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October 2009 Magazine Contents

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    Akai MPK25

    MIDI Controller Keyboard

    The tiny MPK25 goes beyond knobs and buttons alone, offering MPC-style drum pads for added versatility.

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    Apple Logic Pro 9

    Music Production Software [Mac OS]

    Apple have made over 200 improvements to their flagship music production bundle. Can they win over new friends while keeping Logics core user base happy?

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    Artioli Designs Voice Capo

    Chord-forming Capo

    The idea of a capo that forms open chords is not a new one, but the Voice Capo is a new device that makes the job very easy....

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    Edax EQP2E

    Dual-mode Stereo Equaliser

    This equaliser may be based on the Pultec EQP1A, but Edax have been very active in tweaking that classic passive design to give their version some unique features.

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    Equator Audio Q8

    Active Monitors

    Coaxially-mounted speakers may seem a bit old-school, but theres nothing wrong with the theory — and a touch of DSP can make them very modern indeed!

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    Eventide ModFactor & PitchFactor

    Effects Pedals

    These flexible effects pedals from the makers of the original Harmonizer are equally at home on stage and in the studio, with guitar, keys or even a mixing desk.

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    Korg SV1

    ‘Stage Vintage’ Keyboard

    The brand new Korg SV1 rejoices in a collection of retro keyboard sounds and lovingly sampled acoustic pianos. Read all about it in our world exclusive review!

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    Lexicon Ionix U82S

    USB Audio Interface

    Lexicons Ionix range trades Firewire connectivity for USB and moves from the rack to the desktop.

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    Loopmasters Coldcut Sound Science

    Multi-format

    Coldcut, comprising Matt Black and Jonathan More, are amongst the most high‑profile artists to have lent their credentials to...

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    Mackie Onyx 820i

    Firewire Audio Mixer

    In many ways, the Onyx 820i is exactly what youd expect from a Firewire Mackie mixer, except for one thing: its Pro Tools compatible.

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    Nine Volt Audio Melodic Rex

    Multi-Format

    This recent addition to Nine Volt Audio's BPM Flex series provides around 900MB of loop content in Acidised WAV, REX, Refill,...

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    PreSonus StudioLive 16:4:2

    Digital Mixer & Audio Interface

    Can this digital mixer perform equally well in both recording studio and live sound worlds?

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    Propellerhead Record

    Music Production Software [Mac/PC]

    Its been a long time coming, but Propellerhead have finally unveiled their take on computer-based audio recording and mixing.

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    Rain Recording Solstice PC

    Music Computer

    You might expect a specialist audio PC to come with an intimidating price tag, but — as the Rain Recording Solstice range proves — that need not be the case...

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    Softube Bass Amp Room

    Bass Amp & Cabinet Emulation Software

    Following on from Softube's Vintage Amp Room plug‑in comes Bass Amp Room, which is similarly protected by iLok and available...

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    SonicCouture Tremors

    WAV, REX & Apple Loops

    I've been impressed by SonicCouture's previous Abstrakt Breaks loop libraries, so was interested to hear how things had...

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    Ueberschall Chillers Joint

    Elastik Loop Library

    As the title suggests, the musical target of Chillers Joint is downtempo soul, funk, hip-hop, trip-hop and related styles....

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    Universal Audio New UAD Plug-ins

    Processors & Effects For UAD1 & UAD2 Cards

    Universal Audio have given their UAD2 DSP platform extra appeal with yet more accurate recreations of classic studio hardware, and a new version of the card that works with laptop computers.

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    Violet Design Wedge

    Cardioid Condenser Microphone

    Does the sound of this distinctive-looking mic live up to its striking exterior? Read on to find out...

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    VSL Vienna Imperial

    Sample Library

    The new piano from VSL takes dynamic sampling to a higher level. Could this be the ultimate sampled grand?

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Techniques

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    Digital Performer: Cleaning Up Noisy Tracks

    Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

    Digital Performer has a great range of features to help you avoid and clean up noise in your recordings.

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    Donna Summer ‘I Feel Love’ | Classic Tracks

    Producers: Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte • Engineer: Juergen Koppers

    The pioneering electronica of I Feel Love didnt just revolutionise disco, it changed dance music forever. This is the story of how it was made...

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    Dream Studio SOS: Craig Sellwood

    LIMS Prizewinner

    The Studio SOS team pay a visit to the lucky winner of the spectacular £30,000 SOS Dream Studio giveaway we ran at this year's LIMS show, to help him get his unbelievable studio prize up and running.

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    Great Loops With LoopMash

    Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Breathe new life into your loops with Cubase's LoopMash.

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    Live 8: Groove Matters

    Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

    Get into the groove with the new tools in Live 8.

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    Logic Studio

    Apple Notes

    We speculate on Apples direction for music, as revealed by the launch of the new Logic Studio suite.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Giddens

    Adding clarity to ‘grime’

    Even grime mixes need clarity! This month we get our hands dirty cleaning up the mud in Alex Giddens track.

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    Mix Rescue: Alex Giddens | Audio Files

    Audio Examples From Mix Rescue October 2009

    Links to the accompanying audio files.

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    Recording A Light Orchestra

    Miking & Recording Techniques

    Just how do you mike up and multitrack a large ensemble in a less-than-ideal recording space, and then produce an effective mix of the resulting recording?

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    Remastering The Beatles

    Guy Massey, Paul Hicks & Steve Rooke

    Remastering projects dont come much bigger than this: a team of engineers spent four years in Abbey Road studios creating the definitive Beatles collection. Here's their story...

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    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da Genius

    Kid Cudi: ‘Day ’n Nite’

    Recorded and mixed in a modest home studio, Day n Nite has made stars of singer/rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius.

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    Sonar: Punchy Percussion with PX64

    Sonar Notes & Techniques

    Get to grips with Sonars brand-new PX64 percussion strip, which offers all the processors you need for treating drums.

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    Splitting Sessions

    Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Working on lots of songs within one project can be annoying. Why not use Pro Tools' advanced features to create a tailor-made Session for each one?

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    Using Your Graphics Card To Process Plug-ins

    PC Notes

    If your PC struggles to run the plug-ins you want to use, how about shifting some of the load to its graphics card?

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Sound Advice

People

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    Paul White - Editor In Chief

    A True Visionary: Les Paul

    Leader

    Editor-in-Chief Paul White pays tribute to the passing of a true recording legend — guitar innovator Les Paul, the man who introduced the record-buying public to the joys of an overdubbing technique that became known as ‘sound on sound’.

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    Freemasons

    James Wiltshire: Producer & Remixer

    We cross-examine James Wiltshire of the Freemasons to uncover the secrets of their phenomenal success as a production and remix team.

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    Playback

    Readers’ Music Reviewed

    Sponsored by breed-media.co.uk

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    Sounding Off: David Ricard

    The Thrill Has Gone

    The thrill is gone: or why buying gear aint what it used to be...

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Music Business

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    Notes From The Deadline

    TV Music From The Inside

    All too often, faking it represents the easy way out for the media composer. But if you can put in the effort to keep it real, youll reap the rewards.

    Music Business
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