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    Sony DRE S777

    Sampling Digital Reverb

    One of the most exciting developments in sound processing technology this year was the announcement from Sony of a dedicated reverb unit which applied ambience 'sampled' from real acoustic spaces. Now the theory is reality. Hugh Robjohns gets his hands on the DRE S777.

    Reviews Dec 1999
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    Dbx 566

    Dual Vacuum Tube Compressor

    Although the Dbx product portfolio is growing rapidly with new digital products, they haven't forgotten about the sonic advantages of more traditional technology — hence their new Silver series of affordable 'classic' processors. Hugh Robjohns gets to grips with the 566 valve compressor.

    Reviews Dec 1999
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    Zoom RFX300

    Effects Unit

    Paul White foresakes his towering effects rack for a budget processor that looks for all the world as though it would float in the bath!

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    CLM Dynamics DB500S Expounder

    Dynamic Equaliser

    Nice 4-band equalisers are not uncommon, but this one includes dynamic filtering and equalisation in a bid to lift it above the competition. Hugh Robjohns finds out what 'expounding' can do for your mixes.

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    Focusrite ISA430 Producer Pack

    Input Channel

    Focusrite's latest product is an updated version of one of their '80s classics. Is it even better the second time around?

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    Red Sound Federation BPM FX Pro

    BPM Calculator/Effects Processor

    It's shiny and colourful, it's equally at home in the MIDI studio or between the turntables in a club, and as effects processors go it's very, very clever. Paul Farrer prepares to enter Federation territory...

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Roland SRV3030

    Reverb Unit

    Roland's sophisticated, yet highly affordable SRV3030 is the latest contender in the competitive market for dedicated reverb units. Paul White tries it out.

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Drawmer Masterflow DC2476

    Mastering Processor

    Drawmer are the latest hi-tech analogue equipment manufacturers to enter the digital world of all-in-one mastering solutions. Paul White finds out how well they've pulled it off.

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Electrix Filterfactory & Warpfactory

    Filter & Vocoder

    Can these new digital interpretations of classic analogue filters and vocoders really offer something new?

    Reviews Oct 1999
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    Boss GT3

    Guitar Effects Processor

    John Walden examines Boss's latest entrant in the crowded guitar effects processor race and considers whether its COSM-based preamp might be just the thing to enhance his performance.

    Reviews Sep 1999
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    Mindprint Envoice

    Voice Channel

    As well as offering a high-quality mic preamp, equaliser, and valve compressor, the MindPrint voice channel can have digital interfacing added at a very reasonable extra cost. Hugh Robjohns does a spot of channel hopping.

    Reviews Sep 1999
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    Dbx Quantum

    Digital Mastering Processor

    The Quantum from Dbx is the latest entrant into the growing market for all-in-one digital mastering boxes, offering competition to the likes of TC Electronic's Finalizer and Drawmer's Masterflow. Hugh Robjohns finds out how well it stands up in this illustrious company...

    Reviews Sep 1999
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    Behringer Modulizer 1200

    Pro Modulation-based Effects Unit

    Paul White tries out a rather unusual effects collection from Behringer's new budget box of tricks.

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    BSS Opal DPR944

    Parametric Compressor/Gate

    BSS are well known in the live sound market, but some of their well-specified gates, EQs and compressors are equally at home in a recording environment. The DPR944, for example, has two gates and two parametric compressors, with independent ins and outs. Hugh Robjohns is impressed.

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    Korg KP1 Kaoss Pad

    Dynamic Effects Unit/Phrase Sampler

    Korg have followed up their diminutive Electribe analogue modelling synth and beatbox with another desktop product aimed at the dance fraternity — a sampling effects box with an innovative real-time control surface. Chris Carter descends into Kaoss...

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    Purple Audio Inc MC76

    Peak Limiting Amplifier

    Classic studio signal processors such as the vintage Urei 1176 limiting amplifier impart a unique sound while keeping levels under control, but are rare and expensive. Purple Audio have an answer in the form of the MC76 — an old idea revisited. Hugh Robjohns does the time warp again...

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    TC Electronic Intonator

    Vocal Pitch-correction Processor

    One of the most important innovations in recent studio technology is the ability to automatically correct out-of-tune vocals in real time. Antares have had this field to themselves with their Auto-Tune plug-in and ATR1 hardware unit — but now there's competition. Paul White tries out TC Electronic's version of perfect pitch in a box.

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    Millennia Media NSEQ2

    Dual-channel Parametric EQ

    Specialist high-end equipment manufacturer Millennia Media have produced an innovative dual-channel parametric equaliser with a difference — user-selectable valve or solid-state circuit topologies. Hugh Robjohns investigates.

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Arboretum Hyperprism 1.5.5

    Muti-effects Plug-in

    Plug‑in pack: Mac/PC, all formats; TDM and Mac stand‑alone versions also available

    Reviewed: PC...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Cakewalk FX3 Soundstage

    Reverb / Virtual Room Simulator

    PC DirectX only

    Cakewalk's FX3 Soundstage is, in essence, a reverb, but that description...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Spectral Design Quadrafuzz

    Mac VST/PC VST & DirectX

    Originally designed by SOS author Craig Anderton as a DIY hardware circuit, Spectral Design have now turned this into a software plug‑in. Unlike most other distortion effects, it splits the signal into four frequency bands and distorts each one individually.

    Reviews Jul 1999

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