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ACCESS VIRUS C

Access Virus C Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

Access have managed to add some excellent features to their Virus synth in the past simply by upgrading its OS, but the march of progress means that a hardware revision is eventually necessary. Does the new Virus C do enough to keep up with the virtual-analogue crowd?

ALESIS M1 ACTIVE MkII

Alesis M1 Active MkII Compact Active Nearfield Monitors

Alesis update their cost-effective nearfields.

AMEK DMCL

Amek DMCL Dual Mic Preamp & Compressor/Limiter

Legendary designer Rupert Neve brings us the third in the Amek Pure Path range, a dual preamp and dynamics processor with unusually flexible filtering and side-chain facilities.

ANALOGUE SOLUTIONS FILTERED COFFEE

Analogue Solutions Filtered Coffee Module

Despite the prevalence of digital processing, stand-alone analogue filters continue to have an important part to play in modern production. It's no surprise to find Analogue Solutions releasing one - but the low price might cause a few raised eyebrows...

BUZZ AUDIO MIA 1.0

Buzz Audio MIA 1.0 Musical Instrument Adaptor

Buzz Audio MIA 1.0 Musical Instrument Adaptor

CUTTING EDGE

Studio in your Pocket?

Who wants a studio in a box when you can have a studio in your pocket?

Dan Dean Giga Bass

Sample Library

4*

Drumkit From Hell

Sample Library

5*

EDIROL DA2496

Edirol DA2496 Digital Audio Interface For Mac & PC

Edirol are best known for their desktop music products, but they're heading into the professional arena with the DA2496, a high-quality eight-channel audio interface with a PCI card and breakout box.

EDIROL UM880

Edirol UM880 Eight-in/Eight-out USB MIDI Interface For Mac & PC

Edirol's latest offering is a well-specified multi-port USB MIDI interface which claims to offer excellent timing.

Electro Harmonix Holy Grail

Digital Reverb Processor

Electro Harmonix Holy grail Digital Reverb Processor

FOSTEX DE10

Dual-channel Effects Processor

Does this preset-based dual-channel multi-effects processor produce a performance that belies its entry-level price?

FRUITY LOOPS v3.4

Loop-based Sequencing Software For PC

Fruity Loops from Image Line Software is a streamlined sequencer environment designed for dance music production using samples and software synths.

Line 6 Guitar Port

Virtual Guitar Amp For PC

Line 6 revolutionised the recording of the electric guitar when they introduced the Pod. Now they want to get all technophobic guitarists on-line. Is the Guitar Port the next stage in the search for guitar tone Nirvana?

MAKING WAVES v3

Making Waves v3 Loop Sequencing Software For PC

The straightforward but effective Windows-based sequencing package Making Waves has been upgraded to include multi-channel recording, DirectX and MIDI support.

Native Instruments KONTAKT

Software Sampler For PC & Mac

Although Native Instruments' Reaktor has offered sampling options for some time, it's taken the company a while to produce a dedicated software sampler. Can it now make headway in what has become a crowded market?

Nu Directions

Sample Library

4*

PLUG-IN FOLDER

Waves Masters Bundle

Waves Masters Bundle; Formats: Mac TDM and all native formats: PC VST, DirectX RTAS and AudioSuite.

PLUG-IN FOLDER

Green Oak Crystal

Green Oak Crystal; Formats: Mac & PC VST

Premiere Edition 3 & 4 FX

Sample Library

4*

Pure Tablas

Sample Library

3*

Real Drumslive Vol. 1

Sample Library

3*

REBIRTH OF THE COOL: Mellotron

The Mellotron MkVI (retro)

The Mellotron has had a chequered history, from '60s 'must-have' to '80s has-been, but it's survived bankruptcy and technological progress, and now it's back, in a brand-new, reworked form. We relate the story of this classic instrument, and see how the new version compares to the old.

RED SOUND ELEVATA

Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

The Elevata is a 16-voice polyphonic, eight-part multitimbral modelling synth from UK innovators Red Sound. But with a number of virtual analogue synths available at the same price point, does the Elevata offer enough to distinguish itself?

RODE NT4 & NT5

Condenser Microphones For Stereo Recording

Do you prefer doing stereo recordings with two separate mics or with one dual-capsule mic? With their NT4 and NT5 models, Rode cater for both techniques.

ROLAND V-BASS

Modelling Bass System

Roland's new V-Bass refines the technology developed for the pioneering V-Guitar systems to meet the demands of bass players.

ROLAND VS2480 v2

Digital Studio Workstation

Roland have enhanced the VGA monitor graphical interface of their flagship 24-track recording workstation to make it easier to use, and have also thrown in a few extra features for good measure.

SCHMID DIGISPY

Digital Audio Transmission Analyser

Digital audio is now very much a part of everyday studio life, but do you ever wonder how well your system is really working?

Stark Raving Beats

Sample Library

5*

STEINBERG CUBASE SX

MIDI + Audio Sequencer For Windows

Cubase SX is the most ambitious and eagerly anticipated software launch in years. Is this the future for computer-based music production?

STUDIO ESSENTIALS

Book review: Sound design

Book review: Sound design

STUDIO ESSENTIALS

GForce Signature Sounds Patch Libraries

GForce Signature Sounds Patch Libraries

TC-HELICON VOICE ONE

Voice Modelling Processor

The Voice One offers the second generation of TC-Helicon's pioneering modelling technology, along with powerful tools for manipulating and correcting pitch.

The Best Of Bolder

Sample Library

5*

People + Opinion

BUSINESS END

Business End

Format; Corpus; Room 208

GARY MILLER

Songwriter/Producer

The creative force in the modern pop music business seems, increasingly, to reside with songwriter/producers like Gary Miller, who specialise in getting the best out of artists in collaboration.

READERZONE

Cam Nisbet

Cam Nisbet

SNEAKER PIMPS

Sneaker Pimps

Dance-rockers the Sneaker Pimps have spent years in the studio together. For their next move, they're going to split up - virtually...

SOUNDING OFF

The spectacular fall from grace of British music in the US

From Triumphant moptops to dismal flops: charting the spectacular fall from grace of British music in the US. By Dave Stewart.

Transit

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

20B * Louche * Anemo * Ian Gregorig * Lobe * Graham Dodd

Technique

1U Rackmount Server

Apple Notes

There has been an exciting Apple product announcement almost every month this year, but the new Apple 1U rackmount server may be the most exciting yet, especially for touring musicians and studio installations.

Choosing The Right Processor

PC Notes

Choosing the right processor is essential for computer-based musicians relying on native processing, especially when it affects the quality of reverb plug-ins that can be used.

EXS24 WORKSHOP

Multisampling With EXS24: Sampling Yound Modules For UseIn emagic's EXS24 Software Sampler

With a software sampler such as Emagic's EXS24, creating multisampled instruments from your favourite patches on your hardware sound modules needen't be a chore.

FireWire Drives: SPEED TESTS

FireWire Drives For Music: 24-bit/96kHz Operation

The case for recording audio at 24-bit, 96kHz is being ever more strongly promoted, but operating at high resolution has an impact on the performance of audio-recording computers, hard drives, and thus sequencer track counts. We give you some solid figures...

LOGIC NOTES

Guide To Setting Up Logic For Writing Music To Picture

There's a simple guide to setting up Logic for writing music to picture this month, as well as advice on speeding up your work in the Score Edit window. Plus, there's news of the latest improvements in Logic v5.1.3 and, of course, the usual fistful of useful tips.

MULTI-BAND WORKSHOP

Practical Multi-band Compression

Multi-band compression is one of the most powerful processing techniques available to the recording engineer. However, if you don't know how to apply it effectively it can just as easily ruin the sound of your entire production.

OMS WORKSHOP

OMS: What You Need To Know

If you're planning to use a Mac for music, you'll probably need to use Opcode's OMS at some time or other. But what is it, and how can you get it up and running quickly?

PC MUSICIAN

Digitising & Restoring Tapes & Records On Your PC

A PC with CD burner and soundcard provides the ideal means to preserve old tape recordings or transfer your vinyl collection to CD.

PERFORMER NOTES

Creative Uses Of MAS Plug-ins

We continue looking at creative uses of the MAS plug-ins supplied with Digital Performer - this month, it's the turn of Trim. We kick off with more data-selection and editing tips.

Q&A

Is it safe to switch all my gear off using one power switch?; How can I get a vocal sound that's dry, but fits in the mix?; How can I measure my soundcard's background noise level?; Can I get away with connecting my keyboard's output to a mic input on my

Is it safe to switch all my gear off using one power switch?; How can I get a vocal sound that's dry, but fits in the mix?; How can I measure my soundcard's background noise level?; Can I get away with connecting my keyboard's output to a mic input on my desk?; How can I calculate the frequency of individual pitches?; Will silica gel have a limited life-span in my mic box?

Running Soft Synths; HTDM Technology

Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

This month, there's more information on running soft synths in Pro Tools, including a look at Digidesign's new HTDM technology and Emagic's host/TDM System Bridge.

Segment-based Atomation

Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques

Last month we looked at the channel-based automation features of Cubase VST and, as promised, this time we're going to explore VST's segment-based automation abilities and ponder their absence in SX.

SONAR NOTES

Sonar Plug-in Manager, Rewire Protocol

This month there's news of great software to download for use with Sonar - and the best thing is that it's free! Plus we show you how to use Rewire to get Sonar talking to Propellerhead Software's Reason.

STUDIO SOS

Steve Graham

The SOS team answer a reader's cry for help, and assist him to improve his recordings of guitar and vocals.

SYNTH SECRETS

Synthesizing Bells

Having come up last month with a reasonably realistic cymbal patch, its time to take the principles of synthesizing metallic percussion one stage further, and produce bell sounds. But there's more to this than you might think...

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