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BAND-IN-A-BOX V4.1

Band-In-A-Box V4.1 Auto-Accompaniment - With Style

Martin Russ gets inside version 4.1 of Band-In-A-Box - now with user styles!

C-LAB: Keyboard equivalents; STEINBERG: Interactive Phrase synthesizer; Cubase MAC/ATARI files; VOYETRA: User sequencer plus with Windows 3

C-Lab: Keyboard equivalents Steinberg: Interactive Phrase synthesizer; Cubase MAC/ATARI files * Voyetra: User sequencer plus with Windows 3.

DO THE DATMAN

Sony TCD-D3 DAT Walkman

It is often said that the best things come in small packages - and the new Sony DAT Walkman is no exception to the rule. Simon Sanders takes a look at this miracle of micro-electronics and asks, "Can anyone lend me £650?"

Emu Procussion

Sampled Percussion Performance Module

What is it about programmed drum parts that makes them sound programmed? Paul Wiffen goes in search of the secret of realistic drumming, and finds it in the Emu Procussion.

ENSONIQ SQ1 PLUS WORKSTATION

Ensoniq SQ1 Plus Workstation

Almost exactly a year since the launch of Ensoniq SQ1, an updated version has arrived. Paul Ireson looks at the 1991 model of Ensoniq's most affordable workstation.

HANDS ON

Emu Emax II Sampling Keyboard (Hands On)

The first in an occasional series in which David Mellor looks at well-established and respected pieces of musical and audio equipment, and tells you what you need to know to start making music with them.

MIDI MIXING MADE EASY

MIDIMation VCA Automation System

Even if your music is fully MIDI-controlled, when it comes to mixing you're probably still relying on fingers and thumbs. But mix automation is coming within reach of the home recordist - MIDIMation offers 16 channels of VCA-based level and mute automation for under £1000. Simon Sanders investigates this new box of mix-tricks.

ROLAND RSP550

Roland RSP550 Stereo Signal Processor

Yet another sleek, black, 16-bit multi-effects unit? Or does the new Roland RSP550 have something more to offer? Kendall Wrightson has the answer.

THE HOT 100

Yamaha EMP100 Multi-effects Processor

The latest addition to Yamaha's highly affordable 100 series, the EMP100, could prove to be its best buy yet. Paul Ireson explains why.

THE MAX FACTOR

Opcode Max Software

Opcode's Max is an Apple Macintosh based graphical programming environment primarily aimed at manipulating MIDI data. It's also highly addictive as Kendall Wrightson discovered.

People + Opinion

JON HASSELL

Jon Hassell

Jon hassell has been at the leading edge of new music for three decades, with major contributions to Western avant garde and World Music. Following the re-release of two classic albums from the early '80s Mark J. Prendergast presents a retrospective of Hassell's work.

SOUNDING OFF: The computer and the environment by Will Hitchings

The computer and the environment by Will Hitchings

STILL LIFE

Tony Banks

Tony Banks talks to Kendall Wrightson about his new solo album, technology, and the latest chapter in the book of Genesis.

Technique

SIGNAL PROCESSORS

Signal Processors Meet MIDI

Signal processor control is one of MIDI's less well-known applications yet it offers enourmous scope for the user. Craig Anderton is your guide.

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