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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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    Q & A December 2012

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Can you advise on the powering and positioning of Behringer's Truth monitors? How can I control proximity effect? Why do speaker stands have spikes? Will Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist run on my PC? Will replacing my carpet with laminate affect the acoustics? Can you recommend a second-hand sampler with a floppy drive? How can I get broadcast masters to sound louder?

    Sound Advice Dec 2002
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    Soft Cell: Dave Ball & Ingo Vauk

    Recording Cruelty Without Beauty

    Pioneering electro-pop duo Soft Cell are back with a new album, seeking to combine the best of old and new production techniques.

    People Dec 2002
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    The Avalanches

    Darren Seltmann & Robbie Chater

    The Avalanches' acclaimed debut album Since I Left You is composed almost entirely of samples from other records - but there's nothing lazy or unimaginative about their approach to recording...

    People Nov 2002
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    Mike Oldfield: Tres Lunas

    Combining Music And Virtual Reality

    One of the UK's most successful instrumentalists, Mike Oldfield is now embarking on a pioneering attempt to combine music and virtual reality.

    People Nov 2002
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    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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    Bedrock

    DJ John Digweed & Nick Muir

    Internationally renowned DJ John Digweed and studio partner Nick Muir make cutting-edge dance music as Bedrock.

    People Oct 2002
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    Media Adventures

    Hans Zimmer & Jay Rifkin

    From Rain Man to The Lion King, and Gladiator to Mission Impossible 2, Hans Zimmer's music is known by audiences worldwide. With business partner Jay Rifkin, Zimmer is also responsible for Media Ventures, a music studio that offers a unique environment for media composers.

    People Oct 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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    Jimmy Douglass

    Sound Engineer

    Some engineers earn a reputation for classic recording techniques and live bands, while others help to create the cutting-edge sounds of modern rap and R&B. From Foreigner and the Rolling Stones to Timbaland and Missy Elliot, Jimmy Douglass has done both.

    People Sep 2002
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    Damon Albarn & Simon Burwell

    Recording Mali Music

    Mali Music is one of the most ambitious collaborations yet between European and African musicians. The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, it also represented the first big break for producer Simon Burwell.

    People Sep 2002
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    Q&A September 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I use my external effects units with my Akai DPS16 hard disk recorder? How can I convert my mono recordings into stereo? Are there any cheap multi-band compression plug-ins? How can I reverse the effects of performing Windows XP tweaks?

    Sound Advice Sep 2002
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    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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    Gary Miller

    Songwriter/Producer

    The creative force in the modern pop music business seems, increasingly, to reside with songwriter/producers like Gary Miller, who specialise in getting the best out of artists in collaboration.

    People 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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    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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    Q&A August 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Is it safe to switch all my gear off using one power switch? How can I get a vocal sound that's dry, but fits in the mix? How can I measure my soundcard's background noise level? Can I connect my keyboard's output to a mic input on my desk? How can I calculate the frequency of individual pitches? Will silica gel have a limited lifespan in my mic box? 

    Sound Advice Aug 2002
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    Sneaker Pimps

    Trip-hop Virtuality

    Dance-rockers the Sneaker Pimps have spent years in the studio together. For their next move, they're going to split up - virtually...

    People Aug 2002
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    Damien Egan

    Programmer & Sound Designer

    To be successful in the music business today, you need to be flexible and multi-skilled — but not many people take these qualities as far as Damien Egan...

    People Jul 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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