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Issue 16 of Music Tech Magazine

Published: Wed June 23, 2004  News Feed

We know more and more of you are getting into mobile recording - we only have to look at how many people bought our Mobile Music issue in April, and the fact that 35% of you plan to buy a laptop in the next 12 months. So we\'ve got a treat in store for you with a Laptop Music book free with every issue of Music Tech this month, featuring extensive extracts from PC Publishing\'s brand-new book of the same name. Including advice on buying laptops, mobile hardware and mobile-friendly software, this handy book will definitely get you up and running. Plus, we\'ve come up with some truly distinctive vocal sample sounds on the CD with a wide variety of royalty-free human and (dare I say it) animal sounds from the Sound Effects Library. Well worth a listen.

In the magazine itself we\'ve taken a new look at recording guitars, and come up with three setups ideal for the beginner, intermediate or expert. Guitar Buyer Editor, Mick Taylor, checks out the Digitech GNX3 and Yamaha\'s AW16G, while our own Hollin Jones gets stuck into Steinberg\'s new Cubase System|4, taking you from initial set up to first recording.

For those of you looking for something more esoteric, Mark Cousins sets about creating a virtual orchestra. Fortunately, there\'s plenty of help to hand with the likes of GigaStudio GS3, EXS24 and Kontakt on the sampler front, and the emerging range of orchestral libraries including the Vienna Symphonic, Garritan Personal Orchestra and Project SAM. If you\'re into scoring for film or TV soundtracks, or you just want to add an orchestral phrase to your own music (it didn\'t do The Verve any harm), then there\'s plenty to learn from Mark\'s feature. It\'s also worth pointing out that Mark will be penning a couple of follow-up features on this subject over the coming months.

Lastly on the feature front, we\'ve come full circle from last month\'s guide to mics, with a detailed look at monitors and monitoring. Dan Goldstein looks at how to choose suitable monitors and where the things should actually be positioned when you\'ve finally made your purchase.

Of course, the issue wouldn\'t be complete without a hefty dose of reviews. And this month\'s selection of new kit tested and rated includes the Korg Triton Extreme 88, E-mu\'s Emulator X, Native Instruments\' Elektrik Piano, Creamware\'s SCOPE and a whole lot more.

It\'s a fantastic issue, so be sure to get hold of your copy. Music Tech Magazine issue 16 is on-sale now in WH Smith, Borders, many Martins, Forbuoys and RS McColls - and, of course, good independent newsagents around the country.

Enjoy the issue.

Paul Pettengale

PS. Have you seen our latest subscription offer? 12 issues of Music Tech Magazine, plus a Sonomic personal samples library card worth £39, all for just £50. Find out more about it at http://www.musictechmag.co.uk or call 0870 444 8468 and mention Sonomic.

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