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    Tech 21 Sansamp XXL

    Hi-tech Overdrive Unit

    Paul White tries out a new overdrive pedal that was clearly named after a very large T-shirt.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    ART MDM8L

    8-Channel Compressor/ Limiter

    Paul White tries out ART's new 'digital safety net', and discovers it has a great deal of creative potential.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Vintage FX: Faking Tape Loop Echo

    Tips & Techniques

    With so much interest in vintage synths, it's easy to overlook the fact that many classic sounds owed just as much to the tape delays being used at the time as to the instruments themselves. Paul White shows you how to fake the effect.

    Techniques Dec 1995
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    BBE 362 NR

    Sonic Maximizer

    BBE's new Sonic Maximizer combines enhancement with single-ended noise reduction. Paul White finds out whether the marriage of the two systems is a happy one.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Ensoniq DP/2

    Parallel Effects Processor

    Derek Johnson opens up the latest effects box from Ensoniq and finds that they do sometimes do things by halves!

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Digitech TSR24S

    Dual Channel Multi-effects Processor

    The trouble with sequels is that they're not usually as good as the originals. Is the follow-up to Digitech's powerful TSR24 the exception to the rule? Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser find out.

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus

    Retrozone

    Vocoders aren't just about tiny robot voices from awful '70s records — some could generate lush choir sounds and opulent strings too.

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Ashly Audio PQX 572

    Parametric Equaliser

    Paul White tries his hand at tonal transformation using Ashly Audio's latest parametric equaliser.

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Zoom 1010 Player

    Guitar Effects Processor Pedalboard

    It's cheap, it's cheerful and it's easy to use. Paul White rediscovers the joys of simplicity with Zoom's most affordable guitar multi-effects unit ever.

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Digitech Studio 5000 Digitech Studio Vocalist

    Harmony Processors

    David Mellor explores ways to spice up vocal and guitar lines, courtesy of two new Digitech harmony processors.

    Reviews Aug 1995
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    Yamaha Rev100

    Digital Reverb

    Paul White tries out Yamaha'a new easy-to-use digital effects unit, and finds it brash rather than bashful.

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Analogue Systems FB3

    Filter Bank

    Analogue Systems continue their crusade to bring pre-MIDI devices back in studios everywhere with their new CV-only filter bank. Paul Ward checks it out.

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Ridge Farm Gas Cooker

    2-Channel Tube DI Box

    Despite the preponderance of digital technology in the modern recording world, many independent manufacturers continue to produce valve-based processors for the subjective warmth they add to recordings. Paul White looks at one of the latest, Ridge Farm's new valve DI box.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Lexicon LXP15 II

    Multi-effects

    Paul White looks at the latest incarnation of the LXP15 and finds that it neatly bridges the gap between Lexicon's budget products and their top-of-the-range pro reverb units.

    Reviews May 1995
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    Ross RX-NR4

    4-Channel Noise Reduction

    Derek Johnson looks at a cost-effective way of cutting down the noise in your studio.

    Reviews Apr 1995
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    Zoom 9150

    Valve DSP Guitar Multi-effects Processor

    Eventually, pretty much everyone tries to recreate that old vintage valve guitar sound by using an old vintage valve, but Zoom have teamed tube technology with a powerful digital effects DSP to combine the best of old and new. Paul White finds out if the marriage works.

    Reviews Apr 1995
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    Digital Delay Tactics

    Tips & Techniques

    Digital delay tends to be taken very much for granted, but the majority of today's studio effects would be impossible without it. Paul White describes how to set up your own DDL effects from scratch.

    Techniques Apr 1995
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    How To Patch Effects & Processors

    Tips & Techniques

    The roles of the various signal processors and effects used in audio production are pretty well understood by most musicians, but it's not always obvious where they should be patched into the signal chain to give the best results.

    Techniques Mar 1995
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    EQ: How & When To Use It

    Tips & Techniques

    Equalisation is one of the most powerful tools in your sonic toolkit and can be your greatest enemy or your greatest ally in the battle for the perfect sound. David Mellor gives advice on how and when best to use it.

    Techniques Mar 1995
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    Lexicon Reflex

    Dynamic MIDI Effects Processor

    The flood of quality effects units from Lexicon continues unabated. The Reflex takes the familiar Alex format, enhances its front panel editing, adds Lexicon's new Lexi II chip for improved sound quality, and tops it all off with comprehensive MIDI control facilities. Nick Magnus gets dynamic...

    Reviews Mar 1995
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    Zoom 1202

    Effects Processor

    Paul White tries out Zoom's new super-budget, 'no frills' 1202 effects processor and finds it to be far more veratile than its appearance suggests...

    Reviews Feb 1995

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