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    Ernst Nathorst-Böös

    Propellerhead Software

    Propellerhead, makers of the unique Reason software studio, have come from nowhere to award-winning developer status in just eight years. We catch up with one of the key men behind this small but influential Swedish company.

    People Jan 2003
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 4

    On The Record

    We've discussed how to set up your label and integrate it with the UK music business. But how you run it from day to day, and who you employ to help, is up to you. We look at how two own-label bosses manage...

    Music Business Dec 2002
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    Tim Ryan Of M-Audio

    Music Technology Visionary

    Tim Ryan, founder of Midiman (now better known as M-Audio) has successfully changed his company from a manufacturer of affordable sync boxes for MIDI sequencers into the fastest-growing American music-technology outfit. We find out where he's taking them next.

    People Dec 2002
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    The History Of Korg: Part 3

    40 Years Of Gear

    Cutting-edge innovation is by no means a guarantee of commercial success, but Korg have had a flair for both - although not always simultaneously. We look at how this continued to be true throughout the '90s to the present, when the company pushed the boundaries of physical modelling while refining their world-beating workstations.

    Music Business Dec 2002
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 3

    On The Record

    This series has already looked at the legalities of song ownership and how to make money from song publishing — but, as the head of your own label, you also make money from record sales. Like publishing income, however, it's not straightforward. We explain the basics...

    Music Business Nov 2002
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    The History Of Korg: Part 2

    40 Years Of Gear

    In the 1980s and early '90s, with Yamaha's help, Korg expanded dramatically, producing some of the first affordable digital recorders and physical-modelling instruments. But it was their world-class synths, such as the M1 and Wavestation, that made them the company they are today...

    Music Business Nov 2002
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 2

    On The Record

    In Part 1's introduction to this series, we explained some of the legal issues which you need to consider when setting up a record label to release your own material. This time, we take a closer look at publishing and royalties.

    Music Business Oct 2002
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    The History Of Korg: Part 1

    40 Years Of Korg Gear

    Over the 40 years of their existence, Korg have produced a huge variety of groundbreaking music gear, from electronic percussion to industry-standard synths, and from guitar tuners to digital recording workstations. This month, we look back at how it all started...

    Music Business Oct 2002
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    Running Your Own Record Label: Part 1

    On The Record

    With record industry cutbacks all round, the prospect of success with a major record label seems more remote than ever for most musicians. So why not start your own? Many of us think about it, but what would you actually need to do? Our new 7-part series tells you...

    Music Business Sep 2002
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    Apple's Emagic Takeover

    The Inside Story Of The Deal That Changed The Music World

    The music technology world changed overnight on June 30th, as Apple announced their acquisition of German sequencer heavyweight Emagic, becoming the first computer manufacturer to own a music software company. Our team brings you the latest news on how and why the deal went through, and what the changes may mean for Emagic and their PC and Mac users.

    Music Business Sep 2002
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    30 Years Of Emu

    The History Of Emu Systems

    A number of hi-tech music manufacturers are celebrating important anniversaries this year and next year. In the first of several articles on these companies, we look at the milestone products made by Emu, who drove the sampling revolution in the '80s.

    Music Business Sep 2002
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    Paul White c.2003

    Apples And Lemons

    Leader

    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...

    People . Sep 2002
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    The Return Of Roger Linn

    Designer Drums

    Roger Linn's name may be forever associated with the birth of the first serious, sample-based drum machine in 1979, but now, after years away from instrument design, he's back with a new guitar-oriented product offering rhythmic filter effects.

    People Jun 2002
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    Paul White circa 2002.

    Surround Sound: A Conspiracy?

    Leader

    Is Surround Sound and the DVD-Audio format all a plot to 'take the means of production away from the workers'?

    People May 2002
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    Paul White c.2003

    The Benefits Of Copy-Protection

    Leader

    The current extent of software piracy poses a serious threat to the economical stability of the software companies on whom we rely...

    People Jan 2002
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    Fred Speckeen of TC-Helicon in 2001.

    Fred Speckeen of TC-Helicon

    The Science Of Voice Modelling

    TC‑Helicon's revolutionary VoiceCraft card for their VoicePrism processor allows the user to radically reshape the whole character of a vocal sound, adding tonal and inflectional changes that go way beyond the capabilities of current voice processors. Paul White talks technology with designer Fred Speckeen.

    People Apr 2001
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    EMS Synthi 100.

    All About EMS: Part 2

    Exploration

    In the final part of our two-part Retrozone, Gordon Reid charts EMS's further achievements, the reasons for their decline in...

    Music Business Dec 2000
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    EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

    All About EMS: Part 1

    EMS VCS3 & DK1 Retrozone

    In the first part of a two-part series, Gordon Reid charts the rise of EMS and their creation of the world's first self-...

    Music Business Nov 2000
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    Ken McBeth in his Edinburgh-based workshop.

    Ken McBeth: Building Analogue Synths

    Macbeth Studio Systems

    Regular SOS readers may have noticed Ken McBeth, a DIY analogue synth builder for over 10 years, guesting as the columnist in last month's Net Notes. We sent Paul Nagle to bonnie Scotland (where else?) to find out exactly what makes this constructor of kitchen‑table instruments tick...

    People Feb 2000
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    Klaus Schulze 1999 at Turnkey, London store for the Quasimidi Polymorph launch.

    Klaus Schulze

    Electronic Meditation

    Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze talks about the way he'd like to see synthesizer design developing over the next few years.

    People Feb 1999

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