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DOUBLE DUTCH SAM1

Double Dutch SAM1 Sample Expander for Korg M1

Ever wished you could use your own samples in your Korg M1? The Double Dutch SAM1 lets you do just that. Derek Johnson takes a look at the ultimate upgrade for your M1.

FOSTEX DCM100 AND MIXTAB

Fostex DCM100 & MIXTAB MIDI-Controlled Mixing System

MIDI-controlled mixing isn't new, but its latest incarnation from Fostex is both highly intergrated and very affordable. But is it sufficiently familiar in feel and operation to win over a few more studio traditionalists to MIDI control? Dave Lockwood finds out.

HANDS ON

Emu Systems Proteus (Retro)

David Mellor waxes lyrical about the world's easiest to use multi-timbral MIDI module, Emu's ROM sample-playing Proteus.

LIVE END: Learning to go live; MIDI live

Learning to go live and using MIDI live.

MACROMEDIA SOUND EDIT PRO

Macromedia Sound Edit Pro Mac Digital Audio Software

Macromind's SoundEdit Pro promises powerful tools for editing a wide range of digital audio formats -oh yeah, and it's cheap and fun as well. But is it good enough to offer a cheap alternative to established pro sample editors? Paul D. Lehrman put it to the test.

MC 2 Ambient

Sample Library

* Score = 3.5

Music Suite sound Collection Vol. 1 Ethnic Percussion

Sample Library

* Score = 3.5

Ninja Tune Jazz Breaks Vol. 3: DJ Food

Sample Library

* Score = 4/3

ROLAND JW50

Roland JW50 General MIDI Music Workstation

Take a Sound Canvas, add a keyboard, plus the best MC-style sequencer ever to find its way onto a Roland workstation keyboard, and you'd have something like the new JW50. Derek Johnson takes a look at the first General MIDI workstation.

SAMPLING DEMOCRACY

Akai S01 Sampler

The unheralded arrival of Akai's £699 SO1 brings quality 16-bit sampling to its widest potential market yet. Derek Johnson looks at landmark of sampling affordability.

Samplography

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

Steinberg Cubase Audio

Steinberg's new version of Cubase for the Mac integrates the sophisticated sequencing facilities Cubase users know and love with audio recording and management capabilities. But how does it stand up to the competition? Mike Collins finds out.

STEINBERG: Exchanging Files Between Platforms; Font Sizing in Cubase

Steinberg: Exchanging Files Between Platforms; Font Sizing in Cubase.

THE NEXT GENERATION

Atari Falcon030 Computer

Atari's new computer looks set to do for 16-bit digital audio what the ST did for MIDI - bring it to a whole new generation of computer owners. But can it really manage direct-to-disk recording with no additional hardware? Paul Wiffen discovers the answer is yes.

YAMAHA CBX-D5 DIGITAL RECORDER

Yamaha CBX-D5 Digital Recorder

While other hard-disk recording systems waxed and waned, Yamaha quietly and industriously developed their own 4-track system. Now the CBX-D5 is almost upon us, have Yamaha taken heed of the lessons of the marketplace? Mike Barnes finds out in this exclusive preview.

YAMAHA TG500

YamahaTG500 64-note polyphonic synth expander

Hot on the heels of Yamaha's SY85 synth comes the TG500 expander - same AWM2 sounds, more sample ROM, and more than double the polyphony of its keyboard sibling. Derek Johnson hails the world's first 64-note polyphonic synth module.

People + Opinion

A ROOM OF MY OWN

Niki Patriarchaea & Yale Del Fabbro AKA Red Sun

The first in a regular series in which we focus on musicians and their personal workspaces. This month, Paul Ireson finds himself at home with up-and-coming ambienteers Red Sun.

METALLURGY

The Return Of Die Krupps

Die Krupps, founded over 10 years ago by Jurgen Engler and sometime-Propergandist Ralf Dorper, are back - with thrash guitars and Metallica covers to spice up their brutal teutonic electro. Derek Johnson reports on more German re-unification.

PETER GABRIEL: Digging In The Dirt

Peter Gabriel: Digging In The Dirt

The release of Us sees Peter Gabriel continuing to blend world music influences and high technology into a unique collage of organic sound. Richard Buskin talks to recording engineer Dave Bottrill about the making of Us and the hit single 'Digging In The Dirt'.

The Grid

Dave Ball and Richard Norris

Dave Ball and Richard Norris - aka The Grid - have a low profile that belies their hectic workload both on their own material and remixing for others Nigel Humberstone tracks them down.

Technique

SOS SYNTHESIZER BUYER'S GUIDE

SOS Synthesizer Buyer's Guide 1992

The SOS Synthesizer Buyer's Guide, also Samplers, Digital Effects & Digital Pianos.

AMIGA NOTES: ScalaMM

ScalaMM.

ANALOGUE LIVES!

Analogue Lives! The Enduring Appeal of Classic Synths

Though analogue synthesizers spent much of the mid-80s in the musical wilderness, their enduring appeal has ensured a triumphal return in the '90s. Nigel Humberstone explores the ins, outs and idiosyncrasies of analogue synths with some dedicated disciples.

ATARI NOTES: Software developments; spec growth; Large Screen

Software developments; spec growth; Large Screen.

CUBASE MIDI MIXER: Programming Clinic: Part 2

Cubase MIDI Mixer Programming Clinic: Part 2

Ofir Gal concludes his hands-on look at Cubase's MIDI Mixer with an explaination of how to use it to control General MIDI hardware.

Distributors; Harman Audio; MCMXCIX; Sound Technology;Yamaha;Zone Distribution

Apple Notes

DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 7

Drum Programming: A Series By Warren Cann: Part 7

The right amount of variation - not too much, not too little - is crucial to a good drum track that supports a song properly.

Hardware; Software; Windows Drivers; Yamaha TG100; Cool Shoes Drummer 2.0

PC Notes

MIDI BASICS

MIDI Basics: First Steps In Multi-timbrality

Parts, channels, timbres, tracks - the terms and techniques of technology-based music can be so baffling to the novice. Is it really that complicated? Not when you know the basics, as Martin Russ explains.

MUSIC ON THE PC

Music On The PC

Atari and Mac users have been known to look down on the PC as an antiquated device with little relevance to modern music creation. Brian Heywood puts the story straight with a look at the PC's past, present and future as a first-class music machine.

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