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    Aphex Punch Factory

    Compressor Pedal

    This new optical compressor not only has a smooth sound, but also offers gain-reduction metering to help you set it up.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Dbx 162SL

    Dual Compressor/Limiter

    Despite being both smaller and lighter, this new compressor yields little in performance to Dbx's flagship 160SL.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Drawmer 1968 Mercenary Edition

    Valve Compressor

    This new 1U rack from Drawmer offers their best-sounding compression yet.

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Q. How do I perform a SysEx dump from my Korg Kaoss Pad?

    Is there any way of doing a SysEx dump of the program memories of my Korg Kaoss Pad into Logic on my Mac?

    Sound Advice Dec 2004
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    Waves Transform Bundle

    Sound Shaping Plug-ins [Mac/PC]

    If you are the kind of person who likes to accentuate the transients in their pitch-shifted recordings, before vocoding them and auto-doubling the results, Waves have the perfect plug-in bundle for you...

    Reviews Dec 2004
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    Zero-X Beat Quantizer

    Multitrack Beat Slicer & Quantizer [PC]

    If you are an avid slicer of beats, then Zero-X's latest offering might just appeal. With its support for multitrack slicing and quantizing, is Beat Quantizer the best thing since sliced bread?

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Plug-In Folder

    Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium • TC Electronic TC30

    We test another crop of highly insertable software Plug-ins: Elemental Audio Eqium & Firium and TC Electronic TC30.

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    TC-Helicon Intonator HS

    Pitch-correction Plug-in [TC Powercore]

    A Powercore version of Antares' ubiquitous Auto-Tune pitch corrector was announced in 2001, but it never appeared. Is TC's new Intonator HS plug-in a viable alternative?

    Reviews Nov 2004
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    Virsyn Cantor

    Singing Synthesis Software [XP/ Mac OS X]

    If your computer could sing, what would it sound like? With the Cantor software synth from Virsyn, you can find out...

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Electro-Harmonix NY2A

    Valve Optical Compressor

    This high-end stereo compressor boasts three different flavours of optical compression.

    Reviews Oct 2004
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    Q. How do I compress a stereo source?

    I am recording using a spaced-pair miking setup and I want to apply light compression to the signal. Where in the signal chain should I insert the compressor (pre- or post-fade), and will I have to buy a dedicated stereo compressor to do the job properly?

    Sound Advice Oct 2004
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    Cycling '74 Mode

    Plug-in Suite [Mac OS X]

    If you are looking for effects and instruments to give your mixes a sideways slant, Cycling '74 might have just the thing...

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    TL Audio Ivory 2 5060

    Valve Compressor

    This new Ivory-series preamp and compressor combines the ease of presets with the flexibility of manual operation.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    Q. In what order should I compress and EQ?

    When using a compressor and an EQ as insert effects on a snare drum, is it better to use compression followed by EQ or EQ first then compression?

    Sound Advice Sep 2004
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    Soundfield SPS422B & SP451

    Surround Recording System

    This system can record in mono, stereo, or any current or future surround format — using just one mic.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    URS N, A & S Series

    Classic Console EQ Plug-ins [Pro Tools]

    For all those Pro Tools users who pine for the sound of analogue EQ, URS have recreated the equalisers from three classic mixing desks.

    Reviews Sep 2004
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    DelayDots Spectrum Worx

    Modular Spectral Effects Plug-in [Windows]

    As well as more-or-less conventional vocoding and pitch-shifting, DelayDots' new VST plug-in offers effects so bizarre they almost defy description.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Sony Oxford Dynamics

    Dynamics Plug-in For Pro Tools & TC Powercore

    Sony's Oxford digital mixers are out of many people's reach, but Pro Tools and Powercore users can now get their hands on the Oxford's sophisticated processing tools.

    Reviews Aug 2004
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    Antares Filter

    Filter & Delay Plug-in [Mac/PC]

    Antares certainly don't believe in the 'less is more' maxim, if this new filtering effect is anything to go by.

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Studio Electronics Modmax Filter & Phaser

    Analogue Effect Pedals

    Two effect pedals from the celebrated synth manufacturer provide serious modulation flexibility within a stomp-box format.

    Reviews Jul 2004
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    Bellari RP583

    Valve Compressor

    This dual-channel compressor combines valve circuitry with an opto-compressor design. But does it deliver the best or the worst of both worlds?

    Reviews Jun 2004

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