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    IK Multimedia Amplitube 2

    Amp Simulation Plug-in [Mac OS X/Win XP]

    IK have given their popular guitar amp emulator a radical makeover, with a huge range of new models and a sound that's more accurate than ever. Is it an improvement? Read on...

    Reviews Jul 2006
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    PSP 608 Multidelay

    Delay-based Effects Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    PSP's latest plug-in covers the spectrum from vintage tape-echo emulation to serious weirdness.

    Reviews May 2006
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    Celemony Melodyne 3

    Pitch & Time Correction Software [Mac/PC]

    Melodyne has always worked miracles with the pitch and timing of monophonic audio, but Celemony's new version 3 turns its attention to full polyphonic mixes.

    Reviews Apr 2006
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    Psoft Chronostream 2

    Pitch & Time Manipulation Software [Windows]

    If you need a new way of adapting the feel of a loop, or you want decent pitch-shifting and time-stretching on a budget, Psoft's inexpensive utility might be for you.

    Reviews Mar 2006
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    Antares Avox

    Vocal Processing Plug-ins [Mac OSX/WinXP]

    With their new plug-in suite, Antares promise to let you change the character of the human voice.

    Reviews Jan 2006
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    Sony Oxford Limiter

    Mastering Limiter Plug-in For Pro Tools

    Like many of Sony Oxford's plug-ins, their new limiter takes a familiar concept and applies a novel twist.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    Waves GTR Guitar Tool Rack

    Guitar Processing System [PC/Mac]

    Software guitar amp modelling has been around for a while, but GTR is Waves' first foray into the field — and as you'd expect, they have made a huge effort to get it right, even hiring guitar maker Paul Reed Smith to design a bespoke preamp.

    Reviews Nov 2005
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    Preparing Your Music For Mastering: Part 2

    Mastering: How The Pros Do It

    Last month we discussed how to prepare mixes so that they are ready for the mastering engineer. This month, we look inside the mastering room during the processing of an album, to see what kind of equipment is used, and the sort of processes that are applied to finish the tracks to the required standard.

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    AUPitch: Better Pitch-shifting?

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    The new Tiger AUPitch plug-in promises better pitch-shifting performance, but does it deliver in practice?

    Techniques Oct 2005
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    Plug-in Folder

    3 Hot New Plug-ins

    Basement Arts Frantic, Cakewalk Z3TA+, and Progress Software Soup get the install treatment.

    Reviews Oct 2005
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    NI Reaktor 5

    Virtual Modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    Native's sound design software is back, and with v5, you have more control over your instruments than ever — offering fully user-definable looks, the ability to construct your own modules from scratch, and an improved library. We get patching...

    Reviews Sep 2005
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    Comparing Audio Restoration Plug-ins In Pro Tools

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    We line up three of the most popular audio restoration packages available for Pro Tools. Which gives the most natural results, which is easiest to use, and how do you get the best from them?

    Techniques Aug 2005
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    Waves L3

    Multi-band Mastering Limiter [Mac/Windows]

    If you want your mixes to go to 11, Waves' new mastering limiter might be the weapon you need.

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    Circular Logic InTime

    Real-time Tempo Tracking Software [Mac/PC]

    For those who want to put a human performance at the centre of their sequenced masterpieces, Circular Logic have developed software that can understand and follow tempo changes in real time.

    Reviews Jun 2005
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    Yamaha Digital Mixer Upgrades

    v2 OS Upgrades & Effects

    Not content with offering some of the most fully-featured digital mixers in the world, Yamaha have now upgraded them, and are offering extra effects packs to further expand their capabilities.

    Reviews Jun 2005
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    Convolution Processing With Impulse Responses

    How It Works

    Although convolution is often associated with high-end reverb processing, this technology makes many other new sounds available to you once you understand how it works.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    TC Electronic MD3

    Stereo Mastering Tools [Powercore]

    Thanks to the new MD3 package, Powercore users now have access to high-end mastering tools from TC's System 6000 processor.

    Reviews Apr 2005
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    Plug-in Folder

    Universal Audio Plate 140 • Prosoniq Morph • Wave Arts Power Suite

    We check out another batch of plug-ins destined to find a place in your virtual rack.

    Reviews . Mar 2005
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    BIAS Sound Soap Pro

    Noise-reduction Software [Mac/PC]

    This cross-platform package from BIAS offers high-quality denoising at an affordable price.

    Reviews Feb 2005
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    Waves Transform Bundle

    Sound Shaping Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    If you are the kind of person who likes to accentuate the transients in their pitch-shifted recordings, before vocoding them and auto-doubling the results, Waves have the perfect plug-in bundle for you...

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Zero-X Beat Quantizer

    Multitrack Beat Slicer & Quantizer [PC]

    If you are an avid slicer of beats, then Zero-X's latest offering might just appeal. With its support for multitrack slicing and quantizing, is Beat Quantizer the best thing since sliced bread?

    Reviews Nov 2004

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