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    LA Lite CX2

    Dual Channel Compressor

    Paul White unpacks a crate of Lite and discovers a processor that could brighten up your rack as well as your sound.

    Reviews Dec 1994
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    Lexicon PCM80

    Reverb and Effects Processor

    Lexicon's PCM70 reveb has been widely acclaimed as a modern classic, a ubiquitous component of pro studios worldwide. Paul White tests out its successor, the PCM80, falls deeply in love with it, then has to give it back!

    Reviews Dec 1994
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    Compressing Your Mix

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul White proves once again that nothing succeeds like excess. This time he patches in two compressors and a limiter to deal with a minor dynamic range problem...

    Techniques Dec 1994
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    SPL Optimizer

    Equaliser

    Many musicians are familiar with the SPL Vitalizer. Now the company hope to win a space in the racks of studios world-wide with their new Optimizer. Dave Lockwood finds some unique features behind the company's unconventional approach to equaliser design.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Yamaha FX770

    Guitar Effects Processor

    Not only does this digital processor produce a wide range of convincing guitar tones, it can also double as a general-purpose studio effects unit. Paul White dusts off his axe and plugs in.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Behringer Combinator

    Multi-band Compressor

    Behringer claim that the Combinator can dramatically compress a signal without introducing any undesirable side-effects. Paul White checked it out on a mastering session.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Digitech TSR12

    Studio Reverb & Multi-effects Processor

    Is this low-priced brother of the powerful TSR24 destined to find its way into the studio rack of the UK, or simply become part of the EC effects processor mountain? Derek Johnson finds out.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Getting The Best From Your Leslie Simulator

    Tips & Techniques

    Using a Leslie no longer means dragging around a large wooden cabinet crammed with rotating speakers. More and more modern units and simulators are now available, and Nick Magnus dons his prog rock mantle to explain how to get the most from them.

    Techniques Nov 1994
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    Alesis Q2

    Multi-effects Processor

    Paul White finally gets his hands on the long-awaited big brother to the Alesis Quadraverb and Quadraverb+.

    Reviews Oct 1994
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    Dynacord DRP5

    Reverb and Effects Processor

    Dynacord products have a quiet reputation for quality amongst those in the know, but are often overlooked in a market dominated by the big guns in effects. Nick Magnus thinks the DRP5, offering high-quality reverb at an affordable price, might be about to change all that...

    Reviews Oct 1994
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    FX Shopping For Illusions: Buying A Multi-effects Unit

    Tips & Techniques

    In two minds about which multi-effects box to choose? Craig Anderton provides some helpful pointers on what features to look for during your next shopping spree.

    Techniques Oct 1994
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    Behringer Edison

    Stereo Image Enhancer

    Designed according to a 'secret recipe', Behringer's new budget stereo image enhancer is set to widen everyone's recording horizons (and their stereo images). Does it deliver the goods? Paul White finds out.

    Reviews Sep 1994
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    Korg G4

    Digital Rotary Speaker Simulator

    Convincingly reproducing the effects of rotating horns and speakers in software inside a 1U rackmounting box is a challenge to the designer. Bringing it in under £300 is an achievement. Gordon Reid examines the latest incarnation of a keyboard effect that's come full circle...

    Reviews Sep 1994
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    Using Amps As Effects

    Tips & Techniques

    We've got so used to DI'ing keyboards that miking up an amp is something that never occurs to some people. Paul White explores the benefits of getting out the mics and plugging in the amp.

    Techniques Sep 1994
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    Zoom 9002 Pro

    Advanced Guitar Effects Processor

    Paul White checks out the latest incarnation of the Zoom 9002, which includes updated circuitry, digital noise reduction, a built-in tuner and a metronome.

    Reviews Jul 1994
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    Aphex Easyrider 106

    4-Channel Compressor

    By simplifying the control set up of the Model 106, Aphex have squeezed four channels of compression into a 1U rackmount — making it easier to use without apparently sacrificing functionality. David Mellor's got a ticket to ride...

    Reviews Jul 1994
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    Roland SDX330

    Dimensional Expander

    Everyone is looking for that elusive extra dimension to their mix, and Roland's latest unit claims to deliver it right out of the box. Dave Lockwood assesses dimensional expansion for himself.

    Reviews Jul 1994
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    Using Effects With Keyboards

    Tips & Techniques

    Most of us can set up a suitable vocal reverb treatment, but what's the best way to deal with all those synthesized and sampled instruments? Paul White offers a few suggestions.

    Techniques Jul 1994
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    Phonic PLC 3200

    Compressor/Limiter

    With so many compressors already on the market, does this newcomer from Phonic deserve a look in? After balancing performance against price, Paul White thinks it's in with a chance.

    Reviews Jun 1994
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    Lexicon Vortex

    Audio Morphing Effects Processor

    Lexicon's new Vortex effects processor takes the concept of video morphing and applies it to audio effects. Paul White takes it for a spin.

    Reviews Jun 1994
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    Drawmer 1961

    Dual-channel Vacuum Tube Equaliser

    Drawmer's new dual-channel tube equaliser combines traditional parametric EQ with Drawmer's own high and low-pass filters to create a highly flexible, classic-sounding EQ. Paul White takes it into the studio.

    Reviews May 1994

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