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    TC Electronic Finalizer 96K

    Mastering Processor

    TC Electronic have upgraded their already impressive Finalizer mastering processor to include a number of new features, most notably 96kHz capability. Hugh Robjohns finds out if it's still at the top of the tree.

    Reviews Mar 2000
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    Line 6 Delay & Modulation

    Modeller Effects Pedals

    Line 6 have released two DSP-based effects pedals that use physical modelling to recreate the echo, delay and modulation treatments of a bygone age. Paul White — who was there first time around — finds out how they measure up to the real thing.

    Reviews Mar 2000
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    Lexicon MPX500

    Dual-channel Effects Processor

    Lexicon's new mid-priced unit strikes a balance between the ease of use of their budget gear and the flexibility and sonic class of their high-end products. Paul White gets an exclusive first look...

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    Chiswick Reach

    Stereo Valve Compressor

    Hugh Robjohns tries out a new stereo valve compressor hand-built in Britain, which shines both in the studio and the mastering room.

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    TC Electronic M One

    Dual-Channel Effects processor

    TC Electronic have an enviable reputation for their high-quality digital effects processors, and have now launched the first of a new line of budget-conscious units. Hugh Robjohns checks out the M One.

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    Steinberg SPL De-Esser

    Formats: PC DirectX, VST

    Reviewed: Mac version

    The SPL De‑Esser user...

    Reviews Feb 2000
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    JoeMeek VC6Q

    Recording Channel

    Paul White goes green with the latest JoeMeek recording channel.

    Reviews Jan 2000
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    MIllennia Media TCL2

    Valve & Solid-state Twin-topology Optical Compressor

    Millennia Music and Media Systems manufacture high-end signal processors with the usual feature of dual circuit paths — solid-state FET and valve topologies running separately, side by side. Hugh Robjohns checks out the company's opto-compressor.

    Reviews Jan 2000
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    Zoom RFX1000 & RFX2000

    Multi-effects Processors

    Paul White puts away his expensive toys to try out a couple of low-cost studio effects from Zoom, but does he still have fun?

    Reviews Jan 2000
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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