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JORETH MUSIC COMPOSER SYSTEM

Joreth Music Composer System and Real-Time Linker for the Commodore 64

Ian Waugh explores Joreth's integrated Music Composer System and Real-Time Linker - two MIDI sequencing package for the Commodore 64.

Korg DSS1

Sampling Synthesizer

The DSS-1 offers 12-bit sampling, high fidelity samples, integral dual digital delay and EQ, plus the most comprehensive synthesizer section of all the midrange samplers.

SIMMONS SPM8:2 MIDI MIXER

Simmons SPM8:2 MIDI Mixer

A mixer from Simmons? Why not? The application of MIDI control to audio mixers is resulting in a radical departure from traditional designs, as Tony Hastings found out when he road-tested the SPM8:2.

TASCAM 112

Tascam 112

Gareth Stuart reviews Tascam's latest offering and learns why 'professional' machines nearly always carry a 'professional' price tag!

To Call It a Drum Machine Would Be An Insult!

Yamaha RX5

The pace of change never slackens at the Nippon Gakki factory. The piano makers turned motorbike manufacturers roar in with a new digtal rhythm machine, the RX5. Review by David Mellor.

People + Opinion

INSIDE VIEWS

Emu Systems' Marco Alpert

Continuing our series that looks at hi-tech companies and design personnel working in the field of music and recording technology, Paul Gilby talks to Marco Alpert, Director of Marketing & Sales for E-mu systems of America - the company behind the Emulator and Emax sampling keyboards.

LARRY (SYNERGY) FAST: Sounds of Metropolis

Larry (Synergy) Fast: Sounds of Metropolis

Mark Jenkins pins down Larry Fast, the expert synthesist/programmer best known for his work with Peter Gabriel, and discusses the release of his eighth solo album - 'Metropolitan Suite'.

NEVER AGAIN!

West 3 Studios

Rebuilding a studio control room is not a task for the feint of heart, as Dave Buckley, of West 3 Studios in West London, reveals in this amusing case study...

READER PROFILE SPOTLIGHT

Reader Profile Spotlight: Bruce Graham

Having written to us suggesting we extended our magazine coverage to include readers' own set-ups and experiences, Bruce Graham suddenly found himself the subject of such a feature. Read on and find out why...

The Aural Historians

National Sound Archive

Where can you go to listen to your selection of over one million records and tapes, old and new? Read David etheridge's revealing article on the NSA to find out...

WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

The Chieftains In China

Janet Angus reports on what happened when Irish folk group The Chieftains took up an offer to do a concert tour of China and decided to record the event.

Technique

GATEWAY'S SOUND ADVICE COLUMN

GATEWAY'S SOUND ADVICE COLUMN: All mixed up?; A question of time; MIDI patchbay

More readers' queries are answered by the expert teaching staff of London's Gateway School of Recording and Music Technology: All mixed up?; A question of time; MIDI patchbay.

HOW IT WORKS: Interconnection (3)

How It Works: Interconnection

If a pair of trendy phono leads for your record player cost as much as £100 or more, how much sould it cost to cable up your studio? The answer could be quite a lot, but if you throw away those HiFi mags you can do it properly with good old-fashioned copper wire for a more reasonable sum. David Mellor tells how...

MIDI MATTERS

MIDI Matters: MIDI Back To Basics: Timbre Editing Via MIDI

Jay Chapman leans back and takes a philosophical overview of timbre editing via MIDI.

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