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ATARI ST

Atari ST: Introduction To MIDI Programming By Dorfman & Young

Books about MIDI are thin on the ground; books about MIDI on the Atari are even scarcer! However, there is one and you can read what Martin Russ thought of it on page 16...

KAWAI R50

Drum Machine

At first sight, the Kawai R50 looks to be a low-cost, cut-down version of the R100 machine we reviewed back in June. But looks can be, and very often are, deceptive in this business and a month spent playing with this unassuming box of tricks has left Ian Gilby in no doubt that the R50 is one of the best value-for-money drum machines around.

KORG DRV3000

Korg DRV3000 Digital Reverb

David Hughes finds some nice surprises lie behind the sleek front panel of Korg's top-of-the-range stereo digital effects processor for those prepared to experiment.

ROLAND MT32

Roland MT32 Multi-timbral Expander Module

Hot foot from the BMF, hard-working Martin Russ brings us his review of this innocent-looking multitimbral LA expander which packs many of the features of Roland's D50 synthesizer, including onboard digital reverb, but with the added bonus of 28 sampled drum sounds!

SOUND EFFECTS

BBC Sound Effects CDs

The BBC's sound effects records have been the staple diet of many a film, TV and radio production. Now there is a new generation of digitally recorded sound effects available on compact disc which are ideal for sampling. David Mellor assesses their worth.

YAMAHA TX802

Yamaha TX802 The multi-instrumentalist

Yamaha have taken the concept of the multtimbral FM expander another step forward with the launch fo the flagship TX802. Mark Badger assesses its performance.

People + Opinion

COMPUTER MUSIC AT STANFORD

Professor John Chowning

Few people realise the debt we owe the research establishments working at the frontiers of new musical technologies. One of the most famous is the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustic (CCRMA) at Stanford University California. CCRMA is a major force in computer music and exerts a worldwide influence over past, current and future developments in the industry. Simon Millward visited the Centre in January - February of this year and had the opportunity of using the mainframe computer system to compose an original work of his own. Here he brings us his report of the visit plus an interview with the Director of CCRMA and founder of FM synthesis, Professor John Chowning.

THE MAGIC OF DANIEL LANOIS: Part 2

The Magic Of Daniel Lanois: Part 2

In the concluding part of our in-depth interview with this French-Canadian engineer/producer, Mark Prendergast discovers how Lanois recorded the 'So' album with Peter Gabriel and more about his co-production with Brian Eno of U2's 'The Joshua Tree' and 'Unforgettable Fire' LPs.

Technique

HOW IT WORKS

How It Works: Loudspeakers Explained: Part 1

Part 1: Another in our 'How It Works' series. David Mellor kicks off a two-part investigation into the practicalities of bins, horns, tweeters and woofers. Baffled? You won't be once you've read this!

MIDI MATTERS

MIDI Matters: MIDI Back To Basics: Part 2

Jay Chapman continues his 'back to basics' description of the technicalities of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

PRACTICALLY MIDI

Practically MIDI: Part 1

Part 1: One for the DIY fans. In this new series, Martin Russ penetrates deep into the heart of MIDI equipment and explores how they work, what chips they use and more...

THE SEARCH FOR EXPRESSION

A History Of Wind Synthesizers

Are wind synthesizers finally receiving the attention they deserve with the recent launch of Akai's EWI and Yamaha's WX7? Who better to put these new marvels in perspective than musician/producer John L. Walters, a leading exponent of Lycron, the wind controller that paved the way for today's 'new' instruments.

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