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+Decimate

Plug-in Folder

+Decimate - Mac and PC VST

BEHRINGER DDX3216

Digital Mixer

Can a digital console at such a low price really deliver on features and audio quality?

Big Tick Rainbow

Plug-in Folder

Big Tick Rainbow - PC VST and stand-alone

Breakz From The Nu Skool

Sample Library

* Score = 4

CLM DYNAMICS DB8000S

Eight-channel Microphone Preamplifier

The new DB8000S from CLM Dynamics provides eight channels of high-quality mic preamplification, with limiting, M&S matrixing and no less than three separate outputs per channel.

COMPLETE GUIDE TO GAME AUDIO

Book Review

The Complete Guide To Game Audio.

DK METERS

MSD100 Series v1.5 Stereo Displays

DRAWMER DF330

Universal Noise Filter

Two-channel, analogue dynamic noise filter, expander and HF enhancer.

FOUR IN ONE

ARP Quadra - Part 1 (Retro)

Combining strings, a monosynth, a bass synth, and a polyphonic synthesizer, did ARP create the keyboard equivalent of 'Wash and Go', or a jack of all trades and master of none?

Izotope Ozone

DirectX Mastering Tools For PC

Many home and project studio owners are interested in mastering as a way to add that professional sheen to their recordings. The newest way to do this is with iZotope's new DirectX mastering tool for PC.

KRK V4

Active Studio Monitor

This new active nearfield monitor offers stunning audio performance from its extremely compact cabinet dimensions.

LOGIC CONTROL

Emagic Logic v5 & Logic Control MIDI + Audio Sequencer - Hardware Control Surface

Users of Emagic's Logic sequencer have been itching to get their hands on the latest version 5 and Logic Control, the company's dedicated moving-fader control system. Has it been worth the wait?

Macbeth Systems M3X

Analogue Synthesizer

The M3X is the first product from Macbeth Systems, the Scottish company founded by former DIY analogue synth enthusiast Ken McBeth. Will all turn out well, or is the M3X destined for a tragic end?

NOVATION K-STATION

Modelled Performance Synth

Novation seem to be on a roll. Scarcely had the monotimbral A-Station made the cover of our December 2001 issue, when news broke of a £500 keyboard version. We look at one of the first UK production models.

OBERHEIM OB12

v1.5 Analogue Modelling Synth

The Oberheim/Viscount OB12 was already a well-specified virtual analogue synth when it was launched in 2000, but it failed to gain much of a following. Now, after an OS upgrade and a cut in price, it's seriously good value for money...

PROFITING FROM YOUR MUSIC

Book Review

Profiting From Your Music And Sound Project Studio.

PSP PianoVerb

PSP PianoVerb - Mac and PC VST

Sennheiser Evolution E664

Condenser Microphone

This latest addition to the affordable Evolution range brings Sennheiser's renowned K-series technology within reach of the project studio.

Sennheiser HD250

Linear II Headphones

These Sennheiser headphones combine high sound quality with comfortable design.

Sound Quest Infinity v2

MIDI & Multimedia Graphical Control Environment for PC

PC-based sound-design software packages, such as NI Reaktor, are now quite common, but they're not always easy to use. Sound Quest are well known for their long-established MIDI Quest editor, but how do they fare at software synthesis?

SPL Track One

Recording Channel

A Channel One without the valve for little over half the price? Seeing (and hearing) is believing.

Strings - Reason Refill Collection

Sample Library

* Score = 4

SUPERLUX PRA MICS

Drum Microphones

Complete boxed sets of drum mics at incredibly low prices. Is it too good to be true?

Tascam CDRW2000

CD Recorder

Tascam CDRW2000 CD Recorder

TC M ONE XL

Dual-channel Effects Processor

TC upgrade both the hardware and the software of their cost-effective M One multi-effects unit.

TERRATEC DMX 6FIRE

24/96 PC Soundcard

Terratec's latest soundcard promises proper surround support, 24-bit/96kHz recording and low-latency, multi-channel ASIO I/O at an extremely competitive price.

Twisted Textures

Sample Library

* Score = 5

People + Opinion

 BONUS article: Recording Steve McLean's All this Love And Hate

BONUS ARTICLE

 BONUS article: not available in printed magazine
One-time SOS writer Mark Cunningham hadn't produced an album for almost 10 years — until a soulful ex-prisoner inspired him to get back behind the desk...

CUTTING EDGE

DAWs For The Future

Digital Audio Workstations integrate everything into one box - but will future generations reverse this trend?

DIFFERENT STROKES

Gordon Raphael: Producing The Strokes

The Strokes' Is This It was many critics' choice for the best album of 2001, and has gone platinum in the UK. Remarkably, it was recorded in a basic New York project studio by a then-unknown producer.

READERZONE

Gianni Abruzzese

Gianni Abruzzese

SOLID GOLD

So Solid Crew's Swiss

UK garage is the biggest underground dance music phenomenon for years, and has taken London collective So Solid Crew to the top of the charts. Crew member Swiss talks to SOS about their approach to production.

SOUNDING OFF

A former SOS Apple Notes columnist applies memetics to the perennial Mac/Windows struggle.

A former SOS Apple Notes columnist applies memetics to the perennial Mac/Windows struggle.

Technique

DEMO DOCTOR

Demo Doctor

Arte.fact * Black Water Music * * Relay * John Garrick * Frankly My Dear * Initial * Carrie Rowbottom * Tripod * * Polly Billam Band * Bailey

Drive Image 5.0

PC Notes

Discover why long filenames can prevent files from being moved around, but how renaming them can solve the problem.

GETTING AUDIO INTO YOUR SEQUENCER

Getting Audio Into Your Sequencer

Find out how to get the highest-quality audio into your computer music system.

MIXDOWN FORMATS

Mixdown Formats What Should I Mix Down To?

There are now lots of different ways to make a stereo master recording of your final mix, so how do you work out which one is best for you?

Optimising PC Hard Drives For Audio

PC Musician

The ideal hard drive for music recording is quiet, reliable and very, very fast. Here's how to achieve it by choosing and setting up your system in the best way.

PERFORMER NOTES

DP3 Plug-ins; MW Limiter

We begin looking at some of the more useful DP3 plug-ins, starting with MW Limiter. Plus hints and tips on DP3's step-record feature.

Potential For 1GHz

Apple Notes

The potential for music and audio is phenomenal as Apple finally break the 1GHz barrier, especially when you're running Mac OS X.

Pro Tools In Industry

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

The current government loves the idea of transferable skills, so this month's Pro Tools Notes looks at other industries besides music where Pro Tools knowledge can be profitable.

Q & A

Your questions answered

Why is phase important? What orchestral sample libraries are available for HALion? Where can I get Windows-based ASIO drivers for an Audiomedia III card? Are there really reverb and synth plug-ins supplied with Mac OS X? How can I isolate the vocals from a stereo mix?

ReCycle Support in Cubase

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

While Cubase has its own built-in tools for audio editing, it also offers comprehensive support for an alternative, third-party sound-slicing application: Propellerhead Software's hugely popular ReCycle.

SONAR NOTES

Cakewalk's FXPad

This month's Sonar workshop features an introduction to Cakewalk's FXPad controller, some ideas for creative abuse of the Loop Construction window, and advice on bouncing down your mixes.

SPEED TESTS

FireWire Drives For Music - Part 2 Macs With Built-In FireWire

We continue our investigation of the effect of drive speed on audio sequencers, switching the focus of the tests to see how FireWire drives can alter sequencer performance on the latest, FireWire-native Macs...

Sync your MIDI Sequences To Pre-recorded Audio Tracks

Logic Notes

This month we show you how to sync your MIDI sequences to audio tracks you've already recorded. Also, there's a trick for replacing live drum parts with samples, plus a cluster of practical tips to get Logic working better for you.

SYNTH SECRETS

Practical Snare Drum Synthesis

Last month, we revealed just how hideously complex the sound-producing mechanism of the snare drum can be. Nevertheless, synthesizing the sound is not as hard as it seems, as we find out with the aid of a Roland SH101...

YOU ARE SURROUNDED

Surround Sound Explained - Part 9

In the last of this series, we look at how you can use your MIDI + Audio sequencer for surround mixing.

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