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Alesis Nano Bass

Bass Sound Module

Bass, how small can you get? Nicholas Rowland gives Alesis' new bottom end a good slap.

Alesis Wedge

Reverb Processor

Paul White checks over the Alesis Wedge and finds that, despite its simplicity, its not the thin end of the reverb.

Allen & Heath Mixwizard 20:8:2

Mixer

After a spell away from project studio consoles, Allen & Heath return with a magical new contender. Martin Walker conjures up some thoughts on the WZ20:8:2.

Audio Technica ATM89R

Back-electret Microphone

Paul White tries out a reincarnation of one of his favourite budget mics, and finds that the best has just got better.

Clavia Nord Lead 2

Virtual Analogue Synth

Clavia's little red devil bought its Swedish creators a fair measure of fame and fortune on its release almost two years ago. But times have changed, and the Nord 2 now has many more competitors in the virtual analogue stakes. Paul Nagle leads from the front.

Demeter VTD82B

Tube Direct DI Box

Paul White attempts to discover whether the Demeter Tube Direct is really the princess of DI.

Digitech Studio Quad V2

Multi-effects Unit

Four inputs, four outputs, up to four simultaneous effects... Digitech have kept to the magic number for this upgrade of their user-friendly multi-effects processor, but is it a superior being? Hugh Robjohns finds out.

Dynatek CDS 654SE

External 4-speed SCSI CD-ROM Drive

Musicians have problems finding CD-ROM drives that work reliably with samplers. Martin Walker checks out one that claims to work with everything.

Ensoniq ASRX

Sampling Workstation

Using a separate sampler, sequencer, synth and drum machine? With the new Ensoniq ASRX you could take just one box into the studio. Chris Carter just samples and goes...

Fields Of Motion

Sample Library

• Audio CD * Score = 4
• CD-ROM * Score = 5

Fostex X14

4-track Cassette Recorder

Is the X14 cheap and cheerful, or just cheap? Derek Johnson finds out.

Groove Tubes 5SC & 6TM

Capacitor Microphones

Already well known for their valve mics and valve processors, Groove Tubes have introduced two new mics, one a valve model and the other solid-state. Paul White compares the two newcomers.

JoeMeek VC2

Single-channel Valve Voice/Instrument Processor

Paul White checks out the first tube product in the JoeMeek range.

LA Audio EQX2

Parametric EQ

Does the world need another budget parametric equalizer? Paul White discovers that it never had that many in the first place.

Master Drums 3

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Oberheim/Viscount OB3-squared

Tonewheel Organ Module

In 1995, Oberheim released the OB3, a little-known drawbar organ module, subsequently eclipsed by Hammond and Roland's advanced electronic tonewheel organ emulations. Now Oberheim have teamed up with Italian organ specialists Viscount to produce the enhanced OB3-2. Nick Magnus squares the difference.

Sample Shop's Golden Greats

SOS Desert Island Discs

We asked our regular sample CD reviewers to tell us which CD gems they'd like to be stranded with on a desert island (with mains power and a sampler, naturally). Paul White, Paul Farrer & Wilf Smarties plunder the Sample Shop archives for sampling treasure...

Sampler Memory Problems — High Risk RAM

Tips & Tricks

Did you know that upgrading your sampler's memory could seriously damage its health? Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser finds out why...

Sampling From Scratch — The Basics

Tips & Tricks

These days, few hi-tech musicians would consider their studio complete without some kind of sampler. Paul White goes through the basics of these invaluable studio tools, for the benefit of anyone who has yet to sample one...

Sampling Sound System Vol. 4: Brushed

Sample Library

* Score = 2

Sampling Sound System Vol. 6: Country

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Sampling Tips

Tips & Tricks

Craig Anderton puts all his tips in one basket...

Spatializer PT3D

TDM Spatial Enhancement Plug-in

Paul White explores the far dimensions of space using this spatial enhancement plug-in.

Terminalhead Underfire Vol. 1

Sample Library

* Score = 2.5

Turning Sample CDs Into Music

Tips & Tricks

You've got a sampler, you've got a sample CD — but you haven't got any music yet. Craig Anderton chases down useful software that can help you bridge the gap, and passes on some hints and tips for effective sample CD use.

Understanding Sampler Features

Tips & Tricks

When it's time to choose a sampler from the many on the market, it helps to know which features are most significant. Craig Anderton will tel you what you want, what you really really want...

Yamaha QY70

Music Sequencer

Like the Doctor in the TARDIS, Yamaha's newest Walkstation sequencer is small but deceptively spacious. Martin Russ dons his floppy hat, winds his stripey scarf a little tighter, fortifies himself with another jelly baby, and enters a different dimention...

Zobel Active One

Active Monitors

Paul White auditions a new name in active monitors, and discovers an interesting design approach that combines light weight, small size and a well-controlled bass end.

Zoom Studio 1201

Multi-effects Processor

Paul White finds that Zoom's entry-level, sub-£100 effects box has hidden depths.

People + Opinion

BIG GEORGE WEBLEY: Engineers

Sounding Off

Engineers still wet behind the ears who do a Tyson (chew off your ear) about their extensive knowledge of audio — Big George Webley hates 'em. He states his case...

DANNY KOFFEY (ENDEMIC VOID): Innovative Jungle, Drum & Bass Samples

Interview | Artist

In less than five years, jungle has evolved from cheesy sped-up James Brown samples to some of the most innovative music around. We sent Christopher Holder to talk to Danny Koffey, one of those in the front line.

ELIOT KENNEDY: Producing Sheffield Music

Interview | Producer/Songwriter

Eliot Kennedy has carved out a highly successful career for himself as a hi-tech producer and songwriter for a wave of groups at the 'teen sensation' end of the pop market, all without leaving Sheffield. Nigel Humberstone finds out how he did it.

JOHN WARDLE (JAH WOBBLE): Burning Bright

Interview | Artist

Punk, bass player, pioneer, mystic... Paul Tingen meets a musician who lives life at breakneck speed, and isn't afraid of the dark.

MIKE HIGHAM: Digital Doctor

Interview | Engineer

An expert at hard disk recording and editing, Mike Higham has developed his career alongside Digidesign's Pro Tools. Sam Molineaux talks to an engineer who's on the fast track...

Music Publishing In The Real World

Exploration

Getting a good publishing deal is as easy as predicting the toss of a coin five times in a row. Big George Webley takes a look at heads and tails.

Technique

Installing A New PC Hard Drive

Tips & Tricks

Huge disk drives are becoming the norm for PC musicians, but there's more to installing them than plugging in and turning on. Martin Walker talks you through the hard part.

Mac OS8 Information

Apple Notes

Version 8 of the Mac operating system is ready to roll, and Martin Russ is the man with the facts and figures...

Mark Rafe

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Influential * The Prayer * Charley Street * Willow * Self Pity * Thorp * Gerry Mc Connell * Stephen Sproat * Hangdog * Hakan Tuna

Multi-effects Explained, Part 3

Exploration

Having looked at the various types of effects available, Paul White explains the importance of the order in which these effects are applied.
• Read Part 1 (July 1997)
• Read Part 2 (August 1997)
• Read Part 4 (October 1997)
• Read Part 5 (November 1997)

PC Backups & Recording Hardware Settings

PC Notes

If the worst happened and your PC lost its memory, you could quickly recreate the same settings again. Couldn't you? Martin Walker takes an inventory.

Schoenberg v3; Finding Software On The Internet

Atari Notes

There's still plenty of sofware and support emerging for the venerable Atari — including packages which let you get 'netted'. Derek Johnson elaborates.

Synth School, Part 3: Digital Synthesis (FM, PD & VPM)

Tips & Techniques

Having completed his study of analogue synthesis last month, Paul Wiffen takes a look at FM and its related digital synthesis types, which rocked the synth world throughout the 1980s.
• Read Part 1 (June 1997)
• Read Part 2 (August 1997)
• Read Part 4 (October 1997)
• Read Part 5 (December 1997)
• Read Part 6 (February 1998)
• Read Part 7 (April 1998)
• Read Part 8 (June 1998)
• Read Part 9 (July 1998)
• Read Part 10 (August 1998)
• Read Part 11 (September 1998)
• Read Part 12 (October 1998)

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