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CASIO CSM 10P
Casio CSM 10P Piano Sound Module
On the face of it, this low-cost sound module looks like it could be a useful addition to the MIDI synthesist's armoury. Tony Crowle checks its suitability.
Emu Systems Emax II
What do you get if you cross an Emax with a Proteus? An Emaximus perhaps, or maybe even a Protemax? Kendall Wrightson tests Emu's new 16-bit sampler to find out.
KAWAI K1 II
Recognising a hit when they see one, Kawai have added independent drum voices and a digital effects section to the popular K1 and called the result the K1 II. Kendall Wrightson plays spot the difference.
Pro Synth Workstation
Korg's follow up to the successful M1 takes them further upmarket. David Mellor looks at an instrument for those who can afford a little extra.
LEXICON OF LOVE
Lexicon LXP5 Multi-effects Processor
Following the release of their acclaimed 'budget' LXP1 reverb, Lexicon have extended their presence in the affordable digital effects market with the LXP5 multi-effects unit. Dave Lockwood feels the quality.
Sansui WSX1 6-track recorder
Sansui mark their debut into the home recording market with the impressive WSX1. Incorporating the first ever 6-track cassette recorder, it combines a 2-track master recorder, an 8-channel mixer, and built-in digital effects in a convenient package. Will it appeal? Dave Lockwood finds out.
Tascam MM1 MIDI Mutable Mixer
As multiple or stereo outputs are more or less standard features on keyboards and expander modules, most small mixers simply don't have enough inputs for even a modest home recording setup. One that certainly does is the new 20:2 Tascam MM1, complete with MIDI mute automation - Tony Hastings checks it out.
The PPG Wave was one of the most powerful synths of the late pre-MIDI/digital era, and perhaps inevitably, it died a death along with so many other dinosaurs. But now, its particular method of wavetable synthesis lives again in an entirely new rack expander which combines the best of the Wave's original audio architecture with full MIDI control - the Waldorf Microwave. Galloping gourmet Paul Ireson goes nuts over this a-mayonnaising expander, and learns how to cook better sounds, faster.
People + Opinion
The Blue Nile
In 1984, The Blue Nile released an album widely hailed as the finest debut LP of recent years. After five years of silence, they've produced another masterpiece in Hats. Paul Ireson talks to the men behind two of the decade's finest records.
Ian Boddy is one of the country's foremost independent 'electronic music' composers. David Hughes talks to him about the recording of his new CD 'Odyssey'.
DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING
Digital Signal Processing: Part 3: Digital Filtering
In this final part, Jim Grant builds upon the basic DSP operations of arithmetic and delay, covered in the previous articles, and concentrates on some modern day applications.
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About System Exclusive: Part 9
Part 9: Martin Russ continues his mammoth in-depth analysis of MIDI's SysEx codes with an explaination of 'checksums'.
GETTING INTO VIDEO
Getting Into Video: Part 4
In the fourth part of this series, David Mellor looks at the Fostex 4030/4035 synchroniser system, and how it is set up and operated.