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December 2007 Magazine Contents

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    Acoustics Accessories

    Mini-reviews

    To accompany this month's DIY Studio Acoustics article, we look at four useful accessories.

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    Apple Main Stage & Soundtrack Pro 2

    Live Performance & Video Soundtrack Editing Software

    Apple's Logic Studio bundle certainly offers a great deal for very little money. Do the bundled live performance and soundtrack tools make it worth buying even if you're not a Logic user?

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    Cakewalk Sonar 7

    Digital Audio Workstation Software For Windows

    How can you improve a MIDI + Audio sequencer thats already as comprehensive as Sonar? Cakewalk have added some impressive new plug-ins, but theyve also gone back to basics to take MIDI editing to new levels of flexibility.

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    CME VX8

    MIDI Keyboard Controller

    The CME VX8 is a particularly ambitious keyboard controller, with an ambitiously low price tag. It's a balancing act — so can CME pull it off?

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    Direct Resolution Studio Plus

    Audio PC

    The Direct Resolution Studio Plus is a high-performance, low-noise audio PC that enjoys a cheaper price tag than many of its competitors. Interested? Read on...

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    Fostex MR16HDCD

    Digital Multitrack Recorder

    Fostex's new recorder is the lowest-cost digital 16-track currently on the market. How have they made it so affordable?

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    KRK Expose E8B

    Active Studio Monitors

    KRK aim at the market for top-quality monitoring with these heavyweight new contenders.

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    Mackie Satellite

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    The Mackie Satellite is an audio interface with a unique two-piece design — but is it genius or gimmickry?

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    Native Instruments Guitar Rig 3

    Amp Modelling Software & Controller

    Native Instruments have repackaged their powerhouse amp-modelling package with a new, stage-friendly interface, not to mention four new amps and a pile of vintage effects.

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    Plug-in Folder

    Mini-reviews: PC VST

    • Musicrow PianoBoy • Bluenoise My Drumset

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    PreSonus Firestudio

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    What does it take to make a Firewire audio interface stand out from the crowd these days? How about eight mic preamps, 26 channels of I/O at 24-bit/96kHz and some heavy-duty routing functionality...

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    Ribbon Mics On Test

    Part 2 - The Results

    Last month we introduced the mics; this month we put them to the test. Find out which model is the best way of adding ribbon character to your studio.

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    Ribbon Mics: Audio Files

    Part 2 - Hear For Yourself

    Here are links to the audio files from December 2007's RIBBON MICROPHONES 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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    Roland VG99

    V-Guitar System

    The latest in Roland's pioneering VG range could qualify as the best guitar synth ever made.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Library

    • Garritan Concert & Marching Band • Garritan Gofriller Solo Cello • Big Fish Audio Dread Roots Reggae • Soniccouture Synthi AKS

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    Sound Toys Native Effects

    RTAS & Audio Units Plug-ins

    It's not often you encounter plug-ins that combine detailed emulations of analogue classics with a wealth of new tricks, but Sound Toys' Native Effects do just that.

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    Steinberg Nuendo 4

    Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]

    With impressive new automation features and free mixer routing, have Steinberg taken their flagship audio application to the top of the class?

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Techniques

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    GarageBand

    Apple Notes

    GarageBand is perhaps the most successful entry-level music software ever created, and this month we take a closer look at the latest version supplied with iLife '08.

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    Getting The Most From Your Pro Tools System

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We've all been in that situation — desperate to add one more plug-in, but with a computer on the verge of collapse. We explain how to wring that last ounce of power from your Pro Tools rig.

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    Integrating Outboard Hardware With Logic

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Many Logic users have external hardware processors and effects units, which can easily be used inside projects. Read on to find out how...

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    Mix Rescue: Juan Mico

    Solivern

    The rescue mission this month is to bring coherence and polish to the disparate elements of Solivern's interesting instrumental composition...

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    Mix Rescue: Juan Mico | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Here are links to the audio files from December 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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    Room For Improvement

    A Guide To DIY Studio Acoustics

    Are the acoustics of your studio letting down your music? Improving the sound of your room needn't cost much and pays dividends in better recordings and more transportable mixes. Read on for the SOS guide.

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    Room For Improvement: Audio file

    A Guide To DIY Studio Acoustics

    To accompany this month's Acoustics article, open this page and download this MP3 of a Bass Staircase test sequence, then audition it on your own monitors.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Manny Marroquin

    Inside Track: Kanye West 'Stronger'

    Eleven mix engineers tried their hand at Kanye West's 'Stronger' before Manny Marroquin finally turned it into a record. He was rewarded with one of the biggest hits of 2007.

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    Solving MIDI Timing Problems

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Early notes, late notes, stacked notes... There's a range of problems that could stem from MIDI timing issues — but fortunately we have solutions to offer.

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    Studio SOS: Michael Tefula

    Helping Readers

    This month we look at monitor placement, tighten stereo imaging and tackle what was probably the world's smallest vocal booth!

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    The Thor Synthesizer In Reason 4

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    There's a lot to get to grips with in the latest version of Reason — but we begin by looking at the basics of the giant new semi-modular synthesizer, Thor.

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    Using Digital Performer With Reason

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Propellerhead's Reason software studio offers some great instruments and makes a good partner for DP - but there are various things to be aware of if you want to create the most hassle-free partnership. Our in-depth look at using the two applications together explains it all.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Lou Reed & Zeitkratzer

    Metal Machine Music

    Classical interpretations of guitar music might not be new — but when the guitar music in question consists of 64 minutes of deafening feedback, it takes a lot of interpreting!

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    This month we review CDs by StrangeA, Ted McLoone, tRUEMAN, Nomadiqa, Simon Scardanelli, Michael Lindner and Column:Inches.

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    Sounding Off: Software Instruments

    Mark Wherry

    Software instruments are great, if you can set them up...

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    Stevie Wonder 'Pastime Paradise'

    Classic Tracks

    Epic in every sense of the word — unning to 21 songs, involving more than 120 musicians and taking almost two years to complete — Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life was in many ways the high-point of an already illustrious career. This is the story of how it was created.

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    The Ears Have It

    Paul White's Leader

    What is the most important skill you need to develop to make good recordings?

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Music Business

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    How Your Music Earns You Money

    Alternative Revenue Streams

    With album sales in free-fall, alternative revenue streams are becoming ever-more important. We explain where todays songwriters can look to earn money from their music.

    Music Business
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