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Access Waldorf Microwave & Oberheim Matrix 1000

Programmers

Modern synths are undeniably powerful, but for many users that power remains locked in by non-intuitive digital parameter access editing.Paul White and Paul Nagle check out a pair of knob-equipped hardware programmers that could reveal hidden depths for Microwave and Matrix 1000 owners.

Aphex 109

2/4-band Valve Parametric EQ

Aphex continue to attack the market with their high quality, value for money processors. Paul White warms to the latest release.

ART Pro MPA & Dual MP

Tube Mic Preamps

ART have followed up their single-channel Tube MP valve mic preamp by developing two more tube designs for both the project studio owner and the audio professional. Paul White huddles round to warm his signals...

Audix OM-3XB

Dynamic Microphone

Building on their US reputation, Audix mics are now available in the UK. Paul White takes a listen.

Bias Peak

Digital Audio Editing Software

With its flexible, professional sound design tools and moderate price, Peak fills a gap in the Mac digital sound editing arena. Paul D Lehrman gets some peak practice...

Bolder Sounds Vol. 1: Eclectic

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Cuckooland Vol. 1: Unhinged

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Digitech Studio Twin

Digital Multi-effects Unit

Effects units continue to drop in price while offering more and more features. Digitech's new Studio Twin costs less than £250, but still offers a dual effects mode and MIDI patch control. Paul White is agog.

Marshall JFX1

Digital Effects Unit

Axe devotees may be surprised to learn that Marshall released this little-known digital effects processor last year. Paul White gets in his annual half-hour's guitar practise, and finds an overlooked unit worthy of some consideration...

MOTU Digital Performer v1.7

Software

Mark of the Unicorn's recent demo CD for Digital Performer caught everyone's attention — so how does the real thing compare? Martin Russ takes another plunge into the wild waters of digital audio on the MacOS platform.

New World Order Journey 1

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Opcode Vision 2.5

Software

One of the Mac world's sequencing front-runners, Vision has been ported to the PC, where it faces some stiff competition from the established packages. Paul Nagle goes all visionary...

Roland A90

Expandable Controller

Does Roland's latest contender have what it takes to regain the MIDI Keyboard Controller championship? Gordon Reid is your ringside commentator...

Roland Jupiter 6

Analogue Polysynth (Retro)

On its release in the mid-'80s this characterful synth was overlooked by many in favour of its better-known brother, the Jupiter 8, yet it still has much to offer. Stephen Bennett does a spot of space exploration...

Sony DPSV77

Multi-effects Processor

Sony's DPSV77 is like a 'best of' compilation of all the company's dedicated single effects units, with the addition of a simplified user interface and a digital I/O. Is it a smash success or a one-hit wonder? Nick Magnus goes for gold...

Studio Electronics ATC1

Analogue Tone Chameleon Monosynth (Preview)

With a front panel resembling a butchered Moog Source, and plug-in filters that claim to give you the sound of various vintage brands inside one instrument, the ATC1 is bound to excite interest. Paul Nagle changes his tune.

Tascam Portastudio 424 MkII

Portastudio

With the advent of digital portastudios, manufacturers are busily revamping their analogue machines and packaging them full of more features. Andy Davies checks out Tascam's latest cherry...

That Jungle Flavour

Sample Library

* Score = 4

TL Audio C2021

Indigo Tube Compressor

Paul White checks out the latest addition to TL Audio's new Indigo range.

Viscount EFX10

Multi-effects Processor

Despite having a name that most British people associate with small, round chocolate biscuits, Viscount are gaining a reputation for affordable MIDI hardware — and the EFX10 could be their best value effects processor to date. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser develop a taste for it.

Yamaha MD4

Digital Multitracker

Using MD Data disks to deliver superb quality digital sound in a familiar package, does Yamaha's digital 4-track finally sound the death knell for the humble cassette multitracker? Paul Ward spins the wheel of fortune...

Yamaha VL70M

Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator (Preview)

Martin Russ sidles up to an innocent-looking phone-box, receives his instructions, and sets to work decoding Yamaha's affordable new Virtual Acoustic synth. This preview will self-destruct in five seconds...

People + Opinion

COURTNEY PINE: Modern Day Jazz Stories

Interview | Artist

Jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine is breaking down the barriers between acoustic and electronic sound generation, marrying jazz with modern forms such as hip hop in a cross-genre partnership which is partly forged in his own home studio. Paul White hears some Modern day jazz stories.

KITARO: Down Silk Roads

Interview | Artist

One of the unwitting founding fathers of so-called 'new age' music, Kitaro has journeyed down many musical roads in his 20-year career. Paul Tingen reports.

LIAM HOWLETT: The Prodigy & Firestarter

Interview | Engineer

Essex dance outfit The Prodigy have long outgrown their rave beginnings, and their recent number one single 'Firestarter' points the way to a newer even harder sound. Paul Nagle tackles some burning topics of modern music-making with the group's aural architect Liam Howlett...

SCHOOL OF AUDIO ENGINEERING: 20th Anniversary

Interview | Company

The School Of Audio Engineering celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson talk to SAE founder Tom Misner and European General Manager Rudi Grieme about the school's development into a worldwide concern, the courses SAE offer today, and the changing business of teaching music engineering and production.

STEPHEN BENNETT: Mac vs PC

Sounding Off

This month's Sounding Off lives dangerously, re-opening the dreaded 'Mac vs PC' debate. With tongue planted firmly in cheek Stephen Bennett prepares himself for next month's onslaught of hate mail from PC evangelists...

Technique

C-Lab Falcon MkX

Atari Notes

Ofir Gal reflects on the history of the Falcon with mixed feelings, and revisits the current C-lab MkX.

Candid

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

David Whyte * The Fence Menders * RK Toms * kimberley And O'Neil * Control Z * Gog * Element 303

Creating Audio CDs & The Future Of CD-R; NeatO

PC Notes

The ability to make your own audio or data CDs with your PC can be enormously useful and is becoming cheaper all the time. But what exactly do you need to buy? Brian Heywood finds out.

Creating Custom Sample Textures

Tips & Tricks

Have you ever wished you could create strange, ethereal textures like the ones you hear on the best sample CDs? Paul White shows that it's not as difficult as it might seem.

Creating Rhythmic Gate Effects

Tips & Tricks

Paul White reveals how to create rhythmic gate effects, both using conventional hardware and MIDI Controller information.

Digidesign's Digital Audio Engine; Inside Digidesign 882

Apple Notes

Martin Russ brings you the latest news direct from an Apple R&D gathering, and takes a set of Allen keys to some expensive digital audio hardware.

Making The Most Of Your Mixer

Tips & Tricks

Paul White reveals a few of the less well-trodden paths hidden within your mixer's routing system.

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