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June 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Alesis I/O26

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac / PC]

    Alesis know a thing or two about digital recording, but what can they bring to the busy world of audio interfaces? Quite a lot, as it happens...

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    Behringer iAxe393 | Digitech CF7 Chorus Factory

    USB Guitar | Modelling Effects Pedal

    • Behringer iAxe393 USB Guitar • Digitech CF7 Chorus Factory

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    Charter Oak S600

    Large-diaphragm Tube Microphones

    With good looks and a unique sonic character, there's plenty to commend these mics.

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    Cockos Reaper DAW

    Multitrack Audio Recording & Editing Software For PC

    Can a $40 dollar shareware application take on the giants of the music software world and win? With its remarkable flexibility, advanced feature set and responsive development team, Cockos's Reaper has the potential to do just that. Check it out...

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    Elektron Machinedrum SPS1-UW

    Synthetic Percussion Sequencer & Sampler

    In 2002 Elektron were considered by many to have had the last word in drum machines, but now they've taken the Machinedrum concept even further with the addition of sampling. Let's explore...

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    HED Balun Amp

    Ground Loop Isolation Unit

    Ground loops are the bane of many people's home studios. If you're suffering, this little black box from Hall Electronic Devices offers a neat solution.

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    Image Line FL Studio 7

    PC Music Creation & Production Environment

    The latest version of Image Line's affordable FL Studio music software adds a powerful resampling editor and processor, plus some neat plug-ins.

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    Neve 8803

    Dual-channel Equaliser

    Combining the classic Neve sound with a software recall facility, this EQ offers the best of both worlds.

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    PreSonus FaderPort

    USB Control Surface [Mac/PC]

    Hands-on control of your DAW can speed up your workflow considerably, but what if you don't want or need a console-sized controller? Enter the Presonus Faderport...

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    Pro Tools: Surround Sound Encoding Plug-ins

    Which Software To Use?

    If you want other people to hear your surround mixes, you'll need to encode them into a consumer format. Pro Tools users have a choice of software for this purpose. Which should you choose?

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    Real Traps Portable Vocal Booth

    Acoustic Screen

    This convenient acoustic screen doesn't have to be used just for vocals, and is a versatile and effective tool for home-studio recording.

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    Roland VP550

    Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard

    Roland already have one of the best-loved vocoding keyboard instruments to their name, in the shape of the vintage VP330 Vocoder Plus. Is their 2007 take on the same concept destined for similar classic status?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Sets

    • Toontrack EZ Drummer Expanders: Vintage Rock, Drumkit From Hell, Latin Percussion • Pendle Poucher Dulcitone 1884 • Big Fish Audio Groove Planet

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    SLS PS8R

    Studio Monitors

    We lend an ear to a pair of monitors from a US company just starting out in the British studio market.

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    SMS Planet 7 System

    Modular Analogue Rack Synthesizer

    Synthetic Music Systems have a unique approach to designing modular synths that are both high in quality and, wait for it, low in price. Let's investigate...

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    Sony Sound Forge 9

    Digital Audio Production Suite For Windows

    Sony's Sound Forge is one of the best-known PC stereo editing packages around, and version 9 brings with it a new world of multi-channel editing possibilities.

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    Tascam 2488 MkII

    24-track Digital Portastudio

    Tascam's revamp of their groundbreaking 2488 digital multitracker still offers unique selling points, but have the competition pulled ahead in other areas? Read on to find out...

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    Ultimate Sound Bank Plug Sound Pro

    Software Workstation [Mac/PC]

    Combining multitimbral sample playback, loop tempo matching, synthesis, multi-effects and an 8GB sound library, is Plug Sound Pro the only software sound source you need alongside your DAW?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Murray Gold: Composing For Doctor Who

    Music To Picture

    Doctor Who's 2005 revival saw the TV programme and its incidental music triumphantly reinvented. Gone are the Radiophonic textures of old, replaced by a confident orchestral score that stands comparison with Hollywood's best. Composer Murray Gold talks technical at his home studio.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    The editorial team assess another clutch of recordings from more willing masochists.

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    Ray Kurzweil

    The Synth Designer Who Wants To Live Forever

    Ray Kurzweil brought human feeling to digital synthesis, and his ultimate goal is to achieve immortality by fusing human and artificial intelligence. In the meantime, he's returned to Kurzweil Music Systems to oversee the next generation of music technology...

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    Sounding Off: Derek Johnson

    Lacking creativity?

    Lacking creativity? A tune might be what you need...

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    Surrounded... By Stereo

    Leader

    SOS Editor-In-Chief Paul White bemoans the fact that stereo is still king and wonders how long before 'earbud surround' comes of age...

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