Years back

What did the fu­ture hold for the world of mu­sic soft­ware one decade ago?

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‘Is solid state tech­nol­ogy the fu­ture of stor­age?’ was our Burn­ing Ques­tion back in 123 (March 2008). Although some of us still have hard disks click­ing and whirring away in our ma­chines, our an­swer from the fu­ture is a def­i­nite yes. Shame it’s still a bit pricey, mind.

Speak­ing of stor­age space, we were go­ing to need plenty of it to in­stall Spec­tra­son­ics’ Om­ni­sphere, which made its de­but at the 2008 NAMM Show in front of a “stunned crowd”, ac­cord­ing to “Old-school all round, you might say” our slightly hy­per­bolic new­shounds. We also re­ported on the ru­mour that Ap­ple were plan­ning on launch­ing a ded­i­cated mul­ti­touch MIDI con­troller, but that never hap­pened, and look­ing back, we can’t re­ally un­der­stand why we ever thought it would.

In the re­views sec­tion, we took a look at the Asus Eee PC, the com­pact ‘sub­lap­top’ (as one of our read­ers called it) that helped to kick­start the net­book craze. It wasn’t ex­actly a pow­er­house, and the 7-inch screen was a bit small for mak­ing mu­sic on, but we still sort of wanted one, if only to feel part of the zeit­geist.

Fi­nally, our chip­tune tu­to­rial showed you how to em­u­late the al­ready vin­tage 8-bit sound with plu­g­ins that them­selves now look pretty dated. Old-school all round, you might say.

We took a com­plete tour of vo­cals in our 123rd is­sue, with a guide to record­ing, edit­ing and mix­ing

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