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February 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Ableton Live 7

    Loop-based Sequencer [Windows/Mac OSX]

    The hyperactive developers at Ableton have been at it again. Live 7 gains an ingenious new way of working with drums, and an optional library packed with new instruments.

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    Acustica Audio Nebula 3

    Dynamic Convolution Plug-in [Windows]

    Convolution technology has provided new levels of realism for plug-in reverb, but has been unable to capture non-linear or time-variant effects such as compression, tape saturation, distortion and flanging. Until now, that is...

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    ADK A6 & S7

    Condenser Microphones

    These versatile large-diaphragm mics offer great performance on a budget.

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    Akai MPK49

    USB Keyboard Controller

    Akai will be best known to SOS readers for their samplers and ever-popular MPC range — so what can they bring to the controller keyboard party?

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    AVI ADM9

    Active Monitors

    AVI have a reputation for excellent hi-fi speakers, but with this system they hae turned out a real studio gem.

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    Bricasti Design Model 7

    Stereo Reverb Processor

    This classy piece of kit boasts the quality and flexibility of high-end algorithmic reverbs, but can also deliver convolution-like realism.

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    CME Matrix K

    Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    The Matrix K is a low-cost, no-frills computer audio interface designed to do its job simply and efficiently.

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    Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The reputation of Sequential Circuits is up there with the likes of Moog and ARP, but is the first Prophet in 20 years a worthy addition to that heritage or a cash-in on former glories?

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    DTS (DTS-HD) Master Audio Suite

    DTS-HD Encoding Software [Mac/PC]

    If you want to create a surround soundtrack for your DVD while avoiding the limitations of Dolby AC3 audio, DTSs clever High Resolution format has a lot to offer.

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    Guitar Technology

    Softube Acoustic Feedback plug-in

    This Mac/Windows plug-in can produce a range of very believable feedback effects.

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    Jazzmutant Dexter

    Touch-sensitive DAW Controller

    Realising that some potential users were daunted by the highly customisable nature of their innovative Lemur screen-based controller, Jazzmutant have added a second controller to their range — and this one specifically supports a range of popular DAWs.

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    Roland SP555

    Sampling Workstation

    The world is not short of sampling sequencers at the moment, so what does the Roland SP555 have to make it worthy of your attention?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Recent sample CD releases

    • Ueberschall Groove Shadow Elastik • Nine Volt Audio Textural Rex • Sample Logic The Elements

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    SPL Transducer

    Speaker Emulator & Dummy Load

    If you want to capture the sound of your boutique valve amp for recording but can't turn it up loud, you need a power soak... and speaker emulation... and mic emulation... SPL's Transducer does it all.

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    Toft Audio ATB24

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Already boasting some famous users, this new console has caused a bit of a stir. Does it live up to the Toft heritage?

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    Universal Audio DCS Remote Preamp

    Dual Preamp & Cue Mixer

    This unusual new preamp from UA is designed to make life easier, both for the recordist and 'the talent'.

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    Yamaha Tenori-On

    Hardware Sequencer

    Just when you think you've seen it all, Yamaha come straight at you out of left field with an instrument unlike any other. But is the Tenori-On a musical revolution in the making or a white (flashing) elephant?

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Techniques

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    Complex DP Monitoring Techniques

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Everyone performs better when they can hear exactly what they need in their headphones. After our guide to simple DP monitor mixing options last month, we follow up with ideas for those with more complex monitoring requirements.

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    Digital Problems, Practical Solutions

    Getting The Best From Digital Audio

    Designers overcame most inherent problems with digital audio long ago, but for many of us, the experience still isn't perfect. This in-depth guide tells you why — and what you need to know to put things right...

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    Digital Problems, Practical Solutions | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    Here are links to the audio files fromFebruary 2008's DIGITAL AUDIO article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all the long URLs to access the accompanying audio files.

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    Free Utilities & Plug-ins

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Improving your Pro Tools system needn't always cost money. We look at some essential add-ons that can be downloaded for nothing.

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    Making Impulse Responses with Logic's IR Utility

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Convolution is the technology du jour for creating convincing reverbs, and if you're a Logic Studio bundle owner, you already have a utility that will let you get into it yourself, by creating custom impulse responses for the Space Designer plug-in.

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    Mix Rescue: Richard Wilkinson

    Track: 'Dressed To Kill'

    It's a tall order this month, as we're asked to remix a reader's recording to sound like a big-budget Bond theme!

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    Mix Rescue: Richard Wilkinson | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

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

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    Penryn Tech; Mac Pro Storage

    Apple Notes

    With Apple opening a new retail store in Exeter, and speculation as to when new Mac Pros might be released to take advantage of Intel's latest Penryn technology, welcome to the first (and possibly last) West Country-themed Apple Notes.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Marcella Araica

    Inside Track: ‘The Way I Are’

    The unrivalled status of producer Timbaland is built on a hand-picked team of engineers, mixers and producers. For the mix of his hit single 'The Way I Are', he turned to Marcella Araica.

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    Side-chaining

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase 4.1 brings a wealth of new features: we explore what you can do with the new side-chaining function.

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    Studio SOS: Calderdale College

    Workshop

    Calderdale College in West Yorkshire gets the Studio SOS treatment, as we turn a concrete room into a working studio.

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    Using Side-chains in Sonar 7's Plug-ins

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Side-chain inputs on software processors can open up a whole new world of control possibilities — and now Sonar 7's plug-ins have this facility. We show you some ways of using it in your music.

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Sound Advice

People

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    An Introduction To 'Production Music'

    Composer Pete Thomas

    The business of TV and film is changing fast, and production or library music is becoming ever more important. One of the UKs most experienced production music composers explains how to get your foot in the door.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Bare Essentials

    Paul White's Leader

    Tidy up your studio and it may just make you rethink your gear priorities.

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    Jean-Michel Jarre

    30 Years Of Oxygene

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his hugely influential hit album Oxygene, Jean Michel Jarre has produced an audacious DVD performance of the entire piece in a manner never before attempted.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    More readers tracks undergo the editorial staff treatment! Sponsored by www.breed-media.co.uk

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    Sounding Off: Music Tech Education

    Chris Mayes-Wright

    Music Technology education: rotten to the core?

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    Stuart Price

    Producing Seal & Madonna

    Stuart Prices refreshingly different approach to music-making has made him one of the most sought-after producers in the world.

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    The Four Tops: 'Reach Out I'll Be There' | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland

    One of the most famous record labels of all time, Motown fostered a group of uniquely talented writers, engineers and musicians who often had to invent the equipment and techniques they used to keep their music at the cutting edge. Lamont Dozier explains how it was done...

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