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September 2009 Magazine Contents

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    2CAudio Aether

    Reverb Plug-in [Mac/ PC]

    Many pro engineers still turn to expensive hardware for the best algorithmic reverbs. Can 2CAudios Aether plug-in tear them away from their racks?

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    A-Designs Pacifica

    Two-channel Microphone Preamplifier

    Striking a useful balance between the transparent and the characterful, this high-quality, US-made preamp design brings versatility to the studio and some colour to the rack...

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    AAS Strum Electric GS1

    Virtual Guitar Instrument

    AAS put their physical modelling skills to the test once again, with an electric follow‑up to Strum Acoustic GS1.

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    Akai APC40

    MIDI Controller For Ableton Live

    Akai and Ableton have collaborated on the APC40, to bring tightly integrated, hands-on hardware control to Live.

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    Arturia Minimoog V2

    Software Synthesizer

    Minimoog V2 adds features that the original Moog hardware didnt possess. Have Arturia improved on a classic?

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    AudioEase Cabinet

    Convolution plug-in

    We check out the 'lite' version of AudioEase's Speakerphone convolution plug-in.

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    Bela D Media Sampled Landscape

    Kontakt 2/3

    The 1.5GB Sampled Landscape library is divided into three folders: Drones, Instruments, and Landscapes. The 15 Drones aren't...

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    Cakewalk V-Studio 100

    Computer Recording System

    Control surface, audio interface, digital mixer, solid-state recorder: the V-Studio 100 does it all, but is it a jack of all trades and master of none? Lets find out...

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    Chameleon Labs TS1

    Small-diaphragm Valve Microphone

    Small mics and tubes arent always the best of friends, but this little newcomer proves that they can be.

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    JoeMeek Floor Q

    Compressor Pedal

    We check out this traditional JoeMeek compressor in pedal format, for use with guitars, basses and other instruments.

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    Lauten Horizon

    Valve Microphone

    This valve mic offers bags of character, and a quality of result comparable with mics that cost much more.

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    M-Audio Studiophile DSM1

    DSP Reference Monitors

    Built-in DSP extends the flexibility and usefulness of these capable speakers.

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    Manikin Electronic Memotron

    Digital Keyboard

    Have you ever longed for the sound and style of a Mellotron without the impracticality, unreliability and team of men required to move it? If so, you need yearn no more — thanks to the Memotron...

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    Plug-in Folder

    Software Reviews

    • Image Line Ogun • Image Line Gross Beat • VirSyn FDelay

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    Project SAM Orchestral Brass Classic

    Kontakt 2 Player

    Dutch samplists SAM have updated their four popular brass titles (SAM Horns, Trombones, Trumpets and Solo Sessions), and re‑...

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    PSP SQuad

    Plug-in EQ Bundle [Mac/PC]

    If your DAWs built-in EQ doesnt quite have the analogue flavour youre after, PSPs new plug-in collection might be just the ticket.

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    Toontrack The Metal Foundry

    Superior Drummer 2 Expansion

    When I compared Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2 with FXpansion's BDF2, my one quibble was its relatively small number of...

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    XLN Audio Modern Jazz Sticks & Brushes

    Addictive Drums ADpaks

    XLN Audio's very fine Addictive Drums is a virtual drum instrument for Mac and PC that strikes a useful balance between the...

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    Zoom R16

    Digital Multitracker, Audio Interface & Controller

    Have computers made digital multitrackers obsolete? Zoom dont think so.

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Techniques

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    Classic Compressors

    Choosing The Right Compressor For The Job

    Now that we have digital models and dynamic convolution technology, were spoilt for choice when it comes to classic compressor flavours. But whether hardware or software, which is right for which job?

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    Compression Made Easy

    Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

    Getting precisely the results you want from compressors can often be the key to a tight, modern-sounding mix. We explain what the controls are designed to achieve and how they relate to what you hear.

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    Compression Made Easy | Audio Files

    Audio Examples From Demystifying Compressor Controls & Parameters

    It can be difficult reading about compression without hearing what it does. Here are a number of audio files to accompany this article, with a detailed explanation of what they demonstrate.

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    Electric Guitar Effects Chains

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    No guitar effects in Cubase? Actually, there are more options than you can count...

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    Logic: Working With The Transform Window

    Logic Notes & Techniques

    Complex tasks of all kinds can be done quickly and easily with Logics Transform window.

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    Mac News & Tips

    Apple Notes

    While music software interfaces still lag behind hardware in the tweakability stakes, theres a lot we can do to improve that situation with Mac OSs built-in features.

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    Missing Files

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    What to do when Pro Tools reports that files have gone missing? Find out in this month's invaluable assortment of tips and tricks.

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    Mix Rescue

    Arrangement advice

    This months mission proves that to get the best from a song you need to pay as much attention to arrangement as to mix technique.

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    Mix Rescue 0909 | Audio Files

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue September 2009

    Links to the before and after mixes.

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    Running Reason And Ableton Live Together

    Reason Notes / Ableton Live Notes

    Reason and Ableton Live work well together — we offer some tips on running the two programs in parallel.

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    Sonar: Making A Virtual Drum Room

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Sampled drums lacking realism? Synthesize stereo room mics to add authentic ambience with Sonars built-in effects.

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    Using Time Formats In Digital Performer

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Digital Performers time-display and grid features are the key to several cool techniques, including instant glitch effects.

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    VST DIY

    Creating Your Own Audio Plug-ins

    There are lots of reasons why you might want to write your own VST plug-ins. The learning curve can be steep, but there are development environments out there that can help. We take you through the options.

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Sound Advice

People

Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    Will your music become immortal, or simply indigestible? Its all about context.

    Music Business
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