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Stereo Digital Effects
This Bijou processor is deceptively spacious. Derek Johnson shows you around.
These high-quality headphones have been redesigned to make them more suitable for studio use. Paul White listens in.
Multi-band compressors tend to cost a little more but can often produce more natural-sounding level control than standard broad-band compressors. Hugh Robjohns looks at a sophisticated new model from Behringer and tries to restrain himself.
Virtual Analogue Synth
Clavia have taken advantage of the software-based nature of their virtual analogue Nord Lead to release a comprehensive upgrade, installed as standard in new instruments and available to existing users for a small fee. Gordon Reid checks it out.
Digital Audio Editing/Recording System
Creamware's recently-updated, PC-based TripleDAT system attempts to offer a halfway house solution to those who've outgrown their MPC audio system, but can't afford a professional digital recording setup. Brian Heywood is the cat who gets the Cream(ware)...
Back-electret Cardioid Microphone
Paul White reviews an Uncharacteristically compact mic and discovers that size isn't everything.
Does the DBX 1066 represents one in the eye for its competition? Is it a device for Norman-lizing signal levels or does it Harold a new era in signal processing? Paul White tries to keep off the puns long enough to find out.
Digital Audio Software Upgrade
There are now more options on the market than ever before for anyone wishing to indulge in hard disk recording and editing. Paul D Lehrman previews the latest update for the popular Pro Tools system, designed to keep Digidesign on top amidst increasing competition.
Belgium is better known for its chocolates than its studio monitors — but Belgian company FAR aim to change all that. David Mellor opens up the black magic boxes...
The Fostex DMT8 was the first affordable 8-track digital recorder with a simple cassette multitracker-style user interface. Now, there's the new DMT8VL, which costs less and has fewer features than its forerunner, but also boasts a couple of improvements to the original design. Paul White is determined to remain unconfused.
Automated Digital Recording Console
Though digital technology has transformed the nature of synths, effects, and even multitracks, project studio mixers have largely remained steadfastly analogue, breaking the chain which, if complete, would allow your music to remain in the digital domain from sequencer to master.Korg's 168RC forms the heart of a system designed to all but eliminate the analogue signal path, and Paul Wiffen wonders where it's been all his life...
Multi-effects Processor (Preview)
If you aspire to pro Lexicon effects such as the PCM80, but don't have deep enough pockets, the MPX1 could be just up your street. Paul White gets a sneak preview.
Parallel Port MIDI Interfaces
MIDI interfaces come in many different shapes and sizes, with most slotting inside the PC. External interfaces, however, such as those made by MOTU, can offer certain advantages, as Martin Walker discovers.
Once the play thing of the rich and famous, this hybrid synthesizer/sampling system introduced the world to wavetable synthesis. John Molloy reflects on Germany's finest hour.
8-channel Dynamics Processors
Ever fancied having a separate compressor, noise gate and fader and automation on every channel of your mixing desk? The latest modules from PreSonus offer all of this and more, bringing that elusive 'SSL sound' within the reach of even the most basic consoles. Dominic Hawken puts the new units through their paces.
A pair of active small studio monitors with the Spendor pedigree have to be worth investigation. Gumshoe Paul White pulls his hat low, dons his mac and checks them out.
Employing the same surface mount technology and 100 millimetre faders featured on the larger Folio SX, the stylish new F1 Continues the progressive Folio tradition of offering more features for the same price or less. Man of taste Paul Hedges decides whether he likes the cut of the F1's jib...
4-track MiniDisc Portastudio
Tascam, the originators of the Portastudio concept, which is now almost 25 years old, have taken a fresh look at the format for the 90's, substituting the digital MiniDisc medium for the analogue tape which has served home recordists so well, and adding a clutch of brand-new features. Hugh Robjohns indulges in a little 4-play.
Studio Mastering Processor
This Professional processor provides all the tools you need to produce a high-quality master. Hugh Robjohns has the final say.
Acoustic Modelling Synth Module
Derek Johnson takes a second look at this powerful instrument, now available at a fraction of its original retail price.
MIDI Guitar Interface
The so-called guitarist's dream has failed to deliver on so many occasions that many guitar players now seem sceptical about the whole concept of MIDI guitars. Does the Yamaha G50 give us cause to rethink our prejudices, or does it simply reinforce them? Paul White finds out.
GM/XG Sound Module
The MU10XG's unassuming casing conceals a sound source with hidden depths which you can explore using MIDI SysEx.
People + Opinion
If you've heard of Paris's IRCAM, you probably imagine it's government-funded research bunker devoted to a kind of avant-garde sonic and musical experimentation that has little relevance to the average hi-tech musician. Over the last few years, though, as Paul Tingen discovers, IRCAM has been coming down to earth, and a new spirit of openness and commercial awareness now shapes its work.
Interview | Manufacturer
Designers of the SoundBlaster range, Creative Labs recently unveiled their next generation soundcard, the AWE64 Gold. Paul White discusses the future of PC soundcards with Creative lads Franco De Bonis and Mike Chandler.
Singer/Songwriter Patcee Francis argues that music should transcend technology, not be circumscribed by it.
Interview | Engineer
High-profile synth programmer, remixer and recording artist Pete Gleadall is a man of many talents. Matt Bell talks to him about his part in the new Pet Shop Boys album, his work for George Michael, and the role of the modern programmer.
Interview | Producer
Producer Steve Levine has taken advantage of the tumbling price of quality recording equipment to assemble a complete digital studio in a tiny room at his home. Paul Tingen enters the digital domain...
Brian Heywood concludes his look at PC soundcards by considering some of the issues involved in using them to record and play back digital audio.
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Derek Johnson brings you more news from the platform that wouldn't die... the ST.
Black Not Green
Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
Will Hogan * All Living Fear * Plan Bee * Sub Rosa * The Smell Of Suburbia * The Deep Puddle Dwellers * Claud Hamilton * Autogeddon * Red Devil Crew * Speedclock Pilgrims * Laver Babies
Tips & Tricks
AARRGGH! Just as you were about to save your computer crashes, destroying the only record of your latest musical opus. What should be your next step? Before you douse your PC in aviation fuel and set it ablaze, calm down, and hearken unto the soothing advice of Crashmeister Janet Harniman-Cook...
Every studio musician knows at least enough about analogue connections to get a standard recording system up and running. When it comes to digital, though, we're often in the dark about what will work with what. Hugh Robjohns raises the digital standards.
Tips & Tricks
Most budding engineers will, at some time, have to tackle a performer who wants to sing and play the guitar at the same time. Mic type and placement can make a big difference to the quality of the result obtained, as Hugh Robjohns explains..
Tips & Tricks
Many people have trouble adding new software cards to a PC. If your slots are full to overflowing, and every card is fighting for its own resources, you will almost certainly encounter problems. Fortunately, Martin Walker is here to lead you through the minefield.
Astonished by the speed of software development, Martin Russ wonders where it's all leading... MOTU Digital Performer.
Brian Heywood discusses the powerful new soundcard from Terratec, plugs a couple of musical web sites, and entreats software developers to stop trying to reinvent the wheel...
Hard disk recording is what everyone seems to be talking about, with new systems being released, at all levels of the market, almost every month. For anyone confused about how hard disk recording works, Martin Russ points out a few things you might not have considered...