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March 2009 Magazine Contents

Reviews

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    Antares Auto-Tune Evo

    Pitch Correction Plug-In [Mac/PC]

    Auto-Tune has been the industry-standard pitch-correction tool ever since its 1997 release. Does the latest Evo version keep the competition at bay?

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    Behringer UMA25S

    USB MIDI Controller & Audio Interface

    Whats black and white and red all over? Behringers fantastically cheap new audio interface and MIDI controller, of course!

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    Big Fish Hip Hop Mood Swings

    Multi-format

    Housed on a single DVD, US sample-house Big Fish Audio's Hip Hop Mood Swings contains 40 hip-hop (in case you hadn't guessed)...

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    Bunker 8 Divinity World Percussion

    Multi-format

    Divinity World Percussion captures the enthusiasm of half a dozen talented world musicians playing a wide variety of...

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    Dangerous Music D-Box

    Summing & Monitoring System

    This neat new hybrid product appears to be defining its own market niche, but can it really be all things to all people?

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    Golden Age Project Pre 73

    Microphone Preamplifier

    This highly affordable device is based on the circuitry used in Neves legendary 1073. So can you really get a classic vintage preamp sound on a budget?

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    Korg Nano Series

    USB Controllers For Mac & PC

    Can controllers this tiny and toy-like in appearance really do a serious job in the studio?

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    KRK Ergo

    Room Correction System

    This hardware-based room correction system includes an audio interface and monitor controller. Is it the answer to your acoustics nightmares, or just too good to be true?

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    Moog Guitar

    Electric guitar-filtering-infinite sustain

    As instruments go, the electric guitar is a pretty established format, but if anyone can change that, Moog can...

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    MOTU Electric Keys

    Sample Library

    Interesting old keyboards are becoming ever-more expensive and difficult to find. MOTUs solution to this is Electric Keys — samples of all of the desirable retro instruments you could want, for less money than a second-hand Vox Jaguar!

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    Ohm Force Melohman Plug-ins

    Ohmicide Distortion & Symptohm Synth [Mac OS/Windows]

    Fed up with bland, me-too plug-ins and tasteful processing? Ohm Forces unique effects and synths could have exactly the spice your studio needs.

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    Overloud TH1

    Software Guitar Amp Simulator [Mac-PC]

    Can Overlouds guitar amp simulator tempt us to plug into our Macs/PCs instead of our Marshall stacks?

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    Sample Logic Synergy

    Kontakt 2 Player

    Sample Logic's Synergy is an epic 18GB collection of over 1200 instruments, tempo‑sync'ed loops, and multis, powered by NI's...

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    SE Electronics SE4

    Small-diaphragm Condenser Microphone

    The SE3 was a popular mic, but it only came in cardioid flavour. The new SE4 gives you more options...

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    Steinberg Cubase 5

    MIDI Audio Sequencer [Windows/Mac OS]

    The first paid-for update to Cubase for two years introduces some major innovations for sequencing and composition, including integrated Melodyne-style pitch correction and editing.

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    Sugar Bytes Plug-ins

    VST Effects & Instruments For Windows & Mac OS

    Working with a mouse and keyboard neednt compromise real-time control, as Sugar Bytes clever interface design demonstrates.

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    Ueberschall Score FX

    Liquid Instrument

    Ueberschall's Score FX is a further volume in the Liquid Instruments series, where the phrase samples are accessed through a ...

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    Use Audio Plugiator

    Digital Synthesizer

    This desktop DSP box runs and offers hands-on control of Creamwares ASB range of synth plug-ins — and it costs under $500. Is it too good to be true?

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Techniques

Sound Advice

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    Changes & Developments

    PC Notes

    The past year saw some significant developments in the world of PC music. PC Notes looks back over 2008 to assess the changes it brought and turns an eye to what we can expect to be doing in 2009.

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    Q. Can USB pen drives be used as a cheap way to record audio?

    Someone suggested that I could use a USB pen drive to record audio on my laptop. Is this a good idea? How fast are they, and is it really a cheap way to separate my system and audio drives, or are there any problems inherent in this approach?

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    Q. How do I approach the process of mixing an entire album?

    Over the last couple of years Ive mixed quite a lot of songs, but only single tracks here and there. Now Im about to mix an album, and Im wondering what would be the best way to do it. The recording has been done in a very decent studio, and they have been adding some programmed elements afterwards. I want to avoid a situation where I mix all the tracks so that they sound great on their own, only to realise later that they wont fit together as a whole. How would you approach this? Would you mix one track, and use it as a reference for the other mixes? Would you re-use some of the settings (for example, use the same plug-ins for the same tracks, with some tweaks)? Sadly, the budget doesnt allow for a separate mastering job, so I would have to do some limiting and final tweaks myself.

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    Q. How does parallel compression work?

    Parallel compression is something Im just beginning to explore. Its not something Ive used much in the past, but Im seeing its potential for beefing up groups and whole mixes. However, if I set up a compressor on a send channel, rather than processing the whole signal via an insert effect, wont I get phasing? Also, if I set up compressors on several send channels and filter out certain frequencies on each channel (for example, roll off everything but the low-mid range on one, roll off everything but the high-mid range on another), then wouldnt this just be the same thing as multi-band compression?

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    Q. Why can’t I get the right Guitar Rig sounds in Pro Tools?

    SOS reader Gordon Staines of Cheshire emailed us because he was having difficulty using NIs Guitar Rig 3 with his Pro Tools M-Powered setup. Using NIs Rig Kontrol USB interface and controller, with Guitar Rig 3 running in stand-alone mode, he was able to get exactly what he wanted from it, “no latency, and it sounds great live just plugged into the phono inputs on my Marshall AS100D acoustic amp, of all things, or even when I just have the headphones in the controller for practicing. My problem is getting the same sounds out when laying down tracks.”

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People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    You thought your music was just right to start with, so why are people telling you to change it? Because theyre paying you — and because they might actually have a point...

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