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ALL CHANGE

Linn Sequencer

Mark Jenkins believes the Linn sequencer, the newly introduced 32-track MIDI recorder from the designers of the first digital drum machine, could well mark the end of the recording process as we know it. Doubtful? The read on...

ALL UNDER CONTROL

Vesta Kozo MIDI1 CV/Gate Interface

The latest offering from Vesta Kozo is an unassuming MIDI-to-CV convertor designed to provide MIDI control of their inexpensive Sampler/Delay, though its applications don't end there according to Ian Gilby...

IMAGES OF SOUND

JVC VS1B Graphic Synthesizer

Hiding in the pages of the JVC catalogue, the VS1B Graphic Synthesizer has some interesting and novel ways of representing music in a visual sence. Paul Gilby takes a look.

KORG DIGITAL VOICE PROCESSOR: DVP1

Korg Digital Voice Processor: DVP1

The application of digital electronics and MIDI to those functions performed by what are generally regarded as 'fringe' effects - vocoders, harmonisers and pitch shifters - has produced a versatile, new device from Korg: the DVP1. Ian Gilby brings you an exclusive preview of this latest programmable processor due for release early in the New Year.

OBERHEIM MATRIX 6

Oberheim Matrix 6 Keyboard

Flying in the face of fashion, Oberheim's new Matrix6 utilises traditional analogue sound generation and offers one of the most powerful and versatile synthesizers available. Keyboard man Paul Wiffen checks out the pedigree.

TASCAM STUDIO 8

Integrated Recorder/Mixer

The Tascam Studio 8 is an integrated recorder/mixer which represents an interesting development of the 'Portastudio' concept. A quarter-inch reel-to-reel multitrack tape machine is housed alongside the comprehensively equipped eight channel mixer in the substantial console, requiring only the addition of suitable monitoring to form a complete, and quite sophisticated, 8-track recording system. We asked recording engineer Dave Lockwood to put it through its paces.

THE ADVANCED MUSIC SYSTEM

Island Logic Advanced Music System

The ability to control both external instruments, via it's new MIDI module, and the SDI sound chip, make this Commodore version of Island Logic's program 'The Music System' (now handled by Rainbird Software) and even more attractive proposition to those musicians eager to discover the delights of computer music software, Ian Waugh reports.

YAMAHA DX21 SYNTHSIZER

Yamaha DX21Synthesizer

Veteran DX7 owner Ian Boddy casts an eager eye over Yamaha's recent synth offering, the DX21, to see how well it fares in the performance stakes.

People + Opinion

FOR HIRE

Hiring Equipment: A Guide

Hiring in a vital piece of equipment for that important session is a simple but effective means of improving the finished result. It's also an excellent way of thoroughly assessing any new product you may wish to buy. But what about someone in Aberdeen who wants to have a Lexicon 224X and is not known amongst the hire companies in the capital? Or for that matter someone in Cornwall wanting to hire an 8-track system for a weekend's recording? How easy is it for them to hire, and what is involved?

NIK KERSHAW: Recording Secrets

Nik Kershaw: Recording Secrets

With two first-class albums behind him and a string of chart hits. NIk Kershaw needs little or no introduction. This year has seen him appearing live at the British Recording Awards (BPI) where he was nominated for 'Best Album Of 1984' for Human Racing, 'Best Newcomer' and 'Best British Male Artist'. A world tour followed with his band The Krew, culminating in a set at Live Aid this summer. Now he's busy writing the third album and with the release of a one-off single, a taster perhaps for what's to come, Nik took time off to talk to Nick Webb about his approach to songwriting, playing and recording.

RECORDING ROUTES

Gateway School Of Recording & Music Technology

Aside from reading magazines and gaining hands-on experience, how else can you expand your skills and knowledge of modern recording/sound equipment? The answer is to attend a suitable course such as those taught at London's Gateway School of Recording & Music Technology. Ralph Denyer recently spent an enjoyable day with the staff of Gateway, during which the school's founder Dave Ward and their synthesis specialist Steve Howell outlines their teaching methods and the structure of the various courses they operate.

Technique

EFFECTIVE AUTOMATION - PART 2

Effective Automation Part 2: Creative Mixing With MIDI Controlled Effects

Roland's SBX80 Sync Box and SRV2000 Digital Reverb jump into action to contribute their part in Creative mixing with MIDI controlled effects. Paul Gilby explains.

SOUND ON VISION MUSIC & PICTURES

Music & Pictures Part 2: So You Want To Be A Screen Music Writer?

Musician, producer and film music composer Robin Lumley continues his six part series designed to take the mystery out of writing and recording music for film and television.

TAILORING SOUND

Art Of Sampling: Part 2: Tailoring, Editing, Looping & Splicing

In our first piece on sampling 'Photographing Sound', we concentrated mainly on the process of getting a sound into our sampler in the best possible state. In this article, session programmer Paul Wiffen moves onto the process of manipulating the sample to give the most useful results in playback.

TALKING MIDI

Talking MIDI: Part 2: Musical Instrument Digital Interface

Who says you can't use those hi-fi DIN cables to connect all your MIDI gear together? This month, Jay Chapman takes a logical look at the hardware side of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

VIDEO 8

Video 8: Not Just A Pretty Picture

Whether you know it or not, we are in the midst of a revolution, for the widespread adoption of the Video 8 format has resulted in a new generation of domestic video recorders that offer recording/playback of not only high quality picture but, more importantly, up to six tracks and 18 hours of stereo digital sound. Francis Rumsey explains how.

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