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20/20 VISION

Opcode Vision 1.4

Opcode's new release of their award-winning Mac sequencer comes with a 15-page computer file describing just the enhancements. Martin Russ explains why his Vision has improved so much...

Best Service Clockwork

Sample Library

* Score = 3

DOCTOR'S ORDERS

Boss DR660 Drum Machine

The DR660 is the latest and most heavyweight of Boss's classy budget drum machines. Derek Johnson prepares to be impressed.

FUN, FUN, FUN

Yamaha QY20 Music Sequencer

"Is that a QY20 in you pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?" Paul Ireson explains why a QY20 will be filling his stocking this Christmas.

HANDS ON: Fostex G24S Tascam MSR24S Multitracks

Fostex G24S & Tascam MSR24S Multitracks (Hands On)

David Mellor spends some time with some heavyweights of the recording world, 24-track Dolby S multitracks from Tascam and Fostex.

MC3 Funk Guitar

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

MegaMIDI Dance Series Vol. 1 & 2

Sample Library

• Vol. 1 * Score = 2
• Vol. 2 * Score = 1

OPCODE AUDIOSHOP

Opcode Audio Shop Mac Audio Utility

Kendall Wrightson takes a look at Opcode's Audioshop, affordable Mac software for audio CD-ROM track sequencing, entry level sound file recording/editing, and sound resource conversion.

SOUND QUEST MIDI QUEST

Sound Quest Midiquest Universal Editor/Librarian Software

The MIDI Quest universal editor/librarian software from Canada offers all the drivers you need included in its modest price, and runs on all four major computer platforms. Derek Johnson looks a gift horse in the mouth.

STEINBERG: Merging MIDI data; SMPII Interface Card; DR. T'S KCS: More on control sequences; Muting sequences from the keyboard

Steinberg: Merging MIDI data; SMPII Interface Card; Dr T's KCS: More on control sequences; Muting sequences from the keyboard.

TEN CITY

Ensoniq ASR10 Stereo Sampling Keyboard

The EPS is dead, long live the ASR! 1992 sees the birth of a new dynasty from Ensoniq, its first offspring owing much to its predecessors; is the ASR10 an EPS in all but name? Wilf Smarties tarries awhile in the shade of Ensoniq's family tree...

ZOOM 9001

Advanced Multi-Effects Processor

The Zoom 9001 borrows the unusual looks of the guitar-orientated 9000 and crams in a selection of general-purpose studio effects which manage to retain the distinctive Zoom character. At £250, the 9001 might make you wish you hadn't already sent your Christmas list to Santa - Derek Johnson does...

People + Opinion

A CERTAIN RATIO

Into The Nineties

A Certain Ratio's 15-year career has brought critical acclaim but limited commercial success, as their changing sound, through industrial funk via jazz and beyond, has kept them ahead of the pack. Nigel Humberstone caught up with them at their Soundstation studio in Manchester.

LIVE END: Mixing the Cure

Mixing the Cure - the Wish tour.

Youth

Producer

Once Killing Joke's bass player, Youth has established himself as a major figure in dance music production, with two BPI Producer Of The Year nominations to his name. Paul Tingen drops in on his Brixton studio.

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: How to spend your Christmas money wisely; Music X

How to spend your Christmas money wisely; Music X.

ATARI NOTES: How Ripples works; ST Applications

How Ripples works; ST Applications.

Cheaper Channels; Second-hand Channels; Cheap Tapeless Recording; An Overture In Unisyn

Apple Notes

DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 9

A Series By Warren Cann

Ever tried running your drum machine through cheap distortion pedals? Or turning off the velocity sensitivity on its pads? Read on to find out why it's about time you did.

Fractunes; PC Sound Master; Gravis Ultrasound; Cool Shoe software; Windows news

PC Notes

GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PRO?

Thoughts on MIDI's Next Decade

When it comes to synths, samplers, sequencers and effects processors, MIDI rules OK - but when it's suggested that MIDI is equally suitable for professional automation and sync, dissenting voices are raised. Paul D. Lehrman explains why they're just plain wrong, and why MIDI will be more rather than less important in music production as it enters its second decade.

SAMPLING TECHNIQUES

How To Get The Most From Your Sampler

Sample rate conversion is a valuable technique for saving on sample memory - but it also aids hassle-free digital mixing of samples. Tune in for another look at practical sampling techniques...

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