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AKAI X7000

Akai X7000 Sampling Keyboard

Akai is rapidly becoming the name to look out for if you're in the market for a sampler. While other Japanese companies - relative newcomers to the world of sound sampling - are still on their first or second attempt, Akai are busy launching their third sampler (coupled in fact to a fourth, the S7000 module). Julian Colbeck sees where it fits in.

EMU SYSTEMS EMAX

Emu Systems Emax Digital Sampling Keyboard

Much rumour and speculation has surrounded the launch of what Ian Gilby reckons to be the best mid-priced sampling keyboard on the market. So what makes Emax special? Read the UK's first in-depth review and find out.

EXPAND YOUR DX

Grey Matter Response E! DX7 Expansion Board

DX-pert Martin Russ travels to London in search of the ultimate expander for his DX7 and finds it in the guise of an add-on PCB called E! made by America's Grey Matter Response.

FEEDING THE 5000

Hybrid 5000 Music Synthesizer

Hybrid Technology's Music 5000 synthesizer for the BBC B micro gains a 'O' and a whole host of new features. Phil South states the facts and wonders why more musicians don't know about the power of this system.

GOING DUTCH

IQ Systems Dual noise gate; Stereo clarifier

It took the importing enterprise of Audio Services to bring us a new range of well-priced effects units from Dutch company IQ Systems Sound engineer Gareth Stuart checks out two of the range: the dual noise gate, and stereo clarifier - a psychoacoustic sound enhancer.

People + Opinion

INSIDE VIEWS

Aphex: Marvin Caesar

Paul Gilby returns with the series that takes a behind the scenes look at companies and design personnel working in the field of music and recording technology. This month: Marvin Caesar, President of Aphex Systems USA - creator of the legendary Aural Exciter.

PETER GABRIEL

Behind The Mask

Nobody has advanced the application of technology in music more than Peter Gabriel. His pioneering use of the Fairlight CMI helped popularise that instrument and give credence to sampling as a creative recording prectice. Yet his music has never fallen prey to the technology trap - his latest album SO remains a soulful collection of songs heavily reliant on technology but applied with subtlety. Ray Hammond talks to the great man about the album, new technology, Otis Reading, and his role as musician

SERVICING YOUR NEEDS

Synthesizer Service Centre

When your synth blows a fuse and you blow your top, where do you go to have it repaired? Back to the shop? SOS reader Mattew Newman reports on a newly-founded oasis in the hi-tech servicing desert - The Synthesizer Service Centre in North West London.

SHOWTIME

81st AES Convention, Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles and London were the recent locations for two very different audio get-togethers. Paul Gilby reports on the proceedings and products shown at both the AES and Hands-On Shows.

Technique

GATEWAY'S SOUND ADVICE COLUMN

GATEWAY'S SOUND ADVICE COLUMN: Nakamichi Line-up; Career Prospects; Drumtraks expansion

The start of a regular column where members of the teaching staff of the Gateway School Of Recording & Music Technology answer readers' questions: Nakamichi Line-up; Career Prospects; Drumtraks expansion.

INDEX TO ALL ARTICLES

Index To All Articles Sound On Sound Volume 1 November 85 to October 86

Sound On Sound Volume 1 November 85 to October 86.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MIRAGE

Making The Most Of Your Mirage: Part 4

Part 4: Ensiniq Mirage expert Tony Hastings brings the series to a close with tips on how to make the most of the remaining MASOS functions.

MUSIC ON LINE

Music On-Line: A guide to Computers and Communications for the Musician: Part 1

Believe it or not, your computer can do considerably more than just go wrong! The burgeoning world of telecommunications offers the musician access to international 'electronic mail' and 'bulletin board' systems, free music software, information databases, help and sound advice. Richard Elen begins a new series that explores how today's top musicians are taking advantage of such systems and tells how you can join in.

THE NEW AGE MUSIC CONUNDRUM

The New Age Music Conundrum

What is 'New Age Music? Who plays it and why is it apparently so popular? Our resident musicologist Mark Prendergast traces its development back to the work of 'new music' composers Arnold Schoenberg and Erik Satie.

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