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Modelled Analogue Synth Module, KB Keyboard & v3.0 Software
It is said that the next 100 years will see the rise of Superbugs, but Access's mutant virus is already here. The killer Virus modelled analogue synth has had a hardware upgrade to complement its ever-evolving software feature set, and is now available in a keyboard version. Paul Nagle allows the improved version to infect his studio and become delirious with delight...
Audio CD Compilation Software
Finding it difficult to compile your audio files and regions for CD-burning in exactly the way you want them? Paul White tries Adaptec's Jam, and discovers there's nothing sticky about it at all.
Stereo Source Mixer
If you are short of space, the prospect of fitting a 40-input dual-channel mixer into a 10U rackmounting case will certainly be attractive. Martin Walker follows some leads.
Software Drum Machine
As computer power grows, so an ever-increasing range of studio equipment is becoming available in emulated form, and the latest software instrument to appear is a percussion sampler/sequencer from US company Bitheadz. Nicholas Rowland tests it out.
Stereo Valve Compressor
Hugh Robjohns tries out a new stereo valve compressor hand-built in Britain, which shines both in the studio and the mastering room.
Laptop Digital Audio Card
Laptop computers have tended to be difficult to use for music, one of the main problems being their limited or non-existant audio I/O. Vo Fletcher tries out a product which eliminates this shortcoming.
Paul White tries desktop masterifng using the new all-in-one PC or Mac package from IK Multimedia.
Digital Recording Studio
With new 16-track portable digital multitracker, Korg have packed a lot of features into a surprisingly small case. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser unpack them all again...
Dual-channel Effects Processor
Lexicon's new mid-priced unit strikes a balance between the ease of use of their budget gear and the flexibility and sonic class of their high-end products. Paul White gets an exclusive first look at the MPX500.
Floor-standing Monitor Loudspeakers
Developing their TB1 nearfield into a floor-standing loudspeaker, PMC have come up with a full-range monitor which nicely balances studio performance with the cosmetics of quality domestic hi-fi. Hugh Robjohns wakes up the neighbours...
If you want to get started with audio recording on your computer, but don't fancy opening up your PC to install an internal soundcard, the new USB Audio Canvas from Roland subsidiary Edirol may provide a welcome alternative. John Walden takes the UA100 for a test Drive.
Studio Power Amplifier
Martin Walker tries out a good-value, British-built studio power amp.
Dual-Channel Effects processor
TC Electronic have an enviable reputation for their high-quality digital effects processors, and have now launched the first of a new line of budget-conscious units. Hugh Robjohns checks out the M One.
Test & Measurement Set
The technical standards of any professional, semi-pro, or hobbyist recording studio rely on accurate calibration. Hugh Robjohns tries out Terrasonde's funky DSP-based handheld audio test and measurement set.
Valve Technology Console
A unique hybrid eight-buss mixing desk brings a welcome alternative to the established options. Hugh Robjohns injects a little valve warmth into his recordings with TLA's Valve Technology Console.
The SOS team check out some more DAW essentials.
In the first part of a special two-part feature, Gordon Reid tells the amazing story of Yamaha's ultra-rare GX1 analogue megasynth — and how it ended up in his living room...
With their latest workstation, Yamaha have clearly taken the view that the difference between a 'dance' instrument and a general-purpose one is more to do with control facilities than sounds. Nick Magnus tries out the S80.
People + Opinion
Dave Shapton explores the ways in which new technologies such as ADSL will shape the Internet of the future. If there is one...
Interview | Composer
In all the hullabaloo over the wizardry that brought long-dead reptiles back to life for last year's smash TV success Walking With Dinosaurs, the story of the production of the musical score from a small home studio — a tale no less impressive than behind the programme's visuals — was overlooked. Matt Bell sets the record straight with composer Ben Bartlett.
Interview | Mastering Engineer
Big George talks to the man responsible for the final creative stage in the production of many of the most successful records of the last decade.
Sam Inglis meets a man who has realised that he has to make sacrifices for his music.
Interview | Manufacturer
Regular SOS readers may have noticed Ken McBeth, a DIY analogue synth builder for over 10 years, guesting as the columnist in last month's Net Notes. We sent Paul Nagle to Bonnie Scotland (where else?) to find out exactly what makes this constructor of kitchen-table instruments tick...
Mike Senior wonders to what extent our creative decisions are really free and how much they're dictated by the studio gear we know and trust.
Interview | Artist
In Play, American dance producer Moby made one of the albums of 1999, which owed its critical recognition in no small part to the hit single 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?'. Tom Flint talks to Moby to find out how the track was made.
Those of you who have been keeping abreast of developments in computer-based music are likely to be only too aware of the problems posed by the Windows and MacOS operating systems. You may also know that an alternative exists — but it is worth making the change? Dave Shapton introduces BeOS.
As we enter the 21st century, the amazingly long-lived Atari ST has been around for 15 years. Derek Johnson goes international to find the best sources of Atari info and highlights some cost-effective CD-playing and video-editing software.
This month Martin Walker examines the changes in the latest Cubase VST v3.71 update, and finds you yet more musical freeware!
Downloading samples and other resources from the Internet can be a valuable alternative to buying expensive sample CDs and CD-ROMs. Paul Sellars unearths some of the best sites.
Tips & Tricks
It's all very well grumbling about some musical aspect of your PC's performance, but unless you know the cause of the problem you may have little idea what needs to be done to improve matters. Martin Walker points you in the right direction.
Paul White concludes his short series on mixer automation with a step-by-step guide to setting up and running an automated mix.
Readers' Music Reviewed
Andy Scott * James Johnson * Peter Wilson * Luxsonic * Steven Dunn * Roger Norman * Carlton Richards and Friends * Mark Blow * Dr U * Gordon Hovie * The Internationals * Modesty * Ultrachrist * Acoustic Dreams
Martin Russ brings post-Christmas good cheer and looks at some second-hand sale bargains. Finally, there's news of free Mac shareware form SOS...
Tips & Tricks
After last month's overview of the equipment and processes involved in compiling an album master from mixes, Paul White gets down to the business of sorting out wanted audio from unwanted...
Tips & Tricks
In this month's instalment of his series on the basics of subtractive synthesis, Gordon Reid considers the magic ingredient that makes all the other elements sound interesting...
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Feature | Tips & Tricks
This month, Big George looks at learning to roll with the difficulties of working in advertising, and the art of when (and where not) to hold your tongue.
Q & A
Q. Is it safe to defragment hard drives containing audio?
Q. Why won't my computer recognise my MIDI Timepiece AV?
Q. Can I do what I need to with samplers, and what equipment is right for me?
Frequently Asked Questions
There are some recording jobs that simply can't be handles in the average bedroom studio. Paul White answers questions about recording a rock or pop band on location.