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ADVANCED GRAVIS ULTRASOUND
Advanced Gravis Multimedia PC soundcard
A PC sound card with 16-bit digital audio and an Ensoniq-derived synth section for just over £200? Is it, wonders Brian Heywood, too good to be true?
BREAKING WITH THE RACK PACK
Roland JV880 Synth Module
From the outside Roland's JV880 looks like just another rackmount synth module, but ROM waveform expansion, easy operation and an attractive price tag should set it apart from the crowd. Paul Ireson takes a closer look.
Hammond XB5 Double Manual Organ
David Etheridge reviews the reborn Hammond organ. With MIDI, memories and full programmability, it represents a '90s approach to a classic instrument.
HANDS ON: Apple Macintosh Computers
Apple Macintosh Computers (Hands On)
New machines and lower prices have brought the Apple Macintosh within the reach of ever more musicians. David Mellor is your guide on a first-timer's tour of Mac-land.
JACK IN A BOX
Anatek SMP16 MIDI/Audio Patchbay
It patches MIDI and audio connections, it interfaces, it generates SMPTE, it shaves those irritating little bobbles off your favourite sweater... well maybe not, but it could change the way you patch your studio forever, as David Mellor discovers.
MUSIC SOFTWARE BUYERS' GUIDE: Atari; Mac; PC; Amiga
Music Software Buyer's Guide: Atari; Mac; PC; Amiga
It was a tough assignment, but someone had to do it - list every pieve of music software available in the UK for the Atari, Mac, PC and Amiga. Next month we'll follow up with a full listing of hardware for all platforms. The list's out of date by the time it appears in print, of course, but here goes...
RAISING THE STANDARD
Akai S3000 and S2800 Samplers
From the S900 to the S1100, Akai samplers have set the standards for others to match and found widespread popularity in studios of every size and kind. Now the company's next generation of machines is upon us - David Mellor looks at the new kit on the block.
Zenon Schoepe looks at a serious desk for serious MIDI rooms - Amek's highly specified Einstein.
SSU PROFESSIONAL PCM SAMPLE LIBRARY
SSU Professional PCM Sample Library: Yamaha SY99 Sample Disks
Martin Russ lends an ear to some accomplished PCM samples for the hungry sample RAM in your SY99.
People + Opinion
A ROOM OF MY OWN
Ex-808 Stater Martin Price is back in action with his new project Switzerland. Nigel Humberstone dropped in on their personal studio to talk technical...
Jan Hammer Talks Tech
It's now several years since Jan Hammer gave up his day job as composer-in-residence for Miami Vice. In the Mind's Eye, a long-form computer animated video, sees him contributing to a quite different fusion of striking visuals and music, as Julian Colbeck hears.
The Beloved, indie band turned pioneers of the indie/dance crossover, have a last released their follow-up to Happiness. Now working without Steve Waddington, Jon Marsh talks shop with Nigel Humberstone.
DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 11
A Series By Warren Cann: Part 11
Part 11. So you've programmed the drums for your latest songs - now it's time to back up your data and prepare to lay tracks down on tape. Time for timecode...
MIDI TIMING DELAYS
MIDI Timing Delays: Software and Hardware Thrus
An occasional series which investigates some of the more technical aspects of MIDI. In this introductory article, Martin Russ measures some Thru delays.
How To Get The Most From Your Sampler
Tom McLaughlin leads another expedition deep into sample country. This month: how to create stereo instruments from mono samples.