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BEL BD80S STEREO DELAY/SAMPLER

BEL BD80S Stereo Delay/Sampler

As sampling keyboards rapidly reach saturation coverage, is a sampling delay unit which offers 6.5 second stereo sampling still a useful tool? David Mellor assesses Bel's new unit in comparison with a more expensive alternative.

CHEETAH MD8 DIGITAL

Cheetah MD8 Digital Drum Machine

With features like stereo , mono and separate outputs for external processing, real-time and step-time programming, MIDI copatibility, and interchangeable drum sounds, the budget-priced MD8 should theoretically cost a lot more than it does. Tony Wride sees if it lives up to expectations.

HYBRID ARTS SMPTE TRACK

Hybrid Arts SMPTE Track

The SmpteTrack software for the Atari ST is one of the most expensive sequencers around, but is it one of the best? David Mellor dons his pith helmet and hacks his way through the computer jungle.

ROLAND M160 LINE MIXER

Roland M160 Line Mixer

If you're on the look-out for a compact 16-channel mixer which could do double duty in your home studio as well as on-stage, then the rack-mount M160 will definitely be of interest to you. Ian Gilby checks it out.

RUSS DX7

Russ DX7 Artificial Intelligence Editor

This low-cost 'intelligent' program for the Atari ST takes all the hard work out of programming FM synths and allows you to create new 'musical' voices quickly and easily. David Hughes tries it out.

SOUND ADVICE: Mac-Atari file conversion; TX81Z flying edits; QX21 sequencer

Mac-Atari file conversion; TX81Z flying edits; QX21 sequencer.

THE SOS GUIDE TO MIDI MUSIC SOFTWARE

SOS Guide To MIDI Music Software

Mike Barnes provides a comprehensive rundown of available music software for the Atari, Macintosh, IBM PC, and Amiga computers.

YAMAHA MSS1 SYNCHRONISER

Yamaha MSS1 Synchroniser

For a company that is usually in the forefront of musical technology development to be so late in introducing their SMPTE/MIDI processor is quite remarkable. Is the Yamaha MSS1 worth the wait, or is it just a case of 'me too' marketing techniques. David Mellor champs at the timecode bit.

People + Opinion

DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS

Digital Audio Workstations

The coming of age of the Digital Audio Workstation has implications that go far beyond being simply another item of interest to electronic musicians. Craig Anderton brings us up to date on what's happening at the top-end of the professional recording world and how it will affect us mere mortals.

HOLGER CZUKAY: The Man From Behind The Radio!

Holger Czukay: The Man From Behind The Radio!

As a founding member of Germany's pioneering electronic group, Can, and a former Stockhausen pupil, Holger Czukay has long been associated with the avant-garde electronic music scene in Europe. His past work includes collaborations with Brian Eno, the Eurythmics and David Sylvian, with whom he has recently completed a new album. Mark Prendergast reports.

Technique

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 8

Part 8: Martin Russ pretends he's Dick Barton, Private Eye, for the last time and brings his series to a close with a guide to MIDI Troubleshooting.

PROGRAMMING BETTER BASS SEQUENCES

Technique

Where would Madonna, Giorgio Moroder or Stock, Aitken and Waterman be without sequenced bass lines? Rudi Cazeaux provides some practical guidelines to help you create better bass lines.

USING THE FOSTEX 4050 AUTOLOCATOR

Using The Fostex 4050 Autolocator

Fostex's SMPTE reading/writing, MIDI syncing, auto-locating, remote transport control unit recently underwent a serious internal re-examination. Ed Jones assesses the newly implemented features and describes their practical application.

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