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We've had the analogue synth revival; now it's the turn of the analogue sequencer! Gordon Reid checks out Analogue Systems' brand-new 16-step analogue sequencer and explains just why you might want such an apparently obsolete device.
Dual-channel Thermionic Mic Preamp
Paul White compares his console mic amps to the new Aphex Model 107 Tube Mic preamp and finds some interesting differences.
Once upon a time an Emulator was all eights: 8-bit, 8-voice, 8-outs, but that was a decade ago. Ten years on and the latest Emulator has more of the 128 about it: 128 voices, up to 128Mb of RAM. Paul Wiffen finds out if everything else about the EIV is 16 times as good.
Sample Editing Software
Are the 16-bit capabilities of your AV Macintosh languishing unused for want of a decent (and Cheap) 16-bit sample editor? SoundEdit 16 could be your salvation. Mike Collins checks it out...
Just the thing to send Paul White for Christmas: an Omni Present!
Modular Synth (Retro)
At a time when a modular synth could cost as much as an average house, Roland's System 100M was an affordable dream. Chris Carter gets patched in...
4-Channel Noise Reduction
Derek Johnson looks at a cost-effective way of cutting down the noise in your studio.
A synth editor program for your computer can expand your synthesis horizons and encourage you to discard those presets in favour of original creations. But what if you have more than one synth — surely it's going to cost a fortune buy an editor for each? Not necessarily, as Paul Nagle finds out.
Paul White turns up the volume, and discovers that Spirit's PowerStation delivers both quality and quantity.
PC Sound Card
Panicos Georghiades checks out Turtle Beach's most cost-effective PC sound card yet.
Modelling System (Preview)
Paul White is given an exclusive preview of a new technology that will revolutionise music making — and this time, it really will!
All You Need To Know About The Music Business; SOS Cable Management Kit
This month, Derek Johnson checks out Donald S Passman's guide to making it in the music industry, whilst Paul White makes a great discovery in the SOS cupboard...
Could this be the ultimate one-box solution to your sound generation needs? Kevin Earley finds out.
Valve DSP Guitar Multi-effects Processor
Eventually, pretty much everyone tries to recreate that old vintage valve guitar sound by using an old vintage valve, but Zoom have teamed tube technology with a powerful digital effects DSP to combine the best of old and new. Paul White finds out if the marriage works.
People + Opinion
Interview | Artist
Ann Dudley first came to fame as one of the shadowy figures behind the seminal Art of Noise. But she refused to be confined by the boundaries of pop, and has since exercised her considerable talents in album arranging and composing for film and TV. Richard Buskin talked to her about her musical history and forthcoming album.
Frank Kelly Of Alesis
Alesis, once the champions of budget effects, drum machines, and more recently the ADAT digital recording system, have now diversified into mixing consoles, amplifiers, and studio monitors, with every sign that the list will continue to grow. Paul White spoke to Alesis' Frank Kelly about some of the new directions the company is taking.
Interview | Manufacturer
Paul White discusses the role of the software 'plug-in' with Gilad Keren, co-founder of Waves.
Interview | Composer
Though Mark Russell's work includes writing for film, TV and commercials, as well as big-name tour arranging and musical backup, he's probably best known currently for his lavish music for Radio One super-hero series, Batman, Superman, and Spiderman. Nick Magnus was invited to Mark's home studio to talk about his gear and working methods.
Interview | Band
Despite a long string of hit singles and albums throughout the 1980s, The Human League entered the '90s having fallen from grace with both record label and record-buying public. Now they're back with a vengeance — and a hit single from a new chart album. Nigel Humberstone chats to League main man Phil Oakey.
Interview | Music Production
Producer Stuart Epps began his music business career in 1967 at Dick James Music before going on to work with Gus Dudgeon, Elton John, Jimmy Page, Chris Rea and other top names. He now runs his own commercial studio, situated in the old Mill Studio complex, and is working on a number of projects, including one with Bill Wyman. Here he explains why he preferes 'live' music to almost anything else...
Is MIDI about to be superceded? Martin Russ investigates proposals for a new standard for interfacing and controlling electronic musical instruments.
After a couple of weeks spent trying to decipher the inner mysteries of QuickTime 2.0, Martin Russ devotes this month's Apple Notes to revealing the results...
When Paul Johnson decided he'd like to teach a Music Technology course at the college where he works, there was one small problem: he had to build the studio himself during the summer holidays, on a shoestring budget with help from just two students. Impossible? Let's find out...
Tips & Techniques
Tips & Techniques
Digital delay tends to be taken very much for granted, but the majority of today's studio effects would be impossible without it. Paul White describes how to set up your own DDL effects from scratch.
Paul Overaa advises on how to improve your sequencer's notation facilities, gives some more tracker tips, and rounds up some current Amiga news...
Nothing beats the feel of a superb live performance captured on tape... but exactly how do you go about it? SOS's Demo Doctor and live recording veteran John Harris considers what you need to get that classic gig onto multitrack tape.
Tips & Techniques
Timing delays, stolen notes, lack of sampler memory... having trouble playing back your sample files over MIDI? But all these problems can be things of the past. All it needs is a little care and planning — as Wilf Smarties explains.
Brian Heywood brings you the latest PC news, and offers a handy tip to net surfers who may be getting lost...
Tips & Techniques
You might think that the layout of your studio is determined purely by where your monitors go and where you sit, but as Paul White explains, there are few areas where you have to exercise a bit of care.
Need to upgrade your ST's memory? Vic Lennard looks to RAM the point home...
People And Politics In The Music Business
After having discovered what makes an American music publisher sit up and take notice of a demo, David Bibbey turns his attention to the likes and dislikes of the home-grown variety — Dominic Walker of BMG.