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A DOUBLE DOSE OF ROLAND

Roland JV80 & JV30 Synths

Is Roland's new JV80 their best keyboard since the D50? Julian Colbeck thinks it is, as he puts the company's two newest synths to the test.

Audio Technica AT4033

Studio Condenser Mic

Audio Technica's new AT4033 offers the performance and precision construction that usually carry a premium price tag. Dave Lockwood looks at this attractive alternative to some big name mics.

C-LAB; Notator and DTP (Continued); STEINBERG; Welcome to Cubase V3; PASSPORT; Galaxy

C-Lab; Notator and DTP (Continued). Steinberg; Welcome to Cubase V3. Passport; Galaxy.

CREATIVE SOUNDS IMPROVISER

Creative Sound Improviser: Improvisation software

Auto-accompaniment software seems to be growing up, offering real interaction and creativity in place of tacky preset patterns. Martin Russ looks at Improviser, an ST program that does just what its name suggests.

HANDS ON: Soundcraft Spirit Studio Mixer: Part 1

Soundcraft Spirit Studio Mixer (Hands On): Part 1

A large mixing console can have literally thousands of knobs and switches. David Mellor explains how to use every last one of them - almost!

IN DEEP: With The Roland JD800

Roland JD800 User Report

One year after reviewing the instrument that brought back knobs and sliders, Julian Colbeck presents an in-depth user report on Roland's flagship JD800 synthesizer.

KORG SOUNDLINK

Korg Soundlink Digital Audio Workstation

Korg are well known for making musical instruments, but the Soundlink takes them into the new field of hard disk recording/editing. David Mellor watches the prices of hard disk editors descend to breathable regions of the atmosphere.

MPI FEELING PARTNER

MPI Feeling Partner Arranging/Sequencing Software

Martin Russ tries adding a French accent to his music, with Feeling Partner's blend of arranging, harmonising and sequencing.

OPCODE STUDIO 5

Opcode Studio 5 Macintosh MIDI Interface

For those with large MIDI setups, 16 channels just isn't enough; Opcode's Studio 5 offers the Mac muso up to 240 independent channels, plus MIDI patchbay and processing facilities. Mike Collins approves.

POWER PLAYERS

Peavey DPM2 & DPM3SE Plus

Peavey's DPM3 synth now has a little brother in the DPM2, and the DPM3 itself has been upgraded with new features that increase its powers dramatically. Martin Russ looks at a dynamic duo.

STEINBERG CUBASE 3.0 Part 1

Steinberg Cubase 3.0: Part 1

In part 1 of a 2-part review, Cubase enthusiast David Mellor looks at the fully matured version of one of the world's favourite sequencers.

YAMAHA DTS70

Yamaha DTS70 Drum-To-MIDI Convertor

Yamaha's DTS70 drum trigger-to-MIDI convertor promises ease of use and high performance. Warren Cann puts it to the test.

ZOOM 9000

Zoom 9000 Guitar Effects Processor

The Zoom 9002 effects processor won universal praise for its combination of compact size and classy sound. Dave Lockwood checks out its newly-launched little brother, the Zoom 9000.

People + Opinion

IN THE STUDIO WITH SOUL II SOUL

In The Studio With Soul II Soul

As Soul II Soul return this month with a third album, Paul Ireson reports from their private studio on the writing and recording of more club classics.

Technique

RETRO-SAMPLING

Sampling Classic Electro Sounds

Nothing seems to be more demanding of a sampler than the sound of the bass drum on an TR808 drum machine. Why should a piece of primative retro-tech pose problems for so many respectable and apparently ultimate quality machines? Wilf Smarties explains.

SOUND SPACES

Getting Studio Acoustics Right

In major studios or in home setups, a good listening environment is essential. Wilf Smarties presents a practical guide to creating the right space for your sound.

WHY MIDI MUSIC STINKS (Sometimes)

Why MIDI Music Stinks (Sometimes)

Just as MIDI has made it easier to produce great music, so it has facilitated the production of worthless garbage. Paul D. Lehrman explains the problem and how to avoid it.

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