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The History Of Korg: Part 2
In the 1980s and early Õ90s, with Yamaha's help, Korg expanded dramatically, producing some of the first affordable digital recorders and physical-modelling instruments. But it was their world-class synths, such as the M1 and Wavestation, that made them the company they are today...
Bitheadz Unity Session Software Sampling & Synthesis Workstation For Mac
Soft-sampling pioneers Bitheadz have created an all-embracing suite of Mac applications to handle sampling, virtual synthesis and more.
Cardioid Condenser Microphone
BLUE's newest hand-built condenser mic is their most affordable yet, and continues their tradition for striking styling. But does it sound as good as it looks?
This month we explore the possibility of describing music using an approach similar to vector-based graphics.
K+H O 100 & O 800 Active Monitors & Subwoofer
A versatile and cost-effective modular system which can cater for stereo and surround monitoring in both nearfield and midfield applications.
Korg KP2 Kaoss Pad Dynamic Multi-effects Processor & Sampler
Korg give their creative real-time effects processor a face-lift, adding new algorithms, extra sampling power, and tempo-matching facilities.
Metric Halo Mobile I/O FireWire Audio Interface
Despite the obvious advantages of FireWire as an audio interface protocol, MOTU have had the market to themselves. Now, however, Metric Halo's Mobile I/O looks likely to threaten their dominance, offering true portability and built-in DSP mixing.
Nomad Factory Blue Tubes VST Bundle
Nomad Factory Blue Tubes VST BundleFormats: Mac VST
Ohm Force Hematohm
Ohm Force HematohmFormats: Mac VST, PC VST & DirectX, BeOS
PSP Lexicon PSP42
PSP Lexicon PSP42 Formats: Mac VST, PC VST & DirectX, BeOS
Universal Audio Nigel
Universal Audio Nigel Formats: Mackie UAD1 (PC/Mac VST & Mac MAS)
Roland MMP2 Modelling Mic Preamp
This new front end from Roland combines two high-quality analogue mic preamps with digital EQ, dynamics, and physical modelling effects. Plus, you can choose to control it from its front panel or from a computer via USB.
Roland XV2020 XV Synth Module
Designed to replace the JV1010 as Roland's entry-level synth product, the XV2020 is diminutive, affordable, and crammed with those great XV sounds. But what's it like to use?
Sonic Implants Symphonic String Collection
The sampling world, still reeling from the impact of Garritan Orchestral Strings, faces a full-scale onslaught from a fresh challenger.
Sonic Synth Mac/PC Sample Library & Player
Sonic Reality's new Sampletank-format library comes with a free player.
Restructuring Synth VST Instrument For Mac & PC
You may have seen the cheesy adverts for Plex (featuring, inexplicably, a cow), but they don't tell you much; it's actually a wholly new kind of VST software synth created by Wolfgang Palm of PPG/Waldorf fame. We explain why it's like no udder...
Tascam Pocketstudio 5 Portable Digital Studio
Tascam's new Pocketstudio might not be quite what you'd call pocket-sized, but it does cram an MP3 digital recorder, a General MIDI sound module and comprehensive multi-effects into an impressively small space.
Tascam US224 Control Surface, USB Audio & MIDI Interface For Mac & PC
With their latest recording tool, Tascam aim to entice hobbyists away from their cassette multitrackers and onto their computers.
Viscount DB3 Digital Drawbar Organ
Years after releasing their successful OB series of digital drawbar organs under the Oberheim brand, Viscount have updated their take on organ modelling with the new DB series. But the march of progress seems to have executed an abrupt about-turn...
Yamaha DM2000 Digital Mixing Console
Using the same improved technology seen within the 02R96, Yamaha's DM2000 provides an upgrade path for those who need more channels, even more hands-on control, and the purest in mic preamplification.
People + Opinion
WurzelJake Bickerton: ACPMichon
One of the UK's most successful instrumentalists, Mike Oldfield is now embarking on a pioneering attempt to combine music and virtual reality.
Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
The State Of Music Today
It's always the music industry that gets blamed when people bemoan the state of music today; but maybe they shouldn't be so eager to point the finger...
The Avalanches Darren Seltmann & Robbie Chater
The Avalanches' acclaimed debut album Since I Left You is composed almost entirely of samples from other records - but there's nothing lazy or unimaginative about their approach to recording...
Testing And Improving PC Soundcard Audio Performance
An hour spent fine-tuning the performance of your soundcard can yield permanent improvements in background noise, distortion levels and frequency response.
Continuing to explore the audio and MIDI facilities of Jaguar, this month we revisit the subject of latency and find out how it will affect Mac musicians in OS 10.2.
What Makes A Good Studio?
What Makes A Good Studio?
v5.3 update; Sample Organisation for EXS24
Logic has finally made the transition to Mac OS X, but does the overall improvement in performance make up for the dropping of VST support? Plus, there's a look at the new v5.3 update, some advice on sample organisation for EXS24 users, and more of those handy tips.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
The Mod Delay series of plug-ins, included free with all Pro Tools systems, is the key to creating many classic effects.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
Recording multiple takes is something that musicians need to accomplish all the time when working on a track — so how do you work with multiple takes in Cubase?
Search Multiple Criteria
We continue to ask some Searching questions, and look at what to do when FreeMIDI is no longer enough...
Is it possible to link multiple Tascam 788 recorders?
Is it possible to link multiple Tascam 788 recorders?How can I move files between my computers?How do I use a degausser to demagnetise tape heads?What's the difference between the Sennheiser MD421 and MD421 MkII microphone?Can you suggest a good weighted keyboard?Can I copy vinyl to CD via an S/PDIF connection?Can I use my Logic plug-ins with another sequencer?How do digital errors affect the stereo image?
Automation Facilities; MIDI Troubleshooting
Sonar's automation facilities are in the spotlight this month, with advice on how to accommodate different virtual instruments and how to implement advanced control groupings. Plus, there are tutorials on MIDI troubleshooting and creating custom drum loops, as well as another collection of practical tips.
Studio Installation Workshop: Planning Your Studio Wiring
Suffering from signal degradation or mains hum on your audio lines? The chances are that you're having problems with impedance matching or earth loops. However, with a little understanding and some careful planning, these gremlins can be successfully eliminated.
A special holiday edition of our hands-on troubleshooting column comes direct from sunny Turkey, where Paul White forsakes the beach to help Murat Yucel refine his band's recording setup.
Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10
As explained last month, synthesizing the sound of an acoustic piano is difficult, but it can be done reasonably realistically, as the 1986-vintage Roland JX10 shows. We find out how Roland managed it...
Making The Most Of Propellerhead Software's Reason: Part 1
Propellerhead Software's flexible studio package can take you in all kinds of new creative directions if you know how to get the best out of it.
All modern sequencers make it easy to enhance your arrangements with subtle tempo variations, but these facilities are often ignored.
Just as musicians become acustomed to PCI cards, a replacement has already appeared on the horizon, in addition to the first service pack for Windows XP.
Running Your Own Record Label: Part 3
This series has already looked at the legalities of song ownership and how to make money from song publishing - but of course, as the head of your own label, you also make money from record sales. Like publishing income, however, it's not straightforward. We explain the basics...