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February 2009 Magazine Contents

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    AKG Perception

    Condenser Microphones

    Can condenser mics at this price really be worthy of a name like AKG? Actually, it seems they can...

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    Arsenal Audio R20 & R24

    Microphone Preamplifier & EQ

    This new brand by revered high-end equipment manufacturers API is much more affordable than their established lines. So there must be a catch, right?

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    Behringer RSM Stomp-box Effects

    Guitar Technology

    This affordable range of digital guitar and bass effects pedals offers good, dependable results — and there are a few hidden gems as well. Read on...

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    Cakewalk Sonar 8

    MIDI Audio Sequencer For Windows

    As well as creating some excellent new plug-ins and making operational improvements, Cakewalk have been working hard to make Sonar 8 the most CPU-efficient version yet.

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    Digidesign Pro Tools 8: Part 2

    Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]

    As well as the new user interface, MIDI and score editors described in Part 1 of our review, Pro Tools 8 offers an impressive collection of instruments and plug-ins, new ways of working with Playlists, and even the option of surround mixing in LE.

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    Discovery Sound Koto

    Kontakt 2 & Reason Refill

    Discovery Sound are a Japanese company specialising in ethnic sounds, and in particular the traditional music of Asia. This collection focuses on the koto — the national instrument of Japan.

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    G-Force M-Tron Pro

    Sample Library [Mac / PC]

    The successor to G-Forces popular M-Tron instrument brings dual layers and subtractive synthesis to the Mellotron party — but also manages to keep authenticity firmly in mind...

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    Genoqs Nemo

    MIDI Performance Sequencer

    Genoqs take a unique approach to hardware sequencing, as weve seen previosuly from their Octopus sequencer. Now theyre back with a smaller and far more affordable model: the Nemo.

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    Klein+Hummel O410

    Active Midfield Monitors

    Getting the balance right between the benefits and disadvantages of ported and non-ported speaker designs is a tricky job, and K+H do it better than most with this ported model.

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    Korg M3 Xpanded

    Sampling Workstation

    The M3 workstation, already a powerful beast, has gained impressive new features and an Xpanded name tag. Is it now top of its class?

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    Line 6 BackTrack+Mic

    Guitar Recorder

    Line 6 BackTrack is a single-channel, Flash-memory audio recorder that’s tailored to the needs of guitar players and songwriters. Designed to sit in-line with your guitar (it has an instrument input impedance), it records everything you play as soon as audio is detected. Check out our test report...

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    Prominy SC Electric Guitar

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    Prominy have put 64 Gigabytes of lovingly sampled Stratocaster into their SC instrument. That's a lot of Stratocaster — so does the sonic end justify the means?

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    Sample Modelling The Trumpet

    Kontakt Player 2

    Peter Siedlaczek's Advanced Orchestra was the must-have orchestral library for several years and set new standards for the...

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    Scan Power DAW PC

    Music Computer

    Need more PC power? Then meet the latest offering from Scan — and the fastest PC reviewed in SOS to date.

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    Sonivox Steel Core

    Multi-format Sample Library

    We've reviewed a number of the Sonivox (and, under their previous label, Sonic Implants) libraries in recent times, including...

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    Synthogy Ivory Upright Pianos

    Virtual Instrument

    If you are a piano player who's keen to find the best sampled pianos available, the odds are that you will have at least tried...

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    Yamaha Pocketrak 2G & CX

    Stereo Recorders

    These portable digital recorders are tiny, convenient, and they look great... but are Yamaha's latest gizmos any good for musicians?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    50 Smart Studio Buys

    Improve Your Setup Without Breaking The Bank

    Even if youre tightening your belt, you can still upgrade and improve your studio and methods — you just need to be a bit more crafty about how you spend your cash...

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    Conserve Space; Temporary Files

    PC Notes

    Are you running out of space despite having hard drives of seemingly vast capacity? Temporary junk and duplicated files could be the culprit — and PC Notes can help you search and destroy...

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    Q. Can digital audio cables cause ground loops?

    In SOS December 2008, you explained how USB and Firewire cables could complete ground loops and result in audio problems. Is the same true of digital audio cables?

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    Q. Can I record, mix and master in DSD?

    The DSD/SuperAudio CD format seems to slowly be coming back into focus, with recent releases from Korg and Sony, after many thought it was dead. Steinberg released software support for DSD some time ago in Cubase, but is it possible today to use DSD with Cubase or other desktop recording systems? If not, what are the alternatives to setting up a DSD workflow for recording, mixing and mastering to Super Audio CD?

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    Q. Which small mixers have high impedance inputs?

    I recently read Mike Senior's review of the Alesis Multimix 16, and he listed as one of the cons the lack of a high‑impedance instrument input. I agree with him, but have been searching for ages for a small mixer with this kind of input and can't find one anywhere. Is there one? The mixer isn't actually for me, but for a musician friend who still records to eight‑track cassette via an old PA and various pedals and outboard. He plays bass pedals and has an ancient drum machines, plus he sings and plays guitar and banjo. The outboard and the PA mixer are noisy, and as I transfer his tapes and mix them I spend far too much time on noise reduction and not enough on mixing and production. He is not technically savvy, and getting him to use several of the eight‑track inputs is not a option, so I am looking for a mixer he can plug his instruments into and get a clean relatively noise‑free signal from, to feed the eight‑track.

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