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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: True Strike 1 • Flatpack 2 • Drumdrops In Dub Volume 1.

    Reviews Dec 2005
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    East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs

    Kompakt Instrument [Mac/PC]

    Ever fancied arranging 'Oops, I Did It Again' for a full choir? Well now you can, courtesy of Symphonic Choirs, the latest virtual-instrument sample library from East West and Quantum Leap.

    Reviews Nov 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: Reason Drum Kits • Beats Working In Cuba • The Giovani Edition

    Reviews Nov 2005
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    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Steinberg Halion Player v3.1

    Sample Library Player [PC/Mac]

    If you want the sample playback features of Steinberg's Halion sample player, but you don't need its detailed editing facilities, there's now an affordable answer to your needs — and it includes the full Halion sound library too...

    Reviews Nov 2005
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    East West / Quantum Leap Ra

    Kompakt Instrument [Mac / PC]

    Continuing the recent tradition for wedding software-instrument front ends to vast sample libraries, Ra is a 14Gigabyte collection of exotic and 'world' instruments with an NI Kompakt wrapper...

    Reviews Oct 2005
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    Hollow Sun Classic Keyboards

    Akai-format Sample CD-ROMs

    Hollow Sun's vintage keyboard sounds go against all the current sample-library trends, being supplied on CD-ROM rather than on dedicated hard drives, and weighing in at Megabytes in size, not Gigabytes. But how do they sound...?

    Reviews Oct 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Hot Releases Assessed

    We check out the latest sample libraries on the block: Spatial Awareness, Ghetto Electro, Housematic, Cycles Volume 4: Momentary Incursions.

    Reviews Oct 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Analog Archive • Cycles • EZ Rollers • Notre Dame de Budapest

    We check out more sample libraries on the block: Analog Archive ***, Cycles ****, EZ Rollers **** and Notre Dame de Budapest *****

    Reviews Sep 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    DFH Custom Vintage • ASL • Drops In The Bronx Vol. 1 • Raw Power

    Under review: Toontrack DFH Custome Vintage, Zero-G Analogue Sequencer Loops, Drumdrops Drops In The Bronx Vol. 1,  Loopmasters Origin Raw Power.

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    Yellow Tools MVI

    Virtual Instruments [PC/Mac]

    German company Yellow Tools started off as sample library developers, but like many others, they've moved into the world of virtual instruments with the lovingly crafted MVI range. We check out all three...

    Reviews Aug 2005
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    East West/Quantum Leap Colossus

    32GB Kompakt Instrument [PC/Mac]

    Like Ronseal products, EWQL's Colossus is pretty much as it's described on its container, offering the user a vast 32GB sample collection supplied on eight DVD-ROMs. Size, however, isnt everything — or is it?

    Reviews Jul 2005
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    Native Instruments Kontakt 2

    Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    Native Instruments' Kontakt has become one of the most popular software samplers since its release in 2002, and the new version, with its many excellent new features, should keep it near the top of the heap.

    Reviews Jul 2005
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    M-Audio Key Rig/Drum & Bass Rig

    Virtual Instruments [PC/Mac]

    Midiman/M Audio have come a long way since their days as a MIDI interface company. Now they sell everything from mics to laptop bags — and Key Rig and Drum ∓ Bass Rig are their first foray into software instruments...

    Reviews Jul 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Drum Werks Volume 5 • Stylus RMX SAGE Expanders • SAGE VSL Opus 2 •

    Three sample libraries get the aural review treatment from the SOS samplists: Stylus RMX SAGE Expanders***** VSL Opus 2 ***** Drum Werks Volume 5****

    Reviews Jul 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Sample Shop

    Four sample libraries get the aural review treatment from the SOS samplists: AMG Evolved Analog **** Chemical Synths ***** Power FX Cinematic Hip-Hop **** Sample Lab Discography *****

    Reviews Jun 2005
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    Wizoo Darbuka & Latigo

    Flexgroove Software Percussion Instruments [Mac/PC]

    The humble sample CD-ROM is dying out, being replaced by sample collections with a virtual-instrument front-end. Wizoo's first forays into the field combine Latin and Arabic percussion loops with their own Flexgroove virtual-instrument engine...

    Reviews Jun 2005
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    Q. Will my PC run Garritan Personal Orchestra?

    I am very interested in purchasing Garritan Personal Orchestra as reviewed in the October 2004 edition of ...

    Sound Advice May 2005
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    Roland VC1 V-Card

    D50 RAM Card For Roland V-Synth & VariOS

    Roland's innovative V-Synth can now be reprogrammed with a RAM card, effectively turning it into another instrument. The VC1 card turns the clock back to 1987, perfectly recreating the S&S tones of the Roland D50.

    Reviews May 2005
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    Sample Libraries: On Test

    Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra • Sonic Boom Box • Downbeat & Leftfield • Platinum Essentials

    Four new sample collections under review: Apple Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra **** • Sonic Boom Box **** • Downbeat & Leftfield **** • Platinum Essentials *****

    Reviews May 2005
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    Convolution Processing With Impulse Responses

    How It Works

    Although convolution is often associated with high-end reverb processing, this technology makes many other new sounds available to you once you understand how it works.

    Techniques Apr 2005
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    Sample Libraries On Test

    A Fistful Of Drummers 5* • Black Grand 4* • Sounds Of The 70s 4* • Percussive Adventures 5*

    Four new Sample Disc collections get the aural treatment from the SOS reviewers: A Fistful Of Drummers 5* • Black Grand 4* • Sounds Of The 70s 4* • Percussive Adventures 5*

    Reviews Apr 2005

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