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ALESIS MICRO EFFECTS

Alesis Micro Effects: Microverb, Micro Enhancer, Micro Gate

David Hughes tries out three new low-cost companions to the Alesis Microverb - the Micro Enhancer, Micro Gate, and Micro Limiter. Are they the Accessit range of the Eighties?

DELIRIOUS XCITEMENT

Yamaha DX7S Keyboard

A story in which our hero, David Mellor, deserts the path of enlightenment and sells his DX7 Mk1 for a rival keyboard. Can the DX7S tempt him back to the true faith?

EFFECTIVE AUTOMATORS

Akai MB76 Programmable Mix Bay; PEQ6 Programmable Equaliser

Used together, these new Akai units can bring a limited but useful degree of automation to the MIDI-based home studio. Ian Gilby explains how.... Akai MB76 Programmable Mix Bay; PEQ6 Programmable Equaliser.

GENPATCH ST MIDI LIBRARIAN

Hybrid Arts Genpatch ST MIDI Librarian

How on earth could buying a 'generic patch librarian' program from Hybrid Arts actually save you money? Martin Russ explains how!

KORG 707 PERFORMING SYNTHESIZER

Korg 707 Performing Synthesizer

As synthesizer prices continue to plummet and the number of features increases, Korg introduce their colourful range of low cost, 8-voice, multitimbral, aftertouch and velocity sensitive performance synths. Mark Jenkins straps one on...

SOUND ADVICE: Intelligent active sensing; Simple sampling tricks; Guide to EQ

Intelligent active sensing; Simple sampling tricks; Guide to EQ.

WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Three 4-tracks: Tascam Porta 05, Fostex X30, and Yamaha MT2X

Is it possible to get expensive sounds from inexpensive equipment or is the poor person's multitrack merely an expensive toy? David Mellor looks at three entry-level multitrack recorders from Tascam, Fostex and Yamaha... Tascam Porta 05, Fostex X30, and Yamaha MT2X.

People + Opinion

ROBERT FRIPP

Robert Fripp

He's played guitar with the best - David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Talking Heads, Brian Eno and of course, King Crimson - and he's also worked away from the public eye, pursuing truths other than the rock and roll life. Mark Prendergast discovers that Robert Fripp's insights are of interest to more than just guitarists.

Technique

CHOOSING A PERSONAL COMPUTER FOR MUSIC

Choosing A Personal Computer For Music

Having made your decision to 'go soft' and opt for a software-based MIDI music system, which computer do you choose? Which is best? Are they all the same? Mark Badger considers the three prime contenders...

HOW IT WORKS

How It Works: Multitrack

From the humblest of 4-track cassette recorders to the might of 48-and 64-track digital, multitrack is the technique used for 99.9% of all commercial recordings. David Mellor looks at the background to this powerful tool and wonders how we ever managed without it.

MIDI AUTOMATION SYSTEMS: How good are they? Part 2

MIDI Automation Systems: How Good Are They? Part 2

Part 2: Last month we explained the development and requirements of VCA-based mixer automation systems and tested the Akai MPX820 and Simmons PMP8:2 dedicated MIDI mixers. This month, Graham Hinton scrutinises three different retrofittable automation systems - the Twister PAC, MegaMix, and J.L. Cooper MidiMation - and asks how good are they?

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 7

What you don't want in your MIDI system. Martin Russ investigates some unwanted features of MIDI.

SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE DUMPS

System Exclusive Dumps

Martin Russ discovers that there may be more to that disk drive in your latest acquisition than you thought...

TIPS TO TAME THE DX7II

Tips To Tame The Yamaha DX7II

Programming your own DX sounds is not so difficult when there's someone to guide you. Kevin Stratton, product specialist with Yamaha USA, explains how to create vocal-like sounds and reverb with this FM synthesizer.

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