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    Arturia Storm v3

    Software Music Studio [Mac OS X/PC]

    Storm, the French software studio from virtual-instrument creators Arturia, keeps on improving. We check out version 3.

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    MOTU Mach Five

    Universal Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    MOTU's software sampler seeks to be accessible to everyone, irrespective of preferred platform, sequencer or sample format. Can Mach Five really be all things to all people?

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    Live Drum Triggering

    One Drummer's Search For Perfect On-stage Sample Triggering

    When the epic, studio-created drum sounds of the 1980s had to be translated to a stage setting, sample triggering from drum kits came to the fore — and our man Gavin Harrison began his personal quest for the ultimate setup...

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    Emulator X Studio

    1820M • 1820 • 1212M PC Soundcard & Software Sampler

    Emu's range of soundcards offers an unprecedented level of flexibility, DSP power and sound quality for the price — with the added bonus of a very impressive software sampler.

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    Native Instruments Intakt

    Sample Looping Instrument [Mac/PC]

    NI have taken the technology behind Kontakt, and used it to build a sampler that's all about loops.

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    Korg ESX1

    Music Production Sampler

    Rackmount studio samplers may be pretty much a relic of the past, at least in terms of manufacturers producing new examples, but it's not quite all software and computer RAM yet — not if instruments such as this new one from Korg are anything to go by.

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    IK Multimedia Sampletank 2

    Sample-based Virtual Instrument [PC/Mac]

    Sampletank was a hit: a sample-based virtual instrument with great sounds and, at the time, not much competition. Two years on, there are plenty of fully-featured software samplers and non-sampling virtual instruments too. Can Sampletank 2 keep up?

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    Sequential's Prophet 2000 Samplers

    Retrozone

    Back in 1986, Sequential's Prophet 2000 represented a genuine breakthrough in sampling technology, and became a 'secret weapon' for up-and-coming programmers. We take you back to the dawning days of SOS, when 12-bit was king.

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    Yamaha Motif ES

    Music Production Synthesizer

    Two and a half years after the launch of Yamaha's impressive Motif workstation synth, the range has been further enhanced and upgraded. How much better can it get? We find out...

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