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40 Years Of Korg Gear

The History Of Korg - Part 1

Over the 40 years of their existence, Korg have produced a huge variety of groundbreaking music gear, from electronic percussion to industry-standard synths, and from guitar tuners to digital recording workstations. This month, we look back at how it all started...

AAS LOUNGE LIZARD EP1

Modelled Electric Piano Plug-in For PC & Mac

Applied Acoustic Systems, known best for their Tassman software synth, have now used their modelling technology to create an electric piano plug-in. But of course, theirs isn't the only one around...

ACCESS VIRUS INDIGO 2

Access Virus Indigo 2 Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

Hot on the heels of the recent Virus C comes the Virus Indigo 2, now upgraded to include the new Virus C synth engine. And what a difference it makes!

Breakbeat 3

Sample Library

* Score = 4

CDXTRACT 4

CDXtract 4 Universal File Converter & Database For Mac And PC

CDXtract 4 is a handy cross-platform utility for extracting and converting sample data from CD-ROMs.

CUTTING EDGE

Sony Vaio GRX316MP; DVI

As the demand for laptops increases, we look at a Sony Vaio featuring the largest display ever to be incorporated into a notebook computer. Plus, news and predictions about Terratec's latest MP3 player - is it destined for a home in your hi-fi stack?

DIGITAL VILLAGE PC

Digital Village PC

Many UK music technology retailers are now building specialist PCs to order, and Digital Village are no exception. Their Pentium 4 systems promise careful optimisation at a very competitive price.

DRAWMER TUBE STATION TS1

Drawmer Tube Station TS1 Tube Preamp & Compressor

A compressor and front end combining pedigree Drawmer performance with ease of use.

EMES PINK TV

EMES Pink TV Active Monitors

A new pair of nearfields from EMES offer precision monitoring for small rooms.

ESI PRO WAMI RACK

ESI Pro WaMi Rack 192X Audio Interface For PC

As well as bringing 192kHz capability to the project-studio market, ESI Pro's new range of soundcards also features revolutionary drivers which allow the user new freedom to route audio between applications.

Grandioso Steinway Model D

Sample Library

* Score = 4

IK Multimedia Amplitube

Virtual Guitar Amp Plug-in

Digital hardware that models classic guitar amps has been big business in recent years, but in the software field Line 6's Amp Farm has had the market to itself. Now, however, IK's Amplitube looks set to provide some serious competition.

LA Riot: the Funky Drummers

Sample Library

* Audio

London Orchestral Percussion

Sample Library

* Score = 4

M AUDIO USB DUO

M Audio USB Duo Preamp And USB Audio Interface For Mac & PC

For convenience and portability, USB interfaces like M Audio's new Duo are hard to beat.

MXL V69

MXL V69 Tube Microphone

MXL's most affordable tube microphone yet.

PLUG-IN FOLDER

Virtos Noise Wizard

Virtos Noise Wizard * Formats: PC DirectX

PLUG-IN FOLDER

Emagic EVOC20

Emagic EVOC20 * Formats: Mac & PC Logic Instruments

SM PRO AUDIO FX01

SM Pro Audio FX01 Prism Programmable Multi-effects Processor

A new company adds another affordable effects unit to the market. But does it have what it takes to compete with the established big names?

Spectrasonics Stylus

VST, MAS & RTAS Plug-in Groove Instrument

Spectrasonics' new software instruments are based around a vast library of sampled material, but also contain enough processing options to make them more like virtual synths. We check out the rhythm-oriented Stylus...

Studio Essentials

Book Review: A Musician's Guide To Pro Tools: Part 1

Book Review: A Musician's Guide To Pro Tools: Part 1.

Studio Essentials

Copytrax Technologies Matisse Gold On-body CD Printer

A brief review of the Copytrax Technologies Matisse Gold On-body CD Printer.

VERMONA MARS & MARS CONTROL

Vermona Mars & Mars Control Analogue Synth Module & Controller

The German team behind the inexpensive MARS have been responsible for several SOS-reviewed products in the past, although the MARS is the first under their own brand name Vermona. But is it more of a Trabant than an Audi?

Voices Of the Apocalypse

Sample Library

* Score = 5

YAMAHA 02R96

Yamaha 02R96 Digital Mixing Console

After seven years, one of the most successful digital consoles has been completely overhauled, improving the sound quality and ergonomics, and catering for new high-resolution and surround-sound formats.

YAMAHA AW16G

Yamaha AW16G Digital Audio Workstation

First there was the 4416, then the 2816. Now Yamaha have announced a baby brother for their AW audio workstations, in the form of the AW16G.

People + Opinion

BEDROCK

Bedrock John Digweed & Nick Muir

Internationally renowned DJ John Digweed and studio partner Nick Muir make cutting-edge dance music as Bedrock.

JB Woodwell

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Rob Holgate * Dan Coffey

Media Adventures

Hans Zimmer & Jay Rifkin

From Rain Man to The Lion King, and Gladiator to Mission Impossible 2, Hans Zimmer's music is known by audiences worldwide. With business partner Jay Rifkin, Zimmer is also responsible for Media Ventures, a music studio that offers a unique environment for media composers.

OVAL

Markus Popp: Music As Software

According to Oval's Markus Popp, traditional definitions and categories are inadequate when it comes to evaluating electronic music. Instead, his highly conceptual projects aim to make us understand music in terms of the software processes used to produce it.

SOUNDING OFF

Copyright law is too rigid

Copyright law may be very rigid these days, but in the context of creativity, who actually 'owns' a sample?

Technique

Arisja

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

True * Dan Pierce * Simon Antoni * Void * Normski Quintet * SWB

CPU Spikes; P-bugger; Impulse Modeler

PC Notes

This month, we investigate the issue of CPU 'spikes', which have been causing problems for Pentium 4 users with particular music software, and what can be done to overcome this problem.

Cubase SX

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

This months Cubase Notes brings you exclusive coverage of the Mac OS X version of Cubase SX, and offers more advice on working with Hitpoints.

DIGITAL PERFORMER NOTES

MOTU on OS X; Search Facility

It's not a word processor, but DP3's search facilities can still be very useful, as we find out this month. Plus the latest news on MOTU's move towards OS X compatibility...

HALION WORKSHOP

Steinberg HALion Workshop

There's so much to Steinberg's software sampler that it's easy to miss some of the more powerful features, so here are some tips to help you realise its full potential.

Jaguar

Apple Notes

With the release of Jaguar finally delivering the promises of OS X's suitability for music and audio, we take a closer look at the way MIDI and digital audio are supported at system level.

LOGIC NOTES

Tempo Operations

More advice on writing music to picture, and some useful pointers for users of EXS24. Plus another fine crop of tips from the pros.

M Box; Digi 002

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The success of Digidesign's M Box and the spec of their forthcoming 002 interface reflects the growing desire among Pro Tools users for portable, laptop-based systems.

Nashville Recording: The American Way

Recording & Production Insights From Nashville's Top Engineers

Recording & Production Insights From Nashville's Top Engineers

Q&A

How can I stop my speakers from 'booming'? * Should I buy a second-hand tape recorder or cheap digital multitracker? * Should the earth pin in an XLR plug be soldered to the shell? * How reliable is the word clock on Yamaha's SW1000XG? * Can you advise me

How can I stop my speakers from 'booming'? * Should I buy a second-hand tape recorder or cheap digital multitracker? * Should the earth pin in an XLR plug be soldered to the shell? * How reliable is the word clock on Yamaha's SW1000XG? * Can you advise me about connecting a classic Leslie to a VK8?

SONAR NOTES

Off-line Processing; Cyclone DX Instrument

Save CPU resources by using off-line processing, get to grips with Sonar 2's Cyclone DX Instrument, and use your MIDI keyboard to control Sonar functions.

STUDIO SOS

Nick Tucker

The SOS team rushes to the rescue of a reader in Somerset suffering from boxy vocals, a weedy mix, and a dodgy tweeter.

SYNTH SECRETS

Synthesizing Pianos

Surely the only convincing synth pianos are sample-based ones? A sound as rich and expressive as that of an acoustic piano is far too complex to be rendered by subtractive synthesis... isn't it? We find out...

The Truth About Latency: Part 2

Latency And Latency Jitter: Real-world Tests

In the second part of our investigation into the real-world delays caused by PC hardware and software, we consider the differences between different MIDI applications and versions of Windows. Are some sequencers really 'tighter' than others?

Music Business

ON THE RECORD

Running Your Own Record Label: Part 2

In last month's introduction to this series, we explained some of the legal issues which you need to consider when setting up a record label to release your own material. This month, we take a closer look at publishing and royalties.

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