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Reviews

8-bit Stylez

Sample Library

* Score = 3

CAD M9

Large-diaphragm Valve Condenser Mic

CAD continue their M series with an affordable valve mic.

Celtic

Sample Library

* Score = 4

DIGITECH BP200

Digitech BP200 Modelling Bass Effects

Digitech BP200 Modelling Bass Effects

EDIROL UA5

Edirol UA5 USB Audio Interface For Mac And PC

Edirol's UA5 is a stereo USB interface offering mic preamps with phantom power, a wide range of connectors and recording at up to 24-bit/96kHz.

EMU PROTEUS 2500

Emu Proteus 2500 128-Voice Expandable Command Module

Emu's synths may have broken no new ground since the 1999 launch of the Proteus 2000, but the new 2500 plays to their strengths, offering the best of their sound library, plus excellent sequencing and real-time control capabilities, at a very attractive price.

FOCUSRITE ISA220

Focusrite ISA220 Session Pack Recording Channel

The new ISA220 offers the circuitry of the renowned ISA430 in a much more affordable package.

KORG AX1500G

Korg AX1500G Guitar Multi-effects

Korg's AX1500G floor-standing guitar multi-effects processor offers tons of tone for very few pounds.

LEM MULTI-EFFECTS PROCESSORS

LEM FX24 & FX22 Dual Multi-effects Processors

The latest dual effects processors from LEM sound better than their price might lead you to expect.

Lynx Studio Technology Lynx Two

Soundcard For PC And Mac

No expense has been spared in the design of Lynx Studio Technology's latest soundcard, which adds 192kHz capability to remarkable sound quality, bringing it into real competition with high-end, stand-alone converter boxes.

Moog Sonic 6

Analogue Synthesizer (Retro)

The pioneering Sonic 6 has a complex and intriguing background, featuring not only the synth industry's most famous name, Bob Moog, but also that of an unsung hero called Gene Zumcheck - a shadowy figure now, but one whose contribution to synthesis deserves acknowledgement.

Noize Loops

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Product Review

PSP Audioware VintageWarmer

PSP Audioware VintageWarmer - Mac VST; PC VST and DirectX (Mac MAS and RTAS forthcoming)

Product Review

Steinberg Voice Machine

Steinberg Voice Machine - Mac and PC VST

SIBELIUS V2

Sibelius v2 Scorewriting Software For PC And Mac

Sibelius has a good claim to be the industry standard for professional sheet music production, and the new version 2 promises a slew of additional features designed to make scorewriting faster, easier and more creative.

STEINBERG MIDEX 3

Steinberg Midex 3 MIDI Interface For Mac & PC

Steinberg Midex 3 MIDI Interface For Mac & PC.

STEINBERG THE GRAND

Steinberg The Grand VST Instrument For PC & Mac

Disk-streaming samplers are well suited to the playback of long grand piano samples - so it's odd that it's taken this long to create a disk-based VST plug-in piano. The Grand looks to remedy this oversight...

Studio Series Essentials

Sample Library

* Score = 4

TASCAM DM24

Tascam DM24 Digital Mixing Console

Tascam's affordable new 32-channel, eight-buss digital mixer takes on Yamaha's O-series, providing 24-bit/96kHz operation, surround panning, and effects processing from TC Works and Antares.

TC WORKS POWERCORE V1.5

TC Works PowerCore v1.5 DSP Effects Card For Mac & PC

TC's DSP-powered effects board been upgraded, and now includes a much more impressive plug-in bundle.

TL AUDIO VP1

TL Audio VP1 Valve Recording Channel

TL Audio's heavyweight valve recording channel not only provides you with gating, de-essing, compression, equalisation and limiting, but also lets you experiment with the sounds of different types of circuitry.

TRIDENT

Trident Audio S20 Dual Mic Preamp

Following Trident Audio's S80 Producer Box comes the S20, which offers high-spec mic preamplification and an unusual input switching facility.

YAMAHA MSP3

Yamaha MSP3 Monitor Speaker

Does this affordable new powered speaker from Yamaha have what it takes to handle project studio mixing?

People + Opinion

CLOUD COVER

Odd Nosdam: cLOUDDEAD

Recorded on eight-track cassette, cLOUDDEAD's extraordinary debut album is an object lesson in lo-fi production and the creative use of budget equipment.

CUTTING EDGE

Worley Laboratories Sasquatch

Do ground-breaking computer animation techniques have something to teach the hi-tech instrument designer?

HEAD FIRST

Richard Jacques & Matt Howe: Orchestral Music For Computer Games

Abbey Road's famous Studio One has played host to innumerable big-budget orchestral recordings for film, but the final session before its refurbishment in 2001 saw it being used for a new purpose: to record the soundtrack for a video game.

PETER COLLINS

Peter Collins

As someone who's been hugely successful both in his native Britain and his adopted home of the USA, Peter Collins has a uniquely international perspective on record production.

READERZONE

Readerzone Rus Sowden

Russ Sowdon report by: Tom Flint

SOUNDING OFF

Are modern workstations fit to be called 'synthesizers'? By Bob Williams

Are modern workstations fit to be called 'synthesizers'? By Bob Williams

Technique

Emagic EMI 2/6 Drivers; iLamp, iPhoto

Apple Notes

We take a look at the radical new iMac, as well as checking out the OS9 drivers for the Emagic EMI 2/6 USB interface, a device which seems to demonstrate how well USB audio can work.

Integrating External Hardware Effects Into Signal Path

Cubase Technique

The VST mixer seems to acquire new features with every version of Cubase — but what order do they come in, and how can you integrate external hardware effects into the signal path?

Jera

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Clearway * Colquitt * Silverbak * Lament * Microchasm * Christopher David * Jarred Deru * Dogma

LOGIC NOTES

Monitor with Effects While Recording

A power-user trick for configuring the Environment so that you can monitor with effects while recording, as well as some guidance on incorporating external effects hardware into your Logic system. Plus a selection of tasty tips, including a way to get better hi-hat parts using a drum controller.

MIDI CONTROLLERS

Software Mixing With Hardware MIDI Controllers

If you're tired of mixing on-screen using just your mouse and keyboard, then it's worth considering a hardware MIDI controller. But with so many different models available, how do you choose the one that's right for you?

Optimising Windows XP For Music

Optimising Windows XP For Music

Musicians can get better performance out of Microsoft's latest OS by taking the time to adjust various system settings.

PERFORMER NOTES

Drum Editor window

We conclude our look at DP3's Drum Editor window, learn more about zooming and scrolling functions and input strips, and round up all the usual MOTU-related news and advice.

Q&A

Is there a combined soft sampler and sequencer on the market? * Can you tell me something about a vintage mic I've found? * Why don't my synths' sounds work well together in mix? * How do contact microphones work? Which soundcard should I upgrade to?

Is there a combined soft sampler and sequencer on the market? Can you tell me something about a vintage mic I've found? Why don't my synths' sounds work well together in mix? How do contact microphones work? Which soundcard should I upgrade to?

SONAR NOTES

On-the-fly Time-stretching and Compression

Sonar is great at on-the-fly time-stretching and compression, allowing you to easily sync loops at different tempos, Acid-style. We show you how. Plus all the usual Cakewalk tips and techniques.

SPEED TESTS

FireWire Drives For Music - Part 1 - FireWire-less Macs

We recently tested the effect of processor upgrades on Mac music applications, but there are plenty of other factors that affect how well your audio software works. This two-part article shines the SOS spotlight on hard drive performance...

SYNTH SECRETS

Synthesizing Drums: The Snare Drum

If you thought synthesizing realistic bass drums was complex, that's nothing compared to snares. So how is it that the analogue snare sound is so well known? And how do you go about creating it? We find out...

The New Pro Tools TDM

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The next generation of Pro Tools TDM hardware is about to hit the streets. What improvements does it offer, and what are the implications if you're an owner of the current hardware, or are contemplating buying a PT system?

Using Hard Drive Partitions

PC Notes

This month, find out how using hard drive partitions to keep your different areas of computer activity separate can bring many benefits, including the prospect of a more crash-resistant PC.

VS SERIES TIPS

Roland VS880 & VS1680 Masterclass

Handy tricks and tips for getting the best out of Roland's VS880 and VS1680 workstations.

YOU ARE SURROUNDED

Surround Sound Explained - Part 8

We hear from more surround producers working at very different ends of the music business to see how they've created working surround systems, and how they make use of 5.1 at the mixing stage.

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