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Akai DR8

Hard Disk Recorder

Random access recording offers many benefits over tape for the creative recordist. David Mellor samples this 8-track offering from Akai.

Audio Technica ATH

Studio Headphones

Established mic company Audio Technica have branched out into the world of headphones with their new ATH range. Paul White listens in.

Byetone VM95 & VM97

Dynamic Microphones

If you've ever wondered what happened to the Iron Curtain, Paul White's theory is that it was melted down to make budget Russian mics! Here he takes a look at the latest two to defect to the West.

Digitech Studio 5000 Digitech Studio Vocalist

Harmony Processors

David Mellor explores ways to spice up vocal and guitar lines, courtesy of two new Digitech harmony processors.

Emagic Logic 2.0

MIDI Recording System

With such a huge market to aim at, no software house can ignore the PC musician. Paul Nagle checks out Emagic's latest upgrade for Windows workers.

Jeanius Electronics Russian Dragon RD-R3

Timing Analysis

Repackaged and re-launched, one of the audio industry's only specialist timing analysis tools is back in the shops. Dominic Hawken takes a closer look.

Jungle Joose

Sample Library

4*

Loopism Vol. 5

Sample Library

4*

Mackie SR24•4

Mixing Console

Paul White checks over Mackie's newest mixer and predicts another round of credit card battering amongst SOS readers.

Peavey PVM480

Back-electret Capacitor Mic

Though not new, Peavey's PVM480 back-electret mic is an ideal first capacitor mic. Sound Engineer Steve Brodie explains why.

Roland MC202

Microcomposer (Retro)

Almost overlooked in the rush of people desperate to get their hands on a Roland TB303, the MC202 is just beginning to find favour with the all-analogue dance crowd. Tom Carpenter explains why he's never forgotten the diminutive MicroComposer.

Silver 5L

Closefield Monitors

Paul White tests the latest Silver closefield monitoring system, which can be extended to full-range use by the addition of bass enhancement cabinets.

Tascam DA-20

Digital Audio Tape Recorder

Tascam's new DAT machine combines professional features with an affordable price. Paul White puts it to the test.

The Cosmos

Sample Library

2*

TLA Dual

Mic Preamp/DI Box

Paul White tries out the new TLA Preamp/DI box, which combines leading edge solid-state technology with vintage tubes in an attempt to offer the best of both worlds.

Waldorf Microwave 2.0

Wavetable Synthesizer

Paul Nagle takes home a version 2.0 Microwave and discovers why this extraordinary instrument continues to enjoy such a long and illustrious life.

Widgets

CP Mega EMS 400/500; Sound Foundation Kill Switches

Paul White checks out two 19-inch modular rack cases from CP whilst Wilf Smarties tinkers with some kill switches.

XX Large: The Killer

Sample Library

5*

Yamaha 02R

Digital Recording Console (Preview)

June 20th saw Yamaha's world launch of the 02R at Air Lyndhurst Studios, London. Paul White spoke to Yamaha's engineers to get the lowdown on this appealing 8-buss digital recording mixer.

People + Opinion

Peter Cunnah: D-Ream

Interview | Artist

With a second album release imminent, Nigel Humberstone talks to the creative driving force behind D-Ream, Peter Cunnah.

Phil Da Costa: Young Musicians V Old Record Producers (Ageism In The Music Industry)

Interview | Music Production (Production Lines)

Why do so many mainstream record producers regard young mixers with such suspicion, and why do thrusting young remixers regard producers as such boring old farts? Engineer/producer Phil Da Costa thinks the answer lies in the different approaches to making records held by producers and DJ/remixers alike.

Steve Reich: City Life

Interview | Composer

Steve Reich's latest composition, City Life, is an eclectic blend of classical music and sampled urban sounds, all played live. A few days after the UK premiere, Paul Tingen talks to the acclaimed avant-garde composer about his inspiration for the piece, and its realisation on stage.

Technique

APRS Multimedia Shows

PC Notes

Brian Heywood brings you the latest PC soundcard developments, and reports back from the recent APRS and Multimedia shows...

Creating A Cubase MIDI Mixer Map For Yamaha SY85, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

Simon Millward completes the construction of a Cubase Mixer Map for Yamaha's popular SY85 synth.
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DIY Drum Pads And Pedal Triggers

Tips & Techniques

Paul White enters Blue Peter mode and puts together a fully working drum pad and pedal trigger system for less than the cost of a pint of lager. If you own an Alesis D4, drumKAT, Akai ME35T or any other drum machine or percussion controller that accepts external pads, you can't afford to miss this.

Escom News

Amiga Notes

Paul Overaa's monthly look at the Amiga scene kicks off with the latest Escom news...

How To Make Your Own Digeridoo

Tips & Techniques

Paul White explores the outer limits of physical modelling on a budget that wouldn't even buy you a decent pair of shoestrings!

Improve Your Stereo Master With Post-Production Sweetening

Tips & Techniques

Paul White presents a few low-calorie tips on how to sweeten and edit your sounds after mixing them.

MIDI Basics, Part 1

Exploration

Paul White kicks off a new series for newcomers to MIDI.
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New Atari MIDI Boxes & Ports

Atari Notes

Need to expand the MIDI side of your system? Vic Lennard looks at the current situation, including a couple of new boxes...

Second-Hand Equipment, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

If you're on a budget, there's nothing to beat buying second-hand. Derek johnson and Debbie Poyser trawl the Reader Ads to highlight more of yesterday's forgotten gear that's worth a closer look.
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Sympathetic Mixing: How To Set Up A Good Mix

Tips & Techniques

Duke Ashton provides a personal guide to setting up a good mix.

Transferring 16-bit Audio Files From Mac To Synth

Apple Notes

Martin Russ explores ways of transferring 16-bit audio files from the Mac to a synth, and reveals what's new in the Mac music world.

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