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A BIT BETTER?

Aiwa HD-S1 Portable DAT Recorder

As the prospects of DAT technology appearing in the high street approaches, Paul Ireson looks at Aiwa's new portable recorder.

DR T'S BEYOND

Mac Sequencer

Sequencing software for the Macintosh has tended to be either hig-spec and highly priced, or entry-level budget ware. Have Dr. T found a happy medium with beyond? Matthew Newman investigates.

Emu Proformance

Sampled 16-bit Piano Module

The sound of a grand piano is, after the human voice, perhaps the most versatile, familiar and evocative sound in music - and it's certainly the most imitated, most recently by Emu Proformance. Tony Hastings continues the search for the perfect piano module.

EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL

Groove M4CV MIDI-To-CV convertor

Old analogue synths never die - they just gather dust until you find a reason to kick them into life again. As Chris Anakin discovers, the Groove M4CV MIDI-to-CV convertor could be just such a reason.

HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER

Brother MD140 Sequencer

Brother are taking their first steps into the music market with the release of the MD140 and MD130 sequencers.

LIGHT FANTASTIC

XRI Systems XRL8 MIDILite

Best Known for their SMPTE Synchronisers and MIDI patch bays, XRI Systems have entered the growing field of MIDI controlled lighting with the compact XRL8 MIDILite. Kendall Wrightson seeks illumination.

MAC ATTACK!

Steinberg Cubase Macintosh Sequencer

Steinberg's Cubase, the company's flagship ST sequencer, has now been ported over to the Macintosh to compete against the likes of Performer and Vision. How does it stack up against the big guns of the Mac sequencer world? Mike Collins sits in judgement.

STEINBERG: Satalite; Controller mapping; Chips with everything; C-LAB: Paper length; Synchronisation

Steinberg: Satalite; Controller mapping; Chips with everything. C-Lab: Paper length; Synchronisation.

TASCAM MTS1000 MIDIIZER

Tascam MTS1000 Midiizer

As the prices of 8 and 16-track tape recorders have come within the reach of most users, synchronisers are becoming familiar, even essential, to an increasing number of people. David Mellor chases Tascam's new machine and MIDI synchroniser.

WHAT A PERFORMER!

MOTU Performer

Following hot on the heels of their MIDI Time Piece, Mark Of The Unicorn release a major upgrade to Performer, the world's first 'professional' computer MIDI sequencer. Kendall Wrightson looks at what's new in an old favourite.

People + Opinion

BRIAN ENO: Breaking The Silence

Brian Eno is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in electronic music, yet his creative energies have long been directed into other people's music. Now, with the release of one solo and one collaborative album approaching, he give a rare interview to Mark Prendergast.

SOUNDING OFF: A voice in the wilderness by Richard Garrett

A voice in the wilderness by Richard Garrett.

Technique

ADVENTURES IN MIDI LAND

Adventures In MIDI Land: Part 3

Martin Russ hacks his may deeper into the heart of the MIDI jungle. This month: buffer size, and how to deal with status swaps.

DAVE STEWART'S MUSIC SEMINAR

Dave Stewart's Music Seminar: Part 4: New Jerusalem

Part 4: New Jerusalem.

RECORDING TECHNIQUES

Recording Techniques: Part 11: Using The Compressor And Noise Gate

The compressor and the noise gate are the most powerful of all the effects in the studio rack. David Mellor passes on some techniques and tricks.

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