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Networking In The Music Business; Rapco DB 101SL Passive DI Box

Widgets

Debbie Poyser checks out Dan Kimpel's self-motivaing guide to promoting yourself, plus Paul White delves into the exciting depths of RAboc's new DI Box.

ART CS2

Compressor/Limiter

Does ART's new model have anything new to offer in a market already well supplied with affordable compressors? Paul White finds out.

Boss RV70

Digital Stereo Reverb

At a time when the prices of multi-effects units are, on average, lower than they've ever been, Boss have launched a processor which does... reverb! Derek Johnson looks at the back-to-basics RV70.

Charlie Lab Digitar

Pocket MIDI Guitar

How do you fancy a way of playing guitar patches, like a guitar, without the expense of a guitar synth system? Impossible? Derek Johnson finds out...

Emu ESi32

32-Voice Digital Sampler

News of the ESi32 has set the hearts of ambitious but fiscally challenged samplists beating faster. Mike Barnes brings you this exclusive review of the machine which packs EIII sampling power into a box costing under £1200, and wonders 'Is it too good to be true?"

Ensoniq Soundscape

16-Bit PC Soundcard

Following in the footsteps of Roland, Emu and Korg, Ensoniq have now taken the plunge into plug-in hardware with the latest release, the 16-bit Soundscape card for the PC. Paul Nagle puts it through its paces.

Gigapack Vol. 1

Sample Library

4*

Korg Palette

Sample Library

4*

Korg X5

AI 2 Synthesizer

The X5 is Korg's cheapest fully-featured keyboard synth, with a spec that belies its modest price tag. Derek Johnson finds out whether it's really the bargain it seems.

Kurzweil PC88

Performance Controller Keyboard

Kurzweil's new master keyboard combines the features of a MIDI controller with the sounds and feel of an 88-note digital piano. Tim James tickles the ivories...

MOTU Freestyle

Sequencing Software

Mark of the Unicorn have taken a brand-new look at sequencing for their latest package, FreeStyle, which is aimed at entry-level users as well as musicians who would rather avoid most of the complexities of MIDI. Mike Collins checks it out.

Oberheim Far

Resynthesis Technology (Preview)

Paul White gets a sneak preview of an approach to synthesizer technology that could truly change the face of both synthesis and sampling as we know them...

Roland MCR8

MIDI Multi-Controller

Roland's new MCR8 hardware controller seeks to take the strain out of parameter access synth or software editing, by offering you real-time manipulation of any MIDI values from its front panel sliders and knobs. Paul Ward checks it out.

Ross RX15S

Stereo 15-band Graphic Equaliser

Paul White gets to grips with the latest budget equaliser from Ross, and offers a few handy tips on graphic equalisation.

Yamaha Promix 01

Automated Digital Mixer

Yamaha's latest digital mixing console was by far the biggest crowd sensation at this year's APRS in London, taking many people by surprise with its low price and wealth of features. Dominic Hawken lends a listening ear to the first unit in the country.

Yamaha W7

Synthesizer Workstation

Yamaha's new Virtual Acoustics instruments provide the cutting edge of sophisticated synthesis technology — at a price. But what is the company doing for the mere mortal musician amongst us? Martin Russ assesses their answer, the new W-series workstations.

People + Opinion

Andrew Price: Copyright-free Music

Interview | Artist

Classical violin player Andrew Price is making his fortune with music that he deliberately didn't copyright. Here he explains to Paul White how he manages it, and offers some tips on blending MIDI-generated music with real orchestral players.

Bill Leeb: Front Line Assembly

Interview | Band

Canadian hardcore band Front Line Assembly have carved out a niche for themselves in the Electric Body Music market — but the hard men of synth rock have a softer side, which is emerging through various alter-egos and an evolution of the band's own sound. Nigel Humberstone talks to Front man Bill Leeb.

Karl Steinberg: Cubase & Computers

Interview | Manufacturer

Karl Steinberg now runs one of Europe's most successful software houses. But the company grew from a mere idea and a small business loan. Paul White talked to the man behind the mighty Cubase at his Hamberg R&D department.

Paul Staveley O'Duffy: Flexible Music Industry

Interview | Music Production (Production Lines)

Producer Paul Staveley O'Duffy has strong opinions on how the music business can be improved. Here he puts the case for a more flexible approach to the record industry — one that would expand the boundaries of what the public gets to hear...

Producing Music & Effects For A Major TV Documentary, Part 2

Exploration

In the concluding part of this short series, our intrepid MIDI musicians turn their attention to the creation of sound effects and the final mix... By Paul D. Lehrman with Steve Olenick.
• Read Part 1 (December 1994)

Tangerine Dream: Changing Use Of Technology, Part 2: 1977-1994

Exploration

The recently released 'Tangents 1973-1983' Tangerine dream boxed set chronicles the 10 seminal years the German group spent on the Virgin Label. Mark Prendergast concludes his history of the band, and looks at the effects they have had on the development of modern music technology.
• Read Part 1 (December 1994)

Technique

1994 Awards

PC Notes

Brian Heywood looks back at how the PC world has fared in the past twelve months, presents the 1994 PC Notes awards, and looks forward to a very Windows 95....

Atari Mega Archive

Atari Notes

Vic Lennard explores a brand-new, home-grown CD-ROM... Atari Mega Archive.

AudioMaster IV

Amiga Notes

Paul Overaa brings you more news on Amiga music applications and that crucial Commodore bidding war: AudioMaster IV.

Buying A Mac For Music

Tips & Techniques

Martin Russ fights the corner for the Apple Mac, surveys the current Macintosh product range, and generally tries to persuade you to buy one!

How To Treat, Label & Store Tape

Tips & Techniques

Paul White explains the APRS tape labelling system and offers a few hints of his own on tape care.

Interactivity; Yamaha Media Technology; System 7.5

Apple Notes

Martin Russ brings you the latest Apple news and views. First off the press is the low-down on Apple's new System 7.5...

MIDI Controllers & How To Use Them, Part 2

Primer

Nick Magnus concludes his exploration of MIDI controllers with a look at creative uses of SysEx, and some of the hardware MIDI devices which allow more intuitive uses of controllers. But first, how to mingle your Ooohs and Aaahs...
• Read Part 1 (December 1994)

Monitoring & Vocals

Tips & Techniques

If you can't get a good performance from your vocalist, it could be your method of monitoring that's at fault. Paul White offers some helpful advice.

Setting The Right DAT Recording Level

Tips & Techniques

Digital recording is very different from analogue when it comes to setting the right recording level. Jerry Halatyn helps you to understand your DAT machine...

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