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Issue 11 • Date December 2011

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  • Engineering & Technology - Cover

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  • Page plan

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  • Editor's letter

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    LAST WEEK it emerged that digital music download sales for 2011 had already beaten 2010's total - even before the best-selling Christmas season. It's the beginning of the end of road for CDs, which are neither as convenient as downloads nor as nice as vinyl. Two 1960s rock giants recently provided two very different responses to the disruptive technologies that have shifted the centre of power in music from record companies to hardware and software companies over the last decade. View full abstract»

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  • World news

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • News

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  • US industrial conglomerate finds strength in diversity [Taking stock]

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 14
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    Industrial conglomerates have fared better than most in the global financial crisis, driven by pent-up demand. One good example is united technologies Corporation (UTC), which has reported a 9 per cent leap in third-quarter net income to $1.4bn compared with the same period last year. View full abstract»

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  • News briefing

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 16 - 19
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  • NASA faces dilemma over manned missions in post-shuttle era

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 20 - 21
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    When NASA retired its Space Shuttle fleet this July, it effectively withdrew its capability to launch astronauts into space. at present, and for the next few years at least, the american space agency will be reliant on the venerable Russian Soyuz to launch its crews to the International space station. View full abstract»

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  • Your letters

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 24 - 25
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  • "If you ask me..."

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 26
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    Every day we are bombarded with claims and stories that may not be based on good evidence: in advertising material, product websites, advice columns, campaign statements, health fads and policy announcements. View full abstract»

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  • For and against

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  • The bigger picture

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  • Today's producers

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 32 - 34
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    THIRTY YEARS ago, the only way to produce electronic music was in a state-of-the-art studio, recorded in real-time on to tape. Today, the studio is migrating out of the likes of Abbey Road and into a smaller-scale studio environment. View full abstract»

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  • The sample wizard

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 36 - 37
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    Since he Started recording professionally in 1995, Matthew herbert has spanned a broad sweep of genres, from jazz and big band to pop and electronica. at the very core of his music, though, lies a commitment to what has become a familiar technique in modern musical production: sampling. View full abstract»

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  • Format wars

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 38 - 39
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    The file-naming limitations of the microsoft DOS operating system helped name the prevalent digital music format of our time. Karlheinz Brandenburg and colleagues at the fraunhofer institute in germany were putting the finishing touches on their psychoacoustic compression scheme and needed a name for it. View full abstract»

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  • Physical fitness

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 40 - 41
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    A LONGSTANDING complaint of the music industry is that MP3 has devalued the product: it's too easy to download for free and a generation of listeners has become accustomed to not paying for recorded music. If people won't pay for the music, the question is: will they pay for something else? And if so, what is that thing? View full abstract»

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  • One2ten

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 42 - 43
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    Electronic instruments can often sound even more unusual than they look. Erika Burrows discovers ten of the most peculiar. View full abstract»

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  • Interview

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 44 - 47
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    FROM PINK FLOYD to Simple Minds, John Lennon to Muse, John Leckie has produced or engineered records for everyone who's anyone in rock'n'roll. He's picked up countless accolades along the way, including the 2001 'producer of the year' award which was presented to him by Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. View full abstract»

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  • In the footsteps of a master

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 48 - 49
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    WITH MOST things in life, you get what you pay for and the same is true for musical instruments. Take the staple of most orchestras - the violin. These can be purchased for under ??100 from most music stores, but top musicians will pay considerably more for handcrafted, custommade instruments. View full abstract»

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  • Back in the groove

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 50 - 53
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    The way people buy music has changed. a lot of music is now listened to on the move via Mp3 players, and very few albums are released exclusively on vinyl. around 30 per cent of recordings are sold in digital format and the overwhelming majority of the remainder on hard-copy CD. View full abstract»

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  • Believe in better

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 54 - 57
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    Thirty years ago, audio engineer David Clark stood up in front of his peers and described a method he thought would finally put paid to the mythology that permeated their industry. Today, although his method is still the one most specialists trust, audio mythology remains as strong as it ever was. Thanks to the internet, some of the myths seem to have gained new believers, not least a vocal group who reckon Clark's methodology can't apply to something as subjective as audio appreciation. View full abstract»

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  • Lasers get groovy

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 58 - 59
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    Audio digital recovery and restoration technologies have, in recent years, attracted interest from music labels keen to tap into the commercial opportunities of releasing archive recordings for a new generation of consumers. At the same time sound preservationists and recording engineers are intrigued by new ways to 'release' sounds locked into old-fashioned recording media. View full abstract»

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  • Listen up

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 60 - 63
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    The era of mass-market audiophilia has led to some big changes in headphone technology, a long-established audio staple which some might have thought had reached the limits of innovation. Yet new developments keep coming, and sales stay relatively healthy while the electronics market generally has been hit by economic insecurity. Market-leading european audio products vendor Sennheiser provides an indication of market growth from its revenues: last June it posted a 20 per cent increase in turnover, of which its headphone business accounted for the largest part - 34.9 per cent, up from 33.8 per cent the previous year. Small growth, but growth all the same. View full abstract»

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  • Soundings from the studio

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 64 - 67
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    Mixing studios are becoming a strange technological admixture of the old and the new. Alongside computer-controlled mixing desks and virtual faders sliding up and down on screen by themselves, replacing the engineers that would once have slid around on chairs to make a fade at the right time, are pieces of vintage hardware. View full abstract»

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  • Oramics to electronica

    Publication Year: 2011 , Page(s): 68 - 70
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    WHEN YOU FIRST see the Oramics machine, you can??t work out what it's for, let alone how it works. It's an old wooden cupboard hung about with so many tubes, wires and strips of 35mm film, it could be anything from a medical scanner to a detector listening hopefully for a signal from ET. With no keyboard, no strings and no mouthpiece, you wouldn??t guess initially that this machine represented a key moment in the history of electronic music. View full abstract»

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Engineering & Technology is the IET's flagship magazine featuring analysis, news, innovation announcements, job advertisements and careers advice.

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Editor-in-Chief
Dickon Ross
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