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The latest addition to Alesis's DM series of drum modules has the suffix Pro. Nicholas Rowland finds out if it has the feature-set to match...
Studio Condenser Microphones
Hugh Robjohns meets a double-act of new Beyer microphones.
Sound Editing Package
Is BIAS Peak the natural successor to the ageing Sound Designer II, or can the old dog still show it some tricks? Paul White finds out.
Pro Tools Control Surface
Digidesign's Pro Tools is undoubtedly a powerful system, and a hardware control surface such as the Gallery Production Palette can really help to unlock that power. Mike Collins just loves being in control...
PC Soundcard System
Guillemot's MAXI Studio ISIS PCI soundcard system for the PC seems to offer a lot of bang for the buck. John Walden dives in to find out what all the flap is about.
The Circle 3 nearfield monitors are the latest fruits of the collaboration between HHB and Harbeth. Hugh Robjohns tries them out.
Even the mightiest keyboard players have to start somewhere and quite a few started with Korg's diminutive MS10 patchable monosynth. Kingsley Sage shares his reminiscences.
Korg's Trinity workstation has, like their earlier instruments, become virtually an industry standard — but far from resting on their laurels, the company have upped the ante still further with the new Triton. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser provide an exclusive hands-on review.
If you were offered a Roland JV2080, complete with Session expansion card and software editor, for around half the price of a JV1080, you'd probably wonder what the catch was. OK, so the JV1010 isn't quite that, but it comes surprisingly close, as Paul White finds out.
Sampling Reverb (Preview)
Artificial reverb algorithms are designed to add 'fake' room ambience to recorded sounds — but a prototype reverb unit from Sony purports to deliver new levels of realism by imposing the characteristics of actual reverberant spaces on the sound. Hugh Robjohns explains....
Paul White tries the hybrid sound of SPL's new dual-channel precision microphone preamplifier.
JoeMeek ProChannel VC3 Voice Channel; Friend Chip SRC/W DT50 Sample-rate Converter.
Compact Disc Recorder & Tascam CD Duplicator
Tascam's CD-RW5000 is one of the more cost-effective CD recorders around that can make use of the cheaper 'pro' blank discs — and the company have also released a useful box that can duplicate both audio CDs and CD-ROMs. Paul White checks them over.
Studio Effects Processor
Mike Collins provides some early reflections on TC Electronic's latest reverb unit and effects processor.
Zoom's new beatbox offers a wide range of percussion sounds and patterns at an extremely affordable price. Nicholas Rowland gives it the once-over.
People + Opinion
Are you the typical SOS reader? What do you feel about the magazine? What gear will you be buying in 1999? Ian Gilby presents the results of our most recent Reader Survey.
Interview | Producer
Legendary US record producer Bob Clearmountain undoubtedly has his name on more hit records than anyone else in the history of popular music. Dave Lockwood asks the man who invented the role of 'specialist hit mixer' to reveal the secrets of his success.
Tips & Techniques
Interview with Lawrence Ray from Back To Base in his Blue Water Studio.
Interview | Band
A successful DJ-turned-remixer/producer, Justin Robertson has also found fortune with collaborator Roger Lyons as Lionrock. Now the Sherlock Holmes-obsessed duo have relocated to their own studio, Moriarty's Cavern, and have a new side project, Gentleman Thief. Tom Flint gets an elementary education...
Interview | Programmer/Engineer
The single by Johnny Marr and Bernard Sumner's 'Supergroup' Electronic is closer to traditional rock and roll than electronica, with its driving guitars and bluesy harmonica riff. But there's more to the simple-sounding production than meets the ears, as Matt Bell finds out from programmer Merv De Peyer and engineer Jim Spencer.
SOS reader TJ Stone asks whether the mountains of sophisticated equipment available to successful musicians and producers really help to make better recordings.
The plug-in compatibility of most audio software means that you can add new effects and processing capabilities — but not all programs support the same types of plug-in, and some require additional hardware. In the first part of a comprehensive roundup, Paul White and Martin Walker look at the different plug-in formats available.
Tips & Tricks
You don't necessarily need a multitrack recorder or audio sequencer to make a master-quality recording. Paul White explains how good results can be produced using stereo recording techniques married with MIDI sequencing.
Tips & Tricks
The craft of mixing is all about controlling and balancing the relative levels of different instruments. Most of this balancing is done by riding the faders, but dynamic compression can also be a very useful and powerful tool if used appropriately. Hugh Robjohns explains some of the techniques and traps involved in mix compression.
Feature | Tips & Tricks
As much as we'd like to buy all the latest PC software, no-one's coffers are bottomless. Martin Walker looks at some of the many free or low-cost alternatives for the PC musician.
This month, Martin Russ steps back and overviews the Macintosh for any newbies, and revisits an often overlooked bit of routine maintenance.
Derek Johnson reports on Atari shows in Stafford and Germany, and rounds up some more ST and Falcon news.
If you fancy making music on the move, a laptop PC looks ideal. Martin Walker looks at some of the options. Norton Utilities Integrator; USB Tips.
Readers' Music Reviewed
The Forth Way * Rick Booth * Trailer * Liam Kemp * Hedonist * Dayglo Fisherman * Richard Paul Kelly * Peter Verhulst * Shock * Jera * Laminar * Flip Top Head
The first part of this series explained how the tones of most real instruments can be reduced to patterns of harmonics, which can be generated using sine, saw, square or pulse waveforms. This month, Gordon Reid considers the sonic raw materials needed to imitate unpitched percussion.
Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser find out how you can use the Internet for promoting, distributing and selling your music, and for getting it heard by the right people.
Tips & Tricks
Having looked at the history and development of built-in effects on synths over the last decade and a half, Paul Wiffen now explores the practicalities of using them, and how to get the best from the keyboards and modules which contain them.
Tips & Tricks
The recording studio inside the virtual world of the computer is real enough, but sometimes you have to treat it with care to get the best from it. Paul White offers a few tips on the subject.