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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.

C-LAB: Mutes; STEINBERG: Song Transfer and Tempo Change

C-Lab: Mutes. Steinberg: Song Transfer and Tempo Change.

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.

FEELING FREE

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

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.

MAKING WAVES

Resotek Virtual Wave Software

Martin Russ investigates a software synthesis program that offers a wealth of new sounds for under £100.

SONY DPS-R7

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.

Valhala International

Gold M1 Soundcards

David Mellor goes in search of inspiration, and finds it in three of Valhala's International Gold voice cards for the Korg M1.

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.

Technique

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.

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