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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.
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.
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.