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ART Multiverb Alpha 2.0 & DRX2100
Art's new Alpha 2.0 adds new features to the well-established Multiverb Alpha multi-effects unit, while the DRX2100 adds analogue processing facilities as well. Dave Lockwood finds that Art's policy of constant updates pays off.
BEHRINGER RACK EFFECTS
Behringer Rack Effects
Behringer's studio processors may have had a relatively low profile in the UK, but their high quality and reasonable pricing make them well worth a second look. Wilf Smarties finds they're just what he needs.
CAKEWALK FOR WINDOWS
Twelve Tone Systems Cakewalk For Windows Sequencer
Twelve Tone Systems have ported their DOS sequencer Cakewalk to the Windows environment, and created a program that could be ideal for PC musicians with an interest in multimedia. Brian Heywood looks at the sequencer that stops just short of making you coffee.
DR T'S QUICKSCORE DELUXE
Dr. T's Quickscore Deluxe: Notation Software
Brian Heywood scores with this entry level sequencer-cum-notation PC program from Dr T's.
DYNACORD CLS222 COMPACT ROTOR SYSTEM
Dynacord CLS222 Compact Rotor System Leslie Simulator
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a stimulating Leslie simulation that'll set your head spinning - after trying the CLS222, Nick Magnus will never use his 'ghetto-blaster in a tumble drier' trick again.
Emu MPS Plus Orchestral
You want access to a wide range of sounds in a versatile performance-orientated keyboard? Emu's MPS Plus Orchestra adds 4Mb of orchestral sounds to the rock/pop set of the original MPS. Derek Johnson shows a high rate of interest and gives credit where it's due.
GHOST IN THE MACHINE
Soundcraft Spirit Automated Mixer
What do you give a desk which already has everything? Comprehensive MIDI mute automation supported by a Steinberg software package would be pretty good for starters. Dave Lockwood undergoes a spiritual awakening with the new Spirit Auto.
Yamaha DX7 Keyboard (Hands On)
David Mellor revisits the instrument that started the MIDI Music hi-tech revolution. Yamaha's 16-note poly (wow!), all-digital (gasp!) DX7.
Ninja Tunes DJ Food Jazz Brakes Vol. 1 & 2
• Vol. 1 * Score = 3.5
REDISCOVERING THE YAMAHA DMP7
Yamaha DMP7 & DMP11 (Rediscovered)
Wilf Smarties takes another look at Yamaha's DMP7 digital mixer, and its DMP11 derivative. Has the rest of the world finally caught up with these pioneering products, with their extensive and cost-effective automation facilities?
STEINBERG: Exchanging Sequencer data in real time; Sound banks for satellite; DR. T'S KCS: Control sequences
ZOOM AT THE TOP?
Zoom 9120 Advanced sound environment processor
The 9120, Zoom's latest digital effects unit, promises reverb quality to rival units costing several times its moderate price tag. But in a world that's positively awash with effects processors, why should you make space in your rack for a 9120? Paul White finds out...
People + Opinion
A ROOM OF MY OWN
Another chance to drop in on musicians in their personal workspaces. This month, Paul Ireson catches up with The Beatmasters.
GIRLS KEEP SWINGING
Playing Keys With Shakespear's Sister
Carrie Booth graduated from Lee Fardon And THe Legionnaires to Shakespear's Sister, and from being anti-synth to acquiring one of the first DX7s to hit these shores - and then told Derek Johnson all about it.
DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 8
A Series By Warren Cann: Part 8
Choosing the right drum sound is crucial in producing polished tracks - but so is knowing just when and how to do it.
How To Get The Most From Your Sampler
If you only knew it, your sampler is a veritable digital playground, just waiting for you to come and frolic in it - throw caution to the wind and try some off-the-wall creative techniques. In the first part of this new series, Tom's doing a bit of bouncing...
STUDIO CONSTRUCTION SET: Which gear is right for you?
Studio Construction Set: Which gear is right for you?
When you're going about the complex business of choosing equipment for your setup, mistakes can prove expensive. Craig Anderton helps you identify your needs and come up with a blueprint for your perfect studio.