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    Analogue Systems RS Modular

    Synthesis Modules

    The monster AS modular synth system continues to expand with the launch of another batch of new sonic tools.

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Korg Electribe EMX1

    Music Production Station

    This new member of the Korg tribe offers synthesis, sequencing, drum programming, tons of real-time control plus genuine valves to light up your studio and your sound.

    Reviews Nov 2003
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    Synthesizing Tonewheel Organs: Part 1

    Synth Secrets

    Long before Bob Moog built his first synth, there was the Hammond tonewheel organ; effectively an additive synthesizer, albeit electro-mechanical rather than electronic. So emulating a Hammond with an analogue synth shouldn't be too hard, right? Well...

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 1

    Programming Masterclass

    Ubiquitous though Roland's long-lived range of sound modules appear to be, not many users get the best out of the vast synthesis and processing potential they offer. So here's how to coax circus-pony tricks out of your studio workhorse.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Novation V-Station

    Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Widely admired for their hardware synths, Novation have now taken the bold step of releasing a software plug-in synth. But is it the wave of the future, or a software pirate's delight?

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Native Instruments Reaktor v4

    Modular Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' flagship modular software synth has now reached version 4, dispensing with the dongle copy-protection that bothered v3 owners, adding many user-friendly features and allowing even greater scope for personalising your patches.

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Roland Fantom S & Fantom S88

    Synth Workstations

    Despite the synth-spangled history of the company, it's been many years since a Roland product ruled the high-end keyboard roost, and 2001's Fantom workstation failed to change this. However, there's much more to the new Fantom S than one extra letter...

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Soundart Chameleon

    Reprogrammable DSP-based Instrument

    Times change. When announced in 2001, the Chameleon, a reprogrammable DSP unit, looked out of date compared with the software studio concept. But with piracy rife, and software companies being bought out everywhere, the idea of reprogrammable, unhackable hardware now seems quite timely...

    Reviews Oct 2003
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    Practical Flute Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    As we saw last month, there's much to synthesizing a convincing flute sound — and yet basic analogue monosynths have offered reasonable flute patches for 30 years. Surely the process can be simplified?

    Techniques Oct 2003
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    Alesis Ion

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    The Ion might be a latecomer to the world of analogue modelling, but this has afforded Alesis the opportunity of learning from all the virtual analogues already on the market. Free and radical, or negative particle? We find out...

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    Access Virus Indigo TDM Plug-in

    For Pro Tools TDM & HD Systems

    Just as Access's hardware Virus synth was followed by the snazzy Virus Indigo, so the TDM plug-in version for Pro Tools has benefited from an upgrade to Indigo status, making it more infectious than ever...

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    Synthesizing Simple Flutes

    Synth Secrets

    The Monty Python team once famously claimed that being able to play the flute was a simple matter of 'blowing here, and moving your hands up and down here'. But there's a lot more to it than that...

    Techniques Sep 2003
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    Hartmann Neuron

    Neuronal Resynthesizing Keyboard

    What if an instrument could combine the realism of a sampler with the complete control over its sounds that only a true synth can offer? That's what the long-awaited Hartmann Neuron claims to do. We put it to the test...

    Reviews Aug 2003
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    Studio Electronics ATCX

    Analogue Tone Chameleon Rack Synth

    The ATCX really could be seen as four synths in one, as its unassuming exterior conceals not only an adaptable true analogue synthesis architecture, but also the filter characteristics of classic synths that include the Minimoog and the TB303.

    Reviews Aug 2003
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    Synthesizing Pan Pipes

    Synth Secrets

    The characteristic sound of flute-like instruments is complex — but fortunately not so complex that it can't be emulated fairly successfully with a synthesizer...

    Techniques Aug 2003
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    Creamware Noah

    Instrument-modelling Hardware Synthesizer

    Software instruments are flexible, upgradeable, and frequently offer better user interfaces, while hardware offers better tactile feedback and is easier to use live. But what if you could combine the plus points of both? Enter the Noah...

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Articulation & Bowed-string Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    The skilful articulation of a synthesized string patch can improve it no end, even one created using very basic building blocks, as we saw at the end of last month. But we can take this approach much further...

    Techniques Jul 2003
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    Arturia Moog Modular V

    Virtual Modular Synth [Mac/PC]

    For their latest software instrument, Arturia have taken on the tough job of modelling a modular synth — and it's the granddaddy of them all, a Moog modular... Switched-on software or spaghetti junction? We find out.

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Synapse Audio Orion Platinum

    Software Studio [Windows]

    Synapse Audio's Orion is now supplied platinum-coated and, with only a modest price rise over the Pro version, is also available in a cardboard box.

    Reviews Jul 2003
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    Applied Acoustics Tassman v3

    Modular Software Synth [Mac/PC]

    The latest version of this powerful modular software synth adds Mac support at last, includes many new modules, uses less CPU power than previous versions and has a much simplified user interface. What's not to like?

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Alesis QS6.2 & QS8.2

    Expandable 64-voice Sample-based Synths

    Alesis' QS6.2 and QS8.2 may induce a feeling of déjà vu — they look remarkably similar to 1995's QS6 and QS8. But eight years on, surely the spec has been significantly upgraded to reflect the passage of time?

    Reviews Jun 2003

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