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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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    Native Instruments Reaktor v4

    Modular Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' flagship modular software synth has now reached version 4, dispensing with the dongle copy-protection that bothered v3 owners, adding many user-friendly features and allowing even greater scope for personalising your patches.

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Soundart Chameleon

    Reprogrammable DSP-based Instrument

    Times change. When announced in 2001, the Chameleon, a reprogrammable DSP unit, looked out of date compared with the software studio concept. But with piracy rife, and software companies being bought out everywhere, the idea of reprogrammable, unhackable hardware now seems quite timely...

    Reviews Oct 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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    Thermionic Culture Culture Vulture

    Valve Distortion Processor

    With high-resolution digital mixers, processors and recorders now standard fare, our recordings can sometimes seem too clean and sterile. As a result, there is quite a demand for devices and plug-ins which add a little distortion or warmth to a recording. This unusual product aims to give you every tube distortion sound you could ever want!

    Reviews Aug 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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    TC-Helicon Voice Works

    Mic Preamp & Effects Processor

    TC-Helicon's new rack unit aims to provide you with every conceivable vocal recording tool, including EQ, compression, pitch-correction, double-tracking, intelligent harmony generation and effects.

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Alto Alto Q

    Five-band Parametric EQ

    Five bands of parametric EQ plus useful high-pass and low-pass filters, all for a bargain price.

    Reviews May 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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    Peavey Kosmos

    Sub-harmonic Generator/Enhancer

    A combined sub-harmonic synthesizer and high-frequency psychoacoustic enhancer for live and studio use.

    Reviews Apr 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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    TC Electronic Reverb 6000

    Reverb Processor

    TC's flagship reverb processor, based on the System 6000 hardware, combines 16 channels of world-beating processing with flexible and lightning-fast operation.

    Reviews Apr 2003
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    Behringer MDX2600 Composer Pro XL

    Dynamics Processor

    Behringer have redesigned their popular Composer Pro, adding tube simulation, de-essing and dynamic enhancement.

    Reviews Mar 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 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

    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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    Vermona DAF1 & PH16

    Analogue Filter & Phaser

    These two new rack processors from Vermona offer flexible filtering and phasing with a range of interesting modulation options.

    Reviews Feb 2003

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