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Analogue Solutions Vostok

Analogue Solutions Vostok Analogue Pin-matrix Synth

Pin-matrix synths, like EMS's legendary VCS3 and Synthi A(KS), are fairly scarce these days, but Analogue Solutions' Vostok revisits the concept in more affordable form. Is it a vintage-inspired classic, or is it just history?

BIAS Peak 3.1

BIAS Peak 3.1 Audio Editor For Mac

BIAS Peak for the Mac is no longer just a well-specified stereo editor: it's also a powerful sound design tool and effects routing package.

Coda Finale 2003

Coda Finale 2003 Notation Editing And Publishing Package

Coda's Finale is one of the best-established notation editing packages for Mac OS and Windows, and has just undergone a thorough overhaul for 2003...

Cutting Edge

Pinnacle Cinewave; Linux Lindows

Cutting Edge wonders whether G4 clock speeds and hot computers are connected, and speculates on a possible way forward for the Mac OS.

Digital Systems Pentium 4 PC

Digital Systems Pentium 4 PC

Digital Systems' PCs are claimed to offer low acoustic noise and excellent performance with music applications, without breaking the bank.

Edirol SD80

Edirol SD80 Sound Module

The latest Studio Canvas module from Edirol aims to expand the sound palette available to those who need GM and GS compatibility.

Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro

Focusrite Platinum Voicemaster Pro Recording Channel

The Platinum Voicemaster Pro updates the original Voicemaster concept, adding new features as well as design improvements.

Glyph Companion

Glyph Companion FireWire Hard Drive

As well as matching the looks of Digidesign's M Box, Glyph's new desktop FireWire hard drive incorporates some innovative features designed to increase reliability and reduce acoustic noise.

Korg D1200

Korg D1200 Digital Recording Studio

Having upgraded their D16 to the D1600, Korg have now revamped the 12-track D12 to the D1200. So where does Korg's latest offering stand in the competitive digital multitracker marketplace?

Korg Microkorg

Modelled Analogue Synthesizer & Vocoder

Korg's Electribe grooveboxes presented their analogue-modelling technology in an affordable, dance-friendly format and were a smash success. Now, using the MS2000 virtual analogue synth as a starting point, they're hoping for similar budget triumph with the fun-sized Microkorg...

Lexicon MPX550

Lexicon MPX550 Dual-channel Effects Processor

Lexicon update their MPX500 with more editing parameters, extra mastering processes, and more user patches.

Line 6 Pod XT

Modelling Guitar Preamp & Effects Processor

This new version of Line 6's ground-breaking Pod guitar processor combines improved amp modelling with a host of high-quality effects plundered from the company's range of rack processors.

MAM MLM62

MAM MLM62 Rackmount Mixer

This compact mixer could be a godsend if you've got more sound modules and effects units than soundcard inputs.

McDSP Synthesizer One

Virtual Analogue Synth For Pro Tools TDM & HD

McDSP's Synthesizer One plug-in for Pro Tools goes beyond basic analogue synth emulation, providing some sophisticated wavetable synthesis features and an impressive degree of MIDI controllability.

Plug-in Folder

Waldorf D-coder

Waldorf D-coder. Formats: Mac/PC Powercore

Plug-in Folder

Camel Audio SuperCamelPhat

Camel Audio SuperCamelPhat Formats: Mac & PC VST

Plug-in Folder

Izotope Ozone v2

Izotope Ozone v2 Format: PC DirectX

PMC DB1S

Miniature Nearfield Monitor

Introducing the world's smallest transmission-line speaker.

Primacoustic London Systems

Primacoustic London Systems Acoustic Treatment Kits

Integrated kit solutions to room-acoustic problems in the project studio.

Samson C01

Samson C01 Condenser Microphone

Samson seek a share of the budget microphone market with their highly competitive new large-diaphragm condenser.

Software Technology VAZ 2010

Software Technology VAZ 2010 Software Synth For PC

The latest version of the popular VAZ software synth combines the simplicity and low cost of a preset design with some advanced options from the full-fat VAZ Modular.

Sonic Foundry Acid Pro v4

Sonic Foundry Acid Pro v4 Audio & MIDI Loop Sequencer For Windows

With the addition in version 4 of surround sound mixing, ASIO and VST Instrument support and an expanding MIDI functionality, Sonic Foundry are attempting to move Acid beyond its original role in loop-based music creation.

ST Audio DSP24 Media 7.1

ST Audio DSP24 Media 7.1 PC Audio & MIDI Interface

ST Audio's new recording interface provides multi-channel, multi-client audio I/O, as well as MIDI In and Out and full 24-bit/96kHz capability, for a highly affordable £230.

Uberschall Da Nu Hiphop Era

Sample Library

4*

Zero-G Creative Essentials

Sample Library

5*

People + Opinion

Business End

Business End

Slacklander: Vol 1&2 Sean Booth: Footsy The Ghosts: Vibrations The High Tea Company

David Newman

Film Composer

Composition runs in David Newman's family, and he's become one of Hollywood's most sought-after writers of music for film.

Demo Doctor

Demo Doctor

King Bathmat; Touch Base. Quickies: Keir Doherty, Chnage, 21st Sentry, Charlie's Horse, Wilberforce.

Leader

Saving Graces

Saving Graces

Man Of Reason

Ernst Nathorst-Boos of Propellerhead Software

Propellerhead, makers of the unique Reason software studio, have come from nowhere to award-winning developer status in just eight years. We catch up with one of the key men behind this small but influential Swedish company.

No More Love Songs?

Stephin Merritt, Chris Ewen & Claudia Gonson: Future Bible Heroes

With the cult triple album 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt established himself as one of the most remarkable songwriters around. The Future Bible Heroes' new album sees his trademark lyrical cleverness paired with Chris Ewen's distinctive, organic electronica.

Readerzone

Andy Cross

Andy Cross

Sounding Off

Many Of Us Still Remain To Be Convinced About Surround Sound

The combined might of the record industry is currently behind the attempt to persuade us that surround is the next big thing - but many of us still remain to be convinced...

Technique

Burning Questions

Getting Better Performance From Your CD Drives

Cheap, writable optical media have revolutionised the way PC users store audio and back up their data. However, setting up your CD-R/W drives and persuading them to work at their best can be more complicated than it seems...

Cue Monitoring Techniques

Cue Monitoring Techniques

One of the secrets of overdubbing is setting up good cue monitoring for the performer. There are, however, a number of different approaches and it is important to choose the most appropriate for the task at hand.

Keyboard Shortcuts & Key Commands

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

While using keyboard shortcuts in a sequencer is nothing new, this month we explain how Cubase SX/SL takes the idea further, and look at Hans Zimmer's unique solution for accessing Key Commands in Cubase.

Logic Notes

Setting up Logic to replace a tape-based system

This month's workshop shows you how to get Logic to fill the shoes of a multitrack tape machine. Plus a handy way to display multiple automation passes side by side, and the usual bucketload of tricks, tips and workarounds.

OS X News From AES; Titanium Powerbook

Apple Notes

More OS X news from the AES convention, plus what you can really do with a fast Apple portable — now even faster — if you put your mind to it.

Performer Notes

Unlimited Undo

With DP's new unlimited Undo facility, you really can go back in time and change history...

Pro Tools 6.0 At Digiworld

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This month Pro Tools Notes reports from the recent Digiworld show in London, offering the first chance to see Pro Tools 6.0, and what Mac OS X can do for you.

Q&A

Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? * Are red indicators in audio software significant? * What is 'zero level'? * Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? * Why have my faders stopped working? * Does normalising have any ad

Can I use my drum pads to trigger drum machine sounds? * Are red indicators in audio software significant? * What is 'zero level'? * Can you advise me on vocal recording and microphones? * Why have my faders stopped working? * Does normalising have any adverse effects on audio? * Can I obtain better orchestral sounds on a budget?

Sonar Notes

Version 2.1 Update

This month, there's news of another update to Sonar, plus tips on using its built-in tuner, changing the order in which track parameters appear, processing Groove Clips without having them revert to audio, getting more from the VSC soft synth and customising Sonar's appearance.

Studio SOS

Alan Pittaway

This month SOS helps Alan Pittaway improve his drum kit recordings, and also helps him get his two Roland multitrackers working together.

Synth Secrets

Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10

When trying to copy a real piano with an analogue synth, if one patch doesn't quite do it, two just might...

Understanding Impedance

Workshop

No home studio is immune from issues of impedance, yet the subject can seem very confusing. In this workshop we explain what the recording musician needs to know about impedance, and show you how to avoid lifeless guitar sounds, digital glitches, and fried amps!

Using A Games Joystick As A MIDI Controller

PC Notes

This month, we transform the humble and inexpensive games joystick into a simple but effective MIDI controller, and find a word processor that will have minimum impact on the clean music partition of your PC.

Waldorf Microwave Masterclass

Masterclass

The Microwave synths are complex beasts, so here are some hands-on tips to help you get the creative results you're after, without spending all your time programming.

Music Business

On The Record

Running Your Own Record Label: Part 5

The earlier parts of this series explained how to set up your label. Now it's time to start looking at ways to get your recorded work out and on sale to the public.

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