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AKAI DPS24

Akai DPS24 24-track/96kHz Digital Studio

Akai's new 24-track recording and mixing workstation continues the expansion of their DPS multitracker concept with technology derived from the company's renowned post-production machines.

ANTARES AVP1

Antares AVP1 Vocal Producer

Antares have packed their acclaimed Auto-Tune and mic modelling processes, along with dynamics and EQ, into this 1U rack unit.

APPLE IMAC 800

Apple iMac 800

Apple's new iMac is as radical in appearance as its predecessor - but how well does it fit into the recording studio?

AUDIO EASE ALTIVERB

Audio Ease Altiverb Sampling Reverb Plug-in

The latest technological advances in reverb design have yielded expensive hardware units that can 'sample' the sound of real rooms. Now Audio Ease's Altiverb brings the same technology to the Mac - at a fraction of the cost.

Audio Technica AT3031 & AT3032

Back-electret Studio Microphones

AT's new models prove that back-electret designs can offer performance to rival conventional capacitor mics.

Brazil Electro

Sample Library

* Score = 4

BUZZ AUDIO SOC1.1

Buzz Audio SOC 1.1 Stereo Optical Compressor

A stereo compressor offering the classic dynamic characteristics that only an optical design can provide.

DIGIDESIGN PRO TOOLS HD

Digidesign Pro Tools HD Digital Audio Workstation

The new generation of 'high definition' Pro Tools systems promises superb sound quality and impressive DSP power.

DIGITECH GENESIS

Digitech Genesis 1 Modelling Guitar Amp

Digitech Genesis 1 Modelling Guitar Amp

EMU E4 PLATINUM

Emu RFX32 Effects/Mixer Card For Emu Ultra Samplers

The market for hardware samplers may be on the wane, but Emu aren't abandoning their hardware customers; their RFX32 effects/mixer card can add tremendous processing and routing power to any of their Ultra samplers.

FOUR IN ONE

The ARP Quadra Part 2 (Retro)

Last month we finished with the question, 'What is the Quadra? Is it a turkey of the first order, or a misunderstood and overlooked masterpiece?' This month, we'll take a closer look at the instrument itself to find the answer.

GARRITAN ORCHESTRAL STRINGS

Garritan Orchestral Strings Sample Library

After creating the ultimate harp library, has Gary Garritan managed to succeed again with the most ambitious sampled string library ever undertaken?

Giga Clean Electric Guitars

Sample Library

* Score = 4

M AUDIO DMP3

M Audio DMP3 Dual Mic Preamp

M Audio DMP3 Dual Mic Preamp

MACKIE HR624

Mackie HR624 Active Studio Monitor

Finally the HR824 has a little brother and, like most little brothers, this one has both attitude and confidence!

Product Review

Bitshift Audio pHATmatik v1.1

Bitshift Audio pHATmatik v1.1 - Mac & PC VST

Product Review

Software Technology Anarchy Effects

Software Technology Anarchy Effects - PC VST

Product Review

Steinberg Warp VST

Steinberg Warp VST - PC VST

ROLAND SH32

Roland SH32 Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

Roland released the JP8000/8080 virtual analogue synth way back in 1997, but never really followed it up. Now they've combined the modelling synth idea with their Groovebox concept, presenting it in compact form with a wealth of hardware control options...

SONY DMX R100 V2

8-buss Digital Console

With competition hotting up in the DMX R100's sector of the market, Sony have released a major new software upgrade to make their contender stronger than ever.

SONY HEADPHONES

Sony MDR7506 & MDR7509 Monitor Headphones

Two pairs of high-quality headphones for discerning studio users.

STEINBERG WAVELAB v4

PC Audio Editor

As an all-round package for multitrack audio editing, mastering and CD burning, Steinberg's Wavelab leads the field. Does the new version 4 keep it ahead of the competition?

WAVES Y56K

Waves Y56K Audio Processing Mini YGDAI Card For Yamaha AW4416 & AW2816

A plug-in card for the Yamaha AW-series workstations that combines Waves-quality DSP effects with eight channels of ADAT optical I/O.

People + Opinion

CUTTING EDGE

Hyper-threading

Developments at Intel could have a big impact for computer-based musicians, including a way of potentially achieving dual-processor performance from a single-chip system.

DESIGNER LABEL

Mike Paradinas & Planet Mu

It's one thing to make music in your bedroom, quite another to run a successful record label from it. No wonder Mike Paradinas doesn't get much time to tidy up...

FRANKFURT NEWS

Frankfurt News, Gear Table and News from NAMM

Frankfurt News, Gear Table and News from NAMM.

READERZONE

Readerzone Paul Lee

Paul Lee

ROB DAVIS

Rob Davis

Once Rob Davis was a pop star himself with Mud. Now his songs have taken Kylie Minogue and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to the top of the charts.

SOUNDING OFF

Big George provides an update on the crusade

Not being one to let the dust settle after having 'done the business', Big George provides an update on the crusade.

Technique

Cubase SX

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Cubase VST is dead. Long live Cubase SX...

Fades

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Knowing about the less glamorous features in Pro Tools can be extremely useful, so this month we turn our attention to fades.

HIT FACTORS

The Link Between Music & Emotional Response

Do hit songs have a hidden ingredient that makes them successful by appealing directly to our emotions? It's a question that musicians and scientists have sought the answer to for many decades. Acoustic researcher Ernest Cholakis has a new take on the theory...

LOGIC NOTES

Scorewriting Functions, Virtual Sample Memory

Demystifying Logic's scorewriting functions, as well as advice on activating Virtual Sample Memory and implementing Recycle-style loop manipulation. And, of course, more of those handy tips and tricksÉ

MAXIMUM QUALITY MINIMUM COST

Affordable Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Recordings

We all want to improve the quality of our recordings, but there's often no need to rush out and buy new equipment. You just have to take a close look at the way you're using what you already have.

Music

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Lee Abraham * Crisis Zone * Apoidea * Badlands * City Limits * Ian Gilchrist * The Dice Man * Simon-Paul & Luca * Little Match Girl * Danny Hogan

ONE PC TWO MONITORS

Setting Up & Using Multiple Monitors For PC Music

If you've got a recent PC, the chances are that you can add a second display without breaking the bank - and you may be surprised at how much easier your life is...

OS X

Apple Notes

While applications, upgrades, and plug-ins continue to arrive for OS X, new developments of the "I can't believe it's not mLAN" variety are brewing!

PERFORMER NOTES

MW Limiter and Quan Jr

We continue our examination of DP3's Step Record window, and come over all of a dither with MW Limiter and Quan Jr. Plus all the latest MOTU-related news.

Q&A

Is there a software package that acts purely as a virtual tape recorder? * Why can't I run Cubase 5.1 on Windows 95? * What is panning law? * How can I get equal monitoring levels? * Do multi-client soundcards still exist? Which hard disk format is best

Is there a software package that acts purely as a virtual tape recorder? Why can't I run Cubase 5.1 on Windows 95? What is panning law? How can I get equal monitoring levels? Do multi-client soundcards still exist? Which hard disk format is best for PC audio?

REAKTOR TIPS

Power-user Tips: Part 1

A fistful of advice on getting the best out of Native Instruments' powerful modular soft-synth.

SONAR NOTES

Loop Recording, Mastering

More advice to help you work with Sonar more efficiently, including tips on getting the most out of the loop recording facility and a tutorial on extracting the groove from audio recordings. Plus, is it sensible to use Sonar for mastering?

SYNTH SECRETS

Synth Secrets: Analysing Metallic Percussion

The task of synthesizing convincing metallic percussion defeated many synth giants - you only need to listen to Kraftwerk's weedy cymbals on 'The Model' to be persuaded of that. So why is it so difficult? We find out...

WashAndGo, Sandra

PC Notes

If there's truth in the old cliche that less is more, can deliberately choosing to use fewer software applications help your musical creativity?

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