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A BUNCH OF FIVE...
Shure Mics: Prologue 16L; SM96; SM48; SM94; SM91 Boundary
We gathered together a suitably varied bunch of five microphones from the current Shure range and asked engineer Dave Lockwood to test them under stage and recording conditions. Here are the results...
ENSONIQ'S GRAND PIANO
Ensoniq Grand Piano
Mark Jenkins investigates the very latest attempt at replacing the Steinway Grand to come from the company that has made sampling its forte!
FAIRLIGHT SERIES III
Fairlight Series III The Ultimate Soft Machine
The Fairlight Series III is one of the most advanced musical instruments in the marketplace today. A superb integration of hardware and software, it offers a wide range of musical realisation facilities and Compact Disc digital sound quality to those successful enough to afford it. But as Richard Elen found out, it's a machine whose true capabilities are realised by only a few of its end users.
NOT JUST FOR PROGRAMMERS
Hinton Instruments MIDIC
In the two years since its introduction, Hinton Instruments MIDIC processor has found applications in both professional and home recording studios, live performance and educational establishments.Having already used a MIDIC to help develop new MIDI programs, we asked our software consultant Jay Chapman to tell more about what the MIDIC can do.
Shadow GTM6 Guitar-to-MIDI Converter
The 'guitar synthesizer' seems to be going through a new lease of life at present, with many manufacturers releasing guitar-based synth controlling devices that make good use of MIDI's powers of expression. Ian Gilby tries out one such model: the Shadow GTM6.
TANTEK DIGITAL SAMPLER-DELAY
Tantek Digital Sampler-Delay
The concept of the modular effects rack is one which has been established for many years in the professional studio world. Now Tantek have sucessfully entered the budget end of the market with a range of signal processors to suit most applications. Paul Gilby examines their most fashionable unit, the Digital Sampler-Delay, and takes a fleeting glance at what else you can put in a Tanrak.
THE IDEAL COMPANION
Seck 1282 Mixer
Following the success of their Seck 1882 mixer released eighteen months ago, Seck have just introduced a smaller version aimed more at the 8-track user which retains almost all of the original features but with fewer channels and the benefits of considerable cost-saving. Paul Gilby monitors its performance.
People + Opinion
Keyboardist With Dire Straits
Behind frontman Mark Knopfler are a group of talented musicians each of whom play an important part in producing that distinctive Dire Straits sound. Guy Fletcher is one of the band's two keyboard players and it was during a recent session at Air Studios in London - where he and Mark Knopfler were busy working on the new Tina Turner album - that Guy took time off work to talk to Paul Gilby and to reveal exactly how you go about getting the big name in the business...
Studio Designer Tom Hidley
American, Tom Hidley, is probably the most famous name in the world of professional studio design. Over the past twenty-five years his empirical approach to solving acoustic problems has led him to develop various room designs and monitoring systems that have been both innovative and wide-ranging in their influence. Paul Gilby tracked him down at this year's APRS show in London to find out more about the man and his work...
LINE-UP! Part 1: Tape recorders
Tape Recorder Line-Up: Part 1
Part 1: If you have ever read through the 'Care and Feeling' section of the user's manual to your tape recorder, then chances are that from time to time your eyes have alighted on the paragraphs headed Line-up. In the first of two articles, David Mellor tells you all you need to know about the theory behind this arcane science. If you ever have the urge to delve into your machine's mystic recesses, before taking the plunge, read on...
STARS AND CHAINS
Stars And Chains: MIDI Connections explained
Want to get more out of your present MIDI equipment but don't know what to connect where? Contributor Martin Russ lays down some simple practical guidelines which, if followed correctly, should increase the creative scope of your MIDI set-up.
THE CELTIC MACINTOSH
The Celtic Macintosh: An Album Produced Entirely On A Personal Computer: Part 1
Part 1: American, Paul D. Lehrman, documents how he recently recorded an album of synthesized Irish music entirely on an Apple Macintosh computer using the Southworth Music Systems 'Total Music' software.