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August 2007 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    Alesis Control Pad

    Percussion Controller

    If you enjoy hitting things with sticks but balk at the cost of percussion controllers, this no-nonsense device could be just what you've been waiting for.

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    Brauner Phanthera

    Condenser Microphone

    Brauner's latest offering is a solid-state mic that claims to provide the same sonic character as their state-of-the-art valve designs, at a lower price. Is it too good to be true?

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    Crookwood C2

    Monitor Controller

    This new monitor controller compares well with the competition — in terms of both price and quality.

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    Edirol PCR500

    MIDI & USB Controller Keyboard

    Edirol's updated PCR keyboard range offers more controls than ever, and a software editor to make the most of them. Let's check it out...

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    IK Multimedia Amplitube Jimi Hendrix

    Mini Reviews & Tips

    • IK Multimedia Amplitube Jimi Hendrix Amp & Effects Modelling Plug-in• Boss FDR1 & FBM1 Fender Amp-modelling Pedals

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    Korg Mono/Poly Legacy Edition

    Software Synthesizer

    Korg revisit their classic Mono/Poly synth in the Legacy Collection Analogue Edition 2007 — but how does it measure up to the original?

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    KRK VXT4

    Active Nearfield Monitors

    More often than not, project studios don't have the luxury of a large room, so it's good to know that compact monitors like these KRKs can produce serious results in smaller spaces.

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    Magix Plug-ins

    VST Effect Bundles [Windows]

    Fed up with Samplitude users crowing about how great its bundled plug-ins are? Now users of other Windows DAWs can get a piece of the action too.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Image Line Toxic III / Homegrown Sounds Astralis

    This month we test two soft synths: Image Lines Toxic III and Astralis from Homegrown Sounds.

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    Redmatica Keymap

    Sample & Instrument Editor For EXS24

    The latest utility from Redmatica is targeted at Logic users wanting to get the most from the programs built-in soft sampler.

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    Roland HD1

    Electronic Drum Kit

    Roland's HD1 system incorporates their V-Drum technology into a drum kit that's more compact, less noisy and much more affordable.

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    Roll Music RMS755

    Super Stereo Compressor

    This unusual compressor was specifically designed to process complex material, with dedicated bus-compression applications in mind.

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    Sample CD Reviews

    Sample Library

    • Zero-G The Big Reason •Equipped Music Smokers Relight Deux •Propellerhead Reggaeton Refill

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    Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins

    Processing Plug-ins For Mac OS & Windows

    Theres a new look and a new home for Sony Oxfords suite of plug-ins, but the best news of all is that they are now available in VST and Audio Units formats.

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    Surround Sound From Stereo

    Upmixing Plug-ins For Pro Tools

    More and more material needs to be delivered in surround formats, but what if you dont have the time or the budget for a 5.1 remix? We test the current crop of unwrap plug-ins that can create a surround master from a stereo mix.

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    Virsyn Poseidon

    Software Synthesizer

    If the unstoppable tide of virtual analogue synths is leaving you cold, you could consider diving into Poseidon's refreshingly different 'Ocean of Sound'...

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    Zoom HD16

    Digital Multitracker

    Zoom have overhauled the design of the MRS1608 to create a new-look digital recorder. We find out if the changes are more than skin deep.

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Techniques

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    Guitar Amp Recording

    Pro Techniques Put To The Test

    In our quest for the ultimate electric guitar sound, SOS tested favourite recording techniques from over 40 top-flight producers and engineers. Hear for yourself the results that amazed us.

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    Guitar Amp Recording: AUDIO FILES

    Pro Techniques Put To The Test

    In our quest for the ultimate electric guitar sound, SOS tested favourite recording techniques from over 40 top-flight producers and engineers. Hear for yourself the results that amazed us.

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    Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Apple CEO Steve Jobs outlined many visually interesting features this month for the next major version of OS X. However, it's perhaps the features that lurk beneath Leopard's glossy exterior that will prove the most useful to Mac-based musicians and audio engineers.

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    Managing Inputs & Outputs

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Ever found yourself struggling to remember what you have connected to Input 7, or which effect is on Bus 3-4? Five minutes' work in the I/O Setup window will end your confusion forever...

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    MIDI Dynamics

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Controlling your synth's dynamics using MIDI, rather than audio plug-ins, can offer you greater flexibility and good results. Here's how you do it.

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    MIDI Dynamics | Audio

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Controlling your synth's dynamics using MIDI, rather than audio plug-ins, can offer you greater flexibility and good results. Here's how you do it.

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    Mix Rescue: Exhibit-1

    Sound Workshop

    This month we sort out timing issues for a band called Exhibit-1, replace missing snare beats, as well as improving the rest of the mix.

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    Mix Rescue: Exhibit-1 | Audio Files

    For newsstand (non-subscriber) readers

    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 AUGUST 2007 instalment of Mix Rescue.

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    Preparing Tracks For CD Burning

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    This month, a look at how some of DP's features can be used to co-ordinate multiple finished tracks prior to burning an album or EP.

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    Reason: Making The Most Of The Mixer

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    We go back to basics this month, with an in-depth look at how you can get the best out of Reason's Remix mixer.

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    Recording & Mixing An Acoustic Ensemble Gig

    Sound Workshop

    Recording a live gig in a real venue will always entail compromises, but surprisingly good results can be obtained with a little care.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Tom Elmhirst

    Amy Winehouse: 'Rehab'

    For her second album, Back To Black, Amy Winehouse and producer Mark Ronson crafted a heavily retro sound. Mix engineer Tom Elmhirst describes how he massaged their '60s soul vibe to create a radio-friendly hit in 'Rehab'.

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    Sonar: Features To Help With Songwriting

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    DAW software is optimised for helping you record your songs and add lots of production polish, but don't forget that programs like Sonar can also help in the songwriting process, offering features that could make it easier to capture inspiration when it strikes.

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    Studio SOS: Lews Castle College

    Workshop

    This month we journey to the Outer Hebrides, where a college teaching Gaelic music has more than a few wires crossed...

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    Tape Delay In Your DAW

    Using A Reel-to-Reel Recorder For Echo Effects

    Second-hand tape recorders are cheap and can provide uniquely warm, organic delay effects. Best of all, its a piece of cake to integrate them into a digital mixing setup. We tell you how...

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    Using REX Files In Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    You might consider the REX file to be just another format on the list of audio import options, but it can actually be used to achieve some very creative results. We take a look at what's possible.

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Sound Advice

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    Q. How do you mic up a Djembe?

    The crack team of Paul White and Hugh Robjohns have travelled the world solving readers' problems. Here, they down the Hob...

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    Q. Should I buy a Headphone Amp?

    I recently purchased some Sennheiser HD600 headphones and have been told that I'll need a good headphone amplifier to make...

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    Q. What are the reference levels in digital audio systems?

    I came across your review of the Digidesign M Box 2 Pro (SOS November 2006 and on-line at...

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    Q. Why doesn't live music sound good through my earplugs?

    I wear custom-made earplugs when I go to live gigs, to protect my hearing. These have physical (and therefore passive) filters, but I find that their frequency response is less than ideal...

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    Rackmounting Your PC

    PC Musician

    Putting your PC in a rack has a number of advantages. Apart from getting the machine out from under your feet, and making it easier to take on the road in a flightcase, there are security benefits too. Here's how to perform the conversion, and potentially make your PC quieter at the same time.

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    Reducing Computer Boot-up Times

    PC Notes

    This month we examine reliable ways of reducing computer boot-up time, so you don't have to wait ages for your PC to let you get started when you want to make some music.

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People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    All The Gear And No Idea?

    Leader

    Owning the gear is the starting point of recording your music... but what use is the gear without ideas?

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    Fleetwood Mac 'Go Your Own Way'

    Classic Tracks

    In 1976, in the face of deteriorating personal relationships and massive record company pressure, Fleetwood Mac managed to create a record that would go on to sell 30 million copies.

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    Mad Professor

    Mixing Dub

    Following last months workshop on dub mixing, we talk to living legend Mad Professor, a world-class exponent of this music genre.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Grit your teeth for another bout of "constructive criticism" of more reader recordings.

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    Sounding Off

    Make trade fair... and bag a bargain!

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    Sounding Off: Oli Freke

    In techno, the machine rules...

    In techno, the machine rules...

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    Tena Clark: Music Branding

    DMI Music

    Businesses are using music in ever more sophisticated ways to promote their products and reinforce their identities. Tena Clarks DMI Music leads the field in finding original ways to integrate music into marketing campaigns.

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