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Eventide Eclipse Multi-effects
Eventide's new entry-level unit brings their high-end algorithms within reach of the serious home studio owner. Hugh Robjohns tests the Eclipse.
TL Audio Fat Man Fat 2 Valve Preamp & Compressor
TL Audio's successful Fat 1 stereo compressor now has a new sibling with its own built-in mic preamp. Paul White delivers the SOS verdict.
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Steinberg Houston VST Studio Controller
Steinberg's new Houston hardware controller certainly looks space-age, but is it a small step or a giant leap for the 21st-century computer musician? Martin Walker takes his protein pills and puts his helmet on...
Empirical Labs EL7 FATSO Jr Processor
The inherent non-linearities and distortions of analogue equipment are sometimes sorely missed in this digital age. Empirical Labs offer their new FATSO Jr as a solution. Hugh Robjohns puts it to the test.
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Yamaha Motif 7 Music Production Synth Workstation
In these days of virtual instruments and fully featured software sequencers, why should you even consider spending £2000 on a cumbersome hardware synth workstation? If the workstation is as well thought-out as Yamaha's new Motif, perhaps you should. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser are suitably impressed...
Soundcraft Spirit M-series Mixers
Soundcraft's new Spirit M-series mixers combine analogue simplicity with a useful digital output. Paul White puts the M8 to the test.
Active Reference Monitors
Hugh Robjohns tests the AML1, and discovers that PMC can actually get a quart from a pint pot.
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Paul White tests the solid-state counterpart to Rode's recent NTK valve mic.
Software samplers are not new, but until now they have only existed as stand-alone applications or sequencer-specific plug-ins. Paul Sellars investigates Steinberg's HALion, which offers close integration with Cubase VST, but can also be used as a VST-format plug-in from other sequencers.
Sounds of the '80s Part 2: The Yamaha DX1 & Its Successors (Retro)
In the second instalment of this two-part retro, Gordon Reid recalls FM's finest hour, and describes the heyday of what was perhaps the most successful family of synthesizers ever developed.
Korg EM1 Electribe Music Production Station
The latest in Korg's series of dance-friendly Electribe groove workstations is sample- rather than synthesis-based, but serves up the same beguiling blend of hands-on user interface and cutting-edge sounds and effects as its predecessors. Nicholas Rowland takes it for a spin...
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Roland VS2480 Digital Studio Workstation
Roland's eagerly awaited new flagship VS workstation builds on the success of the VS1680 and VS1880, offering a massive range of features including 24-track, 24-bit and 96kHz recording, a 64-channel digital mixer, up to eight stereo effects processors, 24-voice phrase sampling, and an enhanced graphical output for a VGA monitor. Hugh Robjohns investigates the VS2480 in depth.
People + Opinion
As a musician, you may well have heard of Dolby A, B and C - but Dolby E? Dave Shapton introduces the format and speculates about its possible implications for music recording.
TV & Film Composer: Shawn Clement
Richard Buskin meets a successful American composer who's specialised in a unique kind of music for television...
Bob Prance and Pete Phillips
Bob Prance and Pete Phillips & A Story At Bedtime Productions
Tom Girling & Jason Cox
Gorillaz have made waves as the first 'virtual band' to achieve real chart success. Behind the animated characters, however, lurk real engineers and musicians... Sam Inglis tracks them down to find out how they recorded their debut hit.
Dave Shapton explains why he doesn't play live any more!
Dave Shapton explains why he doesn't play live any more!
Creating New Loops In Sonic Foundry's Acid
Craig Anderton shows you how to use Acid, the popular composition tool, to create your own original sample loops.
Automate Plug-in parameters
Advice on how to best automate your plug-in parameters, as well as tips for lightening-fast comping and a power-user trick for simulating double-tracking using Autotune.
Paul Wiffen reveals highlights of the MacWorld Expo, and laments the passing of Apple's earliest UK evangelist while celebrating his permanent contribution to popular culture.
Steinberg Cubase Tips & Techniques
This month, we explore the murky world of Cubase's Master track in a bid to teach it the tempo of a MIDI part. There's also some hot news about updates and an excellent shareware reverb plug-in, as well as the usual tips and tricks.
You can add sophisticated MIDI mapping facilities to your Atari-based studio for next to nothing with some useful German shareware, as Derek Johnson explains.
Live MIDI Part 2: Preparing The System
Having looked last month at how to condense your studio setup for use as a live rig, David Harman concludes this short series with tips on how to prepare yourself and your gear for the rigours of live performance.
Mixing Programmed & Real Instruments Successfully
You might be a virtuoso instrumentalist and a dab hand at programming, but can you get the two skills to work together? Sam Inglis offers some tips.
Martin Walker takes a look at the latest update to the Nemesys Gigastudio, and reports on a disturbing trend for shareware developers.
Music Instruction On-line
Want to learn an instrument or improve your playing skills? Forget instructional books, videos, even human contact. As Mark Wherry explains, you can get your music instruction on-line.
DP plug-ins; USB hardware controller
This month, more on DP plug-ins with side-chains, plus tips on improving audio timing, using Mix mode, and news of a compact USB hardware controller for use with DP.
Digidesign (Avid) Pro Tools Tips & Techniques
Discover what's new in Pro Tools 5.1.1, learn how to transfer songs from Emagic's Logic, and take advantage of our usual handy tips.
Building Your Own PC For Music
It's tempting to save money by assembling your own PC, but unless you're an expert it can be a frustrating experience. Martin Walker shows you how to go about choosing components and putting them together.
Part 29: The Theoretical Acoustic Guitar Patch
Having explained last month the reasons why analogue synthesis of guitar sounds should be well-nigh impossible, Gordon Reid puts the theory to the test...
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Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed
Tron * Michael Johansen * Sunshyne * Phil Smy * Paul Nash * Bill Jones * Oxime 187 * Paulo Lucchi
Surround Sound Explained - Part 2
Hugh Robjohns continues SOS's series on surround sound with a detailed look at Dolby Pro Logic, the widely used surround system originally developed for use in the cinema, and considers how you might adapt your home recording setup to allow mixing in this format.
Big George's Guide To Commercial Success; Band stories
This month Big George takes a deep breath... and expels the usual hot air.
How should I use my patchbay? * Why can I only play one sound with my Octapad? * How does DAT error correction work? Can I avoid the animation on your web site?
How should I use my patchbay? Why can I only play one sound with my Octapad? How does DAT error correction work? Can I avoid the animation on your web site?