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    Q&A October 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Should I buy a second-hand tape recorder or cheap digital multitracker? How can I stop my speakers from 'booming'? Should the earth pin in an XLR plug be soldered to the shell? How reliable is the word clock on Yamaha's SW1000XG? Can you advise me about connecting a classic Leslie to a VK8?

    Sound Advice Oct 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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    Phoenix J

    Readerzone

    Originally from Singapore, Phoenix does all the engineering and production herself in a home studio based around a Roland VS1680.

    People Sep 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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    Readerzone: Cam Nisbet

    Home Studio

    What's the connection between SOS, a set of bagpipes and Richard Branson's round-the-world balloon escapades?

    People 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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    Studio SOS: Recording Guitar & Vocals Together

    Steve Graham

    The SOS team answer a reader's cry for help, and assist him to improve his recordings of guitar and vocals.

    Techniques Aug 2002
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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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    TMS

    Readerzone

    We visit another group of enterprising SOS readers: TMS (which stands for The Musical Shed) is a six-man business partnership producing hip-hop and garage music for white-label release.

    People 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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    Using DI Boxes

    Choosing The Most Suitable Type

    Direct Injection (DI) boxes can be real problem-solvers in the studio, but you have to choose the right one for the job.

    Techniques Jun 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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    Figure 1. A computer audio system with a two-in, two-out audio interface.

    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 Jun 2002
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    Hit Factors

    The Link Between Music & Emotional Response

    Do hit songs have a hidden ingredient that makes them successful by appealing directly to our emotions? It's a question that musicians and scientists have sought the answer to for many decades. Acoustic researcher Ernest Cholakis has a new take on the theory...

    Techniques May 2002
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    Affordable Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Recordings

    Maximum Quality, Minimum Cost

    We all want to improve the quality of our recordings, but there's often no need to rush out and buy new equipment. You just have to take a close look at the way you're using what you already have.

    Techniques May 2002
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    Q&A May 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Why can't I run Cubase 5.1 on Windows 95? Is there a software package that acts purely as a virtual tape recorder? What is panning law? How can I get equal monitoring levels? Do multi-client soundcards still exist? Which hard disk format is best for PC audio?

    Sound Advice 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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    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 Apr 2002
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    Q & A April 2002

    Your Technical Questions Answered

    Why is phase important? What orchestral sample libraries are available for HALion? Where can I get Windows-based ASIO drivers for an Audiomedia III card? Are there really reverb and synth plug-ins supplied with Mac OS X? How can I isolate the vocals from a stereo mix?

    Sound Advice Apr 2002

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