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Alesis MidiVerb IV

Multi-effects Processor

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...

ART MR1

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 Midnight Blues

Dynamic Microphones

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!

Black II Black Vol. 2

Sample Library

4.75*

EDP Wasp

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 AX30G

Guitar Multi-effects

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.

Kurzweil K2000 v3

Software Upgrade

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...

Peter Siedlaczek's Orchestral Colours

Sample Library

5*

Quasimidi Technox

Rackmount Synthesizer

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...

Tascam DA30 MK II

Professional DAT Recorder

Paul White gets behind the wheel of Tascam's new pro DAT recorder and finds it delivers a comfortable ride.

Vestax HDR6 & HDR4

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.

Viscount RD800

MIDI Data Filer

Derek Johnson takes a look at a new MIDI disk drive that will store and retrieve your files in a flash...

Voyetra MIDI Orchestrator Plus

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.

X-Static Goldmine 2

Sample Library

4*

Zoom 1202

Effects Processor

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

Douglas Floyd-Douglass: Finding Undiscovered Talent

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...

Graham Blyth: Designing Spirit Mixers

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.

In The Nursery: Playing Live In Europe

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.

Mike Oldfield: Recording Songs Of Distant Earth

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.

Multimedia Authoring Software For The PC

Exploration

Panicos Georghiades explains how PC multimedia authoring programs can be used to put additional information onto a CD along with the music.

Rupert Hine: Les Negresses Vertes

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.

Technique

A Pragmatic Guide To Creative Sequencer Abuse

Tips & Techniques

Paul White reveals more cheats and workarounds aimed at making sequenced instruments sound more realistic.

Apple Notes

System 7.5

This month Martin Russ gives you the hands-on lowdown on System 7.5 for the Macintosh, as well as the latest Apple news.

Atari Multi-Port MIDI Expanders

Exploration

Martin Russ investigates why you might need more MIDI outputs.

AV & Photogenics

Amiga Notes

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...

Buying A PC For Music: IBM, Part 1

Exploration

Paul Nagle puts the case for the IBM PC as a music computer, but admits that not all is sweetness and light.
• Read Part 2 (March 1995)

Creative Use Of Your Sampler

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...

How Enhancers Work

Exploration

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.

Improving Your Studio For Next To Nothing

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!

MagiCMac

Atari Notes

Atari sequencers running on a Mac? Vic Lennard investigates the possibilities of MagiCMac...

Mastering On ADAT

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.

Tortus, Cakewalk & Cataloguing Floppy Disks

PC Notes

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.

Music Business

Brian Jackson: EMI Music, Part 1

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...
• Read Part 2 (March 1995)

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