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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...
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 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?
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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: 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: 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.
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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 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?
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Nearfield Monitors & Subwoofer
Can a compact system offer true reference monitor performance?
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.
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...
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.
Digital Recordings Audio-CD Hearing Test CD
Digital Recordings Audio-CD Hearing Test CD.
Marantz CDR770 CD Recorder
Marantz CDR770 CD Recorder
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: Audio Test & Measurement Set
Terrasonde have given their audio test set even more test functions and a rugged new casing.
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People + Opinion
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...
Gerard 'Gez' Gourley of Smartdog
Gez Gourley specialises in creating sound for console games - whether it be orchestral music or crashing cars...
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.
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...
By Andy Searle-Barnes
Education versus making the tea: which one is the path to enlightenment?
Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
Autochord * Weyl * Randomconnectionquest * @.odds * the Moo School * Audiopod * Saints Of Eden * Stephen John Svanholm
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. *
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
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...
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...
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?
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 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...
With software from an independent German writer, your Atari could make music like Mozart, or just play back MIDI files for you...
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 turns its attention to the synthesis of percussion instruments, beginning with pitched drums.
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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...
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.
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.
Big George's Guide To Commercial Success; Ultimatum
Could this be the end of Doing The Business?