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September 2008 Magazine Contents

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    A-Designs Hammer

    Dual Three-band Equaliser

    If you want 'that' analogue sound, sometimes real analogue gear is the only way you can get it — and that's what this valve EQ is all about...

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    AAS Strum

    Virtual Guitar Modelling Instrument

    Fed up with guitarists? Overwhelmed by huge sample libraries? Just plain disappointed with your own ham-fisted guitar skills? AAS's Strum Acoustic GS1 could be right up your street...

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    Crowley & Tripp El Diablo

    Ribbon Microphone

    A ribbon mic that can be used on a kick drum? Prepare to believe, as the new 'Roswellite' ribbon shows off its hardiness.

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    M-Audio Profire 2626

    Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    M-Audio's new interface is equipped with eight mic preamps, eight analogue outputs and an impressive range of digital I/O — all of which has been crammed into a 1U rack and given a very attractive price-tag.

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    Merging Technologies Pyramix Native 6

    DAW Software For Windows

    Like many DAW manufacturers, Merging Technologies offer a low-cost native version of their product. Despite its affordability, though, Pyramix Native 6 packs some serious editing and mixing power...

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    Monome 64

    Control Surface

    The Monome may appear to be simple, but hidden beneath its minimalist exterior are practically limitless computer control possibilities...

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    Prism Sound Orpheus

    Audio & MIDI Interface [Mac/PC]

    Prism Sound's Orpheus interface brings the company's high­end digital conversion technology within reach of the project studio owner for the first time.

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    Sample CDs On Test

    Hot new sound library releases

    • Analogue Systems Sample CD • Big Fish Audio Nu Metal City 2 • LapJockey FlatPack 3 • Big Fish Audio Funk City 2

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    Sonnox Oxford SuprEsser

    De-esser Plug-in For Mac & PC

    Sonnox are the latest manufacturer to apply some new thinking to the humble de-esser.

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    SSL Matrix

    Mixer & Control Surface

    The almost universal trend towards using computers and hardware controllers has made business tough for the big console manufacturers — but the clever ones are fighting back with some innovative thinking, to create products that offer the best of all worlds.

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    Synchronia Sound Skulptor

    DIY Mic Preamp System

    The DIY approach to audio equipment needn't mean bargain basement, and if you apply this principle to high-end vintage gear it might just save you a small fortune — without compromising on quality.

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    The Yamaha NS10 Story

    How A Hi-fi Speaker Conquered The Studio World

    Love or hate the Yamaha NS10, this unassuming little speaker has found a place in the studios of many of the world's top producers. We trace its history, and investigate why a monitor whose sound has been described as "horrible" became an industry standard.

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    Wavemachinelabs Drumagog 4 Platinum

    Drum Replacement Plug-in

    The latest incarnation of Drumagog allows you to augment a real acoustic drum performance with the sonic palette of BFD.

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    Zoom ZFX Control Package

    Guitar Amp Simulation Software, Interface & Controller

    Zoom's first computer product is a guitar amp modelling system that offers an impressive list of features at a bargain price.

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Techniques

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: Paul Simon 'You Can Call Me Al'

    Producer: Paul Simon • Engineer: Roy Halee

    Paul Simon's Graceland album combined a huge mixture of musical styles and was recorded in studios all over the world. The man responsible for putting it all together, both sonically and physically, was Simon's long-time engineer Roy Halee. This is how he did it...

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    Creating Your Own Reference CD

    Sound Workshop

    Whether you're acclimatising to a new room or speakers, or seeking benchmarks for your mix, a CD of good reference material is an indispensable tool — and it pays to think hard about what you put on it.

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    Digital Performer's Memory Cycle Feature

    Digital Performer Notes & Technique

    DP's Memory Cycle can benefit you whatever kind of music you make. We look at how to work smart and fast with this crucial feature.

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    Guitar Technology

    Guide to Magnetic Pickups

    Have you ever wondered how a guitar's pickups affect its sound? Well, everything about a pickup has some influence, but...

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    How To Use VCA Groups

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Used correctly, VCA groups can make a big difference when you're faced with a complex mix and lots of automation.

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    iMac: The First 10 Years

    Apple Notes

    This August represents the tenth anniversary of Apple shipping the original iMac, so we take the opportunity to sit back and reminisce on how Mac technology has changed for musicians over the last decade.

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    Mix Rescue | Media

    Audio files to accompany the article.

    For our newsstand magazine buyers who do not have access to the subscribers-only eSub version of Mix Rescue, here are the URLs for the Audio files that accompany September 2008's instalment of MIX RESCUE.

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    Mix Rescue: Jacob Holm-Lupo

    Strategies for better mixes

    When different parts compete in a mix, it isn't always easy to decide what's most important. We take you through some strategies to achieve better separation of parts for a clutter-free mix.

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    Multitrack Export Revisited

    Exploring Cubase 4.1's Audio Input Routing

    Cubase's new routing options enable you to export multiple audio tracks in one go: we take you step by step through the process.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Eric Rosse

    Sara Bareilles 'Love Song'

    With Sara Bareilles' massive worldwide hit 'Love Song', producer Eric Rosse had to strike a delicate balance between preserving the artist's integrity and achieving mass appeal.

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    Side-chain Compression In Reason

    Reason Notes & Techniques

    Side-chain compression can be the difference between a flat, lifeless mix and an adrenalised floor-filler. Learn how to capture the French house sound, and add an extra little twist.

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    Studio SOS: James Burnham

    Home studio rescue mission

    Even when you're mixing completely 'in the box', a small analogue mixer can still prove really useful in the home studio, for both recording and monitoring duties...

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    Understanding Ultrabeat: Part 2: The Synthesizer

    Expand Your Sonic Horizon

    Ultrabeat has powers beyond simple drum pattern creation, offering a synthesis section that's the key to more varied percussive sounds and rhythmic effects.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Behind The Groove

    Virtual Drum Instrument Developers' Round Table

    More and more music producers are turning to 'virtual drummer' software to help them realise authentic-sounding drum tracks. We caught up with some of the people behind the leading applications, to find out why this new software genre has appeared and how it might develop in the future.

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    Digital Radio

    Sounding Off

    Could digital radio be better exploited for artists?

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    Jacob Golden

    Recording Revenge Songs

    With no budget to hire a studio, Jacob Golden decided to record his album anywhere and any way he could. The resulting sound is a unique exercise in the use of ambience.

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    Playback

    Readers' Music Reviewed

    Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Too Much!

    Paul White's Leader

    Paul asks if it is time to go back to recording basics and focus on your skills?

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