Akai's new 24-track recording and mixing workstation continues the expansion of their DPS multitracker concept with technology derived from the company's renowned post-production machines.
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In Part 1 (of 2) last month, we finished with the question: 'What is the Quadra? Is it a turkey of the first order, or a misunderstood and overlooked masterpiece?' This month, we'll take a closer look at the instrument itself to find the answer.
A stereo compressor offering the classic dynamic characteristics that only an optical design can provide.
As an all-round package for multitrack audio editing, mastering and CD burning, Steinberg's Wavelab leads the field. Does the new version 4 keep it ahead of the competition?
If you're on a very tight budget then you might be willing to live with a CD recorder with unbalanced analogue phono connectors, consumer S/PDIF digital interfacing and no-frills operation. However, if you want more professional features, then the CDRW2000 is well worth checking out.
The Oberheim/Viscount OB•12 was already a well-specified virtual analogue synth when it was launched in 2000, but it failed to gain much of a following. Now, after an OS upgrade and a cut in price, it's seriously good value for money...
DK Audio have revised several of their audio metering products since we last looked at them...
A Channel One without the valve for little over half the price? Seeing (and hearing) is believing.
Users of Emagic's Logic sequencer have been itching to get their hands on the latest version 5 and Logic Control, the company's dedicated moving-fader control system. Has it been worth the wait?
Can a digital console at such a low price really deliver on features and audio quality?
TC upgrade both the hardware and the software of their cost-effective M•One multi-effects unit.
Combining strings, a monosynth, a bass synth and a polyphonic synthesizer, did ARP create the keyboard equivalent of 'Wash and Go', or a jack of all trades and master of none?
We test this two-channel analogue dynamic noise filter, expander and HF enhancer.
**** Score = 4/5 stars. This 170Mb collection features the Moscow Session Strings working through a varied selection of fully‑arranged riffs, which have been processed with Propellerhead's Recycle 2.
The M3X is the first product from Macbeth Systems, the Scottish company founded by former DIY analogue synth enthusiast Ken McBeth. Will all turn out well, or is the M3X destined for a tragic end?
**** Score = 4/5 stars. Programmer Brian Transeau delivers 436 breakbeats, mostly four bars long, divided into two categories, "Dirt Breakz" and "Live Breakz", with tempos ranging from 66 to 180 bpm.
***** Score = 5/5 stars. Categorised by emotions, Twisted Textures is a very useful and admirably varied collection of short, self-contained sonic mood pieces.
This latest addition to the affordable Evolution range brings Sennheiser's renowned K-series technology within reach of the project studio.
Many home and project studio owners are interested in mastering as a way to add that professional sheen to their recordings. The newest way to do this is with iZotope's DirectX mastering tool for PC.