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    Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium • TC Electronic TC30

    We test another crop of highly insertable software Plug-ins: Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium and TC Electronic TC30.

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    TC-Helicon Intonator HS

    Pitch-correction Plug-in [TC Powercore]

    A Powercore version of Antares' ubiquitous Auto-Tune pitch corrector was announced in 2001, but it never appeared. Is TC's new Intonator HS plug-in a viable alternative?

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Cycling '74 Mode

    Plug-in Suite [Mac OS X]

    If you are looking for effects and instruments to give your mixes a sideways slant, Cycling '74 might have just the thing...

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    URS N, A & S Series

    Classic Console EQ Plug-ins [Pro Tools]

    For all those Pro Tools users who pine for the sound of analogue EQ, URS have recreated the equalisers from three classic mixing desks.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    DelayDots Spectrum Worx

    Modular Spectral Effects Plug-in [Windows]

    As well as more-or-less conventional vocoding and pitch-shifting, DelayDots' new VST plug-in offers effects so bizarre they almost defy description.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Disco DSP Discovery 2 • Cutter Music Revitar • Kjaerhus Audio Classic Series • PSP Easyverb

    Brief appraisals of another selection of software Plug-ins from Disco DSP, Cutter Music, Kjaerhus Audio and PSP.

    Reviews Mar 2004
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    TC-Helicon Voice Modeler

    Vocal Processing Plug-in [Powercore]

    This Voice Modeler plug-in is designed to change the character of a recorded vocal, adding breathiness, chest resonance and 'growl', and allowing you to modify inflection and vibrato.

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Yamaha Pitch Fix, Vocal Rack & Final Master

    PC/Mac VST & Audio Units Plug-ins

    The biggest music technology manufacturer in the world has stuck to hardware — until now. Do Yamaha's first plug-in processors have what it takes to compete with the big names in Mac and Windows software?

    Reviews Feb 2004
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    Dsound VL2 & Knzaudio Midifier

    Plug-in Folder

    We check out two more useful plug-ins, one for Powercore and one for PC VST/Direct X.

    Reviews Jan 2004
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    iZotope Trash

    Distortion Modeller For Windows PCs

    There's already a decent range of products providing digital emulations of vintage guitar amps, but iZotope's Direct X plug-in goes a lot further, offering no fewer than seven processing modules, and is intended to model every kind of distortion you'll ever need.

    Reviews Dec 2003
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    Emagic Space Designer

    Convolving Reverb Plug-in For Logic

    Convolving reverbs are coming down in price as more manufacturers make their own. We check out Emagic's new plug-in, which is one of the more affordable ones around, but still allows you to create your own reverbs from favourite spaces.

    Reviews Dec 2003
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    TC Electronic Powercore Firewire

    Integrated Effects Unit [Mac/PC]

    TC's plug-in powerhouse is now available as an external Firewire-connected rack unit.

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Using Your Plug-in Delay Effects

    Sequencer Delay Masterclass

    Although delay can be one of the most simple studio effects, software delay plug-ins often provide a bewildering array of options. So we take a look at what all the sliders and switches do, and provide advice on how best to use them.

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    TC Works Assimilator

    Fingerprint Equaliser Plug-in

    The latest plug-in for the TC Powercore card allows you to extract frequency responses from commercial tracks and apply them to your own mixes.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    BBE Sonic Maximiser plug-in

    BBE Sonic Maximizer Plug-in

    Formats: Mac OS 9, OS X & PC VST, PC Direct X

    This plug-in produces essentially the same results as its analogue rackmount counterparts, so if you already know and like the BBE process, you should take no convincing.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Voxengo Curve EQ plug-in.

    Voxengo Curve EQ

    Formats: PC VST

    Voxengo's Curve EQ is a 'linear phase spline equaliser' with a 2048-point filter kernel, which lets you draw highly complex responses using its graphic interface.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Wave Arts Masterverb & Trackplug

    Formats: Mac & PC VST, PC Direct X

    Although most major MIDI + Audio sequencing applications include bundled EQ, dynamics and reverb plug-ins, they don't always sound too great, so many users are on the lookout for alternatives, like these two from Wave Arts.

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Sony Oxford R3 EQ

    Formats: Mac & PC TDM/HD and PowerCore (VST & Mac MAS)

    R3 comprises a five-band, fully parametric EQ design plus switchable-slope, variable-frequency high and low-pass filters.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    DigitalFishPhones Dominion

    Formats: Mac & PC VST

    Dominion is a 'signal modelling device' similar in concept to SPL's highly regarded Transient Designer dynamics processor, embodying characteristics of both compressors and expanders, yet without being either a compressor or an expander in the normal sense.

    Reviews Dec 2002
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    IK Multimedia Amplitude

    IK Multimedia Amplitube

    Virtual Guitar Amp Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Digital hardware that models classic guitar amps has been big business in recent years, but in the software field Line 6's Amp Farm has had the market to itself. Now, however, IK's Amplitube looks set to provide some serious competition.

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    TC Works PowerCore v1.5

    DSP Effects Card [Mac/PC]

    TC's DSP-powered effects board has been upgraded, and now includes a much more impressive plug-in bundle.

    Reviews Mar 2002

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