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October 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Allen & Heath ZED14

    USB Audio Mixer

    We find out if the most competitively priced Allen & Heath mixer yet lives up to its heritage.

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    Digidesign RM2

    Professional Reference Monitors

    Digidesign may be better known for Pro Tools, but the RM-series speakers are every bit as 'pro' as their heritage suggests.

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    Digidesign Structure

    Sampler Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Digidesign pioneered the integration of sampling and recording software. Sixteen years later, their Structure sampler promises to revolutionise the sampling experience for Pro Tools users.

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    Focusrite ISA828

    8-channel Mic & Line Preamp

    Eight top-class preamps priced within reach of the serious project studio...

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    Guitar Technology

    Boss RE20 Pedal

    Over the years I've owned more tape echo units than I can remember, from upmarket HH and Roland units to Watkins Copicats.

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    Hot Sample Libraries

    Sample Library

    The budget-priced Vienna Special Edition (SE) lets you test VSL's wares without breaking the bank. SE is an 80GB (53.5GB when installed) compilation of instruments drawn from VSL's vast sample database...

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    Humanoid Systems Scanned Synth Pro

    Software Synth For Windows

    Is ‘scanned synthesis’ the best thing since sliced bread, or a triumph of hype over substance? We put Humanoid Sound Systems’ Windows soft synth on the test bench to find out.

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    Prodipe STC3D

    Multi-pattern Studio Microphone

    This versatile large-diaphragm condenser offers good performance at a very reasonable price.

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    Radial J48 & JPC

    Direct Injection Boxes

    The DI box is a crucial but often-overlooked part of many signal chains — and, as we found out, it really is worth investing in quality.

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    Roland MV8800

    Production Studio

    Have Roland finally outgunned Akai's renowned MPC series in the battle for the hip-hop market?

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    SSL XLogic X-Rack

    Modular Hardware Processors

    The X-Rack system makes SSL's large console technology much more accessible - so much so that we were reluctant to send it back!

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    Streetly Mellotron M4000

    Tape-based Keyboard

    It's over 40 years since its inception, but the Mellotron has proved to be surprisingly enduring. We meet the men who resurrected the original sampler and review the most technologically sophisticated Mellotron ever, the brand-new M4000.

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    Terratec Axon AX50 USB

    MIDI Guitar System

    Is this the perfect marriage to date of guitar and MIDI?

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    Vir2 VI One

    Sample Workstation For Mac & PC

    A number of large 'all-in-one' sample library products are now available. Is Vir2's VI One the one to buy?

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    Yamaha Motif XS7

    Workstation Synthesizer

    The new Motif XS range is top of the pile when it comes to Yamaha synth workstation technology, and thus will be going head-to-head with flagship contenders from other big-name manufacturers. Does the XS have what it takes?

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Techniques

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    Affordable Synchronisation For Multiple DAWs

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    In sound for picture, there's often a need to lock multiple Pro Tools rigs together. We uncover a neat way to obtain professional sync facilities for a fraction of the price of conventional systems.

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    Audio Editing In Logic's Arrange Window

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    It's now possible to carry out most of your audio editing exclusively in one Logic window. We take a look at the improved Arrange window functionality and discover how it can transform your editing experience.

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    DIY Effects In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Reason 4 may be nearly upon us, but there's still plenty of experimenting to be done in version 3 - creating your own effects devices, for example...

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    House Music

    Rediscover Your Sampling Mojo

    If you're stuck in a creative rut with sample libraries, why not look for inspiration in your own home?

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    Managing Audio Plug-ins In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    DP supports a wide range of plug-in and virtual instrument formats, which is great for flexibility and variety but sometimes not so good when it comes to trouble-free operation. We explain how to take the pain out of plug-in management.

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    Mix Rescue: Hamlet Sweeney

    'Perfect Day'

    We get weeding this month, to thin out a busy mix without sacrificing the big sound.

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    Mix Rescue: Hamlet Sweeney | Audio Files

    Hear for yourself

    Here are links to the audio files from October 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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    New iMac, GarageBand, iWork & Mac Mini

    Apple Notes

    A recent Apple special event saw the launch of a new iMac, a new version of GarageBand and a new iWork suite — plus a new Mac Mini is waiting in the wings. Read on for more...

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    Object-oriented Editing In Sonar

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Working directly with 'objects', such as MIDI or audio clips of any length from a few milliseconds upwards, opens up a non-linear approach that can provide creative opportunities and also save you CPU resources.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Joe Chiccarelli

    The White Stripes

    When they hired Joe Chiccarelli to record their latest album, the White Stripes set him a stiff challenge: to create a modern, punchy, heavily edited sound, without leaning on modern digital tools.

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    Studio SOS: The Hatch Studio

    Your Studio Problems Solved

    This month we play the role of studio design consultants... and leave the heavy work to the studio owners!

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    The SOS Guide To Data Protection For DAWs

    Sound Workshop

    If you record music on a computer, you have a huge amount of irreplaceable data that needs to be backed up. However, traditional data protection strategies have been expensive or tedious to operate. The solution? RAID on...

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    Using Reverb & Delay

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Reverb and delay are vital tools for mixing. We explain how to get the best from Cubase's bundled plug-ins.

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Sound Advice

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    PC Notes

    Avoiding Virus Checker Problems

    Many of us need to regularly use virus checkers, but we don't want them interfering with PC music performance. Fortunately, there are ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

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    Q. Do I need to use a DI box?

    I am using an M-Audio Delta 1010LT to record a garage band. To capture my guitar, I run a line out of my guitar amp into...

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    Q. How do I copy Thom Yorke's vocal sound?

    I've always been amazed at how nice, powerful, and up-front Thom Yorke's vocals sound in Radiohead's song 'Exit Music (For...

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    Q. How do you record Upright Piano?

    I've had very limited success recording upright pianos. They almost always sound small and boxy compared to a concert grand...

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    Q. Should I EQ first or compress first?

    I was told recently that EQ and filtering should be done after compression, because the compression colours the EQ...

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    Q. What PC recording setup should I start with?

    I'm wanting to get a recording setup on my PC, but I don't want to spend a great deal of money. Ideally, I'd like a...

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People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Ian Dury & The Blockheads 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'

    Producers: Chaz Jankel, Laurie Latham • Engineers: Laurie Latham, Chaz Jankel

    The story of how a characteristically chaotic and unorthodox 1978 recording session took Ian Dury & The Blockheads to the top of the UK charts.

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    Crosstalk

    Your Feedback

    Reader feedack.

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    Darren Hayes & Justin Shave

    Recording This Delicate Thing We’ve Made

    Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has turned his back on major labels and hit factory songwriters to pursue his love of electronica — with help from producer Justin Shave, a vintage Fairlight and a unique computer-based instrument.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    More SOS readers offer up their recordings for written assessment (and the occasional bit of punishment)...

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    Richard Hawley

    Colin Elliot & Richard Hawley: Recording Lady’s Bridge

    Richard Hawley has achieved his high profile in the 21st century by harking back to an age before the Beatles. Hawley and engineer Colin Elliot document the recording of his new album Lady’s Bridge.

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    Sounding Off: DRM - Daft & Rather Meaningless?

    Roger Thomas

    DRM: Daft and Rather Meaningless?

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    What The '60s Did For Us

    Paul White's Leader

    Should we simply record another take and play it again, rather than resorting to digital copy-n-paste?

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