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A USER'S GUIDE TO SAMPLE CDS

User's Guide To Sample CDs

Not all sampler owners have access to every instrument they might wish to sample, hence the appearance of Sample CDs containing all manner of digitally recorded sounds. But how useful are they? Are they value for money? Keyboardist Dave Stewart recently spent many hours sorting the wheat from the chaff. Here are his findings.

ALESIS 1622 MIXER

Alesis 1622 Mixer

Alesis are known, more than anything, for their digital signal processing expertise, yet their new mixer is an all analogue 16:2:2 design - but employing a revolutionary construction technique. Paul Ireson lends an ear.

C-LAB: Director; Graphic edit matrix; Main bar counter; Pre-programmed song load; Soft link; HOLLIS RESEARCH: MIDI timing problems; The MIDI delay myth THE DIGITAL MUSE: Virtuoso updates; Remote control; To arrange of not to arrange? Tempo changes

C-Lab: Director; Graphic edit matrix; Main bar counter; Pre-programmed song load; Soft link. Hollis Research: MIDI timing problems; The MIDI delay myth. The Digital Muse: Virtuoso updates; Remote control; To arrange of not to arrange? Tempo changes.

DR. T'S TIGER

The Integrated Graphic Editor

You don't have to be a KCS owner to benefit from Tiger. If your sequencer lacks graphical editing facilities but implements MIDI Files, then real-time editing of sequence data is still possible. Chas Stoddard explains all.

PEAVEY AUTOGRAPH

Peavey Autograph

The new Peavey Autograph not only analyses your EQ problems, it fixes them too! David Mellor investigates.

SANSUI: 10-Track Recording Package

Sansui 10-track Recording Package

Combine two 6-track cassette recorders, one synchroniser and a 12:6:2 mixer, and what have you got? A rather appealing multitrack demo studio from Sansui. Dave Lockwood reports.

SHURE BETA MICROPHONES

Shure Beta Microphones

Shure's SM58 and SM57 microphones are recognised industry standards. Although many rival manufacturers have tried to improve on these classics, all have seemingly failed. Now Shure themselves are attempting to go one better with their recent Beta models. Dave Lockwood sees how they fare in comparison.

STATE OF THE ART

ART Multiverb II Multiverb Ext

Dave Lockwood casts his eye over this brace of MIDI controllable multi-effects processors from Art.

YAMAHA FX500

Yamaha FX500 Multi Effects Processor

The best things come in small packages, decides Paul Ireson as he puts this budget multi-effects processor through its paces.

YAMAHA TG55

Yamaha TG55 Tone Generator

The recent launch of Yamaha's new flagship synth, the SY77, seems to have somewhat eclipsed the arrival of its sibling, the TG55 tone generator. Rightly or wrongly, the TG55 has taken something of a backseat whilst its big brother hogs most of the limelight. David Hughes assesses its star potential.

People + Opinion

DIGITAL MULTITRACK IN NORTH WALES

Digital Multitrack In North Wales: University College Of North Wales

David Mellor takes a day trip to the University College of North Wales in Bangor to visit the first studio in Britain to take delivery of an Akai DR1200 digital multitrack recorder.

HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS: Keyboard Music

Hans Joachim Roedelius: Keyboard Music

One of the pioneers of the German electronic music scene, Hans Joachim Roedelius' use of electronic keyboards to treat sound, create atmospheres, and provide sonic backdrops has evolved through collabourations with the likes of Conny Plank, Peter Baumann and Brian Eno. Mark J. Prendergast discovers more about the man and his music.

SOUNDING OFF: Transparent Technology and the composician by Rowland Jones

Transparent Technology and the composician by Rowland Jones.

THE COMPUTER CONNECTION

The Computer Connection

Martin Russ looks at the evolution of Roland's approach to computers in music, culminating in their latest range of CM modules and accessories.

Technique

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About System Exclusive: Part 12

Part 12: Conclusion by Martin Russ.

RECORDING TECHNIQUES

Recording Techniques: Part 4: 4-Track Recording

David Mellor takes a first step into the wide world of multitrack recording with an explaination of cassette-based 4-track techniques.

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SOS Index To Past Articles: November 1985 to March 1990

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