November 1999 In This Issue

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Reviews

Apogee PSX100 & Rosetta

High-resolution Digital Converters

Apogee have a long association with state-of-the-art digital converters. Hugh Robjohns investigates two of their latest 'affordable' models, the fully equipped PSX100 A-D and D-A converter and its simpler derivative, the Rosetta A-D.

Big Beat

Sample Library

4*

CLM Dynamics DB500S Expounder

Dynamic Equaliser

Nice 4-band equalisers are not uncommon, but this one includes dynamic filtering and equalisation in a bid to lift it above the competition. Hugh Robjohns finds out what 'expounding' can do for your mixes.

Didgeridoo & Overdrive Dance Collection

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Electron Sidstation

Sound Module

Swedish company Elektron have taken the retro philosophy to new heights, with a synth based around the original SID sound chip from the Commodore 64 home computer. Simon Trask finds out if this is inspiration or insanity...

Emu E5000 Ultra

Sampler

Billed as the most afordable Emulator yet, the E5000 Ultra is Emu's new contender in the middleweight professional sampler stakes — and, as Nicholas Rowland finds out, it's a force to be reckoned with.

Focusrite ISA430 Producer Pack

Input Channel

Focusrite's latest product is an updated version of one of their '80s classics. Paul White finds out if it's even better the second time around.

Fostex CR300

CD Recorder

Paul White discovers a sensibly priced CD recorder capable of handling any type of recording sessions without throwing a tantrum.

Hebden Sound 1000/2000 Series

Capacitor Microphones

There aren't many British mic companies, but one — Hebden Sound — offer a complete range of hand-built capacitor mics, sourced entirely from British components. Hugh Robjohns tries them out.

JEN Synthtone SX1000 (Retro)

Monosynth

Some cheap monosynths from the '70s and '80s are now highly regarded and hugely expensive second-hand buys. Not so the Jen SX1000 which, says Gordon Reid, is an unjustly neglected nugget of synth history.

Koblo Stella 9000

Sample Player Software

Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser explore a colourful way of applying virtual synth processing to your samples.

LaCie DVD AM52

DVD-RAM Drive

Paul White introduces his old, grey Mac to new technology in the form of the LaCie DVD-RAM drive. Just the thing for backing up those long audio files?

Latin Groove Factory: Vol. 1-3

Sample Library

• Vol. 1 * Score = 5
• Vol. 2-3 * Score = 4

Line 6 Spider

DSP Modelling Guitar Amplifier

Paul White tries out a modelling guitar amp with a wide range of tones and a stereo DI output.

Modular Sampler 003: UK Garage

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Ntonyx Style Enhancer

PC MIDI Sequencer Aplication

Martin Walker looks at a new stand-alone utility that claims to add the human touch to MIDI data, and finds that it scores highly.

Oberheim/Viscount MC3000 & MC2000

Controller Keyboards

Want to get serious about your music? A quality master controller keyboard is a good place to start. Paul Ward looks at two machines that offer a little more than most.

Roland DS90 & V-series

Digital Monitors & Speaker Modelling

Roland have moved into the active monitor market with a product which offers digital inputs and a 'Speaker Modelling Function' courtesy of their V-series recorders and mixers. Technology overkill or a studio necessity? Hugh Robjohns finds out...

Sonic Foundry Vegas

Multitrack PC Editing System

Sonic Foundry have a reputation for innovative PC audio software, but their range has not included a true multitrack recording package — until now. Martin Walker takes a trip to Vegas.

Zoom RFX300

Effects Unit

Paul White foresakes his towering effects rack for a budget processor that looks for all the world as though it would float in the bath!

People + Opinion

APOLLO FOUR FORTY: Ad Astra

Interview | Band

Initially best known for their radical and stylistically diverse remixes of other people's material, Apollo Four Forty have recently notched up their tenth Top 40 single and have been expanding into music for TV, film and computer games. Sam Molineaux investigates the trio behind this feat of multimedia mastery...

GWYNN T ROBINSON: The Sound Of Silence

Sounding Off

Gwynn T. Robinson enjoys the sound of silence — but wonders why it's so difficult to achieve.

JOHN PAUL JONES: Making Zooma

Interview | Artist

Bassist John Paul Jones hasn't let the grass grow under his feet since Led Zeppelin came to rest at the turn of the '80s. Constantly in demand for his arranging and compositional skills, he's now produced his first solo album, Zooma. Paul White visits him at his home studio.

Life In Music — The Real Story

Big George's Guide To Commercial Success

This month Big George uses his regular no-holds-barred column to give you a factual snapshot of a life in music.

MIKE HEDGES: Recording Travis' 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me?'

Interview | Producer

With their first Top 10 chart placing and massive radio play, Travis' recent single marked a commercial breakthrough for the band. Sue Sillitoe talks to producer Mike Hedges.

PAUL SIMPSON: Horizontal Paul Music Project

Readerzone

This month, SOS meets a very unique music-maker.

USB & MP3

Cutting Edge | Digital Technology Developments

In the second instalment of this regular column looking at the latest developments in digital technology, Dave Shapton considers the future of the troubled Universal Serial Buss, and the direction in which the MP3 debate is heading.

Technique

AIPL SpinCycle; XG Wizard

PC Notes

This Month sees Martin Walker bemoaning certain schemes of copy protection, as well as investigating various downloads for Yamaha SW1000XG owners.

Apple G4; Artmatic; USB MIDI Interfaces; MOTU

Apple Notes

Martin Russ laments his unerring success at buying new Macs just as they are about to be superseded, but recovers enough to find another little-known but fascinating seam of music software.

Creating A Website, Part 5

Tips & Tricks

Mike Simmons ties up some loose ends with some words on browser compatibility, a look at other Internet music other than Real Audio, and a brief guide to using frames on your site.

Eine Kleine Music Mouse

Atari Notes

Turn your Atari into an instant musical ideas machine with fascinating Music Mouse. Derek Johnson reviews a vintage Atari program that's still available new and checks out a useful ST resource web site.

Getting More Bass In Your Mix

Tips & Tricks

Do you want your bass end to sound bigger, fatter, louder and meaner? Paul White explores some of the options.

Getting The Most From Yamaha's Digital Mixers

Tips & Tricks

The flexibility of Yamaha's popular O-series digital mixers means that there are as many ways to use them as there are owners. Paul White passes on some tips from both Yamaha insiders and professional users.

MIDI Reference Sites; MC Squared; Mission A/V

Net Notes

The Internet was originally conceived as a resource for sharing information — and there's still quite a lot of it out there among the Star Trek sites and pirated MP3s, if you know where to look.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

Glitch * Liam Campbell * Joyspot * Dusan Jelena Orlovic * Vincent Chenais * Phil Spence * Richard Amos * Phantasm * The Conspiracy * Cantares Episcopi * Field Of Dreams * Karoshi * Cartagia * Reformation * ID

Soundcard Recording

Frequently Asked Questions

Martin Walker answers some of the most common queries about setting up and using your soundcard, and achieving the best audio quality.

Synth Secrets, Part 7: Envelopes, Gates & Triggers

Tips & Tricks

You press a key on your synth. It plays a note. That's it, right? Wrong. Gordon Reid explains the role of envelopes, triggers, and gates in this deceptively simple process.
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The Benefits Of Rewire Technology

Exploration

First seen on their Rebirth software synth, Steinberg/Propellerhead's Rewire technology not only provides a means of getting software from multiple manufacturers to work together, it also arguably makes the 'studio-in-a-PC' a workable reality for the first time. Martin Walker unravels its complexities...

Understanding & Using Multi-client Soundcard Drivers

Exploration

Attaching several different applications to a single MIDI or Audio device can be very useful — once you've worked out how to do it! Martin Walker guides you through the procedure and points out the varied uses of the multi-client approach.

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