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Bernhard Purdie's Rhythm Central/DNA Beat Blocks

Sample Library

* Score = 2

DIGITECH TSR24

Digitech TSR24 True Stereo Reverb & Effects Processor

Quantity of effects is no longer a major selling point - manufacturers are now striving to offer truly professional sound quality and performance at home recording prices; does Digitech's new flagship processor hit the right balance? Paul White finds out.

DJ Food Vol. 4

Sample Library

* Score = 4

FOUNDATION & EMPIRE

Fostex Foundation 2000

An unlikely amalgamation of Japanese enterprise and American engineering expertise points the way towards Fostex's future. Paul White visited their US R&D headquarters to see their Foundation 2000 - not so much a stepping stone as a bridge to a digital age.

Keith Le Blanc's Kickin' Lunatic Beats

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Lexicon Jam Man

Digital Echo, Sampler & Loop Recorder

Lexicon follow up their highly desirable Alex digital reverb with a truly innovative new product. Last seen cavorting on stage with rock band Living Colour, Jam Man offers not only echo and sampling, but also allows you to create spontaneous music tracks, courtesy of its looping digital recorder. Paul White turns on and Fripps out...

MACKIE 8-BUS

Mackie 8-Buss Recording/PA Mixing Console

Paul White takes the wraps off the long-awaited Mackie 8-bus mixing console - and likes what he hears.

MORPHOLOGY!

Emu Morpheus Synth Module

How does the follow-up to the highly successful Vintage Keys pack even more synthesis power into the same space? Martin Russ discovers that a 1U Z-plane Synthesizer can be deceptively large inside!

MUSICAL MASTERPIECE?

Korg Audio Gallery Music System for Apple Mac and Windows

Musicians have high expectations of synth giant Korg; Mike Collins finds out how their first foray into the desktop music market measures up.

PIANO FORTE

Roland P55 Piano Module

David Mellor discovers that Roland's new dedicated piano module sounds a lot bigger than it looks.

SPL STEREO VITALIZER

SPL Stereo Vitalizer Psychoacoustic Enhancer

Since its launch just a few years ago, the SPL Vitalizer has made a major impression on many of those who have used it. Paul White tests the new stereo version, which features a simplified control panel - and a lower price tag.

The Logical Choice?

Emagic Notator Logic Audio

Paul White packs up his multitrack and confronts Notator Logic Audio's recording environment of the future.

THE MULTIMEDIA APPROACH TO PC SEQUENCING

Lowrie Woolf SeqWin V2/Multimedia

The great orchestrator Ravel never said "a bit of program 42, Bank 8, on MIDI channel 16 will suit this part". Rather, he might have said "some flute would suit this part". This is what SeqWin tries to offer you. Panicos Georghiades and Gabriel Jacobs check it out.

WIDGETS

Studiospares Jack Patchbay Burnisher Plug

Studiospares Jack Patchbay Burnisher Plug.

WIDGETS

P&R MIDI Patching System

P & R MIDI Patching System.

WIDGETS

The Pianist Classical Piano MIDI File Package for Atari ST, Apple Mac & PC

The Pianist Classical Piano MIDI File Package for Atari ST, Apple Mac and PC.

People + Opinion

DEL PALMER: The Red Shoes Sessions

Del Palmer & The Red Shoes Sessions: Kate Bush

There's been a lot of publicity about Kate Bush's new album, The Red Shoes; Richard Buskin goes behind the scenes with engineer/producer Del Palmer to discover exactly how the album was recorded, and how pop's most enigmatic lady really works.

GEORGE MARTIN

Producer

The career of producer George Martin has spanned more than three decades and has embreaced the extremes of technology - from basic 4-track recording with the Beatles to the cutting edge of digital at the new AIR Lyndhurst studios. Paul Tingen talks to a legend in recording history...

Glenn Skinner: Pop Isn't All Rubbish

Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)

Redefining what we all mean by 'pop' is something that every generation has to do, argues producer Glenn Skinner. But does popular have to mean rubbish, or is there still scope for more class and less crass?

INSIDE FRIPPERTRONICS

Robert Fripp Lays Bare His Legendary Effects Rack

Robert Fripp is very much a musician's musician, whose innovative approach to both guitar playing and signal processing defies categorisation. Mark Jenkins looks at the technology behind Frippertronics...

One Dove

Recording Their Debut Album

With names like Andy Weatherall and Stephen Hague involved in the production and remixing of this Glasgow trio's music, we can expect to hear more of One Dove. Nigel Humberstone tracks two of them down in their studio, to talk about minimal gear and getting the show on the road...

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: Adding a hard disk to an A1200

Paul Austin points out the best selection of cheap software and explains how to add a hard disk to an A1200.

AudioCalc; Hinton Instruments

Atari Notes

More news from Martin Russ, including a look at a practical DA from Hinton Instruments.

Aural Hygiene: How To Keep Noise At Bay, Part 1

Tips & Techniques

Plagued by noise? Want to brighten up your old master tapes? Gordon Reid, of Cedar Audio Ltd, explains the different processes that can be used to clean up audio signals that have become contaminated by noise.
• Read Part 2 (January 1994)

Mac Tone Modules

Apple Notes

This month an explosion of Mac tone modules and a Mac range restructuring exercise. Kendall Wrightson offers seasonal cheer for Apple admirers everywhere.

PC Christmas Favourites

PC Notes

Christmas is coming, and Brian Heywood is rounding up some PC goodies you might like to find in your stocking...

PRACTICAL STUDIO DESIGN: Part 5

Practical Studio Design: Part 5: Room Within A Room Construction

Paul White presents a practical overview of the 'room within a room' principle which is used in the construction of virtually all major studios.

SOFT OPTIONS

Cheap and Cheerful Sample Creation On The Atari ST

Low-cost software packages like Resotek's Virtual Wave and AVR's Replay 16, combined with a synth with sample RAM, let you create and process waveforms for a source of unique sounds. Martin Russ explains.

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