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Reviews

Antares Avox

Vocal Processing Plug-ins [Mac OSX/WinXP]

With their new plug-in bundle, Antares promise to let you change the character of the human voice.

Buchla 200e: Part 2

Patchable Analogue & Digital Synthesizer

Thumbnail for article: Buchla 200e: Part 2PART 2: We conclude our look at synth pioneer Don Buchla's extraordinary new 200e modular synth.

CAD GXL Series

Condenser Microphones

This new set of Chinese-built mics offers good-quality vocal and instrument recording on a budget.

Creamware Minimax ASB

Modelled Analogue Synth

Creamware's Minimax is certainly not the first digital emulation of a Minimoog to be released — nor even Creamware's first. But it bucks the recent trend for software recreations of vintage synths — by being hardware. Can it replace the real deal?

Digidesign Pro Tools v7

Recording Software [Mac/PC]

Thumbnail for article: Digidesign Pro Tools v7 With new MIDI sequencing functionality among many other features, Pro Tools v7 is intended to be the ultimate audio and MIDI workstation. Will this release keep Digidesign on top?

DK Technologies MSD100C

Stereo Audio Meter

The baby of the MSD series of meters gets an overhaul.

Drawmer Three-Sum

Band-splitting Processor

Thumbnail for article: Drawmer Three-SumThis intriguing new unit from Drawmer lets you split a stereo signal into three bands and then process each band with a different piece of outboard.

Guitar Technology

Tips, Techniques & Gear

Our new regular section for guitarists combines tips and techniques with a look at interesting new gear. This month, it's the CORNFORD CARRERA recording amp and the TAKAMINE COOL TUBE acoustic preamp.

Korg D3200

Digital Multitracker

Korg's newest workstation heavyweight boasts 32 recording tracks, a powerful 44:12:2 mixer, a programmable drum machine, and up to 11 simultaneous effects — all for under £1000. Read our test report...

M Audio Project Mix I/O

Firewire Interface & Control Surface [PC/Mac]

Thumbnail for article: M Audio Project Mix I/OM Audio have packaged a fully featured control surface with motorised faders, an 18-input Firewire interface and eight mic preamps in one box — at a very competitive price.

Mackie Onyx 400F

Firewire Audio Interface

Mackie's new 10-in, 10-out breakout box includes and internal DSP mixer, MIDI connectivity, and four of their high-spec Onyx preamps.

Native Instruments B4 II

Modelled Drawbar Organ Software [PC/Mac]

Since its launch in 2000, NI's B4 has been the software instrument of choice for those who want realistic tonewheel organ sounds from their computer. But NI are clearly convinced it can be better...

RPCX Blue

VST 2.0 & AU Synth Plug-in [Mac/PC]

Sound designer Rob Papen may be known to you as the name behind amazing sounds for the Access Virus or Alesis Andromeda. Now he has moved into producing software-based synths of his own. So how good is it?

Sample Libraries: On Test

Hot New Releases

Funk University ****
Koncept & Funktion ****
Chopped Guitars ****
Downtempo Guitars Volume 2 ****
Talkbox Guitar *****

Scan 3XS

Dual-core Athlon 64 PC For Music

Thumbnail for article: Scan 3XSDual-core CPUs promise a huge jump in performance at a modest price, while RAID disk arrays can provide both faster and more secure storage. Scan Computers' Athlon-based system features both technologies.

Tannoy Reveal 8D

Active Midfield Monitors

Thumbnail for article: Tannoy Reveal 8DUpdating their successful Reveal range, Tannoy have included new high-resolution tweeter technology, sophisticated room-correction EQ, and digital interfacing.

Tascam FW1804

Firewire Audio & MIDI Interface [PC/Mac]

If you fancy Tascam's FW series of Firewire interfaces but don't need their control-surface features, the new FW1804 might be just what you are looking for.

Yamaha MG8/2FX

Analogue Mixer

Straightforward facilities, built-in effects processing, and an affordable price make this new analogue mixer a good choice for entry-level studio and live setups.

People + Opinion

From 4AD To Nine Inch Nails

John Fryer

Thumbnail for article: From 4AD To Nine Inch NailsThe likes of Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins and Nine Inch Nails all owe a sonic debt to engineer/producer John Fryer, who explains his approach to production.

Futurism...

Paul White's Leader

The year is 2016 and Editor In Chief Paul White pens another thought-provoking leader column...

Sounding Off: Monitors

Mike Senior

Monitors have so much to answer for...

Technique

Avoid Viruses, Spyware, Adware, Phishing & Internet Hacks

PC Notes

We'd probably all prefer to keep our music PCs insulated from viruses, spyware, adware, phishing and the general nastiness of the Internet, but the way music software is developing makes this increasingly difficult. Find out more...

Avoiding The Blue Screen Of Death

PC Musician

If you've ever been confronted by the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death, suffered random reboots or faced the frustration of inexplicable PC crashes, read on for some preventative measures...

CLASSIC TRACKS: The Staple Singers I'll Take You There

Producer: Al Bell; Engineers: Terry Manning, Jerry Masters

For the Staple Singers' landmark 1972 Stax album, Terry Manning and producer Al Bell employed the talents of Memphis's finest musicians and two of the South's most famous studios.

Logical Editor

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase contains many powerful features for processing MIDI data, such as the Logical Editor and Macros. This month we look at how using them together can create some powerful solutions to potentially tedious problems.

Making A Living From Music For Picture: Part 2

Creating Your Showreel

If you're ever going to make it in this game, you need a calling card, a way of impressing potential clients with your musical ability — you need a showreel. We explain what to do to create one...

Making The Most Of Digital Performer Plug-ins

Digital Performer Notes & Techniques

Can you honestly say you use all the features of DP's plug-ins? If not, prepare to be intrigued, as we dig deeper into Dynamics, Multimode Filter, Sonic Modulator and more, in search of the facilities you didn't know were there.

Mastering Your Album In Logic

Logic Notes & Techniques

We look at how to combine your hardware and the software-processing within Logic for mastering purposes.

Mix Rescue

+ Audio Files

Can't get your mix sounding right? Let SOS sort it out!

PCI Express: What Does It Mean For Mac Musicians?

Apple Notes

With the new single-processor, dual-core Power Macs shipping, we continue to investigate the impact of PCI Express on the Mac audio and music world.

Recording & Remixing With Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

In the first instalment of this two-part article, we examine how you can use Live as a conventional digital audio workstation.

Studio SOS

South

The SOS team get busy at the London studio of a band called South, by transforming the sound of their troublesome monitoring room.

The Lost Art Of Sampling

Part 6

We continue exploring what your sampler's synth engine can do to liven up bland self-sampled sounds, and explain the concepts of layering and multitimbrality.

Tomorrow's Musicians & What They'll Be Playing

Controllers Of The Future

The New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference has been running for five years, and is a great place to see and discuss new ideas that may provide the musical controllers of the future. SOS was in Vancouver to learn more...

Using Sonar 5's Cyclone Loop Tool

Sonar Notes & Techniques

The Cyclone 'groove sampler' DXi, bundled free with Sonar, is a powerful tool that allows loops of all kinds to be dissected, manipulated and generally bent to your will...

Working With Video

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This Pro Tools workshop is the first in a series where we will explain how to use Digidesign's DAW to work to picture. First of all, we look at the decisions you need to make in setting up your system.

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