Copyright law may be very rigid these days, but in the context of creativity, who actually 'owns' a sample?
Despite rumours that Apple was on the lookout for a major audio company, Apple's buyout of German developers Emagic took us all by surprise...
Web sites are one of the greatest revolutions of the information age; but is their purpose being undermined by bad design?
Before we've learned half the capabilities of a synth or a piece of software, it's been replaced, upgraded or discontinued...
From triumphant moptops to dismal flops: charting the spectacular fall from grace of British music in the US.
While listening to Classic FM on the way home from the SOS offices recently, I heard something that set me solidly into rant mode...
Is the work of media composers writing original music being undermined by people using unprocessed material from sample CDs, and passing it off as their own work?
Even in the simplest of studios, cables breed like rabbits on Viagra. If the whole thing isn't to descend into 'cable anarchy', you have to impose some kind of order...
The Chairman of the UK Music Producers' Guild argues that producers should be paid performance royalties for their studio contributions, even if they don't actually play.
Is Surround Sound and the DVD-Audio format all a plot to 'take the means of production away from the workers'?
Not being one to let the dust settle after having 'done the business', Big George provides an update on his crusade.
As you know, April is that time of year when articles of a 'less-than-factually-accurate' nature tend to creep into SOS...
A former SOS Apple Notes columnist applies memetics to the perennial Mac/Windows struggle.
Let's leave the 'my sequencer is bigger than your sequencer' type of forum posts and focus on what matters — making good music.
Are modern workstations fit to be called 'synthesizers'? By Bob Williams
If we are going to get behind surround sound and help drive the industry to its next level, we're going to need the right tools at the right price.
Is modern music more concerned with good sounds than with good ideas?
The current extent of software piracy poses a serious threat to the economical stability of the software companies on whom we rely...
There's an array of powerful music‑making software tools out there, but because they're considered 'hard' they don't get the same publicity as the latest toys available at your local music shop.
Samples, re-sampling, looping, cutting and pasting — is it all getting too easy? Is the phrase 'dance music' becoming an oxymoron?
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