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Akai SG01v

Synth Module

Paul White tries out Akai's first synth in absolutely ages — and discovers a monster in sheep's clothing.

Alesis DM5

Drum Module

Paul White checks out the successor to his beloved D4 and ends up casting sidelong glances at his cheque book.

Audio Technica AT4050

Studio Capacitor Microphone

How does Audio Technica's AT4050 multi-pattern studio mic compare with their hugely popular AT4033 cardioid mic? Paul White arranges a shoot-out.

Digitech RPM1

Valve Rotary Speaker Simulator

There have been Leslie simulators before, but none to exploit the sympathetic warmth of valves. Nick Magnus asks whether Digitech's RPM1 is a dream ticket... or a lottery loser.

Digitech Studio Quad

Digital Effects Processor

Paul White tries to pigeonhole Digitech's new effects unit — but quickly discovers that it can mean different things to different users.

Digitech TSR6

Stero Effects Processor

Digitech have trimmed back both price and features for the latest addition to the TSR effects family. But does the newcomer offer enough bang per buck? Derek Johnson finds out.

Emagic Logic Audio 2.5

Software

Paul White braces himself for another software upgrade, but finds the transition from Logic Audio 2.0 to 2.5 a very positive experience.

Eurotech

Sample Library

* Score = 5

Interface Dance

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Mackie 1202 VLZ

12-Channel Mic/Line Mixer

Paul White puts Mackie's new 1202 VLZ next to his original 1202 and discovers more changes than you might expect.

Rocktron Hush IICX

Single-ended Noise Reduction System

Can a low-cost processor really clean up noisy recordings effectively? Paul White finds out.

Roland JX3P

Polysynth (Retro)

Michael Anthony takes us back to the mid-eighties, when MIDI was in pre-school playgroup, and manufacturers built synths that couldn't decide if they were analogue, digital, or both...

Roland VS880

Digital Multitrack Recorder (Preview)

Have Fostex really stolen Roland's thunder with their digital multitrack? Mystic Paul White thinks Roland might have a trick up their sleeve.

Tascam DAP1

Portable DAT Machine

Paul White gets out and about with the Tascam DAP1 and discovers the joys of collecting sounds outside the studio.

TDM Software Plug-ins

Digidesign Pro Tools, Part 1

The all-digital, computer-based recording studio is no longer a distant future possibility. Thanks to digidesign's TAM buss, many of the processing capabilities of a traditional studio setup are now available as computer software plug-ins. In the first of this two-part feature, Mike Collins takes us through some of the available options.

Waldorf Pulse

Monosynth

A monosynth that doesn't cost monopoly money? It might not be able to walk and chew gum at the same time, but Paul Nagle thinks Waldorf's new Pulse offers the most fun you can have with your presets off...

Workstation Three

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Yamaha 02R

Digital Recording Console

Paul White experiences the delights of this all-digital, automated mixing environment where unwieldy cable harnesses and tiered patchbays are the thing of the past.

People + Opinion

Elliot Scheiner: Van Morrison & Dominos

Interview | Engineer

Behind every musical milestone there's a pioneering engineer. In the first of an occasional series, Richard Buskin looks at classic recordings from a technical angle. This month, former Van Morrison engineer Elliot Scheiner talks about the 1970s sessions which produced the 'Domino' effect...

Gavin Friday: Virgin Prunes

Interview | Artist

'I once believed in Jesus, now I can't believe in rock' n' roll." Ex-Virgin Prune Gavin Friday may have his cross to bear, but as Nigel Humberstone discovers, this gadfly of the Irish rock scene isn't one to let the grass grow under his feet...

How To Become A Record Producer, Part 2: Pre-Production

Tips & Techniques

Having resolved the nebulous role of the record producer in Part 1, this month David Mellor addresses the practical matter of pre-production.
• Read Part 1 (January 1996)

Klaus Schulze: Digital To Analogue Conversion

Interview | Artist

The Godfather of German electronic music, Klaus Schulze favoured an all-digital approach to recording the '80s. The last few years, however, have seen a radical revision of his former philosophy. Paul Tingen meets the man for whom old working habits die hard...

Ron Berry: Synthesist, Designer, Hobbyist

Interview | Artist

In his time, Ron Berry has been a synth-player and a freelance designer — but it's as an electronics hobbyist that he cut his teeth. Jonathan Miller meets the man who keeps the DIY ethic alive.

Technique

C-lab Falcon MkX, Ease, Papyrus v4

Atari Tips & Techniques

Ofir Gal reports back from a show in London which proves, once again, that there's life in Atari computers yet — even if Atari themselves don't agree!

Choosing Studio Cable

Tips & Techniques

When it comes to cabling, it pays to have the right connections. Paul White makes the introductions.

EQ: A New Perspective

Exploration

You might think that EQ is simply a tone control, but as Paul White explains, it's really a powerful mind-manipulating tool inextricably linked to the survival of the species!

Kickstart Your Inspiration

Tips & Techniques

Most of the time, inspiration doesn't so much strike as go on strike — so what can be done to coax it back to work? Paul White proffers a few suggestions.

Musicator; Illuminatus v3

PC Notes

Brian Heywood considers what 1996 will bring the PC-based musician, and decides it will be the year of the DAM...

Painted Desert

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

As The Crow Flies * The Prayer * By Design * Rife * Shake The Bottle * So It Is * Happyhead * Steve Muzolf * The Starseeds * Asklepius

Sampling Basics, Part 2

Tips & Techniques

Paul White continues his introduction to sampling with a look at some of the extras, accessories and peripherals that you might need in order to get the most out of your new purchase.
• Read Part 1 (January 1996)
• Read Part 3 (March 1996)

SuperJAM

Amiga Notes

Blue Ribbon's SuperJAM has been around for quite a while, but many musicians still don't realise just how useful this program is. Paul Overaa provides a guided tour of the current version...

System & Third-party Software For Sound Synthesis; PCI

Apple Notes

Martin Russ considers some ways of realising sound synthesis on your Mac using system or third-party software, and concludes his look at the PCI buss.

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