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Reviews

C-LAB: Version 2.1 tempo interpreter; Multitimbral arrange mode; 1040ST or MEGA 4?; STEINBERG: Salellite desk accesory; M.ROS switcher; Synthworks M1 V1.5; HOLLIS RESEARCH: Trackman 1.4 documentation; MIDIMan page recall; MIDI diagnostc testing

C-Lab: Version 2.1 tempo interpreter; Multitimbral arrange mode; 1040ST or MEGA 4?. Steinberg: Salellite desk accesory; M.ROS switcher; Synthworks M1 V1.5. Hollis Research: Trackman 1.4 documentation; MIDIMan page recall; MIDI diagnostc testing.

DOMESTIC DAT

Sony DTC M100 DAT Recorder

David Mellor compares the new Sony DTC M100 Digital Audio Tape recorder with the studio industry standard - the Sony DTC 1000ES.

ENSONIQ VFX

Ensoniq VFX Synthesizer

Following on from last month's praise-filled preview, Paul Ireson takes a longer, harder look at Ensoniq's new VFX synthesizer, and finds that the beauty of the machine is far more than skin-deep. Is this the synth of 1989?

GOOD VIBRATIONS

Digidesign Softsynth & Turbosynth

What can you do with a sampler when you're bored of sampling? Paul Ireson finds an answer to this question in the form of creative software from Digidesign that can turn your sampler into a powerful synthesizer.

KORG M1R

Sound Module

The release of the M1R puts the M1's hot sounds in a compact rack-mounting package that will undoubtedly appeal to musicians and studios already burdened by a surfeit of keyboards. Martin Russ looks beyond the surface appeal.

Philip Rees

Philip Rees MIDI Management Boxes

Even a relatively modest MIDI setup can create MIDI routing problems, and solutions to these aren't always easy to find. Paul Ireson investigates the range of Philip Rees MIDI management boxes to see what they can offer.

Tascam TSR8 vs Fostex E8

Head-to-Head

The 8-track challenge: with the release of the a new Tascam machine and the recent price cut on the Fostex E8, we thought it opportune to compare the two models. David Mellor adjudicates in the battle of the budget 8-tracks.

THE FINAL CUT

Entry-Level Sequencing for the ST

Paul Ireson takes a look at The Final Cut, a budget sequencing program for the Atari ST that offers the beginner more than the average entry-level program.

THE MUSIC NETWORK SOS On-Line:

TMN Europe

This month Paul Gilby explains how readers of Sound On Sound in Europe can access TMN from the data networks of their own countries and break down those European barriers now!

THE MUSIC NETWORK SOS On-Line: Email

This month Paul Gilby takes a look at the electronic mail facility on TMN and explains how to send email messages to other popular on-line communications systems.

YAMAHA C1 Part 2

Yamaha C1: Part 2 Software

Ian Gilby completes his review fo Yamaha's new portable music computer with a look at the 'bundled' software and what other programs are available.

People + Opinion

SOUNDING OFF: A Punter's Eye View by Tony Hastings

Musician, 'superstar' and SOS contributor Tony Hastings has a right old go at equipment manufacturers and music shops.

THE COCTEAU TWINS

The Cocteau Twins

A voice, a few guitars, a bit of processing, and a hell of a lot of inspiration. Mark J, Prendergast investigates.

Technique

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SYSTEM EXCLUSIVE

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About System Exclusive: Part 4

Part 4: Martin Russ provides some solid examples of how to utilise the hidden power of MIDI's SysEx commands to reprogramme synths on-the-fly and to store snapshots of all your synth and effects patches on disk.

HOW TO SET UP A HOME STUDIO

How To Set Up A Home Studio: Part 8 Questions & Answers

Part 8: David Mellor expands on some of the points that have arisen so far in the series and looks at some alternative patchbays from Connectronics.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR AKAI S1000 SAMPLER

Making The Most Of Your Akai S1000: Part 3: Multiple Loops and Timestretch

In this final part of the series, Akai product specialist Steve Howell explores sample editing using multiple loops, and the S1000's timestretch feature.

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