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August 2009 Magazine Contents

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    65 Amps Lil Elvis

    Recording Guitar Amplifier

    Theres no shortage of hand-wired boutique guitar amps on the market, but how about one that includes power scaling, to give you the right tone for recording, but without the volume?

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    ART Tubefire 8

    Firewire Audio Interface

    ART aim to prove that its better by tube, packing eight valve preamps into a Firewire interface.

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    Audio Ease Cabinet

    Guitar Technology News/Preview

    Audio Ease, who made their name with excellent convolution‑based software such as Altiverb and Speakerphone, have announced...

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    Behringer ‘Vintage’ Series

    Guitar Effects Pedals

    Behringer keep coming up with affordable toys, and this time they sent us a selection of their 'Vintage' pedals. The folded-...

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    Best Service Dancehall Vibes Volume 1

    Acidized WAV/REX2/NN-XT/SoundFont/Halion

    Dancehall Vibes Volume 1 provides 30 loop‑based construction kits, plus a small collection of vinyl scratches. I auditioned...

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    C-Thru Music Axis 49

    Harmonic Table MIDI Controller

    The piano keyboard is so widespread and familiar that we take it for granted. But, as C-Thru Musics Axis 49 demonstrates, its not the only option out there.

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    Cockos Reaper 3

    Digital Audio Workstation Software [Mac/PC]

    The latest major update to Reaper brings with it a complete overhaul of MIDI functionality, improved automation, and much, much more.

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    Dave Smith Instruments Mopho

    Analogue Synthesizer

    The latest synth from Dave Smith owes more than a little to its illustrious ancestor, the Sequential Circuits Pro One, but costs only £299$399.

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    Event Opal

    Studio Monitors

    Events new owners make some extravagant claims for these new high-end monitors, whose design is said to put quality first. Do they live up to the hype?

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    EWQL Symphonic Orchestra Play Edition

    Sample Library

    A star Hollywood orchestral library gets an extreme make-over.

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    Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

    Firewire Audio Interface

    A cut-down Saffire without compromise on quality or features? Read on...

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    Neve 2254/R

    Mono Limiter/Compressor

    All the smoothness and class youd expect from a vintage Neve compressor — but with the benefit of software recall. Whats not to like?

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    PreSonus DigiMax D8

    Eight-channel Mic Pre & A-D Converter

    Presonus combine their respected analogue and digital technology in this affordable ADAT-equipped preamp.

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    SE Electronics SE2200T

    Valve Condenser Microphone

    SE tweak their successful design to create whats probably the most affordable serious tube mic around.

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    Soniccouture Gu Zheng

    Multi-format

    The Chinese gu zheng has been kicking around since 200 BC, making it one of the few historical musical artifacts to predate...

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    SSL X-Desk

    Analogue Mixing Console

    Technology from SSLs high-end mixing consoles has been filtering down to the project studio for some time, in the form of the X-Logic and X-Rack products, but the desks themselves have remained the preserve of commercial studios. Until now...

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    Synesthesia USB Mandala Drum 2

    Percussion Controller

    The Mandala is a drum pad with a difference: it has a Virtual Brain and its manufacturers claim that its “the smartest thing youll ever hit with a stick.”

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    Telefunken ELA M260

    Small-diaphragm Valve Condenser Microphone

    Despite sharing a name with a historic Telefunken mic, this is a new design. But it still delivers classy, vintage-sounding results.

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    Universal Audio UAD 4K Plug-ins

    Software Channel Strip & Dynamics Processor

    Just in case the line-up of plug-ins available for the UAD cards wasnt tempting enough already, Universal Audio have now added emulations of classic SSL hardware.

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    VSL Solo Strings II, Bassoon II & Trumpet in Bb

    Vienna Instruments

    Vienna Symphonic Library's Solo Strings II adopts the same template as their Appassionata Strings II and Chamber Strings II (...

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    XT Software EnergyXT 2.5 Plus

    Portable DAW Software [Mac OS/Windows/ Linux]

    The idea of a truly portable DAW application has obvious appeal, especially when that application costs as little as EnergyXT. But can you really carry everything you need to make music on a USB Flash drive?

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    Zero-G Indian Dance Classics

    Acidized WAV/REX2/Apple Loops/ AIFF/Stylus RMX

    Is it just me, or are 'Bollywood' sample libraries taking over the world? Hot on the heels of Philtre Labs' Bollywood Elements...

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Techniques

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    Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way’

    Classic Tracks: Producer Jack Douglas; Engineer Jay Messina

    In 1975, Aerosmith stormed into the mainstream with their Toys In The Attic album, and in doing so set the tone for a decade of West Coast heavy metal.

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    Customising Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Save time and make Digital Performer work just how you like it, with easy custom templates and preferences tweaks.

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    Developer Conference; Mac Musicians

    Apple Notes

    We round up the latest from the Apple Developers Conference and the implications for Mac musicians.

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    Drive Backup Solutions

    PC Notes

    We address a few common PC music questions and introduce the best software solutions for drive backup.

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    Logic's Master Blasters: Part 2

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Part 2: We turn to Logics dynamics processing in our quest for a polished master.

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    Mix Rescue Audio: Al James

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue August 2009

    Here is a selection of audio files to accompany this month's Mix Rescue of Al James' song 'Schoolboy Fascination'. You can...

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    Mix Rescue: Al James

    Ways to improve your mix

    Why is Al James poppy and well-arranged track not reaching its potential in the mix, despite extensive EQ treatment and other processing? We dissect his original Cubase project to find out.

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    Pitch Perfect With VariAudio

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    In VariAudio, Cubase 5 users have a sophisticated pitch-correction tool.

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Peter Mokran

    Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)

    Take one Bollywood soundtrack, add a Pussycat Doll and a heap of new instruments, and you have a recipe for a big mix. Peter Mokran was the engineer who cooked up an international hit with Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny).

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    Sonar: Bigger Beats

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Get a big, produced sound from Sonars classic analogue drumbox samples.

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    Studio SOS: Seb Palmer

    Twin-roomed Bedroom Studio

    Ever wanted to set up both a control room and live room in two tiny bedrooms? On a budget? With remote-control facilities? Actually, it can be done!

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    The Remix Business: Part 3

    Getting Technical

    As well as having all-round audio engineering ability, a remixer needs to be proficient in remix-specific processes. We explore the essential software and skills.

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    Troubleshooting Pro Tools

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Newcomers and power users alike need to know how to make things right when their Pro Tools Sessions run into trouble.

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Sound Advice

People

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    Armin Van Buuren

    Producing Trance

    Not content with being one of the most celebrated DJs in the world, Armin Van Buuren has also had a string of club and chart hits. We asked him to talk us through the production of a top-notch trance anthem.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    Recording On Trial

    Leader

    Does the public actually listen to music any more, or do they simply hear it?

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    Sounding Off: Is DAB A Disaster?

    Hugh Robjohns

    With the FM radio frequencies under threat from the UK government's planned sell-off, is DAB coverage and quality really good enough to replace it?

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Almost everything about being a composer of music for television is a gamble, except getting paid. Thats two gambles.

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