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ART Tube MP

Tube Mic Preamp

Until now, musicians wanting to add that distinctive valve sound to their recordings have had to beg, borrow, or steal to do it. At a mere £149, ART's new tube mic preamp looks set to change all that. Paul White checks it out.

Bass Legends

Sample Library

4* (Sample CD), 3* (CD-ROM)

Digitech TSR24S

Dual Channel Multi-effects Processor

The trouble with sequels is that they're not usually as good as the originals. Is the follow-up to Digitech's powerful TSR24 the exception to the rule? Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser find out.

Emagic Logic 2.5

MIDI Recording Environment

Paul White checks out the new features in this latest update to Emagic's MIDI recording environment.

Fatar CMS 61 & Studio 610

Master Keyboards

Andy Davies casts his eyes, and fingers, over Fatar's latest low-cost master keyboards.

Fostex DMT-8

Digital Multitracker (Preview)

Paul White provides a sneak preview of the world's first truly portable 8-track digital multitracker for musicians.

Groove Tubes MD1/MD2/MD3

Valve Mics

Paul White turns his critical ear to three Groove Tubes valve mics, and concludes that they are more likely to tell you what you want to hear than the unbridged truth.

Korg Prophecy

Solo Synthesizer

It's not a new synth — it's seven! Korg's amazing new Prophecy offers analogue and FM synthesis, and physical modelling, and still costs under £1000. Unsurprisingly, SOS staff have been dying to review one ever since it was unveiled at this year's Frankfurt Musik Messe. Lucky man Gordon Reid won the toss...

Kurzweil K2500R

Rack Sound Module

Offering evolution not revolution, the feature-laden K2500R packs one heck of a sonic punch. Paul Ward remains impressed...

Mackie LM3204E

Expander For LM3204 Line Mixer

Paul White discovers that doubling the input capacity of a Mackie LM3204 is as simple as plugging in a single ribbon cable — and signing a cheque!

New York City Drumworks

Sample Library

3*

Phat & Phunky

Sample Library

5*

Recording On A Budget

Steinberg Cubasis Audio for Windows

Panicos Georghiades and Gabriel Jacobs put Steinberg's new budget 'MIDI-plus-audio' sequencer for Windows through its paces.

Rhodes Chroma

Analogue Polysynth (Retro)

Norman Fay takes a relro look at the Rhodes Chroma, the last and most obscure of ARP's long line of analogue synthesizers.

Roland Sound Expansion Series

Synth Expander Modules

Paul White bolts Roland's new range of synth expander modules into his rack, seats himself in the comfy chair, then switches it on.

Tannoy PBM5 II

Nearfield Monitors

Once again, Paul White disrupts his studio listening system, this time to audition Tannoy's diminutive PBM5 IIs.

Widgets

Spectra Dynamics' Advanced Damping/Isolation Polymer; Washburn VGA 15 Guitar Amp

Team SOS checks out an advanced damping polymer from Spectra Dynamics in Wales, and test a practice amp from Washburn.

Yamaha H3000

Power Amp

Power amps may not be as exciting as synths, but they can make a big difference to your sound. Paul White checks out Yamaha's latest power tool.

People + Opinion

Bill Nelson: Guitar Boy In Wonderland

Interview | Artist

If anyone epitomises the home recording DIY ethic, it's Bill Nelson. With over 40 albums to his credit, many of which emanated from his modest home studio, Bill continues to experiment. Nigel Humberstone explores his latest guitar-based creations.

Emu Systems: Sampling, The Future & CA

Interview | Manufacturer

Paul White trips off to California to discover the inside track on sampling, resynthesis, Darwin, and the future power generation of musical instruments from industry pioneers, Emu Systems.

Paul Ward: Standardisation

Sounding Off

Thanks to MIDI, modern musicians can achieve effects that would have seemed nothing short of magical only a few years ago — but it can still seem like mumbo jumbo to the uninitiated. Regular SOS contributor Paul Ward believes it could be so different with just a little standardisation.

Roy Thomas Baker & Gary Langan: The Making Of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

Interview | Producer/Engineer

A lavish production well ahead of its time, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' remains one of British rock's finest moments. Twenty years after its original release, Mark Cunningham learns how the mercurial muse was committed to tape from its producer, Roy Thomas Baker, and (then assistant) mix engineer, Gary Langan.

Software Synthesis: The Wave Of The Future?

Exploration

We think nothing of using computers to help us create music via the wonders of MIDI — so why not use the computer to generate the actual sounds, and take entire synthesis systems into the realm of computer software? Paul D. Lehrman puts the case for and against this move and talks to some software synth developers.

Sonar 1995: International Electronic Music & Multimedia Festival

Event Report

Spain's annual Sonar festival, held this June in Barcelona, is one of a growing number of European events devoted to electronic music of all types. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser were in attendance.

Technique

AWE32 Soundcard

PC Notes

Brian Heywood hails the arrival of Windows 95, and passes on some hints for getting digital sound out of your AWE32 soundcard.

Current State Of The Atari

Atari Notes

Ofir Gal jumps into Vic Lennard's shoes to discuss the state of the Atari today...

Gain Structure

Exploration

Do your recordings sound like they've been made through a white noise generator? Well, don't just blame the vintage synth or battered effects unit — it could be your gain structure that's at fault. Paul White offers some tips on getting it right...

Giftware

Amiga Notes

Paul Overaa brings you the latest Amiga news, discovers how to improve his built-in speaker sound quality, and discovers the meaning of giftware...

Hardware Supply

Apple Notes

Martin Russ explains how he discovered the curious truth behind Apple hardware supply, and explains the meaning of 'Spanning'...

Introduction To Cubase, Part 2: Recording; Key, Drum & List Editors

Tips & Techniques

Simon Millward continues his fundamental guide to Steinberg's flagship MIDI recording software package.
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Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

Paul Farrer looks at ways of using Proteus 2 samples to create a convincing orchestral arrangement.
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MIDI Basics, Part 3: MIDI Messages

Exploration

What are MIDI messages and what do they do? Paul White explains.
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Submixing In The MIDI Studio

Exploration

Paul White examines the role of the keyboard submixer in the MIDI/tape recording studio.

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