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ALCHEMY

Blank Software Alchemy Stereo Sample Editor for the Mac

Sampling keyboards have come a long way in the last three years, as a result, the visual editing software available has rather fallen behind the specifications and features of current machines. Until now that is, with the advent of Alchemy from Blank Software, boasting a whole bunch of new features new to computer-based sample editors. Paul Wiffen investigates.

CASIO PG380 MIDI GUITAR

Casio PG380 MIDI Guitar

Casio's first truly professional MIDI guitar boasts onboard synthesizer and claims to have the fastest pitch tracking of any MIDI guitar. Rowland Jones bought one to find out! Photos by Graham Storrow.

DR. T'S SOFTWARE PAGE: Read Me Files; Phantom SMPTE synchroniser; KCS hints; caged artist tips

Read Me Files; Phantom SMPTE synchroniser; KCS hints; caged artist tips.

INTELLIGENT MUSIC'S M SOFTWARE V2.0

Intelligent Music's M Software v2.0

Here's a program that will banish your lack of inspiration forever! Version 2.0 of Intelligent Music's 'M' (for Macintosh and Atari computers) is considerably more than isochronic pulse sequencer. Ed Jones puts on his thinking cap and delves deeper...

Korg M1

Music Workstation

As Korg prepare an armada of new products to invade the music shops, Tony Hastings investigates the M1 Music Workstation - the flagship that looks set to blow a lot of the competition out of the water.

Making the right connection; Digital Music Corp

MX8 MIDI Patchbay/Processor

With so many low-cost MIDI-equipped units around, the days when you could make do with a thru box and a few cables are long gone. A MIDI patchbay is now an essential purchase, and one of the best is the MX8 MIDI Patchbay/Processor from Digital Music Corp. Tony Hastings checks it out.

MERGING: THE PLUS FACTOR

360 Systems MIDI Merge+

Tony Wride checks out a device which can relieve many of the MIDI-induced headaches associalted with even the most modest MIDI system.

STEINBERG PRO24 VERSION 3.0

Steinberg Pro 24 Version 3.0

Steinberg's Pro24 sequencer for the Atari ST has been around for over two years now, and has firmly established itself as the 'industry standard' ST sequencer against which all others are judged. Just when it looked like being overshadowed by some of its competitors, Steinberg released Version 3.0 of the program complete with some new features and enhancements. Pro24 owner David Hughes deliberates over the upgrade.

STEINBERG SOFTWARE PAGE: The switcher program; tempo recording; MIDI time code; creative mixdown

The switcher program; tempo recording; MIDI time code; creative mixdown.

Tascam 238 Syncaset

8-track Recorder

The 8-track war hots up. Now Tascam have an 8-track cassette to compete with the Toa MR8T. We know that eight tracks on a compact cassette are possible, but who does it better, Tascam or Toa? David Mellor decides.

Technique

40 SEQUENCER ESSENTIALS

40 Sequencer Essentials

This article explains all the features found on sequencers, from the simple to the esoteric. It is intended for those who are trying to make an intelligent purchasing decision about a sequencer and don't fully understand all the options that are available.

THE USER INTERFACE

User Interface

Martin Russ explores how the user interface influences the 'feel' of a program.

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