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160dB Drum & Bass Interface

Sample Library

* Score = 4

AEA R44C

Ribbon Microphone

Built as an authentic replica of one of the all-time classic mics, this premium ribbon model from Audio Engineering Associates brings a unique character to the modern studio.

Analogue Systems Apprentice

Modular Analogue Synth & Integrator Synth Modules

The Apprentice - a keyboard-less wooden casing designed to house synth modules - is the latest addition to Analogue Systems' fully modular Integrator series of analogue synths. We test one fitted with some of the company's new modules...

BEHRINGER V AMP2

Modelling Guitar Preamp

Behringer V-Amp 2 Modelling Guitar Preamp

Bigga Orchestral Brass

Sample Library

* Score = 3

BOSS SP505

Groove Sampling Workstation

The latest addition to Boss & Roland's SP phrase sampler range, the SP505, is crammed full of sample-editing options and dance/hip-hop-oriented ROM sounds, and continues the current trend towards ever-expanding feature sets.

CAKEWALK SONAR v2

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For PC

In the year since its introduction, Cakewalk's Sonar has tempted a lot of musicians away from other sequencers. Now a major upgrade adds a lot of new features, many as a direct result of user feedback.

Celtic Instruments

Sample Library

* Score = 4

DIGIDESIGN M BOX

USB Recording Interface For Apple Mac

The most affordable Pro Tools system ever promises trouble-free USB recording, high-quality audio hardware and the freedom to record wherever you want. Is it too good to be true?

ECHO MONA & LAYLA 24 LAPTOP

PCMCIA Recording Interfaces For PC & Mac

Despite the obvious attractions of portable recording systems based around laptop computers, high-quality compatible audio hardware is scarce. That looks set to change, however, now that Echo Audio have adapted their popular Mona and Layla 24 interfaces for laptop use.

FUJITSU TEN ECLIPSE

TD512 & A502 Nearfield Monitor & Stereo Amplifier

Cutting-edge technology, incredible dynamics, but is it really a studio monitor?

Intravenous

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Line 6 Mod Pro & Filter Pro

Modelling Effects Processors

Two more visually distinctive rack units from Line 6, designed to model the hallowed sounds of antiquity.

MIDIMAN OXYGEN8

USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

For applications where space or portability are at a premium, it is hard to beat this compact, two-octave MIDI master keyboard, which also incorporates eight assignable real-time MIDI controllers.

MINDPRINT DTC

Dual Tube Channel

The new flagship of the Mindprint range provides a powerful combination of preamp, EQ and valve dynamics. Can it possibly sound as good as it looks?

PRESONUS DIGITUBE

Tube Mic Preamp

A powerful little half-rack valve preamp including three-band EQ and a digital output with word clock as standard.

Product Review

Audio Ease Nautilus

Audio Ease Nautilus - Mac MAS (VST & HTDM forthcoming)

Product Review

DelayDots Spektral Plug-ins

DelayDots Spektral Plug-ins - PC DirectX

Product Review

Onyxmoon iONYXo

Onyxmoon iONYXo - Mac VST

Red5 Audio RV8 & RV10

Large-diaphragm Capacitor Microphones

Just when we thought large-diaphragm capacitor mics couldn't get any more affordable, along come these fiercely competitive models, with a shockmount and aluminium case thrown in just for good measure!

ROLAND XV5050

Sample-based Synth Module

Roland's latest module provides the most affordable way yet to access the company's fine XV soundset, albeit with reduced polyphony and a less intuitive user interface compared to the more expensive XV5080. We weigh up the pros and cons.

SENNHEISER HD600

Sennheiser HD600 Headphones

An open-backed model, compensated to make them sound more like speakers.

TC ELECTRONIC M300

Dual Multi-effects Processor

Heavyweight TC effects processing but with a menu-free, easy-to-use, hands-on interface.

THE RETURN OF THE AX-MAN

Akai AX80 (Retro)

Prior to taking over the sampling world, Akai launched a hybrid analogue/digital synth with a unique interface.

YAMAHA SREV1

Sampling Reverberator

Yamaha' s cutting-edge reverberation processor uses convolution techniques to sample the ambience of real acoustic environments, allowing extremely accurate simulations.

People + Opinion

CUTTING EDGE

DMCA

As corporations struggle to prevent people from file swapping, ripping, and generally violating copyright laws, will the proposed measures be at the expense of the honest recording musician?

DESIGNER DRUMS

The Return Of Roger Linn

Roger Linn's name may be forever associated with the birth of the first serious, sample-based drum machine in 1979, but now, after years away from instrument design, he's back with a new guitar-oriented product offering rhythmic filter effects.

HOWIE B

Electronic Music For Live Performance

For his latest solo project, innovative DJ and producer Howie B set himself a difficult challenge: to create live, improvisational dance music with a minimal setup.

QUEEN: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

The Surround Mix

Queen's seminal 1975 album and the worldwide hit from it, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', might almost have been tailor-made for surround sound. Now guitarist Brian May and engineer/surround specialist Elliot Scheiner have remixed this masterpiece for what promises to be a genre-defining DVD-Audio release.

READERZONE

Jonathan Atkinson

Another 'through the keyhole' glimpse into a reader's studio reveals how it's possible to turn your hobby into a job, with a TV commission to help you on your way.

RECORDING GARBAGE

Butch Vig - Duke Erikson - Billy Bush

What can you do when you've reached the limits of technical innovation? According to Garbage, the answer is to go back to the basics of songwriting.

SOUNDING OFF

Royalties for Producers

The Chairman of the UK Music Producers' Guild argues that producers should be paid performance royalties for their studio contributions, even if they don't actually play.

Technique

BUSINESS END

Business End

Wheelwright's Bane * Levente Toth * Mantis

FAULT FINDING

Detecting & Resolving PC Hardware Faults

Not all PC problems are down to software, and a huge range of difficulties - from occasional glitches to complete system failure - can actually be caused by hardware faults. Here's how to diagnose and cure some of the most common.

IBM's 75GXP Deathstars

PC Notes

This month PC Notes looks at more reasons for IBM's 75GXP drives being dubbed 'Deathstars', and investigates whether onboard converters in PCI soundcards lead to inferior quality.

Inspector; Patch Name Scripting

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

As Convenience goes, it's hard to beat selecting synth patch names using Cubase's Inspector. Patch Name Scripting allows you to do just that.

LOGIC NOTES

Multi Instrument Objects

A crash course for new users on creating your own basic Environment setup, plus another bundle of tips to fine-tune your working methods.

MONITORS versus HI-FI SPEAKERS

For Project Studio Monitoring

Loudspeakers are traditionally designed for either monitor or hi-fi applications, but is there actually any difference? And just how suitable are hi-fi speakers for nearfield monitoring in the project studio? In part one this month, we examine measured responses.

Mutate

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Identity #1 * Hash Nine * Alan Tindley * Actuality * Burning Rubber Icons * @odds * Tubba 3 Ply

NET NOTES

On-line Sample Libraries: Part 1

The Internet is providing new ways for musicians to work, and this month we begin a two-part exploration of how the sample industry is shifting towards on-line distribution.

OS X On The PowerBook

Apple Notes

After months of switching between OS 9 and OS X, our Apple Notes columnist has finally taken the plunge and is now using only OS X on his PowerBook. Can he survive?

PERFORMER NOTES

MasterWorks Gate and other software synths

This month, we recap on using Digital Performer with software synths of all kinds, and take a good look at DP3's built-in MasterWorks Gate plug-in. *

Q&A

Is there any benefit in optional digital converters? * How can I get my MOTU FastLane to work with OMS and Cubase? Will I have problems running dual monitors on the latest Macs? * Why do my final mixes always end up in mono? Is there a way to bounce mix

Is there any benefit in optional digital converters? How can I get my MOTU FastLane to work with OMS and Cubase? Will I have problems running dual monitors on the latest Macs? Why do my final mixes always end up in mono? Is there a way to bounce mixes in live? Can you recommend a cheap and simple software sampler for the PC?

REAKTOR TIPS

Power-user Tips: Part 2

More handy tricks for working with Ensembles in Native Instruments' modular soft synth.

Rescuing Mac Files Copied From PCs

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

Understanding file and project management in Pro Tools can save time and avoid data disasters, so this month we offer an explanation, plus tips on rescuing Mac files copied from PCs.

SONAR NOTES

WDM Drivers

Our monthly column for Sonar users extols the virtues of WDM drivers, passes on some handy Marker and Track name tips, and takes you through the process of adding pitch-transposition commands to your compositions.

SYNTH SECRETS

Synthesizing Realistic Cymbals

Having analysed the complex process by which a cymbal makes its sound, it's time to synthesize our own...

USING A HARDWARE MIXER

Using A Hardware Mixer With Your Computer

You can achieve a lot with just a computer and a soundcard, but when you want to accommodate external sound sources or record with high-quality microphones then you really need to add a hardware mixer to your setup. Here's how to hook it all together for maximum flexibility.

USING DI BOXES

Direct Injection (DI) boxes can be real problem-solvers in the studio, but you have to choose the right one for the job.

USING DI BOXES

Using DI Boxes

Direct Injection (DI) boxes can be real problem-solvers in the studio, but you have to choose the right one for the job.

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