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API 2500 Buss Compressor
Hugh Robjohns looks at a pedigree mix compressor with a number of rather unusual extra functions up its sleeve...
Presonus Blue Tube Stereo Preamp
The Blue Tube preamp accepts both mic and instrument inputs, and lets you add as much tube warmth as you like using real valve circuitry. Paul White drives it to the limit.
US mic manufacturers CAD move in on the affordable end of the market with two new large-diaphragm models, one of which offers multi-pattern functionality. Hugh Robjohns evaluates the M177 and M179.
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Soundbeam 2 MIDI Performance Controller
The Soundbeam's ability to translate physical movements into MIDI messages, in a sophisticated and customisable way, makes it unique among alternative MIDI control systems. Chris Carter moves in mysterious ways...
EMES Owl System Stereo Monitor & Violett HR Nearfield Monitor
EMES have developed the first studio monitor to use a patented new single-point stereo speaker technology. Hugh Robjohns tests the Owl System and compares it with the conventional Violett HR on which it is based.
Universal Audio UAD1 Plug-in DSP Card For PC
A new wave of dedicated DSP cards is helping computer musicians boost their plug-in power. The latest to appear is Universal Audio's UAD1, which offers recreations of vintage compressors as well as a high-quality reverb. Martin Walker plugs it in.
Steinberg Nuendo v1.5.2 Multitrack Recording Software For Mac
Can Steinberg's professional recording package make an impact in the Pro Tools-dominated Macintosh market? Sam Inglis finds out.
Phonic MR2443 Mixer
Paul White tests a versatile four-buss mixer which provides mic amps and direct outputs for all of its 16 input channels, as well as offering built-in facilities for M&S recording.
Access Virus Rack Virtual Analogue Synth Module
Rather than rack up their recent flagship Virus Indigo, Access have made the Virus Rack a lower-spec version at a keen price. Gordon Reid considers whether this Virus is still infectious...
Yamaha QY100 Music Sequencer
For 10 years, Yamaha's compact QY 'walkstations' have offered an impressive set of tools for the mobile MIDI musician. Nicholas Rowland checks out the latest, which adds guitar and vocal processing.
Boss BR532 Digital Studio
Paul White tests one of the first of a new generation of portable multitrackers which utilise SmartMedia digital data storage cards as their recording medium.
The Reel World: Scoring For Picture
The Reel World: Scoring For Picture.
Chordwizard Guitar Chord-finding Software For PC
Chordwizard Guitar Chord-finding Software For PC
Teisco SX400 Analogue Synthesizer (retro)
Not every old analogue synth can be a classic. Gordon Reid reflects on one that is not desirable, probably won't appreciate and, in many analogue enthusiasts' opinions, does not deserve to be hunted down - except, perhaps, to be put out of its misery!
Yamaha RS7000 Music Production Studio
Yamaha's RS7000 is a groovebox with a difference. Incorporating a sequencer, sampler, and a synth, it claims to offer everything you might need for modern music production. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser put that claim to the test.
Digitech Genesis 3 Physical Modelling Guitar Preamp
Paul White tests Digitech's latest GeNetX amp modelling technology, which includes a Warp control allowing you to morph between amp and speaker models in real time.
Arturia Storm v1.5 Mac/PC Software Music Studio
Software instruments are now becoming commonplace, but it's still an ambitious software developer who attempts to model an entire studio. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser find out if Arturia's Storm is a breeze and a blast...
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Desktop Video Software
The future looks bright for those musicians who want to use desktop video software to produce their own promotional videos. Dave Shapton explains why.
Anders Bagge and Arnthor Birgisson: Murlyn Music Group
Richard Buskin talks with two of Sweden's hottest writer-producers about their ongoing work as part of the Murlyn Music Group, including recent hit recordings by Jennifer Lopez, Samantha Mumba and Jessica Simpson.
No TV shows about making music, by Big George
Why is it that you can watch 20 TV shows a week about decorating your house, but not one about making music? Big George speculates.
Producer & Engineer Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris is the man behind some huge recent hits by U2, Santana and the Dave Matthews Band. Sam Inglis finds out how he made it big.
Advanced Reverberation: Part 1
Part 1: Paul White looks at how real reverberant spaces affect the perception of sounds within them, and shows you how your digital reverberation unit can simulate this process.
Recording Bass Instruments
Paul White provides some practical tips for achieving better recorded bass guitar and bass synth sounds.
Using Budget MIDI Hardware Controllers with a PC
A little money spent on a hardware control surface for your PC can yield a dramatic improvement in ergonomics and ease of use. Martin Walker explores the options.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Last month we explained how to derive a Cubase tempo from freely played MIDI. This time, we look at how to extract tempo data from unmetricised audio...
Various companies are still putting development time and effort into creating 21st-century computers and add-ons based around the Atari operating system. Derek Johnson rounds up the breaking news.
How to match your song's tempo automatically to that of a sampled loop
Tweak the levels of individual sounds in a stereo mix, and learn how to match your song's tempo automatically to that of a sampled loop. Plus, the usual fistful of handy tips, including some ways to make your life easier using Logic's colouring options.
After a slow start, OS X is starting to look quite promising for musicians, judging by behind-the-scenes news from MacWorld and an independent report pronouncing it the 'least latent' OS, especially under pressure. Paul Wiffen reveals all.
Martin Walker tries out new VST Instruments and plug-ins, and reports on his personal experiences with a MIDI hardware controller.
New Tool Bar and Graphical Editing Options
DP3 is here - and there's a number of fundamental changes to the way the program looks and works. This month, we examine the new tool bar and graphical editing options and consider how to get the most out of your plug-in effects...
What is the best kind of hard drive for me? * Do I have a mic impedance problem? * Will an analogue mixer interface prperly with my soundcard? * Are my monitor problems caused by my amp? * Would a preamp improve the quality of my PC audio? How can I mak
What is the best kind of hard drive for me? Do I have a mic impedance problem? Will an analogue mixer interface prperly with my soundcard? Are my monitor problems caused by my amp? Would a preamp improve the quality of my PC audio? How can I make Akai-format sample CDs?
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Pro Tools is about to get Rocket Network compatibility, facilitating long-distance collaboration between Digi users. Also this month, we continue our series of inter-application transfer tutorials with a look at how to move Digital Performer tracks into Pro Tools.
Part 30: A Final Attempt To Synthesize Guitars
Having proved that subtractive synthesis of an acoustic guitar is completely impractical, Gordon Reid tries his hand at the electric variety, and deconstructs some past attempts to emulate the sound via analogue means.
Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
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Surround Sound Explained - Part 3
Though a commercial failure in the 1970s, the Ambisonics surround sound system was technically flawless, and survives to this day - indeed, today it is more relevant than ever. Hugh Robjohns unravels the mysteries of the B-format...
Big George's Guide To Commercial Success; Letter to Tessa Jowell
Big George writes an open letter to Tessa Jowell, the Government minister responsible for music.