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BORN IN THE USA
Mackie CR1604 Mixer
The mixer market is dominated by British manufacturers, with a range of Japanese designs also popular in MIDI setups. However, a new American compact mixer offers immpeccable audio quality, and outstanding features and value that looks hard to beat. Dave Lockwood welcomes the newcomer.
DR T'S X-OR
Dr. T's X-or: Universal Patch Editor/Librarian
Dr. T's universal patch editor/librarian makes the journey from Atari to Mac picking up a host of new features en route, as Kendall Wrightson discovers.
Frohlich Freestyle Accompanist Software
Martin Russ gets to grips with Freestyle, an auto-accompaniment program with a winning combination of flexibility and customisation options.
Fostex X28 Cassette Multitracker
Policemen start looking younger, you start to disown parts of your record collection and, just as surely with the passing of time, entry-level cassette multitrackers sprout more inputs and features. Dave Lockwood tries to keep up with the Fostex X28.
HANDS ON: Yamaha SPX90
Yamaha SPX90 (Hands On)
David Mellor offers advice to the studio newcomer on the original multi-effects unit.
Resotek Virtual Wave Software
Martin Russ investigates a software synthesis program that offers a wealth of new sounds for under £100.
Sony DPS-R7 Digital Reveberator
Hot on the heels of their impressive DPS-D7 digital delay comes the latest single effects unit from Sony. As the DPS-R7 reverberates, David Mellor adjudicates.
STEINBERG AVALON 2.0
Steinberg Avalon 2.0 Sample Editing Software for the ST
Martin Russ edits, analyses, time corrects and synthesizes, as he explores the features of Steinberg's Avalon software.
People + Opinion
VINCE CLARKE: Sold on the 3-minute song
Vince Clarke: Sold On The 3-minute Song
Erasure's fifth album sees the duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell going from strength to strength, delivering electro-pop at its finest. But the doyens of synthesizer pop recorded Chorus with almost no MIDI instruments at all. Vince Clarke tells Paul Ireson how he made a hit album with 10-year old technology.
MAKING YOUR OWN VIDEO
Making Your Own Video: Part 1: The Shoot
We all know how modern cost-effective musical instruments and recording equipment allow professional standard tapes to be produced at home. But does the similar trend in video gear mean that the average musician can shoot his own promo? Paul Wiffen and Darrin Williamson thought so. This is their story.
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Preparing A Master Tape
So you wanna record an album? Anyone with a DAT recorder can make what they think is a usable master tape, but it takes a little know-how to do it properly. Mastering engineers Mike Brown and Martin Giles of CTS studios explain what goes into preparing master tapes for tape, record and CD duplication.