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Charlie Morgan Master Drums

* Score = 3.5

Crossing the great divide

Technics KN2000 Workstation

The Technics KN2000 may look like a home keyboard, but this crossover product has quite a lot to offer the adventurous. Martin Russ looks at a workstation in fun clothing.

GAJITS; Backing up original Gajits Disks and Mouse Behaviour

Gajits; Backing up original Gajits Disks and Mouse Behaviour.

HARD AND FAST!

Akai DR4D Hard Disk Recorder

At a breakthrough price of under £1600, this dedicated hard disk recording and editing system from Akai is destined to be keenly scrutinised by all types of musician. Dave Lockwood gets the first test drive.

KURZWEIL K2000

Kurzweil K2000 Sampling Option

Kurzweil's K2000 is already a covetable, prestige instrument, and now a new hardware option adds sampling to its armoury of facilities. Paul D.Lehrman checks it out.

MICROTECH GEFELL UM92S

Microtech gefell UM92S Multi-pattern Tube Microphone

Microtech's classic-sounding tube mic is up there with the best, as Paul White finds out after using it on a couple of recording sessions.

MONSTER MIXING?

Francinstien Stereo Enhancement System

Paul White finds out more about Perfect Pitch Music's intriguingly named Francinstien stereo enhancement system.

Polestar Magnetics XL1

Sample Library

* Score = 4.5

RETRO ROCKER

Marantz PMD740 Cassette 4-track

Is the Marantz PMD740 just another cassette multitrack, or do Marantz, new to the 4-track field, have something new to offer behind the 'retro' facade? Dave Lockwood finds out.

SOUND BITES: Loose Leslie Effect

Loose Leslie Effect. DIY.

SOUND BITES: Really wide (Psychoacoustic) panning

Really wide (Psychoacoustic) panning.

SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER

Roland SRV330 Dimensional Space Reverb

Paul White puts on his 3D glasses and takes a journey into space courtesy of Roland's new RSS-equipped digital reverb.

THE ITALIAN JOB

Fatar Studio 90 Plus Master Keyboard

This inexpensive controller is made by an Italian company with over 30 years of keyboard manufacturing experience, and promises piano feel from a patented hammer action. Derek Johnson finds out how it measures up.

THINK BIG

Alesis BRC Big Remote Control For ADAT

The arrival of the Alesis BRC was heralded by almost as much hype and excitement as ADAT itself. Can what is essentially an accessory justify this amount of attention? Paul White puts his ADATs under BRC control to find out.

WIDGETS

Alice Matchpak Pro-To-IHF/IHF-To-Pro Interface

Alice Matchpak Pro-To-IHF/IHF-To-Pro Interface.

WIDGETS

Silver 5L Nearfield Monitors & BH Sub-Woofers

Silver 5L Nearfield Monitors & BH Sub-Woofers.

People + Opinion

Ed Buller: Being A Luddite (Why I Hate Computers)

Opinion | Music Production (Production Lines)

Although he could hardly be called a Luddite, Suede's producer Ed Buller freely admits that he doesn't like computers. In fact he has such strong views on the subject that he agreed to put his head in the lion's mouth by defending his opinion in print...

MARVIN CAESAR

Marvin Caesar: Behind The Aphex Aural Exciter

Though psychoacoustic enhancers are now made by several different companies, Aphex is where the concept of Aural Excitement was born. Paul White talks to president Marvin Caesar about the company's beginnings and his thoughts on the exciting future ahead...

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE '90s

Andy McCluskey: OMD

After what might be called a band reshuffle in the late '80s, OMD central figure Andy McCluskey bounced back with the successful Sugar Tax LP. Nigel Humberstone took a day trip to McCluskey's native Liverpool to talk about the new OMD, technology in the '90s and follow-up album, Liberator.

Technique

AMIGA NOTES: New software and Upgrades

This month's Amiga column overflows with tidings of new goodies, software upgrades and price cuts. Paul Austin reveals all.

Bargains; Mac-targeted Music Hardware

Apple Notes

Kendall Wrightson clues you in on some almost unmissable Apple bargains, and brings news of Mac-targeted music hardware from Roland and Yamaha.

Falcon Developments

Atari Notes

Martin Russ reflects on the thoroughly European Falcon and offers encouragementon getting visual with your ST.

GENERAL MIDI EXPLAINED

General MIDI Explained

More and more modules and keyboards are now General MIDI compatible. GM is supposed to make your life easier - but what the hell is it all about? Paul White explains.

HARD DISK RECORDING TRICKS

Hard Disk Recording Tricks

Craig Anderton passes on some time-saving tricks and short cuts for users of Digidesign's Sound Tools and similar hard disk recording and editing systems.

ORCHESTRATING WITH MIDI: Part 2

Orchestrating With MIDI: Part 2

Paul D Lehrman boldly goes where few MIDI musicians have gone before - into the very depths of the orchestra, string quartet and jazz band...

PRACTICAL STUDIO DESIGN: Part 1

Practical Studio Design: Part 1: The Principles Of Soundproofing

Part 1: The Principles of Soundproofing.

SADiE Soundcards

PC Notes

Brian Heywood reports on an outbreak of new soundcards, SADIE gets an update and the PC finds a niche at the APRS show. Eight out of 10 exhibitors said their stand preferred it....

USING A STEREO MIXER

For Multitrack Recording

You've blown all your money on an 8-track and you've only a few hundred left for a mixer. No doubt you'd like an 8-buss console with in-line monitoring and MIDI muting - but you might be surprised to find that you can produce high quality recordings using a standard stereo mixer. Paul White shows you how.

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