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    Herbie Hancock

    Creating Future2Future & Touring In Surround

    One of the most influential jazz keyboardists ever, Herbie Hancock is renowned for his innovative use of electronics and new production techniques.

    People Jul 2002
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    Q&A July 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    How can I produce aggressive female vocals? Mac Or Windows? How do I eliminate flanging MIDI notes? Can I use Virtual Guitarist with Logic on a Mac? Should I record at a 24-bit resolution?

    Sound Advice Jul 2002
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    Recording Sigur Ros

    Ken Thomas & Jonsi Birgisson

    Over the years, Iceland has produced more than its fair share of innovative, experimental pop music. The country's latest hot exports, Sigur Ros, are currently recording an album in a disused swimming pool...

    People Jul 2002
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    Recording Garbage

    Butch Vig • Duke Erikson • Billy Bush

    What can you do when you've reached the limits of technical innovation? According to Garbage, the answer is to go back to the basics of songwriting.

    People Jun 2002
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    Howie B: Skelf

    Electronic Music For Live Performance

    For his latest solo project, innovative DJ and producer Howie B set himself a difficult challenge: to create live, improvisational dance music with a minimal setup.

    People Jun 2002
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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 Jun 2002
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    The Return Of Roger Linn

    Designer Drums

    Roger Linn's name may be forever associated with the birth of the first serious, sample-based drum machine in 1979, but now, after years away from instrument design, he's back with a new guitar-oriented product offering rhythmic filter effects.

    People Jun 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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    Mike Paradinas & Planet Mu

    Designer Label

    It's one thing to make music in your bedroom, quite another to run a successful record label from it. No wonder Mike Paradinas doesn't get much time to tidy up...

    People May 2002
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    Rob Davis

    Hit Songwriter

    Once Rob Davis was a pop star himself with Mud. Now his songs have taken Kylie Minogue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the top of the charts.

    People May 2002
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    Gordon Raphael: Producing The Strokes

    Is This It

    The Strokes' Is This It was many critics' choice for the best album of 2001, and has gone platinum in the UK. Remarkably, it was recorded in a basic New York project studio by a then-unknown producer.

    People Apr 2002
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    So Solid Crew

    Swiss: Approaches To Production

    UK garage is the biggest underground dance music phenomenon for years, and has taken London collective So Solid Crew to the top of the charts. Crew member Swiss talks to SOS about their approach to production.

    People Apr 2002
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    Recording Steve McLean's All This Love And Hate

    Producer: Mark Cunningham • Engineer: Grant Matthews

    One-time SOS writer Mark Cunningham hadn't produced an album for almost 10 years — until a soulful ex-prisoner inspired him to get back behind the desk...

    People Apr 2002
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    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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    cLOUDDEAD

    Producer: Odd Nosdam

    Recorded on eight-track cassette, cLOUDDEAD's extraordinary debut album is an object lesson in lo-fi production and the creative use of budget equipment.

    People Mar 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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    Peter Collins

    Producer

    As someone who's been hugely successful both in his native Britain and his adopted home of the USA, producer Peter Collins has a uniquely international perspective on record production.

    People Mar 2002
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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.

    Techniques Mar 2002
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    Django Bates' Human Chain

    Soft Samplers For Live Music

    Software samplers are revolutionising studio recording, but can they replace their hardware counterparts in live performance? Jazz keyboardist Django Bates is in the process of finding out...

    People Feb 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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