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Alesis ADAT XT

Recorder

ADAT is dead, long live the ADAT XT. Paul White reports on the rebirth of a classic.

Alesis QS6

Synthesizer

With new sounds, a new operating system and a lower price, the QS6 looks set to attract its fair share of admirers. Rob Brady tickles the ivories...

Audio Technica ATM33a & ATM10a

Artiste Series Back-Electret Mics

Can these two low-cost back-electret mics really deliver studio-quality performance? Paul White finds out.

Emu Darwin

Digital Audio Disk Recorder

Having led the way in the '80s sampling revolution, Emu have turned their attention to the '90s discipline of hard disk recording with the Darwin digital recorder. Paul Ward checks out the new species on the block...

Fita Live

Single Channel Parametric EQ

Where equalisers are concerned, quality is more important than quantity, but does this Swiss-made equaliser justify its hefty price tag? Paul White finds out.

Korg Trinity Plus

Music Workstation

Part 2: Gordon Reid concludes his review of Korg's new family of workstations.

Modern Synths & Dance

Sample Library

4*

MOTU Freestyle

PC Sequencer

This unconventional sequencer program aims to let musicians work like musicians rather than computer programmers, and has already met with an enthusiastic response in its original Mac version. Paul Nagle hand-picks his virtual musicians and gets jamming.

Rogers LS1

Nearfield Monitors

When Paul White heard that Rogers had built the LS1 low-cost monitors for home studio use, he was keen to try them out. But could they deliver Rogers' quality at such a low price?

SPL MikeMan

Mic Preamp

There's more to building a serious mic front end than putting a standard circuit in a flashy box. Fortunately, SPL's circuit design is even more impressive than their custom anodised front panels, as Paul White discovers.

Steve Gadd Drumscore

Sample Library

3*

Supreme Beats Vol. 1-4 & 5

Sample Library

4*

Viscount MF01 Song Worker

Active Data Filer/GM Module

Drawing on their experience of home keyboard and MIDI data filer manufacture, Italian company Viscount have created the MF01, a combined data filer and GM module. Andy Davies gives it a spin...

Yamaha QS300

Workstation Synthesizer

Some synth manufacturers seem to be hedging their bets lately, building home keyboard auto-accompaniment features into seemingly serious synths, to appeal to both types of keyboard buyer. Will the strategy pay off for Yamaha's QS300? Derek Johnson finds out in style...

People + Opinion

How To Become A Record Producer, Part 1: What Is A Record Producer?

Tips & Techniques

A record producer's career is seen as glamourous and exciting, but what does the job actually entail? Over the next few months, David Mellor will be talking to top producers about the whole process, from initial concept to final pay cheque. This month he looks at the different types of record producer in the music business.
• Read Part 2 (February 1996)

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

Twang Dynasty * Mike Shaw * The Fruit Machine * David Jameson * Philter * Mike Hamilton * Ian Castle * Glasshouse * Psychoacoustic Soundclash * Melissa Diabel

Randy Thorderson (DOD/ Digitech): The Future

Interview | Manufacturer

During a fleeting visit to SOS headquarters, Paul White managed to soften up DOD/Digitech's Product Development Manager, Randy Thorderson, with a tasty curry before pumping him for info about products and future developments.

Towering Inferno: Recording Kaddish

Interview | Band

Over three years, Towering Inferno (led by core duo Andy Sanders and Richard Wolfson) engaged the services of over 50 performers to produce their self-financed opus Kaddish — described by Brian Eno as "the most frightening record I have ever heard!" Peter Jones charts the development of this ambitious project.

Turnkey Music Superstore Revamped

Exploration

London's famous Turnkey music store was recently completely redesigned to offer instant hands-on access to virtually every major product in stock. SOS checked out the new facilities.

William Orbit: I Love Classical Music

Interview | Artist

Mark Prendergast catches up with ace remixer/musician William Orbit to learn of his newfound passion for classical music.

Technique

Buying Your First Synth

Tips & Techniques

Buying your first synthesizer can expose you to apparently meaningless technical specifications, conflicting advice, and overwhelming technical jargon. Confused? You won't be, after reading Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser's plain English guide to making the right choices.

Computer Busses

Apple Notes

Martin Russ continues his look at computer busses and reports back from the recent Apple Expo show.

Drawmer DS201 Dual Gate

Tips & Techniques

There's more to gating than just getting rid of unwanted noise: the humble noise gate is capable of truly creative studio trickery. David Mellor reveals some of the unusual uses for your Drawmer DS201, but if you don't own a DS201, don't despair: these tips can be adapted for most good quality gates.

MIDI Live

Tips & Techniques

Paul Overaa offers beginners some basic advice on using MIDI live.

MIDI Patch Maps

PC Notes

Following the demise of the Windows MIDI Mapper under Windows '95, Brian Heywood considers ways of setting up alternative MIDI patch maps on your PC, and looks back on his personal favourite products of 1995...

Sampling Basics, Part 1

Tips & Techniques

Having come a long way from its humble beginnings in the early n-n-n-n-nineteen eighties, sampling is now an integral part of music making. Paul White explains what samplers do and how they can be used.
• Read Part 2 (February 1996)
• Read Part 3 (March 1996)

Software Audio Workshop & Cakewalk Professional

Exploration

A true understanding of any piece of studio gear only comes after using it for months, or even years. 1995's Reader Survey suggested that more features would be welcome from people with such 'Long-term' gear experiences, so, in the first part of this occasional series, Janet Harniman-Cook reveals the truth about her PC sequencing and digital recording setup.

Tangent Music

Amiga Notes

Paul Overaa goes behind the scenes at Tangent Music and discovers a rather unusual Amiga connection...

Tape Noise Reduction

Exploration

Noise reduction comes in various guises, with Dolby alone offering five different systems. Paul White explains the difference between Dolby, dbx and a bag on your head...

World Wide Web

Atari Tips & Techniques

The information superhighway, the 'Net, you name it, the hype just goes on and on... Ofir Gal finds out how music-making Atari users can join in the fast lane.

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