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Once upon a time, 'additive synthesis' was an expensive and little used option on expensive computer music systems. Now, thanks to Kawai's latest keyboard, there is an instrument dedicated to this type of synthesis. Paul Wiffen, long-time advocate of creating your own waveforms, investigates.
Want to write a masterpiece? Who doesn't, but will Masterpiece, the sequencer software package from Sonus for the Atari ST, be helpful in any way? David Mellor puts away his quill pen and manuscript paper and attempts a quick concerto...
STUDIOMASTER DYNAMICS PROCESSOR
Studiomaster Dynamics Processor
What is an intelligent Dynamics Processor' and why have it MIDI controllable? David Mellor answers these and other probing questions as he explores the IDPI from mixer manufacturer, Studiomaster.
TOTAL CREATIVE CONTROL
Launched over two years ago, the PCM70 digital effects processor is still at the forefront of technology thanks to Lexicon's foresight in making it software updateble. Mark Badger checks it out.
Akai EWI & Yamaha WX7 Wind Synthesizers
Having explored the history and development of wind synthesizers in our September issue, record producer and wind player extrodinaire John L. Walters compares and contrasts the Akai EWI and Yamaha WX7. Are they the instruments that wind players have been longing for? Find out inside.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MIDI STUDIO
A Day In The Life Of A MIDI Studio
Ever wondered what goes on in a commercial 16-track studio once the red light comes on? Roger Jackson of West Coast Music reveals all...
AFRICAN MUSIC: Part 3
African Music: Part 3
Having recently released his own independent LP, 'Oh Africa', we asked Sound On Sound reader Kofi Busia to write about his experiences. In this third and final part, he reveals his discoveries about the record industry and explains why he set up his own label.
GREAT AUDIO CONCEPTS OF OUR TIME
Great Audio Concepts Of Our Time: Part 1
Part 1: One day someone will write a book which explains absolutely everything you need to know about audio, but until that happens the only way to find out is to pick up the odd fact along the way. David Mellor attempts to make the path a little smoother.
HOW ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZERS WORK
How Analogue Synthesizers Work
They've been a mainstay of electronic music for over 20 years, they're less expensive than ever before, and they still make sounds the digital machines can't. Analogue synthesizers have been receiving some digital assistance of late, but at heart they're still analogue synthesizers - and if you want to make them perform magic, you need to speak their language. Craig Anderton acts as your interpreter...
MIDI Matters: MIDI Back To Basics: Part 4
After a brief absence, Jay Chapman continues the series where he left off two months ago with a further explaination of how Real-Time commands are used in MIDI.