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Alesis Microverb IV

Reverb

Alesis reverbs seem to get ever-more cheap and cheerful. But can low price and simplicity go hand in hand with studio-quality performance? Paul White finds out.

Behringer Ultra-curve

Signal Processor

Paul White plugs into the all-singing, all dancing digital box that can perform graphic, parametric and shelving EQ functions all at once — and even handle real-time room analysis and auto EQ'ing during its quieter moments...

Heart Of Africa Vol. 1

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Kurzweil K2500

Keyboard Production Station (Preview)

The long-awaited keyboard version of Kurzweil's flagship synth is finally unleashed. Paul Ward nearly falls out of his P-RAM with excitement...

Moog Source

Synthesizer (Retro)

Squelchy as a Minimoog and programmable as a PC, it's time to re-evaluate the Moog Source — so says Stephen Bennett.

Oberheim Eclipse Electronic Piano & OB3 Drawbar Organ Module

Instruments

Andy Davies casts his eyes, ears and fingers over two new products from Oberheim: a controller keyboard which aims to replace your piano, and an organ module which threatens to do the same with your Hammond...

On A Jazz Tip

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Opcode Digitrax, OSC Deck II & Digidesign Session

Apple Mac Software Roundup

Several software houses are producing modestly priced programs which take advantage of the audio capabilities fo the Apple Power Macs. The result can be high-quality multitrack digital audio at a suprisingly low cost. Paul D. Lehrman finds he's got the Power...

Opcode Studio Vision Pro v3.0

Software

The new version of Opcode's flagship sequencer/ hard disk recording package almost extinguishes the differences between audio and MIDI recordings, allowing unprecedented control over your compositions. A hitherto MIDI-only Martin Russ broadens his horizons...

Portasol Technic Gas Soldering Iron; Sounds OK K2000 Sound Software

Product Roundup

The SOS team review two bits of kit for your studio. This month, a soldering iron from Portasol, and 4 discs of synth sounds.

Power Computing P120

Macintosh Clone

Macintosh have finally started licensing their operating system to other manufacturers. so when is a Mac not a Mac? Paul D. Lehrman looks at Power computing's range of Macintosh clones.

Quasimidi Raven

Synthesizer

Not satisfied with pitching their previous Technox synth fairly obviously at the dance music market, German manufacturers Quasimidi have now gone all out with the in-your-face Raven. But is it capable of techno-by-numbers? Paul Ward climbs aboard and flies into a rave...

Roland RSS10

Sound Space Processor

Paul White goes beyond the final frontier with Roland's latest 3D sound processor.

Roland VS880 & VS8F1

Digital Multitrack & Effects Board

Hot on the heels of Fostex's DMT8 Roland's new VS880 offers another take on the affordable digital multitracker concept. But as Paul White discovers, beneath the apparent similarities lie significant differences...

Samson Mixpad 9

Mini Mixer

The construction might be solid steel, but you don't need the strength of Samson to lift this little mixer, as Paul White discovers.

Sennheiser MD504, MD421, K6P/ME64

Drum Mics

When the going gets tough, should the tough get Sennheiser's drum kit microphone set? Paul White finds out.

TDM Software Plug-ins

Digidesign Pro Tools, Part 2

Mike Collins concludes his look at the available TDM software plug-ins, concentrating this month on those made by third-party manufacturers.

TL Audio VI-1

Valve Interface

Paul White checks out a signal processor with no knobs, no buttons and no display, designed to add valve warmth to 8-track recording.

Vinylistics

Sample Library

* Score = 3

X-Static Goldmine 1

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Yamaha SU10

Stereo sampler

After a hiatus of several years, Yamaha return to sampling with the cheapest, most portable dedicated sampler yet. Derek Johnson coins a phrase...

People + Opinion

CRAIG ANDERTON: Can Technology Create Music? Forget It!

Sounding Off

SOS writer Craig Anderton is all for musical literacy, but sees no benefit in instant gratification.

The Specialists Speak

Hi-Tech Servicing, Part 1

Disaster strikes! Your most essential piece of gear dies on you mysteriously. What should you do? Take it to the professionals, of course. In the first of a two-part feature, Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson talk to some of the engineers who service with a smile — and find they have some amazing tales to relate from the inspection pit of the music industry.

Working As A Team

How To Become A Record Producer, Part 3

To the budding pop star, A&R managers hold the power of life and death — and it's not much easier for the producer. David Mellor explains how to win friends and influence people

Technique

Aural Synthetica V1.0

Amiga Notes

The Amiga has a lot of catching up to do if it is to outgrow its past as a games module. In Amiga Magic, however, Paul Overaa finds much to attract the musician.

First Steps In Direct-to-stereo Recording

Tips & Tricks

If you don't have a multitrack but you're keen to start experimenting with recording, good results can be achieved with just a couple of mics and a domestic cassette deck. Paul White shows you how to be a stereo MC...

Herb

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Royce * Goat Music * Shebang * Pulse * Day Glo Fishermen * Sphinx Holotronic * Alphawave * S O'Neil * Dab * Dave Milner * Judy Joslin

Sampling Basics, Part 3

Tips & Techniques

Paul White concludes this series with a look at phrase and loop sampling, the use of keygroups and mapping, and the use of the modern sampler as a synthesizer.
• Read Part 1 (January 1996)
• Read Part 2 (February 1996)

SE800, C-lab, Bernd Lohrum, Sound Studio & Soundpool

Atari Notes

Rising Falcon-like from the ashes, the Atari is now the subject of operating systems and software. Ofir Gal interfaces with a new generation of enthusiasts.

Spectra Plus

PC Notes

The technology that lets your PC speak can equally well make it listen. Brian Heywood gets all analytical on us...

Spicing Up Your Synth Sounds

Tips & Tricks

Most synths now boast an infinite variety of sounds, but what the manuals don't tell you is that you need an infinite amount of time to explore them properly. Paul White suggests some short cuts to synth heaven.

Sun Microsystems

Apple Notes

Whatever the reality of Apple's finances, the money men have decided the company is ripe for the picking. But will upsetting the Apple cart produce a windfall for the user? Martin Russ keeps his ear to the ground... Sun Microsystems.

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