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    Cutting Edge

    Ways Of Mixing & LCD Monitor Latency

    Considering the best way to mix in a small modern studio leads Cutting Edge to speculate on a possible future for the interconnection of digital audio devices.

    Techniques
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    Q. Do I need to address the gain structure differently in digital and analogue consoles?

    I was told by a sound engineer that, when mixing, it is not a good practice to have all the channel volume faders way up and to have the master fader down, and that this applies both to analogue and digital consoles. Is this true?

    Sound Advice
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    Mackie Tapco 6306

    Mixer

    This affordable mini-mixer from Mackie brings their Tapco brand bang up to date.

    Reviews
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    Q. Are all faders created equal?

    Different mixing consoles and multitrackers have different kinds of faders — long- and short-throw, motorised, touch-sensitive, conductive plastic, and so on. Clearly, not all faders are created equal, but what are the essential differences?

    Sound Advice
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    Yamaha MG16/6FX

    Analogue 16:4:2 Mixer

    Another affordable mixer from Yamaha offers 16-channel, four-bus architecture, with a surprisingly good built-in effects section.

    Reviews
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    Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley

    Mixing Led Zeppelin's Live DVD & Recording Iron Maiden

    When Jimmy Page decided to mine a massive archive of decaying Led Zeppelin live footage for a DVD and double CD, the epic task of restoring, editing and mixing the audio went to rock specialist Kevin Shirley — who has gone on to help veteran metallers Iron Maiden return to the upper reaches of the charts.

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    Q. What do Solo, PFL and AFL do?

    Please can you explain the difference between 'soloing' a channel and using the other buttons marked 'PFL' and 'AFL' to listen...

    Sound Advice
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    Yamaha 01V96

    Digital Mixer

    Yamaha's entry-level digital mixer gets an 02R96-style makeover, providing increased digital audio resolution, improved channel and effects processing, and surround functionality.

    Reviews
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    Ben Hillier

    Recording Blur, Tom McRae & Elbow

    Blur's latest album has taken the band 18 months to make, commuting between London, Devon and Morocco. Somehow, producer Ben Hillier also found the time to produce new records by Elbow and Tom McRae...

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    Yamaha MG16/4

    Mixing Console

    We test this entry-level mixer for simple recording and monitoring tasks.

    Reviews
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    Roland M1000

    Digital Line Mixer

    A unique problem-solver from Roland combines line mixing, sample rate conversion and a USB audio interface in a single rack space.

    Reviews
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    The Future Of MIDI & Audio?

    mLAN & Yamaha's 01X Music Production Studio

    With the recent announcement of Yamaha's keenly priced 01X Music Production Studio, it looks as though mLAN, the Firewire-based protocol for multi-channel digital audio and MIDI, might be about to come of age. We take an early look at the new system.

    Techniques
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    Amon Tobin

    Out From Out Where

    If you don't think the sampler can be a musical instrument, then you haven't been listening to the music of Amon Tobin!

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    Soundcraft Spirit E Series

    The newest Spirit mixers offer a straightforward feature set and long-throw faders at a seriously...

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    Behringer Eurorack UB2442FX Pro

    Analogue Mixer

    The flagship of Behringer's newest line of mixers is a four-buss design with 26 inputs, four aux sends and an internal effects processor.

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    Studio SOS: Violin Recordings

    Mike Burnham

    The SOS team visit the sleepy Herefordshire town of Bromyard to help violinist Mike Burnham with his folk recordings.

    Techniques
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    MAM MLM62

    Rackmount Mixer

    This compact mixer could be a godsend if you've got more sound modules and effects units than soundcard inputs.

    Reviews
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