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May 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Acoustic Energy AE22

    Active Monitors

    Like the venerable Yamaha NS10, this nearfield design puts accurate time-domain response at centre stage - but what does that mean for your mixes? ?????

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    Acoustica Mixcraft

    MIDI Audio Sequencer For Windows

    Acoustica's inexpensive and easy-to-use sequencer continues to impress with the addition of MIDI tracks and VST Instrument support.

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    Audient Black Series

    Modular Rackmount Processors

    If you want quality outboard in a compact frame, modular systems are the way to go. Find out how Audient's offering compares with the rest.

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    Blue Cat Audio Plug-ins

    Analysis, EQ & Dynamics Processors

    Ever wanted to analyse every track in a project at once, or record their dynamic variations as MIDI Controller information? Blue Cat Audio's unusual plug-ins implement some original and very clever features.

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    Charter Oak E700

    Multi-pattern FET Microphone

    Building in China, then disassembling in the US and replacing parts seems a long-winded way to go about building a mic... but there might just be some sense in the approach.

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    Clavia Nord Wave

    Performance Synthesizer

    Clavia are as well known for their instruments' red livery as they are for the quality of their virtual analogue synths. The new Nord Wave has definitely got the colour scheme, but can it live up to the sonic reputation of its forebears?

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    CME UF80

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The CME UF80 offers a weighted, hammer-action 88-note keyboard at a knockdown price. Is it too good to be true?

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    Digidesign Eleven

    Amp Modelling Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Digidesign get into the 'virtual guitar amp' game with a plug-in that emulates a selection of classic amplifiers and cabinets in impressive detail.

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    Flux Plug-ins

    Dynamics & EQ Processors For Mac OS & Windows

    Flux claim that their plug–ins combine simplicity and sophistication, thanks to their unusual interface design and novel controls.

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    Gforce Virtual String Machine

    Sample Library [Mac/PC]

    Long considered to be terminally un-hip, string machines are on the brink of a revival. Will Gforce's VSM advance their rehabilitation?

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    Guitar Technology

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    • Peterson Strobotomp strobe guitar tuner • Perfect Tune Bridge guitar bridge

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    IK Multimedia SampleMoog

    Sample Library [Mac/PC]

    With the real thing becoming ever more scarce and expensive, samples are an affordable way to the Moog synth sound. SampleMoog offers exactly this, providing extensive samples of 16 of Dr. Bob's finest.

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    M-Audio Fast Track Ultra

    Audio MIDI Interface

    The world is simply teeming with audio interfaces these days, so what does M‑Audio's latest offering, the Fast Track Ultra, have that the others don't?

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Sample Library

    Zero-G Trance Inducer

    Acid Wav, AIFF, Apple Loops, REX2 & Stylus RMX

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    Sebatron VMP 2000eVU

    Valve Mic Preamp

    Australian company Sebatron aim to start building their brand in the UK with this 'character' preamp.

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    SSL Duende Mini

    DSP Plug-in Processor

    The sound of an SSL console is now available in an even smaller package - and at a smaller price.

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    Superlux Sonata ECOH6A

    Back-electret Condenser Microphone

    Can you really use a £25 mic for serious recording?

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    Virsyn Matrix

    Vocoder Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Virsyn's Matrix Vocoder is one of the first plug-ins to use Steinberg's new VST3 specification. So if you want that classic vocoder sound, should you take the blue pill or the red one?

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Techniques

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    Audio Slicing

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    The tools for audio slicing were overhauled in Cubase 4.1. Find out how to get the best from them.

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    Creating Your Own Shortcuts & Macros

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools doesn't officially support macros or assignable keyboard shortcuts, but with a little know-how and a copy of QuicKeys, you can use custom key commands to bring up anything from simple menu items to complex chains of commands.

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    Customising Sonar To Fit The Way You Work

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Did you know that you can make Sonar fit your working methods like a glove, via its many customisation options? Here's our guide to just a few of the most useful.

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    Mix Rescue: Alice Sweet Alice

    Technique

    We find out how much you can do in the mix when the recordings aren't up to scratch — and how much you can't!

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    Mix Rescue: Alice Sweet Alice | Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

    Links to Audio files mentioned within MAY 2008's Mix Rescue article.

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    New Instrument Features In Logic Pro 8

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Logic Pro 8 may not have new software instruments, but scratch beneath the surface and you'll discover significant improvements to what was already an impressive collection.

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    Practical Soundproofing

    How To Keep Sound In & Out Of Your Studio

    If sound is leaking from your studio or external noise is ruining your recordings, there are practical steps you can take to improve matters.

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    Revamped MacBooks & MacBook Pros; iPhone SDK

    Apple Notes

    There's no lack of new Apple products to discuss this month, with a revamp of the company's portable line of MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the iPhone SDK that will enable developers to create applications for what Apple hope will become the next significant platform.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Robert Carranza

    Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson is living proof that you don't need Auto-Tune, Beat Detective or a million overdubs to record a hit album. In fact, as engineer Robert Carranza explains, he didn't even need mains electricity...

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    Studio SOS: Paul Evans

    Sound Workshop

    SOS's crack studio squad tame unwanted reflections, track down strange noises coming from a Mac, and make some good-sounding drums sound even better!

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    The SOS Guide To Mix Compression

    Hitting Harder

    Compressing the stereo bus can give your music coherence, smoothness and, above all, punch — but there are plenty of pitfalls for the unwary. We lead you through the minefield that is mix compression.

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    Using External Audio In Ableton Live

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Live 7 saw the the introduction of some powerful new features for integration with hardware instruments, effects units, and Rewire applications.

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    Using The Liquid Mix With Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    We offer a clutch of hints and tips for DP users considering adding a Focusrite Liquid Mix DSP plug-in platform to their setup.

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Sound Advice

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    Q. Can you identify my discs?

    Following a recent lesson I had taught on music technology history, one of our teaching assistants mentioned that she had...

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    Q. Do I need a Neumann?

    If microphones tend to suit some voices better than others, do I really need a high-end vocal mic rather than a much more...

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    Q. How can I reduce drum spill from piano mics?

    I'm trying to reduce drum spill when I record my jazz trio (piano, bass and drums) at home. The drum overheads —...

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    Q. How can you keep your gear in good order?

    The crack team of Paul White and Hugh Robjohns have travelled the world solving readers' problems. Here, they down the Hob...

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    Q. Is it time to buy some monitors?

    I'm having a hard time deciding whether to buy monitors for my bedroom studio. It's a 3m x 4m untreated room with rather...

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    Q. Is reverb cumulative?

    For a project I'm currently working on I need to deliver stem mixes to a post-production editor for mixing. I want the '...

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    Solve Latency Problems

    PC Notes

    The focus this month is on checking and improving the performance of your PC, with a new benchmark test just released and news of a useful tool that could help you pin down the source of latency-related problems.

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People

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    Luciano Pavarotti 'Nessun Dorma' | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Ray Minshull, Michael Woolcock • Engineers: James Lock, Kenneth Wilkinson

    Recording opera requires a completely different approach, environment and technique to pop or rock music — a fact that has seldom been better demonstrated than in Pavarotti's 1972 recording of 'Nessun Dorma'.

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    Norman Smith: The Beatles' First Engineer

    Obituary

    On March 3rd, the world of music lost one of its pivotal figures. Norman 'Hurricane' Smith recorded the Beatles' first six albums, produced the first four Pink Floyd LPs and even enjoyed chart success in his own right.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Producing Belle & Sebastian, The Fratellis & The Kooks

    Tony Hoffer

    A producer from the US who's doing very nicely in the UK, Tony Hoffer has been responsible for some of the most successful indie-rock albums of recent years.

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    Roni Size: Creating New Forms 2

    Drum & Bass

    Roni Size's New Forms revolutionised electronic music. Ten years on, he's returned to his classic album with a fresh perspective.

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    Sounding Off

    Stephen Bennett

    Does playing the Internet end the A&R game?

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Warts & All

    Leader

    If your gear says "professional" on the front panel, our Editor In Chief Paul White contends that it very likely is not!

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