As to 'review policy', what exactly do you want to know here? Not quite sure what you'd like me to explain?
i meant what you've explained already, so ta
Regarding your earlier sarcastic comments reminding us that some gear is in fact 'hardware', I think you will find that out of all the music technology/recording magazines in the world, SOS consistently has reviewed/tested more hardware products each year ... For some manufacturers, SOS is the only place where they will ever have the spotlight shone on their hardware, and that's what makes us the biggest selling mag of its kind in the UK (not in the USA yet, but we're getting there ).
yes yes yes i know i know i know, consider me suitably humbled
checked out the MV8000 while at the Toronto Music Show (MIAC) last month
thanks that's some really helpful info, the futuremuzak review didn't say anything much really (like their mpc1000 review a few months back)
the reason i am so interested in the mv8000 is because i think i must be one of the few people on the planet who would rather *not* use a computer in the studio (and it's not through technophobia, i program them for a living!). Basically i see it this way, computers are useful 'tools' but they are not 'instruments', something like ableton is a step in the right direction but the interface remains the stumbling block. See computers by definition (see turing/von neumann) are general purpose devices whereas a musical instrument is a device for a specific purpose. Similiarly take soft synths it was someone like barthes or chomsky who saud 'the map is not the place'. If rebirth had just made noises and not looked like a 303, 808 and 909 would it have caught on?
so i for one remain very intereted in 'do-it-all' hardware and i predict a virtual studio backlash sooner or later. Just as we once lamented binning our jupiters, junos and minimoogs for the dx7s of the world will we one day regret that we have to rely so much on a computer to make music?
and that's why i think it's important for sos to review the mv8000!
anyway thanks again!