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Akai MPC3000

MIDI Production Centre

The MPC3000's dedicated sequencing and drum sampling control surface aims to tempt high-level musicians away from their computers with its luxurious hardware approach. David Mellor puts in a hard day's night and gives it the thumbs up.

Alesis Q2

Multi-effects Processor

Paul White finally gets his hands on the long-awaited big brother to the Alesis Quadraverb and Quadraverb+.

Best Drum Sample CD Ever

Sample Library

4.5*

Brass Super Section

Sample Library

3.5*

Cimple Solutions Extraports MIDI Expander; K&K Active Cable

Widgets

Derek Johnson investigates an affordable MIDI exapnder for the Atari ST, whilst Paul White's looking at a gadget to improve impedance mismatch.

Dynacord DRP5

Reverb and Effects Processor

Dynacord products have a quiet reputation for quality amongst those in the know, but are often overlooked in a market dominated by the big guns in effects. Nick Magnus thinks the DRP5, offering high-quality reverb at an affordable price, might be about to change all that...

Emu EIIIX Roundup

v2.1 System Software; Remote Editor/Librarian; Sample CD-ROM

Mike Barnes rounds up a new wave of software and hardware support for the Emu EIIIX, which once again makes Emu samplers a serious alternative at the higher end of the sampler marketplace.

Hyperdance

Sample Library

3.5*

MOTU Performer v5.0

Sequencer

Mark of the Unicorn's Performer has been a Mac sequencing stalwart for almost as long as the Mac platform has been used by musicians. Now faced with a growing number of competitors, it's up to version 5.0 and continues to improve in presentation and functionality, according to Mike Collins.

Oktava MK011

Capacitor Microphone

Paul White takes the necessary Steppes to check out this innocuous looking mic and discovers a competent all-rounder.

Roland S760 Expansion?

Sampler

The S760 sampler represented excellent value for money on its release back in February this year. Now it looks even more impressive, with the arrival of the OP760/1 expansion board and the v.2.12 system software. Paul Wiffen checks them out.

Yamaha RY20

Rhythm Programmer

Behind the conventional facade of Yamaha's latest drum machine hides a section of sophisticated features — like 'human feel' groove quantisation, bass sounds and built-in digital effects. Paul Ward gets into the groove.

People + Opinion

Bob Moog: Snyth Pioneer

Interview | Manufacturer

Guest of honour at the July 29th opening day celebrations was synth pioneer Robert Moog, who unveiled a plague commemorating the establishment of the Museum of Synthesizer Technology before reminiscing about the early days to Julian Colebeck.

Fluke: '80s Dance & Modern Remixes

Interview | Band

Fluke got their first low-key press attention in the late '80s for their innovative dance-based sound and inteligent, musicianly approach. Now they're gaining a higher profile for their varied remix work. Nigel Humberstone talks to the trio.

John Leckie: Record Producer? You're Lucky!

Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)

There are very few people who can make a living doing a job they really enjoy. Producer John Leckie feels he is one of the lucky ones — and that's why it irritates him when people he works with in the studio don't realise how lucky they are. He explains why he thinks that artists, engineers and producers should all count their blessings...

Jon Anderson: Yes, Change We Must

Interview | Artist

Mike Lethby reports on the recording of the Yes singer's forthcoming solo album, an intriguing mix of old and new material presented in a classical style, and his latest venture with Yes.

Museum Of Synthesizer Technology

Exploration

Where can you go to mess about on a Mini Moog, do battle with a Bulcha, operate an Odyssey, programme a PolyVoks or make friends with a modular? The Museum of Synthesizer Technology has all this and much more, and was recently opened by none other than Bob Moog at a star-studded ceremony. Julian Colbeck reports.

The Making Of Mackie Mixers

Interview | Manufacturer

Seattle is known to many of us as the Grunge music capital of the world. If Mackie Designs have their way, it could also become known as the mixer capital of the world. Paul White went on a tour of Mackie's factory for the inside story on the company's history and product line.

Technique

Acoustic Piano Miking Workshop

Tips & Techniques

Though the acoustic piano isn't exactly Paul White's forte, he (fortunately) knows rather more about miking it up than about playing it...

American Amiga Lightwave & Toaster

Amiga Notes

Paul Austin brings you the future of the Amiga from the American angle, plus all the latest news from home and abroad... American Amiga Lightwave and Toaster.

Basics Of Hard Disk Recording, Part 1

Primer

Paul White looks at both sides of hard disk recording, and concludes that although it's generally a good thing, it isn't destined to take over the world just yet.
• Read Part 2 (November 1994)

FX Shopping For Illusions: Buying A Multi-effects Unit

Tips & Techniques

In two minds about which multi-effects box to choose? Craig Anderton provides some helpful pointers on what features to look for during your next shopping spree.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Gear

Tips & Techniques

Following his article on the unconventional use of signal processors as mix automation equipment in out July issue, Paul Ward takes a general look at using equipment in ways that probably never occurred to the designers...

MOTU FreeStyle

Apple Notes

Martin Russ brings you the latest Apple news, starting with MOTU's new FreeStyle package.

PC Budget Sequencing: 7 Ways To Spend £150 On A Sequencer

Tips & Techniques

It is not always necessary to buy the big boys' top-of-the-range, feature-packed music software. Steven Helstrip compares seven budget PC sequencers, and proves that you don't have to sacrifice reliability or user-friendliness if you're trying to save your pennies.

Prismatica & Internet Access

PC Notes

This month, in addition to the latest PC product news, Brian Heywood gives you a quick rundown on how to access the Internet, and looks at the current options for digital recording on the PC.

The Importance Of Impedance

Exploration

Open just about any equipment manual and you'll come across terms like input impedance, output impedance, impedance matching and so on — but what do they all mean, and does it matter anyway? That Paul White chappy — damn his impedance — explains.

Trakcom & Falcon

Atari Notes

Vic Lennard investigates a rather interesting new Falcon product...

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