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Kenton Plugstation Modular Hosting System For Yamaha PLG Synthesis Cards
Yamaha's PLG-series synth expansion cards have proved hugely popular among owners of their synths and soundcards, but a new product from Kenton allows up to four of them to be used independently - and with improved sound quality. Martin Walker checks out the Plugstation.
NTI Minilyser & Minirator Test Instruments
If you thought you couldn't afford audio test equipment, then think again! Hugh Robjohns finds out if NTI's Minstruments measure up.
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Marantz CDR500 CD Recorder
Marantz's dual-deck CD writer uniquely allows the creation of a Red Book CD from a CD-R recorded in Track-at-once mode. Paul White finds out if you really can compile masters in the studio without a hard disk recorder.
Aphex Model 1788 Remote-controlled Mic Preamp
Aphex have provided an elegant way to avoid the detrimental effects of long cable runs on delicate mic signals. Hugh Robjohns evaluates the Model 1788.
Behringer Eurorack MX3242X Mixer
Behringer's latest addition to their Eurorack compact analogue mixer range offers 16 hi-spec channels, plus the flexibility of an in-line monitor configuration. Paul White tests the MX3242X.
Lexicon MPX200 Dual-channel Effects Processor
Paul White tests Lexicon's new multi-effects unit, which offers the classy sound quality of the MPX500 at an even more affordable price point.
The new third-generation RADAR hard disk recorder is the most affordable version yet, and offers 24-bit recording over 24 tracks at sampling rates of up to 192kHz. Hugh Robjohns puts it through its paces.
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Novation Nova OS v4
In these days of flash-upgradeable operating systems, it's easy to forget that a free OS tweak can give your synth completely new features. Paul Nagle investigates Novation's newly enhanced Nova module...
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Focusrite Platinum Penta Preset Stereo Compressor
The new compressor in Focusrite's Platinum Range offers pre-programmed settings for ease of use, whilst still incorporating extensive manual parameter control. Paul White gets to grips with the Penta.
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Boss Dr Sample SP303 Phrase Sampler
Boss were one of the first companies to make a compact, budget phrase sampler, in the form of the Dr Sample SP202. Similar products soon followed from other manufacturers, but now, three years on, Boss are making their bid to regain the lead. Chris Carter examines this newly qualified Doctor...
Digital Recording CD-Check
Digital Recording CD-Check.
Project Studios: A More Professional Approach
Project Studios: A More Professional Approach book.
IK Multimedia Sampletank XL Virtual Sound Module VST Instrument For Mac & PC
All sorts of weird and wonderful instruments have been recreated in software, but IK Multimedia's Sampletank is the first serious attempt to make a high-quality workhorse sound module available in virtual form. Sam Inglis explores what it has to offer.
Native Instruments Spektral Delay Frequency-Based Delay Processor For Mac & PC.
Paul White explores the dark side of effects processing with this innovative software from Native Instruments.
Leema Acoustics Xen Ultra-compact Reference Monitors
It is a good general rule that miniature monitors are rarely of reference quality, but Leema Acoustics claim to have created an exception. Hugh Robjohns evaluates the Xen.
Paul White tests two new models which make large-diaphragm capacitor and valve microphone sounds more affordable than ever.
Part 1: The Birth, Rise and Further Rise of FM Synthesis (Retro)
Although FM synthesis has its roots in the sixties, the instruments that popularised it were to dominate the synth scene of the eighties. Gordon Reid uncovers the origins of FM and charts its rise to fame from its unlikely beginings in academic research in the USA.
People + Opinion
Using Technology for Live Gigs
It could be argued that technology hasn't encroached as much on the average gig as it has on the typical project studio. Dave Shapton would like to change all that...
Producer, Engineer & Musician Michael Bradford
It's hard enough to reach the top in any field, be it engineering, production, programming or playing an instrument, but Michael Bradford has excelled in all of these departments - and often while travelling across America at 80 miles per hour! Richard Buskin meets a man who's helped to create massive hit albums for Kid Rock and the New Radicals.
Producer David Axelrod
For a man who likes to work quickly in the studio, David Axelrod's new album has taken an awfully long time to make - 33 years, to be precise. Meanwhile, his groundbreaking '60s and '70s productions have become a crucial resource for the biggest names in hip-hop. He talks to Sam Inglis about productions old and new...
Jez Wilkinson - Aerosolik Records
Jez Wilkinson - Aerosolik Records
John Walden Explains The Problems He Encountered Using Windows
As a means of personal therapy, John Walden explains what he learned from spending the New Year with Windows pains.
Paul Farrer - Composing For Film & TV
Paul Farrer's name has been a fixture in SOS for several years, but these days he's best-known as the theme tune composer for top quiz show The Weakest Link. Paul White asks the questions...
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
More wise words on using Cubase's Score editor this month, as we explain how to create a musical score in which several voices share a single stave. There's also the usual assortment of handy editing tips...
Giving Your MIDI Tracks A Live Feel: Part 2
Simon Millward demonstrates how to use the tools for extracting groove templates from audio recordings within most MIDI + Audio sequencers and offers his tips and techniques for using them to achieve more feel in your tracks.
Hyper Draw Function; Diagnose and Solve MIDI Routing Problems
Environment tricks and techniques to help diagnose and solve MIDI routing problems, plus tips on splitting stereo audio files and getting started with Logic's powerful Hyper Draw function that allows you to graphically enter and manipulate control data.
Live MIDI Part 1: Designing The Rig
Being a MIDI-based musician doesn't mean that you can't get out and play live gigs; you just need to plan more carefully than the average pub band. Grizzled live MIDI veteran David Harman explains the pitfalls and outlines some of the preparation you need to take your show on the road.
Mark Wherry investigates Beatnik, a powerful way of adding interactive music content to your web site.
Clipping Window; VST Freeware plug-ins; Setting Up Side-chain
This month, Digital Performer's useful but little-known Clipping window falls under the Performer Notes spotlight. Plus tips on where to find top VST freeware plug-ins for use with DP, and advice on setting up side-chain access to MOTU plug-ins.
Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
Touched * Lemon Kids * White Lie * Byonik * Skullshifter * Alan Burge * Cheapo Card Company * Joe Gayon
What kind of CD recorder is best? * Is my wordclock good enough? * How do I give my Mac MIDI? * Which recording system has the widest compatibility? Which soundcard should I choose?
What kind of CD recorder is best? Is my wordclock good enough? How do I give my Mac MIDI? Which recording system has the widest compatibility? Which soundcard should I choose?
USB latency is reduced by new Mac ASIO drivers, mLAN development activity steps up, and there's more news of MIDI and audio support in OS X. Meanwhile, Paul Wiffen is making a movie...
Recording Acoustic Guitar
While physical modelling preamps may take the hassle out of recording electric guitars, you're still going to need to reach for a mic when recording acoustic guitar. Paul White shows you how to get the best recorded sound, and offers a few of his favourite tricks of the trade.
Most of us assume that only big businesses and financial institutions will fall victim to hackers, but the reality is that someone could be attempting to invade your personal computer right now. Martin Walker tries to make the world safer for PC users.
Part 28: Synthesizing Plucked Strings
Having dealt exhaustively with the mechanics of brass instruments and how to go about synthesizing them, Gordon Reid turns to instruments that use plucked strings to generate their sound, taking the complexities of the acoustic guitar as an example...
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Pro Tools users now have their own monthly column, focusing on tips, techniques, news and technical development coverage for the full range of PT systems, from the popular Digi 001 to top-flight professional studio hardware. *
Choosing & Installing Today's PC Soundcards
Martin Walker offers some practical advice on choosing soundcards that will work in modern PCs without falling foul of chipset or driver compatibility problems.
Paul White and Mike Senior explain how to get the best practical results from equalisation by understanding the true frequency ranges of most instruments and voices.
Surround Sound Explained - Part 1
Surround sound in one form or another has been a part of the film industry for many years, but the emergence of affordable digital technology has now pushed it into the domestic mainstream. Hugh Robjohns begins SOS's definitive guide to surround and its implications for the hi-tech musician.
Derek Johnson rounds up the latest Atari news and software availability.
Big George's Guide To Commercial Success: Who's Who
Big George uses this month's column to present his very own media Who's Who.