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September 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Akai MPD24

    Percussion Controller

    Akai combine MPC-style pads with more traditional sliders and rotary encoders in their cost-effective new desktop USB MIDI controller box. Is it destined to be a hit?

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    Apogee Symphony

    Audio Interface System

    Apogee's Symphony system aims to bring professional hardware to users who want to work with native digital audio workstations on a Mac, whether they're in the studio with a Mac Pro or on the road with a Macbook Pro.

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    Apple Macbook Pro

    17-inch Laptop Computer

    Apple's 17-inch Macbook Pro has both attracted and put off potential purchasers because of its size. But, with a new higher-resolution display and the latest mobile technology, is it now a must for those seeking the best in laptop performance?

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    DACS Eightch

    8-channel Volume Controller

    Simple, functional and attractively priced. What more do you need from a monitor controller?

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    Fender VG Strat

    Electric Guitar With Roland VG Modelling

    Fender have married Roland's VG technology with the timeless design of the Stratocaster. The result is a cutting-edge classic.

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    Guitar Technology

    Reviews & Techniques

    • Line 6 Pocket POD• Setting up Stratocaster and similar Floating Tremolos

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    Korg R3 Synth/Vocoder

    Synthesizer & Vocoder Keyboard

    Korg's new synth may be small, but there's much more to it than meets the eye...

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    Mackie HR824 Mk2 & HR624 Mk2

    Active Studio Monitors

    The HR-series monitors have been hugely popular, but Mackie have still managed to find room for improvement.

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    Maggot Sibliminator

    Editing Utility For Pro Tools

    Maggot Software's clever utility allows Pro Tools users to select a Region and instantly swap the audio it contains with another take.

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    Peluso 2247SE

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    Peluso set out to replicate the classic performance and style of Neumann's legendary U47. Could the result be even better than the real thing?

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    Phonic Helix Board 12 MkII

    Firewire Mixer

    Phonic's well-established Helix range has made the jump to Firewire: we look at the 12-channel version, which is capable of sending 10 channels of audio at 24-bit/96kHz to your DAW.

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    Rode NT55

    Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    This flexible little mic gives much better results than its modest price suggests.

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    Sample CDs on test

    Sample Library

    • SoniccoutureAbstrakt Breaks• Zero G Degrees Of Abstract • Sample Magic Transmission-X• Propellerhead Abbey Road Keyboards

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    Sibelius 5

    Scorewriting Software [Mac OSX/Windows]

    The latest version of Sibelius Softwares notation package brings instrument plug-ins from the sequencing world into the realm of score-writing.

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    Sonalksis Essentials

    Plug-in Bundle For Mac OS X & Windows

    With their EQ and dynamics plug-ins, Sonalksis aim to harness the flexibility of digital to the sound quality of high-end analogue gear.

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    Tascam DVRA1000HD

    High-resolution Stereo Recorder

    Real-time recording to CD, DVD or HD — and DSD too? Tascam's newly upgraded DVRA1000 now seems to have it all...

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Techniques

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    Audio Regions & CD Creation in Digital Performer: Part 2

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP's native Sound Designer II audio format can carry region information within files. That fact may not sound especially significant — but with the help of our guide you can use it to help you compile and burn CDs quickly and easily.

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    Cueing & Crossfading In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Whether you're looking into performing with Live on stage, or laying down fast arrangements in the studio, the place to start is the mixer's cue-mixing and crossfading features.

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    Ignition Pack 2

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    If you've time enough to install it all, the extra software bundled with new Pro Tools systems has a lot to offer — particularly if you have the Pro version of Digidesign's Ignition Pack 2.

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    Mix Rescue: Richard Campbell

    Sound Workshop

    This month we deal with thorny phase-cancellation problems, overhaul musical arrangements and get creative with effects, as we rise to the Mix Rescue challenge.

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    Mix Rescue: Richard Campbell | Audio Files

    Hear for yourself

    Here are links to the audio files from September 2007's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs.

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    Music-related Widgets

    Apple Notes

    Widgets are everywhere, from the new iPhone to Macs running OS X Tiger. But while the iPhone is picky about the Widgets it will run, your Mac is open to a world of musically-related Widget curiosities...

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Mark Endert

    Maroon

    Producer and engineer Mark Endert not only mixed the lead single from Maroon 5s second album: he also co-produced it and programmed many of the parts.

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    Studio SOS: Jamie

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    In this episode, the SOS crew sort out monitoring problems and offer some practical mastering tips to another reader.

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    The Digital Myth

    Why Digital Audio Sounds Better Than You Think

    It's 70 years since the idea of digital audio sampling was first patented - so it's high time we laid to rest the myths and false perceptions that surround it.

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    Time-stretching

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase is packed with as much functionality as Doctor Who's TARDIS for bending the laws of time, and while the basics are easy, it pays to explore a little deeper.

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    Using Multi-channel & Multitimbral Plug-ins

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Making the most of your virtual instruments in Logic can involve some complex Environment trickery, but the results are rewarding.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Athlete

    Recording Beyond The Neighbourhood

    Chart-topping indie-rockers Athlete could have had their pick of the worlds producers and engineers to work on their third album. Instead, they chose to build a studio and do things their own way.

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    Jerry Boys & Livingston Studios

    World Records

    In an age dominated by software and samples, Jerry Boys has found the perfect niche for his old-school engineering skills: as the first-call specialist in recording world music.

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    Madonna 'Like A Virgin'

    CLASSIC TRACKS: Producers: Nile Rodgers, Madonna, Stephen Bray • Engineer: Jason Corsaro

    In mid-1984 Madonna arrived at New York City's Power Station studios with Nile Rodgers to record the album that would make her an international superstar - using cutting-edge 12-bit technology.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    More of your submissions get the once-over by the SOS editorial staff.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Protection Racket

    Leader

    Our august Editor-In-Chief Paul White gets on his soapbox about UK government noise control legislation due to become law in 2008...

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    Sounding Off: Dean Morris

    Focus, Focus, Focus

    My songwriter hates my producer and hates my engineer...

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Music Business

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    Start Your Own Record Label

    Marketing your music in a digital world

    The world of music retail is changing fast, with digital distribution bringing new opportunities for independent record labels. Our in-depth guide to starting, running and developing your own business will help you get up to speed.

    Music Business
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