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Soundcraft Spirit Folio 4 Mixing Console

As soon as it was launched, the original Folio became a popular choice for low-cost but good quality stereo mixing; now Soundcraft have addressed the needs of multitrack users with the Folio 4. Derek Johnson checks it out.

Bob Clearmountain Drums II

Sample Library

* Score = 4

BREAK POINTS

Gajits Breakthru Sequencer for the Atari ST

This British-designed package won't break the bank - and is capable of giving more expensive sequencers a run for their money. Derek Johnson boots it up and checks it out.

ENERGY TECHNOLOGY VKP1

Energy Technology VKP1 Valve Keyboard Preamp

Originally designed to add that authentic growl to rock organ sounds, the VKP1 is far more flexible, as Paul White discovers.

INFINITY

Infinity DSP Sample Looping Tools for Macintosh

Could this be the first time that a software manufacturer has treated the subject of sample looping with the thoroughness it deserves? Mike Collins thinks so...

Korg I3

Interactive Music Workstation

When is a home keyboard not a home keyboard? When it's an Interactive Music Workstation with serious sound possibilities and a low co-efficient of naffness, says Julian Colbeck...

Peter Siedlaczek's Classical Choir

Sample Library

* Score = 5

SENNHEISER MD SERIES MICROPHONES

MD11; MD12; MD15 & MD16

By introducing new materials and new manufacturing methods, Sennheiser have managed to develop a budget microphone worthy of the Sennheiser name. Paul White puts the new MD range through its paces.

Vince Clarke Lucky Bastard

Sample Library

* Score = 3

VISCOUNT EFX1 & 2

Viscount EFX1 & 2 Digital Effects Processors

It's pretty well rare to find a programmable multi-effects unit for under £240 - or a preset unit for under £140 - but Italian Manufacturers Viscount have launched both onto the UK market. Derek Johnson and Paul White find out whether they're cheap and cheerful, or just cheep...

WIDGETS

Tech 21 Sansamp GT2 Guitar Amp Simulator

Sansamp GT2 Guitar Amp Simulator.

WIDGETS

Easel Junior Sound Canvas Editor Accessory for Atari ST

Easel Junior Sound Canvas Editor Accessory for Atari ST.

WONDER STUFF?

Miracle Piano Teaching System

Can the game-style approach and novel graphics of this software piano tutoring system really help you play with more than two fingers? John Cleary finds out...

People + Opinion

ALAN PARSONS: 20 years of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Alan Parsons: 20 Years Of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon

It's estimated that one in five British households owns a copy of Dark Side of the Moon. This influential 1973 LP has sold around 25 million copies worldwide and way recently remastered; sitting in on the process was original engineer Alan Parsons. Paul White caught up with him to chat about Time, Money, and technology.

DESIGNS ON THE FUTURE

Roland Desktop Media Conference 1993

At Roland's recent press conference, president Ikutaru Kakehashi was guest of honour. Apart from launching new products, the purpose of the event was to reveal the future direction of one of the hi-tech music's favourite companies. Julian Colbeck was our man on the spot.

Nick Davis: British Music Should Be Magic

Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)

Producer Nick Davis speculates on how British music could recapture some of the magic he feels it's lost.

ON THE RECORD: DIY MUSIC:

All you need to know about making your own records

If you've decided to take the independent route to getting your music heard by the public, your first step will be to produce your own release - and it can be a daunting prospect. Tony Batchelor, of mastering and duplication facility TAM, covers the various stages involved in vinyl, CD and cassette production.

ON THE RECORD: IAN BODDY: Space Cadet

Independent electronic musician Ian Boddy warps out of Hyperspace with a new release, The Uncertainty Principle. Reports and studio photographs by David Hughes.

ON THE RECORD: STATE OF INDEPENDENCE Dave Stewart on going it alone in the music biz

Despite having completely avoided the major record companies, Dave Stewart and partner Barbara Gaskin have been making a successful living from music for over 10 years, building up a healthy fan base at home and abroad. Here he reflects on a pop career which went disastrously right.

ON THE RECORD: THE DMC STORY: Tony Price & The disco Mix Club

DMC, founded by far-sighted DJ Tony Prince to service the needs of the DJ community, has enshrined the remix in the popular imagination. Wilf Smarties goes behind the scenes to discover how this unique label was set up.

ON THE RECORD: What Producers and A&R want from your Demo

Sue Sillitoe asks a selection of A&R executives and producers what they look for in a demo - and what makes them hit the stop button...

SWITCHED-ON CARLOS

Wendy Carlos

Craig Anderton talks to Wendy Carlos, one of the world's foremost exponents of the synthesizer art. The result is an insight into the working methods, philosophies and frustrations of this unique musician.

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: Amiga v Atari ST

This month, Paul Austin holds up both the Amiga and the Atari ST for close scrutiny and explains the Amiga Advantage...

Cosmos

Apple Notes

Kendall Wrightson discovers an on-line future... Cosmos.

INCREASE YOUR OUTPUT

Alesis D4 Drum Processing Tricks

Paul Ward offers a lateral approach to using the four outputs on a D4 drum module, or similar instrument, to provide an ingenious and flexible effects send system which can also be automated if you're working with a sequencer.

ON THE RECORD: Mastering at home

Don't automatically assume that you have to take your tape to a specialist studio for mastering - if you have a DAT machine, a hard disk editing system and one of the new digital 8-tracks, you can do a lot of the work at home. Craig Anderton shows you how.

PC Accessories

PC Notes

Brian Heywood looks at updates to an unusual music program and rounds up some useful PC accessories.

PRACTICAL STUDIO DESIGN: Part 4

Practical Studio Design: Part 4: Floors And Ceilings

Having dealt with walls and floors, Paul White moves on to the floors and ceilings of the studio, with a view to reducing sound leakage even further.

SIGNAL PROCESSING WITH SEQUENCERS

Signal Processing With Sequencers

You can use your computer sequencer for lots more than sequencing - how about augmenting your effects processor with some unique sequenced effects? Craig Anderton shows you how.

USING COMPRESSION

Using Compression

Next to reverb, compression is arguably the most important studio process and can enhance most recordings. Paul White explains how compressors work and gives some practical tips on using them.

WOT, NO KEYBOARDS?

The Alternative MIDI Controllers Session: Part 3: Roger Beaujolais; Bill Bland; Winston Clifford; Paul Jayasinha; Roland Perrin

In the final part of the series, Simon Zargorski takes us through the last two MIDI controller sessions; now all that remains is the trivial task of editing the resulting MIDI data....

Writing Your Own SysEx Dumps In HiSoft

Atari Notes

This month, Martin Russ looks at a real-world problem and its technical solution. It all starts with a letter from a reader...

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