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April 2007 Magazine Contents

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    AEA R92 & TRP

    Studio Ribbon Microphone & Preamp

    This classy ribbon mic doesn't just look great — AEA's thoughtful design means that it also offers great sonic results.

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    Algorithmix PEQ Red & Blue

    EQ Plug-ins For Windows

    Mastering engineers are notoriously fussy about EQ, and until now, plug-in manufacturers have struggled to compete with the best hardware designs. Can Algorithmix's Red and Blue change hearts and minds?

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    Avantone Mixcubes

    Secondary Reference Monitors

    Do your mixes translate well to radio or consumer audio systems? If not, the Mixcubes might be just what you need...

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    Coleman SR5.1 MkII

    Surround Sound Monitor Controller

    If you're in the market for a good-quality, no-frills surround monitor controller, this may be just what you're looking for.

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    Exploring PC Spectral Multi-band Plug-ins

    PC Musician

    There are now quite a few plug-ins on the market that have the ability to split audio into hundreds or thousands of bands and treat them separately, paving the way for a variety of weird and wonderful effects. Are you brave enough to enter the frequency zone?

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    Focal Twin 6

    Studio Monitors

    If you like the bright sound of beryllium tweeters, these active monitors might make for a pleasant departure from the usual suspects.

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    Korg Legacy Analogue

    Software Synth For Korg OASYS

    Korg bring the MS20 and the Polysix to the OASYS and introduce a major OS update.

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    Milab DC196

    Capacitor Microphone

    There's no law to say that microphone diaphragms must be circular, and in fact a rectangular diaphragm, such as the one inside this Swedish mic, can offer some unique and useful characteristics.

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    MOTU 8Pre

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    We take an in-depth look at MOTU's most affordable Firewire audio interface yet.

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    Outsim Synth Maker

    Modular Synth & DSP Programming Environment [PC]

    If you've ever fancied creating your own VST plug-in synths and effects, Outsim's slick development tool might just have made the process that bit easier for PC users.

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    Phil Jones Bass Buddy & Little Labs STD

    Bass Guitar Recording DI Box & Instrument Cable Extender

    Two very handy 'accessories' come under scrutiny: PJB's Bass Buddy, a Bass Guitar Recording DI Box, and from Little Labs their STD Instrument Cable Extender.

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    Roland SH201

    Analogue Modelling Synthesizer

    The SH201 — a versatile new modelling synth from Roland or a cash-in on past glories? Let's find out...

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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 & 5033

    Duo Mic Preamp & 5-band Equaliser

    We take our first look at the excellent new Portico range by Rupert Neve Designs - and they don't disappoint.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Libraries/Virtual Instruments

    Three more recently released libraries and virtual instruments get installed and tested to oblivion! • Muse • Chris Hein Guitars • Sample Lab Luscious Grooves: The Dark Side

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    Speck X Sum

    Analogue Summing Mixer

    Boasting 16 channels, a transparent sound and bags of headroom, there's more to this innocent-looking creature than meets the eye.

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    TF Pro M16

    16-channel Mic Preamp

    With 16 mic preamps and a built-in mixer, the M16 certainly delivers on quantity. Can it deliver on quality too?

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    Ueberschall Liquid Instruments The Voice

    Virtual Vocal Instrument [Mac/PC]

    The latest offerings in Ueberschall's Liquid Instruments series focus on vocals, aiming to provide you with a flexible band of personal backing vocalists via a front-end based on Celemony's Melodyne.

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Techniques

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    Audio Networking With Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Tips & Techniques

    Last month, we looked at OS X's Network MIDI capabilities and how they get along with DP. This time, we go further into the brave new world that is network audio and remote access. Prepare to give your network connection a workout...

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    Better Bass

    A Guide To Recording, Mixing & Monitoring The Low End

    Bass is the linchpin for so much of today's music, anchoring the other sounds and providing a foundation for the mix as a whole. But at the same time, it can seem maddeningly difficult to pin down and control. Help is at hand...

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    Classic Tracks: The Ronettes 'Be My Baby'

    Producer: Phil Spector • Engineer: Larry Levine

    Phil Spector was one of the first producers to realise that a recording studio could be an instrument in itself - and the sound he created over 40 years ago has influenced popular music ever since.

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    Mix Rescue: Generals & Majors

    Remixing A Hard Rock Track

    Drum-recording problems and an inappropriate choice of vocal mic threatened to hamper this month's hard rock track by New York rock band Generals & Majors.

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    Mix Rescue: Generals & Majors | Audio Files

    Hear The Differences For Yourself

    The accompanying audio files demonstrate some of the mix processing used to create this month's remix.

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    Multi-band Compression

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Dynamics processing plays an important part in almost all modern music production. We look at some practical examples using Cubase 4's built-in dynamics plug-ins.

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    Pro Tools: What's New In 7.3

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    In this month's column, we give you the low-down on the wealth of new features coming your way in the version 7.3 updates to Pro Tools TDM and LE.

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    Quartz Composer: OS X's Hidden Gem

    Apple Notes

    While Mac users continue to wait in anticipation for new Mac hardware and software, we explore a really neat application you might not realise you even own, which lets you create your own MIDI- and audio-based visual performances.

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    Re-installing PC Music Software

    PC Notes

    If you ever have to re-install all your software after a PC upgrade, there are tricks that can save you a lot of time, and also help you to be more organised in the future. PC Notes rounds them up, as well as keeping you up to date on Vista compatibility for musicians.

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    Rewiring Live Into Pro Tools

    Live Tips & Techniques

    Rewiring Live through Pro Tools can open up a world of new possibilities for both applications.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jason Goldstein

    Inside Track: Beyoncé 'Déjà Vu' and 'Irreplaceable'

    Beyoncé's second solo album, B'Day, has yielded two of the biggest singles of the year. Jason Goldstein tells us how he put together hit mixes for 'Déjà Vu' and 'Irreplaceable'.

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    Step Sequencing In Apple Logic

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Step sequencing is often regarded as a pastime of '80s revivalists, but it can be used effectively in Logic to produce creative results in all kinds of music.

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    Studio SOS: Duncan Drury

    Optimising Your Studio Space

    This month, the SOS team visit a student's home studio to help him overcome a few teething troubles with layout and acoustics...

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    Using Session Drummer 2 In Sonar 6

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Sonar's Session Drummer has evolved from a MIDI plug-in to a sophisticated tone module that also includes pattern playback capabilities. We take a look beneath the surface.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Recording Contracts Explained

    A Guide To Contract Terms (Written By An Entertainment Lawyer)

    A recording contract might seem like the Holy Grail, but record labels are not charity concerns and their contracts are not set up with your interests in mind. Our guide to contract terms, written by an entertainment lawyer, explains what it all means and what the implications are for the artist.

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