October 1999 In This Issue

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Reviews

Bizarre Guitar

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Drawmer Masterflow DC2476

Mastering Processor

Drawmer are the latest hi-tech analogue equipment manufacturers to enter the digital world of all-in-one mastering solutions. Paul White finds out how well they've pulled it off.

Electrix Filterfactory & Warpfactory

Filter & Vocoder

Can these new digital interpretations of classic analogue filters and vocoders really offer something new? Paul White finds out...

Fostex VM200 & VR800

Digital Mixer & 8-track Digital Recorder

Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser get their hands on Fostex's latest affordable digital recorder — and their first ever stand-alone digital mixer

GLM 8304

4-channel Reference Quality Mic Preamp

This state-of-the art- multi-channel mic preamp, designed by the celebrated George Massenburg, is light on frills but heavy on quality, as Hugh Robjohns discovers.

Ill Jointz

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Lexicon LexiVerb; Aphex Aural Exciter; RBC Voice Tweaker

Plug-ins Folder

Mike Collins reviews two new TDM plug-ins for Pro Tools whilst Martin Walker investigates a DirectX Plug-in.

Modular Sampler 001: Psychedelic Trance & Goa

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Modular Sampler 002: Big Beat & Electro

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Native Instruments Reaktor 2

Software Synth/sampler

With more and more software synths appearing for both Mac and PC, it takes something a little special to make people sit up and take notice. Martin Walker looks at a product that should do just that.

Red Sound Federation BPM FX Pro

BPM Calculator/Effects Processor

It's shiny and colourful, it's equally at home in the MIDI studio or between the turntables in a club, and as effects processors go it's very, very clever. Paul Farrer prepares to enter Federation territory...

Roland ED SC8850 Sound Canvas

General MIDI 2/GS Sound Module

GM synths have a reputation in hi-tech circles for being dull and samey, but they're undeniably popular — and now the specification has been updated. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser take a look at the first of the GM2 generation.

Roland SRV3030

Reverb Unit

Roland's sophisticated, yet highly affordable SRV3030 is the latest contender in the competitive market for dedicated reverb units. Paul White tries it out.

Sample Buyer's Guide

Tips & Tricks

Time moves quickly in the world of digital recording and since SOS's last sampler roundup in September 1997, a host of new models have been introduced, from 'quick-and-dirty' phrase recorders to top-of-the-range sampling workstations. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser steer you through the pre-purchase decisions, and provide a guide to all the currently available models.

Sampler Buyer's Guide

Feature | Tips & Tricks

Time moves quickly in the world of digital recording and since SOS's last sample roundup in September 1997, a host of new models have been introduced, from quick-and-dirty phrase recorders to top-of-the-range sampling workstations. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser steer you through the pre-purchase decisions, and provide a guide to all the currently available models.

Terratec EWS88MT

PCI Soundcard

The launch of yet another 8-in/8-out PCI soundcard might seem little cause for raised eyebrows, but Terratec have a few surprises up their sleeves with the EWS88 MT. Martin Walker prepares to be amazed.

Yamaha RY9

Drum Machine

Nicholas Rowland explores a diminutive drum machine which, despite its size, packs in a decent sound set and some interesting guitar-oriented features.

Yamaha TX81Z

FM Synth (Retro)

Paul Sellars goes back to a time when minimalism ruled in synth design...

People + Opinion

GAVIN HARRISON: The 40ft High Studio

Readerzone

Another look at another reader's studio.

JASON MILES: Miles Ahead

Interview | Musician

This multi-talented musician has top session and production credits, solo albums, award-winning film music and acclaimed synth preset programming to his name — yet that name is still relatively unfamiliar. Paul Tingen does his bit to spread the word...

MARK BRYDON & ROISIN MURPHEY: Recording Moloko's 'Sing It Back'

Interview | Artist/Producer

It's been hard to turn on a radio or go to a club this summer without hearing Moloko's distinctive retro disco hit. Bill Bruce meets the Sheffield duo to find out how it was put together.

PAUL CARMODY: Good Tunes First, Big Production Later

Sounding Off

Paul Carmody explains why, when it really comes down to it, there are more important things than 'big' production.

PAUL HARDCASTLE: King Of The Castle

Interview | Producer/Songwriter

Paul White catches up with the man who pioneered the art of radical remixes in the '80s, and has gone on to become a hugely successful producer and songwriter.

The Future Of Music Technology

Exploration

New developments in technology often originate in other fields, and are only later applied to the world of music. In this new regular column, Dave Shapton seeks out the latest breakthroughs in digital technology, and explains how they might change the way in which music is made and recorded.

Technique

20 Tips On Creating Realistic Sequenced Drum Parts

Tips & Tricks

Music mythology has it that real drummers are illiterate, beer-swilling louts with about as much musicality as a dead dog. Nevertheless, it can be hard to find an acceptable substitute. Sam Inglis offers a few pointers.

Buying & Selling Through Internet Auctions

Net Notes

Need a new soundcard for your PC? Searching for that classic analogue synth, or planning to offload yours? Nicholas Rowland explains the ins and outs of buying and selling online via auction.

Choosing A CD Writer; Granular Synthesis

PC Notes

With so many models on the market, choosing a CD writer can be tricky. Martin Walker helps you narrow things down, and also harvests a few grains of sound

Creating A Website, Part 4

Feature | Tips & Tricks

Having explained the factors that come into play in designing the structure, content and appearance of a web site, Mike Simmons turns to the part that will be most important to many SOS readers: putting sound on your site.

Giving Your Recordings A 'Produced' Sound

Tips & Tricks

Why is it that some perfectly well-recorded songs sound like demos, while others sound like top commercial tracks? Paul White investigates the mystery of the 'produced' sound.

Light Of Adamas; Atar Computing Magazine; Softjee Expand & Easybeat

Atari Notes

The Free Internet access now being offered by so many companies and the ability of inexpensive net software mean that your Atari computer could be the cheapest way to get on line. Derek Johnson checks out a new German web-access package and also rounds up some drum machine and synth emulators for the ST and Falcon.

Make A Test Tone; iBook; Magma PowerBook Expander

Apple Notes

Martin Russ explores his new G3 Mac a little further, and looks at the music prospects for Apple's new iBook.

PC-based Studio — Myth Or Reality?

Exploration

Now that software versions of synths, processors and samplers are available for less than their hardware equivalents, many musicians are being tempted to dispense with their studio hardware and run everything inside their PCs. Martin Walker examines the feasibility of putting all your chips in one basket...

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

Strange Days * Emporium * Monotype * The Urge * Impact * 4D * Colin Jacklin * B Choyek * URB * Stan Pollard * Santa Fe Jazz Heroes * Modesty

Recording A Choir On Location, Part 2

Tips & Tricks

Last month, Hugh Robjohns described the planning and setting up he undertook in preparation for recording the choir of Cheltenham College. This month, he turns his attention to the recording itself — and the problems of moving between two venues in one day.

Synth Secrets, Part 6: Of Responses & Resonance

Tips & Tricks

As parts 4 & 5 of Gordon Reid's series showed, even the simplest analogue filters mess with your sound in complicated ways. In this part, he considers what happens when you make the design more sophisticated...
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Music Business

Getting Your Music Out There

Big George's Guide To Commercial Success

The third instalment of Big George's regular column sees him emerging from a mountain of readers' emails, letters, complaints and party invitations.

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