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electronic musician back issues topics (2002-1996)
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December 2002

Getting Loaded (using sequencer templates)
Cover Story: Good Things Come in Small Packages (EM’s 2002 holiday gift guide)
In Search Of. . .The Ultimate Bass Library
Master Class: Going Live (Ableton Live 1.5)
ProFile: Virtual-Orchestra Maestro (Jerry Gerber)
Desktop Musician: Stealth MP3s (disguise MP3s as WAV files)
Recording Musician: The Voices Have It (voice-overs)
Square One: Oldies But Goodies (buying used gear)
Working Musician: Name Recognition (trademarking your band name)
Final Mix: Your Least Prized Possession (balancing work with personal needs)
REVIEWS:
MOTU 896 (Mac/Win) FireWire audio interface;
Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (Win) multitrack audio editor;
Novation Supernova II analog modeling synthesizer;
Digidesign Mbox (Mac) USB audio interface;
FMR Audio RNC1773 stereo compressor;
CDP Composers Desktop Project 4.5 (Win) signal-processing software;
Aphex Model 207 2-channel microphone preamp;
QUICK PICKS: Nomad Factory Blue Tubes 1.01 (Mac) VST Bundle dynamics-processing plug-ins;
Bitshift Audio Phatmatik Pro 1.1 (Mac/Win) loop editor;
PSPaudioware.com Lexicon PSP 42 (Mac/Win) effects plug-in;
Wilderness Press Wild Soundscapes book


November 2002

Cover Story: Bridging the Gap (equipping your studio for high-resolution audio recording)
Production Values: Figments Become Reality (Anton Fig)
Master Class: Viva Vegas Video (post-production techniques for Sonic Foundry’s Vegas Video 3.0)
Tech Page: Perchance to Dream (customized, computer-generated music)
ProFile: Cause and Effects (Tyondai Braxton)
Desktop Musician: The Sound of Silence (reducing noise in a computer-based studio)
Working Musician: Stop the Presses (CD packaging that is legally and technically sound)
Final Mix: I’ve Got it Good (and That Ain’t Bad) (cultivating one’s sense of quality)
REVIEWS:
Novation K-Station analog modeling synthesizer;
Steinberg WaveLab 4.0 (Win) multitrack audio editor;
Tascam US-224 USB control surface/audio interface;
Image-Line Software FruityLoops 3.5 (Win) loop generator/sequencer;
Korg Triton Studio keyboard workstation;
Mackie Designs UAD-1 Powered Plug-Ins 2.2.2 (Mac/Win) DSP card/plug-in bundle;
Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 drum machine;
rgcAudio Pentagon I 1.21 (Win) software synthesizer;
Line 6 GuitarPort guitar amp and effects modeler/instructional device;
QUICK PICKS: Summit Audio TLA-50 Tube Leveler tube compressor;
Valvotronics Tube Amplified Direct Box tube direct box;
Alesis airSynth gesture-controlled synthesizer;
Vintaudio Giga Clean Electric Guitars (Giga) sample library


October 2002

Making the Grade (choosing a pro-audio school)
Cover Story: Field of Dreams (choosing a hard-disk recording system)
Bands Without Borders (collaborating over the Internet)
Tech Page: Spin Doctors (spin-based electronics)
ProFile: Funky Good Time (the Savalas Brothers)
Recording Musician: The Whole Enchilada (techniques for recording Latin percussion instruments)
Square One: Sound Programming 101 (sound-programming basics)
Final Mix: Hangin’ With My Homilies (the powerful truths in clichés)
REVIEWS:
Tascam DM-24 digital mixer;
E-mu Proteus 2500 sound module;
Behringer DDX3216 digital mixer;
Cakewalk Sonar XL 2.0 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
Røde NT4 and NT5 small-diaphragm condenser mics;
QUICK PICKS: Wizoo Platinum24 Electronic Drums sample CD-ROM;
Best Service Dance Mega Drum-Kits sample library;
East West Twisted Textures sample CD-ROMs;
Hal Leonard The Boss Book


September 2002
Surfin’ USB (five USB MIDI keyboards from Edirol, Evolution, and Midiman;
USB controllers from Akai and Mixman)
Cover Story: Groove Shopping (creating realistic, expressive drum grooves using sample CDs, MIDI files, and more)
Master Class: High-Powered Performer (hidden features in MOTU’s Digital Performer)
Tech Page: The Missing Link (Steinberg’s VST System Link)
ProFile: Begin Transmission (Anything Box)
Desktop Musician: CPU Recycling (using aging computers in your studio)
Working Musician: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (legal and financial considerations for breaking up a band or a business)
Final Mix: The Funk Factor (intangible things that are the source or result of inspiration)
REVIEWS:
Event Electronics EZbus digital mixer;
Digidesign Pro Tools|HD digital audio workstation;
TC-Helicon VoicePrismPlus voice processor;
M-Audio Duo and Quattro USB digital audio interfaces;. Boss SP-505 groove sampling workstation;
QUICK PICKS: Artistpro.com, LLC Studio-in-a-Box (book);
Analogue Systems RS240 Frequency Shifter analog synth module;
Sebatron Copernicus analog filter;
Spectrasonics Metamorphosis sample CD-ROM;
Steinberg Virtual Guitarist (Mac/Win) VST instrument


August 2002
Bottom Fishing (four mix engineers reveal how they create a big, deep bottom end in their mixes)
Cover Story: Analog Supermodels (EM compares ten analog-modeling synths from Clavia, Korg, Novation, Red Sound, Roland, Waldorf, and Yamaha)
Shell Game (running VST plug-ins within MOTU’s Digital Performer using shells, or wrappers)
ProFile: Sweet Soul Music (Remy Shand)
Recording Musician: In the Cans (headphone mixes)
Square One: Getting Connected (soldering)
Final Mix: You Bet Your Bottom Dollar (most gigs aren’t profitable)
REVIEWS:
Antares Vocal Producer AVP-1 voice processor;
Noteheads Igor Engraver 1.6 (Mac/Win) music-notation software;
Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn guitar-effects processor;
Sound Quest Infinity 2.05 (Win) MIDI and audio programming environment;
SRS Labs Pro 220 spatial enhancer;
QUIK PICKS: Wizoo Platinum24 Latin Percussion (Akai) sample CD-ROM;
Cool Breeze Systems Cool School Interactus, vol. 6 (Mac/Win) instructional CD-ROM;
PSPaudioware.com VintageWarmer 1.1 (Mac/Win) multiband compressor plug-in

July 2002
Csound Comes of Age (the Csound synthesis-programming language)
Cover Story: Build a Personal Studio on Any Budget (EM editors design eight studios on budgets between $2,500 and $30,000)
The Digital-Rights Debate (the digital-rights management issue)
ProFile: As Luck Would Have It (Sinister Luck Ensemble)
Desktop Musician: Snappy Chips (overclocking your CPU for better performance)
Recording Musician: Get Your Kicks (tips for recording bass drums)
Final Mix: Nothing is Better, Nothing is Best (the importance of taking a break from work)
REVIEWS:
Alesis ADAT HD24 modular hard-disk recorder;
Emagic EMI 2|6 multichannel audio interface;
Waves Native Restoration (Mac/Win) noise-reduction plug-ins;
Roland Fantom keyboard workstation;
Shure KSM27 large-diaphragm condenser microphone;
Celemony Software Melodyne 1.0.1 (Mac) pitch detection/correction software;
Musitek SmartScore Pro 2.0.2 (Mac/Win) music-scanning software;
QUICK PICKS: Yellow Tools Pure Drums (Akai) sample CD-ROM;
Pocket Fuel RADS: The Sound Gallery, vols. 1 and 2, sample CD-ROM;
Big Fish Audio Performance Loops Drums, vol. 2, sample CD-ROM


June 2002

Production Values: Thinking Outside the Boxes (Jon Brion)
Cover Story: Loop-A-Palooza! (roundup of loop sequencers)
Master Class: The Max Factor (using Cycling 74’s Max/MSP programming environment to build signal-processing devices)
ProFile: One for Al (Al Schnier)
Desktop Musician: The Universe for a Song (create 5.1 surround-sound DVD mixes on a shoestring budget)
Square One: Better Latent? Never! (digital-audio latency)
Working Musician: Shake Your Moneymaker (make more money from your studio)
Final Mix: Do People Care? (when you should care about people’s opinions of your work)
REVIEWS:
DigiTech Genesis3 GeNetX guitar effects processor;
Ableton Live 1.1 (Mac/Win) sample sequencer;
Clavia Nord Electro electromechanical-modeling synth;
Blue baby Bottle large-diaphragm condenser mic;
ST Audio DSP2000 C-Port (Win) digital-audio interface;
Innovative Music Systems IntelliScore Polyphonic 4.0 (Win) audio-to-MIDI converter;
Line 6 Echo Pro sampling delay;
E-mu Systems MP-7 and XL-7 Command Stations groove workstations;
C-Mexx MIR MIDI control surface;
QUICK PICKS: Vermona Engineering PH-16 Dual Analog Phaser phase shifter;
Tech 21 SansAmp XDI Instrument Interface direct box;
Yellow Tools Pure Guitars (Akai, Emagic, E-mu, Giga) sample library;
Spectrasonics Backbeat (Akai, E-mu, Roland) sample library;
Propellerhead Software Strings (Mac/Win) sample library


May 2002

Maximum Peer Exposure (online music distribution with peer-to-peer networks)
Cover Story: Sequencing with Style (seven sequencing experts discuss how to create realistic sequences)
String Quest (the creation of Gary Garritan’s EM Editors’ Choice–Award winning sampled-string library)
Master Class: Six-String Synthesis (the guitar-to-MIDI relationship)
Tech Page: Multilevel Marketing (TDK triples the capactiy of CD-R/RWs)
Desktop Musician: Music in a Flash (using loop mixes for Internet soundtracks)
Square One: Let’s Get Physical (physical modeling)
Working Musician: Pressing Matters (making 12-inch records)
Final Mix: Oh Say, Have You Scene? (cherishing a "cool scene" before it grows too large)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha 9000 Pro keyboard workstation;
Sonic Foundry Acid Pro 3.0 (Win) loop sequencer;
Korg PXR4 portable digital studio;
Magix Samplitude Producer 2496 6.02 (Win) multitrack audio editor;
Focusrite Trak Master mono channel strip;
Audio Ease Altiverb 1.4 (Mac) reverb plug-in;
Propellerhead ReCycle 2.0 (Mac/Win) loop editor;
Ohm Force OhmBoyz 1.20 and Predatohm 1.10 (Mac/Win/BeOS) multitap delay and multiband compander plug-ins;
Aardvark Direct Pro Q10 (Win) audio interface;
Aphex Model 204 spectral enhancer;
QUICK PICKS: Primacoustic London 14 Acoustic Treatment;
Forwardinoutback Didgeridoo Sample CD, vol. 1, sample CD-ROM;
Frostwave fatController analog sequencer;
Big Fish Audio Gas Tank Orchestra sample CD-ROMs


April 2002

Demos That Deliver (advice from music-industry insiders on producing demos)
Cover Story: Webcasting Made Easy (broadcasting your music over the Internet)
Cramped Quarters (digital-audio compression technology)
Master Class: Generating Good Karma (the Korg Karma’s algorithmic architecture)
Tech Page: Imagine (beaming music directly into the brain)
Desktop Musician: Virtual Cables (making music software work together)
Square One: Making Waves (the structures of WAV files and AIFF files)
Working Musician: Here Comes the Pitch (pitching your demo)
Final Mix: The Scoop (the world’s first omnidirectional shotgun mic)
REVIEWS:
Zoom MRS-1044 portable digital studio;
Steinberg Halion 1.1 (Mac/Win) software sampler;
Celemony Melodyne 1.01 (Mac) pitch-detection/correction software;
KRK V-4 compact active monitors;
RME Project Hammerfall DSP digital-audio interface;
VirSyn VirSyn 1.1 (Win) software synthesizer;
Peavey Kosmos low-frequency and stereo-image enhancer;
Cycling ’74 Max 4.0/MSP 2.0 (Mac) programming environment;
QUICK PICKS: Chicken Systems Translator 2.5 (Win) sample-format conversion software;
Multiloops Naked Drums Rock, vol. 1 and Naked Drums Pop R&B (Mac/Win) drum-loop libraries;
Summit Audio TD-100 DI and instrument preamp;
Best Service Ethno World Libraru (Akai, E-mu, Giga) sample CD-ROM


March 2002

Panning for Gold (creating realistic stereo images)
Cover Story: Burning Ambitions (tutorial on using CD-R/RW technologies and getting good results)
More Than Meets the Ear (adding multimedia enhancements to a home-burned CD)
Tech Page: 3-D Chips (a new type of microchip)
ProFile: Modular
Mayhem (Minus)
Desktop Musician: Windows Washing (streamline your Windows OS for music production)
Square One: Bouncing Off Walls (basics of reverb)
Working Musician: In the Clear (clearing samples legally)
Final Mix: Shake, Rattle, and Roll (the relationship of aesthetics, technical issues, and logistics in a creative project)
REVIEWS:
Roland VS-2480 digital audio workstation;
Native Instruments Reaktor 3.0 (Mac/Win) software synth/sampler;
Yamaha Motif 8 Music Production Synthesizer keyboard workstation;
Electrix Repeater loop-based recorder;
Waldorf Attack 1.0.1 (Mac/Win) VST percussion synthesizer;
HHB Radius 5 Fat Man 2 mic preamp/compressor;
IK Multimedia SampleTank 1.1 (Mac/Win) VST software sampler;
QUICK PICKS: Steinberg Midex 8 (Mac/Win) USB MIDI interface;
DS Soundware Christian and Lane Ultimate Marimba and Vibes (Giga) sample library;
Discrete Drums Series 1: Rock/Alternative drum-sample library;
Little Labs PCP Instrument Distro 3.0 signal splitter and router


February 2002

Chain, Chain, Chain (routing signal processors)
Cover Story: Take Control (roundup of eight MIDI control surfaces)
Virtual Bandmates (roundup and applications of auto-accompaniment programs)
Production Values: Meek First (Joe Meek)
Tech Page: A Piezo My Heart (a new piezoelectric tweeter)
ProFile: Basement High Jinks (Count Zero)
Desktop Musician: Power Windows (using Windows Media to advertise your music online)
Recording Musician: Money on Hold (producing on-hold messages in your personal studio)
Square One: Microtuning (your synth’s alternate tuning parameters)
Working Musician: Going Legit (setting up a business around your studio)
Final Mix: All Roads Lead to Home (carefully planned multitasking)
REVIEWS:
Digidesign Pro Tools TDM 5.1 (Mac/Win) digital audio workstation;
Native Instruments Battery 1.0 (Mac/Win) percussion-sample player;
Demeter HM-1 tube mic premp;
Blue Microphones Kiwi large-diaphragm condenser mic;
Wiard 300-Series Modular System modular analog synth;
Alesis Andromeda A6 polyphonic analog synth;
Universal Audio 2-610 tube mic preamp;
Clavia Nord Lead 3 analog-modeling synth;
Raven Labs True Blue EQ semiparametric equalizer;
Arturia Storm 1.5 (Mac/Win) software synth workstation;
QUICK PICKS: Tascam Scarbee J-Slap Bass (Giga) sample CD-ROM;
EastWest Quantum Leap Rare Instruments (Giga) sample CD-ROMs;
Line 6 Echo Farm (TDM;
Mac/Win) TDM plug-in;
Best Service Smart Violins (Akai;
E-mu;
Giga) sample CD-ROMs;
MIT Press Composing Interactive Music book


January 2002

Library Science (creating sound libraries for Tascam’s GigaSampler and GigaStudio software samplers)
Cover Story: 2002 Editors’ Choice Awards (33 winning products)
Hit Men (production tips from Elliot Scheiner, Tony Brown, Chuck Ainlay, Bob Clearmountain, and Al Eaton)
ProFile: Pleasant Exchange (Pleasant Stitch)
Recording Musician: Taming of the Shrill (recording harmonica)
Working Musician: You Ought to Be in Pictures (how to break into the business of making music for film and TV)
Final Mix: It All Comes ‘Round Again (reacquiring a possession when you’re ready to appreciate it)
REVIEWS:
MOTU Digital Performer 3.01 (Mac) digital audio sequencer;
Røde Microphones NTK large-diaphragm tube condenser mic;
Drawmer DS501 Power Gate dual-channel noise gate;
INA-GRM GRM Tools RTAS 1.03 and GRM Tools TDM 1.3.2 (Mac/Win) signal processing plug-in bundles;
Radikal Technologies SAC-2K Software Assigned controller control surface;
Big Fish Audio Roots of the Middle East and North Africa and Hadeeth Arabic Rhythms sample CDs;
Emagic SoundDiver 3.04 (Mac/Win) universal editor-librarian;
QUICK PICKS: Sonic Implants String Boxes: Mellotron and ARP String Ensemble (Giga) sample CD-ROM;
Soundman OKM II K Classic Studio Binaural Stereo Headset microphone;
MIT Press Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style book


December 2001

Muisc in the Palm of Your Hand (roundup of hardware and software products for the Palm Computer platform)
Cover Story: Stocking Stuffers (EM’s annual gift guide)
Production Values: Reality Check (Russ Landau)
Tech Page: Legends of the Small (single-molecule computer circuits)
ProFile: Forbidden Planet (Neil Haverstick)
Desktop Musician: Musical Protocols (audio and MIDI protocols)
Square One: Microphonic Machinations (microphone terminology)
Final Mix: Box of Rain (music can help heal us in the aftermath of a tragedy)
REVIEWS:
Native Instruments Spektral Delay 1.0 (Mac/Win) multiband delay;
Yamaha DX200 FM groove box;
TC Electronic Triple-C rackmount digital compressor;
Neumann KM 183 small-diaphragm condenser mic;
Algorithmic Arts SoftStep Pro 2.1 (Win) algorithmic software;
Grace Design Model 101 microphone preamp and DI;
QUICK PICKS: NemeSys Music Technology Christian and Lane Ultimate Timpani Library (GigaSampler, GigaStudio) sample library;
F7 Sound and Vision Concept:FX3 sample CD-ROM;
Prosound Communications Robotalk effects pedal;
MIT Press Machine Musicianship book


November 2001

Direct Action (tube direct-injection [DI] boxes)
Cover Story: Truth or Consequences (two methods for tuning your control room)
Mark My Words (Web markup languages for musicians)
ProFile: The Final Frontier (Chroma Key)/Recording Musician: Got You Covered (strategies for making multiple mixes)
Square One: Going Direct (how to use direct boxes)
Working Musician: Follow the Money (the money flow in the record industry)
Final Mix: The Art of Being Wrong (handling mistakes)
REVIEWS:
Tascam 788 portable digital studio;
Roland XV-5080 synthesizer module;
MOTU 828 (Mac/Win) computer audio interface;
PSP StereoPack and MixPack (Mac/Win) audio plug-in bundle;
PreSonus DigiMax mic preamp and A/D converter;
Starr Labs Ztar Z1 and Z1-S MIDI controllers;
QUICK PICKS: Sonic Implants Afro-Cuban Percussion (GigaSampler) sample CD-ROM;
IK Multimedia T-Racks 24 (Mac/Win) mastering software;
Sonic Foundry World Pop Loops for Acid sample CD-ROM


October 2001

Secret Encoder Ring (using surround encoders and preparing surround mixes for playback on consumer systems)
Cover Story: Soft Sampling (11 software samplers for the Mac and PC)
Production Values: Cellular Electronica (David Torn)
Tech Page: Smaller, Faster, Better (silicon transistors)
Desktop Musician: Mac OS X for Musicians
Recording Musician: Off-Kilter Vocals (how to mangle good vocal sounds)
Final Mix: Five Who Matter (little-known masters of music technology)
REVIEWS:
Mackie HDR24/96 multitrack hard-disk recorder;
Cakewalk Sonar 1.02 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
MBHO MBNM-622 stereo-boundary layer microphone;
A.R.T. DI/O tube A/D/A converter;
Kind of Loud RealVerb Pro 1.1 (Mac;
TDM) reverb-modeling plug-in


September 2001

Plays Well With Others: Gain Structure in Your Studio (tips for controlling signal lever for clean recordings)
Cover Story: Web Music Launchpad (getting your music online)
Construction Site (building a Web site)
Special Delivery (tutorial for launching music in cyberspace)
Desktop Musician: Web Audio Action (interactive music and sound effects for Web sites)
Recording Musician: Sounds in the Key of Life (home-recording for Foley effects)
Working Musician: Keep It on the Download (third-party music sites)
Final Mix: Together (romantic relationships in creative associations)
REVIEWS:
Tascam US-428 (Mac/Win) digital-audio interface/control surface;
Analogue Systems Sorceror modular analog synthesizer;
Adept Nightingale 4.0 (Mac) music-notation software;
Peavey TMP-1 tube microphone preamp;
Minnetonka SurCode 1.0.2 (Win) surround-sound encoding software;
Audio-Technica AT835ST stereo shotgun microphone
QUICK PICKS: Rising Software Auralia 2.1 (Win) ear-training software;
Soundforest Voice Fusions sample CD;
Contempo sas Virtual Sound book



August 2001

Make a Joyful Noise (advice from an engineer and a vocal coach on singing in the studio)
Cover Story: World of Options (overview of DVD-R production)
Master Class: Lexicon MPX 100 and MPC 500 (programming tips and tricks for the effects processors)
Tech Page: Supreme Being (EM examines Kenwood’s Supreme)
ProFile: Emphatic Statement (drum ‘n’ bass artist Hanna)
Desktop Musician: Desktop, Tabletop, or Laptop? (best computers for your music-production needs)
Square One Classics: Decibels Demystified, Part 2 (the difference between dBu, dBv, and dBm, and more)
Working Musician: Distribution Roundtable (how distribution works from three industry insiders)
Final Mix: They Are What You Ask (interviewing prospective creative partners)
REVIEWS:
Korg Karma keyboard workstation;
Sonic Foundry Vegas Audio 2.0 (Win) multitrack audio editor;
TC-Helicon VoicePrism vocal harmony processor;
A.R.T. Tube MP Studio tube-microphone preamp;
Mertic Halo ChannelStrip 1.2.2 (Mac) signal-processing plug-in;
HHB PortaDisc MDP500 portable MiniDisc recorder;
Sound Burst Fx4u 1.2, vol. 1-3 (VST, Win) effects plug-ins
QUICK PICKS: Rising Software Musition 2.0.2.11 (Win) ear-training software;
Sound Burst Classic Synths sample library;
NemeSys Music Technology Peter Ewer’s Symphonic Organ Samples (GigaSampler) sample CD;
Sherman Filterbank 2 multimode filter


July 2001

Shortcuts to Success (keyboard shortcuts and macros to speed up music production and editing)
Cover Story: The Incredible Shrinking Studio (EM examines and compares portable digital studios)
Master Class: Mastering Retro and Unity (features, tips, and tricks for both music applications)
Sackbuts and Spectrograms (an overview of the work of Hugh Le Caine, a pioneer in electronic music during the ‘40s and ‘50s)
Tech Page: Objectice Subjectivity (a new speaker-evaluation system)
Desktop Musician: Notation and the Internet (buying sheet music and scores online)
Recording Musician: Underground Drum Sounds (new ideas for recording)
Square One Classics: Decibels Demystified, Part 1 (understanding the math of decibels)
Working Musician: Uncharted Territory (using music industry charts)
Final Mix: You Say "Potato," and I Say "Tomato" (knowledge comes from thought and experience)
REVIEWS:
IZ Technology Radar 24 hard disk recorder;
Steinberg Nuendo 1.5 (Mac/Win) digital audio workstation;
Korg CX-3 combo organ;
Propellerhead Reason 1.0 (Mac/Win) software synthesizer/sampler;
Truth Audio TA-1P passive monitors;
CES Software VST Instruments (Mac/Win) software synth plug-ins;
Shure KSM44 large-diaphragm condenser mic;
TC Works Mercury-1 (Mac/Win) VST synthesizer plug-in;
HHB Radius 3 Fat Man stereo tube compressor;
QUICK PICKS: Serato Audio Research Pitch ‘n Time 2.0.1 (Mac/Win) AudioSuite plug-in;
NemeSys Music Technology Nashville High-Strung Guitars (GigaSampler) sample CD;
Bitheadz Tubes, Tines, and Transistors 1.0 (Mac/Win) software synth;
DACS Freque II ring modulator;
Big Fish Audio Play the Tango sample CD;
Gear Vision Logic Audio Basics and Techniques, vol. 1: Getting Started instructional video


June 2001

5.1 Mixing on a Budget (using affordable consumer receivers and subwoofers for surround applications)
Cover Story: Good References (studio monitors explained and how to choose close-field monitors)
Battling Medusa (how to make clean connections in a studio)
Master Class: Taming the Triton (programming the Korg Triton)
Tech Page: Semiprecious Semiconductors (fire opals
May hold the key to photonic communications)
Desktop Musician: General MIDI Redux (the General MIDI 2 spec)
Square One Classics: The Shocking Truth (current, voltage, impedance, and power)
Working Musician: Publish or Perish? (should you sign a music-publishing deal or go it alone?)
Final Mix: Stuck in the Middle (new postproduction tools)
REVIEWS:
Akai DPS16 portable digital studio;
Bitheadz Phrazer 1.0.1 (Mac) audio loop arranger;
Presonus VXP voice processor;
Aardvark Direct Pro 24
96 (Win) audio interface;
Eventide Orville Harmonizer multi-effects processor;
Royer labs SF-1 ribbon microphone;
U&I Software MetaSynth Studio 2.7 (Mac);
QUICK PICKS: eLab Abstract Hip-Hop sample CD;
Riot Act Slow Death by Vise sample CD;
Endlessflow Productions Ugly Remnants (Win) sample CD;
University of Illinois Press Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage book


May 2001

Debunking Digital-Audio Myths (EM addresses eight common misconceptions)
Cover Story: In Control (roundup of mainstream MIDI string, wind, and percussion controllers)
Mixing in the Round (basic techniques for mixing in 5.1 surround)
ProFile: School Is In Session (Math and Science)
Desktop Musician: Customizing QuickTime MIDI
Square One: Tracks, Voices, and Channels (correct usage of comon audio terms)
Final Mix: Playing Card Games (are hardware DSP cards still viable tools?)
REVIEWS:
Roland VP-9000 sampling effects processor;
Allegroassai Opus 2.6 (Mac
Win) notation software;
Oberheim OB-12 analog modeling synthesizer;
Tactex Controls MTC Express control surface;
Symbolic Sound Kyma System 5.11 (Mac
Win) sound-design workstation;
Emagic EXS24 1.0 (Mac
Win) software sampler;
QUICK PICKS: Art Vista Productions Malmsjo Acoustic Grand (GigaSampler) sample CD-ROM;
Encore Electronics Knobby MIDI controller;
Gmedia Technology Gforce M-Tron 2.04 (VST, Mac
Win) software synthesizer;
NoTAM DSP 1.0 sound synthesis and editing toolkit


April 2001

Something Old, Something New (roundup of modular analog synthesizers)
Cover Story: Mysteries of Mixing (three top professional mix engineers share tips and tricks that they use to overcome common mixing problems)
Electric Ladyland (the electroacoustic music and performance art of Krystyna Bobrowski, Miya Masaoka, and Kaffe Matthews)
Heard It on the Web (how to use the Web for online music distribution)
Tech Page: Xena: Wired Songstress (a new vocal technology teaches your computer to sing)
ProFile: Soul Distribution (Soulstice)
Desktop Musician: DirectX 8 Steps Up (the latest version of DirectX adds plug-in power to PCs)
Working Musician: Do the Right Thing (the new lasw of online music distribution)
Final Mix: A Matter of Physics (applying the physics of perceptual mass to music)
REVIEWS:
Roland HPD-15 HandSonic percussion controller
sound module;
Microworks CAMPS 4.0 (Win) intelligent MIDI sequencer;
Emagic Unitor8 MkII MIDI interface
SMPTE synchronizer;
Sound Quest Midi Quest 8.0 (Win) MIDI editor
librarian;
Zoom PS-02 Palmtop Studio portable digital studio;
GT Electronics AM40 tube condenser mic;
Echo Digital Audio Mona 24
96 digital audio interface;
DUY EverPack (Mac) audio plug-in bundle;
QUICK PICKS: Northstar Productions Ancient Worlds sample CD-ROM;
Big Fish Audio Things That Go Bump in the Night, vol. 2 sample CD;
Miller Freeman Books Vintage Synthesizers (Second Edition);
Mil Productions Modularing 2.01 (Mac) step-sequencer construction kit;
Apogee Electronics Sesion Tools 2.0 (Mac
Win) studio management software


March 2001

Cover Story: Sound By Design (the field of sound design)
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 (how to use test equipment)
Music for a Maharajah (how film composer Eric Beheim scored the 1921 silent movie The Indian Tomb in his home studio)
Tech Page: Out of My Head (surround sound in stereo headphones)
ProFile: Metal Machine Music (Chas Smith)
Desktop Musician: Surviving the Upgrade Path (upgrading to a Power Mac G4)
Square One: What’s in a Web Page?
Working Musician: Getting It Online (sell your songs online)
Recording Musician: The Earl of Whirl (recording a Leslie speaker cabinet)
Final Mix: When a Divider is the Uniter (wearing multiple hats)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha AW4416 digital audio workstation;
CreamWare PowerSampler 2.03 (Mac
Win) sampling system;
Synthesis Technology MOTM modular analog synthesizer;
Johnson Amplification J-Station guitar-amp modeler;
MOTU FastLane-USB (Mac
Win) MIDI interface;
TC Works TC VoiceTools 1.0 (Mac
Win NT) voice-processing
pitch-correction plug-ins;
Ultrafunk Sonitus:fx2a (Win) DirectX
VST effects plug-ins;
QUICK PICKS: Rhizomatic Software Absynth 1.02 (Mac) software synth;
Big Fish Audio Helter Skelter sample CD;
East West Quantum Leap Brass sample CD-ROM;
Big Briar Moogerfooger CP-251 voltage control processor;
MIT Press The Csound Book;
Diamond Cut Productions Diamond Cut Live 4.59 (Win) audio restoration software;
Apogee MasterTools 1.6 (TDM;
Mac) bit-rate reduction plug-in


February 2001

Breaking the Sound Barrier (top female industry pros Lora Hirschberg, Rachel Portman, K.K. Proffitt, and DJ Rap)
Cover Story: The Big Squeeze (compression and hardware and software compressors)
GM Modules for the Masses (the state of the General MIDI spec and reviews of ten GM sound modules)
Master Class: Mastering MetaSynth (U&I Software’s MetaSynth 2.7)
Tech Page: Vocal Modeling (physical modeling and the human voice)
ProFile: Flood Advisory (Michael Oster)
Desktop Musician: U Store It (digital-audio storage devices)
Square One: The Next Big Thing (DVD-Audio)
Working Musician: Realty Reality (renting rehearsal and recording spaces)
Recording Musician: Scraping It Together (recording string ensembles and exotic bowed instruments)
Final Mix: The Nine-Pound Hammer (coping with overwhelming workloads)
REVIEWS:
Fostex VF-16 portable digital studio;
Soundscape Digital Technology R.Ed (Win) computer-based DAW;
Kurzweil K2600 keyboard workstation;
Focusrite Platinum MixMaster stereo dynamics processor;
PreSonus Blue Tube tube-mic preamp
DI;
Steinberg WaveLab 3.0 (Win) multitrack audio editor;
Ilio Entertainments Skippy’s Big Bad Beats and Retro Funk sample CDs;
QUICK PICKS: Native Instruments Pro-52 (Mac
Win) software synth;
Big Fish Audio Xperts of Techno sample CD;
No Starch Press The Book of Linux Music and Sound;
Waves C4 multiband parametric processor (TDM, Mac
Win);
Sampleheads Dave Samuels Marimba and Vibes sample CD-ROM
audio CD;
Discovery Firm World Groove sample CD;
Steinberg Waldorf PPG Wave 2.V (Mac
Win) software synth


January 2001

Score With QuickTime 4 (a video-scoring project)
Cover Story: 2001 Editors’ Choice Awards
Good Connections (audio cables)
Production Values: The Making of the Moon (Brian Deck)
ProFile: License to Groove (The Mind Club)
Square One: Who’s Driving? (audio drivers)
Working Musician: Unsigned and Online (the advantages of e-commerce)
Final Mix: It Ain’t Whatcha Do, It’s the Way You Do It (fun versus interest in the personal studio)
REVIEWS:
NemeSys GigaStudio 160 2.0 (Win) software sampler;
Waves L2 Ultramaximizer mastering limiter
normalizer;
Steinberg Cubase VST
32 5.0 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
AKG C 2000 B small-diaphragm condenser microphone;
IK Multimedia GrooveMaker 2.0 (Mac
Win
BeOS) loop-based music generation software;
Applied Acoustic Systems Tassman 1.2 (Win) software synthesizer;
QUICK PICKS: Big Fish Audio Big Beat: Megaton Bomb, vol. 4 sample CD;
Big Fish Audio Wall of Vinyl 3 sample CD;
Prosoniq Time Factory (Mac
Win) time-scaling
pitch-shifting software;
Native Instruments B4 1.0 (Mac
Win) virtual tonewheel organ


December 2000

Music for New Media (interactive music systems for games and the Internet)
Cover Story: Cheap Thrills (EM’s annual holiday gift guide)
The Route Less Traveled (digital patch bays and routers)
Circle Machines and Sequencers (the pioneering work of composer and inventor Raymond Scott)
Tech Page: Over, Under, Sideways, Down (Dimension Audio’s 48-channel surround sound system)
ProFile: Disappearing Act (Spring Heel Jack)
Desktop Musician: The Beatnik Player
Square One: Analog Boot Camp
Final Mix: Play It Forward (bringing ideas to life with skilled "producer’s ears")
REVIEWS:
Tascam MX-2424 modular hard-disk recorder;
Native Instruments Dynamo 1.0.1 (Mac
Win) software synth;
JBL LSR28P powered monitors;
Wave Mechanics Speed 1.0 (Mac
Win) time
pitch-shifting plug-in;
Mindprint T-Comp stereo tube compressor;
Media Assistance Audio Plug-Ins Pack 1 (Win) effects plug-ins;
Lucid SRC9624 sample-rate converter;
QUICK PICKS: MIT Press Music, Cognition, and Computerized Sound book;
East West Symphonic Adventures sample CD;
Rarefaction RovaMatic (Mac
Win) sample CD-ROM;
BitHeadz Osmosis 1.12 (Mac
Win) sample-conversion utility;
FXpansion VST-DX Adapter 2.1 (Win) VST-to-DirectX converter;
Electrix EQ Killer modular signal processor;
M Audio CO3 digital audio format converter;
Digidesign Access Virus TDM (Mac
Win) analog synth plug-in


November 2000

Java Jive (how to use the Java programming language with your music)
Cover Story: Mixed Signals (signal flow and mixer topology)
Master Class: Proteus Power (E-mu Proteus 2000)
Production Values: Getting Signed Online (the band Fisher)
ProFile: Orso Changes Its Tune (Orso)
Square One: Phase One (the difference between phase and polarity)
Working Musician: Navigating the A&R Jungle
Final Mix: Takin’ My Time (fine art in a deadline-driven production environment)
REVIEWS:
Roland VG-88 guitar-modeling system;
Swissonic USB Studio
D audio interface;
Microtech Gefell M 930 large-diaphragm condenser mic;
Emagic ES1 (Mac
Win) synth plug-in;
Hafler M5 close-field reference monitors;
Audio Simulation Dream Station 1.0 (Win) software synthesizer;
Metasonix TS-21 Hellfire Modulator tube signal proessor;
Langevin Dual Vocal Combo voice processor;
Masterbits Sound Clips 12,000, vol. 1 sample library;
Yamaha PLG Series plug-in synthesis cards;
QUICK PICKS: Drag and Drop Musician Drag and Drop Drummer (Win) drum-loop CD;
Midiman Midisport 2x2 USB (Mac
Win) MIDI interface;
Electrix Filter Queen analog filter;
Northstar Productions Russian Masters sample CD-ROM;
Kellar Bass Systems Jam Bass e28 MIDI controller


October 2000

Master Class: Get It In Print (tips for using music-notation software)
Cover Story: You’re Surrounded (surround sound for musicians)
The Real Thing (hiring a symphony orchestra via Internet)
Master Class: Building Blocks (build your own synth software with Csound)
Tech Page: Musical Shoes (the use of shoes as music generators)
Pro/File: Walls and Bridges (Emily Bezar’s music)
Desktop Musician: Windows Media Audio (Microsoft’s answer to RealNetwors and MP3 formats)
Square One: Spectral Vistas (enhancing your smixes using acoustic viability)
Working Musician: The E-business Legal Checklist (how to legally set up and run your online business)
Operation Help: Expert Advice
Final Mix: Where Ideas Come From
Yamaha A5000 sampling module
Mark of the Unicorn Digital Performance 2.7 (Mac) digital audio sequencer
Joemeek Pro Channel VC3Q voice processor
Antares Microphone Modeler 1.1 (Mac
Win) mic-modeling plug-in
Korg Oasis 1.01 (Mac
Win) DSP synthesis engine
audio interface
Software Technology VAZ Modular 2.1 (Win) software synhesizer
Boss VF-1 multi-effects processor
AKG C 3000 large-diaphragm condenser microphone
Arboretum Harmony 1.0 (Mac) pitch corrector
harmonizer
QUICK PICKS: Steinberg Model-E 1.0 (Mac
Win) VST instrument plug-in
Virtual Reality Sound Corp. 3D Pipes sample CD
Discovery Firm The Legend of China sample CD
Auralex Acoustics Max-Wall modular acoustic environment

 

 


September 2000

The Musical World of USB (Universal Sound Bus, it’s features and capabilities)
Cover Story: Build a Microphone Cabinet on any Budget (mic recommendaions for different types of recording and budget)
A Day in the Life: Mixing With a Master(interview with sound engineer Eddie Kramer)
Master Class: Building a Reaktor (tips for creating different environments in Reaktor)
Pro/File: Silent Groovy(Jazzhole)
Desktop Musician: Alternate Musical Fonts (create a custom look for your scores)
Recording Musician: String Fever (tips on recording strings)
Working Musician: Such a Deal ( the true nature of spec deals)
Final Mix: My Back Pages
Don’t look Back (drawing inspiration from past projects)
Alesis Masterlink ML-9600 stereo HDR
CD-R
Roland ED U-8 USB Digital Studio (Win) computer-based DAW
BLUE Dragonfly large-diaphragm condenser microphone
Coda MusicTechnology PrintMusic 2000 (Mac
Win) music-notation software
DBX 386 dual tube preamp
Sound Quest Infinity 1.0
Aurelity Building Blocks 2.1 (Win) MIDI control language
modular MIDI toolkit
Mackie Designs 1604 VLZ-Pro 16-channel mixer
QUICK PICKS: Discovery Firm Infinite Sound: Ambient Atmospheres sample CD;
William Coakley Sound Design Perfect Piano Series, vol. 3 sample CD-ROM;
East West Percussive Adventures sample CD;
TC Works TC Native Bundle 2.0 (Mac
Win) plug-in bundle


August 2000

Master Class: The Bottom Line (tips on recording electric bass guitar tracks, from setup and acoustics to mic techniques, EQ and compression)
Cover Story: The Outer Limits (survey of alternative electronic music input devices)
Rediscovering the Ballet Mecanique (Paul D. Lehrman re-creates George Antheil’s original 1924 composition, Ballet Mecanique using MIDI sequencing, Yamaha Disklaviers, and digital pianos)
Stand and Deliver (review of a number of keyboard stands)
Tech Page: Molecular Magic (molecular electronics)
Desctop Musician: Musical PCs (computers preconfigured for audio)
Square One: Mics in the Mix (an introduction to dynamic, ribbon, and condenser microphones), Operation Help: Expert Advice (answers about analog recording , noise reduction and more)
Final Mix: The Best Times or the Worst Times (the benefits and drawbacks of present-day personal studios)
Boss BR-8 portable digital studio
M Audio Delta 1010 audio interface
Korg MS2000R analog-modeling synthesizer
Steinberg Cubasis VST 1.0 (Win) digital audio sequencer
Rode Classic II large-diaphragm tube condenser mic
Wave Mechanics SoundBlender 1.05 (Mac) TDM plug-in package
Quick Picks: Big Fish Audio Roots of the Pacific sample CD, Nyr Sound Chaosynth 1.0 (Mac
Win) granular synthesizer, WaveMachine Labs Drumagog 1.73 (DirectX) plug-in, Q Up Arts The Holy Grail grand Piano sample CD, Discovery Firm From East Europe 2 — Greek beats sample CD


July 2000

Little Wonders (review of powered monitors from Event, Genelec, JBL, Vergence, Yamaha)
Cover Story: Going Soft (software synthesizers)
Master Class: Sound Bridge Sorcery (tutorial on the use of SoundBridge software to prepare samples and sequences)
Production Values: Tracking the Midnite Vultures (Tony Hoffer and Mickey Petralia record Beck’s album Midnite Vultures at home)
ProFile: Love is a Warm PC (Meg Lee Chin)
Tech Page: Digital Harmony (cable integration, digital interface IEEE 1934)
Desktop Musician: Synchronicity (timing and synchronization issues from the musician’s point of view)
Recording Musician: Ten Tips for Nailing a Mix (a systematic approach to finishing a mix)
Square One: Multi-Effects 102 (the facts about distortion, pitch-shifting, amplitude modulation)
Working Musician: The Changing Deal (the changes in the standard recording contract policies)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (tips from MOTU and E-Mu, hard drive hints, music on the road)
Final Mix: Stale Beer and Bitter Fruit Make Poor Nutrition (tactics on dealing with problems in the professional musician’s world)
Digidesign Pro Tools
24 Mix and Mixplus (Mac
Win NT) DAW
Korg 16 portable digital studio
Ego Systems WaMI Rack 24 (Win) digital audio and MIDI interface
Kurzweil PC2x master keyboard
FXPansion Series One (DirectX
VST) effects-processor plug-in bundle
MBHO MBNM 608 C-L large-diaphragm condenser mic
Digigram Vxpocket (Mac
Win) PC card audio interface
Best Service Xsample sample CD library
Quick Picks: Futurity Metropolis Science Fiction Toolkit sample CD, MicroBoards StartRec 400 CD duplicator, F7 Sound and Vision Conept FX2 (Mac
Win) sample CD-ROM
QUICK PICKS: Discovery Firm Infinite Sound: Ambient Atmospheres sample CD;
William Coakley Sound Design Perfect Piano Series, vol. 3 sample CD-ROM;
East West Percussive Adventures sample CD;
TC Works TC Native Bundle 2.0 (Mac
Win) plug-in bundle


June 2000

Double Your Pleasure (the most popular mic-placing techniques, the meaning of terms such as Blumlein, mid-side, ORTF, OSS, Deca Tree)
Cover Story: Mission Control (how to control all of your MIDI and audio gear from a digital audio sequencer)
Desktop Flamenco (description of flamenco music, tips for understanding and working with it, review of 4 sample CDs)
Cartoon Cutups: Music Editing for TV Animation (music editor Nick Carr talks about scoring the Nickelodeon children series)
Desktop Musician: New Chips on the Block (New breed of powerful CPUs)
Square One: Multi-Effects 101(explores features inside the multi-effect processor), Working Musician: A&R Primer (What is A&R)
Web Page (Gamelan Webcasts, MPEG-4, other news)
Final Mix: Let It Go (when to stop mastering)
Emagic Logic Audio Platinum 4.15 (Mac
Win) digital audio sequencer
Steinberg LM-4 1.01 (Mac
Win) drum module plug-in
Nearfield Multimedia Marimba Lumina —MIDI percusion controller
SSEYO Koan Pro 2.2(Mac
Win) music-generating software
Technosaurus Microcon and Cyclodon-analog
synth sequencer
Sounds Logical WaveWarp 1.2 (Win)-effects-processing software
Koblo Studio9000 2.5 (Mac) software synthesizer
Quick Pics (Sampleheads Rhythm of the Americas: Latin Drums, Lucid ADA8824 A
D
A converter, Big Fish Audio Pod (Win ) sample CD-Rom, Best Service Total Piano sample CD-Rom, Steinberg Sounds and Cycles (Mac
Win) sample-loop library


May 2000

The Electronic Century, Part 4: The Seeds of the Future (key developments in MIDI, synthesis, sampling, and music software;
five music-technology experts share their vision of the future)
Cover Story: Caught in the Act (how to record live music using commonly available, affordable equipment)
Master Class: The Splittin’ Image (how to turn a mono sample into a synthesized stereo instrument that’s still mono-compatible)
Tech Page: Quantum Mirage (IBM’s advances in nanotechnology)
Desktop Musician: Bit by Bit (how to make high-quality digital audio transfers)
Square One: Downloadable Sounds
Working Musician: Taking Your Music Abroad
Final Mix: DUI, GUI, FUI! (the importance of achieving tactile control over computer software features)
REVIEWS:
Roland VM-3100Pro digital mixer;
Native Instruments Transformator 1.0 (Mac
Win) modular sampling software
TC Electronic M-One and D-Two multi-effects processors
Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.0 (Win) digital audio sequencer
Lexicon MPX-500 multi-effects processor
BitHeadz Voodoo 1.1 (Mac
Win) software drum machine
Waves Native Power Pack II (Mac
Win) DSP plug-in bundle;
Kurzweil ExpressionMate ribbon controller;
QUICK PICKS: Antares Auto-Tune 1.6 (Mac
Win) plug-in;
Cyberwave EMS Waveplant (Mac
Win) sample CD-ROM;
AIPL WarmTone (Win) DirectX plug-in;
NemeSys GigaHarp and Upright Acoustic Bass sample CD-ROMs;
GrooveAdemics Jazz Rock Inversion sample CD;
Big Fish Audio Roots of India sample CD


April 2000

Silencing Sibilance (what de-essers are and how to use them;
a comparison of the Drawmer MX50 and SPL 9629;
how to construct a de-esser using EQ and a compressor)
Cover Story: Making Tracks (multitrack audio-editing software and a comparison of six top Windows programs)
Out of the Bottle (interview with producer
composer
keyboardist David Frank)
The Electronic Century, Part 3: Computers and Analog Synthesizers (the people, products, and companies that made electronic music practical)
Tech Page: Music on the Brain (the development of a brain-to-audio converter)
Desktop Musician: Double Vision (using two video monitors instead of one)
Square One: Spare Interchange (the features and capabilities of digital audio—transfer formats: word clock, AES
EBU, S
PDIF, ADAT Optical, and TDIF)
Web Page: Mission Control, We Have Liftoff! (an online recording session with Rocket Network)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (tips from Alesis, Emagic, and Sonic Foundry and how to avoid RF interference)
Final Mix: Lessons of History (the story of the first digital audio recording)
REVIEWS:
Digidesign Digi 001 digital audio sequencing system;
IK Multimedia T-Racks (Mac
Win
BeOS) mastering software;
Yamaha S80 keyboard synthesizer;
PG Music Band-in-a-Box 9.0 (Mac
Win) auto-accompaniment software;
CAD VSM large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone;
Gadget Labs Wave
824 (Mac
Win) audio interface;
QUICK PICKS: Big Briar Moogerfooger MF-103 12-stage phaser;
PowerFX Drummers of Motown sample CD;
Sanyiu Samples Sounds of Silence sample CD;
Official Software Official Copyright (Mac
Win) copyright-forms software;
Rarefaction Digital Dysfunctions (Mac
Win) sample CD-ROM;
Digital Audio Labs CardDeluxe (Win) PCI audio card;
Q Up Arts Latin Groove Factory, volume 2 sample CD


March 2000

Master Class: Sound Design (the general concepts of sound design, real-life situations, and specific sound-design techniques)
Cover Story: To Tell the Truth (eight small-diaphragm condenser microphones face off)
The Electronic Century, Part 2: Tales of the Tape (how the tape recorder shaped modern electronic music)
DIY: Rack-mounting Your PC (how to move your PC into a new chassis to optimize your work space)
Tech Page: Broadband Battlefield (technologies aimed at bringing high-speed Internet access into the home)
Recording Musician: Capturing the Wild Piano (professional microphone techniques for recording piano)
Web Page: Tackling Technology (how copyright laws are affected by rapid advancements in Internet Technology)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (tips from Akai, BitHeadz, and Roland and answers to reader questions)
Final Mix: Larry Potter and the Producer’s Stone (the search for creative inspiration)
REVIEWS:
E-mu Systems Ultra sampler workstations (E4XT Ultra, E-Synth Ultra, and E6400 Ultra);
Cakewalk Guitar Studio 2 (Win) digital audio sequencer for guitar;
Audio-Technica AT4047
SV large-diaphragm condenser mic;
Elektron SidStation synthesizer module;
SeaSound Solo (Mac
Win) PCI audio card and interface;
CM Automation Motor Mix DAW control surface;
Musitek SmartScore 1.3 (Mac
Win) music OCR software;
QUICK PICKS: Lucid AD9624 and DA9624 A
D
A converters;
QDesign MVP 1.0 (Mac
Win) MP3 encoder
media player;
MediaForm CD5900 CD duplicator;
Adaptec Easy CD Creator 4 (Win) CD-burning software


February 2000

Plug In to Creativity (how to use plug-ins in new and unusual ways)
Cover Story: On the Right Track (EM compares a DAW, MDM tape recorder, MiniDisc recorder, and portable digital studio to help you choose the best multitrack digital audio recording format for your needs)
The Electronic Century, Part 1: Beginnings (electronic musical instruments developed between 1900 and 1957)
The Highest Llama (interview with Sean O’Hagan of the High Llamas)
Pressing Issues (advice for a trouble-free album release)
ProFile: Tribal Connection (Tribes of Neurot)
Tech Page: Prismatic Synthesis (a new synthesis technique)
Desktop Musician: Alphabet Soup (a glossary of digital-audio terms)
Recording Musician: Warming Trends (techniques for warming up digital tracks)
Square One: Modern MIDI Sequencing (basic sequencing concepts)
Working Musician: Getting Personal (four personal managers discuss their profession)
The Web Page: Songs in the Key of Beatnik (how to create custom instruments for Rich Music Format [RMF] files)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (tips and tricks for Cakewalk Pro Audio 9, the Korg Triton, Line 6 Pod, and Tascam DA-38 and DA-88;
reader questions)
Final Mix: Musical WYSIWYG (visualizing your approach to recording and performing)
REVIEWS:
Mackie Digital 8-Bus v. 2 digital mixer;
Coda Finale 2000 (Mac) music-notation software;
BIAS Peak 2.04 (Mac) audio-editing software;
Audio Software Audio Architect 4.01 (Win) modular synthesis construction kit;
Hafler FG-TRM6 active monitors;
MindPrint En-Voice voice processor
tube compressor;
Seer Systems SurReal 1.0 (Win) software synthesizer;
Sonic Foundry Vegas Pro 1.0a (Win) multitrack media editor;
Joemeek VC6Q voice processor;
Suzuki Q Chord QC-1 digital songcard guitar;
QUICK PICKS: AIPL SpinCycle (Win) DirectX plug-in;
PowerFX The Funk Master sample CD;
Entertainment Publishers Automated Contracts for the Music Industry (Mac
Win) legal software;
Steinberg
Prosoniq Dynasone 1.03 (Mac) VST plug-in


January 2000

Virtual Sampling (the pros and cons of software samplers and how to work with downloadable sound files)
Cover Story: 2000 Editors’ Choice Awards
Creating Killer Drum Grooves (tips for creating MIDI drum parts)
Stage View: Stompbox Strategies (how to work with vintage effects pedals)
ProFile: A Hellecaster Takes a Solo (The Hellecasters’ John Jorgenson)
Tech Page: Surround 2000 (the Surround 2000 conference and the future of multichannel music)
Desktop Musician: Get the Most from RealAudio (tips for using streaming audio)
Recording Musician: Honk if You Love Horns (tips and techniques for recording saxes, trumpets, and trombones)
Square One: Phantom Power
Final Mix: All the News that Fits (the benefits of being honest with clients)
REVIEWS:
Korg Triton keyboard workstation;
Mackie Designs HUI MIDI control surface;
Soundscape Mixtreme (Win) digital audio card;
Yamaha MD4S 4-track MiniDisc recorder;
Synchro Arts ToolBelt 1.5 (Mac) signal-processing software;
Steinberg Clean 1.02 (Win) audio-restoration
CD-burning software;
Electrix FilterFactory and WarpFactory analog filter and vocoder;
Guillemot Maxi Studio ISIS (Win) multichannel sound card;
QUICK PICKS: Best Service Dance Mega Drums 2 sample CD set;
CDP GrainMill 1.1 (Win) granular synthesis software;
Prosoniq
Steinberg Orange Vocoder 1.01 (Mac) vocoder software;
Vamtech Drumtrax 3.0 (Mac
Win) Standard MIDI Files


December 1999

A Day in the Life: Mix Magic on Music Row (Nashville mix engineer Chuck Ainlay shares his thoughts and mixing techniques)
Cover Story: All Gadgets Great and Small (EM’s annual holiday gift guide)
Life’s a Batch (roundup of batch processors)
Ready, Willing, and Label (CD-labeling kits)
ProFile: File Under "Heavy" (Genaside II)
Tech Page: Auld Lang Syne (a look back at technologies covered in past columns)
Square One: Surrounded by Sound (mixing for 5.1 surround)
Working Musician: Moving Units Online (sell your music through Internet retail sites)
Performing Musician: Taming the Elements with MIDI (computer-controlled mechanical instruments by Trimpin)
Final Mix: Plans that Come to Naught (some projects are more difficult to complete than others)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha FS1R tone module;
Steinberg ReCycle 1.7 (Mac
Win) loop editor;
Røde NTV tube microphone;
Minnetonka MxTrax 2.4.4 (Win) multitrack recording software;
NHTPro A-10 active monitoring system;
Focusrite Platinum ComPounder 2-channel dynamics processor;
Algorithmix Sound Laundry 2.1b (Win) audio restoration software;
Apogee PSX-100 and Rosetta digital converters;
QUICK PICKS: Ego Systems Dr. D universal signal converter;
Steinberg FreeFilter (Mac
Win) one-third-octave EQ plug-in;
Arboretum Systems Restoration-NR 1.1.0 (Win) noise-reduction software;
Keyfax Guitar Grooves (Mac
Win) Standard MIDI Files;
Carl Martin Compressor
Limiter dynamics pedal


November 1999

What's Up with Dat? (the state of DAT recorders and a look at seven units from Fostex, HHB, Panasonic, Sony, and Tascam)
Cover Story: You're on the Air (tips for producing station IDs, promos, and commercial spots in a personal studio from two Los Angeles broadcast engineers)
All the World's a Stage (three live-sound engineers offer tips for miking world percussion instruments and recommend microphones)
ProFile: Hell is for Chillin' (Ming + FS)
Tech Page: XML Marks the Spot (a new Web language and what it means for music distribution)
Desktop Musician: Comping a Vocal Track (create a "perfect" vocal track with audio-editing software)
Square One: A World in a Grain of Sound (the basics of granular synthesis)
Working Musician: Get Started with E-Commerce (creating and using a Web site for self-promotion)
Performing Musician: Monitoring Perfection (using stage monitors)
Final Mix: It's the Law (the inviolate law of production, which is "good, fast, cheap: pick any two")
REVIEWS:
Akai Professional S5000 and S6000 stereo samplers;
Mixman Technologies Mixman Studio Pro 3.0 (Win) remixing software;
Cakewalk
Peavey StudioMix MIDI control surface;
TC Works Spark 1.01 (Mac) stereo audio editor;
Korg Electribe ER-1 and EA-1 rhythm synth and analog-modeling synth;
DAI Space Station Pro 1.41 (Win
DOS) software sampler;
Big Briar Moogerfooger MF-102
DACS FREQue ring modulators;
McDSP FilterBank 1.04 (TDM
AudioSuite) EQ plug-in;
QUICK PICKS: Kurzweil SynthScapes sample CD;
Steinberg Spectralizer (Mac
Win);
Keyfax Modular Madness Standard MIDI Files (Mac
Win);
Kurzweil Bass Gallery sample CD


October 1999

Life in the Slow Lane (learn or transcribe songs with hardware and software recorders that use time-compression technology)
Cover Story: Equal Time (types and applications of equalizers, plus 14 EQ tips from the pros)
Mastering Continuity (how to create a consistent master tape from varied source materials)
DIY: Build the EM -10
+4 Level Converter (how to build a converter box for +4 dBu pro gear and -10 dBV semipro
consumer gear)
Tech Page: Nonvolatile RAM (the possibilities of RAM)
Desktop Musician: Interactive Web Music (create music that follows mouse movements)
Square One: Fractals and Music (the science of fractals as it applies to creating music)
Recording Musician: Recording Electric Guitar
Working Musician: Ocean of Promotion (music-promotion tips for small budgets)
Performing Musician: Music for Airports on Stage (the New York ensemble Bang on a Can performs Brian Eno's ambient masterpiece live)
Final Mix: Pass the Salt, Please (beware of the hype in marketing claims based on truth)
REVIEWS:
Alesis QS8.1 keyboard synthesizer;
Tracer Technologies DC-ART 32 3.06 (Win) audio restoration software;
BLUE Blueberry large-diaphragm condenser microphone;
Cycling '74 Pluggo 1.04 (Mac) VST plug-ins
patch converter;
Generalmusic Equinox 61 synthesizer workstation;
HHB Radius 20 and Radius 30 tube parametric EQ and tube compressor;
Aardvark Aark 20
20+ (Win) hard-disk recording system;
Etek NoteMix MA 400 portable powered mixer;
QUICK PICKS: USB Raricussions (Mac
Win);
PreSonus MP20 preamp;
MicroBoards AudioWrite Pro CD-R (Mac
Win);
Beatboy Ramon Yslas Contemporary Percussion and Drums (Mac
Win)


September 1999

Dance of the Dead (the process of scoring LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango)
Cover Story: The Path of Least Resistance (voice processors — configuration and application, plus evaluations of dbx 1086, Drawmer MX60. Focusrite Platinum VoiceMaster, HHB Radius 40, and LA Audio PS-1)
Production Values: Diva’s Choice (Arif Mardin on his 30+ years of music production)
Tech Page: Microscopic Microphones (Hans-Elias de Bree’s tiny Microflown
May revolutionize mic technology)
Desktop Musician: Talk is Cheap (talk to your Mac and make it do your musical bidding)
Square One: Picture Perfect Sound (keeping audio synched with film and video)
Recording Musician: Hella a Cappella (capture a cappella vocals)
Working Musician: Expose Yourself (market your indy CD without blowing the bank)
Final Mix: Information, Please (five steps to better documentation)
REVIEWS:
E-Mu Proteus 2000 sound module;
Creamware Pulsar (Win) DSP Engine;
Shure KSM32
SL condenser mic;
Alesis DM Pro drum module;
Frontier Design Dakota and Tango24 multichannel digital audio card
8-channel A
D
A converter;
Joemeek C2 photo-optical stereo compressor;
James McCartney Supercollider 2.0 (Mac) sound-programming language;
AKG C 4000B electret condenser microphone;
TC Electronic M3000 multi-effects processor;
QUICK PICKS: World Wide Woodshed SlowGold II 5.1.2 (Win) time-shifting software;
Steinberg MasterTools 1.5 (Mac) mastering plug-in;
Music Valve Electronics Vacuum Tube Direct Box;
Beatboy Richie Gajate-Garcia Authentic Latin Percussion and Drums Standard MIDI Files (Mac
Win)


August 1999

Clean Up Your Act (computer-based tools and techniques to get the noise out of old recordings)
Cover Story: A Perfect Ten? (roundup of ten digital mixing consoles)
Linking Up (computer networking how-to: PC, Mac and multi-platform)
A Room With a Vibe (interview with producer
songwriter Mark Hudson on why vibe is more important than technology)
Square One: Play Your Cards Right (picking a soundcard — some options)
Recording Musician: Accommodating the Muse (recording acoustic guitar and vocals simultaneously)
Performing Musician: Hackers Hit the Stage (The Hub, a six-man MIDI-based live "band"
Final Mix: Know Thy Widgets as Thyself (knowing how to learn can be your biggest asset)
REVIEWS:
Clavia Nord Modular synthesizer;
GT Electronics AM52 & AM62 large-diaphragm condenser microphones;
Biheadz Unity DS-1 1.2 (Mac
Win) software sampler;
Lexicon MPX G2 guitar effects processor;
Neumann M 147 Tube large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone;
Lynx Studio Technology LynxOne (Win) audio card;
A.R.T. DMV-Pro multi-effects processor;
DUY DSPider 1.1 (Mac) DSP plug-in;
Event Electronics Tria triamplified monitoring system;
QUICK PICKS: Tascam DA-45HR 24-bit DAT machine;
Best Service XX-Large Pads sample CD set;
East West
Mzone Groovemasters Drums sample CD set;
Cakewalk Audio FX 3 (Win) DirectX plug-in


July 1999

Cover Story: Sequencing Games (analysis of digital audio sequencers for Mac, Windows and cross-platform)
Power Hungry (power-amp design at five different companies)
Stage View: Swimming in the Air {theremin virtuoso Lydia Kavina teaches performance techniques)
ProFile: Straight, No Reverb (Heaven is an analog synth for Add N to (X))
Desktop Musician: Scoring on the Web (displaying music notation on the Web still tough without standard file format)
Recording Musician: The Twice-Baked Mix (strategies for remixing a song when you don’t have the multitrack masters)
Working Musician: Playing the Game (how to get your independent release distributed)
Final Mix: Is Reality Overrated? (In sound design, reality is nearly always an artifice. Does it matter?)
REVIEWS:
Tascam TM-D1000 digital mixer;
Roland JP-8080 synthesizer module;
Quasimidi Sirius keyboard workstation;
Line 6 Pod guitar direct box;
Sound Quest Midi Quest 7.0 (Win) MIDI editor
librarian;
HHB Circle 5A powered close-field monitors, Audio Deutchkraft A-51s large-diaphragm condenser mic;
QUICK PICKS: Ilio Entertainments Trancefusion sample CD;
Shane Etter Sound Subscriptions Kurzweil K2000
K2500 patches;
Guitar Center Synchroloops, vol. 1 sample CD;
Arboretum Ray Gun (Mac
Win) audio restoration software


June 1999

Shake, Rattle, and Roll Tape (how to sample hand and mallet percussion instruments)
Cover Story: The Complete Desktop Studio (EM's editors design and discuss Mac- and PC-based studios intended for sound design, music for picture, and music-CD production)
The Penguin's Song (the Linux operating system and music software for Linux)
Square One: Convolution Number Nine (convolution as a DSP technique in synthesis)
Recording Musician: Minimum Rig, Maximum Sound (tools you need to record live performances in stereo)
Performing Musician: Sound Around Town (a look at sound mapping, a method for creating interactive music outdoors)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (MOTU's Digital Performer;
Digidesign's Pro Tools;
Sonic Foundry's Acid)
Final Mix: White Mice Can't Jog (the difficulty with using virtual controllers)
REVIEWS:
Event Electronics Layla (Mac
Win) hard-disk recording system;
Opcode Systems Vision DSP 4.5 (Mac) digital audio sequencer;
Blue Chip OX7 virtual tonewheel organ module;
Alesis Q20 multi-effects processor;
Audix CX-111 condenser microphone;
Zoom RhythmTrak 234 drum machine;
Yamaha WX5 MIDI wind controller;
QUICK PICKS: TC Works TC Native Bundle (Win);
MicroBoards DSR 1003 CD duplicator;
Sweetwater Sound Total Stereo Session Drums sample CD-ROM;
Big Briar Moogerfooger MF-101 lowpass filter.


May 1999

Cover Story: Seven Studios of Gold (roundup of seven portable digital studios)
Razor's Edge (techniques for desktop editing on a computer-based DAW)
Production Values: Seizing Control (Chris Spheeris)
ProFile: The Shaking Ray Levis
Tech Page: The Global Studio (Rocket Network's technology for musical collaboration over the Internet)
Desktop Musician: Music Sites for Web Surfers (Web sites for musicians)
Square One: Lost in Space (explanation of 3-D sound)
Working Musician: Managing Your Project (organizing a recording project)
Performing Musician: Controlling Live Ambience (using delay and reverb onstage)
Final Mix: The Creative Cycle (a theory of isolation, sociability, and the creative process)
REVIEWS:
Mark of the Unicorn 2408 (Mac
Win) hard-disk recording system;
KRK Systems V8 near-field monitors;
Sibelius Software Sibelius 1.1 (Win) music notation software;
Joemeek SC2.2 stereo compressor;
KAE Labs VocalWriter 1.0 (Mac) software synthesizer;
Royer Labs R-121 ribbon microphone;
Lexicon Signature 284 guitar amplifier
direct recording source;
Fatar Studiologic SL-990 MIDI master keyboard;
QDesign Music Codec Pro (Mac
Win) audio data compression software;
Oram Microphone Work Station mkII 2-channel mic preamp
EQ;
QUICK PICKS: Numerical Sound Drone Archeology;
Miroslav Vitous Vol. 5: Classical Percussion & Harp;
Spectrasonics Symphony of Voices;
Signal-1 Electronics GS-1 cable tester.


April 1999

Sound Library Construction (how to create your own sample CD)
Cover Story: Digital Pipelines (equipment that offers ADAT Optical and Tascam TDIF connectivity for digital audio transfers)
Not Just Kid Stuff (how to write and produce songs for the children's music market)
Tech Page: Quantum Sound (the study of sound particles)
Recording Musician: Ten Mics I Swear By (a pro recording engineer discusses his ten favorite microphones)
Square One: FM Basic Training (FM synthesis explained)
Working Musician: Taxi Undercover (behind-the-scenes at an A&R service)
Final Mix: Everything All the Time (sometimes more is better)
REVIEWS:
Roland VS-1680 portable digital studio;
SEK'D Samplitude 2496 5.12 (Win) audio editing software;
Alesis Studio 32 recording mixer;
Steinberg Cubase VST
24 4.0 (Mac) audio
MIDI sequencer;
Earthworks Z30X cardioid condenser microphone;
Access Virus analog-modeling synthesizer;
Arboretum Hyperprism (Mac
Win) multi-effects plug-in;
QUICK PICKS: Michael Berry Pedalefects 1.1.1 (Mac
Win);
Steinberg SPL De-esser 1.0 (Mac
Win);
Zentech ChordMaster (Mac
Win);
Bolder Sounds Bolder Pianos.


March 1999

Production Values: Fast Moving Music (interview with Larry Fast)
Cover Story: Shaping Better Waveforms (dedicated 2-track audio editors for desktop music)
The House Is Rockin' (how to utilize your home's natural acoustics for recording vocals and acoustic instruments)
Hard Disk Housekeeping (organize and manage your sound files on disk the way the pros do)
ProFile: Just Too Sweet (the Chantigs)
Desktop Musician: Before Disaster Strikes (choose the best storage option for backing up your music files)
Square One: Modulation Synthesis Methods (ring modulation and other forms of AM synthesis explained)
Performing Musician: URLS, Mines, and Ars (InfoWar was the focus of the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria)
Final Mix: Under One Roof (a proposal for specialized, task-specific software programs)
REVIEWS:
Spirit Digital 328 digital mixer;
NemeSys GigaSampler (Win) software sampler;
Yamaha EX5 keyboard workstation;
Lexicon MPX 100 multi-effects processor;
Cakewalk Overture 2 (Mac
Win) music-notation software;
Roland MC-505 Groovebox synth
drum machine
sequencer;
dbx DDP digital dynamics processor;
U&I Software Xx (Mac) graphic MIDI sequencer;
Sherman Filterbank multimode filter;
QUICK PICKS: Steinberg Q-Metric 1.0 (Mac
Win);
Eccentric Software A Zillion Kajillion Rhymes (Mac
Win);
Tom Erbe SoundHack 0.888 (Mac).


February 1999

Kickin' It (dynamic kick-drum mic faceoff)
Production Values: To Sir with Love (interview with Sir George Martin)
Cover Story: Electronic Euphoria (mixing electronic instruments)
The Well-Tempered Studio (three steps for improving the sound of your studio by controlling room acoustics)
Playing to the Back of the House (using a distributed speaker system for live sound)
ProFile: The Meaning of Live (Mice Parade)
Tech Page: Chaotic Computing (how computing paradigms might be affected by chaos theory)
Desktop Musician: Steal the Scene with Standard MIDI Files (how SMFs can help live performers to land gigs)
Recording Musician: Recording Resonator Guitars (tips and techniques for recording a classic American guitar)
Square One: Get in Sync (connect analog and digital gear in your studio using sync methods)
Working Musician: Taxing Your Talent (tax planning for working musicians)
Performing Musician: At Home in Your Range (identify your natural vocal range)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (Alesis Q20 master effects processor;
Alesis QS series synthesizers;
Alesis M20 ADAT recorder;
Roland VS-840 portable digital studio;
Roland Boss HR-2 Harmonist guitar pedal)
Final Mix: A Model Citizen (the present and future of physical modeling)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha DSP Factory digital audio card;
Cakewalk Pro Audio 8 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
AnTares ATR-1 intonation processor;
BitHeadz Retro AS-1 (Mac
Win) software synthesizer;
DigiTech Vocalist Access harmony processor;
Steinberg WaveLab 2.0 (Win) audio editing
CD burning software;
Roland VS-840 portable digital studio;
Cycling '74 M 2.5 (Mac) algorithmic compostion software;
Quick Picks: Masterbits House Trax;
MusicNet AD24 and DA24 ADAT interfaces;
Earthworks LAB 102 preamp;
AMG Black II Black, vol. 4


January 1999

Web Weaving (tools for creating a musical Web site)
Cover Story: 1999 Editors' Choice Awards
From Bauhaus to Acid House (Love and Rockets interview)
DIY: Build the EM Distortion Box (Charles R. Fischer's Spectra Distortion Generator)
ProFile: Brave New World (Somatic)
Tech Page: Kicking ASIO (Steinberg's new multichannel driver for audio cards)
Desktop Musician: The MPEG Audio Craze (MPEG's popularity as a format for Web music distribution)
Recording Musician: Keeper Vocal Tracks (optimize the sonic quality of your vocal tracks)
Working Musician: Entertainment Accountants (the role of a specialized accountant in an artist's career)
Final Mix: One Is the Lonliest Number (mono compatibility is a thing of the past)
REVIEWS:
E-mu Audio Production Studio (Win) sound card
synthesizer;
Keyfax Phat.Boy MIDI performance controller;
Native Instruments Generator 1.5.3 (Win) software synthesizer;
BSS Audio DPR-944 parametric compressor
gate;
TC Works TC Native Essentials (Win) DSP plug-ins;
dbx 586 dual-channel mic preamp;
Micromat SoundMaker 1.0.3 (Mac) audio editing software;
Rocktron PC preamp instrument
mic preamp
Quick Picks: AMG Komputer Inside;
Sampleheads Pocket Syndrome, vol. 1;
East Connexion Strings;
Discovery Firm Discovery Guitar


December 1998

The EM Gift Guide
Cover Story: Conquering Peaks (dynamics processing applications)
Urban Players (three producers share urban music production secrets)
Warped Reality (mutilating samples with using software plug-ins)
JAM Headliner: Mixing It Up on the Digital Scene (drummer Dave Weckl talks about his digital mixer
JAM Vox: Consonants and Dissonance (articulation and mic technique)
JAM Riffs: Gig Wreckers (quick fixes for guitar and amp snafus)
JAM Tech: Omnimedia: A Vintage Multimedia Encounter (Bean observes a psychoacoustical investigation at the Lab)
Desktop Musician: Down and Out in Cyberspace (downloadable sounds)
Square One: Spectrum Sculpting (EQ and filters)
Service Clinic: Getting Connected (soldering)
Final Mix: Everything's Under Control (DAWs and digital mixers)
REVIEWS:
Ensoniq ZR-76 keyboard workstation;
TC Electronic FireworX multi-effects processor;
TL audio 5051 tube
solid state preamp;
Cakewalk In Concert 1.0 (Mac
Win) MIDI accompaniment software;
Spirit Folio Powerpad portable powered mixer;
Merging Technologies Audio Magic Ring 1.1 (Win) file format converter
Quick Picks: Zero-G Vocal XTC;
Northstar Productions Graham Lear's Latin Rock Drumscapes;
Keyfax Software Twiddly Bits General Instruments;
Discovery Firm Oriental Groove


November 1998

Art or Theft? Sampling Opinions on Copyright (the ins, outs, and gray areas of sampling law)
Cover Story: Sequencing Secrets (powerful techniques for Mac- and Windows-based sequencers)
Mixing for the Small Screen (creating a mix for TV)
ProFile: Eighty Miles High (Eighty Mile Beach)
Tech Page: DIY OS (using the free Linux OS)
Recording Musician: Gearing Up for Critical Vocals (testing gear for vocal sessions)
Square One: Going by the Book (the Red Book spec for audio CDs)
Working Musician: Packaging to Please (effective CD-R packaging)
Final Mix: Both Sides Now (challenges faced by manufacturers)
REVIEWS:
Panasonic
Ramsa WR-DA7 digital mixer;
Audio-Technica AT3525 cardioid condenser microphone;
Lexicon Studio (Mac
Win) digital audio workstation;
E-mu Audity 2000 synthesizer module;
Sonic Foundry ACID (Win) audio loop arranger;
SPL Stereo Vitalizer Jack stereo psychoacoustic equalizer;
Voyetra Digital Orchestrator Pro 3.01 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
A.R.T. Tube PAC and Tube EQ preamp
compressor and EQ;
QUICK PICKS: Audio Ease BarbaBatch (Mac);
Big Fish Audio Didgeridoo CD-ROM;
Clockwork Music CAL Tutor (Win);
Masterbits Multimedia Trax File 2 Project X CD-ROM;
Radial Cable Tek DI boxes


October 1998

Doing the String Thing (creating realistic solo string parts on your synth)
Cover Story: Mastering on a Budget (mastering in a personal studio)
Production Values: In the Studio with George Duke
QuickTime Closeup (musical applications of QuickTime 3)
DIY: Build the EM Pop Filter (construct a homemade vocal mic filter)
JAM Headliner: Sounds Like a Winner (conducting a professional sound check);
JAM Vox: Perfect Mic Technique
JAM Riffs: Drum Style Checklist (essential musical styles for freelance drummers)
JAM Tech: Strange Bedfellows (Shafqat Ali Khan, David Wessel, and Matt Wright perform)
JAM House: Dialing In a Stellar Mix (tips for audio engineers)
ProFile: Sound but No Picture (David Slusser)
Tech Page: I Want to Take You Higher (sampling rates and audio quality)
Desktop Musician: Jammin’ Over the Net (virtual gigs on the Internet)
Service Clinic: Eliminating the Obvious (approaches to troubleshooting)
Final Mix: Who’s the Boss? (using technology productively)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha O1V digital mixing console;
Fostex FD-4 hard-disk recorder;
Sonorus StudI
O multichannel digital audio card;
Korg SGproX stage piano
master controller;
Cycling ‘74 MSP (Mac) audio extensions for MAX;
Xavier Serra smsTools (Win) analysis
resynthesis software;
Opcode Studio 64 XTC MIDI interface
patch bay
synchronizer;
Telex Cobalt SE60 electret condenser mic;
QUICK PICKS: Gadget Labs WaveWARM;
Discovery Firm From East Europe;
HHB CDR-800;
AMG Tony Mason...Steamin’;
Zero-G Deepest India


September 1998

Days of Future Passed (’90s spin on Chamberlins and Mellotrons)
Cover Story: Attack of the Cardioids (large-diaphragm condenser mic faceoff)
Sampling Strings
Know the Score (primer on scoring to picture)
ProFile: Music of the Moment (Job)
Desktop Musician: What's Cooking at IRCAM?
Square One: All about Additive (additive synthesis)
Working Musician: Publishing 101 (information and tips about publishing contracts)
Operation Help: Expert Advice (Emagic Logic Audio;
Sonic Foundry Acoustic Modeler;
RealAudio;
Sonic Foundry Sound Forge;
U&I MetaSynth;
studio montors' room response controls)
Final Mix: It's Around Here Somewhere (digital audio products should include asset management)
REVIEWS:
Ensoniq PARIS DAW;
Alesis XT20 and LX20 20-bit multitracks;
Cakewalk Metro 4 digital audio sequencer;
Korg N1 keyboard synth;
Canam Quartz Studio digital audio software;
Best Service Advanced Orchestra sample library;
Opcode fusion:EFFECTS DSP plug-ins;
Hafler TRM8 powered monitors;
Gadget Labs Wave
4 audio card;
QUICK PICKS: F7 Sound and Vision Concept:FX vol. 1;
Discovery Firm TR-808
TR-909 ;
Masterbits Add Lips Vocals vol 3;
Pocket Fuel Rhythmic Architectural Design System


August 1998

Digital Audio Evangelists (A
D and D
A converter face-off)
Cover Story: Process This! (effects processing primer)
Production Values: If You Knew Suzie (interview with Suzie Katayama, arranger & conductor)
JAM Feature: Signals in the Air (wireless systems)
JAM Vox: Planes, Trains, and Vocal Fatigue (caring for your voice while on the road)
JAM Riffs: Preventive Medicine for Road Gear (caring for keyboards on the road)
Pro/File: Water World (Dan Stark's Liquid Life )
Tech Page: Whatever Floats your Boat (floating-point vs. fixed-point processing)
Desktop Musician: Movin’ on Up (precautions before upgrading your Mac)
Working Musician: Rules of the Road (planning & booking a tour)
Final Mix: Getting Down in Surround (thoughts on mixing for surround sound)
REVIEWS:
Korg D8 multitrack hard-disk recorder;
U & I Software MetaSynth sound-design software;
PreSonus ACP-22 dual compressor
limiter
gate;
Yamaha MU100R sound module;
Syntrillium Cool Edit Pro (Win) multitrack recording software;
Mutronics Mutator analog filter;
Bag End Infrasub-18 powered subwoofer;
QUICK PICKS: Discovery Firm Discovery Keyboards;
Equi=Tech ET1R;
Zero G Guitar Odyssey;
East West Drum ’n’ Bass Construction Kits


July 1998

Off the Beaten Path (exhibition soundscape design)
Cover Story: Build a Personal Studio on Any Budget (recommended components on four budgets, with and without computer)
Launching into Cyberspace (preparing audio files for the Internet)
Production Values: Mixer with the Midas Touch (interview with Bob Clearmountain)
Pro/File: Cart before the Horse (local band bhoss forms through the course of recording)
Tech Page: CD? No, DVD!
Desktop Musician: Mass Storage for Musicians (back-up and storage options)
Square One: Space Savers (codecs for Internet audio delivery)
Working Musician: Booking Basics (how to get local gigs)
Final Mix: Whither Ghost Apple? (the anguish of maintaining loyalty to Macintosh)
REVIEWS:
Akai DPS12 modular hard-disk recorder;
Emagic Logic Audio 3.0;
Digitech S100 multi-effects processor;
Soundscape Digital SSHDR1-Plus 2.0 hard-disk recorder;
dbx MC6 stereo compressor;
Jomox Xbase 09 analog drum machine;
Daking 52270 mic preamp
EQ;
Magix Music Studio Deluxe digital audio sequencer;
Waves MaxxBass bass enhancement plug-in;
Alternate Mode drumKAT Turbo MIDI percussion controller;
Quick Picks: Sounds Good AB Roots Reggae;
Discovery Firm Sound Effects;
Power Technology DSP FX Visual Pro Audio 3.2;
USB Mediterranean Instruments;
Dan Dean Bass Collection vol. 2


June 1998

Cover Story: Is the SM58 Still King? (dynamic mic face-off)
All Together Now (sampling instrumental ensembles)
A Day in the Life: Diary of a Song Session (step-by-step procedure for a demo session)
JAM (focus: tuning
intonation)
JAM feature: The Buzz on Tuning (Buzz Feiten’s revolutionary new guitar tuning system)
ProFile: Bits and Pieces (Lecture on Nothing)
Desktop Musician: Streaming MIDI (creating Web music that can play in real time)
Recording Musician: Rolling Thunder (techniques for recording electric bass)
Working Musician: Buried Treasures (low-profile composing gigs)
Service Clinic: The Big Picture (organizing the service process)
Final Mix: What’s in a Word? (double-talk in product specs)
REVIEWS:
Fostex D-90;
Sonic Foundry Acoustics Modeler;
Akai MPC2000;
Event Electronics Gina;
Musician’s Ear Chord Transcriber;
Quick Picks: Sampleheads NYC Percussionworks;
East-West Communications Electronica;
Spectrasonics Liquid Grooves;
AMG Steve White: On the Beaten Track


May 1998

Look Before You Leap (preparation for a Web music project)
Cover Story: In Your Face Mixing (pointers on creating mixes that shine)
Plug In, Turn On, Space Out (reverb plug-in face-off)
Tech Page: No GUTS, No Glory (new IBM 1 GHz chip)
Desktop Musician: Back to School Online (educational Web sites on electronic music)
Recording Musician: Will the Signal Be Unbroken? (studio adapters)
Square One: Music by the Numbers (algorithms)
Working Musician: Sonic Web Weavers (careers in Web music)
Operation Help (tips for Cakewalk, ReBirth, DA-88 and Darwin)
Final Mix: It’s in the Air (only transducers really deal with sound)
REVIEWS:
Big Briar Ethervox theremin;
Wavefront Travel Case theremin;
TC Electronic G-Force;
Steinberg ReBirth RB-338 1.5;
Encore Expressionist;
Symetrix 628;
GeneralMusic RealPiano Pro 2;
Avalon VT-737;
Quick Picks: Virtual Reality 3D SFX vol. 1;
Bolder Sounds Granular vol. 2;
Quantum Leap Guitar and Bass;
Q Up Arts Kit Watkins: Ambient Realms


April 1998

Six-String Computer Tutors (guitar-instruction CD-ROM plus Optek Smartlight guitar faceoff)
Cover Story: Workhorse Workstations (keyboard workstation faceoff)
Software Synths on Parade (faceoff)
JAM (focus: warming up)
ProFile: Old World in a New Time (Mike Curtis Klezmer Quartet)
Tech Page: Sleepless in Santorini (
April fool's)
Recording Musician: Studio Leapfrog (studio hopping)
Square One: Modulation 101 (synth modulation programming)
Working Musician: Doing It from a Distance (be a pro anywhere you are)
Service Clinic: Learn the Miller Method (Peter Miller tech advice)
Final Mix: All Studios, Great and Small (Bugs Bunny metaphors)
REVIEWS:
Novation Super Bass Station sound module;
Focusrite Green 5 Channel Strip processor;
Yamaha G50 guitar MIDI converter;
Korg DL8000R digital multitap delay;
Steinberg DSP plug-ins (Mac
Win);
Coda Music Technology Vivace Practice Studio (Mac
Win) practice system;
Rode NT1 large-diaphragm condenser mic;
Quick Picks: Q Up Arts Latin Groove Factory;
Spectrasonics Burning Grooves;
AMG Guitarras Atomicas;
East-West Hypnotica sample CD-ROMs


March 1998

Wild Things (field recording for sampling, sound design)
Cover Story: The CD-R Software Cook-Off (Mac & PC face-off)
Playing the Slots (PC digital-only sound card face-off)
In the Kitsch-en with the Moog Cookbook (interview with analog stalwarts)
Tech Page: The Next Generation (Super Audio Compact Disc, the new Sony
Philips CD format)
Desktop Musician: Tuning Up Windows for Audio
Recording Musician: Organizing Your Studio
Square One: The Modern Miracle of Digital Tape
Final Mix: Look Both Ways Before Crossing
REVIEWS:
Korg Z1 synth;
Prosoniq SonicWorx Artist (Mac) sound-design software;
Mark of the Unicorn MIDI Timepiece AV interface
patchbay
synchronizer;
Generalmusic SK76 keyboard workstation;
Opcode Studio Vision Pro 3.5 (Mac) digital audio sequencer;
Drawmer MX30 gate
compressor
limiter;
Cesium Sound Flex Processor 1.3 (Mac) MIDI prcessing software;
IK Multimedia Axe percussion-loop CD-ROM;
DUY DSP Shape, Tape, and Valve DSP plug-ins (Mac)


February 1998

Blow the House Down! (sampling brass and woodwinds)
Cover Story: Studio Heart Transplants (affordable digital mixers)
Tube Mic Tete-a-Tete (tube mic face-off)
Master Class: Secrets of the Virtual Studio (Roland VS-880)
JAM (soloing)
Pro/File: One from the Heart (Omar Sosa)
Tech Page: A Multicast of Thousands
Desktop Musician: Csound C Cruise
Recording Musician: Using Expanders and Gates
Square One: Merrily We Analog (analog tape decks)
Working Musician: Gigging for Gigs (alternative places to play)
Service Clinic: DIY and Service on the Web
Final Mix (decision making)
REVIEWS:
Roland V-Pro electronic drums;
Digital Audio Labs DAL V8 (Win) hard-disk recording system;
Alesis NanoBass & NanoPiano sound modules;
Joemeek VC1 Studio Channel voice processor;
Quasimidi Rave-o-lution 309 drum
bass synthesizer;
AKG Emotion D 770 & D 880 dynamic microphones;
Stro Lion N'Hummer 1A AC hum eliminator;
Discovery Firm Vintage 1-Sustain sample CD-ROM


January 1998

Cover Story: 1998 Editor's Choice Awards
Card Games (PC sound-card face-off)
Master Class: Too Much FUN (Using FUNs in Kurzweil K2000 & K2500)
Pro/File: Wonder of Wonders (David A. Jaffe and the Radio-Drum)
Square One: More Power! (power amps)
Desktop Musician: Solving Sound Card Mysteries (installation PC sound cards)
Working Musician: From Song to Screen (business tips for music for film & TV)
Tech Page: Stream On (Lucent's elemedia division's new streaming audio technology)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha AN1x synthesizer;
Sound Werx Syntonic Generator sample-CD set;
Focusrite Green 3 Voicebox voice processor;
SEK'D Samplitude 4.04 (Win) digital audio software;
East-West Scoring Tools, vol. 1 sample CD-ROM;
Symbolic Sound Kyma 4.5 (Mac
Win) sound-design workstation;
Symetrix 606 Delay F
x dual-mono delay


December 1997

Toy Story (music making with toys
Cover Story: Noteworthy deals (inexpensive Windows notation software face-off)
Creative Space: Curve of the Groove (Jack West & Curvature)
Pro/File: Fingertip Finesse (Tom Roady & Zendrum)
Recording Musician: Recording Upright Bass (with Myles Boisen!)
Desktop Musician: In the Director's Chair (sound & multimedia capabilities of Macromedia Director)
Tech Page: O Solero Mio (purchasing sheet music on the Web with Sunhawk's Solero)
REVIEWS:
Yamaha A3000 digital sampler;
PG Music Band-in-a-Box 7.0 (Win) auto-accompaniment software;
Alesis Wedge digital reverb;
BIAS SFX Machine 1.02 DSP plug-in;
Sweetwater Grand Piano Collection sample CD-ROM;
Cakewalk Pro Audio 6.0 (Win) digital audio sequencer;
Emagic Audiowerk 8 PCI audio card;
Benson StudioStat 8.2 hybrid close-field monitors;
ADA Ampulator tube preamp
speaker emulator


November 1997

Cover Story: Quiet Storms (products with amp- and speaker-emulation circuitry)
Playing the Field (field-recording applications)
Gear to Go (products for field recording)
Immaculate Audio (tips for maximizing digital audio tracks)
JAM (freelance drumming, getting consistent bass sounds, wireless mic systems, guitar tones that complement the overall band sound)
Pro/File: Rhythm Space (Ritmo Junction)
Desktop Musician: Playing the Game (overcome memory limitations when composing for computer games)
Recording Musician: Classic Vocal Enhancements (using reverb to simulate famous vocal tracks)
Square One: General MIDI
Working Musician: The Rights Stuff (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC primer)
Tech Page: Reconfigurable Computing (FPGA chips which "rewire" themselves to accommodate different uses)
REVIEWS:
Steinberg Cubase VST (Mac
Win 95) digital audio sequencer;
Yamaha 03D digital mixer;
Korg SoundLink DRS 1212 I
O audio card;
Sounds Good AB Popped, vol. 1 drum sample CD-ROM;
Synoptic Virtual Waves (Win) synthesis software;
Discovery Firm History of K and History of R sample CD-ROMs;
Peavey PVM T9000 tube condenser microphone;
Sytek MPX-4A quad microphone preamp


October 1997

Extreme Recording Feats (8 engineers discuss unusual techniques)
Cover Story: Power Stations (active monitor face-off)
Loop it Good (using loops on DAWs)
Production Values: Shining Star (Maurice White interview)
Pro/File: Digital Atmospherics (Kenneth Newby's Opcode MAX compositions)
: Desktop Musician: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
Working Musician: Visible Means of Support (tips for tech support)
Recording Musician: ADAT Maintenance
Square One: Power to the People (AC power for the studio)
Tech Page: Speakers of the House (new speaker design)
REVIEWS:
Hammond XM-1 (drawbar sound module);
Seer Systems Reality 1.0 (software synthesizer);
Blue Chip Axon NGC 77 (guitar-to-MIDI converter);
Retrospec Squeeze Box (tube compressor);
Kurzweil Take 6 (sample CD-ROM);
Dissidents Sample Wrench 4.0 (Windows sample-editing software);
Edirol Sound Canvas SC-88 Pro (GM sound module);
Q Up Arts Voices of Native America (sample CD-ROM);
Passport Master Tracks Pro Audio 1.0 (Windows digital audio sequencer);
Earthworks TC40K (condenser microphone)


September 1997

Creative Space: Garage Band (John Taylor's personal studio)
Cover Story: Songwriter's Summit (four songwriter talk about their craft)
Surfing the Pipeline (streaming audio on the Web)
JAM 3 (saving your voice, live guitar sound, picking bass cabinets, mixing from the stage, DIY drum accessories)
Desktop Musician: Be There Now (BeOS)
Recording Musician: Standing Strong (mic stands)
Square One: Marion the Editor
Librarian (organize your MIDI studio with editor
librarians)
Tech Page: Quantum Computing (incorporating quantum mechanics into computer functions)
REVIEWS:
Diamond Audio S2 HPM-4100 (active monitor system);
E-mu Carnaval (sound module);
Emagic Zap 1.1.2
Waves TrackPac-Pro 1.11 (audio-file compactors);
Line 6 AxSys (guitar amp);
Sound Factory Power Hits (sample CD);
Sweetwater Sound Ultimate Guitars (sample library)


August 1997

Diva Mix (mixing En Vogue)
Cover Story: Picture This! (desktop sound, music, dialog editing and time code for film)
Time Machines (sampling harpsichords, clavichords, and pipe organs)
Reaching for the Stars (rich man
poor man compressor face-off)
Pro/File: Dark Spirits (Lycia)
Desktop Musician: From Desktop to Disc (preparing masters for CD replication)
Recording Musician: Creative Drum EQ
Working Musician: Publisher's Roundtable
Tech Page: Good Vibes (Tactile transducers reduce SPLs)
REVIEWS:
Digidesign Pro Tools 4.0 (Mac) (digital audio editor);
Roland JP-8000 synthesizer;
Nightpro EQ3-D (dual-channel equalizer);
Tracer DART Pro (Win) (noise-reduction software);
Spectrasonics Distorted Reality (sample CD-ROM);
Ambiance Acoustics California Cubes (close-field monitors)


July 1997

That Bacharach Touch (a loving ode to our musical father)
Cover Story: Mad for the Mini! (Minidisc faceoff)
Anatomy of a Mix
Shockwave on a Shoestring (preparing audio for the net)
Pro/File: Beach Party Bingo (Aqua Velvets)
Desktop Musician: World Premiere (multimedia editing on Adobe Premiere)
Recording Musician: Avoiding Phase Cancellation
Square One: Going Direct (direct boxes)
Working Musician: The Selling of Self (personality marketing)
Service Clinic: Step on It (DIY footpedals)
Tech Page: Balancing Act (balanced DSP technology)
REVIEWS:
Genelec 1029A
1091A (monitors);
MOTU Digital Performer 2.0 (digital audio sequencer);
RØDE Classic (tube condenser microphone;
Frontier Design Group WaveCenter for Windows (digital audio interface card);
Peavey Spectrum Bass II (sound module);
Larry Washington Big Fat Beats & Loops sample CD;
Binari Sonori Sound SuperEdit 1.0 for Mac (batch audio-file processor);
TASCAM DA-P1 (portable DAT recorder);
Coda Finale 3.7.2 for Mac (notation software);
Yamaha REV500 (digital reverb);
L2 Platinum Sounds (sound-effects library)


June 1997

Heavenly Tones (7 guitarists discuss their rigs, recording styles)
Rich Man, Poor Man (4 high-end, 4 low-end mic preamps)
Jailhouse Rock (Bobby BeauSoleil records in prison)
Cover Story: Fix it in the Mix (repairing tracks during mixdown)
ProFile: Vintage Vanguard (Acme Rocket Quartet)
Desktop Musician: Microsoft DirectX Media
Service Clinic: Dinosaur Quarry, Pt. 2
Square One: Get on the SCSI Bus
Recording Musician: The ABCs of Recording (alphabet)
Working Musician: Timing is Everything (timing a CD release)
Tech Page: Audio Service Bureau (online DSP)
REVIEWS:
Lexicon MPX 1 multi-effects processor;
Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 4.0a (Win) digital audio editor;
TC Electronic Finalizer mastering processor;
Novation DrumStation Rack drum module;
Waves AudioTrack v. 2.2 (Mac) EQ
compressor plug-in;
A.R.T. Pro VLA 2-ch. tube compressor;
Niche Automation Station;
MIDI controller


May 1997

Hidden Gems (NAMM digital audio underdogs)
Cover Story: Capturing the Classics (recording live classical music)
Creative Space: Home Electronics (David Michael Matuch's studio & music: he's got muscular dystrophy)
JAM 2 (Portable PA faceoff, mic technique, amp faceoff, working with piano samples, 5-string bass tips, cymbal-purchasing tips, multimedia performance, working with sound people)
Pro/File: Head Space (Paedon)
Working Musician: Words and Music
Desktop Musician: Multimedia Gets a Speed Boost
Recording Musician: Ready, Set, Compress!
Service Clinic: Dinosaur Quarry (Q&A)
Tech Page: The Next Speaker (NXT flat-panel speakers)
REVIEWS:
Kawai K5000W synth;
William Coakley Perfect Piano Series, Vols. 1&2, Soundtrek The Jammer Professional 2.08 (Win);
Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor (compressor
tape-saturation emulator);
Yamaha P50-m piano module;
Zefiro Acoustics ZA2 (Win);
Sound Werx Vortexual Amplitude sample CD


April 1997

Master Class: A Piece of Cake (Cakewalk Pro Audio)
Cover Story: Dream Dates (choosing between MiniDisc, MDMs, M-HDRs, DAWs)
Organic Chemistry (sampling the B-3)
Production Values: Musical Chairs (Charlie Peacock)
Pro/File: Summertime Blues (Ronnie Po)
Desktop Musician: Plugging into AudioSuite
Working Musician: Schoolhouse Rock (teaching music)
Recording Musician: Acoustic Guitar EQ
Square One: Hard-Disk Recording
Tech Page: Hypernet
REVIEWS:
Digidesign Pro Tools Project (Mac);
Korg N364 (keyboard);
Sonic Arts Sounds of the '70s sample CD;
Symetrix 551E (EQ);
Sion QuickScore Elite Level II (Win) sequencer;
Spectrasonics Heart of Africa
Heart of Asia sample CDs;
Rane Mojo Squeeze MC22 stereo compressor


March 1997

High-Tech Tutors (educational CD-ROMs)
Cover Story: The Fab Five (digital audio sequencer face-off)
Creative Space: Barnstorming (Jethro Tull's Martin Barre and his studio, The Presshouse)
Master Class: A Place For Everything (positioning elements in a mix)
Pro/File: Surreal Wind (J. Arif Verner)
Recording Musician: Optimum Gain Structure (setting gain levels)
Square One: Selecting the Right Bank (MIDI Bank Select)
Service Clinic: Questions and Answers (getting synth sounds from the Web)
Working Musician: Success by Association (users groups)
Tech Page: The Need for Speed (ADSL technology for phone lines)
REVIEWS:
E-Mu E4K (sampler);
Macromedia Deck II 2.5 (Mac);
Sound Factory Groove Construction Kit sample CD;
Roland PMA-5;
Yamaha CS1x;
Front Room Productions Producer Series CD;
Audix PH-15vs monitors


February 1997

A House Divided (recording in different rooms at home)
Sampling the World (sampling ethnic instruments)
Cover Story: Home Improvement (Prepare any room for recording)
The Audio-File Jungle (audio-file formats for multimedia and the Web)
Production Values: Danny's Big Adventures (Interview with Danny Elfman
scoring for movies)
JAM 1 (G3's guitar sounds, choosing a vocal mic, acoustic guitar tones, keyboard monitoring, vintage-sounding bass amps, drum sounds, using computers onstage, sound check tips)
ProFile: Laying Down the Crunch (James Murphy from Testament)
Desktop Musician: Getting Away from It All (reducing noise levels by putting your comp. in the closet)
Recording Musician: Glorious Acoustic Guitars
Working Musician: New Frontiers in Copyright (legal issues for new media)
Service Clinic: Memorymoog & Hybrid Design
Tech Page: When the SHARC Bites (new DSP chip)
REVIEWS:
Waldorf Pulse (analog synth);
Alesis Nanoverb;
TASCAM M-1600 (mixer);
Gracenote Musician's Manage (Win);
Musicware Nightingale 3.0 (Mac);
Aphex Model 109 (EQ)


January 1997

The Phantom of the Brain Opera (Tod Machover and the MIT Media Lab)
Cover Story 1997 Editors' Choice Awards
Production Values: The Little Demo that Could (John Leventhal
Roseanne Cash)
Polishing Your Image (sampling acoustic instruments in true stereo)
ProFile: Desert Song (Thomas Goodlunas)
Recording Musician: Mixing Background Vocals
Desktop Musician: Tasty Web Sites
Working Musician: Resources for Women in Music
Tech Page: Liquid Audio
REVIEWS:
Power Technology DSP•FX 1.0 (Win);
TC Electronic M2000 Wizard;
Digital Kitchen Akil Wemusa Bass Loops, Vol. 1;
BIAS Peak 1.10 (Mac);
Opcode Vision 2.5 (Win);
INA-GRM GRM Tools 1.51 (Mac)


December 1996

Tech Toys (cool gifts for under $200)
An Economy of Scales (small- and large-diaphragm condenser mics compared)
Cover Story: Going Global (creating a Web page for your music
band)
Creative Space: Fortress Rising (Henry Robinette)
Production Values: Married to the Music (Neil Giraldo
Pat Benatar)
ProFile: Good Vibrations (Bryan Bogue)
Desktop Musician: QuickTime Face-Lift
Recording Musician: Creative Bass EQ
Square One: Dithering Heights
Tech Page: Now Hear This (cochlear implants)
REVIEWS:
Event Electronics 20
20bas;
Creamware tripleDAT 2.0 (Win);
Quasimidi Quasar;
Voyetra Digital Orchestrator Plus (Win);
DigiTech VTP-1;
Philips IS 5022 Sound Enhancer


November 1996

Production Values: Shop Talk (Seibold, Shel Talmy, and Youth)
Cover Story: The Magnificent Seven (modular hard-disk recorder shootout)
Multitimbral Muse (Yamaha's new XG sound modules)
Simply Grand (how to create grand piano samples)
ProFile: Music Man (Dan Shimmyo)
Desktop Musician: Creating a Monster (sound-design ideas)
Recording Musician: Enhancing the Spectrum (master popular spectral enhancers)
Service Clinic: Hybrid Synth Power-Up
Working Musician: Executive Ears
Square One: Caveat Connector
Tech Page: It's Not the Pits (erasable
reusable CDs)
REVIEWS:
TASCAM DA-38;
Earthworks OM1 and TC30K;
IQS SAW Plus 2.9 (Win);
Roland A-90;
Intelligent Devices PAA 2.0 (Mac);
Aardvark AardScape;
3D Sound 3D Keys, Vol. 1: The Dream Weaver;
Lexicon PCM 90;
Z-Systems z-8.8;
Folded Space Micro Room


October 1996

A Day in the Life: An Orchestrated Escape (Shirley Walker and John Carpenter score Escape from LA)
Cover Story: Cool Tools (cool Mac and Windows music shareware)
Creative Space: Trailer Numbers (Robert Etoll composes miniscores for movie trailers)
Persistence of Vision (tips for using Opcode's Studio Vision Pro)
That Synching Feeling (tutorial on time code)
ProFile: Heavenly Harmonies (Jo Miller and Laura Love)
Desktop Musician: Site Seeing (music Web pages)
Working Musician: Entertainment Lawyers
Service Clinic: Hybrid Synth Service
Recording Musician: Recording Spoken Word
Tech Page: Headspace Rangers
REVIEWS:
Ensoniq MR-Rack;
Hohner Midia Personal Composer (Win);
Mackie UltraMix;
Alesis MicroVerb 4;
Musitek PianoScan 2.5 (Win);
Korg ih


September 1996

Back To School (music-education programs)
Cover Story: The Budget Desktop Studio
Production Values: Space-Age Pioneer (Juan Garcia Esquivel)
In The Loop (looping techniques)
ProFile: Ping-Pong Wizardry (Enna Deer)
Square One: Control Is Everything (MIDI Machine Control)
Desktop Musician: Don't Be a Crash Dummy (keep your hard disk fragment free)
Recording Musician: South American Session (improve your world-music tracks)
Tech Page: Maximum Mpact (integrated media processors)
REVIEWS:
Roland VS-880;
Digidesign Audiomedia III (Win);
Alesis DM5;
Steinberg WaveLab 1.0 (Win);
Yamaha CBX-D5 (Win)


August 1996

Silent Partners (acoustic treatment comparison)
Cover Story: Traveling Companions (portable keyboard comparison)
Cubist Art (Steinberg Cubase 3.0 master class)
Production Values: I Was a Teenage Record Producer! (Producer Bob Ezrin)
ProFile: Twisted Sister & Misters (Amy Neuburg & the Men)
Desktop Musician: WIndows Multimedia Tools
Working Musician: Publishing Your Praise (get your worship music published)
Service Clinic: Analog Mods
Tech Page: The PACMan Cometh
REVIEWS:
Buchla Lightning II;
Macromedia SoundEdit 16 2.0 (Mac);
Yamaha RM800;
Musicator A
S Musicator Audio 1.0 (Win);
DigiTech Studio Quad;
Sampleheads New York City Drumworks


July 1996

Squeeze Boxes (compressor comparison)
Cover Story: The Windows Studio (make your PC a hard-disk recording studio)
Points of Reference (close-field monitor comparison)
Continental Delights (1996 Frankfurt Musikmesse)
Pro/File: Tunesmith (Patrick Godfrey)
Working Musician: The Road to Self-Publishing
Desktop Musician: Postcards from the Web
Square One: Internet Glossary
Recording Musician: Working on the Sidechain Gang
Service Clinic: Analog Potpourri
Tech Page: Fire in the Wire
REVIEWS:
Yamaha 02R;
Korg Trinity;
Crown CM-700;
Yamaha Visual Arranger (Win);
Sony DPS-V77;
Interactive Light Dimension Beam;
Invision Interactive Keith Emerson


June 1996

A Day in the Life: Ring My Bell (technology brings to life a long-silent bell tower)
Cover Story: Burn, Baby, Burn! (CD-R tutorial + four drives compared)
Hear No Evil (protect your hearing easily)
Master Class: Advanced Logic (E-magic Logic Audio user tips)
ProFile: Spooky Diva (Jill Tracy)
Square One: Genesis of a Standard (SMFs explained)
Recording Musician: Patch-Bay Profiles (3 configurations shown)
Working Musician: Taking It to the Street (alternative marketing strategies)
Tech Page: Nanocomputers
REVIEWS:
Alesis QS6;
Motion Sound Pro 3;
Dynaudio Acoustics BM5;
Artic AudioBase (Win);
Bolder Sounds Eclectic, Vol. 1;
Viscount EFX-1;
InVision CyberSound FX (Mac)


May 1996

Creative Space: Rush Limbo (Alex Lifeson)
Cover Story: Modular Digital Madness (MDM shoot out)
NAMM's Greatest Hits (Winter NAMM pick hits)
Multitasking Marvels (buyer's guide to 39 multi-effects boxes)
ProFile: Hula a Go Go (Hula Monsters)
Desktop Musician: Home, Home on the Web (building a Web page)
Square One: The Wizard of dBs Returns (acoustic decibels)
Working Musician: Label Machinations (starting your own independent record label)
Service Clinic: Voltage-Controlled Oscillators
Tech Page: For a Few Cents More (microtunable synth engine)
REVIEWS:
E-mu Darwin;
Kurzweil K2500;
Tannoy PBM 8 LM;
Roland GP-100;
Enxoniq
Q Up Arts Steve Gadd Drum Scores;
Ensoniq DP
2;
Groove Tubes EQ1


April 1996

Field Trip (tour the New England Synth Museum)
Cover Story: The Sophisticated Mix (blend signal processors into an aural cocktail)
Production Values: Listen to the Music (Mitchell Froom)
Master Class: Freewheelin' with FreeStyle (MOTU's sequencer explored)
ProFile: The Working Man's Blues (Calfee Jones)
Recording Musician: The Mini Mic Cabinet
Desktop Musician: Making an Enhanced CD
Working Musician: The Taxman
Tech Page: In Hot Water
REVIEWS:
Opcode Studio Vision Pro 3.0 (Mac);
Fostex DMT-8;
Cakewalk Pro Audio 4.01 (Win);
Korg i4S;
Digidesign Session 2.0 (Mac);
Spectrasonics Bass Legends, Vol. 1;
Alesis ADAT XT;
Eventide DSP4000 Ultra-Harmonizer 2.0


March 1996

Cover Story: Everything You Wanted To Know About Releasing Your Own Album (But Didn't Know Who To Ask)
Master Class: Programming the Roland Super JV
The Natives are Restless (importing non-native samples)
ProFile: Swingtown (Doug Robinson)
Recording Musician: A Quick Take on Condensers
Working Musician: Seductive Promotion
Service Clinic: Build a Moog Filter
Tech Page: Java Jive
REVIEWS:
Technics SX-WSA1;
Zendrum Z-2;
SEK'D Samplitude Studio 2.06 (Win);
Audio-Technica ATH-M40 & ATH-D40;
Roland MS-1;
Mark of the Unicorn Unisyn 1.2 (Win);
Rocksonics MVCA-4;
Eye & I Legacy


February 1996

Creative Space: Primal Guitar (Randy Roos)
Cover Story: Bits and Pieces (how top recording engineers record the stars)
Sizzling Sequences (make expressive MIDI tracks)
Hot Stuff (tube mic preamp face-off)
DIY: Build the EM Theremin
ProFile: Cross-Culture Club (João Ferreira)
Desktop Musician: Interactive Resumes
Recording Musician: One Room
Working Musician: The Fine Print
Service Clinic: Analog Service, Part 5
Square One: Digging Into Digital Audio
Tech Page: Holographic Storage Data
REVIEWS:
Korg Prophecy;
TASCAM DA-30 MKII;
Steinberg Cubasis Audio (Win);
Marion Systems ProSynth;
Hohner MIDIA Drumatix;
Oberheim OB-3;
Lyrrus G-Vox;
Big Fish Audio West Coast Funk Stew


January 1996

Audio Abduction (capture pristine digital audio for CDs)
Cover Story: 1996 Editors' Choice Awards
A Day in the Life: Jazzin' it Up (live recording for the Concord Jazz label)
Creative Space: Dynamic Duo (Fleming and John)
ProFile: Sweet Solitude (Steve Hansen)
Working Musician: The Name Game (trademarking your band name)
Square One: The Wizard of dBs (defining decibels)
Service Clinic: Analog Service. Part 4
Recording Musician: Sonic CPR for Drums
Tech Page: Satellite Radio
REVIEWS:
Akai DR8;
Tracer DART 1.0 (Win);
Doepfer MS-404;
PreSonus DCP-8;
LA Drum Studio
Beatboy
D'nai drum patterns;
Studiomaster Mixdown Classic 8