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    Inward Connections Vac Rac

    Modular Processing System

    The Vac Rac modular valve processor is built like a tank and has the colour-scheme of a battleship — but what can it do for your sound? Hugh Robjohns investigates the marriage of over-the-top engineering and traditional tube technology.

    Reviews Mar 1998
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    FAT Resinator Filter

    Processor

    Paul White takes two migraine tablets and has a nice sit down before tackling the 'eye-catching' Resinator filter unit...

    Reviews Mar 1998
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    BSS Opal DPR422

    Compressor / De-esser

    Does the DPR422 have the right combination of price and performance to break BSS into the project studio market?

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Korg AM8000R

    Ambience Multi-effect Processor

    This good-looking unit hides more than just reverb beneath its shiny exterior. Derek Johnson appreciates the ambience...

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    dbx 160S

    Compressor/Limiter

    Is the dbx 160S pure technology, a work of art, or a little of both?

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Korg DL8000R

    Digital Multitap Delay

    The world of multi-effects might be generally interdisciplinary, but Derek Johnson finds that there'll always be room for a specialist.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Viscount EFX100

    Multi-effects Processor

    Viscount were there from the very beginning of the budget effects revolution, and with the EFX100 they hope to give the cash-starved masses a further option. Christopher Holder finds out whether the EFX100 holds its own in the bustling budget marketplace.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Empirical Labs Distressor

    Compressor

    Can new technology really emulate vintage equipment, or do you have to use vintage parts? Paul White test a modern compressor that claims chameleon-like abilities to emulate classic compression sounds.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    SPL Dynamaxx

    Compressor/ Decompressor/ Limiter/ Gate

    SPL claim to have come up with a completely new type of compressor. Paul White puts their assertions to the test.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Symetrix 551E

    5-band Parametric Equaliser

    For serious sonic sculpting, you can't beat a parametric EQ, and this new contender from Seattle-based Symetrix is priced within reach of many project studio owners.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    TL Audio 2031

    Indigo Valve Overdrive

    Paul White goes into overdrive with TLA's latest valve processor — the 02031.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Bellari RP583

    Dual Tube Compressor

    Paul White finds out whether a blend of valves and photocells really can deliver the ultimate vintage compressor sound.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Buying A Voice Channel

    Feature | Tips & Tricks

    In the last year SOS has reviewed no less than 10 examples of the new breed of so-called 'Voice Channels', promising a one-box solution to high quality vocal recordings. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser present a brief guide to the models we've looked at, to help you decide which you should go for.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Hof Hofex Spectral Exciter II

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer

    A good psychoacoustic enhancer can take your sound higher than you thought possible, and though there are plenty of enhancers on the market, this new Austrian model proves there's always room at the top. Paul White tries to control his excitement...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Freeform Analogue Technologies PCP330

    Procoder (FAT)

    Following on from their Freebass TB303 clone, FAT's new PCP Procoder is another take on a classic instrument of the past — that mainstay of many a disco, electro, and Kraftwerk track, the analogue vocoder. Chris Carter absolutely refuses to make silly robot voices with it.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere

    Leslie Speaker Simulator

    The quest for the perfect Leslie speaker simulator continues. Nick Magnus welcomes an all-analogue member to the rotary club...

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    JoeMeek VC6 Meekbox

    Compressor/Enhancer/Mic Preamp

    Paul White tries his luck on the green and finds that where voice channels are concerned, this box is a whole in one.

    Reviews Nov 1997
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    Hof Dynamic Master

    Compressor

    Paul White studio tests a compressor whose main claim to fame is that you can't hear it working. Is transparency merely an attribute of the Emperor's new clothes, or is this unit something rather special?

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    NTI Nightpro EQ3D

    Dual-channel Equaliser

    High-quality equalisers have the magical property of allowing you to tweak tonal content, while themselves remaining practically invisible to the ear. Hugh Robjohns checks out a contender from an American company new to the UK market.

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    SPL Machine Head

    Digital Tape Saturation Emulator

    Tape saturation is the latest thing to get the physical modelling treatment. Can two high-powered DSPs, however, really achieve the same effect as a strip of rust being dragged over a magnet? Paul White investigates.

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Symetrix 606

    Dual-channel Delay

    With their new 606 delay, Symetrix have attempled to combine today's technology with the user interface of yesteryear. Paul White finds out how well they've succeeded.

    Reviews Oct 1997

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