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Abracatabla

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Akai Sample Library Vol. 1-4

Sample Library

* Score = 3

ART Pro Noise Gate

8-channel Noise Gate

Paul White gets the first ART eight-channel Pro Gate to land in the UK &mdash and discovers that behind the hi-tech facade, it's a bit of a Harley-Davidson.

Audio Technica Six-pack

Studio Microphone Assortment

Just as spinal Tap have amplifiers that go up to 11, Audio Technica have six-packs that go up to seven — as Paul White discovers after counting them twice!

Boss GX700

Guitar Effects Processor/Preamp

Inside the GX700 lies a heart of gold: Roland's innovative physical modelling technology. Paul White straps on his guitar and puts this advanced multi-effects unit to work.

Cakewalk Pro Audio v4.01

Sequencing Software

With the addition of digital audio, version 4.0 of this popular, PC-based sequencing package isn't so much a cake as a chocolate gateau. Janet Harniman-Cook takes a walk in the Black Forest...

Dynaudio BM5 & BM10

Nearfield Monitors

Paul White discovers that Dynaudio's new nearfield monitors show economy of scale, not performance.

Effects Buyer's Guide

Book

SOS's essential guide to all the effects devices currently on the market. By Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser.

Emu Orbit 9090

Synthesizer

Emu's Vintage Keys synth was a big hit with both the dance and traditional electronic music fraternities, but given the recent boom in dance-orientated S+S synths, it was only a matter of time before the company produced a synth aimed squarely at dance production. and now here it is! Space cadet Martin Russ goes into orbit...

Fostex D80

Digital Multitrack Recorder

The battle for control of the affordable digital multitracker market has intensified in 1996. Paul White puts Fostex's latest weapon, the rackmounting D80, to the test.

Korg Pandora

Guitar Multi-Effects Processor

Paul White nervously opens Pandora's box — and realises that instead of being the mythical source of demons and sorrows, it's just Korg's new compact guitar multi-effects processor...

Loopism Dance Zone

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Mackie 1402VLZ

12-Channel Mic/Line Mixer

Prefer a Mackie compact mixer with faders? then the 1402VLZ could be just what you're looking for. Paul White checks it out.

Moog Memorymoog

Analogue Polysynth (Retro)

As a child, Norman Fay was cruelly cheated of the thing he wanted most — a Memorymoog. Never one to bear a grudge, he reviews Moog's most unruly synth with the benefit of hindsight.

Passport Alchemy 3

Sample Editor

Now that Sound Designer II no longer provides sampler support, the way is clear for an improved version of the veteran Alchemy software. Mike Collins thinks it's worth its weight in gold.

Samson PL2404

4-Buss Line Mixer

Inquisitor-General Paul White puts Samson on the rack, but finds few guilty secrets.

Spectral Audio ProTone

Monosynth

It may be Swiss, but there's nothing cheesy about the idea of a synth that lets you rekindle your rusty analogue programming skills. Paul Nagle dons his boots and goes hiking through the peaks and troughs of the ProTone's analogue waveforms...

Studiomaster Mixdown Classic 8

8-buss Mixer

Studiomaster's new desk joins the long list of other contenders in the crowded 8-buss mixer market. Unlike many of its competitors, however, the Classic 8 is a split console, and includes MIDI muting and a meter bridge as standard. Is this enough to encourage musicians to settle for Studiomaster? Paul White finds out.

Symphonic Adventures

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Waldorf Miniworks

4-pole Filter

Now that Waldorf have released their 4-pole filter as a stand-alone unit, giving your digital synth an analogue spin is as easy as popping it in the microwave. The result, as Paul Ward discovers, isn't always fast food.

Yamaha P150

Electronic Piano

Few people would deny that there's nothing like a real acoustic piano — but they're not always the most practical of instruments. Paul Ward looks at an electronic alternative that could be the answer.

People + Opinion

ANDREW BARTA: Tech 21's Solid-state Superhero

Interview | Manufacturer

Tech 21's founder and inventor of the SansAmp range of solid state, vacuum tube-emulating amplifiers talks to Paul White about the intricacies of reproducing tube circuits without the tubes.

Computers & Creativity

Opinion

If computers belong in the studio, how come we spend half our time Gaffa-taping up the cracks? As a music technology trainer, Paul D.Lehrman is something of a digital evangelist — but one who's suffering a crisis of faith...

In The Studio

How To Become A Record Producer, Part 6

Half teacher, half technician, as a producer you're going to have to coax the best from your charges, identify their strengths and conceal their weaknesses. David Mellor dons the velvet glove...

NICK ROTHWELL: Visual Imagination & Unconventionality In Music

Sounding Off

Multimedia artist Nick Rothwell isn't very old. But he's old enough to remember a time when we didn't need hallucinogenic drugs to have a visual imagination. What's he on?

STEVE RODWAY OF MOTIV8: Remixing Pulp & St Etienne

Interview | Producer

The last year has seen Steve Rodway shoot to fame as a producer/remixer whose golden touch is on the mainstream charts. Matt Bell meets the man behind the Motiv8 to discuss his mixing methods, the technology he uses, and the remix work that put him on the map...

THE CURE: Recording Wild Mood Swings

Interview | Band

Bored with ordinary commercial studios, The Cure decided to cut loose for their latest album, and set up their latest recording facility in a Tudor house in the country. Nigel Humberstone visited the band on location to discuss the technology that made the move into the country possible, and the group's working methods.

Technique

Buying An Effects Processor

Feature | Tips & Tricks

What would modern popular music be like without effects? Can you imagine rock without distortion? Ambient techno without delays? New age without reverb? Effects are second only in importance to the instrument needed to produce the music in the first place. Over the next nine pages, Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser present their guide to what's on the effects market today...

CD-Grab; Koan Plus Generative Music 1

PC Notes

Brian Eno is convinced that it's the start of a whole new ballgame... but is PC soundcard technology advanced enough for 'generative' music to work? Brian Heywood hears the new Enigma Variations.

MacTCP; Web Browsers

Apple Notes

The last years of the '90s will see a lot of changes, with the fin de siecle spirit extending to music and computers. Martin Russ sees Macs shedding their inhibitions...

MagiC Mac Vs TOS

Atari Notes

Whether you see it as sleeping with the enemy or simple self-preservation, Atari users are increasingly defecting to Mac and PC emulation packages. Ofir Gal considers some of the available options: MagiC mac vs TOS.

Match Before You Mix, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

Last month, we looked at which elements are most likely to go wrong in the mix. This month, Paul White takes a more positive line, and looks at how to record the right instrumental sound to tape in the first place.
• Read Part 1 (May 1996)

Reverb & Psychoacoustics

Exploration

Paul White explores a few ways of taking nature's most common audio phenomenon and manipulating it to create special effects.

SMPTE & MTC (MIDI Time Code)

Exploration

Paul White takes a closer look at SMPTE and MIDI Time Code, and their role in Tape-to-MIDI sync.

Voodoo Guru

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Paul Hobday & Kenny Smith * Clive McArthur * Earthmovers * James Wood * Gracie Fay * Panama Grin * Silicon Mirage * The Milestone Groove * The Bushmen * Enellen

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