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ACTION REPLAY

Akai S1000PB 16-bit Stereo Sample Player With SWM + Workstation Disks

If you want sampled sounds but find the idea of sampling your own unappealing, why not settle for a high quality replay-only sampler like the Akai S1000PB and spend the money you spend on more library disks? Paul Ireson checks out the machine along with Akai's newly launched set of Workstation and SWM disks.

C-LAB: Inserting a count-in; Entering Triplets; Groove Quantisation; HOLLIS RESEARCH: Tracman updates; screen redraws; SysEx; Track indicators; Drum machines as expanders; Extra MIDI port; VOYETRA: Time compression

C-Lab: Inserting a count-in; Entering Triplets; Groove Quantisation. Hollis Research: Tracman updates; screen redraws; SysEx; Track indicators; Drum machines as expanders; Extra MIDI port. * Voyetra: Time compression.

CODA FINALE

Coda Finale: The best music program ever? Part 2

Part 2: Kendall Wrightson continues his pilgrimage through Finale, Coda's music transcription program for Macintoshes (and soon PC compatibles), lingering at the Playback, Hyperscribe and Transcription tools.

DIGITECH DSP128 PLUS

Digitech DSP128 Plus Multi-simultaneous Effects Processor

Hot on the heels of the Multiverb and Quadraverb comes Digitech's contender for the title of best 'four effects at once' signal processor. Paul Ireson checks out the form.

ELKA CR99

Elka CR99 MIDI Disk Recorder

Paul Ireson takes a look at a new kind of direct-to-disk recorder, which stores MIDI rather than audio data. Could it be the ideal live sequencer, he wonders?

THE MUSIC NETWORK: SOS On-Line

This month we take you on a quick guided tour around the Sound On Sound area of The Music Network, Europe's new electronic communications system for musicians and the music industry.

YAMAHA RX8

Yamaha RX8 Drum Machine

For over a year now Alesis have had the 'budget' 16-bit drum machine market all to themselves, but the release of the Yamaha RX8 provides musicians with an alternative. Besides 16-bit sound quality, Yamaha's new machine boasts a broad range of 43 sounds, flexible MIDI control, RAM card storage, and more. Paul Ireson checks it out.

People + Opinion

HOWARD JONES - 'Mister MIDI'

Howard Jones - 'Mister MIDI'

Howard Jones was the first keyboard player to successfully exploit the new technology to the full by regularly performing solo concerts with nothing but MIDI instruments as his backing band. In this rare interview, Brian Jacobs talks to Howard about his music, recording, his decision to produce most of his new album himself, and his growing admiration for an instrument he once said he would never use.

NEW ELECTRONIC & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE LATE 1980s

New Electronic & Instrumental Music In The Late1980s

Mark Prendergast presents a general overview of record labels, artists, and recordings that make up the exciting area of new electronic and experimental music in the late 1980s.

NEW ORDER

Recording Technique Album

Mark Prendergast takes a look behind the scenes at the recording of New Order's fifth LP, 'Technique'.

POSTCARD FROM KEELE

Postcard From Keele

Martin Russ attends the Second International Computer Music Weekend Conference held at Keele University, 28-29th January 1989.

SOUNDING OFF: Is MIDI finally out of the closet? By Mike Collins

Freelance programmer, musicia, and SOS author Mike Collins wonders whether MIDI has gained genuine acceptance in pro studio circles or not.

THE MAGIC OF ENIGMA STUDIOS

The Magic Of Enigma Studios

Mike Collins investigates the magic behind Enigma Studios, a MIDI-based recording facility in London's East End.

Technique

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About System Exclusive: Part 1

Part 1: Martin Russ kicks off our new series by recapping on some NIDI basics before starting to demistify the secrets of System Exclusive.

HOW IT WORKS

Hard Disk Recorders - An Alternative To Tape

From the analogue to the digital era, magnetic tape has been the prime production medium for recorded music for several decades. David Mellor examines new developments in recording and speculates where they might lead.

HOW TO SET UP A HOME STUDIO

How To Set Up A Home Studio: Part 5: Wiring A Patchbay

Part 5: Dashing through the undergrowth, one false move and your foot becomes entangled in a wire noose. The trap is sprung and the tree branch snaps upwards, leaving you dangling upside down and helpless. A scene from the latest Harrison Ford movie, or a typical day in your home studio? David Mellor proposes a more practical wiring system. Read on...

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