June 1999 In This Issue

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Reviews

Alesis DM Pro

Drum Module

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...

Beyerdynamic MCE93 & MCE94

Studio Condenser Microphones

Hugh Robjohns meets a double-act of new Beyer microphones.

BIAS Peak v2.02

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.

Dance Mega Drums 2

Sample Library

* Score = 2

Gallery PX10 Production Palette

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...

Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS

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.

HHB Circle 3

Nearfield Monitors

The Circle 3 nearfield monitors are the latest fruits of the collaboration between HHB and Harbeth. Hugh Robjohns tries them out.

Hip-Hop Master

Sample Library

* Score = 2

Houseworx!

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Korg MS10

Synthesizer (Retro)

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 Triton

Music Workstation

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.

Rhodesattacks

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Roland JV1010

Sound Module

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.

Sony DRE S777

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....

SPL Gold Mike

Microphone Preamp

Paul White tries the hybrid sound of SPL's new dual-channel precision microphone preamplifier.

Studio Essentials

Product Roundup

JoeMeek ProChannel VC3 Voice Channel; Friend Chip SRC/W DT50 Sample-rate Converter.

Tascam CD-RW5000

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.

TC Electronic M3000

Studio Effects Processor

Mike Collins provides some early reflections on TC Electronic's latest reverb unit and effects processor.

Zoom Rhythmtrak 123

Drum Machine

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

1999 SOS Reader Survey Results

Special Feature

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.

BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN: Master Mixer

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.

How To Become A Recording Engineer, Part 3

Tips & Techniques

This month, David Mellor considers the progression from first studio job to Assistant Engineer.
• Read Part 1 (April 1999)
• Read Part 2 (May 1999)
• Read Part 4 (September 1999)

LAWRENCE RAY: Back To Base, MP Records & Blue Water Studio

Readerzone

Interview with Lawrence Ray from Back To Base in his Blue Water Studio.

LIONROCK: Moriarty's Cavern

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...

MERV DE PEYER & JIM SPENCER: Recording Electronic's 'Vivid'

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.

TJ STONE: Studio Equipment? Less Is More

Sounding Off

SOS reader TJ Stone asks whether the mountains of sophisticated equipment available to successful musicians and producers really help to make better recordings.

Technique

Audio Software Plug-in Roundup, Part 1: Background

Exploration

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.

Direct-To-Stereo Recording

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.

How & When To Use Mix Compression

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.

Improving Your PC Music System On A Budget

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.

Koan Pro 2; Firewire Drivers

Apple Notes

This month, Martin Russ steps back and overviews the Macintosh for any newbies, and revisits an often overlooked bit of routine maintenance.

Mario Becroft PC AT; ASH Jinnee; FaST Club On Line

Atari Notes

Derek Johnson reports on Atari shows in Stafford and Germany, and rounds up some more ST and Falcon news.

Norton Utilities Integrator; USB Tips

PC Notes

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.

Playback

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

Synth Secrets, Part 2: The Physics Of Percussion

Exploration

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.
• Read all parts

The Internet Underground Music Archive; Taxi A&R

Net Notes

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.

Using Onboard Synth Effects, Part 3

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.

Sound Advice

20 Tips On Audio Recording With Computer Sequencers

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.

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