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40 Years Of Gear

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

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.

BLUE Baby Bottle

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?

Cutting Edge

Vectors

This month we explore the possibility of describing music using an approach similar to vector-based graphics.

J-Slap & J-Fingered

Sample Library

5*

K+H O 100 & O 800

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

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

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.

Plug-in Folder

Nomad Factory Blue Tubes VST Bundle

Nomad Factory Blue Tubes VST Bundle Formats: Mac VST

Plug-in Folder

Ohm Force Hematohm

Ohm Force Hematohm Formats: Mac VST, PC VST & DirectX, BeOS

Plug-in Folder

PSP Lexicon PSP42

PSP Lexicon PSP42 Formats: Mac VST, PC VST & DirectX, BeOS

Plug-in Folder

Universal Audio Nigel

Universal Audio Nigel Formats: Mackie UAD1 (PC/Mac VST & Mac MAS)

Pure E-Basses Vol. 1 & 2

Sample Library

4*

Pure Hip-Hop

Sample Library

3*

Roland MMP2

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

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

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

Sonic Synth Mac/PC Sample Library & Player

Sonic Reality's new Sampletank-format library comes with a free player.

Steinberg Plex

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

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

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

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...

Xtreme Digital & Xtreme Hip-Hop

Sample Library

3* (5*ESX24)

Yamaha DM2000

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

BUSINESS END

Business End

Wurzel Jake Bickerton: ACP Michon

Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield

One of the UK's most successful instrumentalists, Mike Oldfield is now embarking on a pioneering attempt to combine music and virtual reality.

Rent

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Sounding Off

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

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...

Technique

Clear Signals

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.

Jaguar; Latency In OS 10.2

Apple Notes

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.

LEADER

What Makes A Good Studio?

What Makes A Good Studio?

Logic Notes

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.

Mod Delay

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.

Multiple Takes

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?

Performer Notes

Search Multiple Criteria

We continue to ask some Searching questions, and look at what to do when FreeMIDI is no longer enough...

Q&A

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?

Sonar Notes

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

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.

Studio SOS

Murat Yucel

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.

Synth Secrets

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...

Using Reason: Part 1

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.

Using Tempo Changes

Sequencing Tips

All modern sequencers make it easy to enhance your arrangements with subtle tempo variations, but these facilities are often ignored.

Windows XP Service Pack

PC Notes

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.

Music Business

On The Record

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...

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