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360 SYSTEMS PROFESSIONAL MIDI BASS

360 Systems Professional MIDI Bass

Why use an expensive sampler for playing bass sounds when you can take advantage of the Pro MIDI Bass and free your sampler for more worthwhile tasks? Mike Collins lets his fingers do the walking.

AKAI ASQ10 SEQUENCER

Akai ASQ10 Sequencer

The return of Roger Linn, as a member of an Akai team, promises much to the world of musical technology. The ASQ 10, bearing the Linn name, is a heavyweight sequencer in all senses. David Mellor assesses its abilities.

EMULATOR III PUSHING BACK FRONTIERS?

EmuEmulator III

If there is one company which has made its name on sampling that company is E-mu Systems. The term 'Emulator' is now synonymous with sampling and now the third instrument in this distinguished series is on the market. Paul Wiffen checks it out and finds E-mu bang up to date.

FOSTEX E16

Fostex E16 Multitrack

Many people own one and even more would like to, for the E16 is the tape machine to aspire to. Gareth Stuart finds out why.

SOUND ADVICE

Poly 800 Channel Changes; Performance Tricks for ESQ-1; Creative Pitch Control; How to increase Polyphony

Our regular column devoted to readers' hints and tips about their recording equipment, instruments, software and playing techniques. Poly 800 Channel Changes; Performance Tricks for ESQ-1; Creative Pitch Control; How to increase Polyphony.

STEINBERG SOFTWARE PAGE: Pro24 Version 3.0; What is a software bug?; Quick fills; SMP24; Logical edit; Using DEF.SNG creatively

Pro24 Version 3.0; What is a software bug?; Quick fills; SMP24; Logical edit; Using DEF.SNG creatively.

People + Opinion

ABBEYDALE STUDIOS

Abbeydale Studios: Personal Services

It's a tough world out there in the 16-track studio jungle, but Abbeydale's owners have made a success out of providing a 'personal production service' for songwriters and bands. What's their secret? Read on...

HUGH PADGHAM

Hugh Padgham

Hugh Padgham has worked with some of the best contemporary artists - The Police, Genesis, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, and Phil Collins, to name but a few - and had earned his place in the recording industry history books through his sensitive, innovative, and inspired sound engineering and production work. how did he do it? Brian Jacobs finds out.

Technique

AFRICAN RHYTHMS

African Rhythms Explained

There has been an enourmous upsurge of interest in African music of late. Artists as diverse as Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads and Brian Eno have acknowledged the inspiration of African music on their work. But there is little information around that explains the fundamental concepts behind it and how a musician can incorporate the sound and ideas into their own work if they wish to. Kofi Busia provides some background and suggests a few ideas.

CREATIVE VOCAL SAMPLING

Creative Vocal Sampling

With a creative mind and a digital sampler you can work wonders for your music. Brian Howarth provides a sampling strategy for constructing and manipulating vocal arrangements.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE COMPOSITE BULK DUMPS

How To Assemble Composite Bulk Dumps

Ever wished you could store and recall all the control settings, sounds, drum patterns and sequences used for a song in one fell swoop? Martin Russ turns fantasy into reality with MIDI's powerful System Exclusive messages.

SOS HI-TECH AWARDS 1987

What were the best products of 1987 according to Sound On Sound readers? Here are the long-awaited results of our poll.

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