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A repeat performance?

Alesis Midifex

Just a few months after the MIDIVerb turned the world of stereo digital reverb on its head, Alesis look set for a repeat performance with their latest unit - a combination of digital delay, reverb, auto-panner and stereo enhancer.

BOSS DELAYS IN SHIFTING GEAR!

Boss RPS10 Pitch Shifter/Delay

Mark Jenkins reports on the latest addition to the popular Boss Micro Rack series of budget signal procesors - the RPS10 Digital Pitch Shifter/Delay.

MOUTH-WATERING!

Ensoniq ESQ1 Digital Wave Synthesizer

Ensoniq's first ever synth is a sophisticated 8-voice, weighted action, velocity-sensitive keyboard that employs sampled waveforms and incorporates an advanced 8-track step/real-time MIDI sequencer. Tony Hastings reveals all.

MTR DNG-ONE DUAL GATE

MTR DNG-One Dual Gate

This low cost Dual Gate from MTR brings some features of more sophisticated noise gates within closer reach. Martin Sheehan reports.

ROLAND MC500

Roland MC500 Microcomposer

At last! Roland release a successor to their widely-used MSQ700 MIDI sequencer which Mark Jenkins describes as "laughably wonderful".

TOA D4

TOA D4 Electronic Music Mixer

This Japanese audio company seem hell-bent on making a name for themselves as producers of high quality products and this rack-mount electronic keyboard mixer incorporating a four channel MIDI Thru box certainly fulfils that aim. Ian Gilby reports.

WHAT'S IN THE BOKSE?

Bokse SM9 Timecode Event Controller

With the growing popularity of timecode application in music, the idea of total control at every stage of a recording takes a giant leap forward with the introduction of the SM9 from Bokse. Paul Gilby discovers the power behind the buttons.

People + Opinion

GARY NUMAN

Gary Numan

'Are Friends Electric?' and 'Cars' will go down in the musical history books as classics of their genre but the writer of those hits, Gary Numan, has yet to match his early successes. Mark Jenkins met up with him during sessions for a forthcoming album at Rock City studios, Shepperton, only to discover that the Numan of today is finding it tough to get airplay for his recent work...

HANS ZIMMER: No Presets Allowed

Hans Zimmer: No Presets Allowed

Hans Zimmer is the complete antithesis of the serious German synthesist - he smiles a lot for a start! As co-founder of Lillie Yard studio and the proud owner of a surviving Moog Series 8 modular synth, his approach to sound synthesis is a refreshingly traditional one eschewing the very thought of ever using an unmodified factory preset on any of his work! Ralph Denyer explains why.

INSIDE VIEWS

dbx Scott Berdell

The second of our series that takes a behind the scenes look at companies and design personnel involved in recording and hi-tech products. This month Paul Gilby talks to Scott Berdell of dbx.

JUAN MARTIN: Painter in sound

Flamenco Guitarist

Best known as a top Flamenco guitarist, Juan Martin has recently released a sensitive album that combines classical guitar with the ethereal textures of Mark Isham's synthesizers. Robin Lumley questions him about this unlikely collaboration and discovers the best ways of miking up classical guitars into the bargain.

SOLO SOUND

Solo Sound Studios

David Etheridge visits this model 8-track London studio which has successfully carved out a niche for itself by offering a comprehensive package of electronic equipment geared to the needs of the modern day songwriter.

Technique

TALKING MIDI

MIDI Timing Clocks; Active Sensing

Part 8: Consultant Jay Chapman brings his expanatory series on MIDI finally to a close with a look at MIDI Timing Clocks, Active Sensing and more.

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