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March 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Blue Sky Exo 2.1

    Active Stereo Monitors & Subwoofer

    If you need a monitor system that can double up for more general multimedia listening, the Exo 2.1 could be just what you're looking for...

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    Euphonix MC Pro

    Assignable DAW Control Surface

    Euphonix's EuCon control protocol first saw the light of day in their high-end digital mixers. Now it has the potential to revolutionise the world of the project studio.

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    Eventide Time Factor

    Delay & Looping Effects Pedal

    This classy stomp box is much more than a guitar effect, and it is equally impressive on stage and in the studio.

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    EWQL Fab Four & Ministry Of Rock

    Sample Libraries For Mac & PC

    EastWest/Quantum Leap launch their new 64-bit 'Play' sample engine with two sound libraries spanning nearly 50 years of rock.

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    Focusrite Liquid 4 Pre

    Four-channel Convolution Preamp

    The manufacturers proudly claim that this is "the most flexible four-channel preamp in history." And it's no idle marketing boast...

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    Frontier Design Alphatrack

    USB Controller [Mac/PC]

    If you want hands-on control over your DAW, without the expense or inconvenient size of a multi-channel controller, the Frontier Design Alphatrack could be just what you're looking for...

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    Guitar Technology

    Blackstar HT series Tube Pedals

    Blackstar HT series Tube Pedals and brief news of Waves iGTR.

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    IK Multimedia ARC

    Room Correction System

    Could this be the holy grail of studio acoustics — a room correction system that actually works?

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    Minnetonka AudioTools AWE

    Batch Processing Utility [Mac OSX]

    Need to convert files en masse into different formats or sample rates, or apply the same plug-in settings to hundreds of files at once? Minnetonka have developed a utility that could take the legwork out of the job.

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    Native Instruments Kore 2

    Hardware Controller & Software Host For Instruments & Effects

    The latest incarnation of NI's Kore system introduces an updated controller, redesigned and streamlined software and a generous library of built-in sounds. So is Kore all you need to get the most out of your software instruments and effects?

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    Novation Nio

    USB Audio & MIDI Interface

    Novation's Nio offers a slightly unusual perspective and a generous collection of effects and processors, but does it have what it takes to stand out from the audio interface crowd?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Library

    • Big Fish Audio Suite Grooves • Zero-G Ambiosis • Bollywood Grooves • M-Audio ProSessions 24 Electro Patterns Vol 1

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    SE Electronics Gemini II & Z5600a II

    Valve Microphones

    SE have updated their Gemini and multi-pattern Z5600a mics with extra facilities and better technical specs. Are they worthy contenders for space in your mic locker?

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    Thermionic Culture Phoenix MC

    Valve Mastering Compressor

    The classy Phoenix rises again — but this time it has been tweaked for the mastering fraternity.

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    Universal Audio UAD Xpander & New Plug-ins

    DSP System & Processing Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    New plug-ins continue to emerge from Universal Audio HQ at a scary rate, and their DSP-based effects and processors are now available to laptop users for the first time.

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    URS Classic Console Strip Pro

    Channel Strip Plug-in [Mac/Windows]

    Unique Recording Software have modelled a vast array of vintage compressors and EQs and presented the results in a single plug-in.

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    Way Out Ware Kik Axxe

    Software Synthesizer For Mac & PC

    Way Out Ware have recreated the classic ARP Axxe in software, added a step sequencer and virtual drum machine and given it a ridiculously low price-tag.

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Techniques

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    Command-8

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Small and affordable it may be, but Digidesign's Command-8 is also a surprisingly versatile and powerful tool for controlling Pro Tools.

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    Drum Editing & Replacement In Logic Pro

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    You're given a Logic project with a less than impressive drum recording, and you need to make it sparkle. Do you book another recording session, get down to some serious editing, or replace the whole lot with samples? Delay your decision until you've read this article...

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    Drum Racks In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    New in Live 7, Drum Racks takes the Instrument Rack concept in a percussive direction. Read on to see what it can do for you and your drums...

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    Great String Parts On A Budget

    ...And In A Hurry!

    Whether you're recording real players or using samples, our in-depth guide is your key to polished and authentic-sounding strings.

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    Input Monitoring in Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    There's more useful stuff than you can shake a stick at this month, including advice on input monitoring, ways to get around latency issues, and news of CD-burning and audio networking applications to make your life easier.

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    Library Work

    Introduction To Production Music: Part 2

    Last month, we explained how the business of production music works. But if you want to get into it, you'll need to learn how to make stings, cut-downs and the other elements of a usable library track.

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    Mix Management

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Crafting the perfect mix is a difficult task, but often all you need is a bit of organisation to make things quicker, easier and more rewarding.

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    Mix Rescue: Steven Separovich

    Track: 'Aftershow'

    This month we explore a mix in which distortion, reverb and modulation effects provide powerful alternatives to EQ.

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    Mix Rescue: Steven Separovich | Audio Files

    Take a listen...

    Here are links to the audio files from March 2008's MIX RESCUE article, for those readers who buy the magazine from the newsagent and don't wish to type in all those long URLs.

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    New Mac Pro & MacBook Air

    Apple Notes

    As weeks go, the first couple in January were pretty good for new Mac hardware, with Apple introducing updated Mac Pros and Xserves, along with a new stunningly thin MacBook. We dissect the potential of Apple's new offerings with a musician-shaped scalpel.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Rich Costey

    The Foo Fighters: 'The Pretender'

    Iconic rockers The Foo Fighters had a worldwide smash with their record-breaking track 'The Pretender'. Rich Costey was the man behind the mix faders.

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    Studio SOS: Howard Bragen

    Troubleshooting Your Studio Problems

    This month we tackle problems that were causing a bass-heavy mix and use coat-hangers to produce better vocal recordings!

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    Using Sonar's z3ta+ Synth as an Effects Processor

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    When is a soft synth not just a soft synth? When it's also an effects processor...

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Are You Cheating?

    Leader

    I still remember trying to explain the concept of the Mellotron to a musician friend back in my college days, and she was...

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    Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Electronic Music Pioneer

    Few individuals have influenced the development of electronic music as much as Karlheinz Stockhausen, who died last December. We look back at his life and celebrate his many achievements.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    More of your tunes get critiqued by the editorial team. Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Sounding Off

    Mike Senior

    Surround? Who's even hearing stereo?!

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    The Feeling

    Recording Join With Us

    The Feeling stormed the charts with a debut album recorded in a shed. For their follow-up, they relocated to a country mansion, but elected to stick with the DIY approach.

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    The Ramones 'Pet Sematary' | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Jean Beauvoir • Engineer: Fernando Kral

    Undisputed kings of the three-chord thrash and arguably responsible for punk rock, it took over 10 years and the theme song to a Stephen King film to secure serious US chart success for the Ramones...

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