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ALESIS MIDIVERB III

Alesis Midiverb III

This latest release from the purveyors of low-cost signal processing is more a reverb unit with supplementary effects than a full-function multi-effects processor. Paul Ireson journeys into deep space.

C-LAB: Pickup clock; Cue Icons; True tempo; Deleting main page track parameters; notator display parameters; HOLLIS RESEARCH: Future memory requirements; STEINBERG: Arrangement Windows; VOYETRA: Off Set; Damaged song files

C-Lab: Pickup clock; Cue Icons; True tempo; Deleting main page track parameters; notator display parameters. Hollis research: Future memory requirements. * Steinberg: Arrangement Windows. Voyetra: Off Set; Damaged song files.

GAJITS SEQUENCER ONE

Atari Sequencer

Another ST sequencer? David Hughes looks at the Gajits Sequencer One, and finds out how it measures up to the competition.

IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY

PLI Infinity Turbo Drive

Removable hard disks represents a cost-effective solution to data backup and storage problems for sample owners. Kendall Wrightson takes a look at the PLI Infinity Turbo Drive in use with the Akai S1000.

Kawai K4

16-Bit Digital Synthesizer

Following on from the success of their extremely popular K1, Kawai have gone upmarket with the 16-bit K4. Tony Wride looks at the company's new flagship synth.

TASCAM CASSETTE DECKS

Tascam Cassette Decks

Let's face it, every studio needs a master cassette deck. Paul Ireson takes a look at Tascam's new mid-priced two and three-head machine.

THE BIG ONE!

Tascam MSR24 24-track 1-Inch Tape Recorder

Ever since the dark ages, prophets and soothsayers have been forecasting the big one. Well here it is - Tascam's 24-track on one inch tape recorder. David Mellor investigates.

YAMAHA SY77

Yamaha SY77 RCM Synthesizer: Part 1

Part 1: The DX7 captured musicians' imaginations like no other synthesizer before or since. But the legacy of releasing endless variations on the DX theme has turned some musicians away from FM synthesis and into the waiting arms of a new generation of 'sample plus synth' keyboards: the D50, M1, ESQ1/SQ80, K1 and VFX. Now Yamaha are back with a vengeance, and even more powerful method of synthesis (Real-time Convolution and Modulation), and a spanking new flagship synth. But has the SY77 got what it takes to regain the hi-tech musician's vote? Martin Russ finds out.

People + Opinion

A VISIT FROM THE DOCTOR

Al Hospers

Al Hospers, chief executive officer of Dr. T's Music Software in Boston, paid a flying visit to the recent PC Show during a whirlwind tour of Europe. Paul Gilby managed to find a quiet corner to ask him about the future activities of this prolific music software house.

PATCHBAY STUDIO

Patchbay Studio: Bringing a dream to life

There can be few home recordists who haven't spent a few idle moments thinking about how nice it would be to run their own professional studio. Mick Belford of Patchbay Studio explains how determination can turn such a dream into reality.

SOUNDING OFF: Musical theory VS. Musical reality by Andy Robinson

Musical theory VS. Musical reality by Andy Robinson.

Technique

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About System Exclusive: Part 10

System Exclusive: Part 10: handshaking by Martin Russ.

GETTING INTO VIDEO

Part 5

In this final installment of the series, David Mellor looks at sophisticated timecode generators and readers in the Fostex range, and at complex timecode systems.

MIDI TIME CODE

MIDI Time Code

Just as MIDI itself has gone far beyond what its developers imagined, So MIDI Time Code has the potential to take MIDI technology into areas quite removed from the synthesis and sequencing world in which it has become so familiar. MTC user Paul D. Lehrman explains how.

RECORDING TECHNIQUES

Recording Techniques: Part 2: Microphones

David Mellor cuts through the mythology of microphone techniques with some practical advice.

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