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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    TC Works Native Bundle 2.0

    Mac VST/PC VST & DirectX

    TC Native Bundle 2.0 can now be seen as roughly equivalent in scope to Waves' Native Power Pack, or as a high‑end version of their own Native Essentials bundle...

    Reviews Jul 1999
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    Sony DRE S777 (Preview)

    Sampling Reverb

    Artificial reverb algorithms are designed to add 'fake' room ambience to recorded sounds — but a prototype reverb unit from Sony purports to deliver new levels of realism by imposing the characteristics of actual reverberant spaces on the sound. Hugh Robjohns explains....

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    TC Electronic M3000

    Studio Reverb Processor

    Mike Collins provides some early reflections on TC Electronic's latest reverb unit and effects processor.

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Focusrite Platinum Compounder

    2-channel Dynamics Processor

    Paul White gets inside Focusrite's new compressor to find out what really makes it tick.

    Reviews May 1999
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    Behringer MDX2200 Composer Pro

    Multi-function Dynamics Processor

    The latest version of Behringer's Composer dynamics processor appears to provide all the facilities anyone could ask for, with a separate expander/gate, compressor and limiter for each of its two channels.

    Reviews May 1999
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    JoeMeek SC4

    Stereo Compressor

    JoeMeek combine the old and the new in their opto-electronic analogue compressor with 24-bit digital I/O and M&S signal path. Paul White tries it out.

    Reviews May 1999
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    SPL Vitalizer MK2-T

    Psychoacoustic Enhancer

    The latest incarnation of SPL's enigmatic Vitalizer offers a mixture of the qualities of other models in the range. But does it have anything new to offer?

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    TC Electronics G Force

    Guitar Effects Processor

    Though marketed as a guitar effects unit, the G Force might be more accurately described as a full-function studio effects processor with some neat guitar-related functions added.

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    Behringer DSP1000 Virtualizer V2

    24-bit Multi-effects Unit

    We try out what must be the most cost-effective programmable 24-bit effects unit on the market. But can quality really come at such a low price?

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    JoeMeek C2

    Stereo Compressor

    Is it really possible to produce a worthwhile stereo compressor which sells at under £200? Paul White finds out.

    Reviews Apr 1999

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