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Analogue Systems Spawn

Patchable Analogue Monosynth

This quirky rack synth not only offers that genuine analogue sound, but comes with built-in MIDI interfacing and a very useful degree of patchability, for exciting sound-design potential.

API 7600

Input Module

Not only does the API 7600 offer the heritage sound of the company's renowned Legacy consoles in a stand-alone rack unit, but multiple units can also be used to build a complete small mixer for audiophile recording.

Creative Labs Audigy 2 Platinum EX

PC Soundcard

As ever, Creative Labs' latest PC soundcard promises a lot of features for £200. But does it deliver the kind of performance that musicians need?

Cutting Edge

Linux; Lindows; Sun Star Office; Edirol Audio Capture

While Linux might not be ready to run your entire studio just yet, it could provide an ideal solution for a cheap additional computer to handle your everyday computing tasks, keeping the music computer safely isolated.

Dan Dean Solo Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings

Sample Library

• Solo Brass * Score = 4
• Solo Woodwinds * Score = 5
• Solo Strings * Score = 3

Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets

Plug-in Folder

Digitalfishphones Fish Fillets: PC VST, Mac OS 9 & OS X VST

Earthworks Sigma 6.2

Time-coherent Reference Monitors

Earthworks are already world-renowned for the fidelity of their microphones and preamps, and now their studio monitors are setting a new benchmark for reference quality.

Edirol PCR50

USB & MIDI Controller Keyboard

Edirol's latest desktop music product is a controller keyboard that can also be used to control your sequencer's on-screen mixer.

Emagic Logic Platinum v6

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Mac OS 9 & OS X

Even after their buyout by Apple, Emagic kept the Windows version of Logic 5 up to date, but now, with the upgrade to Logic 6, they've left PC users behind. Will its new features persuade anyone to switch computer platform?

Emu Vintage Pro

Sample-based Vintage Keyboard Module

10 years on from the Vintage Keys module, Emu are looking to repeat its success, this time with 128-note polyphony, 32 MIDI channels and 32MB of sample ROM. But is it a fine Vintage, or past its best?

Groove Tubes GT55, GT57, GT66 & GT67

Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Groove Tubes' versatile new mics offer a range of facilities to suit every budget.

i3 DSP Quattro

Real-time Audio Editor For Mac OS

This popular shareware sample editor has grown up into a serious audio manipulation tool...

Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle

Plug-in Folder

Nomad Factory Liquid Bundle: PC VST, Mac RTAS, OS 9 & OS X VST.

Peavey Kosmos

Sub-harmonic Generator/Enhancer

A combined sub-harmonic synthesizer and high-frequency psychoacoustic enhancer for live and studio use.

Professional Sound Projects PSP84

Plug-in Folder

Professional Sound Projects PSP84: Mac VST, PC VST & Direct X.

Raw Material Tracktion

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Windows

A new, affordable MIDI + Audio sequencer from Raw Material Software might be ideal for the financially challenged recording musician.

Raw Material Tracktion

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Windows

A new, affordable MIDI + Audio sequencer from Raw Material Software might be ideal for the financially challenged recording musician.

Spectrasonics Trilogy

Sample-based Virtual Bass Module

Trilogy is big on bass — its supplied library has 3GB of sounds! Is it sweet and low, or does it plumb new depths? We find out...

TC Electronic Reverb 6000

Reverb Processor

TC's flagship reverb processor, based on the System 6000 hardware, combines 16 channels of world-beating processing with flexible and lightning-fast operation.

TC Works Assimilator

Fingerprint EQ Plug-in For TC Powercore Systems

The latest plug-in for the TC Powercore card allows you to extract frequency responses from commercial tracks and apply them to your own mixes.

Wave Arts Power Couple

Plug-in Folder

Mac & PC VST, PC Direct X

People + Opinion

Amon Tobin

If you don't think the sampler can be a musical instrument, then you haven't been listening to the music of Amon Tobin!

Business End

Music Producers Guild (MPG) assess your music

SunShineState; Anechoic.

Demo Doctor

More readers demos evaluated...

Jasid = Top Demo
John Young
Laurence Beard; moontan; Jim Stone; Alan Pittaway; Ferris Point.

Leader

Hang The Duvet?

SOS editor Paul White explores another theme...

Massive Attack

Neil Davidge: Recording 100th Window

A new Massive Attack album is always an event, and this year's 100th Window was perhaps the most eagerly anticipated yet. Like its predecessor Mezzanine, it was co-produced and co-written by Neil Davidge.

Rob Jackson & The Low Country

Readerzone:

Rob Jackson & The Low Country.

Sheryl Crow & Her Producers

The Crow Road

Sheryl Crow's rise to the top has seen her use - and lose - the talents of a lot of people behind the glass, from world-famous producers to unknown songwriters.

What Is Real Music?

Sounding Off: by Jyoti Mishra

The argument over what's considered to be real music goes on and on (and on and on)...

Technique

Cinema Displays; Xserve; Latest Version Of Mac OS X

Apple Notes

This month there's news of all the new Apple hardware and the latest version of Mac OS X, which finally offers support for the networking of MIDI and audio over Firewire, plus details of how to create a true OS 9 partition on a dual-boot Mac.

Digital Clocking Explained

Most home studio owners now rely heavily on digital audio recording and processing, but you could be sacrificing the quality of your recordings if your system isn't clocked correctly.

Digital Performer Notes

MachFive; OS X; Track Groups

As expected, MOTU showed Digital Performer for OS X for the first time at the recent NAMM show in California. But they also had some surprises up their sleeve...

Mac OS X For Musicians

What You Need To Know

The most dramatic overhaul of the Mac OS ever was ignored by most musicians until recently — and rightly, as established music applications and standards no longer run under it. But lately, there have been more and more reasons for musicians to leave OS 9 behind. If you're considering making the switch, read on...

Mastering Your Tracks In Logic

Logic Notes

This month's workshop shows you how to go about mastering your tracks in Logic, and there are also some useful tricks for faster audio and MIDI editing.

Pro Tools In 2003

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This month we take a few moments to look at what lies ahead for Pro Tools in 2003, including important decisions on the Apple platform.

Project Browser

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

One of the many innovations to be inherited by Cubase SX/SL from Nuendo is the Project Browser, and this month we investigate some of its potential uses.

Q & A

Readers' Questions given the definitive Answer treatment

What exactly is a modular synth? How slow is a slow release? How can I wire my 32:8:2 analogue desk to a 16-track recorder? How can I compensate for a lack of phase-reversal and EQ bypass controls on my mixer? Why do some bass notes have more 'punch' than others? Is there a problem with inputs on the Roland VS2480? Should I buy a DI box or a channel strip? Should EQ or compression be applied first? What is the advantage of recording with a higher resolution, as opposed to a higher sampling rate? Can I run V-Producer via OMS?

Software Gating Masterclass

Using Your Sequencer's Gates & Expanders

Following on from our discussion of compression and limiting last month, let's look at how you can use the related processes of gating and expansion within your sequencer.

Sonar Notes

Hardware Controlled Automation; Arturia Storm; Cwenc MP3

Here's some advice on getting the best out of Sonar's automation using a hardware controller, and some pointers for working with Arturia Storm as a virtual instrument. Plus, there's the free Cwenc MP3 encoder to check out, as well as another great selection of bite-sized sequencing tricks.

Speeding Up Windows

Improving Windows Performance For Music

Whatever version of Windows you're running, the chances are you can streamline it with a few simple tweaks.

Spicing Up Your Sampled Drums

Few project studio owners have the space to record a real drum kit to its best advantage. However, drum parts that are completely sample-based can lack a sense of organic authenticity, and can make an otherwise good recording sound like a demo. Fortunately, there are several ways you can tackle this problem for more lively results.

Studio SOS

Dave Wraight

Dave Wraight had been having trouble with his mixes, despite twice upgrading his speaker system, so the SOS team set about diagnosing and treating his monitoring problems.

Synthesizing Bowed Strings: the Violin family

Synth Secrets

Following our success at synthesizing the sound of analogue string machines, we hone our techniques with a view to recreating the sound of the real thing...

Yamaha Open Plug-in Technology (OPT); MIDI Interfaces; SF2 Library

PC Notes

This month we look at why MIDI interfaces aren't always to blame for your MIDI timing problems, and report on the latest news regarding Yamaha's Open Plug-in Technology.

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