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Advanced Mega Effects 3: Jingle Effects, Outer Space, Synth Twirls
• Jingle Effects * Score = 4
As computers continue to increase in power, so the numbers of roles they can play in the studio increases — and the makers of Audio Architect would have us do our synthesis in software. Kevin Perry finds out if it can really replace those old Moogs and Prophets.
Paul White is all ears as he puts AVI's latest two-way monitor loudspeaker to the test.
Studio Condenser Microphone
Beyerdynamic's range of microphones has grown at a very healthy rate over the last year or so. Hugh Robjohns provides a first opinion on their new general-purpose studio condenser, the MCE90.
MIDI + Audio Sequencing Software
Paul White braves the slings and arrows of his outrageous PC in the good cause of testing a MIDI + Audio sequencer designed with the guitarist in mind.
Music Production Environment
These days, high-end PC soundcards offer much more than mere audio interfacing, incorporating mixing, synthesis, sampling and often powerful onboard processing facilities. Martin Walker finds the features of Creamware's new DSP-powered Music Production Environment' impressive even by modern standards.
Paul White meets the reviewer's dream — a poweful synth that's versatile, easy to use, easy to edit and even demonstrates its own patches for you!
Real-time Transwave Synth
Ensoniq were as the forefront of workstation and sampling technology in the '80s, but their recent synth offerings have not kept up with the fashion for controller-festooned techno boxes. The Fizmo, however, updates their take on wavetable synthesis with extensive real-time control. Derek Johnson explores further.
Guitar Effects Processor
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a new guitar-oriented effects unit from Lexicon. But will it inspire our mild-mannered reported John Walden to turn his Clark Kent chords into guitar (super)heroics?
Having tested the waters with the low-cost CDR630, Marantz are now set to challenge professional compact disc recorders higher up the ladder. Paul White takes the new CDR640 for a spin.
MIDI Command Station
As srtudios became more and more virtual, musicians begin to miss having real knobs and faders to play with — hence the success of Peavey's original PC1600 MIDI hardware fader box. Six years on, Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser find out whether it has that vital X factor.
Prophet Synthesizers 5 & 10 (Retro)
In which Gordon Reid meets a long-time hero and takes a step through the time tunnel to an era when polyphonic synths were still a wish, not a promise.
Beyerdynamic DT770 Headphones; Roland Vocal Collection JV-Series Synthesizer Expansion Board; Music Engineering By Richard Brice.
Stereo Signal Conditioner
TC Electronic's latest innovation is a dual-channel mic amp with comprehensive digital processing. Hugh Robjohns finds out whether the Gold Channel is worth its weight.
TL Audio have gained an enviable reputation for high-quality processors. Hugh Robjohns takes a look at the latest addition to their Classic range.
Yamha scored a big success with their famously blue, Knob-endowed CS1x Performance synth, and now they seek to build on this with the silver-grey CS2x — but does the 1-digit increment and change of colour scheme constitute revolution or evolution? CS1x owner Nick Rowland finds out.
Yamaha's fine tradition of free product-support software continues with a Mac editor for their unique FS1R synth. Derek Johnson boots it up.
People + Opinion
Interview | Musician
Seven years ago, teacher, musician and engineer Howard Turner transformed himself into The Studio Wizard and placed an ad offering his services as studio trouble shooter and consultant. It worked like a charm, as Debbie Poyser & Derek Johnson find out...
Interview | Composer
A co-founder of US electro-pioneers Information Society, Paul Robb recently scored the new movie form the creators of South Park. He has a new band signed to Virgin and a dance side-project, yet still manages to write award-winning music for TV. Sam Molineaux joins him and his various alter egos in his new Los Angeles studio, Digitalis.
The music biz is a notoriously difficult one, but you might think that at least the people who get paid to work for you are on your side. Sam Inglis says it's even worse than you thought.
Music on the Internet has brought into sharp focus the changes that will need to be made to a global law to ensure the safety of music copyright. Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson assess the possible impact of new technology.
Interview | Producer
The Cardigans are the biggest thing to come out of Sweden since, er, Ace Of Base, and their recent hit 'My Favourite Game' represented a successful change of musical direction. Sue Sillitoe tracks down their regular producer Tore Johansson in his Country Hell studio to talk about how the song was put together. Reasearch by Matt Bell.
Tips & Tricks
Subtle timing nuances play a large part in the feel of much of today's rhythm-based music. Martin Walker bangs the drum about creative use of groovy time-tweaking functions.
The times are colourful for Apple Macs. Martin Russ looks at the new Bondi Blue G3 PowerMac, and then does some serious Thonking.
Tips & Tricks
When it comes to emulating acoustic instruments, the modern orchestra probably represents the ultimate challenge. Philip Meehan shows you how to take it on and win.
This month, Martin Walker reviews PC software packages that help you check out your own studio acoustics and examine your MIDI data.
Ataris can now be picked up at very reasonable prices and, with the addition of some cost-effective software, make useful live sequencing devices. Derek Johnson highlights this and other uses for your ST, and discusses some fast new TOS-compatible machines from Europe.
John Walden exchanges his plectrum for a mouse and suggests some guitar-related Internet sites that might encourage even the more technophobic pluckers and strummers to venture into cyberspace.
Readers' Music Reviewed
Freakshow * Ally Pedan * Agincourt * Darren Furry * Jon Black * Paul Appleyard * Stick * David Poremba * Sontiche * Mickey Down Under * Exit
Tips & Tricks
Audio software and PC soundcards are offering 20- or 24-bit recording capabilitiy at even more affordable prices — but whether the extra data on your hard disk will actually correspond to better sound quality depends on a host of other factors. Martin Walker tells you what you need to know when deciding if you should make the change.
Tips & Tricks
Although most modern synths come with good bass guitar patches, there's still nothing quite like the real thingplayed well — provided you know how to record it. Paul White examines a few alternative approaches.
Feature | Tips & Tricks
Hums, clicks, rustles, chirps, shuffles and creaks. Just a few of the sounds that your recordings could well do without. Paul White has a quiet word about the art of noise reduction.