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Alesis QS8

Master Controller/Synthesizer

The Alesis QS line gets a flagship, with a weighted keyboard, controller features, and an extended sound set. Helmsman Martin Russ finds out whether she's seaworthy...

Audio Technica AT4033a

Studio Condenser Microphone

A well respected studio favourite for several years, Audio Technica's cardioid AT4033 has now been slightly updated. Paul White reassures himself that the warm 4033 sound remains unchanged...

Behringer Eurorack MX1602

Compact Mixer

Yet another ultra-compact mixer emerges from R&D, to fierce competition from similar models by other manufacturers. David Mellor does a spot of channel-hopping...

Boss VT1

Voice Transformer

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the member of the opposite sex? Derek Johnson finds out...

Earthworks OM1

Omnidirectional Microphone

Paul White tries out an intriguingly-styled US-built mic and discovers that tonal honesty can occasionally be a very good studio policy.

Emagic Logic Audio 2.5

Software

Most of the major music software manufacturers now recognise the PC as a serious music platform and are ensuring that the PC versions of the software don't miss out on any important features. Paul White gives an overview of the latest Logic Audio for Windows '95 and compares it with the Mac version.

Ensoniq MR76

Performance/Composition Keyboard

To create the MR Keyboard line, Ensoniq could simply have taken the insides out of their MR Rack module and grafted on a keyboard. Instead, they've thought long and hard about what a performing and composing musician really needs from his instrument. Julian Colbeck applauds the result.

Focusrite Green Voicebox

Voice Processor

Many budding engineers aspire to Forcusrite equipment, but until recently, its cost has made it the exclusive province of the professional. The Green range aims to change all that, while still retaining the legendary Focusrite quality. Paul White gives it the green light.

Keith Le Blanc's Kickin' Lunatic Beats 2

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Korg MS20

Monosynth (Retro)

Long before the M1, Korg tried to win the hearts of synth fans with the diminutive MS20. Norman Fay steps back in time.

LA Audio Classic Channel

Single-channel Preamp/Compressor/EQ

LA Audio have taken the best bits from their mic preamps, compressors and equalisers to create a dedicated, single channel mic/line processor. Paul White patches it in.

Mass Technology 500

Studio Power Amplifier

Paul White tests a new British power amplifier to see if it sounds as good as it looks.

Midiman MIDI Gman

General MIDI Sound Module

Could this be the most diminutive general MIDI module on the market? Derek Johnson finds out whether small is beautiful...

MTA Intermix

Modular Mixing System

We've all heard of a modular mixing desks - &mdash but perhaps not where all the modules are rackmounting and can be mixed and matched to form a custom console, or used alone. Hugh Robjohns makes all the right connections.

Peavey Addverb III

Digital Stereo Effects Processor

Eight true stereo simultaneous effects for £300? In the battle to squeeze the best possible performance from budget digital processors, this charming new multi-effects unit has some serious power nestling in its coils. Paul Farrer 'snakes' a look at the Addverb 3 and jumps out of his skin with delight...

Sample Compilation

Sample Library

Mixed mode CDS * Upfront lead guitar = 4 * Synth bass loops = 5 * Live bass grooves = 3 * Bass separates = 4 * Drum and Percussion tools = 3 * Vintage Keyboards = 3 * Dance drums = 4 * Jungle frenzy = 4 * Reggae Connection = 4

Spirit Absolute Zero

Nearfield Monitors

Spirit's new baby monitors incorporate some of the design principles used in pro monitors costing many times the price. But have too many corners been cut to keep the price so low? Paul White finds out.

SPL Charisma

8-channel Valve Signal Processor

More and more people are choosing digital recording systems, which is creating a spin-off market for valve processors designed to lend a more comfortable warmth to the resulting recordings. Hugh Robjohns looks at an SPL unit being touted as the ideal partner for eight tracks of digital.

Studio Electronics ATC1

Analogue Tone Chameleon

A synth's filter plays a major part in defining its sound, and creates the particular character of the best-loved vintage analogue models. Courtesy of its different filter cartridges, the ATC1 aims to be able to change its sound to suit your needs. Paul Nagle plugs in.

The Drum Doctor's Drums 2: Ross Garfield

Sample Library

* Score = 3

TL Audio Indigo VP2051 & PA2001

Valve Voice Processor & Valve Preamp

The TL Audio Indigo range keeps on expanding, with cost-effective hybrid valve/solid state processors emerging for every studio purpose. Paul White discovers that Indigo can be a very warm colour...

Yamaha P50m

Piano Tone Generator

Almost a decade since the release of their classic EMT10, Yamaha have returned To the piano module market, spinning off some of the technology used in their top-end digital pianos and using it in an inexpensive half-rack expander format. Dave Crombie tickles the virtual ivories...

Yamaha QY700

Music Sequencer

Paul Wiffen, a ferocious advocate of hardware sequencers for many years, takes a look at Yamaha's new flagship sequencer and finds himself reminiscing about the way things were (and could be again).

People + Opinion

Big Briar Etherware & Longwave Instruments Pocket Theremin

Electronic Instrument

This early electronic instrument has been enjoying something of a renaissance, with an unprecedented number of theremin kits and fully-assembled instruments coming on to the market. Derek Johnson reflects on the history of the Theremin and looks at two very different commercially-available models.

DAVID LORD: Enigma Variations

Interview | Artist

After much high-profile production work in the 1980s, David Lord retreated from the stress of the pop world to concentrate on chosen projects which would exercise his considerable composing and arranging talents. Paul Tingen runs him to earth at Terra Incognita studios, for a long-overdue update.

DAVID LOWE: British Airways, TV Music & Me

At Home With

TV music composer David Lowe tells Paul White how a British Airways World commercial took him halfway around the world — and back...

GREG MACKIE & CARL PERKINS: Mackie Designs

Interview | Manufacturer

Within just a few years, the Mackie brand has come from almost nowhere to a prominent position in the project studio mixer market. Now the company are looking to the future and deciding where they can next apply the Mackie philosophy. Paul White takes a busman's holiday to Seattle and looks behind the scenes in R&D.

JON JACBOS: Recording Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Interview | Engineer

Richard Buskin talks to top engineer Jon Jacobs and learns about his partnership with legendary man-behind-the-board, Geoff Emerick, and the novel techniques they employed during the making of the latest album by Elvis Costello and The Attractions.

Music & Audio Sites On The Internet, Part 2

Exploration

Debbie Poyser and Derek Johnson fold up the cybermap, put the virtual surfboards back into storage, and conclude their musician's guide to the internet.
• Read Part 1 (October 1996)

NICHOLEE SMITH: The Beast Called 'Manager'

Sounding Off

'Manager' speaks with forked tongue, says Rehearsal Studio co-owner Nicholee Smith.

Technique

All About Soundcards, Part 1

Exploration

One of the PC's plus points is its adaptability to a variety of tasks depending on the extra hardware installed in it — and the soundcard used can make or break it as a musical tool. In this two-part series, Brian Heywood takes a look at the various types of soundcard available.
• Read Part 2 (December 1996)

AtariPhile; Sunrise Audio Systems

Atari Notes

Ofir Gal and Derek Johnson round up more Atari software and hardware news, and discover a new online Atari magazine.

Device Drivers & External Controllers

PC Notes

When your PC soundcard ceases to function, the newly connected external controller very often gets the blame — wrongly. Brian Heywood identifies some possible alternative causes.

PC Anatomy Explained

Exploration

Janet Harniman-Cook quite literally takes the lid off the PC, and explains why she thinks it's the best bet for the future of music.

PC Desktop Music Systems — How To Connect Them

Tips & Tricks

Paul White looks at the components of a PC-based desktop music system, and suggests some helpful ways of using such setups in conjunction with more 'traditional' studio equipment.

PC Hard Disk Recording Requirements

Exploration

The PC-owning community now seems to be split into two camps — those who already record onto hard disk, and those who would like to, but have not yet worked out what equipment they really need. Martin Walker guides you past the pitfalls and perils.

Producing & Recording Electric Guitar Styles

Tips & Tricks

Paul White gives some foolproof step-by-step ideas for creating contemporary and vintage guitar sounds in the studio.

Quick Time 2.5

Apple Notes

Martin Russ gets to grips with Quick Time 2.5, explains how Weird Blinking Lights work, and gives his regular roundup of Mac news and useful 'net addresses.

Stuart Robertson

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Sontiche * Julian Batchelor * * Voyd * Pulse * Polly Gabriel * Stone Premonitions * Nobody * Fernando Mura

Using The Opcode Studio 5LX Multi-port MIDI Interface/Patchbay, Part 2

Exploration

Multi-port MIDI interface and patchbays can seem an expensive indulgence for the average studio. But, as Martin Russ explains in the concluding part of this two-part feature, they can really help you to get the best use from the MIDI gear you already own.
• Read Part 1 (October 1996)

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