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Allen & Heath MixWizard

14:4:2 Mixer

There is an element of magic in any audio design, but the Allen & Heath MixWizard series may have more than most. Martin Walker uncovers its dark secrets and listens carefully as it fades to an inky silence...

BSS Opal DPR422

Compressor/De-esser

Does the DPR422 have the right combination of price and performance to break BSS into the project studio market, or is it an Opal-less cause? Paul White finds out.

Clavia Nord Modular

Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer (Preview)

If you'd love a modular synth, but couldn't possibly afford a real one, it's possible that virtual salvation is at hand. Paul Nagle investigates.

CreamWare T-DAT 16

Multitrack Recording System

This tasty new system finds simultaneous 16-track recording a piece of cake, and throws CD burning and a host of other features into the pot too. Janet Harniman Cook pulls up a chair and tucks in...

Digidesign Pro Tools 24

Digital Recording & Editing Environment

Pro Tools has made a leap to 24-bit, but does the increased theoretical quality really translate to a better sound, and it is worth the extra money? Mike Collins finds out.

Doepfer MAQ16/3

MIDI Analogue Sequencer

The original MAQ 16/3 analogue-style step sequencer, developed with the help of Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, was released almost five years ago, but Doepfer clearly believe in shelf-life and have continued to update this unique instrument. Chris Carter steps ahead.

Dope Headz

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Korg AM8000R

Ambience Multi-effect Processor

This good-looking unit hides more than just reverb beneath its shiny exterior. Derek Johnson appreciates the ambience...

Korg TR Rack

Expanded Access Synth Module

Korg's new module makes the synthesis technology of their flagship Trinity workstation range more affordable — but at what cost? Simon Trask accesses the TR-Rack...

Madjef's Black Butta

Sample Library

* Score = 2

Mediterranean Instruments

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Metalithic Systems Digital Wings

Audio PC Recording System

Multi-channel PC soundcards are arriving in droves, but this one is rather different, and incorporates a potential 128 tracks, using unique hardware technology. Martin Walker channels his efforts.

MixMan Studio

Performance Remixing Software

Every so often, a fun piece of software proves far more capable than its low price would suggest. Martin Walker spins his virtual deck and gets funky...

Neumann TLM50

Capacitor Microphone

Paul White triesout Neumann's versatile TLM50 omni-pattern mic, a model that combines transparency with a subtle high-end lift.

Red Sound Systems Voyager 1 Beat Xtractor

DJ Accessory

It's a small curiously-shaped shiny chrome box with just six buttons and no LCD screen, and it claims to be the future of DJ-ing. Intrigued? Paul Farrer goes on a voyage of discovery...

Roland Jupiter

Analogue Polysynths (Retro)

Roland's Jupiter family yielded one of two shining examples of what an analogue polysynth should be. Gordon Reid planet rocks...

Steve White On The Beaten Track

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

Tascam DA302

Dual DAT Deck

Derek Johnson finds Tascam's dual DAT deck, the first ever, is at least twice the fun...

TL Audio Ivory Series VP5051

Valve Processor

David Mellor warms to TL Audio's new mid-range valve voice processor.

Waves Maxxbass

Bass Enhancement Plug-in

Paul White takes it to the max with Waves' latest plug-in.

Xpression! DPM1

Proactive Powered Monitors

Paul White lends a critical ear to Xpression's first ever powered monitor, to test the company's claim of accuracy at a budget price.

People + Opinion

AS ONE (KIRK DEGIORGIO): Adidas Ads, Folklore & Blue Note Jazz

Interview | Artist

Kirk Degeorgio, aka As One: head of the cult techno label Op ART, producer of the recent Planetary Folklore LP on Mowax, co-composer of the notorious Adidas 'Prince Naseem in America' ad, and proud owner of a huge collection of Blue Note jazz LPs. Phew! Christopher Holder discovers that Ipswich is nearer the centre of the universe than he thought.

CHRISTOPHER HOLDER: Danger In The Studio

Sounding Off

Your cosy home studio can be more like a death-trap, as Christopher Holder warns...

DAVE ROSSUM: Inside Creative Labs

Interview | Manufacturer

Creative Labs' Chief Scientist, Dave Rossum, looks into his crystal ball to predict the future of soundcards. Paul White listens in.

DAVID BYRNE: Talking Heads

Interview | Artist

David Byrne must surely be one of the most individual and iconoclastic musicians of the late 20th century and, six years after leaving Talking Heads, he's still fusing different musical styles and forging new musical alliances. Sue Sillitoe does at least some of the talking...

PAUL NAGLE: Northern Exposure

Interview | Artist

Writer and electronic musician Paul Nagle successfully combines a day job with live performance and regular CD releases. Paul White zooms up the M6 and comes in for a landing at his well-stocked studio.

Technique

16/32 Systems Magnum ST card

Atari Notes

An Atari ST with 16MB of RAM? It's now possible, as Derek Johnson reports.

BeOS

Apple Notes

This month, Martin Russ turns traitor and investigates an alternative to the MacOS.

Capacitor Microphones Explained

Exploration

Paul White looks at the workings of capacitor mics and discusses their advantages for studio recording.

Effective Drum Programming, Part 1

Tips & Techniques

If you're after a great rhythm section, these days it's very easy to whip up a great groove from a MIDI file disk. But an inside Knowledge of how and why drum patterns work can help make you a better musician and get your rhythm section really working. Nicholas Rowland — well he got rhythm...
• Read Part 2 (March 1998)
• Read Part 3 (April 1998)
• Read Part 4 (May 1998)

Equipping A Home Studio, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

David Mellor looks at the roles of computers in the modern studio.
• Read Part 1 (December 1997)
• Read Part 3 (April 1998)
• Read Part 4 (June 1998)

Making Arrangements — A Rough Guide To Song Construction & Arrangement, Part 3

Tips & Techniques

This month, some of the people who actually get their hands dirty with arranging — often for the household names in popular music — pass on their thoughts, hints and tips.
• Read Part 1 (October 1997)
• Read Part 2 (November 1997)
• Read Part 4 (March 1998)

PC Soundcard Buyer's Guide, Part 1: Stereo Cards

Feature | Tips & Tricks

If you're thinking of buying a PC soundcard speciffically for HD recording, you'll find the market awash with models old and new. Martin Walker provides an overview of what's currently available.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

Jonathan Willis & Chris Shaw * Andrew Forrest * Steve Crooks * Mother Of Invention * Leon * Lordyk * Oliko * Robin Field * Mantis * Peter Michael Rosenburg * Martin Copeman

Practical Studio Soundproofing, Part 1

Tips & Techniques

Waking up the neighbours with the latest turbo folk masterpiece is a major concern for many project studio owners. Paul White explains that monitoring with headphones and moving house are not the only solutions...
• Read Part 2 (March 1998)
• Read Part 3 (April 1998)
• Read Part 4 (May 1998)

Synth School, Part 6: Building On PCM — The Next Generations

Tips & Techniques

The ball of S&S synthesis had been thrown, and most of the big names in synthesis caught it and ran with it, scoring some notable goals in the process. Paul Wiffen continues his chronicle of modern synthesis with a look at the state of play from the late '80s to the present day.
• Read Part 1 (June 1997)
• Read Part 2 (August 1997)
• Read Part 3 (September 1997)
• Read Part 4 (October 1997)
• Read Part 5 (December 1997)
• Read Part 7 (April 1998)
• Read Part 8 (June 1998)
• Read Part 9 (July 1998)
• Read Part 10 (August 1998)
• Read Part 11 (September 1998)
• Read Part 12 (October 1998)

Using An Optically Connected Multi-channel Digital Setup

Feature | Tips & Tricks

The spread of the ADAT 8-channel optical digital interface to studio equipment of all kinds has raised the prospect of a revolution in multitrack digital recording. Self-confessed digital evangelist (amd Korg UK product specialist) Paul Wiffen explains how the optical digital interface and several fibreglass cables made keyboard session player Wix Wickens' life easier at last year's prestigious Songs and Visions concert at Wembley.

Where To Use Processors & Why, Part 5

Tips & Techniques

Delay, originally called echo, is one of the oldest artificial effects, yet it can still be one of the most impressive — if used with care. Paul White explains the potential problems and how to avoid them.
• Read Part 1 (October 1997)
• Read Part 2 (November 1997)
• Read Part 3 (December 1997)
• Read Part 4 (January 1998)
• Read Part 6 (March 1998)

Windows 98

PC Notes

Just when most of us have finally optimised Windows 95 for hard disk recording, Microsoft release the Beta version of Windows 98. Martin Walker sticks his head in the sand.

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