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Reviews

Acon Digital Media Acoustica

Audio Editor For Windows

If the established pro applications are out of your price league, then this highly affordable stereo editor might prove a genuine alternative.

Behringer B2 Pro

Multi-pattern Capacitor Mic

This entry-level, large-diaphragm mic has enough facilities to grow with your needs, and comes complete with case and suspension shockmount.

Camel Audio Cameleon 5000

Resynthesizing Additive Soft Synth

Resynthesis promises to combine the realism of a sampler with the flexibility of a synth. A great idea, but no-one has really made it work — until now...

Echo Indigo IO

PCMCIA Audio Interface For PC/Mac Laptops

Echo's original Indigo was perfect for those who wanted to add a high-quality audio output to their laptop without taking up more space. The new IO version adds a stereo input and multi-client drivers, increasing its appeal even more.

Elektron Monomachine

Multiple-Synthesis Keyboard & Sequencer

Elektron maintain their reputation for producing unusual, innovative instruments with the bizarrely shaped Monomachine; it features six types of synthesis engine, a versatile sequencer, and effects. Is it refreshingly original, or a step too far?

Event ASP8

Active Studio Monitors

Event up their game once again with their best ever design for project-studio monitoring. But have they come far enough to continue to face off the competition?

Kirk Hunter Orchestral Brass Ensembles

10-DVD Gigastudio Sample Library

Retailing at a paltry nine pounds per Gigabyte, this huge orchestral brass library from the USA appears to offer a big-screen experience at a Blockbusters price. Is there a catch?

Latest Sample CDs

Sample Library

• Atsiã * Score = 5
• Blister Pak * Score = 5
• Dub Basis * Score = 4
• Evolution * Score = 4

Line 6 Bass PodXT

Modelling Bass Guitar Preamp

This updated Line 6 unit combines improved amp modelling, compression, enhanced EQ, and a sizeable repertoire of modelled stomp-box effects.

McDSP Chrome Tone

Amp Simulator & Effects (Pro Tools)

If you want to trust your guitar sound to a plug-in rather than a real box of valves, there are already plenty of options — but McDSP's Chrome Tone is a little out of the ordinary.

Mindprint Envoice MkII

Valve Recording Channel

Mindprint have overhauled the electronics in their popular valve recording channel, and have also added extra facilities and an optional USB recording and monitoring interface.

Nu Systems Nu-Audio NB Pro

Laptop Music PC

Although Centrino laptops have advantages in terms of weight and battery life, standard Pentium 4 CPUs still offer the ultimate in performance, and Nu Systems's desktop replacement machine is a processing heavyweight.

Plug-in Folder

PSP, Soundhack, Universal Audio

This month PSP Easyverb; Soundhack Spectral Shapers and Universal Audio's 1176LN/SE & LA2A plug-ins are tested.

S•Amp, S•Monitor, S•Mix, S•Direct & S•Convert Problem Solvers

Samson 'S' Series

Samson's compact 'S'-series boxes solve a variety of studio problems without getting in the way.

SPL Gain Station

Mic & Instrument Preamp

Not only does this little preamp give pure class-leading performance, but it also offers clever dynamics processing on board and an optional built-in A-D converter.

Studio Essentials

Useful Accessories

Ergonomic Computer Mouse from Designer Appliances Quill
Book Review: Emagic Logic Tips & Tricks by Len Sasso.

TC Restoration Suite

Powercore Audio Restoration Plug-ins

Algorithms that remove artifacts such as clicks, scratches and broadband noise from digital audio require as much processing power as possible. TC's new suite of restoration tools harnesses both the host computer's CPU and the DSP of their Powercore system.

Terratec Producer Phase 88

Mac & PC Multi-channel Audio Interface

The Phase 88 is the successor to Terratec's popular eight-in/eight-out EWS 88MT PCI soundcard with breakout box.

TFPro P8

Multi-mode Stereo Compressor

Ted Fletcher's new processor packs four different well-known compression types into a single box.

People + Opinion

Autechre

Recording Electronica

In producing their complex, abstract electronica, Autechre have taken the idea of the studio as an instrument to new extremes...

Business End

Readers' Recordings

Another group of Music Producers Guild members proffer their constructive comments on the recordings of more SOS readers...

Identity Crisis?

Leader

Editor-in-Chief Paul White suggests that non-conformity and individualism might be one recipe for longterm musical success.

Readers Feedback

Crosstalk

Another batch of reader's correspondence.

Recording Metallica's St. Anger

Bob Rock

Bob Rock has been responsible for some of the biggest rock and metal albums of the last 20 years, including nearly all of Metallica's output since 1991. Last year's St. Anger saw band and producer reinventing the genre with a savage, thrash-oriented sound that has divided fans and critics.

Recreating New Order's 'Blue Monday' Live

Roger Lyons

In 1983, New Order sold over three million copies of their 12-inch single 'Blue Monday' and it has remained a classic. SOS spoke to producer, musician and New Order fan Roger Lyons, to find out how he helped the band bring the track back to life.

Sounding Off

Ethan Winer

An expert in acoustic treatment argues that a proper recording studio is much more than a collection of great gear.

Technique

Logic: Working To Picture

Logic Notes

This month we continue our advice on working to picture in Logic with tips on how to work around your visual hit points.

Apple GarageBand

Apple Notes

We take a look at the newest member of Apple's iLife suite and discover that youthful looks, adolescent attitude and long hair are not required to join this GarageBand.

Beat-slicing in DP

Digital Performer Notes

The plug-in and inter-application software world grows ever richer for DP users, and a set of new features for the program is announced at the NAMM show mdash; including, at last, a 'beat-slicing' function.

CLASSIC TRACKS: 'Start Me Up'

Artist: The Rolling Stones; Engineer: Chris Kimsey

In 1981, 'Start Me Up' became one of the Rolling Stones' biggest hit singles. Yet it was actually a reject from a previous session, and only saw the light of day because its infamous co-writers had fallen out...

Creative Synthesis With Yamaha XG

XG Masterclass: Part 1

There are lots of XG-format synthesizers in home studios, but their General MIDI heritage discourages many owners from using them. However, there's life in your XG module yet if you're willing to explore its hidden depths.

Demo Doctor

Reader Recordings Analysed

Another batch of lucky SOS readers' demos wait nervously for the Doctor's prognosis. What is the verdict? Listen while you read on...

DSP-assisted Audio Effects & Latency

PC Musician

Extra DSP assistance to help your PC's processor cope with effects treatments used to be the province of the pro. Now there's a wide range of DSP-equipped cards to fit all budgets — but many people don't realise the latency issues that might be involved in using some of them.

From Analogue To Digital Effects

Synth Secrets

When synthesizing sounds, the effects you place after your synth's output are often as important as the synth itself (just think of last month's Leslie). As we near the end of Synth Secrets, we consider how a digital effects processor works.

Macs On The Move

Using Apple Laptops For Music

It's been possible to make music on Apple laptops for many years now, but creating a working mobile system is harder than it looks. Fortunately, one SOS contributor has years of experience to pass on...

Multi-channel Architecture

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

As more musicians and audio engineers begin to explore the potential of surround sound in project studios, we take a look at Cubase SX 2's revised multi-channel architecture, which gives it advanced surround capabilities.

Plug-ins; Rewire; Gated Effects; Bouncing

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Public service time in Pro Tools Notes this month as we respond to user queries on recording via plug-ins and Rewire, creating gated effects, and bouncing.

Q & A

Solutions to Reader Problems

What kind of Headphones? How do I get rid of Pops and Clicks from my Soundcard? How do I remove an uneven Bass Response. Can I get more Polyphony from Roland D-series synths? Where should I locate my Subwoofer?

Resolution!

Cutting Edge

At a time when audio quality is supposedly getting better, compressed formats are dominating consumer digital devices and services. Cutting Edge takes issue with the trend away from full-resolution playback.

Software vs Hardware

Tonewheel Organ Implementations Compared

The tonewheel organ is back in vogue, aided by various recent 'virtual' renditions of the real thing, and Hammond's release of the New B3. But how faithful does the software sound? We look at two contenders...

Sonar and Multi-processor PCs

Sonar Notes

The latest Sonar update optimises the software for multi-processor PCs, as well as adding new operational features. Read on to find out what they'll mean to you, and explore another crop of tips and techniques.

Studio SOS

Chris Brockis

Chris Brockis had been having trouble mixing in his attic home studio, so he enlisted the help of the trusty SOS team.

USB Vs Firewire PC Drives

PC Notes

This month we not only compare the hard-drive speed performance of USB and Firewire, but also take a look at a MIDI latency-testing utility and see how a handful of MIDI interfaces measure up.

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