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BLOWING THE DIGITAL HORN
Don't be fooled by its toy-town looks - Casio's DH100 Digital Horn comes with six sounds and a built-in speaker, but it is a remarkably good MIDI wind contrller for £99. Tony Crowle decides to take it seriously.
DIGIDESIGN SOUND DESIGNER UNIVERSAL
Digidesign Sound Designer Universal
If you own several samplers or just want to transfer S900 samples into your mate's FZ1, then this program will make life considerably easier. David Mellor creates some desiner sounds with the Atari ST version of Digidesign's universal sample editor.
HYBRID TECHNOLOGY'S MUSIC 2000 SYSTEM
Hybrid Technology's MUSIC 2000 System For The BBC Micro
In terms of sheer numbers, Hybrid Technology's computer music system for the BBC micro outsells any other music software package on the market. Ian Waugh finds out why.
J.L COOPER MIXMATE
J.L Cooper Mixmate 8-track Automation System
When you run out of fingers and you find yourself pushing faders up with your nose during a mix, then it's time to get a helping hand. Master craftsman David Mellor takes on a new apprentice, the J.L Cooper MixMate.
ROLAND MC500 MkII
Roland MC500 MkII With Super MRC Software
When Roland's forward-thinking design team made the original MC500 an 'open' system, they did users a favour. Built-in obsolescence became less of a fear, provided Roland stuck to their promise of future updates and upgrades. The release of the super MRC software shows they have. It's available on its own for existing MC500 owners, or packaged with expanded hardware in the guise of the MC500 MkII. Paul Ireson keeps your updated.
Lexicon LXP1 16-bit Processor
There can be few effects devices around as prestigious and as desirable as those made by Lexicon. Now with the release of the LXP1 16-bit processor, the classic Lexicon sound becomes truly affordable. David Hughes tastes the quality...
The perfect beat
Roland Octapad II
Is this the ideal way to program rhythm patterns into your drum machine? Paul Ireson gives Roland's updated drum-to-MIDI convertor a good bashing!
Every so often a product comes along which changes everyone's idea of what they can expect at a certain price. Yamaha's new £250 box sets a new standard in price/performance for sampled piano (and other) sounds. Paul Wiffen gets excited enough to spend his own money!
YAMAHA YS200: The Friendly face Of FM
Yamaha's FM-based synths have incorporated more and more 'easy editing' features of late in an attempt to make FM synthesis accessible to a broader spectrum of potential users. The YS200 takes this approach even further with the inclusion of onboard digital effects, an 8-track sequencer, and large controls! Martin Russ looks at FM in a different guise.
People + Opinion
BERWICK STREET STUDIOS: The dawning of a new era?
Berwick Street Studios: The Dawning Of A New Era?
The impact of new technology has brought many changes to the recording industry. It has equally brought problems. Why, for instance, are some studios failing to attract enough business to survive, whilst others seem to be flourishing? One West London studio that has foreseen the writing on the wall and implemented changes is Berwick Street Studios.
HOW IT WORKS
How It Works: The Noise Gate
What is a noise gate? What on earth is a MIDI Noise Gate? David Mellor supplies the answers and explains some standard and not so standard gating techniques, with special reference to the BSS Audio DRP 502 MIDI Noise Gate.
HOW TO STORE YOUR YAMAHA SPX90 EFFECTS 'PATCHES' USING SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE BULK DUMPS
How To Store Yamaha SPX90 Effects 'Patches' Using System Exclusive Bulk Dumps
Have you ever wished you could store your SPX90 effects programs onto disk or into your MIDI sequencer for instant recall at the right point in your sequence? Using the power of System Exclusive commands, Mike Collins explains how it can be done.