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Advanced Media Trax

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

AKG C3000B

Capsule Microphone

The model number might lead you to believe the C3000B is a variant of the C3000, but it has a totally different capsule and is designed to produce a tonal response that is quite different. Paul White tries it out.

Albie Donnelly's Killerhorns

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Audio Technica AT4047/SV

Microphone

Although it has an exceptionally low-mass diaphragm, just two microns thick, the AT4047/SV is still remarkably robust. Paul White cranks up the volume.

Climax Collection Volume 5

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Denny Jaeger Master Violin Library

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Digisound 80

Modular Synthesizer (Retro)

British company Digisound's affordable modular synth may not have the cachet of a Moog or an ARP, but — as Paul Nagle explains — they were innovative, well designed, and sounded great... Additional material by Dave Robinson.

East West Ultimate String Collection

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Emagic AMT8

8-port MIDI Interface

Colin Owen rediscovers the joys of Atari-tight timing on his blue G3 Mac with Emagic's AMT8 interface, featuring their new Active MIDI Transmission.

Emu Systems EIIIX Sound Library

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

JoeMeek VC6Q

Recording Channel

Paul White goes green with the latest JoeMeek recording channel.

Kawai MP9000

Professional Stage Piano

Nick Magnus gets his hands on an instrument which is claimed to provide the best reproduction yet of the feel — and sound — of an acoustic piano.

Kirk Hunter's The Virtuoso Series

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

KRK V6

Monitors

Paul White road-tests the KRK V6 monitors to see whether quality has been sacrificed to meet an attractive price point.

LA Riot 4

Sample Library

* Score = 4

M Audio Delta1010

PCI Digital Recording System

For the launch of their new range of 24-bit/96kHz-capable PCI recording systems, established gadget manufacturers Midiman are going under the name M Audio. Martin Walker takes a look at the flagship product in their new line.

Masterbits Climax Collection

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

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.

Miroslav Vitous Symphonic Orchestra

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

MOTU Digital Performer v2.6

MIDI + Audio Sequencer

Evolution is happening everywhere, and nowhere more so than MOTU's flagship recording software fo the Mac. Nicholas Rowland tracks down the latest version.

Orchestral Sample CDs

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Dave Stewart concludes his January 2000 investigation into the world of orchestral sampling with a roundup of over 40 orchestral sample CDs.

Orient Odyssee

Sample Library

* Score = 2

Peter Siedleczek's Advanced Orchestra

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Peter Siedleczek's Orchestra

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Peter Siedleczek's Orchestra Plus

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Peter Siedleczek's Orchestral Colours

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Peter Siedleczek's Upgrade '97

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Prosonus The Orchestral Collection

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Roland 7000-series

'V-mix' Modular Digital Mixing System

Roland's entry into the market for mid-priced digital mixers introduces some interesting innovations, including the separation of the control surface from the inputs and the processing rack. Hugh Robjohns puts it to the test.

Roland Sample Archives

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Product Roundup

Dave Stewart concludes his January 2000 investigation into the world of orchestral sampling with a roundup of over 40 orchestral sample CDs.

Scoring Tools Volume 1

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Symphonic Adventures

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Synclavier Sample Library

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Syntec Super Strings

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

Wave It Synth

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Yamaha CS6X

Control Synthesizer

The CS6X has more features than any previous Yamaha Control Synth, with plenty of polyphony, real-time controllers, onboard effects, and basic sampling. You can even fit PLG expansion cards, giving you access not only to fresh sounds, but also other forms of synthesis. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser see if it's 6x better...

Yamaha PLG150AN & PLG150PF

Analogue Modelling & Piano Daughterboards

Yamaha's DB50XG daughterboard demonstrated to the world that a PC soundcard could offer high-spec synthesis capabilities. Its latest descendents offer a digitally emulated Prophet V synth and a high-quality Piano. Martin Walker tries them out.

Zero-G Creative Essentials Series

Sample CD Buyer's Guide

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?

People + Opinion

ANDY WRIGHT: Recording Eurythmics' I Saved The World Today'

Interview | Producer

After a break of almost 10 years, Eurhythmics are back with a new album — and a new hit single, 'I saved The World Today'. Mike Senior talks to gifted programmer and producer Andy Wright about his role in the project.

DJ VADIM: White Russian

Interview | Artist

Hip-hop's biggest stars have always been American, and their success has tended to overshadow artists from other countries. London-based Russian DJ Vadim, however, is winning increasing recognition for his distinctive, cosmopolitan music. Sam Inglis finds out how he puts together his tracks.

JEFF MEARNS: Gear Lust

Sounding Off

Jeff Mearns wonders why we still suffer from gear lust, when old, faithful, well-worn studio equipment so often produces the best results...

MARK ISHAM: Film Music For Hollywood

Interview | Composer

Mark Isham resides at the top of Hollywood's film-music hierarchy, equally comfortable composing for orchestra as for a rack of samplers in his home studio. He marks time as an innovative genre-hopping artist and sought-after trumpeter too. Jonathan Miller finds out how he fits it all in...

QUINN: Glasgow Duo

Readerzone

The SOS team chat with another reader and take a peek at their recording space.

Technique

All Micro Show

Atari Notes

Dedicated Atari users were able to check out the latest from the core Atari hardware and software developers at the recent All Micro Show. Derek Johnson was there for SOS.

Build Your Own Synth Websites

Net Notes

With demand increase for original analogue synths, and the second-hand market drying up, more and more people are contemplating building their own. As Ken McBeth explains, all the necessary resources are available on-line...

Coding Computer Audio

Cutting Edge

Dave Shapton keeps track of the latest developments in the coding of computer audio — and the hardware used to amplify it.

Ensuring A Long Life For Your PC

Tips & Tricks

Martin Walker considers what to look for when buying a new PC or upgrading an existing one, if you want it to remain up-to-date for as long as possible.

iCab

Apple Notes

Martin Russ looks back at a bad and good month for Apple, and writes them out a Christmas wish list.

Introduction To Mixer Automation, Part 1

Exploration

Paul White introduces the concept of VCA and moving-fader mixer automation in the first part of a short series on automated mixers and their applications.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

Spatialize * The Next Big Thing * Smoother & Faster * Scarecrow Holiday * Energy XS * Thalmann * Blue Agave * Manolis Avgenakis * Listmaker * Brother Cake * Kenny * Muse *

Reducing Unwanted Background Noise In The Studio

Tips & Tricks

Hums and buzzes in your signal path are not the only cause of noise problems in the studio. The mechanical noise emitted by some equipment can be equally disruptive — but, as Martin Walker explains, you don't have to suffer in (lack of) silence.

Stereo Editing, Part 1

Tips & Tricks

In the first part of a new series, Paul White looks at the practicalities of stereo editing. So, if you plan on compiling your stereo mixes into an album master, you'd better read on.

Synth Secrets, Part 9: An Introduction To VCAs

Tips & Tricks

Having laid bare the inner workings of oscillators, contour generators and filters, Gordon Reid turns his attention to something which at first sight seems entirely self-evident. Can the humble voltage-controlled amplifier really hold on any Synth Secrets?
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Xteq X-setup; Reaktor Pro-Five

PC Notes

Martin Walker advises manual dexterity, speeds up his internet experience, and finds yet more tweaks for Windows.

Music Business

Big George's Guide To Commercial Success: Applying For Grants & Loans

Tips & Tricks

This month Big George looks at filling in forms, adding up columns and kick-starting your musical career with cash!

Sound Advice

Akai S2000; Best Mics for Wind; Cheap Computers; PC Glitches; Heating

Q & A

Q. How can I assign modulation to filter cutoff on my Akai S2000?
Q. Which would be the best set of mics for recording a wind band?
Q. Can I get a cheap, basic computer to record audio?
Q. What's causing our PC audio glitches?
Q. To heat or not to heat?

Enhancers

Frequently Asked Questions

Psychoacoustic enhancers are a frequent topic of enquiry here at the SOS office. Hugh Robjohns provides the answers to some of the most common questions.

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