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    Groove Tubes CL1s

    Tube Compressor

    All the warmth of valve circuitry, and it's shiny on every surface too. Paul White tries out a hot piece of kit with tubes that groove.

    Reviews Jun 1997
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    ART Dual Levelar

    Dual-channel Vactrol Compressor

    Richard Waghorn takes ART's new electro-optical compressor into the studio and is genuinely surprised at the result.

    Reviews May 1997
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    Digitech VCS1

    Dual-channel Dynamics Processor

    The VCS1 goes for the best of both worlds, featuring a valve for warmth and character, and solid-state technology for level control. Hugh Robjohns finds out what the combination has to offer.

    Reviews May 1997
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    JoeMeek VC1

    Studio Channel

    Paul White studio tests the new JoeMeek VC1 and finds that nostalgia is everything it used to be.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    Sherman Filterbank

    Analogue Filter Bank

    Analogue filter banks are not exactly a new concept, but this one combines an unusually flexible specification with MIDI control and an affordable price. Chris Carter passes some filter tips...

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    SPL Stereo Vitalizer MkII

    Vitalizer

    Paul White tests the latest incarnation of the mysterious Vitalizer, and is non the wiser about how it actually works.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    Aardvark Aard Scape

    Tape Saturation Emulator

    If digital perfection leaves you cold, the Aardscape can lend an analogue quality to your recordings. Hugh Robjohns warms to the idea...

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    BBE 262

    Sonic Maximiser

    If you're suffering from muddy sounds, BBE's smallest Sonic Maximiser yet could be just the thing to clean them up. Hugh Robjohns puts on his gumboots and wades in.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    Ensoniq Boom

    Professional Effects Processor

    Ensoniq seem determined to break into the big-league effects market with their highly specified 24-bit DP Pro. Paul White investigates.

    Reviews Apr 1997
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    TL Audio Crimson C3021

    Tube Compressor

    Paul White studio tests the Crimson C3021 to see how favourably it compares with its indigo counterparts.

    Reviews Mar 1997
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    Alesis Nano Compressor

    Stereo Compressor/Limiter

    Paul White plugs in the smallest compressor he has ever encountered, and finds that there's nothing small about the sound.

    Reviews Mar 1997
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    Yamaha Rev500

    Reverb Processor

    The modest £399 price tag on Yamaha's latest dedicated reverb belies the quality and controllability the unit offers. Hugh Robjohns thinks it's up there with the best.

    Reviews Mar 1997
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    ART Levelar

    Vactrol Levelling Amplifier

    Paul White puts the squeeze on ART's new baby valve compressor.

    Reviews Mar 1997
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    Digitech Vocalist

    Workstation Vocal Harmony Processor

    The newest member of Digitech's Vocalist family of intelligent pitch-shifters boasts some slimmed-down features from previous models and a 'hands-on' user interface. Paul Farrer warms up with some scales, adjusts his bow tie and takes this powerful module right through the standing ovation and bouquets

    Reviews Mar 1997
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    LA Audio GCX2

    2-channel Compressor/Gate

    This UK-designed and built processor offers two channels of easy-to-use compression and gating for under £200. Paul White's backing Britain.

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    TC Electronic 1210

    Spatial Expander & Stereo Chorus/Flanger (Retro)

    Although still available to buy new, TC Electronic's 1210 is actually older than much of the gear featured in Retrozone. However, it's not a synth, but an effects processor. Norman Fay explains his deep-seated love of this grizzled veteran among effects.

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    TL Audio Crimson 3011 & 3012

    4-band & Parametric EQs

    Do TL Audio's designs stand up without valves, or is it a case of tubeless tires? Paul White endeavours to find out.

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    Lexicon MPX1

    Reverb & Multi-effects Processor

    Paul White explores the far reaches of space with the first of a new generation of effects processors from Lexicon.

    Reviews Jan 1997
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    Peavey DeltaFex

    Digital Stereo Effects Processor

    The Deltafex Digital Stereo Effects Processor offers a stripped-down price to match its streamlined facilities. David Mellor checks it out..

    Reviews Jan 1997
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    SPL Auto Dynamic De-esser

    Studio Processor

    Paul White makes a bid to trip up the SPL de-esser, but even the phrase 'several sad somnambulists sincerely take tea tearing tickets till sunset' does little to ruffle its electronic feathers.

    Reviews Jan 1997
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    DBX Project 1 Model 286

    Microphone Processor

    This new voice channel aims to provide all you need to get a good sound from a mic, at a reasonable price. David Mellor tries it out.

    Reviews Jan 1997

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