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Get your hands on an 01X Mixer/Controller with i88X Firewire interface, MXL V6 mic, pair of Yamaha MSP10 active monitors, Steinberg Cubase SX3 and an Omnirax workstation desk to house it all. Worth in excess of £4700 — so get your entry in now!!!!!
A compact active monitor for high-quality listening at low-to-medium sound levels.
Drum Microphone Kit
This new set of high-resolution drum mics is also versatile enough for many general recording tasks.
Kompakt Instrument [Mac / PC]
Continuing the recent tradition for wedding software-instrument front ends to vast sample libraries, Ra is a 14Gigabyte collection of exotic and 'world' instruments with an NI Kompakt wrapper...
Firewire Audio Interface [PC/Mac]
Echo are the latest soundcard manufacturer to move into the market for Firewire interfaces, and the flagship of their range promises 12-channel analogue I/O with pristine sound quality.
PC Laptop Digital Audio System
Emu's latest audio interfaces use the Cardbus format to provide 16 inputs and outputs at prices that put many Firewire interfaces to shame...
Akai-format Sample CD-ROMs
Hollow Sun's vintage keyboard sounds go against all the current sample-library trends, being supplied on CD-ROM rather than on dedicated hard drives, and weighing in at Megabytes in size, not Gigabytes. But how do they sound...?
Electronic Drum Kit
The price of MIDI keyboard controllers has tumbled over the past few years, and Ion clearly feel it's time the same thing happened to MIDI drum kits. Their IED01 costs £299 and includes five pads, two pedals, and the stand!
Master Digital Clock
This new master clock generator from Mutec can transmit a bewildering array of clock signals at many different rates simultaneously. Does your studio need one?
3 hot new Plug-ins on test
Basement Arts Frantic PC VST
Cakewalk Z3TA+ PC VST, Direct X, standalone
Progress Software Soup Windows VST
Part 2: We conclude our review of Roland's fabulous new rackmount synth, and look at the built-in VC1 and VC2 cards, which respectively convert the V-Synth XT into a fully functioning D50 and a powerful vocal-processing synth.
Hot Releases Assessed
We check out the latest sample libraries on the block:
Spatial Awareness *****
Ghetto Electro ***
Cycles Volume 4: Momentary Incursions *****
This new small-diaphragm mic provides a good upgrade path for home studios currently working with just dynamic models.
Score-writing Software [PC / Mac]
Viewed by many musicians as the modern standard in computer-based score-writing software, Sibelius has an impressive pedigree and reputation. Following the success of three releases on the Mac and Windows platform, can it maintain its simple user interface as the powerful feature-set continues to expand?
24-fader USB Control Surface
Hardware control surfaces promise to make working with a software DAW more intuitive and 'hands on'. Tascam's new offering has more knobs and faders than most, but also keeps things deliberately simple. Is it an essential accessory, or an expensive gadget?
Yamaha breathe new life into their AW range with USB connectivity, loop sampling, and an onboard pitch-correction processor.
People + Opinion
Recording Another Day On Earth
For his latest album, musician/producer Brian Eno has returned to the world of songwriting. But his ideas about music are as radical as ever...
The SOS Editor In Chief advocates that music computers should operate more like efficient secretaries than a Dan Brown novel...
Robert Del Naja & Neil Davidge
Production pioneers Massive Attack are going through exciting times — they've built an awesome recording studio, moved into surround soundtrack work, and they have a new album on the way. We take a spin around their new workspace.
SOS visits reader Andrea Terrano, who has turned the empty shell of a South London industrial unit into an impressive studio complex. Read all about it here...
Is music mastering an art or science?
Reason mixes can sound superbly fat and punchy, thanks to the array of tools the software puts at your disposal. We adapt some traditional mixing know-how to the Reason platform and offer device-specific tips to help you improve your mixes.
Propellerheads have always had a rather unusual approach to beta-testing, routinely involving thousands of registered users. We talk to the Props about how it's done.
Producer: Ron Richards, The Hollies; Engineer: Alan Parsons
The Hollies were the third artist in as many years to cut Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood's pop ballad, yet it was their version that became a worldwide top 10 hit. In 1974, Alan Parsons was behind the mixing desk at Abbey Road for their recording of 'The Air That I Breathe'.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
With Cubase SX/SL 3.1 now available, we answer a question about integrating Gigastudio with Cubase, investigate a new Preference and discuss 3.1's new multi-processor support.
News & Tips
Click with a new metronome, tune up a pitch correction problem and stop that annoying whistling. In short, catch up with the latest from MOTU's wonderful world of Digital Performer...
Both Sonar Producer Edition and Studio Edition offer several choices for dynamics processing. How do you pick the right one for the job?
We take a look at a powerful Audio Units plug-in host application you might not realise you already own, called AU Lab. Plus news of the multi-button Apple mouse and Intel architecture changes...
The new PC interfacing standards of USB and Firewire brought with them the promise of 'hot-plugging' and easy interconnection. But some musicians have discovered, to their cost, that the reality doesn't always live up to the promise. We ask why?
News & Tips
The new Tiger AUPitch plug-in promises better pitch-shifting performance, but does it deliver in practice?
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
This month there's news of further maintenance updates to Pro Tools, plus some intriguing plug-in launches...
Last month we discussed how to prepare mixes so that they are ready for the mastering engineer. This month, we look inside the mastering room during the processing of an album, to see what kind of equipment is used, and the sort of processes that are applied to finish the tracks to the required standard.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
This month we look at how to use the facilities available to Cubase's MIDI tracks to recreate certain master keyboard functions.
More news of what's cooking in the world of Windows — but first, why it might be time to ditch Internet Explorer in favour of Mozilla's Firefox browser...
News and Tips
Sonar technology takes over Cakewalk's entire product line, from low to high end, while the Studio and Producer editions get an audio engine tune-up. Read all about it...
Mixing and automating complicated projects can be made simpler if you use 'stems'. What are they and how you do it? Read on...
This issue's Studio SOS comes to you from the other side of the world, as we help an Australian reader sort out his vocal recordings.
Sometimes the click can steal the life from a session, so why not start with a live performance?
Having introduced the concept of looping, velocity switching, and multisampling, it's time to actually make some samples. We give you a few hard-won tips that can make your life easier on the way.
Move over Auto-Tune: Digital Performer v4.6's new Pitch Automation features are fully integrated into the program and provide considerable power over all aspects of pitch. We explain how they work and take you through some practical examples.
The Strip Silence window in Pro Tools allows you to automate complex edits that would take hours to do by hand. Find out how...