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Kawai's K-series, notably the K1, grace many a studio and are favourite buys on the second-hand market - but it's been a long time since there was a new addition to the family. Now Kawai re-enter the fray with the K11; Derek Johnson finds out whether it was worth the wait...
Sabine FBX900 Feedback Exterminator
If your gigs are plagued by feedback, Paul White might just have stumbled across the perfect solution...
Korg 05R/W Synth Module
Synth manufacturers continue to give us more sounds in smaller boxes for less money - and Korg are no exception, with the latest in the O-series offering 340 multisounds, a GM sound bank, well-specified onboard effects and a Mac/PC interface, all for a price that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Julian Colbeck checks it out.
Cardioid Capacitor Microphone
Paul White studio tests Neumann's newest baby, a serious cardioid studio mic at an accessible price.
ONE STEP BEYOND
Roland SDE330 Dimensional Delay
Dave Lockwood goes in search of an extra dimension with the help of Roland's new digital delay.
Quasimidi Style Drive Realtime Arranger
Auto-accompaniment isn't everyone's cup of tea, but Quasimidi's Style Drive takes a sophisticated approach to it - as well as doubling as a GM note mapper and SysEx storage device. Joe Ortiz is probably the last person on the planet to need an auto accompaniment unit, but even he finds himself charmed.
Digital Soup Editing Software for the PC
This software package brings the flexibility of non- destructive digital editing to your PC for under £100. Tim Frost can't quite believe it either.
THE BLACK MAGIC BOX
Boss Pro SE70 Super Effects Processor
Boss's original SE50 multi-effects processor practically flew off the retailers' shelves. Can they repeat the performance with the SE70? Derek Johnson finds out.
THE LOGICAL CHOICE
Soundtracs Solo Logic Automated Mixing Console
Dave Lockwood checks out Soundtracs' new VCA-automated addition to the popular solo range.
THE S FACTOR
Fostex 380S Dolby S Multitracker
Mike Simmons checks out the first cassette multitracker to be equipped with the acclaimed Dolby S noise reduction system - and discovers a new level of cassette fidelity.
TIME TO SCORE!
Steinberg Cubase Score Sequencing & Score Printing Software for Macintosh
Steinberg have expanded their portfolio of Mac programs with this integrated MIDI sequencing and score printing package. Does it nock the American favourites for six? Mike Barnes investigates...
TOP TO BOTTOM
Behringer Multifex, Ultrafex, Bassfex, Multiband Enhancers
Wilf Smarties assesses three Behringer enhancement systems, all designed to make your mixes sound larger than life.
People + Opinion
Next to U2, Clannad are probably Ireland's most successful musical export, racking up platinum and gold albums wherever their music is heard. Mark Prendergast tracked them down to talk about the unique sound which has spawned a dozen successful albums over 20 years.
Nigel Lowis: Think Long-term
Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)
This month, producer Nigel Lowis hits out at short-termism in the UK record industry.
SON ET LUMIERE
Jean-Michel Jarre In Concert
Mike Lethby dons his backstage pass to bring you a guided tour of MU's recent Wembley extravaganza.
THE REICH STUFF
Steve Reich & Beryl Korot's The Cave
Steve Reich has long been known for his pioneering musical projects and alliances. His latest venture involves his video artist partner Beryl Korot, and combines video, sampled speach, and live and sequenced music in a new form of musical theatre. Nigel Humberstone finds him in the Cave.
AMIGA NOTES: OctaMed Pro
Paul Austin spotlights the latest in internal Amiga sampling and looks at the all new Octamed Pro.
ATARI NOTES: Sqyrrel II
Martin Russ rounds up the latest from the Atari scene and speculates on whether 'demos' are the training-ground for multimedia musicians...
AV Macs & MiniDisc
Kendall Wrightson offers further comments on Apple's AV Macs, brings news of some new Macs, and wonders if MiniDiscs will provide a solution to the removable storage problem.
BACKING UP IS HARD TO DO: Digital data
Backing Up Is Hard To Do: Digital data
It was a very wise person who said that digital data is not real until it exists in at least two places. Craig Anderton looks at the obvious, and sometimes not so obvious procedures involved in backing up data.
Creative Recycling with Samplers
Martin Russ shows you how to produce apparently complex music with the minimum effort...
No matter how sophisticated your recording equipment or your instruments, the final judgement of a track has to be made by ear - and without an accurate monitoring system, you don't really know what you're hearing. Paul White explains how monitors work and gives some tips on their choice and placement.
PRACTICAL STUDIO DESIGN: Part 3
Practical Studio Design: Part 3: Building And Improving Walls And Partitions
This month Paul White turns his attention to up-rating studio walls, as well as techniques for building sound isolating partitions.
Brian Heywood spotlights software updates, takes a quick look at a range of PC soundcards and dispenses helpful hints with careless abandon...
WOT, NO KEYBOADS?
Alternative MIDI Controllers Session: Part 2: Courtney Pine; Richard Beard; BJ Cole; Steve Argueles; Emil Ogu; Ollie Crooke; Jim Lampi; Jigantic; Dave Draper; Cameron Pierre
While Simon Zagorski-Thomas wrestles with MIDI channels, controller numbers and inscrutable manuals, various musicians blow, tap, twang and strum their way through four more alternative MIDI Controller sessions...