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ADA SIGNAL PROCESSORS

ADA Signal Processors Stereo equaliser; MIDI valve preamp; Pitch transposer

David Mellor tries out three new effects units from ADA - a MIDI programmable stereo equaliser, MIDI valve preamp, and a pitch transposer - and finds one that gives his secret studio weapon a run for its money.

AKAI S1000: The New Standard

Akai S1000 Sampler

No-one can deny that Akai's S900 is the 'industry standard' sampler, having kept all newcomers at bay for well over two years. But now there's a new heir to the throne. David Mellor looks at the long-awaited successor to the S900 - the 16-bit stereo, 16-note polyphonic S1000.

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Cheetah MS6 Multitimbral Analogue Synthesizer

Seems like everyone has been waiting to get their hands on this low-cost 6-voice, multitimbral, analogue synth expander. Martin Russ looks at the affordable face of technology.

DIGIDESIGN: Swapping samples; C-LAB: Creator & Notator; Unitor synchroniser; VOYETRA: Compatible computers; Adding blank bars; Notation; Zsave; Drum machine dump; New mouse driver; STEINBERG: Iterative quantise; Mixdown sequences; Faster numbers; Locating

Digidesign: Swapping samples. C-Lab: Creator & Notator; Unitor synchroniser. Voyetra: Compatible computers; Adding blank bars; Notation; Zsave; Drum machine dump; New mouse driver. Steinberg: Iterative quantise; Mixdown sequences; Faster numbers; Locating. Hybrid Arts: EZ score plus; Ludwig.

EVENTIDE H3000

Eventide H3000 Ultra Harmonizer

From the shrill squeak of the soprano to the sepulchral tones of the basso profundo, the Eventide H3000 can create the full spectrum of human vocalisation out of the merest baritono ordinario. What's more, it has been to music colege and knows all about majors and monors, chromatics and diatonics. David Mellor gives it an aural test.

MAC RECORDER

Mac Recorder (Preview)

Mattew Vosburgh reports on this unassuming little program that turns any Macintosh computer into a powerful sound sampler with sophisticated editing facilities.

PROMIDI: Direct-to-disk studio system

Systems Design Associates (SDA) PROMIDI Direct-to-disk Studio System

Here's a computer-based sequencer with a difference - PROMIDI records direct-to-disk, lets you structure your music anyway you please, and runs on low-cost PC compatible computers. Ian Gilby investigates...

TRACKMAN SEQUENCER

Trackman Sequencer (Preview)

Paul Ireson previews this new 'home-grown' 32-track MIDI sequencer for the Atari ST.

People + Opinion

BLOWING TECHNOLOGY'S HORN

Mark Isham

Mark Prendergast talks with trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Mark Isham about new technology, David Sylvian, Van Morrison, Windham Hill, and his solo career as one of Hollywood's more interesting film soundtrack composers.

PC SHOW REPORT

PC Show Report 1988

A chance to catch up on what you missed, music-wise, if you weren't among the 104,000 people who attended this year's Personal Computer Show at Earl's Court.

SOUNDING OFF: Reverb: Too much of a good thing? by Paul Wiffen

A new column that allows music industry figures to air their views on whatever it is that bugs them! Keyboard programmer, music consultant and author Paul Wiffen kicks things off this month.

Technique

HOW IT WORKS: The Power Amplifier

How It Works: The Power Amplifier

Otherwise known as the big black box at the bottom of the rack, the power amplifier is the most unglamorous piece of audio equipment known to man. David Mellor seeks out its finer qualities.

MAKING QUANTISATION WORK FOR YOU

Making Quantisation Work For You

Used effectively, quantisation can do much more for your sequenced music than simply cleaning up a sloppy playing technique. Craig Anderton supplies some helpful guidelines...

MAKING THE MOST OF 'M'

Intelligent Music's 'M' Software tips

Martin Russ describes some ways to use Intelligent Music's 'M' program as an effective aid to composition.

USING THE ALESIS HR16 AS AN EXPANDER

Using The Alesis HR16 As An Expander

Sure it's a drum machine - but the HR16 also makes a great drum expander module if you know a few crucial tricks about applying it . Craig Anderton explains all.

WRITING THE MUSIC FOR A DOCUMENTARY

Writing The Music For A Documentary

Composing music for television can be both exciting and frustrating, as Ian Assersohn and Stephen Frost of Sequenza Music Production discovered when they began writing music for a documentary film about India.

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