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Akai S20

MIDI Digital Phrase Sampler

The release of the S20 means that £500 now buys you into the prestigious Akai name — and gets you a supremely easy to use sampler which will perform both on stage and in the studio. Chris Carter goes completely loopy...

Alesis Nano Piano

Stereo Piano Module

A very, very big piano inside a very, very small box: Derek Johnson investigates Alesis' latest impressive conjuring trick.

Amek System 9098

Dual Mic Amp

Pro quality at an affordable price? Hugh Robjohns inspects a preamp with a prestigious name.

Bellari RP562

Stereo Tube Sonic Exciter

Paul White tests one of the few-low cost tube enhancers on the market, from a new name in excitement.

Creative Labs AWE64

Gold Soundcard

How much more can Creative cram onto a single PC Soundcard? Paul White finds out.

Digidesign Pro Tools 4

Software

With impressive improvements in power, speed and flexibility, Digidesign's software upgrade for their flagship digital audio production system keeps them ahead of the pack. Paul D. Lehrman wonders where the catch is...

Emagic Audiowerk8

PCI I/O Card

Digital audio recording on computers has been possible for several years now, but without expensive multi-channel I/O units, the inputs and outputs from computer-based systems have been limited to simple stereo jacks. Now, several inexpensive multi-output PCI I/O cards are coming onto the market. Paul White looks at Emagic's solution, and decides he knows what he likes...

Emu Carnaval Latin

Sound Module

Given the size of the Spanish-speaking world, it makes good commercial sense to produce a Latin-style sound module — but only if it's sufficiently authentic to sell to those in the know and sufficiently versatile to be attractive to other musicians simply looking for a bit of spice in their rack. Chris Carter and Joe Ortiz play with fire...

Focusrite Green 4 & Green 5

Dual Compressor/Limiter & Channel Strip

Focusrite's new Green processors are enough to make anyone envious, as Paul White discovered when he had to give them back!

Kawai K5000R & K5000S

Additive Keyboard Synth & Module

Just a few months ago you couldn't buy a new additive synth; now you can pick from no less than three, and although they're from the same family, there are enough differences to make the choice less than straightforward Derek Johnson adds it all up.

Korg Pandora PX2

Multi-effects Unit

It's small, sleek and extremely covetable. David Mellor opens the box.

Korg Soundlink DRS 1212

Multi-channel PCI Audio I/O Card

Although it also forms part of the all-encompassing digital SoundLink system, Korg's 1212 PCI card offers a standalone, cost-effective option for getting multitrack digital audio in and out of your Mac. Paul White discovers that digital audio recording relies on going through the proper channels...

Mac MIDI Interfaces

Feature | Tips & Tricks

When it's time for your Mac to start talking MIDI to the rest of your rig, the technology, like the truth, is out there. But should you spend a few pounds, or a few hundred? Mike Collins has the information you need.

Quested VS2205

Active Nearfield Studio Monitor

Some of the most prestigious names in monitor design are getting into the project studio market. Paul White auditions Quested's new baby powered monitors, affordable enough for the project studio owner and portable enough for the producer on the move.

Retrospec Juice Box

Tube DI Unit

Paul White turns on the juice and finds it a perfect excuse to get in his monthly 15 minutes of guitar practice.

Roland D50

LA Synthesizer (Retro)

Roalnd's D50 became the sound of the late '80s. Does it still have a place in the late '90s? Paul Ward takes a trip around LA...

Roland VK7

Virtual Modelling Tonewheel Organ

Much hard graft has been put in by electronic instrument manufacturers over the years in an attempt to transfuse the essence of the tonewheel organ into a MIDI-compatible keyboard. Nick Magnus dissects Roland's latest virtual modelling approach, and pronounces the operation a complete success.

Sampling Sound System Vol. 1: Popped

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Sampling Sound System: Roots Reggae

Sample Library

* Score = 4

Strictly 12 Inch

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Syntrillium Cool Edit 96

Software

Peter Ridsdale gives his personal impressions of cult shareware program Cool Edit.

That Jungle Flavour Vol. 2

Sample Library

* Score = 3

Waldorf Microwave II

Wavetable Synthesizer

Waldorf have been cooking up something special for the son of their acclaimed synth dynamo, the Microwave. Paul Nagle gets quite a taste for it...

Yamaha A3000

Digital Sampler

Given the wide range of studio and synthesis equipment Yamaha make, it's perhaps odd that there's been no serious sampler in their catlogue for almost 10 years. Now, after putting a toe in the water with the well-received SU10 mini-sampler, they're taking the pro sampling plunge once more with the A3000. Chris Carter finds that still waters run deep...

People + Opinion

FLOOD & HOWIE B: Producing U2's Pop

Interview | Producer

U2 have always striven for a new sound on each of the records they make, and during the sessions for their latest album, their aim was once again 'to construct a new sound for U2 whilst still making them sound like U2'. To this end, they brought in production wizard Flood and Scottish dance artist Howie B and set about new methods of recording. Paul Tingen investigates the art of Pop...

JUDY LEMON: Less-than-satisfactory Service

Sounding Off

When less-than-satisfactory service from a music store begins to border on the distinctly dodgy, Judy Lemon asks: how do they think they can get away with it?

Morphonic Productions & Studio

Interview | Manufacturer

You've got the talent but you haven't got the gear. Sounds familiar? Christopher Holder visits a production team who decided to do something about it, and are reaping the rewards.

Technique

ActiveX & DirectX

PC Notes

X is Microsoft's favourite letter at the moment, with ActiveX and DirectX both providing improvements in PC sound. Martin Walker explains all.

Checking The Full Specification Of Your PC

Feature | Tips & Tricks

Sometimes a new PC will be delivered with parts missing, or incorrect ones fitted. Martin Walker breaks down a typical specification into byte-sized chunks, and shows you how to find out what's actually inside the case.

Goodman PDL Computer Shows

Atari Notes

The recent Goodman PDL computer shows proved that music is alive and well in the Atari world. Derek Johnson features a show report, rounds up a bargain shareware collection and generally keeps you up to date with all things in Atari.

Interactive Composition Software

Exploration

Shakespeare had his Dark Lady for creative inspiration, Dante had his Beatrice, Petrarch had his Laura — and you? You've got your PC! Janet Harniman Cook compares three different interactive composition packages which aim to provide that elusive spark...

Luna Lazuli

Playback | Readers' Music Reviewed

Red Sun * Stuart Pennington * The Nexus Effect * Squish * Graeme Montgomery * Drifting Sun * Trace

Multi-effects Explained, Part 1

Exploration

To start off this short series on multi-effects programming, Paul White explores the key building blocks found in today's versatile units.
• Read Part 2 (August 1997)
• Read Part 3 (September 1997)
• Read Part 4 (October 1997)
• Read Part 5 (November 1997)

Opcode Software Tips

Tips & Tricks

Greg D'Alessio of Opcode Systems offers some hints, tips, and advice for Mac users running Vision, Studio Vision Pro, and Overture software.

RON BERRY: Acoustic Modelling With Analogue Modular Synth

Interview | Artist

Somewhere in the North-East of England, electronic musician and designer Ron Berry has been applying an old-style analogue modular synth to the creation of a very contemporary phenomenon — physical modelling synthesis. Jonathan Miller finds out how it's done.

Shareware; Out Of Phase & Interpolate

Apple Notes

Martin Russ goes all virtual this month — with a freeware software synthesizer, plus more on registering shareware.

Snapshot Mixing On A Budget

Tips & Tricks

Fully automated mixing could make your life a whole lot easier, but if you can't get your hands on a suitcase full of banknotes, Craig Anderton has some ideas for achieving similar results at a minimum cost.

Spring-Clean Your PC

Tips & Tricks

Computers have a habit of attracting more than their fair share of unwanted files. Martin Walker shows you how to clear away the cobwebs, and streamline your PC at the same time.

Music Business

A Personal View Of The Commercial Music Industry

Exploration

Big George Webley recounts some personal experiences of the jingle music business and drops a few hints about how you might get in on the action...

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