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Bizzarre Planet

Sample Library

* Score = 3

BOSS DR550 MKII

Boss DR550 MKII: Drum Machine

Two years after the launch of the original Boss DR550, a mere £26 extra buys you a DR550 MkII with almost twice the number of sounds. Derek Johnson approves.

Dance Industrial/Rich Mendelson: Dance Industrial (Prosample 5)

Sample Library

* Score = 3.5

DIAMOND LIFE

GEM S2 Music Processor

GEM's newest synth, with its polished sound and presentation, could be set to dispel the company's homely image. Martin Russ discovers the multi-faceted S2.

DISCO TECH

Roland DJ70 Sampling Keyboard

Roland's DJ70 repackages the gut of an S750 as a DJ-orientated sampling keyboard with a glut of time-saving features. Wilf Smarties welcomes a unit that redefines the concept of user friendly sampling.

FOSTEX 2412

Fostex 2412: 24-Channel Multitrack Mixer

Fostex's new 24-channel, 12-group mixer packs big consol feel and features into a compact frame. Dave Lockwood tries it on for size.

HANDS ON STAGE

Atari ST MIDI File Player

Hands On's OnStage package frees your ST from its monitor, and turns it into a practical gigging sequencer. Derek Johnson checks it out.

HANDS ON: Casio DA7 DAT Recorder

Casio DA7 DAT Recorder (Hands On)

Casio's DA7 is one of the cheapest DAT recorders on the market, yet it is still suitable for mastering. David Mellor explores Casio's mighty midget.

KENTON ELECTRONICS PRO2

Kenton Electronics PRO2: MIDI-To-CV Convertor

Kenton Electronics are well-known for their quality internal MIDI retrofits for analogue synths. Paul Ireson gets converted.

LA AUDIO MIDI MUTE

LA Audio MIDI Mute MIDI Controlled Muting

Paul White evaluates this compact and cost-effective means of adding sequencer driven mute automation to any mixing console.

Loop Classics Vol.

Sample Library

* Score = 3

OPCODE MAXPLAY

Opcode Maxplay MIDI Utility Software

MAXplay opens a window on a world of MIDI applications, including MIDI analysers, harmonisers, editor/librarians and much, much more. Kendall Wrightson investigates.

STEINBERG: Cubase extract function; Optimise Screen area; Help line; OPCODE: Recording program changes in Vision; DR T'S: KCS linear set/scale function

Steinberg: Cubase extract function; Optimise Screen area; Help line. Opcode: Recording program changes in Vision. Dr T's: KCS linear set/scale function.

WORLD MACHINE

Emu Proteus 3 World

Emu's new Proteus 3 is to hi-tech music what Philleas Fogg is to convenience foods. Nigel Humberstone samples authentic sounds from around the world.

YAMAHA EMP700

Stereo effects Processor

It's dark and sexy, flashes alluringly in a rack and has multiple uses - it's Yamaha's latest sound processor, the EMP700 Derek Johnson opens up the black magic box.

People + Opinion

DON"T SHOOT ME , I'M ONLY THE KEYBOARD PLAYER

Playing Keyboards With Elton John; Mark Taylor

Elton John goes on tour this month to promote his new album The One; Julian Colbeck took the opportunity to talk to keyboardsman Mark Taylor about equipment, entertainment, and Elton.

SCHOOL'S IN

Manchester School Of Sound Recording

A course in recording provides a way of breaking out of the classic Catch 22 - you can't get work in a studio without experience, and can't get experience without work. Tim Hurrell reports on Manchester School Of Sound Recording and what their 1-year course has to offer.

WAYNE'S WORLD

Mission In Action

Instead of recording their latest opus in expensive pro studios, The Mission have been laying tracks in a rural barn.It might seem they've fallen from grace; Robert Michael finds it ain't neccessarily so.

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: Transfering MIDI files from one machine to another; Amiga to ST; Amiga to Mac

Transfering MIDI files from one machine to another. Amiga to ST; Amiga to Mac

DRUM PROGRAMMING: Part 4 Song Maps

A Series By Warren Cann

In this month's instalment, Warren Cann circumnavigates his drum machine in search of the perfect song map. Part 4.

General Apple News

Apple Notes

RADIO DAYS

Technology on the air

When Paul D. Lehrman was asked to use his technological expertise to help create a radio quiz show, he rose to the challenge - and discovered it was just about the best fun he could have standing up.

SEQUENCERS HAVE FEELINGS TOO

Sequencers Have Feelings Too

Your equipment could be having more of an effect on your music than your synths do. Wilf Smarties wonders whether you should be giving your MC50 a co-writing credit...

ST NOTES: Non-Emulator; Multi-Tos

Non-Emulator; Multi-Tos.

THE INTEGRATION GAME

Improving your MIDI Environment: Part 1

In part one of this two-part article, Martin Russ looks at how the right software can make the difference between a studio full of lonely synths, samplers and other gadgets, and a powerful integrated setup.

Writing Your Own Program

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