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January 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Audio & Design DMA2

    Digital Mic Preamp

    This unassuming device has a price that makes it look like a bargain alongside competitors of similar quality.

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    Behringer SX3040 & SU9920

    Enhancement Processors

    Behringer offer highly affordable excitement in the shape of two new sub-£100 rack processors.

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    Digidesign M Box 2 Micro

    USB Interface [Mac/PC]

    Until now, there has been no ultra-portable hardware option for Pro Tools users who want to edit and mix on the go. The M Box 2 Micro seeks to fill that gap.

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    Digidesign Pro Tools 7.4

    Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]

    Nowadays, we expect software to be able to change the tempo of recorded audio, but the latest version of Pro Tools integrates this functionality in a new and impressive fashion.

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    Earthworks TC20

    Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone

    This high-definition omni mic has been designed specifically to work in high-SPL environments, but it is surprisingly good on quieter sound sources too.

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    ESI Near08

    Nearfield Active Monitors

    Can you expect decent project-studio performance from monitors costing under £300? Let's find out...

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    Guitar Technology

    Vox AmPlug • Soundtech Lightsnake

    • Vox AmPlug modelling headphone amp • Soundtech LightSnake audio interface cable

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    Mixosaurus DAW Drums Kit A

    Virtual Drum Instrument [Mac/PC]

    If you dream of the ultimate sampled drum kit, and you have a cutting-edge computer to run it, Mixosauruss Kit A might be your Holy Grail.

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    MP3 Surround

    Distributing Surround Mixes On The Net

    Until now, huge file sizes and the need for dedicated equipment have prevented the distribution of surround mixes over the Internet. That could be about to change...

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    MusicLab Real Strat

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    Music Lab impressed us with the playability and sound quality of their virtual acoustic guitar instrument, Real Guitar — and now they've gone electric...

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    Native Instruments Kontakt 3

    Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    It's over five years since Native Instruments released the original version of their flagship soft sampler, and its third incarnation takes the Kontakt concept even further, with a streamlined user interface, a new waveform editor and a massive sample library.

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    Neyrinck Mix 51

    Surround Panning System For Pro Tools LE

    You cant mix in surround on Pro Tools without shelling out for an HD rig. Or can you?

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    NuGen Audio PC Plug-ins

    Visualizer Analysis Tools & SEQ Linear Phase Equalisers [Windows]

    We test a selection of impressive and affordable Windows mastering tools from NuGen Audio.

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    PowerFX Vocaloid 2 Sweet Ann

    Singing Synthesis Software [PC]

    Yamahas Vocaloid technology has now been upgraded to version 2 and Sweet Ann, from PowerFX, is the first virtual singer based on the new release. So just how much further forward have Yamaha moved their intriguing vocal synthesis technology?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Library

    • Zero-G Carnival Drums: The Spirit of Brazil • Best Service Drums Overkill

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    Software Pianos

    Buyer's Guide

    If recording a real piano isn't for you, there's no shortage of very convincing software alternatives.

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    Steinberg Groove Agent 3

    Virtual Drummer Instrument [Mac/PC]

    It's been a long time coming, but has the latest version of Steinberg's Groove Agent been worth waiting for?

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    Summit Audio DCL200

    Dual Compressor Limiter

    Summit Audio's high-end designs are known for their quality and longevity — so is their new compressor a classic in the making?

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    Waves API Collection

    Compressor & EQ Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    APIs renowned hardware processors have gone virtual...

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Techniques

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    Effective Monitor Mixing With Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    With so many exciting features on offer in modern DAWs, it's easy to overlook less glamorous things that you need every day. A prime example is proper monitoring — not sexy, but a crucial factor in successful multitrack recording.

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    Introducing Sonar 7's Step Sequencer

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    One of the new features added in the Sonar 7 update is a very flexible step sequencer. We investigate its features and suggest some ways to make the most of it.

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    Leopard: What Does It Offer Musicians?

    Apple Notes

    Leopard is finally with us — but while it promises improvements for general Mac users, will it offer anything to musicians and audio engineers other than incompatibility?

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    Logic Pro 8's New & Improved Effects

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    The newest version of Logic features powerful new effects, alongside improvements to existing ones. We explore what they have to offer.

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    Mix Rescue: Imprint

    Track: Let Me Go

    This month we tame a vocal that varies in dynamic range, and look at ways to create 'bigness' in the mix without overcooking levels.

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    Mix Rescue: Imprint | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Here are links to the audio files from January 2008's MIX RESCUE article

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    More Thor In Reason 4

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Following last month's introduction to the Thor synthesizer, we embark on a patch-building project and explore several of the key features of Reason 4's new synth...

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    Piano Recording

    The SOS Guide To Capturing A Great Acoustic Piano Sound

    Recording a real piano can feel like a lost art, given the number of high-quality sample libraries around these days. For those times when only the real thing will suffice, here's how to do it justice.

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    Piano Recording | Media

    Audio Files

    Here are links to the audio files from January 2008's PIANO RECORDING article.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Neal Avron

    Inside Track: Fall Out Boy 'This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race'

    The unsung production hero behind Fall Out Boy, described as “emos first superstars”, tells us how he shaped the lead single from 2007s smash hit album, Infinity On High.

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    Studio SOS: Ray Stroud

    Workshop

    This month, we perform some audio alchemy on a home studio room that also has to double for other purposes.

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    Using Arpache

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    It's so easy to reach for the same audio plug-ins time after time - but MIDI plug-ins such as Arpache can bring something different and shouldn't be overlooked.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Glen Ballard: Songwriter/Producer

    The Art Of Record Production

    One of the most successful writer/producers of his generation shares his advice on getting the best from artists and forging a career in an uncertain music industry.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Listen Up!

    Paul White's Leader

    Our Editor In Chief ponders why monitors sound different from each other and what you can do to compensate...

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    Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Sweet Home Alabama' | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Al Kooper • Engineers: Al Kooper, Rodney Mills

    In 1973, a band from Florida and California went to a studio in Georgia to record a song, provoked by a Canadian, about Alabama - and managed to define the sound of Southern rock while they were at it.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    More readers tracks undergo the editorial staff treatment!

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    Younger Brother

    Simon Posford & Benji Vaughan

    Younger Brother brings together two of the Twisted labels biggest names. We visited Simon Posfords studio in a bid to uncover the secrets of psytrance...

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