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