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AGE CONCERN

Amtech Age Pro Guitar Echo Unit

Paul White tests a specialised analogue delay unit, designed to emulate the unique warm sound and complex echo patterns of its vintage, tape-driven ancestors.

BRIGHT SPARK?

TC Works Spark XL v2 Mac Audio Editor

Version 2 of TC Works' Spark XL stereo audio editing software offers several unique new features and a very fast new Virtual File Engine that should speed up the operation of the program with large files. Paul White fires it up...

CLASSIC FM?

Yamaha DX200 FM sequencing Workstation

It looks like a groovebox, but inside it's a powerful FM synth, fully editable via bundled software. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser modulate those frequencies...

Clavia Nord Lead 3

Advanced Subtractive Performance Synthesizer

Clavia's new third-generation Nord Lead synthesizer augments its familiar virtual analogue modelling with enhanced FM synthesis capabilities, and introduces a striking new visual twist to the usual controller-rich Nord user interface. Simon Trask trips the light fantastic with Clavia's new Lead...

Downtown Strings

Sample Library

* Score = 4

DRIVING FORCE

M&K MPS Speaker System

Hugh Robjohns tests an innovative full-range speaker system, which somehow manages to get 12 separate drivers working in harmony.

ELECTRIC AVENUE

Emagic EVP88 Electric Piano Virtual Instrument Plug-In For Logic Audio

More and more vintage hardware instruments are now being modelled as virtual instrument plug-ins. With EVP88, Emagic have turned their attention to electric pianos, producing a Logic-only plug-in which models several different piano types. Paul White discovers that the tines they are a-changin'...

FRIENDLY FIRE

MOTU 828 FireWire Audio Interface For Mac And PC

Paul White tests MOTU's new FireWire-based multi-channel audio interface for Mac or PC.

Korg D12

Digital Recording Studio

If eight tracks feels a little cramped, but 16 is just too expensive, then maybe 12 is the answer. John Walden investigates the new Korg D12.

POWER TO YOUR POCKET?

Hoontech Soundtrack Audio DSP24 & ADC/DAC2000 PC Recording Interface

Hoontech may be a new name to most SOS readers, but those interested in affordable multi-channel digital audio cards for Windows platforms may want to get to know them better. John Walden puts their Soundtrack DSP24 and ADC/DAC2000 package to the test.

Rode NTK

Valve Microphone

Rode have brought down the cost of their celebrated large-diaphragm valve microphone technology still further with their new NTK model. Paul White warms it up.

SD Systems STM99

Instrument Microphone System

SD Systems STM99 Instrument Microphone System

SHER DELIGHT

Sherman Filterbank 2 Processor

Four years on from its launch, Sherman have updated their innovative Filterbank analogue filter unit. Paul Nagle checks out all the weird and wonderful new features.

SIMPLY MASTERFUL

Studiomaster 162BP Rackmount Mixer

If you need an affordable compact mixer with a decent audio path, a simple to use layout and no unnecessary complexity, be sure to check out this new rackmount model from Studiomaster. Paul White evaluates the 162BP.

SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT

Crumar Spirit Analogue Monosynth (retro)

If the Crumar Spirit is one of the best analogue monosynths the world has ever known, how come you've never heard of it? Gordon Reid explains...

STUDIO ESSENTIALS

Antares ATRIA Autotune Intonation Processor

Antares ATRIA Autotune Intonation Processor

The Electro Jazz Retro Funk Thing

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Ultimate Orchestral Percussion

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Ultimate Timpani

Sample Library

* Score = 4

VINTAGE VALUES

Trident MTA 'A'-range Dual Discrete Channel

Continuing the trend for reinventing the classics, this reworking of the original Trident 'A'-range input module seeks to recreate the sound of the '70s. Hugh Robjohns steps back in time.

WHAT A CARILLON!

Carillon Audio Systems AC1 VST Songwriter PC

Carillon Audio Systems' range of specially designed music PCs has been one of the most ambitious product launches in recent years. But apart from their distinctive design, what do these computers offer that other PCs don't? Martin Walker finds out...

People + Opinion

CUTTING EDGE

Computer Storage

As technological progress continues to make digital storage devices bigger, RAM cheaper, and processing faster, hitherto outlandish ideas come closer to being realistic possibilities. This month, Dave Shapton thinks about teaching his computer to Name That Tune...

GARAGE REMIX

Flightcrank - Joe Morena; Building Leeroy Thornhill's Home Studio

How do you follow 10 years in The Prodigy, one of the most successful bands of the last decade? By recording a solo album in an outhouse adjoining a disused windmill, naturally. Matt Bell meets former Firestarter Leeroy Thornhill and his studio designer Joe Morena to discuss the making of a recording facility in a former double garage.

HEAVY RAIN

Producer Chris Tsangarides & Rainmaker Studio

Over the last three decades Chris Tsangarides has produced some of the biggest names in heavy rock and has perfected the art of capturing the excitement of a loud, live band on record. Tom Flint finds out about some of his trademark production and engineering techniques including his work on the latest Gary Moore album, Back To The Blues.

HIGH DUDGEON

Producer Gus Dudgeon

Best known for his collaborations with Elton John, Gus Dudgeon is one of the most successful British record producers ever. He talks to Sam Inglis about his work.

READERZONE

Paul Austin Kelly

Paul Austin Kelly

SOUNDING OFF

Paul Ward wonders whether 'classic' always means 'good'...

Paul Ward wonders whether 'classic' always means 'good'...

Technique

AN EAR FOR DETAIL

Improving Your Musical Skills with Ear Training

Ear training - learning to intuitively recognise note intervals, chords and progressions, and even absolute pitches - is something that many musicians could benefit from, although few actually attempt it. Richard Leon explains the skills involved, and rounds up some software which can help you improve in this area.

Bass Devils

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Jake & The Electric Nudes * Steve Cash * Cyon * Smoothcheeseboard * DJ Invicta * Andrew Scott * The Absolute Darlings * Danny Hogan * Life Support Machine

Compatible Drives

Atari Notes

Your Atari can connect to loads of peripherals you might not expect it to be able to use, including removable hard drives, DVD-RAM drives, and CD writers. Derek Johnson plugs in.

Configuring Your PC

PC Notes

Like a phoenix from the ashes, Martin Walker's PC rises once again, in a new (and hopefully more robust) configuration.

EQUALISERS EXPLAINED

Equalisers Explained

EQ is a vital tool in modern music production, and an understanding of how each type of equaliser works is important if you are to choose the most effective one for each situation. Paul White and Mike Senior explain the basic principles of equalisation and the different practical implementations.

FEEL-GOOD FACTOR

Giving Your MIDI Tracks A Live Feel: Part 1

Do you find that your MIDI tracks lack the magic of real performances? Simon Millward looks at the inner workings of one of James Brown's most famous songs and shows you how the musicians' techniques can be used to improve the feel of your own sequences.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE

Audio Recording Using A PC Soundcard: Basic Principles

As with any recording system, the first goal of recording on a PC is to preserve as faithful a copy of the source sound as possible. Achieving this, however can be a complicated business. Martin Walker goes back to basics.

LOGIC NOTES

Compression Techniques

This month, we show you a powerful compression technique available in Logic, as well as describing a workaround which increases the bank range of your Multi Instruments. Also, there are instructions on how to control a large range of Logic's parameters in real time from your MIDI master keyboard's mod wheel.

Mac OS X

Apple Notes

There are dark mutterings against Steve Jobs on planes, trains and automobiles, as Paul Wiffen continues to struggle with phantom crashes and difficult reboots of OS9.1 since installing OS X on his computer...

Matching The Phase Of Mic & DI Signals

Sound Workshop

Craig Anderton shows you how to get the best results when combining miked and DI'ed feeds from a bass guitar.

NET NOTES

Songwriting Resources Online

Want to write really great songs, sell millions of records and discover that money can't buy you happiness? There are plenty of sites on the web that aim to help you be a better songwriter, but there's also a lot of worthless rubbish out there. Sam Inglis tries not to waste too much time...

PERFORMER NOTES

Memory Cycle Function

More invaluable MOTU-related user tips, including effective mix automation and the use of grouped controls, as well as customised Mixing Board layout editing, plus loop editing and crossfading.

SYNTH SECRETS

Part 27: Roland SH101/ARP Axxe Brass Synthesis *

Gordon Reid concludes his attempts to adapt an idealised analogue brass patch so that it can be programmed on real synths. This month, he looks at the Roland SH101 and ARP Axxe.
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VST Score & VST/32

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

This month we focus on the score editor in Cubase VST Score and Cubase VST/32, and offer a handy tip for recovering corrupt Songs.

Music Business

DOING THE BUSINESS

Big George's Guide to Commercial Success; Staying Cool Under Pressure

Big George explains how to stay cool under pressure...

Sound Advice

Q&A

Can you help me make the most of my studio work experience? * How can I access all the sounds in my SW1000XG? * Why won't my VST instruments run in Logic? * How do sequencers work? * What's the best way to mic a classical chamber trio? * Why won't my edit

Can you help me make the most of my studio work experience? * How can I access all the sounds in my SW1000XG? * Why won't my VST instruments run in Logic? * How do sequencers work? * What's the best way to mic a classical chamber trio? * Why won't my editor/librarian talk to my sequencer? * How can I timestamp audio files?

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