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Behringer Eurorack UB2442FX Pro

Analogue Mixer

The flagship of Behringer's newest line of mixers is a four-buss design with 26 inputs, four aux sends and an internal effects processor.

Blue Sky System One

Active Surround Monitoring with Bass Management

Blue Sky's new active studio monitors use cutting-edge cone technology and closed-box speaker loading for improved performance.

Cutting Edge

File Formats and the Internet

There are many reasons why the digital delivery of media hasn't replaced traditional physical methods, but could one reason be that files just aren't very collectable?

Dan Dean Brass Ensembles

Sample Library

An awful lot of blowing went into Dan Dean's new orchestral release - but is this the wind of change, or just a great deal of hot air?

Dave Smith Evolver

Hybrid Analogue/Digital Monophonic Synthesizer

Dave Smith, creator of the Prophet 5 and Wavestation, moved into software synthesis in the '90s, but now he's back with what he calls 'the ultimate dongle' — a hardware analogue and digital synth. We find out if he's still evolving...

Edirol UA20

USB Audio & MIDI Interface For Mac And PC

Edirol's latest audio and MIDI interface fills another niche in the increasingly competitive market for USB devices.

Emagic EVB3 & EVD6

Virtual Tonewheel Organ & Clavinet For Logic

Emagic have launched two new classic keyboard emulations for Logic. We test them out.

Evesham Technology Music PC

Computer

Consumer PC giant Evesham Technology have launched a range of PCs for music recording, based around M Audio hardware. But how do they compare with machines built by smaller music specialists?

Garritan Lite

Sample Library

5*

Kawai MP9500

Professional Stage Piano

Every pianist dreams of owning a grand piano, but is it really possible to combine the feel of a grand into a stage piano and combine it with great sounds and master-keyboard functionality?

Kurzweil ME1

Sample-based Sound Module

Kurzweil are well known for their high-quality sounds, but less so for affordable hardware in which to house them. Is the new £350 ME1 the answer?

Linux And Music

Open Source Music Software & The AGNULA Project

The AGNULA project is creating what is possibly the first computer system tailored specifically for musicians - and it's all based around the Linux operating system.

Native Instruments Absynth Sounds: Volume 1

Native Instruments Absynth Sounds Volume 1 Patch Library for Absynth

Native Instruments Pro 53

Plug-in Folder

Plug-in Formats: Mac/ stand-alone, VST & MAS; PC stand-alone, VST & DirectX

Novation KS4 & KS5

Modelling Synth Workstations

The monotimbral K-Station offered keyboard players an affordable Novation -- but now, for a bit more money, the company have released the KS4 and KS5, which add plenty of new features, better keyboards and multitimbrality. The perfect marriage at the perfect price? We find out.

Orange

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Phoenix Audio DRS2

Microphone Preamp

A British company specialising in the maintenance and refurbishment of vintage Neve equipment have produced a new preamp design with a classic sound.

Presonus Firestation

FireWire Audio & MIDI Interface For Mac And PC

Presonus' eight-channel FireWire interface is the first to use Yamaha's much-touted mLAN protocol. How does it compare to the proprietary driver systems developed by the likes of MOTU and Metric Halo?

SAM Horns

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Seminal House

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Spectrasonics Atmosphere

Software Synthesizer [Mac/PC]

Spectrasonics' massive sample-based soft synth promises to be the ultimate source for pads, atmospheres and textures.

Studio Projects T3

Multi-pattern Valve Microphone

An affordable new multi-pattern mic with a subtle tube sound.

TC Works ClassicVerb

Plug-in

TC Works ClassicVerb
Formats: Mac/PC PowerCore (PC/Mac VST & Mac MAS)

Vermona DAF1 & PH16

Analogue Filter & Phaser

These two new rack processors from Vermona offer flexible filtering and phasing with a range of interesting modulation options.

VirSyn Tera

Virtual Modular Synth [PC/Mac]

Software instruments are now central to many recording musicians' sound palettes. Can VirSyn's Tera bring anything new to an increasingly crowded market?

WaveMachine Labs Drumagog

DirectX Drum Replacer Plug-in For PC

WaveMachine Labs' sophisticated DirectX plug-in allows you to replace the sounds of individual drums with samples, while keeping the human feel of a performance.

Waves Maxxbass 101 & 102

Bass Enhancers

The processing from the Maxxbass plug-in is now available in hardware format.

XTA DPA324 SIDD

Dynamics Processor

Although XTA are perhaps better known for their live sound processors, their new SIDD dynamics processor provides world-beating dynamics processing which is just as useful in the studio.

Zoom MRS1266

Multitrack Recording Studio

The successor to the MRS1044 has more of everything - tracks, inputs, sounds - at a very similar price. But with new fierce competition, is there still room for a Zoom?

People + Opinion

1 Giant Leap

Duncan Bridgeman • Travels With A Laptop Studio

Many people love the idea of laptop recording, but few have put it into practice like 1 Giant Leap. Their acclaimed album and DVD project was recorded on an Apple Powerbook during a six-month journey round the world - with a little help from some friends...

Business End

Mark Taylor: Pink Moon Pete Martin: Eccentricity Jon James Hall

Demo Doctor

Readers' Music submissions

Jeanette Murphy = Top Demo. Pepperkayn.
Automated Groove Machine Storyville Rob Slater Karen Ana Simon Smith

Elliot Mazer

Producer and Engineer

Producer and engineer Elliot Mazer is well known for his ongoing work with Neil Young, and was there at the birth of digital recording. Like Young, however, he's never been happy with the way it sounded - until now.

Jack Wall

Composing For Video Games

Jack Wall is a leading light in the video game soundtrack industry, where his credits include the latest chapter in the best-selling Myst series of computer games.

Leader

Don't Give Up Your Day Job

More words of wisdom proferred by SOS Editor-in-Chief Paul White.

Sounding Off

Illegal Downloads

When it comes to digital rights management, downloading music illegally isn't really the problem - it's our obsession with it.

Uberjam

John Scofield & Avi Bortnick

Well-known jazz musician John Scofield has spent the last five years updating his sound with the help of modern technology and new collaborators - including innovative guitarist Avi Bortnick.

Technique

AAS Lounge Lizard; New Windows

PC Notes

While most PC users are still in the process of migrating to Windows XP, Microsoft are revealing details of the next major version of Windows which promises to bring some significant changes to your desktop.

Digital Performer Notes

Project & File Management Facilities

We finish our look at DP3's new comprehensive Undo functions, and begin examining the program's Project and file management facilities with a view to making large projects portable.

Latency

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Using DSP-based audio systems is the answer to problems of audio latency, right? Experienced mixers using digital systems - including Pro Tools TDM - will tell you there's more to the story...

Logic Notes

EXS24 MkII Features

The big news in the latest v5.5 update is a completely overhauled EXS24 MkII, so what new features are there?

Logic VST Instruments; OS X

Apple Notes

If you think it's not possible to make music with VST Instruments with Logic on OS X, think again...

Q & A

Where can I find a good sampled Joanna? • Does processing degrade the quality of digital audio? • How can I avoid effects being out of phase when I use Group Tracks in Cubase? • How can I get six mono outputs from my VP9000? • How can I eliminate hum in my studio? • What are the advantages of higher sampling rates? • Can you recommend a microphone for recording a guitar?

Recording Drums

Workshop

The drum kit can be one of the most time-consuming and frustrating of instruments to record, so it's worth taking a structured approach.

Sonar Notes

Running VST Instruments with Sonar

Ever wanted to use all those lovely VST instruments within Sonar? Well here's how you do it!

Studio Installation Workshop

Planning Your Studio Wiring

A patchbay can make your studio much quicker to use, but can also be a nightmare to set up, so here's advice on which to choose and how to connect it up for the best results. Plus, tips on building and fitting racks for your gear.

Studio SOS

Mike Burnham

This month sees the SOS team in the sleepy Herefordshire town of Bromyard, helping violinist Mike Burnham with his folk recordings.

Synth Secrets

Synthesizing Strings: String Machines

Analogue synths can't synthesize every sound, but the attempts made to replicate the sound of orchestral strings were so successful that so-called string machines became much-loved instruments in their own right. We begin a voyage into the world of synthesized strings...

Windows XP One Year On

PC Musician

It's been 12 months since we first evaluated Windows XP as a music platform, and it now seems to be the OS of choice for most manufacturers. So should musicians who have been holding back now take the plunge and upgrade?

Working With Video

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase SX/SL offers something of a mixed bag of features for those working with video, so this month we offer some advice on what you can do — and what you can't.

Music Business

On The Record

Running Your Own Record Label: Part 6

Last month we explained how a label can create its own distribution channels by selling merchandise on the Internet. This month we examine dedicated distribution companies, and how the smaller companies can serve niche record labels.

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