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A.P.E.S. Acoustishirt System; Music House Powermaster Genesis SCSI

Product Roundup

This month, Paul White takes a look an intriguing solution to problematic vocal acoustics, and tests out a new drive system.

Beats 'n' The Hood

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Behringer Eurorack MX2642

4-Buss Mixer

Following the success of their first mixer, the 8-buss Eurodesk, Behringer have scaled down the concept to take on the crowded 4-buss market. Paul White checks it out.

Distorted Reality

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Emu E4K

Performance Sampling Keyboard

In recent years, samplers have become almost exclusively rackmount devices, widely used as production workhorses, but less so by the gigging musician. With the release of their first keyboard sampler in several years, Emu are hoping to change all that. Paul Wiffen heralds the return of the performer's sampler.

Ensoniq MR

Rack Synth Module

Expandable and user-friendly, Ensoniq's new synth module favours preset sounds and effects over editing and programming options. Julian Colebeck asks how the Mr Rack stacks up.

Isotrack Smartpatch

Patchbay

As an exercise in lateral thinking, re-patching your studio is a delight. As an actual prospect, it's somewhat more daunting. Paul White plugs into a programmable patchbay and lets his fingers do the walking...

Kurzweil K2500/K2500X

Keyboard Production Station

With more zones than a one-day Travelcard and an impressive array of physical real-time control options, the keyboard version of Kurzweil's K2500 represents a new frontier in digital synthesis. Paul Ward heads for the border...

Methods Of Mayhem

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Pioneer D9601

High Sampling Rate DAT Recorder

Paul White ponders the benefits of a DAT recorder with a 40kHz audio bandwidth.

Roland MSQ700

Sequencer (Retro)

Beethoven's amanuensis it might not be, but for dancey doodlings, you won't find a better scratchpad than the Roland MSQ700 'multitrack digital keyboard recorder'. Steve Howell reassesses the sequencer that dared not speak its name...

Soundfield SPS422

Microphone

Paul White tests a mic that's outstanding in its field — without going out and standing in a field.

Steinberg Cubase Score

Software

Cubase, in its many guises, has established itself as an industry standard on Apple and Atari platforms, and now looks set to be the benchmark by which other PC sequencers will be judged. Kevin Pawsey investigates what Steinberg has to offer the score-producing musician.

The Ultimate Piano Collection Vols. 1-3

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Waldorf Gekko

Chord Memoriser & MIDI Trigger

When your dilatory digits can't hit those chords on cue, MIDI sequencing can seem the only solution. As Paul Ward discovers, however, now you have a flexible new friend...

Yamaha Pro R3

Digital Reverberator

It looks like a flagship reverb, yet it checks in at the price of a jet ski. Paul White cuts a dash with Yamaha's versatile new digital reverb.

Yamaha RM800

Recording Console

The home and project studio mixer market is currently dominated by British and American manufacturers. With the release of the RM800 desk, Yamaha are clearly hoping that some of the success of their top-end digital mixers will percolate down to the middle market. Derek Johnson finds out whether the RM800 has what it takes.

People + Opinion

DRAKE MUSIC PROJECT: Music & Mobility

Interview | Band

The remarkable success of the Drake Music Project is proving that where music technology is concerned, disability is no handicap. Mark Prendergast joins the levellers...

MIKE COLLINS: The Apple Macintosh

Sounding Off

Regular SOS contributor Mike Collins blows the trumpet for the Apple Macintosh, whilst sounding a note of caution to those musicians considering the Mac as a work platform today...

NIGEL BEAHAM-POWELL & BELLA RUSSELL: TV Composition

At Home With

This duo can take the credit for an amazing range of TV themes and scores, but how did they get into such a fiercely competitive industry in the first place? Paul White learns about the ratings game...

PAUL SCHUTZE: Composing In The Modern Age

Interview | Composer

For most of us, computers in the studio are part and parcel of the digital revolution. Not from where avant-garde composer Paul Schutze is standing. Paul Tingen discovers a new perspective...

Soundscape SSHDR1

Hard Disk Recording System

Continuing our occasional series of reports from long-term users of studio equipment, this month Brian Heywood talks to two producers about their Soundscape digital recording system, and how they used it to put together a hit track.

The Specialists Speak

Hi-Tech Servicing, Part 2

Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson conclude their conversations with the engineers who service with a smile.

Working As A Team

How To Become A Record Producer, Part 4

Once the artist, their record company and A&R manager have agreed the balance sheet, there are still artistic questions to be resolved. This month, continuing his look at working as a team, David Mellor explains how producer, arranger, programmer and session musician can live together in perfect harmony...

Technique

Compression & Limiting

Exploration

Paul White looks at the many parameters which govern compression, how to improve your recording technique, and how not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Evolution's Music Creator

PC Notes

Thanks to Evolution's Music Creator systems, it's never been easier or cheaper to turn your PC into a powerful MIDI sequencing tool. Brian Heywood gets creative...

Internet Software

Apple Notes

Last month, Martin Russ got caught up in Apple takeover fever. This month, he explains how the situation has completely changed...

Making The Most Of Arpeggiators

Tips & Tricks

If, like Erasure, you're all fingers and thumbs, an arpeggiator can make inspirational note sequences a cinch. For this versatile synth function, however, that's only the beginning. Paul Ward blisses out on glissandos...

Multi-platform Editing & Sequencing

Atari Notes

Just because you've moved over to Mac or PC for making music, it needn't put your Atari on the scrapheap. Colin Owen explains how, with the right MIDI interface, your Atari can become a powerful editing tool.

Nurb

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Guess * Piaprism * Love In A Plague * Organo Electric * SC 113 * Beyond The Box * Gavin Leigh * Dream Kitchen * Trix * Transient Attack

NYDI & MagiC v4

Atari Notes

There may be a famine of new applications for the Atari, but there's a positive flood of utilities. Ofir Gal offers some tips on how to turbo-charge your Atari. New products, multi-tasking, NVDI and MagiC v4.

OctaMED v6 & Sound Studio

Amiga Notes

Orphaned in childhood and now suffering a PC brain-drain, the Amiga needs all the help it can get. So, could tracker programs like OctaMED v6 be the platform's saviour? Paul Overaa asks whether the future's IFFy...

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