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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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