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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?
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?
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...
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
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.
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: 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...