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A BUYER'S GUIDE TO DIGITAL PIANOS

Buyer's Guide To Digital Pianos

The sound of an acoustic piano is perhaps the most important single timbre in pop, rock, jazz, and classical music. Julian Colbeck looks at contemporary MIDI alternatives to the real thing.

CASIO DA-R100

Casio DA-R100 Portable DAT Recorder

Derek Johnson gets acquainted with a DAT machine that's small but perfectly formed.

HANDS ON: Lexicon PCM70

Lexicon PCM70 (Hands On)

David Mellor takes an acknowledged classic effects unit for a road test.

MASTERTRACKS PRO 5

Mastertracks Pro 5 Mac Sequencing Software from Passport

One of the Mac sequencing fron-runners, Master Tracks Pro has benefited from ongoing upgrades, and is now into its fifth life. Mike Collins gets to know a Pro.

QUALITY CONTROL

DDA Interface Console

Yet another stratospheric studio name finds its way into the more modest recording setup; Paul White appreciates DDA's design for mixing.

Rhythm Of Life: Danny Cummings And Miles Bould

Sample Library

* Score = 3.5

Roland DM80

Multitrack Disk Recorder

Rolannd's S750 and S770 amply demonstrated their pro digital expertise; now the DM80 offers four or eight tracks of truly cost-effective hard disk recording. Wilf Smarties welcomes Roland's newest techno tool.

RUSSLINGS: Backing up, storage and indexing

Computer manuals mention it. Hard disk manuals stress it. Consultants worry you about not doing it. Victims always do it afterwards. So what is it? Backing up, storage and indexing.

SOME LIKE IT HARD

Akai S1100 Version 2.0

As if by magic, your S1100 can become a hard disk recorder, courtesy of Akai's latest upgrade. David Mellor leads his favourite sampler along the upgrade path.

THE HOT100

Yamaha TG100 General MIDI Tone Module

A lightweight multi-timbral module, with 28-voice polyphony and 192 sounds, which also acts as a MIDI interface for your computer - where's the catch? Paul Wiffen looks hard but just can't seem to find it.

TURTLE POWER

Turtle Beach Multisound PC sound card

Dedicated PC users will welcome the introduction of this new, high quality sound card to further enhance PC music-making possibilities. Brian Heywood investigates.

VOICE CRYSTAL SOUND CARDS

Voice Crystal Sound Cards for the Korg Wavestation

Paul Ireson listens in to new Wavestation sounds from Voice Crystal.

X-Static Goldmine

Sample Library

* Score = 4

YAMAHA RY10

Yamaha RY10: Portable Drum Machine

Nigel Humberstone checks out Yamaha's latest miniature marvel, a drumbox with a difference.

People + Opinion

ORIENT EXPRESSION

Ryuichi Sakamoto

On completion of a new solo album and the soundtrack to the latest screen version of Wuthering Heights, Ryuichi Sakamoto finds himself centre stage yet again. Paul Tingen talks to the Renaissance Man of modern music.

ROAD WARRIORS

On Tour With Nitzer Ebb

Nitzer Ebb are using the tools of technology to recreate their abrasive, challenging sound in a live context. Nigel Humberstone talks to the man who helps to put the show on the road.

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: Direct to disk recording options and tools

Direct to disk recording options and tools.

BACK TO BACH: The making of an album

Back To Bach: The making of an album

When Julian Colbeck went back to Bach to find musical inspiration, little did he think he'd end up recording a whole album.

DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 3

Drum Programming: A Series By Warren Cann: Part 3

This month, Warren Cann gives some hints on creating more exciting song arrangements. Part 3.

MAC NOTES: MIDIcontrol; HyperMIDI; Max

Midicontrol; Hypermidi; Max.

MPC Sound card news; software news

PC Notes

ROCK AROUND THE CLOCKS

Synchronisation Explained

Many hi-tech musicians see tape synchronisation as a neccessary evil. Dave Lockwood ponders the pitfalls and muses on the mysteries of timecode.

ST NOTES: Copyright; Upgrade trends

Copyright; Upgrade trends.

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