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April 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Aphex 207D

    Dual-channel Mic Preamp

    Can a two-channel preamp at this price really give you the best aspects of tube and solid-state circuitry?

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    Audio Ease Speakerphone

    Speaker Simulation Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Convolution technology can place your sound in almost any acoustic space, with stunning realism.

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    Clavia Nord C1

    Digital Combo & Tonewheel Organ

    With the demand for (and prices of) old combo and tonewheel organs rising all the time, a keyboard that emulates both at a reasonable cost seems like an excellent idea - but can the Nord C1 cut it when compared to its ancestors?

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    Digital Performer v6 — New Feature Preview

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    The days are getting longer and Spring is definitely springing, but with so many exciting product announcements recently — including Digital Performer 6 — DP users might well feel like it's Christmas all over again.

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    Eiosis E2 De-esser

    Sibilant Processing Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Intrusive sibilants can ruin an otherwise good-sounding vocal track, and conventional de-essers are often of limited use. Can Eiosis's radical new design do any better?

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    Euphonix MC Mix

    DAW Control Surface

    The new Artist series brings Euphonix's innovative EuCon technology to the project studio market. Does the MC Mix put existing fader controllers in the shade?

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    EWQL Gypsy, Voices Of Passion & Stormdrum 2

    Sample Libraries [Mac/PC]

    We catch up with the latest instalments in the eagerly awaited 'Play' series of sample libraries.

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    Fender Princeton

    Recording Guitar Amp

    Is this the ultimate recording solution for fans of the classic Fender tube sound?

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    Guitar Technology

    News & Tips

    Re-amping is an old technique that allows the producer to keep his or her options open in regard to electric guitar or bass sounds until the last minute.

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    Mackie Control Pro

    DAW Control System

    Mackie have updated their popular control-surface system. We find out what's new.

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    Magix Samplitude Pro 10

    DAW Software [Windows]

    What do you add to the DAW that has everything? In the case of Samplitude 10, a complex new mastering compressor and some excellent automation features are among the highlights.

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    MOTU MachFive 2

    Software Sampler

    With software samplers playing such a crucial role in many modern styles of music production, competition amongst the major players is hotter than ever. Does MOTU's redesigned MachFive 2 have what it takes?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Hot sound library new releases

    Trafik are the electronica duo Andrew Archer and John Elliott, on the Global Underground label...

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    Samplebase Satellite Pro

    Software Sampler

    Satellite Pro may look like just another soft sampler, but it has a unique sample-library philosophy and a particularly attractive price tag...

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    SSL XLogic VHD Pre

    Four-channel Mic Preamp

    Some people love the sound of SSL's modern consoles, while others prefer the 'dirt' of their older models. The VHD Pre aims to offer you the best of both worlds...

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    Tannoy Precision 8iDP

    Active DSP Monitors

    The latest iteration of Tannoy's Precision 8 includes an intriguing on-board DSP room-correction system.

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    TC Electronic Studio Konnekt 48

    Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    The Studio Konnekt 48 is an appealing package, benefiting from extensive use of TC's trademark DSP technology and a remote control — but is that enough to secure its place in the audio interface race?

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    Telefunken USA AK47

    Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone

    Will this young gun fire the imagination like the Telefunkens of old?

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Techniques

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    Building Bass Sounds With Prologue

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    There's more to Prologue than its presets — and it doesn't take long to create some excellent and unique patches.

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    Customising Sonar's SFZ Files

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Understanding how to program SFZ files opens up lots of ways to better exploit what Sonar's bundled soft synths have to offer. Don't panic: it's easier than you might think...

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    Logic's Best-kept Secret: Hyper Editing

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Logic's Hyper Editor is a powerful way of creating and manipulating MIDI data, but it's often overlooked. We give you the low-down in this advanced workshop, and suggest some ways of using the Hyper Editor in your music.

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    Mix Rescue: Jazz-Trio

    Jesper Buhl

    We help a home recordist on a budget to add that elusive polish to his jazz-trio recordings.

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    Mix Rescue: Jazz-Trio | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

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

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    Phase Demystified

    Understanding Phase Cancellation

    Phase interactions are well known for their ability to destructively interfere with recorded signals, but an understanding of the process can turn it into one of the most powerful creative tools available to you.

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    Reason 4: Advanced Arpeggiation

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Delving beneath the surface of Reason 4's new RPG8 arpeggiator reveals a treasure trove of rhythmic modulations and variations.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Renaud Letang

    Feist: '1234'

    Aided by its memorable video and starring role in an iPod ad, Feist's '1234' has been a refreshingly different worldwide hit. Renaud Letang was behind the (vintage) desk during the recording and mixing sessions.

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    Studio SOS: Stu Evans

    Lacklustre Drum Sounds

    Reader Stu Evans has a smart studio but a lacklustre drum sound. Can the team breathe life into it?

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    Templates & Real-time Backups

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    The focus is on better project management in this month's Pro Tools workshop, as we explain the advantages of using template Sessions, and look at some tools that can help you avoid data loss.

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    Why Won't 32-bit Plug-ins Work In 64-bit Apps?

    Apple Notes

    Have you ever wondered why Power PC plug-ins can't run in Intel applications, or why your 32-bit plug-ins won't work in 64-bit applications of the future? Apple Notes explains all.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Crosstalk

    Your Feedback

    Replies from the editorial team to more of your valued feedback.

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    Frankie Goes To Hollywood 'Relax' | Classic Tracks

    Producer: Trevor Horn • Engineers: Steve Lipson, Julian Mendelsohn

    The debut single from Liverpool's Frankie Goes To Hollywood was the result of adventurous production and enjoyed massive chart success - as well as creating a great deal of controversy.

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Pick & Mix

    Leader

    Paul White proffers more sage words...

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    More of your tracks get the aural objectivity test from the SOS crew. Sponsored by www.breed-media.co.uk

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    Recording XFM Radio Sessions

    Chris Denman

    Working straight to DAT, with a minimum of equipment, Chris Denman records more bands in a year than most engineers manage in a lifetime.

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    Sounding Off

    Joe Deller

    Is landing a studio job a numbers game?

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    The Story Of The BBC Radiophonic Workshop

    Founded in 1958

    50 years ago this month, the most celebrated electronic music studio in the world was established. We trace the history of the Radiophonic Workshop, talking to the composers and technical staff who helped to create its unique body of work.

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