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    Using Your DAW's Compressors & Limiters

    Software Dynamics Masterclass

    All of the main MIDI + Audio sequencers now have a bewildering array of compression and limiting plug-ins built in, but many home musicians are unclear about what all those controls and options do. And with so many varieties of each plug-in available, which one should you choose for the job in hand?

    Techniques Mar 2003
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    Composing For Video Games

    Jack Wall

    Jack Wall is a leading light in the video game soundtrack industry, where his credits include the latest chapter in the best-selling Myst series of computer games.

    Techniques Feb 2003
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    Music & Sound Design For Video Games

    Electronic Arts

    Film tie-in Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets will be one of the most sophisticated video games ever created, and the soundtrack alone has taken the designers from Surrey to Seattle — by way of a school toilet...

    Techniques Dec 2002
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    A metronome.

    Using Tempo Changes

    Sequencing Tips

    All modern sequencers make it easy to enhance your arrangements with subtle tempo variations, but these facilities are often ignored.

    Techniques Nov 2002
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    Nashville Recording

    Recording & Production Insights From Nashville's Top Engineers

    Nashville is still a place of legend when it comes to music. Although overall sales of the city's flagship genre, country music, have dipped somewhat from their mid-'90s peak, Nashville still has a recording legacy matched by few cities in the world.

    Techniques Oct 2002
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    Uniting Music & Film

    The Ballet Mécanique

    Not content with reviving and staging a 1920s avant-garde work for the first time, Paul D. Lehrman also worked out a way to reunite the piece with its contemporary film, which was never used due to technical problems. This is how...

    Techniques Sep 2002
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    Probably the quickest way to get multisamples into EXS24 is to record all the notes in one take into Logic and then use the Audio window's Strip Silence function to slice the individual notes into separate audio files.

    Multisampling With EXS24

    Sampling Sound Modules For Use In Logic's EXS24

    With a software sampler such as Emagic's EXS24, creating multisampled instruments from your favourite patches on your hardware sound modules needen't be a chore.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Multi-band Compression

    Practical Techniques

    Multi-band compression is one of the most powerful processing techniques available to the recording engineer. However, if you don't know how to apply it effectively it can just as easily ruin the sound of your entire production.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Here's a carefully tweaked RIAA de-emphasis curve that's provided by Waves in their collection of Q10 Pre/De-Emphasis presets. Notice the -12dB on the input faders to prevent digital overload.

    Digitising & Restoring Tapes & Records On Your PC

    PC Musician

    A PC with CD burner and soundcard provides the ideal means to preserve old tape recordings or transfer your vinyl collection to CD.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Groove Control Masterclass

    Making Music With Groove Control Sample Libraries

    Groove Control loop libraries allow you much more flexibility than traditional sample CD-ROMs, if you know how to get the most out of them.

    Techniques Jul 2002
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    Korg Wavestation Tips & Techniques

    Programming • Sound Banks • SysEx & More!

    The Wavestation can prove extremely frustrating to use, but can produce sounds that are almost impossible to recreate on any other instrument. So here's some hands-on advice for getting the best from Korg's Wavestation series of synthesizers.

    Techniques Jun 2002
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    Magic Logic.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 9

    Surround In Your DAW

    In this final part of our series, we look at how the major project studio-oriented MIDI + Audio sequencers (DAWs) currently handle surround.

    Techniques Apr 2002
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    Orchestral Music For Computer Games

    Richard Jacques & Matt Howe: Headhunter

    Abbey Road's famous Studio One has played host to innumerable big-budget orchestral recordings for film, but the final session before its refurbishment in 2001 saw it being used for a new purpose: to record the soundtrack for a video game.

    Techniques Mar 2002
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    Gavin Sutherland (left) and Jim Hunter (right) in the control room at Arc Studios.

    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.

    Techniques Mar 2002
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    Using Plug-ins

    Routing & Ordering Of Plug-ins For Recording/Mixing Tasks

    The flexibility of the effects assignment in modern MIDI + Audio sequencers (DAWs) can be daunting, so here's some advice on how to sort out the routing and order of your plug-ins for common recording and mixing tasks.

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    Adding Feel To Your Rhythm Parts

    Tips & Techniques

    Try these tips and techniques for creating more convincing programmed rhythm parts in your sequencer.

    Techniques Feb 2002
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    Rik Ede's 5.1 surround-capable project studio.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 6

    Setting Up A Surround Recording System

    Our series turns to the practicalities of setting up your own surround-capable recording system, and we talk to two radically different surround studios to see how they've coped — one at project- and one at pro-studio level.

    Techniques Jan 2002
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    Using EQ header artwork showing fingers on Focusrite EQ.

    Using EQ

    Understanding Instrument & Voice Frequency Ranges

    We explain how to get the best practical results from equalisation by understanding the true frequency ranges of most instruments and voices.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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    Increasing Loudness In Dance Music Production

    Practical Advice

    Paul White shows you how to get that massive dance sound. Additional material by Mike Senior.

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    The DS201 exemplifies the typical controls found on a good gate.

    Advanced Gating Techniques: Part 2

    Practical Tips & Tricks

    Gates are far more than just problem-solvers for reducing spill and noise. They can be used to add punch to drum sounds, put rhythmic interest into sustained parts or even as mixing automation.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Drawmer's ever-popular DS201 dual noise gate.

    Advanced Gating Techniques: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    Paul White reveals that there's much more to gating than you might think.

    Techniques Apr 2001


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