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Big Noise Cadenza V2 for Windows

The latest version of Cadenza for Windows offers everything you'd expect to find in a professional sequencer - but it's up against some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Cubase and Cakewalk for Windows. Brian Heywood discovers what makes it stand out from the crowd.

COMPUTER MUSIC HARDWARE BUYER'S GUIDE

Computer Music Buyer's Guide: Atari, Mac, PC, Amiga

Following last month's round-up of music software for all four major music computers, this month we list the hardware peripherals that add those all-important extra features to your computer - MIDI interfaces, digital audio boards, sync boxes, and much, much more!

EMU VINTAGE KEYS

Emu Vintage Keys Synthesizer Module

Martin Russ shows his age and his roots as he looks at a thoroughly modern recreation of a bygone age, - Emu's Proteus-based Vintage keys module.

FOSTEX MC102

Fostex MC102 Keyboard Mixer/Cassette Recorder

For about the going price for a line mixer alone, Fostex throw in a mic inputs and a Dolby C cassette deck. Paul White takes the MC102 for a test drive.

HANDS ON

Eventide H3000 Multi-effects (Retro)

Few studio effects units can match Eventude's H3000 series for longevity, depth, and sheer quality. David Mellor explores how the last two have ensured the first.

INVISION PLUS ONE

Korg M1 Sound upgrade board

Korg's M1 is a perennial favourite - so much so that almost six years after its launch, third-party support is still plentiful. Derek Johnson takes a look at a high-quality upgrade board which extends the life of the M1 still further.

Megabass Remix Sample CD

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

PEAVEY SDR 20/20

Peavey SDR 20/20 Digital Multi-effects Unit

A seductive combination of versatility, high sound quality and ease of use, all in an affordable, 1U rack package - Paul White looks at Peavey's new SDR20/20.

Prosonus Drum Loops Vol. 1

Sample Library

* Score = 3.5

STEINBERG; MIDI Bank change; DR T'S KCS

Steinberg; MIDI Bank change; Dr T's KCS, the use of XL events

TASCAM DA88

Tascam DA88 Digital 8-track recorder

Tascam's new digital 8-track exudes pedigree and style, but is that enough to knock the Alesis ADAT off its perch? Paul White puts it to the test.

WAVE POWER

Korg Wavestation SR Synth Module

The Wavestation range has been a resounding success for Korg - but does the world really need another Wavestation? Hang on, though... the SR's got 550 Performances, many the work of world-class programmers, two effects processors, and 32-note polyphony, all in a 1U rack module. Julian Colbeck thinks it might be worth a glance...

People + Opinion

A ROOM OF MY OWN

Nort & Epic Head Studio

Strange noises emanating from a converted industrial mews in Sheffield, where ex-Cabaret Voltaire and Hula member Nort records local bands and gets experimental with a diverse collection of gear. Nigel Humberstone makes himself at home.

LIVE END: 808 Statement

808 State UK tour.

REBEL YELL

Steve Martland

He's a modern classical composer, but stands firmly outside the classical establishment. Nigel Humberstone crosses the border with Steve Martland.

Technique

ATARI NOTES: Falcon spec

Falcon and its spec over the ST.

Colour Classic; Mac LCIII; Centris 610 &650; Quadra 800; Powerbook 165c

Apple Notes

DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 12

Drum Programming: A Series By Warren Cann: Part 12

This month, more on sync and FSK codes and how to be prepared for the studio.

GET ORGANISED!

Keeping Track Of MIDI Connections

Martin Russ gets out of a tangle, sorts his Ins and Outs, buys some guttering, visits Tandy, sticks his fingers together with Araldite, and even manages to give some useful hints on cabling MIDI systems...

TAKING CONTROL

MIDI Continuous Controllers

MIDI Controllers can be used for more than just automated mixdowns - Wilf Smarties explains how to put them to some truly creative uses.

Windows Shows: Olympia; Wembley; Wintiger; Gravis Ultrasound

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