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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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    Using Your Sequencer's Reverb Processors

    Masterclass

    Reverb is vital for most types of modern music production, so it's no surprise to find that many sequencers provide a variety of reverb plug-ins. But what do all those different parameters do?

    Techniques Jun 2003
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    Using Your Sequencer's Equalisers

    EQ Masterclass

    There are many choices to make when equalising within your sequencer. Which type of EQ is best? How should you set up the different bands? Which controls do you need? We provide some answers...

    Techniques May 2003
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    Using Your DAW's Gates & Expanders

    Software Gating Masterclass

    Following on from our discussion of compression and limiting last month, let's look at how you can use the related processes of gating and expansion within your DAW.

    Techniques Apr 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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    Using Your DAW's Compressors & Limiters

    Software Dynamics Masterclass

    All of the main MIDI + Audio sequencers now have a bewildering array of compression and limiting plug-ins built in, but many home musicians are unclear about what all those controls and options do. And with so many varieties of each plug-in available, which one should you choose for the job in hand?

    Techniques Mar 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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    Soundlib CDXtract 4.0

    Universal File Converter & Database [PC/Mac]

    CDXtract 4 is a handy cross-platform utility for extracting and converting sample data from CD-ROMs.

    Reviews Oct 2002
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    A mono-to-stereo instance of Altiverb running an impulse response of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

    Audio Ease Altiverb

    Sampling Reverb Plug-in

    The latest technological advances in reverb design have yielded expensive hardware units that can 'sample' the sound of real rooms. Now Audio Ease's Altiverb brings the same convolving technology to the Mac — at a fraction of the cost.

    Reviews May 2002
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    iZotope Ozone mastering software.

    iZotope Ozone

    DirectX Mastering Tools [PC]

    Many home and project studio owners are interested in mastering as a way to add that professional sheen to their recordings. The newest way to do this is with iZotope's DirectX mastering tool for PC.

    Reviews Apr 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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