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AKAI AK.SYS

Akai AKsys v1.7 S5000/S6000 Sampler Management Software For Mac & PC

Akai introduced AKsys some months ago, providing a USB-driven, computer-based control interface for recent S-series samplers. Now at v1.7, it is becoming indispensible for anyone fed up with managing their samplers via an LCD...

Celemony Melodyne

Audio Manipulation Software For Mac

Few recent software products have stirred as much interest as Melodyne - a program offering unique pitch, time and formant-processing features, which was created not by one of the major music developers but by a maverick Bavarian musician and his software-designer friend.

CREATIVE LABS AUDIGY

Creative Labs Audigy Platinum EX PC Soundcard

The ultimate soundcard for high-end musicians? Creative Labs' Soundblaster products may have dominated the consumer soundcard market, but can they take the next step up with its successor?

Drum Drops Volumes 1, 2 & 3

Sample Library

* Score = 4

EMAGIC EMI 2|6

Emagic EMI 2|6 USB Audio Interface

Emagic's stylish blue interface reliably squeezes two inputs and six outputs out of the limited bandwidth of USB.

EMU MP7 & XL7 COMMAND STATIONS

Emu MP7 & XL7 Command Stations: 128-Voice Synths/Multitrack Sequencers

Emu's eye-catching new Command Stations repackage the sounds of their MP1 and XL1 sound modules, adding hands-on sequencing and real-time controls. Can the company win fans with these late entries to the groovebox market?

FOCUSRITE PLATINUM TRAK MASTER

Focusrite Platinum Trak Master: Recording Channel Processor

Focusrite expand their affordable Platinum range with a channel strip, featuring an optical compressor and EQ that can be optimised for vocal or instrument usage.

Journey To The Light

Sample Library

* Score = 3

MOTU DIGITAL PERFORMER V3

MOTU Digital Performer v3: MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Mac

The latest and greatest incarnation of MOTU's flagship Mac sequencer adds full surround mixing support among many other new features.

MXL 1006 2003 & V67

MXL 1006 2003 & V67 Capacitor Microphones

Do these low-cost condenser microphones from Marshall Electronics' MXL range have what it takes to stand out from an ever-increasing number of competitors?

NY Cutz 2 - Off Da Hook

Sample Library

* Score = 5

PMC TB2S & XB1P

Nearfield Monitors & Subwoofer

Can a compact system offer true reference monitor performance?

ROLAND DISC LAB CDX1

Roland Disc Lab CDX1: Multitrack CD Audio Workstation

Roland's innovative new audio workstation is the first multitracker to use a CD-RW disc in place of a hard disk, and offers a one-stop production station with multitrack recording, phrase sampling, and CD mastering.

Sequential Prophet VS

Vector Synthesizer (retro)

Boasting one of the most intuitive methods of sound creation ever devised, 1986's Prophet VS was meant to be US synth giant Sequential's commercial saviour. Sadly, it didn't succeed - but it did earn itself the status of American Classic...

SOUND FORGE V5AUDIO EDITOR FOR PC

Sonic Foundry Sound Forge v5 Audio Editor For PC

Sound Forge is a very popular PC audio editor, but users have waited a long time for 24-bit support. Now it's here in version 5, along with a bundle of new features and plug-ins.

STUDIO ESSENTIALS

Digital Recordings Audio-CD Hearing Test CD

Digital Recordings Audio-CD Hearing Test CD.

STUDIO ESSENTIALS

Marantz CDR770 CD Recorder

Marantz CDR770 CD Recorder

TC-HELICON VOICEPRISM PLUS

TC-Helicon Voiceprism Plus: Vocal Formant Pitch Processor

TC-Helicon claim that their flagship vocal processor can make you sound like a totally different person. But how well does it work?

TERRASONDE AUDIO TOOLBOX PLUS

Terrasonde Audio Toolbox Plus: Audio Test & Measurement Set

Terrasonde have given their audio test set even more test functions and a rugged new casing.

Underground Garage

Sample Library

* Score = 4

People + Opinion

CUTTING EDGE

Laptop technology

For years, laptops have been the poor relations of desktop computers in terms of power and facilities, yet have remained expensive in comparison to their studio-bound brethren. But things are changing...

MUSIC FOR VIDEO GAMES

Gerard 'Gez' Gourley of Smartdog

Gez Gourley specialises in creating sound for console games - whether it be orchestral music or crashing cars...

MUSICAL DIFFERENCES

Marius De Vries

Baz Luhrmann's ambitious film Moulin Rouge integrates radically reworked pop classics into a historical romance. As well as co-ordinating this unique musical project, programmer and producer Marius de Vries somehow found time to work on Bjork's acclaimed new album Vespertine.

READERZONE

Adie Flute

Adie Flute.

SONGS FOR CORPORATIONS

Making Money From Music For Corporate Video - Kent Brainerd

You don't need to have Top 40 hits to make a living from your music. Just ask Kent Brainerd, who has made a tidy sum by composing music for company training and presentation videos. Find out how...

SOUNDING OFF

By Andy Searle-Barnes

Education versus making the tea: which one is the path to enlightenment?

Technique

Absorb

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Autochord * Weyl * Randomconnectionquest * @.odds * the Moo School * Audiopod * Saints Of Eden * Stephen John Svanholm

ADVANCED REVERBERATION

Advanced Reverberation: Part 2

Part 2: Used correctly, reverb is of the most powerful tools of modern music production. This month, we explore the most effective treatments for some of the individual components of a mix. *

LOGIC NOTES

Time & Pitch machine; Protecting finished tracks

A workshop on using Logic's off-line pitch-shifting, as well as advice on how to protect your finished tracks from accidental damage. Plus more tips, tricks and problem-solversÉ

Melodyne Pitch & Time Software

Apple Notes

Find out just how long it takes to set up a musical environment on a Powerbook, and welcome the Melodyne pitch and time software to the world of OS X, as well as discovering how Microsoft broke QuickTime and Apple fixed it...

PERFORMER NOTES

Sequence Editor; Audio Bundles

Performer Notes continues its detailed look at some of DP3's new features. This month, there's more on mix and plug-in automation, creative aux buss routing tips, and the mysterious new Audio Bundles window is unveiled...

Q&A

Why won't my ADAT-to-Logic audio transfer work? * How powerful a PC do I really need? * Which are the best cables for studio wiring? * How can I transfer old tape recordings to computer? What equipment do we need to record bands?

Why won't my ADAT-to-Logic audio transfer work? How powerful a PC do I really need? Which are the best cables for studio wiring? How can I transfer old tape recordings to computer? What equipment do we need to record bands?

Quietpc.com; Tassman 2.1

PC Notes

There are lots of things to consider when building your own PC, especially when transferring the contents of your hard drives to the new machine.

RECORDING VOCALS ON A COMPUTER

Recording Vocals On A Computer

Recording to a computer can make it easier than ever before to produce a great vocal sound - but there are also pitfalls to watch out for...

Simon ST Pattern/Event Editor

Atari Notes

With software from an independent German writer, your Atari could make music like Mozart, or just play back MIDI files for you...

STABILISING YOUR PC

Identifying And Solving Instability Problems

There's nothing more disruptive to music-making than an unstable PC. Fortunately, there are many utilities and diagnostic tests available to help you resolve your problems.

SYNTH SECRETS

Synthesizing Percussion

Synth Secrets turns its attention to the synthesis of percussion instruments, beginning with pitched drums.
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TDM MIX Systems Routing 5.1 Surround

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

For MIX TDM users, the latest Pro Tools software offers a tailor-made way of mixing in surround. But those with older TDM setups or LE-based systems can do surround too, with some lateral thinking...

VST Channel Settings; Channel Mixer; Cubasis v3

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

When you work with a complex program such as Cubase VST, it's easy to overlook the hundreds of small features that are there to make your life easier.

YOU ARE SURROUNDED

Surround Sound Explained - Part 4

SOS's guide to the world of surround sound comes right up to date with the first of two parts on the modern 5.1 standard, and its use with DVD video and DVD audio discs.

Music Business

DOING THE BUSINESS

Big George's Guide To Commercial Success; Ultimatum

Could this be the end of Doing The Business?

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