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ENSONIQ PERFORMANCE SAMPLER

Ensoniq Performance Sampler

The ability to load new samples whilst playing is only one of many features which make the 20-voice EPS stand out from the crowd. Craig Anderton reveals the others...

ENSONIQ SQ-80

Ensoniq SQ80 Cross Wave Synthesizer

The onboard 8-track sequencer and sampled waveforms of the ESQ-1 make it a hard act for any manufacturer to follow. So what further features does Ensoniq's new SQ-80 synthesizer have that could possibly outshine its stablemate? Craig Anderton explores...

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

Elka Master Keyboards MK88 & MK55

With rack expanders forever dropping in price, the concept of one 'master' keyboard capable of controlling all MIDI devices in a system becomes more appealing by the minute. And with the MK88 and MK55, Tony Wride believes Elka have fulfilled the promise of MIDI and produced the ultimate master keyboards, jam-packed with features.

SOUND ADVICE: FB01 stereo imaging; More mixer inputs; exciting samples; Roland D50 lock-up; Texture = Drum sequencer?

FB01 stereo imaging; More mixer inputs; exciting samples; Roland D50 lock-up; Texture = Drum sequencer?

YAMAHA REX 50

Yamaha Rex 50

Martin Russ reveals the hidden features of Yamaha's budget digital multi-effector and explains how it can be coaxed into supplying more than one effect at once.

ZYKLUS MIDI PERFORMANCE SYSTEM

Zyklus MIDI Performance System

What the hell's a MIDI Performance System? David Mellor does his best to explain.

People + Opinion

INSIDE VIEWS

Yamaha: Mr Iijima

With Yamaha celebrating their Centenary in 1987, it seemed opportune to discover more about their corporate plans for the future. Paul Gilby spoke with Mr Iijima, Yamaha's European Director of Marketing & Public Relations, who revealed plans that will affect the way the music industry and instruments themselves develop in the next twenty years.

SAMPLING ENSONIQ

Ensoniq Company Profile

Craig Anderton goes behind the scenes at Ensoniq's US headquarters to discover more about the company that made sampling technology truly affordable.

Technique

MIDI AUTOMATION SYSTEMS: How Good Are They? Part 1

MIDI Automation Systems: How Good Are They? Part 1

Part 1: Over the next two issues Graham Hinton tests five mixer automation systems which all provide control of audio signal level by means of Voltage Controlled Amplifiers (VCAs) and are accessible to some degree by MIDI. This month it's the turm of the Akai MPX820 and Simmons SPM8:2.

MIDI MATTERS

MIDI Matters: MIDI Back To Basics: Part 5

Part 5: Jay Chapman wraps up this mini-series with a recap of bits, bytes and hex.

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 6

Part 6: Martin Russ takes out his soldering iron and creates the MIDI Monitor - an unbelievably useful gadget for anyone with a MIDI set-up of any kind.

RESYNTHESIS

Resynthesis Explained

Martin Russ breaks off from his 20th century studies way in the future to report on some alternative goings-on which may soon materialise in the form of a new generation of powerful sampling synthesizers.

STUDIO MAGIC

Studio Magic: Tricks And Techniques Of The Studio

The first of a series of articles in which David Mellor explains the tricks and techniques of the studio trade and how they can be successfully applied by the home recordist. This month's technique allows multi-instrument recordings to be built up using minimal equipment, and is known to its practitioners as 'sound on sound'. Now where have you heard that phrase before?

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