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AUDIO KINETICS PACER SYNCHRONISER

Audio Kinetics Pacer Synchroniser

There are already low-cost synchroniser systems available from Fostex and SMPL, but with the release of the Pacer, big boys of the synchronisation world Audio Kinetics have dropped their not inconsiderable toe in the water with a system that sells for less than £2000 plus VAT. David Mellor investigates.

CASIO CZ1

Casio CZ1 Synthesizer

They say that even Michelangelo produced doodles before creating his finished masterpieces. In the same way, Casio's previous achievements in the synthesizer field may now come to look minor in the light of the ground-breaking CZ1, The newly-born big brother to the CZ101. Chris Jenkins checks it out.

DBX TRIPLE 'X' RATING: 263X

DBX Triple 'X' Rating 263X De-esser

Engineer/musician Gareth Stuart takes a 'peep' at the three signal processors that form the new 'X' series from dbx: the 263X de-esser, 163X over-easy compressor/limiter, and 463X over-easy noise gate expander.

Multitimbrality for everyone!

Yamaha FB01 Sound Generator

Yamaha have finally woken up to the benefits MIDI's Mono Mode can bring in terms of flexibility to anyone working on a tight budget. Martin Russ reports.

NEW ADDITION

Dynacord ADD-One

Chris Everard took such a shine to Dynacord's ADD-One Advanced Digital Drum system unveiled at last month's British Music Fair, that he asked if he could review one. We said yes, so here are the results...

SONY D55T DISCMAN

Sony D55T Discman

Since the launch of the first compact disc players just a few years ago, we have seen price and physical size come tumbling down. Paul Gilby looks and listens to the latest and smallest member of the Sony CD family, the D55T Discman.

People + Opinion

BACK TO SCHOOL

School Of Sound Recording: Manchester

Exposure to low-cost home recording equipment over the past few years has led to an increase in the number of people looking to break in to the audio business. And in an effort to give themselves an edge over their competitors in the job market, more and more would-be engineers are taking advantage of training schemes like that run by the Manchester-based School Of Sound Recording, who offer a one year course in sound recording and related arts, which is designed to fulfil the need for trained operators in the pro-audio world.

INSIDE VIEWS

Pressing Records: SRT Records & Tapes; David Richardson

Paul Gilby visits SRT Records & Tapes to unearth the 'inside views' of its managing director David Richardson, whose profound words shatter some of the illusions and myths that surround the record manufaturing industry.

ON THE FLIGHT DECK AT TERMINAL 24

Terminal 24 Studio

If you've the tenacity to take on and beat the (ex-) GLC, then putting together an upmarket 24-track studio is a piece of cake! Tony Hastings visited this South London studio to gleam the details of how it came to be and what it offers.

PAUL McCARTNEY PRESS TO PLAY

Paul McCartney Press To Play

A new Paul McCartney album is always a special event. But 'Press To Play' is a particularly exciting departure in many ways: it is Paul's first album of original material since 'Pipes Of Peace' three years ago. It is the first album to be recorded at his own studio too. Which was built to Paul's exacting specifications. 'Press To Play' also marks the first time Paul has collaborated with producer Hugh Padgham, the man who has worked extensively with The Police, Genesis and Phil Collins. Another first for 'Press To Play' is that Paul has co-written six of the album's ten songs with Eric Stewart, formerly of 10cc. Interview: Patrick Humphries.

Technique

LINE UP! Part 2

Tape Recorder Line-Up: Part 2

Part 2: In the second instalment on the practice of tape recorder line-up, David Mellor tells you what to do, what not to do - and why you should look after your tweaker. For all those who read last month's article on the theory of line-up, and haven't dared to record a note since, here are the wise words that will finally set you on the straight and narrow.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MIRAGE

Making The Most Of Your Mirage: Part 1

Part 1: Tony Hastings begins a short series of hints and tips to help owners of the popular Ensoniq Mirage expand their sampling skills.

MASTER KEYBOARDS

Master Keyboards: Yamaha KX88

Jay Chapman explains the theory and practicality of using a master keyboard like Yamaha's KX88 in your MIDI set-up. What are the benefits it can bring? Read on to find out...

THE CELTIC MACINTOSH

The Celtic Macintosh: An Album Produced Entirely On A Personal Computer: Part 2

Part 2: Paul D. Lehrman concludes his report about how he recorded an album of music entirely by himself using a handful of MIDI synths, a 512K Apple Macintosh computer and the Southworth "Total Music' multitrack sequencing software.

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