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2 readers get the chance to win this £399 ground-breaking tube design, which can be run directly from a phantom power source. 3rd & 4th prizes of studio headphones also to be won
Dynamic/Electret Kick-drum Microphone
Audio Technica have put two different capsules into the same mic, giving you a choice of different sounds for different occasions.
USB PC Audio Interface
Laptop users on a budget can't help but be tempted by the Audiotrak Maya 44 USB's promise of four-channel analogue I/O, low-latency ASIO drivers and multi-client support for under £100. Is it really as good as it sounds?
Dual Mic Preamp
This new preamp gives you vintage Decca design at a surprisingly low cost.
Since the launch of their A100 modular synth in the mid-'90s, Doepfer have been quietly adding modules to the system, some fairly simple, others splendidly esoteric. We explore some of the latest...
USB Interface & Controller For PC & Mac
Edirol's all-in-one UR80 combines USB audio and MIDI interfaces with a fader-based control surface.
Convolving Reverb Plug-in For Logic
Convolving reverbs are coming down in price as more manufacturers make their own. We check out Emagic's new plug-in, which is one of the more affordable ones around, but still allows you to create your own reverbs from favourite spaces.
Event build on their tried and tested design principles to offer two new sets of affordable active monitors.
Convolving Voice Channel
DSP convolving techniques now allow us to 'sample' the sound of real reverberant spaces, and even other digital reverbs. But why stop at reverb? Focusrite's Liquid Channel can be used to reproduce the effect of classic compressors and even mic preamps...
Distortion Modeller For Windows PCs
There's already a decent range of products providing digital emulations of vintage guitar amps, but Izotope's Direct X plug-in goes a lot further, offering no fewer than seven processing modules, and is intended to model every kind of distortion you'll ever need.
In a market populated by 16-track and 24-track machines, Korg up the ante once again with the first project-studio multitracker to offer 32-track playback.
• LA Riot: Big Rockin' Beats Volume 2 * Score = 4
• Smokers Delight * Score = 5
• Punch ERM * Score = 4
• World Traveler * Score = 4
Active Nearfield Monitors
M Audio's new desktop active monitors offer magnetic shielding and a smooth mid-range sound.
DAW Control Surface
While computer software gives modern musicians an overwhelming array of new possibilities, not everyone prefers virtual, on-screen user interfaces over the traditional tactile alternatives. Building on the success of previous mixer and control surface designs, Mackie's affordable Mackie Control promises the best of the soft- and hardware worlds — but will it make you hang up your mouse?
A new affordable mini-mixer from Mackie brings their Tapco brand bang up to date.
Software Plug-in For Mac & PC
Novation's V-Station plug-in provided a software version of their hardware K-Station — now there's a software version of their mid-'90s hardware monophonic analogue bass synths, the BassStation and BassStation Rack...
Virtual Studio for Mac & PC
The success story that is the Reason software studio continues to unfold with the release of v2.5, which adds a slew of sophisticated effects and processing devices — all free to registered users.
Four-channel Mic Preamp
A cost-effective four-channel microphone preamp with flexible powering options well-suited to location recording.
Drum Mic Set
An extremely cost-effective set of seven dedicated drum microphones.
PCI Audio Interface [PC/Mac]
ST Audio's DSP3000 system offers an impressive feature set for its price, boasting eight-channel 24-bit/96kHz analogue I/O with mic preamps on every channel, plus digital I/O in S/PDIF and AES-EBU formats, MIDI I/O, and the ability to function as a stand-alone analogue/ADAT digital converter.
Modelling Valve Guitar Preamp
This new modelling preamp achieves a variety of realistic amp tones by combining DSP processing with real analogue gain stages.
Weighted-action Keyboard Synth
Yamaha have taken a weighted keyboard from their latest digital pianos, added high-quality piano samples and Motif sounds, and thrown in a playback sequencer and arpeggiator, and master-keyboard facilities. Left to simmer, the S90 is the result...
Sound On Stage
We evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different on-stage playback machines, and offer advice on how to avoid those embarrassing live backing-track pitfalls!
People + Opinion
Since Lamb first came to prominence at the height of the mid-'90s trip-hop movement, Andy Barlow and Lou Rhodes' distinctive blend of electronica and organic songwriting has gone from strength to strength.
Bob Katz replies to our review of his mastering book, plus other reader feedback...
Paul White's Leader
Paul White berates the over-use of effects for the increasing number of poor recordings.
With their number one album Absolution, British three-piece Muse have established themselves as one of the most ambitious and innovative rock bands in the world — and in Rich Costey, they've found an engineer and producer who understands their aims and encourages them to experiment.
Music Producers Guild panel
Business End enables you to have your demo reviewed by a panel of producers, songwriters, musicians and managers. This month's industry panel is drawn from the MPG (Music Producer's Guild).
Artist: THE DOORS; Producer: Paul Rothchild; Engineeer: Bruce Botnick
Engineer and producer Bruce Botnick recorded some of the greatest artifacts of West Coast psychedelia, among them the first five albums by The Doors. Here he describes the making of their influential second album and its title track, which saw them develop their live sound through radical experimentation in the studio.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
This month we take a look at how you can get the most out of Cubase and Reason using Rewire, and report on the release of the significant, yet seemingly insignificant, Cubase SX 2.01 revision.
Windows XP Media Center
With the release in the UK of XP Media Center Edition, Microsoft aim to make Windows PCs a modern equivalent of the radiogram — the heart of a complete music and video home. entertainment system
Readers Recordings Analysed
Another batch of lucky SOS readers' demos wait nervously for the Doctor's diagnosis. What is the verdict? Listen while you read on...
Digital Performer Notes
A whole world of free, inexpensive or just plain great VST plug-ins opens up for DP 4 users who also run FXpansion's indispensable VST to AU Adapter. We check out how it works and round up some DP news and tips to boot.
Extremely flexible bussing and assignable effects controls are just two of the extra features brought to Sonar by the 3.0 upgrade and explored this month...
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
HD Accel is the latest processor card for Pro Tools HD TDM systems. We investigate, and try to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the release.
The beauty of PCs is that they are highly upgradeable. Swapping out your old motherboard for a new one, for example, is a feasible prospect for increasing performance without buying a whole new machine. If you're considering the process, though, there's a lot to bear in mind...
What To Use & How To Do It
It's often necessary to work on headphones in the home studio, even when mixing. So what headphones should you choose, and how do you go about getting the best results?
Encouraging results are achieved from testing a new laptop equipped with an Intel Pentium-M processor. Could it become the centre of the PC user's ideal mobile setup?
SOS staff deliver more solutions to interesting recording/programming questions.
This month, we untangle the intricacies of the XV file system, as well as tracking down some useful software utilities and web sites for Roland synth users.
Get better snare drum sounds with these nifty processing tricks.
Recording piano was turning out to be a grand challenge in Clive John's home studio, so the SOS team headed over to sort things out.
If you followed last month's advice, you'll know how to synthesize a basic Hammond tone on a Roland Juno 6. But can the same technique be applied to any other synth?
There's plenty to investigate in this month's Apple Notes, from the Windows version of iTunes to the latest major update to OS X.