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BAND IN A BOX V5
Band-In-A-Box V5 Accompaniment software
This popular auto-accompaniment program is gaining in features and sophistication with every upgrade. Martin Russ plays with himself...
Ensoniq DP/4 Parallel Effects Processor
It's flexible, it's powerful, and it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Paul White finds out whether Ensoniq's first foray into the world of stand-alone effects delivers enough bang for the buck. Additional research by Derek Johnson.
PASSPORT MASTER TRACKS PRO 4
Passport Master Tracks Pro 4: Sequencer for Windows
Passport's proven Master Tracks Pro sequencer now runs under Windows on the PC. Brian Heywood puts the latest version through its paces.
Philips DCC900 Digital compact cassette recorder
Philips hope that their new cassette-based DCC format will succeed the new consumer digital recording medium. Derek Johnson evaluates the world's first DCC recorder.
RUSSLINGS: Mechanical component failure
Even the most advanced of today's hi-tech instruments contain mechanical components that are prone to failure. The trick is to ensure that they just outlast the product to which they're fitted..
STEINBERG: Customising the Cubase Quantize map; Multi-tasking; DR. T'S: Recording SYSEX in KCS
Steinberg: Customising the Cubase Quantize map; Multi-tasking; Dr. T's: Recording SYSEX in KCS
Yamaha SY85 AWM2 Workstation
Yamaha's new SY85 eschews FM technology and instead concentrates entirely on powerful sample-based synthesis. Derek Johnson finds that user sampling, powerful filters, and 'easy edit' sliders are just a few of the tricks that make this far more than just another sample-based workstation.
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ART OF THE STATE
Instrumental music doesn't sell, the UK dance scene is totally bereft of life, and dance bands never produce decent albums. Wrong, wrong, wrong - and 808 State are back with proof. Nigel Humberstone talked to Manchester's finest during the recording of Gorgeous, their third album.
AMIGA NOTES: SunRize, its spec and performance; SMPTE; Bars & Pipes
SunRize, its spec and performance; SMPTE; Bars & Pipes.
CUBASE MIDI MIXER: Programming Clinic. Part 1
Cubase MIDI Mixer Programming Clinic: Part 1
Few Cubase users take full advantage of its powerful MIDI Mixer module - daunted by its apparent complexity, they pass up the chance to exploit a powerful and flexible MIDI control tool. Ofir Gal presents a practical 2-part guide to customising and using the MIDI Mixer.
DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 6
Drum Programming: A Series By Warren Cann: Part 6
Warren Cann takes us ever deeper into the mind of that unfathomable entity, the drummer...
Cassette Multitracks: Making The Most Of Them
The multitrack cassette recorder provides an excellent platform for learning the essential skills of multitrack recording. David Mellor explains how to get the best out of them.
MAC NOTES: Incompatibilities; Duos, falcons, and Preformas
Incompatibilities; Duos, falcons, and Preformas
THE SYNTH IS DEAD
The Synth Is Dead: Long live the synth
With the predominance of the workstation synth, and the rise and rise of essentially preset instruments, what has become of the 'traditional' synthesizer? Paul Hazel turns the spotlight on Roland's JD800 and Korg's Wavestation, two recent instruments which answer the question - but in very different ways.