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    House Music

    Rediscover Your Sampling Mojo

    If you're stuck in a creative rut with sample libraries, why not look for inspiration in your own home?

    Techniques Oct 2007
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    Roland MV8800

    Production Studio

    Have Roland finally outgunned Akai's renowned MPC series in the battle for the hip-hop market?

    Reviews Oct 2007
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    Redmatica Keymap

    Sample & Instrument Editor For EXS24

    The latest utility from Redmatica is targeted at Logic users wanting to get the most from the programs built-in soft sampler.

    Reviews Aug 2007
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    Korg M3 Synth/Sampler

    Workstation & Sampler

    Keyboard workstations have always been something of a Korg speciality, ever since they created the concept almost 20 years ago with the M1. Does their latest offering, the M3, live up to its pedigree?

    Reviews Jul 2007
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    Ultimate Sound Bank Plug Sound Pro

    Software Workstation [Mac/PC]

    Combining multitimbral sample playback, loop tempo matching, synthesis, multi-effects and an 8GB sound library, is Plug Sound Pro the only software sound source you need alongside your DAW?

    Reviews Jun 2007
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    Akai MPC500

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai's famed Music Production Centre goes mini...

    Reviews May 2007
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    Roland MC808

    Sampling Groovebox

    Roland take their MC concept further with new features, flying faders and computer integration. Let's explore...

    Reviews May 2007
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    Korg Kaoss Pad 3

    Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler

    Korg's tactile effects processor benefits from a major overhaul - so is the third generation the Kaoss Pad you always wanted?

    Reviews Feb 2007
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    Akai MPC2500

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai have updated the classic sampling sequencer concept last embodied in the MPC2000XL, but have they managed to preserve the magic formula that made the series a success?

    Reviews Jan 2007
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    Q. How do I backup my Akai 3200XL library?

    I've been thinking about using the DAT backup/restore function to back up my Akai 3200XL sample library...

    Sound Advice Aug 2006
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    Emu Emulator X2

    Software Sampler [Windows]

    Not content with adding a huge raft of improvements to their already comprehensive Emulator X soft sampler, Emu have also removed the need to use it with their own soundcards, so now everyone can get in on the fun.

    Reviews Aug 2006
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    Yellow Tools Independence

    Software Sampler

    Building on their modular software instruments, Yellow Tools' Independence is a combined software sampler and workstation synth. But it faces a lot of competition. What makes it stand out from the rest?

    Reviews Jun 2006
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    Cakewalk Dimension Pro

    Software Synth & Sampler [Mac OS X/Win XP]

    Cakewalk have taken the workhorse soft synth that was bundled with their Project 5 loop sequencer, put the sound library on steroids and made it available as a separate product on both Mac and PC.

    Reviews May 2006
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    Digitech Jam Man

    Loop Recorder & Phrase Sampler Stomp Box

    Add high-capacity Compact Flash storage and USB transfer to a real-time looper's facilities and you've got a host of new potential applications. What could the Jam Man do for you?

    Reviews Apr 2006
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    Skylife Sample Robot

    Auto-sampling Software [Windows]

    Like the idea of having all your hardware synth sounds in a software sampler, but can't be bothered to do the necessary programming? Fear not, Sample Robot will do it for you...

    Reviews Mar 2006
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 7

    Part 7 of 7

    We bring our series on rediscovering the the art of sampling to a close, with a look into the future.

    Techniques Feb 2006
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 6

    Layering & Multitimbrality

    We continue exploring what your sampler's synth engine can do to liven up bland self-sampled sounds, and explain the concepts of layering and multitimbrality.

    Techniques Jan 2006
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    Korg OASYS: Part 2

    Workstation Synth

    We finish our in-depth examination of Korg's new mega-workstation, taking in the remaining synth engines, the sampler, the KARMA algorithms and the onboard sequencer, and draw our conclusions about it...

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 5

    Sampler Synth Engines

    Nearly all modern samplers have powerful synth engines concealed inside them — and sometimes they're so well hidden that their users are unaware of their existence. But then why would you want a synth in your sampler? Let's find out...

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    The Lost Art Of Sampling: Part 4

    Part 4: Looping & Time-stretching

    If you want to artificially extend your instrument samples, or make entire backing tracks from one rhythmic snippet, you'll need to know about looping and time-stretching. And then there's keygrouping... We explain these fundamental sampling processes, and more.

    Techniques Nov 2005
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    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Sample Library Player [PC/Mac]

    If you want the sample playback features of Steinberg's Halion sample player, but you don't need its detailed editing facilities, there's now an affordable answer to your needs — and it includes the full Halion sound library too...

    Reviews Nov 2005

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