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3G Mynah Plus

16:4:3 Mixer

3G's new 4-buss Mynah Plus is not just a mixer — it also features built-in single-ended noise reduction. But does this lift it above the competition? Paul White finds out.

Alesis Monitor Two

Studio Monitors

Paul White subjects his studio to yet more upheaval as the monitors are changed yet again, all in the cause of research.

Analogue Dreams

Sample Library

4*

Ashly Audio PQX 572

Parametric Equaliser

Paul White tries his hand at tonal transformation using Ashly Audio's latest parametric equaliser.

Award-Session Sessionmaster JD10

Guitar DI Box/Preamp

Paul White checks out the new Sessionmaster JD10 recording preamp, which provides the perfect excuse for half-an-hour's guitar practice at the company's expense!

Behringer Eurodesk

8-buss Recording Console

After a lengthy wait, Behringer's 48/24 dual input recording mixer is finally here. Paul White takes the wraps off this seductively priced 8-buss console.

Creamware TripleDAT

Digital Audio Interface

Out of the wilds of Germany comes an interesting attempt at addressing the key aspects of hard disk recording on the PC for the DAT-owning musician. Brian Heywood reports.

Fletcher Electroacoustics JoeMeek Voice Channel

Mic Amp/Compressor/Enhancer

Fletcher ElectroAcoustics' Voice Channel is a modern reincarnation of a vintage classic compressor, repackaged with a high-spec mic amp and an enhancer. Paul White turns green with envy...

KCCM Resample Pro

Sample Format Conversion Software

Whether you use a stand-alone sampler, or a 'PC plus soundcard' sampling setup, KCCM's ReSample Pro is designed to releve you of all those irritating sample format incompatibility problems. Panicos Georghiades gets converted...

Kenton Pro Solo

MIDI-CV Converter

Kenton Electronics' new one-channel MIDI-CV converter is slightly more expensive than others of its kind — but there's a reason! Analogue synth lover Steve Howell plugs in and goes solo...

Kurzweil K2500R

Production Station Rack (Preview)

Long-term K2000 user Paul Ward gets to grips with the latest in Kurzweil's line of groundbreaking synths for just long enough to produce this hands-on preview...

LA Riot 3

Sample Library

5*

Philips DCC170

Digital Recorder

Paul White tries out a deceptively small mastering recorder that's ideal for location recording and sample gathering.

Roland VP330

Vocoder Plus (Retro)

Vocoders aren't just about tiny robot voices from awful '70s records — some could generate lush choir sound and opulent strings too. Richard Clews explains why the Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus will always say more to him than Battlestar Galactica...

Samson S11

Dynamic Microphone

Paul White puts his exotic mic collection back in the cupboard to try out Samson's budget dynamic vocal model.

Tekno Industrial

Sample Library

3*

Widgets

Keyfax Software Twiddly Bits & Twiddly Beats; Vacuum State Electronics Tube Preamp Cookbook

The SOS team reviews a collection of MIDI files for PC/Atari & Mac, and a book devoted to philosophies and insights into tube preamps.

Yamaha CBX-K1

MIDI Keyboard XG

Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

Yamaha MU50 & Yamaha CBX-K1

Tone Generator & MIDI Keyboard XG

Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup.. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

Yamaha RY8

Portable Rhythm Programmer

The RY8 isn't just the latest in Yamaha's much-respected RY series of drum machines — the diminutive casing houses everything a mobile guitarist could need as a portable backing band, even a guitar synth! Paul Ward has a look and decides to busk it...

Yamaha Sound Edge

PC Soundcard

With Roland and Korg already in the soundcard market, this Yamaha offering has been a long time comming. Was it worth the wait? Panicos Georghiades reports.

Zoom 1010 Player

Pedalboard Guitar Effects Processor

It's cheap, it's cheerful and it's easy to use. Paul White rediscovers the joys of simplicity with Zoom's most affordable guitar multi-effects unit ever.

People + Opinion

1995 SOS Readers Survey

Exploration

Ever wondered whether you are a 'typical' SOS reader? Editor Paul White lets you in on a few secrets gleaned from our 1995 Reader Survey...

At Home With... Rick Cordes

Interview | SOS Reader

It's clear from our readers survey that while you like to read about those on the professional side of the recording industry, you'd also like to hear more from fellow mortals! In the first of this occasional series, Paul White talks to Rick Cordes, an SOS reader who's built himself a very tidy basement studio...

Mark Shreeve: Vintage Gear, Hollywood & Samantha Fox

Interview | Artist

Having nearly made it in the '80s with an awesome sound on a par with Trevor Horn's productions, UK electronic music stalwart Mark Shreeve is back, with his sights set on Hollywood. Jonathan Miller discusses vintage gear, multi-million pound albums, and Samantha Fox.

Mikail Graham: Emagic

Interview | Company

As well as heading up the USA arm of Emagic, Mikail Graham is a part of the Emagic development team, and the company's most evengelical demonstrator. Paul White caught up with his rolling roadshow at Birmingham's Musical Exchange store.

Paul White: Hard Disks, Transistors, Esoteric Software

Sounding Off

In his inaugural speech to celebrate the opening of this new column, Paul White proves he can rant with the best of them...

The Young Gods: Swiss Technology

Interview | Band

The distinctive hard-edged sound of The Young Gods owes much to current sampling technology. Nigel Humberstone investigates.

Technique

BMF Show

PC Notes

Brian Heywood looks back at the BMF shows, and considers the various ways of making music on your PC.

Creative Loop Construction

Tips & Techniques

Wilf Smarties explores the never-ending world of sample loops and how best to use them in your music.

Introduction To Cubase, Part 1: Structure Of Cubase & The 'Arrange' Window

Tips & Techniques

Simon Millward kicks off a new series designed to give beginners a solid grounding in the use of Steinberg's flagship software package.
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Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus, Part 1

Tips & Techniques

In the first of a short series, Paul Farrer offers some hints and tips for improving the sounds you can coax from Emu's popular Proteus range.
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MIDI Basics, Part 2: Sequencing

Exploration

Paul White's absolute beginners' guide to MIDI continues. This month, he explains the concept of MIDI sequencing.
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Music-X & Notator-X; Sequencing Roundup

Amiga Notes

This month, Paul Overaa devotes the whole of his column to a roundup of the current Amiga sequencing scene.

QuickTime & Mac Audio Capabilities Table — Past & Present

Apple Notes

Martin Russ serves up the latest Apple news — plus QuickTime & Mac Audio Capabilities table — past and present.

The Art Of Miking Acoustic Instruments

Tips & Techniques

With MIDI playing an even greater part in music production, there's a danger that the art of using microphones will be lost. Paul White describes the valuable techniques of miking acoustic instruments — something he recommends every studio user should learn.

Top 10 Atari Tips

Atari Notes

Vic Lennard bids a fond adieu with 10 top tips for Atari owners.

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