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Alesis' Midiverb was a big hit with cost-conscious studio musicians when it was first launched back in the mid '80s. Now Paul White assesses whether the Midiverb 4 is still first among sequels...
Compact 16-bit Digital Reverb
There's something very Tardis-like about a tiny box that contains simulations of large acoustic spaces, as Paul White discovers.
Audio Technica's stylish new Midnight Blues range of microphones represent the company's latest foray into the budget dynamic mic market. Paul White gets the Blues... but is cheered up by the mics!
Analogue Monosynth (Retro)
Chris Carter sings the praises of a vintage synth which cost just £199 on its launch in 1978, but which hides a multitude of surprises under its unlikely yellow and black hood...
Korg's new pedal box features a novel pressure pad that lets you change performance parameters while you play. Paul White gets in his annual half-hour guitar practise session checking it out.
Long-time Kurzweil K2000 user Paul Ward casts a cautious eye over the latest facelift for his favourite synth's operating system, and is delighted with the results...
Following the success of their Quasar synth last year, Quasimidi have launched the new Technox, aimed firmly at the production of electronic dance music. Paul Ward dons his backwards baseball cap and checks it out...
Professional DAT Recorder
Paul White gets behind the wheel of Tascam's new pro DAT recorder and finds it delivers a comfortable ride.
Digital Hard Disk Recorders
Vestax have made the 6-track format their trademark, but their new hard disk recorder range is a major step up in terms of sound quality, professional options and technical innovation. Paul Wiffen gives it the once-over and finds himself going back for more.
MIDI Data Filer
Derek Johnson takes a look at a new MIDI disk drive that will store and retrieve your files in a flash...
Windows MIDI Sequencer
PC sequencing stalwarts Voyetra have finally ventured into the Windows sequencing market. Brian Heywood assesses whether their new £99 program was worth the wait.
Paul White tries out Zoom's new super-budget, 'no frills' 1202 effects processor and finds it to be far more veratile than its appearance suggests...
People + Opinion
Interview | Music Production (Production Lines)
What happens to the many talented musicians in the UK who never get a chance to be heard by a wider audience because the music they make isn't what major record companies want to sign? Discovering new talent and helping to bring it to the fore has always been the producer's dream. But now producer Floyd-Douglass is launching a new project to do just that...
Interview | Manufacturer
Paul White talks to Graham Blyth, Spirit's founder and design guru, about the company's product philosophy and its newest line, the Spirit Powerstation powered mixer.
Interview | Band
Not many musicians realise the potential of playing the European live circuit. Nigel Humberstone, whose band, In The Nursery, has built up quite a substantial European following, lets you in on some of the secrets of technical and business survival in Europe.
Interview | Artist
Mike Oldfield's new album was inspired by the writings of Arthur C Clarke and features an interactive CD-ROM section. Paul White asked the composer about the artistry and technology behind the project.
Panicos Georghiades explains how PC multimedia authoring programs can be used to put additional information onto a CD along with the music.
Interview | Producer
Influential producer Rupert Hine this year celebrates 30 years in the music industry — and he shows no signs of slowing down, with a current solo album on general release, and a string of new Hine-produced albums, including one for offbeat French combo Les Negresses Vertes, waiting in the wings. Paul Tingen talks to him about technology past, present and future.
Tips & Techniques
Paul White reveals more cheats and workarounds aimed at making sequenced instruments sound more realistic.
This month Martin Russ gives you the hands-on lowdown on System 7.5 for the Macintosh, as well as the latest Apple news.
Martin Russ investigates why you might need more MIDI outputs.
The last four weeks have been pretty hectic for the Amiga community, and Paul Overaa has, of course, been dutifully recording the more memorable events...
Paul Nagle puts the case for the IBM PC as a music computer, but admits that not all is sweetness and light.
Tips & Techniques
Are you forever coming up with the same old 'N-N-N-N-Nineteen' effects on your sampler? do you reach for that jaded Peruvian noseflute sample every time you want a 'really original sound' for your latest masterpiece? Fear not, for top tipmeister Paul Ward is back, with more off-the-wall uses for you to try out at home...
Exciters and enhancers are often mentioned in SOS, but what exactly do they do to your sound, and how do the various types differ? Paul White explains.
Tips & Techniques
Paul White reveals a few of his Blue Peter-style secrets, the general aim being to construct something useful in the studio without spending more than a pound!
Atari sequencers running on a Mac? Vic Lennard investigates the possibilities of MagiCMac...
Tips & Techniques
Those of us who can afford it probably master to DAT, but for the ADAT user, this isn't necessarily the best option, as Paul White reveals.
Brian Heywood removes his Santa hat, polishes of the last of the brandy butter, and considers what you might need to do to your PC now the new year is upon us.
People & Politics In The Music Business
Part 1: You wouldn't dive into a swimming pool if you couldn't swim, so why do so many musicians seem content to plunge into a music business they know nothing about — and which can be just as hazardous? Songwriter David Bibbey decided to educate himself in the business of music by talking to the people who really matter. EMI Music's Brian Jackson was the first to get the Bibbey treatment...