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BLACK & WHITE & CRED ALL OVER

Doepfer MAQ16/3 MIDI Analogue Sequencer

A digital, hardware MIDI sequencr with the behaviour patterns of an analogue sequencer? Derek Johnson explores the ins and outs of a German machine designed in consultation with Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider.

Climax Collection Number 6: Saxophone

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

Funky Drums From Heaven: Wilson Laurencin DNA Beat Blocks

Sample Library

* Score = 3 and 3/4

GAJITS: Breakthru, Hardware, Sample Channels, Pitch Shifting: TWELVE TONE SYSTEMS: Cakewalk Pro for Windows; Options Auto-Active; File manager Drag-and-Drop

Gajits; Breakthru, Hardware, Sample Channels, Pitch Shifting: Twelve Tone Systems: Cakewalk Pro for Windows; Options Auto-Active; File manager Drag-and-Drop.

KIT CABS

Wilmslow Audio Volt Studio Monitor Kit

While studio owners seem happy to build their own studios, wire their own patchbays and even wash their own coffee mugs, it seems few are prepared to entertain the idea of building their own monitors. Paul White thinks they're missing out.

PERFORMANCE ART

Ensoniq TS10 Performance Composition Synthesizer

Martin Russ checks out the TS10, the latest performance workstation from Ensoniq. Apparently, the keyboard is 'slightly rippled, but with a smooth underside.

POWER STATION

Roland JV1000 Music Workstation

The JV line grows apace, with their flagship workstation melding the facilities of the popular MC50 sequencer with the sophisticated and powerful sounds and synthesis possibilities of the JV80/880. Derek Johnson checks it out.

SOUND BITES: Tape Flanging - '90s style

Tape Flanging - '90s style.

The Funky Drummer: Clyde Stubblefield DNA Beat Blocks

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

The Personal Studio of the Future

Digidesign Session 8 Digital Studio

Now that the digital tape recording is becoming more affordable, the next wave of progress is the hard disk recording arena. Brian Heywood gets his hands on the eagerly-awaited Session 8 to find out if it really is the future of personal recording.

WIDGETS

The Manual (How To Have a Number One The Easy Way)

The Manual (How To Have a Number One The Easy Way) by The Timelords.

WIDGETS

Tandy PZM Microphone

Tandy PZM Microphone.

WIDGETS

P&R PB48M Jack Patchbay

P&R PB48M Jack Patchbay.

WIDGETS

Proteus Classical MIDI Song Files

Proteus Classical MIDI Song Files.

People + Opinion

Alan Winstanley: The Changing Role Of The Music Producer

Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)

Alan Winstanley, together with partner Clive Langer, scored a string of hits with various artists in the 1980s. He's currently working with the Tyrell Corporation on their new album, and took some time out to reflect on how the record industry has changed the position of the producer over the last decade.

BEAUTIFUL NOISE

The Beautiful People: If 60s Were 90s...

Take two musicians and sundry helpful friends, an Akai S1000, a bunch of synths, and permision to sample anything from Jimi Hendrix's back catalogue and what do you get? Debbie Poyser finds out.

Depeche Mode

Songs Of Faith And Devotion

Depeche Mode have always been very high on the list of interviews asked for by SOS readers - but the band have proved surprisingly elusive. Now, to coincide with a European tour and the release of their latest LP, Songs of Faith and Devotion, Robert L Doerschuk catches up with Alan Wilder to bring you the interview you've all been waiting for...

PETER GABRIEL: The Secret World Tour

Peter Gabriel: The Secret World Tour

Mike Lethby recently caught up with Peter Gabriel's 'Secret World Tour' at London's Earl's Court stadium, to find out how the sound crew did their thing on the night.

Technique

15 FAB SOFTWARE TIPS

15 Fab Software Tips

Want to make a session run smoother? Craig Anderton offers some tips designed to save you time, energy, and maybe even a career!

AMIGA NOTES: The One Stop Music Shop TOSMS

Paul Austin appraises the Amiga's first ever internally fitted MIDI module. The One Stop Music Shop TOSMS.

CREATIVE GATING

Masterclass Noise Gates

Modern gates are very sophisticated and it would be a mistake to think that they're only good removing noise. Paul White explores a few alternative applications.

How To Record Synths

Many of us use synthesizers as the backbone of our tracks, but few of us take the same care when recording them to tape as we do with electric guitar or vocals. Dave Lockwood explains that there's a lot you could — and perhaps should — do to make your synth sounds more original and exciting.

Kawai Mac Interface

Apple Notes

Apple slash yet more Mac prices this month. Kendall Wrightson reports. Kawai Mac Interface.

Keeping Up With Software/Hardware Changes

Atari Notes

Martin Russ ponders on software metamorphosis and the problems and benefits it brings for both programmer and end-user.

Midsoft Studio V3.1; Shuttlecad; Mr Drumstix' Music Studio; New Roland Sound Card

PC Notes

Brian Heywood brings back news of the latest soft and hardware from the Multimedia Show. Midsoft Studio V3.1; Shuttlecad; Mr Drumstix' Music Studio; New Roland Sound Card.

ORCHESTRATING WITH MIDI: Part 1

Orchestrating With MIDI: Part 1

Modern technology can put an entire synthesized and sampled orchestra at your disposal - but could you make a listener believe he was hearing the real thing? In the first of this two-part series, Paul D Lehrman shows you how.

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