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    Roland SPDSX

    Sampling Percussion Pad

    Roland’s popular SPDS sampling drum pad gains an ‘X’, and a whole lot more besides, in the SPDSX.

    Reviews Oct 2012
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    Acustica Nebula Pro 3.5

    Dynamic Convolution Plug‑in [Mac/PC]

    Dynamic convolution can be used to ‘sample’ any piece of audio gear. Have Acustica succeeded in giving this advanced technology a friendly face?

    Reviews Jan 2012
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    NI Kontakt 5

    Software Sampler

    Native Instruments’ flagship soft sampler continues to improve with age. We look at what’s new in version 5.

    Reviews Jan 2012
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    Matthew Herbert: Sampling Pig Noises

    Interview | Artist

    Not many artists would make an entire album from field recordings of the life of a pig. But not many artists are like Matthew Herbert...

    People Nov 2011
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    Elektron Octatrack DPS1

    Performance Sampler

    Swedish synthesists Elektron have turned their attention to sampling — and, with characteristic individuality, have created something quite unique.

    Reviews Oct 2011
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    FXpansion Geist

    Sampling Drum Machine Software

    Put down your bells, books and candles — this a ghost you do want in your machine...

    Reviews Sep 2011
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    Synth Preservation Society | Media

    Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

    These audio files accompany the Sampling Vintage Synths article that featured in SOS July 2011.

    Sound Advice Jul 2011
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    Synth Preservation Society

    Sampling Vintage Synthesizers

    Vintage synths are perfect for sampling, and modern multisampling software makes the process easy and creatively rewarding. We show you how it’s done in our in‑depth guide.

    Techniques Jul 2011
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    Propellerhead Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's flexible routing makes scintillating sampling simple...

    Techniques Apr 2011
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    Sampling Instrument Korg

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    Reason's sampling instrument Kong.

    Techniques Mar 2011
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    Zoom R24

    Recorder, Interface & Controller

    Zoom have launched a sibling for their R16, adding a further eight tracks and some neat loop-sampling and rhythm-track features.

    Reviews Jan 2011
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    Creating A Step Sequencer | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 4


    In the final part of this short series, we investigate a more advanced use of scripting to create a simple step sequencer. • Read Part 1 • Read Part 2 • Read Part 3

    Techniques Oct 2010
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    Sampling Patches | How To Create Scripts In NI Kontakt, Part 2


    Building on last months introduction to the basics of scripting in Native Instruments Kontakt soft sampler, we explain how to make your scripted functions adjustable via a simple user interface.

    Techniques Aug 2010
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    Korg Microsampler


    The phenomenally successful Microkorg brought simple, affordable synthesis to the masses. Can Korgs Microsampler do the same thing for sampling?

    Reviews Dec 2009
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    Native Instruments Maschine

    Groove Workstation

    Native Instruments's hybrid hardware and software beat machine promises the best of both worlds. Does it deliver?

    Reviews Jun 2009
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    Korg M3 Xpanded

    Sampling Workstation

    The M3 workstation, already a powerful beast, has gained impressive new features and an Xpanded name tag. Is it now top of its class?

    Reviews Feb 2009
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    Akai MPC5000

    Sampling Workstation

    Akai's MPC has been with us for 20 years now — an incredibly long time in music production. So is the latest addition to this venerable range, the MPC5000, a worthy bearer of its standard?

    Reviews Dec 2008
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    Doug Rogers of EastWest

    Sampling The World

    As they celebrate 20 years in the business, sample library pioneers EastWest are on the verge of relaunching LA's legendary United-Western studio complex. They've also developed an innovative sample-playback engine to power their next generation of virtual instruments.

    People Dec 2008
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    Sample Clearance

    The SOS Guide To Copyright Law On Sampling

    Using someone else's recording in your music without permission can lead to disaster. We explain the ins and outs of copyright law, and guide you through the process of clearing your samples.

    Sound Advice Mar 2008
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    Roland SP555

    Sampling Workstation

    The world is not short of sampling sequencers at the moment, so what does the Roland SP555 have to make it worthy of your attention?

    Reviews Feb 2008
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    Native Instruments Kontakt 3

    Software Sampler [Mac/PC]

    It's over five years since Native Instruments released the original version of their flagship soft sampler, and its third incarnation takes the Kontakt concept even further, with a streamlined user interface, a new waveform editor and a massive sample library.

    Reviews Jan 2008


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