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Akai S2000

Digital Sampler

Come on down, Akai's new low-cost sampler! Astonishing value for money at a mere £999, the basic S2000 is expandable to a top-of-the-range spec by means of add-on cards. Paul White spins the (data) wheel of fortune to see whether Akai have played their cards right this time...

Alesis Quadrasynth Plus

Piano Polyphonic Synthesizer

Alesis rereleased their Quadrasynth early last year to mixed reviews, and in response, an updated version has now been launched. Does it address some of the comments levelled at the previous instrument? Original Quadrasynth owner Mike Best finds out.

Beyer MCE83

Back-electret Microphone

Paul White has been itching to get his hands on this mic for weeks. Was it worth the wait?

Canam Quartz

PC Digital Recording & MIDI Sequencing Software

This new French program must be one of the cheapest ways of integrating digital audio and MIDI sequencing. Panicos Georghiades and Gabriel Jacobs put it through its paces.

Design Labs Prologue Plus

MIDI-CV

Once simple one-channel units, MIDI-CV converters have become multi-output devices capable of handling various kinds of pre-MIDI control protocols. Design Labs' latest offering even sports a built-in resonant filter! Gordon Reid bleeps and oscillates with delight...

Digidesign SampleCell II

PC Card

The SampleCell II PC card can turn your humble PC into a fully-featured, 32-voice sample replay unit with eight individual outputs. Brian Heywood investigates.

Fatar MP1

MIDI Pedalboard

Best known for their low-cost controller keyboards, Fatar have now released a new kind of controller — the MP1 MIDI pedalboard. Paul Ward brings his lower limbs into the sonic fray...

Gigpack 2

Sample Library

3*

Korg Trinity

Music Workstation (Preview)

Hot on the heels of their astonishing new Prophecy monophonic synthesizer, Korg are already near completing work on their next range of workstations, entitled Trinity. Gordon Reid was allowed a sneak preview of the next generation...

LA Audio MX2

Mic Preamp

Paul White tries to establish whether a separate mic preamp really does make a difference, using the MX2, the latest in the LA Audio Lite range of signal processors.

Marion Systems Pro Synth

Synth Module

Following on from last year's modular MSR2 synth, Marion Systems' new stand-alone Pro Synth seeks to capture the analogue sounds of yesteryear in module format, without recourse to sample-based synthesis techniques. Paul Nagle lends an ear.

Pop, Rock, R&B Vol. 1

Sample Library

3*

Roland TR909

Rhythm Composer (Retro)

Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser examine the rise and rise of Roland's most sought-after beatbox, the TR909.

SEKD Samplitude Studio

PC Hard Disk Recording Software

Keen to get into PC hard disk recording? Samplitude Studio, the top of an impressive range of programs from German manufacturers SEKD, is one of the cheaper options available — but it's certainly not short on features. Panicos Georghiades and Gabriel Jacobs are mightily impressed...

Sounds Of Sumatra

Sample Library

4*

Soundtracs Topaz Mini

Stereo Recording Mixer

Paul White looks over the smallest mixer in Soundtracs' new Topaz range.

Yamaha QY22

MIDI Sequencer

Although it offered a GM mode, Yamaha's QY22 Walkstation was not a true General MIDI instrument. With the release of the new fully GM-compatible QY22, have Yamaha rectified the shortcomings of the previous machine? Derek Johnson finds out.

People + Opinion

Jagz Kooner & Gary Burns Sabresonic Studio, David Holmes

Interview | Band

The Sabres Of Paradise are familiar to many as the experimental dance project headed by renowned DJ/Producer Andy Weatherall. However, the two other members of the Sabres also have an extensive list of production and remix credits to their credit. Nigel Humberstone talked to them at the Sabresonic Studio about their recent work.

John Bundrick: Still Rabbiting On

Interview | Artist

Rob Parrett catches up with veteran musician Rabbit, also known as John Bundrick, who's still in demand as a session keyboardist after more than 25 years in the business.

Mel Simpson: The Fate Of The Reluctant Guinea Pig

Sounding Off

What do you do if the expensive piece of gear you've just bought doesn't do what it's supposed to? Here, producer and studio owner Mel Simpson bemoans the fate of the reluctant guinea pig...

Music & Movement — Using MIDI With Contemporary Dance

Exploration

Nick Rothwell had a problem; although he owned an impressive MIDI setup, he found much of it useless when his musical project Cassiel came to provide the music for live dance performances. Here he explains how he solved his problems and adapted his setup to fit in with new requirements.

Optical Disk & CD-ROM

Exploration

There's a revolution taking place and it's heading your way! David Mellor explains the increasing importance to musicians of optical technology for data storage.

QSound Labs: Right On Q

Interview | Manufacturer

Canadian company QSound Labs were among the third-party TDM developers present at Digiworld, the recent Digidesign-hosted event in London. Paul White chatted to QSound's head of technical support, Scott Willing, about the latest developments in their 3D processing technology.

Rick Wakeman: Cirque Surreal

Interview | Artist

For his latest musical project, Rick Wakeman chose to work with a travelling state circus. Jonathan Miller discusses the keyboard virtuoso's clowning glory, and delves into the man's 27-year recording career.

Technique

DIY Speaker Stands

Tips & Techniques

Paul White indulges in a spot of woodwork therapy, and comes away with two very cost-effective speaker stands.

Introduction To Cubase, Part 3: Quantisation; The Master Track; Synchronisation

Exploration

Simon Millward continues his mission throughout the furthest reaches of the universe of Cubase, boldly sequencing where no man has sequenced before...
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MIDI Basics, Part 4: Automation

Exploration

Most contemporary sequencers include facilities that make it possible to automate all the key aspects of a MIDI mix, but all too often they remain unused. Paul White explains how to dip your toe in the water without falling in...
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PC Plus Soundcard

PC Notes

Brian Heywood considers the role of affordable 'PC plus soundcard'-based digital audio recording systems, and considers whether such systems could ever mean the end of dedicated hard disk recorders...

PCI Busses & Windows '95

Apple Notes

Martin Russ offers an antidote to the hype of Windows '95 and explains why the future of computing lies with the PCI buss...

Screen Resolution

Atari Notes

This month Ofir Gal takes a look at screen resolution.

Signal Problems & How To Avoid Them

Tips & Techniques

In an ideal world, studios would function without hum, hiss, glitches, or mysteriously absent signals, but as Paul White has discovered through experience — they don't!

Zip Drives & Sample Conversion; Amisox & Soxgui

Amiga Notes

More news from Paul Overaa on what's been happening music-wise in the world of the Amiga... Zip drives & sample conversion; Amisox and Soxgui.

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