channel Strip

    In the last few years, Solid State Logic have been concentrating a lot of effort on the project studio market, and this new Alpha Channel makes their high-end console technology available in an affordable rackmounting channel strip.

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    The Story Of The Clavioline

    Retrozone

    The first electronic instrument to reach a mass market, the Selmer Clavioline pioneered many of the basic concepts of synthesis, along with a few features that are still remarkable today.

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Techniques

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    Audio Add-ons For Macbook Pro

    Apple Notes

    With little new from Apple for musicians and audio engineers at the recent Macworld and NAMM shows, announcements from other manufacturers will allow Macbook Pro owners to take advantage of more sophisticated audio and DSP hardware while on the road.

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    Audiosnap Applications In Sonar 6

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's Audiosnap time-stretching tools offer some mind-boggling possibilities, including REX-like beat slicing and sophisticated audio quantising.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Jam 'The Eton Rifles'

    Producers: The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven • Engineers: Alan Douglas, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

    'The Eton Rifles' captured both Paul Weller's growing talent as a songwriter and the raw power of his band the Jam, and gave the group their first top 10 hit.

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    Cubase's Play Order Track

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase's Play Order Track is a powerful, but often overlooked, facility that is a Godsend for songwriters, composers and remixers alike.

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    Distributed Processing With Digital Performer

    MIDI Networking

    Unlike Logic, DP doesn't have any sort of distributed processing scheme, but by using additional Macs in your DP setup, with a network connection between them, you can achieve a similar result. Here's how it's done.

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    EVOC20 Vocoding

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    We attempt to demystify the EVOC20 vocoder plug-in and suggest ways in which it could be useful in all kinds of music, not just as a tool to produce silly robot noises!

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    George & Giles Martin: Remixing The Beatles

    The Making Of Love

    When The Beatles' record company tempted their producer out of retirement for one last project, no-one had any idea how radical the resulting album would be.

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    Hacking Remote Files In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    If Remote support has not been added for your favourite MIDI controller, consider doing it yourself.

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    Installing A Windows OS From Scratch

    PC Musician

    As a PC user, one job you're almost sure to have to do at some point is a clean install of Windows, whether because you've built your own PC, as outlined in last month's issue, have suffered a serious crash, or have decided to change to a new OS. Here's what you need to know...

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    Mix Rescue: Krys Baxter

    Overcoming A Muddy Mix

    When you're aiming for an in-your-face rock epic, the last thing you want is a muddy mix! Krys Baxter's Afterglow gets the Mix Rescue treatment...

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    Mix Rescue: Krys Baxter | Audio

    Hear The Difference

    Here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the March 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tony Maserati

    Inside Track: John Legend's 'Save Room'

    John Legend's silky, R&B-tinged sound has revitalised soul music. Mix engineer Tony Maserati explains how he crafted that sound for Legend's hit 'Save Room'.

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    Setting Up PT Preferences

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    It takes five minutes to set up your Pro Tools Preferences, but getting them right can smooth your workflow and even allow you to run more tracks from your hard drive.

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    Studio SOS: Darren Williams

    A Drum Recording Room

    The SOS crew help drummer Darren Williams sort out a better space in which to record drums and operate as a remote session drummer.

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    Using Microphone Polar Patterns Effectively

    Theory & Practice

    Knowing your cardioid from your omni can help you to achieve better recordings. If you're confused about what it all means, our guide to mic polarity should be a step in the right direction.

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    Windows Vista; Boot Management; Partitions

    PC Notes

    More Vista-related musings, advice on 'boot management' for multi-partition setups and the usual handy tips — all in this month's PC Notes.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Balanced Output

    Paul White's Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White explains why the cynics who believe SOS " never seems to give anything a negative review" are plain wrong.

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Jam 'The Eton Rifles'

    Producers: The Jam, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven • Engineers: Alan Douglas, Vic Coppersmith-Heaven

    'The Eton Rifles' captured both Paul Weller's growing talent as a songwriter and the raw power of his band the Jam, and gave the group their first top 10 hit.

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    George & Giles Martin: Remixing The Beatles

    The Making Of Love

    When The Beatles' record company tempted their producer out of retirement for one last project, no-one had any idea how radical the resulting album would be.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    More of your recordings scrutinised by the SOS crew...

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    Sounding Off: Chris Mayes-Wright

    Imagine A World Without Undo...

    Apple-Z, control-Z, step backward, or just simply Undo is a feature that is ubiquitous in technology today, but taken for granted by us all. How has it changed the way we record?

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