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The latest addition to the Alesis dream studio line are the Matica 500 and 900 power amplifiers. Paul White checks out the 500.
8-buss Recording Console
Paul White checks out what must be one of the smallest 8-buss recording consoles around, which sports MIDI muting and MIDI machine control and still maintains a very afordable price tag.
4-track Cassette Multitracker
The mid-priced XR7 is at the top of the new Fostex cassette multitracker range. Shirley Gray checks it out.
JL Cooper's new remote controller could become the nerve centre of your studio, driving all your MMC-compatible studio equipment from its front panel. Control freak John Harris checks it out.
American company KRK have gained quite a reputation for distinctive monitor design since their inception less than 10 years ago. Paul White checks out their most affordable speakers, the nearfield K-ROKs.
Bass Pedals (Retro)
Paul Ward gets bullish about one of Robert Moog's lesser-known creations - the Taurus bass foot pedals, famed for their thunderous sound and association with some of the 1970s prog rock scene's greatest stars.
2-Channel Tube DI Box
Despite the preponderance of digital technology in the modern recording world, many independent manufacturers continue to produce valve-based processors for the subjective warmth they add to recordings. Paul White looks at one of the latest, Ridge Farm's new valve DI box.
Just when you thought all the bargain mics came from the former Eastern Bloc countries, the Australians turn up a bargain of their own. Paul White decides whether it's as good as their wine or merely as good as Neighbours.
Guitar MIDI Interface
Paul White packs away the keyboard and plugs Roland's new guitar-MIDI interface into his sequencer.
The JS30 forsakes the familiar rackmount sampler format for desktop presentation, and aims for simplicity and immediacy of operation. Derek Johnson checks it out.
Roland's latest attempt to part you from your savings boasts no less than 1700 patches, a well-specified sequencer, comprehensive effects section and expandability via Roland's popular wave expansion boards. Julian Colebeck takes it for a spin.
Paul White takes a SoundField ST250 Stereo Microphone to a live recording session to see if the reality lives up to the legend.
CIS Studio Desk Pro Mk2; Active Instrument Lead
The SOS team explore a piece of kit designed to keep your studio organised, and discover a viable alternative to a DI box for guitars and basses.
It's 28-voice polyphonic, with 128 sounds and a computer interface — and comes in a box the size of a video tape. Derek Johnson finds out whether size matters after all.
People + Opinion
Interview | Artist
With Portishead's much acclaimed Gold selling debut album, Dummy, riding high in the charts, the West Country finally have an act to make a song and dance about. Jonathan Miller gets the low down on fame, fortune and M16 from co-producer and band member Adrian Utley, a man of many talents.
Martin Russ tunes into a very different BBC Radio One...
Interview | Education
Though there's now no new shortage of recording and music technology courses available, the situation was rather different 20 years ago, when the Gateway School was first established. Paul White talks to pioneering co-founder Dave Ward about almost a quarter of a century of audio education.
Songs from the cold seas
French musician Hector Zazou's quest for sounds and songs with a difference took him North, to find ethnic drumming from Siberia, joik chanting from Lapland, and the disappearing folk music of the World's northern tribes — which he combined with contributions from himself and world-famous artists, to create a unique musical experience. Paul Tingen gets some Northern Exposure.
Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)
Today, back catalogue sales account for much of the revenue generated by record companies. Here, producer Martyn Ware considers what will happen when there is no longer any back catalogue left to exploit...
Interview | Manufacturer
Paul White discusses the future of digital effects processing with Lexicon's Steve De Furia.
Having wondered last month about the reliability of your gear, David Mellor discusses the even less predictable nature of music business people...
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Stephen Bennett chucks his trusty 8-track tape setup in favour of one of the new hard disk multitrack systems — but not before doing some thorough research. Here he reveals the factors that influenced his decision...
Tips & Techniques
Are you about to buy an expensive stand-alone sampler? Think again. If you have a PC, you already own much of the technology required for sampling. Panicos Georghiades puts the case for 'soundcard and PC'-based sampling systems, and compares four popular soundcards.
Tips & Techniques
Every studio needs at least one mic, but which type and which model is best? Paul White provides some guidance.
Tips & Techniques
Cubase's MIDI Mixer Module allows you to create Mixer Maps to help you edit and control your MIDI insruments. In part one of this two-part series, Simon Millward takes you through the construction of a Mixer Map for Yamaha's popular SY85.
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Something a little different this month, as Paul Overaa provides details of how the Amiga's MIDI facilities can be used from BASIC...
Tips & Techniques
Martin Russ rounds up the latest Apple hardware and software news, kicking off with tidings of QuickTime with everything...
Brian Heywood reports back from the 1995 MEMS show, and looks at an interesting new way of getting video onto your PC...
Following the resurrection of the Falcon under C-Lab (as reported in last month's Atari Notes), GE-Soft of Germany has just launched the Eagle, a TT-compatible Atari clone. Vic Lennard takes a look...