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C-LAB CREATOR Version 1.2

C-Lab Creator v1.2 for Atari

Martin Russ loops the hours away with Version 1.2 of this Atari ST MIDI sequencing package from German software house, C-Lab.

INTERIOR DESIGNS

Yamaha Rev5 digital reverb

Is there room at the top for yet another digital reverb unit? Mark Badger thinks so - provided it's 16-bit, has a 20kHz effect bandwidth, analogue and digital parametric EQ, can stack two reverb effects and goes by the name of REV5!

POOR PERSON'S SMPTE

JL Cooper PPS-1 SMPTE Synchroniser

David Mellor volunteers to be Sound On Sound's captive poor person and checks out the pennywise alternative to SMPTE timecode from J.L.Cooper Electronics. Does cutting the cost mean cutting the performance or has the great god of synchronisation met its match?

ROLAND TR626

Roland TR626 Drum Machine

The TR505 was a runaway success at the budget end of the market, but it lacked one important ingredient - separate voice outputs. The TR626 rectifies the matter whilst offering even more features - 30 PCM drum/percussion sounds, 8-note polyphony, sync-to-tape, and MIDI control of nearly all its parameters. Mark Badger investigates.

SEQUENCER PLUS

Voyetra Sequencer Plus

Want to make real music on your Amstrad PC? Ian Gilby takes you through one of the best designed, professional MIDI recording packages there is. Voyetra Technologies' Sequencer Plus runs on any IBM PC compatible computer and offers 64 tracks, sync-to-tape, a programmable tempo track, extensive note and MIDI editing facilities, and ... you'll have to read the review fo find out more.

SEQUENTIAL PROPHET 3000

Stereo Rack Sampler

The first sampling keyboard from Sequential, the Prophet 2000, set the standard for all the 12-bit machines on the market. Will the Prophet 3000 stereo rack sampler do the same for the 16-bit field? Paul Wiffen thinks so.

SOUND ADVICE: Yamaha DX7II Local Off?, Transpose, Running Status, Drum memory overload; Kawai R50 Glitches; Creative Looping; Korg DDD-1 Status; Atari ST MIDI out; Roland tips

Yamaha DX7II Local Off?, Transpose, Running Status, Drum memory overload; Kawai R50 Glitches; Creative Looping; Korg DDD-1 Status; Atari ST MIDI out; Roland tips.

People + Opinion

PAN

Performing Artists Network: Perry Leopold

Mark Badger sets his baud rate for the heart of the sun and goes 'on-line' to America to interview Perry Leopold, founder of PAN - a unique communications network for hi-tech musicians.

PHIL FEARSON: A recipe for success

Phil Fearon: A Recipe For Success

Most acts need the ultimate in mega-studios before they can record a note, but Phil Fearson of Galaxy just knocks out songs in his home studio and they sell in their hundreds of thousands. David Mellor discovers his recipe for success.

Technique

AFRICAN MUSIC: Part 2

African Music: Part 2

Part 2: Sound On Sound reader Kofi Bussia continues his tale of how he came to grips with MIDI, discovered the joys of music software and produced his own LP of African music.

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 3

Part 3: While most of us spend our time trying to getour MIDI equipment to work together properly, Martin Russ reveals how to creatively mis-use MIDI and produce some interesting musical results.

SEPARATE OUTPUTS

Separate Outputs: The Pros and Cons

Most samplers on the market today are provided with individual voice outputs to allow separate mixing and external processing of their sounds. However, the undeniable advantages this gives are not without their price. Paul Wiffen expounds.

SOS Guide To Samplers

Paul Gilby surveys the current sampler market, cuts through the 'spec' jungle, dispels the 16-bit myth and explains in simple terms how sampling really works, before telling you what to look for when buying secondhand.

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