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    Q & A January 2003

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? • Are red indicators in audio software significant? • What is 'zero level'? • Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? • Why have my faders stopped working? • Does normalising have any adverse effect on audio? • Can I obtain better orchestral sounds on a budget?

    Sound Advice
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    Digidesign Digi 002

    Digital Audio Workstation

    FireWire audio and MIDI interfaces are gaining in popularity, as are fader surfaces designed for hands-on control of computer recording packages. Now Digidesign have combined the two.

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    Yamaha DM2000

    Digital Mixing Console

    Using the same improved technology seen within the 02R96, Yamaha's DM2000 provides an upgrade path for those who need more channels, even more hands-on control, and the purest in mic preamplification.

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    Yamaha 02R96

    Digital Mixing Console

    After seven years, one of the most successful digital consoles has been completely overhauled, improving the sound quality and ergonomics, and catering for new high-resolution and surround-sound formats.

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    Phonic MRS1-20

    Analogue Surround Mixer

    Phonic's new MRS1-20 brings analogue surround mixing to the project studio market for the first time.

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    Using A Hardware Mixer

    With Your Computer

    You can achieve a lot with just a computer and a soundcard, but when you want to accommodate external sound sources or record with high-quality microphones then you really need to add a hardware mixer to your setup. Here's how to hook it all together for maximum flexibility.

    Techniques
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    Queen: A Night At The Opera

    The Surround Mix

    Queen's seminal 1975 album and the worldwide hit from it, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', might almost have been tailor-made for surround sound. Now guitarist Brian May and engineer/surround specialist Elliot Scheiner have remixed this masterpiece for what promises to be a genre-defining DVD-Audio release.

    People
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    Sony DMX R100 V2

    8-buss Digital Console

    With competition hotting up in the DMX R100's sector of the market, Sony have released a major new software upgrade to make their contender stronger than ever.

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    Behringer DDX3216

    Digital Mixer

    Can a digital console at such a low price really deliver on features and audio quality?

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    Mixdown Formats

    What Should I Mix Down To?

    There are now lots of different ways to make a stereo master recording of your final mix, so how do you work out which one is best for you?

    Techniques
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    Tascam DM24

    Digital Mixing Console

    Tascam's affordable 32-channel, eight-buss digital mixer takes on Yamaha's O-series, providing 24-bit/96kHz operation, surround panning, and effects processing from TC Works and Antares.

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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 8

    Surround Production

    We hear from more surround producers working at very different ends of the music business to see how they've created working surround systems, and how they make use of 5.1 at the mixing stage.

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    Software Mixing With Hardware MIDI Controllers

    How To Choose One

    If you're tired of mixing on-screen using just your mouse and keyboard, then it's worth considering a hardware MIDI controller. But with so many different models available, how do you choose the one that's right for you?

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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 7

    Mixing In Surround

    We consider some of the pros and cons of mixing in surround, and hear how experienced surround producers take advantage of the format, and tackle the problems.

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    TL Audio M3 Tubetracker

    Eight-channel Hybrid Valve Mixer

    Although all-valve mixers can really warm up sounds prior to digital recording, they're usually too large and expensive for the project studio. However, TL Audio's hybrid M3 now brings valve mixing within the reach of the home musician.

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