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August 2008 Magazine Contents

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    Access Virus TI Snow

    Modelled Analogue Synth

    The new Virus is one of the most affordable ever and currently the cheapest way to get a slice of Access' Total Integration technology — but does cheaper mean compromised?

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    Alesis MultiMix16 USB 2.0

    Analogue Mixer & Audio Interface

    Under the hood of this affordable new Alesis compact mixer lurks an 18-in/two-out audio interface. Is it too good to be true?

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    Art Vista Virtual Grand Piano 2

    Sample Library [Mac/PC]

    Art Vista's new sampled piano won't break the bank or send you running out to buy a new hard drive — and it's still a sophisticated and versatile instrument.

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    Blue Coconut Unity Echoverb

    Six-head Mono Tape Delay

    If you wanted to make an authentic hardware tape delay today, you could do a lot worse than commission a designer who used to work for Watkins, makers of the seminal Copicat. So that's what Blue Coconut did...

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    Cycling 74 Max 5

    Graphical Programming Environment For Audio & MIDI

    There may not be many new features, but MaxMSP 5 benefits from a fundamental overhaul that brings Cycling 74's open-ended media programming toolkit into the modern world of multi-processing and slick interface design.

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    Edirol R09HR

    24-bit/96kHz Portable Recorder

    Edirol have enhanced their popular stereo recorder in the face of growing competition. How does it measure up?

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    Elysia Mpressor

    Stereo Compressor

    Can a single hardware unit really meet all your compression needs? It would certainly take something a bit special...

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    Equation Audio Alpha Series

    Drum Microphone Set

    If you've not yet built up much of a microphone collection, a dedicated drum-mic kit can be a sensible investment — and the price of this one puts it within reach of even entry-level users.

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    ESI ESU1808

    USB Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

    You can get a lot of audio interface for your money these days. The latest from ESI offers 18 ins and eight outs for a very reasonable price, and could be ideal if you need to record lots of sources simultaneously.

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    Guitar Technology

    Plug-ins for axe victims

    • IK Multimedia X-Gear & Amplitube Metal • Studio Devil Virtual Guitar Amp

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    IK Multimedia SampleTron

    Sample Library [Mac/PC]

    SampleTron gives you the sound of the Mellotron and many of its more obscure cousins, not to mention some serious potential for sonic malarkey, courtesey of IK's SampleTank player...

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    Image Line FL Studio 8

    Loop-based Sequencing Software For Windows

    Version 8 sees another boatload of new processors added to the FL Studio family. And if that's still not enough, you can now create your own...

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    KRK VXT6 & VXT8

    Active Studio Monitors

    The mid-priced studio monitor market is competitive. So what sets KRK's new offerings apart from the crowd?

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    MXL Mic Mate

    USB Mic Preamp

    MXL's USB Mic Mate functions as a USB mic preamp for Macs and PCs, and enables you to plug in your own choice of dynamic or capacitor microphone.

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    Novation Nocturn

    USB Control Surface

    The Nocturn uses Novation's sophisticated Automap technology to give you integrated, hands-on control of your software — and all for an almost unbelievably low price.

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    Planet Waves Modular Snake

    Multicore Cables

    Many companies make multicore cables, but Planet Waves have come up with a simple modular system that covers most eventualities without the store needing to stock dozens of different configurations.

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    Plug-in Folder

    More cool plug-ins

    • Chandler EMI TG Mastering Pack Formats: Mac & PC TDM & RTAS • SIR2 Formats: PC VST • Tritone Digital ColorTone-Pro Formats: Mac AU, RTAS, VST; PC RTAS, VST • Leslie Sanford Cobalt Formats: PC VST SSL X-EQ Formats: Mac/PC Duende

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    PSP Xenon

    Mastering Limiter Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    The market for mastering limiters is crowded, but PSP's new plug-in claims to offer higher levels of naturalness and transparency.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Hot new sound library releases

    • Zero-G Vocaloid 2 Prima • Loopmasters Harley & Muscle • Zero-G Urban Ammunition

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    Tascam Gigastudio 4

    Software Sampler For PC

    The latest incarnation of Tascam's Gigastudio introduces support for 64-bit operating systems and the ability to address up to 128GB of RAM. Are there any catches? Let's find out...

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    The Age Of STEAM

    Preview: Spectrasonics Omnisphere Soft Synth

    With a new synthesis engine, some new ideas about interface design and 50GB of novel samples ranging from lightbulbs to burning pianos, Omnisphere will be Spectrasonics biggest soft synth yet. Its creator, Eric Persing, gives us a sneak preview.

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    Violet Black Knight

    Studio Condenser Microphone

    Making your mic stand out from the crowd these days is difficult — so Latvian company Violet have used their head...

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Techniques

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    Ableton Live Recording Tips

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    As Live has gradually made the transition towards fully fledged DAW, the recording side of the program has become increasingly sophisticated — so we're going to look at some tricks to make basic recording easier.

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    Console Tips & Customising In Sonar

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    When it comes to the Sonar mixing console, you don't have to simply take what you're given, because there are lots of ways of making it fit your working methods. We explain how, and pass on some handy shortcuts along the way.

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    Digital Performer: Looping

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    How do you create a four-minute masterpiece out of just a few measures? And what's the best reverb to make you sound like that drumming gorilla on the TV ad? These questions, and more, answered in this month's Digital Performer workshop...

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    Disaster Management

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Has a broken iLok or a power cut brought your Pro Tools rig to a shuddering halt? All may not be lost...

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    How To Use Reverb Like A Pro: Part 2

    How top engineers use their most important effect

    Following last month's introduction to reverb, we take you through the tips and tricks of some of the world's best producers, many of whom are thinking about the reverb sound they want long before they get to the mix.

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    Loop Management: SoundFrame & MediaBay

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    For some, the jury is still out on Steinberg's ambitious SoundFrame and MediaBay concepts, but for certain tasks they can definitely be useful — getting your loop library organised, for example...

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    Mix Rescue: Audio Files

    Hear For Yourself

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

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    Mix Rescue: Awash

    Recording Makeover

    A track from Dutch band Awash gets the benefit of fixes for tightening up backing vocals, creating a bigger drum presence and making a DI'd guitar sound more natural.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fabian Marasciullo

    Flo Rida and T-Pain: 'Low'

    Flo Rida and T-Pain scored a massive worldwide hit with 'Low' — but only after it received the attention of Miami's star mixer, Fabian Marasciullo.

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    Studio SOS: Teddy Pagano

    Drums, doors and damping...

    Drums, doors and damping... the Studio SOS Team get to grips with Teddy Pagano's London studio.

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    Understanding Ultrabeat: Part 1: The Basics

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Not everyone finds drum programming easy, and if you're one of the rhythmically challenged, Logic's Ultrabeat drum synth could be your ticket to more interesting and sophisticated percussive parts.

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    Worldwide Developers Conference: Snow Leopard

    Apple Notes

    At the first Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to be billed as a joint event for both Mac and iPhone developers, the iPhone took centre-stage and Apple dropped some breadcrumbs of information regarding the next major version of Mac OS X: Snow Leopard.

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