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July 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Arturia Jupiter 8V

    Software Synthesizer

    There was always something quite special about Roland's classic Jupiter 8 analogue megasynth, but can Arturia capture that magic with their emulation?

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    Auralex Space Coupler

    Acoustic Panels

    These panels offer a very different approach to acoustics than the usual absorbent foam, so we decided to take a closer look.

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    Beyer MC840

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    This new Beyer model doesn't sacrifice quality in its quest to be a truly versatile all-rounder.

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    Brainworx BX Digital

    Mastering EQ Plug-in [Mac OS X & Windows]

    Middle & Sides processing offers unique mastering possibilities, such as the ability to de-ess a centrally panned vocal without affecting panned cymbal sounds. Brainworx's new plug-in combines an innovative M&S matrix with mastering-quality EQ and processing.

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    Edirol M16DX

    USB Digital Mixer

    This new USB-equipped mixer has a control surface and a separate I/O unit, but are two boxes better than one?

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    Klein+Hummel O 110

    Compact Studio Monitors

    These monitors may be small, but they punch well above their weight.

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    Korg M3 Synth/Sampler

    Workstation & Sampler

    Keyboard workstations have always been something of a Korg speciality, ever since they created the concept almost 20 years ago with the M1. Does their latest offering, the M3, live up to its pedigree?

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    Plug-in Folder

    More hot plug-ins under evaluation

    •Rob Papen Albino 3 •SSL Drumstrip •Starplugs Admiral

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    Rain Recording Nimbus PC

    Quad Core Music Computer

    This Rain Recording model is the fastest PC ever reviewed in SOS, and also one of the quietest. Let's take a closer look...

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    RME Fireface 400

    Firewire Audio & MIDI Interface

    RME pass down some of the excellent features of their Fireface 800 to the more affordable 400 model, but have they cut any corners in doing so?

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    Rupert Neve Designs Portico

    5042 & 5043 Dynamics Processors

    We take another look at the impressive Portico range, focusing on a compressor-limiter and a unique tape-emulation processor.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Libraries

    • Zero-G Soundclash • SonicCouture E-bow Guitar • Ueberschall 60s A GoGo

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    SE Electronics GM10

    Acoustic Guitar Microphone

    After vocals, acoustic guitar must be the most popular thing to poke a mic at — at least in a typical home studio — yet it isn't always the easiest instrument to record, because as soon as you find that magic sweet spot, the player moves! Does SE's latest mic offer a solution?

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    Steinberg Sequel

    Loop-based Recording Software [Mac OS X & Windows]

    Steinberg have drawn on some of the technologies they pioneered in Cubase 4 to create a new entry-level sequencing package.

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    Tascam US144 & US122L

    Audio & MIDI Interfaces For Mac & PC

    The selection of USB 2.0 interfaces widens with the launch of these new models from Tascam.

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    XLN Addictive Drums

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac OS X & Windows]

    Is it really necessary to give up an entire hard drive in order to get your hands on a good-sounding drum library? XLN Audio think not.

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Techniques

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    20 Ways To Create Cash From Your Audio Gear & Skills

    Masterclass

    If there's one thing most of us would like to know, it's how to make some extra money — and if we can do it through making music or producing audio, so much the better!

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    Automatic Error Correction With Sonar MIDI Plug-ins

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Why wait to fix it in the mix when you can mend MIDI tracks while you're recording them? Sonar's MIDI plug-ins allow you to automatically fix anything from incorrect timing to inconsistent velocities - and more.

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    Backing Up & Archiving Pro Tools Sessions

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Backups may be boring, but if you get your backup strategy right now, there will come a time when it saves your life!

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Only Ones: 'Another Girl, Another Planet'

    Producer: Alan Mair • Engineers: John Burns, Robert Ash

    Although never a commercial success, the Only One's 'Another Girl, Another Planet' has proved to be massively influential; and nearly 30 years after its original release, it's finally getting the recognition it deserves.

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    Creative Clip Launching In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Clip Launch modes and Follow Actions are two of the most powerful and creative feature sets for composing and performing with Live, but they're also among the least well known. Let's investigate...

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    Dub Mixing

    What Dub Mixing Is & How To Do It

    There are lots of reasons to teach yourself the art of dub mixing. It's fun, it's creative, it puts your engineering skills centre stage — and it might even make you some money!

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    Mac: Installing A MIDI Interface

    Apple Notes

    Installing a MIDI interface to work with your Mac should be an easy task, but what happens if it doesn't want to play ball? Apple Notes is here to help.

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    Mix Rescue: Jon Marsh

    Sound Workshop

    We made things a little harder by tackling this month's Mix Rescue before a student audience.

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    Mix Rescue: Jon Marsh | Audio Files

    Hear the difference yourself

    To avoid newsstand buyers of the magazine from having to key in long URLs by hand, here are the links to the various MP3 files that accompany the JULY 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

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    Reason's Matrix Pattern Sequencer

    Hints & Tips

    To analogue synth fanatics, the Matrix Pattern Sequencer is one of the highlights of Reason's toolbox.

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    Recording Loud Bands In The Studio

    Masterclass

    Recording a rock band playing 'live' in the studio presents a unique set of challenges, but it is still possible to achieve a good result.

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    Scoring Pirates Of The Caribbean III

    Film Music & The Future Of The Sampled Orchestra

    Creating the score for Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End required an incredible amount of music technology, and demonstrated why 64-bit computing offers new levels of realism for orchestral sample libraries.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Jimmy Douglass

    Inside Track: Justin Timberlake's Sexyback

    Megastar Justin Timberlake shot back into the charts last year with 'Sexyback', a hugely successful — and highly unusual — collaboration with hot-shot producer Timbaland. Jimmy Douglass was behind the desk.

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    Studio SOS: Ingestre Hall Residential Arts Centre

    Acoustics & Ergonomics Workshop

    The SOS crew go hob-nobbing at a stately home this month, and get to grips with the acoustics of a large and lively room.

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    Vista For Musicians: Part 2: What The Developers Think

    PC Musician

    If the transition to Windows Vista is a matter of concern for PC-based musicians, imagine how serious it must be to music hardware and software developers. Our Round Table gives some of them the chance to air their views about the new OS and the problems and opportunities it presents.

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    Working With Multiple Takes

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Love it or loathe it, computer-based recording has made compiling the perfect performance a whole lot easier than with that pesky tape. We look at 'comping' techniques in Cubase 4.

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    Working With Video In Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Working to moving images in Logic is now easier than ever, given its improved editing tools and Global Track functionality. We explore how these features can enhance workflow and offer some tips for making the most of your audio-visual experience.

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Sound Advice

People

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    DJ Premier

    Hip-Hop Producer

    He may be the East Coast's biggest name in hip-hop production, but DJ Premier still creates his tracks with an ancient Akai MPC60 and S950 sampler.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Is Louder Always Better?

    Leader

    Editor In Chief Paul White chews the sonic fat over another thorny issue...

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    CD Of The Month - 300ft Gorilla

    Gorilla Tactics

    300ft Gorilla are a...

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    Sounding Off (USA)

    Scott Leif

    What's next for data storage? [US edition]

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    Sounding Off: Paul Farrer

    Controversial TV Music Royalty Changes

    Controversial TV-music royalty changes are debated this month by composer Paul Farrer and the Performing Right Society (PRS).

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