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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

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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    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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