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In a synth market dominated by the Japanese and American manufacturers, it's a pleasant surprise to be looking at a synth made in Sweden — especially when it's as technologically advanced as the Nord Lead. Gordon Reid sees red...
4-track Cassette Recorder
Though recording technology is turning increasingly to digital, there's still a ready market for the fun and easy to use analogue cassette multitracker, and Fostex have just released three new models. Derek Johnson looks at one of them.
Mike Collins gets to grips with GRM Tools and compares it to the latest incarnation of HyperPrism.
Solo Synthesizer (Preview)
Two months ago, Korg unveiled their OASYS high-end physical modelling synth, and already, a low-cost spin-off is just around the corner. SOS staff were amongst the first to hear it.
More notes, more waveforms, but more money. Is this new module from Korg just more of the same? Derek Johnson finds out...
Paul White looks at the latest incarnation of the LXP15 and finds that it neatly bridges the gap between Lexicon's budget products and their top-of-the-range pro reverb units.
3D PC Sound Card
PC sound cards often provide surprisingly sophisticated facilities, only to fall down on the quality of their synth sounds. Panicos Georghiades takes a look at a new contender that ups the ante with a little help from Korg...
Microtech's original UM70 set the affordable capacitor mic ball rolling, but now there's a transformerless version featuring a new housing. Paul White took it for a test drive.
Paul White intercepts another incoming Russian microphone, this time from Nevaton Ltd in St Petersburg.
Virtual Guitar System
Paul White gets truly virtual with Roland's new physical modelling guitar product — and no, it's not a guitar synth!
Multimedia Music Station
Michael Anthony plays Orpheus in the underworld of home keyboards in an attempt to discover what level of technology lies beneath their distinctly untrendy exteriors.
SPL have combined their Vitalizer circuitry with a powerful parametric/notch filter and added a low-noise mic preamp to create an extraordinary audio toolbox. Paul White takes the lid off and looks inside.
Sample Manipulation Software
Paul Farrer rotates his baseball cap through 180 degrees, sharpens his digital knife, and gets sample-slicing with Steinberg's ReCycle.
Acoustic Modelling Synthesizer (Preview)
With their background in home keyboards and high-quality electric pianos, it came as something of a surprise that Technics should enter the mainstream synth market with a physical modelling instrument. SOS attended the world preview.
People + Opinion
Interview | Manufacturer
Paul White caught up with Bill Katoski at a recent trade fair, where they discussed the ideas and influences behind KAT's range of innovative percussion controllers.
The untimely death of musician Duncan Browne part-way through an album project spurred keyboardist Nick Magnus on to complete the recordings. Here Nick tells the inside story of how he accomplished it.
Frankfurt Musik Messe Report 1995
Matt Bell and Paul White reports back from the overwhelming enormity of the Frankfurt Music Messe to keep you abreast of new products, new technical innovations, and new treatments for sore feet!
Fancy owning an instrument which used to belong to keyboard legend Keith Emerson? Gordon Reid gets a sneak preview of part of Keith's collection, now up for sale, and chats to Keith about his spring clearout and his current projects.
Interview | Composer
Mark Thomas finds himself very much in demand writing and recording music for film, television and library albums. Much of the music involves orchestral instruments, and even 70-piece orchestras, but as Mark explained to Paul white, the bulk of the work can still be carried out in a home studio.
Interview | Music Production
Nigel Humberstone gets a rare glimpse inside Mute Records' in-house studio, talks to Mute band Nitzer Ebb and Renegade Soundwave, and interviews the label's elusive and influential founder, Daniel Miller.
Interview | Producer
The Stone Roses seemed fit for world domination at the end of the '80s, but after releasing a successful debut album, they disappeared for nearly six years. Matt Bell talks to the producer of their new album, Simon Dawson, about his approach to recording the all-important follow-up.
Interview | Music Production
Some record producers may object to having their work remixed, yet according to producer Charlie Mallozzi and Marco Sabiu — better known as the Rapino Brothers — remixing is an acceptable alternative way of viewing a track. Here they explain why there will always be room for the remixer...
Can you trust your equipment? What will you do if it lets you down? David Mellor offers advice.
There have been plenty of goings-on in the Amiga world during the last four weeks. Paul Overaa spills the beans... Dr T's M package & OctaMED Pro v.6
With Atari no longer manufacturing computers, the mantle for further development has been picked up by C-Lab. Enter the Falcon Mk II...
Martin Russ brings you the latest Apple news. This month: new software upgrades, and how to surf the net from your mobile phone...Max 3.0 7 and Skinnyshort.
Tips & Techniques
Let's face it: a lot of guitarists don't swear by MIDI, they swear at it. Craig Anderton provides a crash-course in MIDI for guitarists.
Paul White explains exactly what noise is and offers hints on keeping it to a minimum in your recordings.
Brian Heywood brings you the latest PC News, and looks back on three years of PC Notes.
Tips & Techniques
The syncing of MIDI sequencers with multitracks is an important part of modern recording and can help you to make the most of a limited equipment budget. In the third part of this series, Paul White looks at the various ways of running multitrack tape and MIDI equipment simultaneously.