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Reviews

Analogue Systems RS370 & RS375

Polyphonic Harmonic Generator & Expander

Having built their reputation on knob-heavy modular synths, British manufacturer Analogue Systems surprise everyone by bringing out a menu-driven additive synthesis module! But don't worry — the optional expander is covered with things to tweak and turn...

ART Head Amp

Headphone Amplifier

Arturia 2600V

Virtual Semi-modular Synth [Mac/PC]

Completing the quartet of vintage synth emulations they began with Moog Modular V, Arturia's latest plug-in aims to reproduce the sound of the greatest semi-modular of them all, ARP's 2600. We see how it fares up against the original...

Circular Logic InTime

Real-time Tempo Tracking Software [Mac/PC]

For those who want to put a human performance at the centre of their sequenced masterpieces, Circular Logic have developed software that can understand and follow tempo changes in real time.

DPA 4041T & HMA5000

Condenser Mic & High-voltage Preamp

DPA demonstrate the state of the art with their latest high-voltage designs.

Dynaudio BM5A

Active Monitors

Dynaudio have concentrated on high-quality internal and external engineering to create a communicative new ported monitor which isn't afraid to go loud.

Glaresoft iDrum

Virtual Drum Machine [Mac OSX]

Espousing the simple, easy-to-use Apple-type philosophy seen in tools like GarageBand, Glaresoft's virtual drum machine has you piecing together beats in minutes. And it costs just £39! We check it out...

Korg KPE1 Kaoss Pad Entrancer

Audio-visual Processor & X-Y Controller

The Kaoss Pad Entrancer builds on the success of the Kaoss Pad 2, offering the same versatile X-Y pad-driven audio processing capabilities, but adding video processing to give you real-time control over both sound and vision.

Line 6 Variax Bass 700

Modelling Bass Guitar

Expanding on the modelling technology used in their Variax and Variax Acoustic, Line 6 have dropped an octave and turned their attention to the bass guitar. The Variax Bass features 24 models of 'classic' instruments: is it all the bass you'll ever need?

Magix Samplitude Professional v8

Digital Audio Workstation [Win]

The tools available in Magix's highly regarded recording package cover every stage of the recording process, from MIDI sequencing to mastering and CD burning. Version 8 adds some neat extras including analogue-style processors, a virtual drum machine and an Acid-style beat-mapping tool.

Merging Technologies Pyramix

Digital Audio Workstation [Win PC]

Pyramix might be the new kid on the block as far as audio recording and editing are concerned, but that hasn't stopped it quickly proving itself a very serious rival to Pro Tools and other established DAWs.

MOTU Traveler

Firewire Audio Interface [Mac/PC]

With two market-leading Firewire audio interfaces already part of the MOTU stable, where does the new mobile recording-oriented Traveler find its natural home?

Peavey PV8

Mixer

This cheery new unit brings clean eight-channel mixing to the cash-strapped home studio.

Presonus Blue Tube DP

Dual Mic/Line Preamp

Valve warmth or solid-state transparency? You decide with this flexible new hybrid preamp.

Pro Tools M-Powered

Recording Software [Win/Mac OSX]

For the first time ever, Digidesign's Pro Tools recording software is available as a stand-alone product, which can be used in conjunction with any of five audio interfaces from M Audio.

Real Traps Mondo Trap

Acoustic Panel

Real Traps' biggest bass trap offers heavy-duty low-frequency absorption for the serious home studio.

Sample Libraries: On Test

Sample Library

Four new Sample Library collections get the aural review treatment from the SOS samplists:

AMG Evolved Analog 4*
EXS24

Chemical Synths 5*
REFILL+REX2

Power FX Cinematic Hip-Hop 4*
ACID

Sample Lab Discography 5*
MULTI-FORMAT

Sensorcom Soundcheck

Sound Level Indicator

Sony Sound Forge v8

PC Stereo Editing Software

Sony have opened their Sound Forge editing software up to new horizons with support for VST plug-ins and the ASIO driver protocol, and improved its usability with batch processing and a new scrubbing tool.

Studio Projects B1

Condenser Microphone

The B1 may seem like just another cheap Chinese mic, but it punches well above its league.

Wizoo Darbuka & Latigo

Flexgroove Software Percussion Instruments [Mac/PC]

The humble sample CD-ROM is dying out, being replaced by sample collections with a virtual-instrument front-end. Wizoo's first forays into the field combine Latin and Arabic percussion loops with their own Flexgroove virtual-instrument engine...

Yamaha Digital Mixer Upgrades

v2 OS Upgrades & Effects

Not content with offering some of the most fully-featured digital mixers in the world, Yamaha have now upgraded them, and are offering extra effects packs to further expand their capabilities.

People + Opinion

Business End

Reader Tracks Evaluated

Listen online to the tracks whilst reading what music industry professionals think of the latest collection of SOS reader recordings.

DJ Format

Sampling & Hip-hop Production

DJ Format has been making funky, sample-led hip-hop since the old school was new — and it seems the world has finally caught up.

Recording Daúde, Neguinha Te Amo

Will Mowat

Will Mowat made his name first as a sequencer expert and then as a writer with Soul II Soul. As a world music producer, his recent projects provide inspirational examples of how to combine performance with programming and overcome the limitations of a bare-bones budget.

Rock Of Ages

Paul White's Leader

More thoughts on the state of the record industry and landing a job in a studio...

Sounding Off

Tom Flint

Is there a correlation between pottery and soft synths?

Technique

Audio Input for Reason

Reason Notes

With some clever programming, an Italian software house have created a program that claims to add an audio input to Reason. We take a sneak peek, as well as bringing you essential Reason news and quick tips.

Better Acoustic Guitar Recording In Logic

Workshop

We explain how you can mock up a live acoustic guitar sound from a DI'd recording using Logic's built-in plug-ins.

Building Combinator Patches in Reason 3

Workshop

The most exciting addition to the new version of Reason is arguably the Combinator device, which greatly expands the flexibility and programming potential of everything in the Reason rack. We guide you through the creation of a Combinator patch to get you started with this great new device.

Cakewalk Z3TA+ Bandlimited Waveshaping Soft Synth

Sonar Notes

Cakewalk go global, and release a new soft synth.

CLASSIC TRACKS: 10cc 'I'm Not In Love'

Producers: 10cc; Engineeer: Eric Stewart

Disagreement can be destructive, but it can also drive a band on to new heights. So it was when 10cc's Kevin Godley turned up his nose at a love song penned by Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman, insisting that it would have to be completely reinvented in the studio...

Demo Doctor

Reader Recordings Analysed

Listen to these tracks from SOS readers and see whether you agree with the good Doctor's prognosis...

Digital Performer Notes

3rd party developments

Now that the excitement surrounding the launch of DP 4.5 has subsided somewhat, developments by MOTU-friendly companies get this month's column under way.

DSD Support?

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

This month we look at the possibility of DSD higher-quality audio support in Cubase, a plug-in to help you write ringtones for Nokia phones, and a new patch for Windows users of Cubase SX/SL 3.02.

Exploring Sonar 4's TTS1 Synth

Workshop

The TTS1 soft synth bundled with Sonar 4 has many hidden talents — but you have to know where to find them. Read on...

From 32-bit To 64-bit

PC Notes

The magic number of 64 is gradually working its way into all aspects of our PC experience: processors from both AMD and Intel, the Windows XP OS, hardware drivers, and — coming soon — 64-bit music apps. But what should we be aware of as we consider the transition from 32-bit?

Hard Drive Defragmentation

PC Musician

Does defragmenting your hard drives, including the ones you use for recording audio, really result in better PC performance? Opinion is divided, so we take a considered look at the subject, as well as testing some of the most suitable 'defragger' utilities.

OS X Tiger; Apple Soundtrack Pro

Apple Notes

We offer a brief preview of the features musicians can look forward to in Mac OS X Tiger, take a first look at a major new version of Soundtrack, and examine why the iPod Shuffle is hard to resist.

Studio SOS

Rod Brakes

The owner of an unusually bijou studio setup provides the chocolate biscuits this month, as the SOS team get busy helping to improve the performance of his gear and the sound of his recordings.

Understanding Audio Files In Cubase SX

Workshop

We take a look at the concepts of audio files, clips, events, parts and regions in Cubase, and explain how you can manage these objects in the Pool window.

Updates & Free EQ Plug-in

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This month sees a high-quality, free EQ plug-in gracing the Digirack suite, some intriguing options for collaboration via the Internet, and a host of updates.

Using Pro Tools' Keyboard Commands Focus

Workshop

Most people find that learning keyboard commands for their DAW enables them to get things done faster, and for the advanced user, Pro Tools has a special mode which turns the entire QWERTY keyboard into a bank of one-press shortcuts.

Using Automation In Digital Performer 4.5

Workshop

If you are a user of MOTU's Digital Performer sequencing software, you have access to an extensive and full-featured automated mixing environment. For hints and tips on how to use it, read on...

What does Logic v7.1 offer?

Logic Notes

After months of speculation Apple have finally announced the release of the first major Logic 7 upgrade, but what can users expect from version 7.1?

Yamaha AW4416 User Tips

Masterclass: Part 2

Another selection of creative and time-saving tricks for Yamaha's fully featured hard disk multitracker.

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