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AKAI CD3000

Akai CD3000 CD-ROM Sample Player

What use is a sampler with no sampling inputs? Wilf Smarties takes a look at the world's first CD-ROM sample player and finds out.

Analogue To Digital

Sample Library

* Score = 4

DIGIDESIGN AUDIOMEDIA LC

Digidesign Audiomedia IA LC Digital Audio Board for the Mac LC

Low-end Mac owners used to be left out in the cold in the world of digital audio, but Digidesign's affordable Audiomedia LC board puts that right. Paul Ireson finds out what it can do for him.

DRAWMER DL441

Drawmer DL441 Quad Auto Compressor Limiter

Can a quad compressor compete with full-function stereo units? Paul White believes Drawmer's latest processor can.

POWER TO THE PC!

Howling Dog Systems Power Chords PC Sequencer

This low-cost PC package provides a unique sequencing environment based around the fretboard rather than the keyboard - and it's fun to use. Brian Heywood puts on his guitarist's head...

PROFESSIONAL MONITOR COMPANY LB1

Professional Monitor Company LB1 Transmission Line Monitor

Paul White looks at a diminutive transmission line monitor that is guaranteed to surprise you with its depth of sound and seamless stereo imaging.

SOUND BITES: Production tips & techniques; DIY Remote trolly

DIY remote trolley.

SOUND BITES: Production tips & techniques; Instant Drums

Instant Drums, creative sequencing.

SOUND BITES: Production tips & techniques; Mute management

Mute management.

SOUNDSCAPE

Soundscape Hard Disk Recording System for the PC

The Soundscape system has been on the cards for quite some time - was it worth the wait, and can it hold its own in an increasingly well-populated hard disk recording market? Brian Heywood finds out.

SPX APPEAL

Yamaha SPX990 20-bit Digital Multi-effects

Is the use of 20-bit technology in effects units a real advance or a marketing play? Paul White gets motoring with Yamaha's latest outboard and finds out.

STAR QUALITY

Studiomaster Star System Mixer

And now for something completely different... a studio console that turns the accepted idea of mixer ergonomics upside down, offering not only an innovative new shape but a host of more conventional facilities. John Harris discovers what's behind Studiomaster's new clothes.

Technotrance

Sample Library

* Score = 3

WIDGETS

Roland SR-GR1-01 GR1 Guitar Synth Expansion Kit

Roland SR-GR1-01 GR1 Guitar Synth Expansion Kit.

WIDGETS

Marshall SE100 Speaker Simulator

Marshall SE100 Speaker Simulator, 2U rack unit.

People + Opinion

Holger Czukay

Weird Science

Holger Czukay's music is weird, wonderful and wildly uncommercial. Paul Tingen meets the mad professor of music.

OCEANIC: Fun in the Waves

Oceanic: Fun In The Waves

Oceanic were responsible for the biggest selling dance single of '91 - but far from being a one-hit wonder, they're now on the brink of the release of their second album. Nigel Humberstone visits them in their personal studio.

PRODUCTION LINES: Stephen Street

What does Stevie Wonder's Linndrum have to do with the sound of contemporary pop music? Plenty, according to record producer Stephen Street...

Technique

ALL ABOUT REVERB

All About Reverb

Despite the introduction of complex multi-effects processors, digital reverberation is still the most important effect in modern music. Paul White explains why.

AMIGA NOTES: Commodore CD32

Paul Austin looks at the latest Commodore release that's set to revolutionise home based audio video forever... Amiga CD32.

BANK MANAGING

MIDI Bank Select Message explained

Martin Russ digs deep into his patch memories to bring you an explaination of the mysteries of MIDI Bank Select...

FUNKY STUFF

Tips on 70's Funk

The current '70s revival has shone a spotlight on a source of grooves plundered liberally over the last decade by megastars such as Prince - classic funk of the 1970s. Now Joe and Pauly Ortiz pass on some pro tips and show you how to get down and get funky...

Introduction To DSP

Apple Notes

Kendall Wrightson offers a guarded welcome to Apple's new DSP equipped Macs and reveals yet more drastic price cuts across the entire Mac range.

Multimedia Authoring

PC Notes

Brian Heywood rounds up the month's juiciest PC news and delves deeper into the world of multimedia authoring...

PRACTICAL STUDIO DESIGN: Part 2

Practical Studio Design: Part 2: Soundproofing Doors And Windows

This month, Paul White examines doors and windows, the most vulnerable area when it comes to sound leakage.

STUDIO ERGONOMICS

Making Yourself At Home In The Studio

Most studio owners tend to spend their available cash on new equipment - an extra multi-effects unit, a mixer with a few more inputs, a better vocal mic - but just a few pounds spent on making your studio truly comfortable and functional could be the best investment you ever made. Mike Simmons tells you why.

Using Atari ST With Falcon

Atari Notes

Your old Atari ST and a new Falcon could make the perfect team. Martin Russ explains how.

VIRTUAL OR REALITY?

Virtual Or Reality?

Some people record all their MIDI instruments to tape, while others sync up their sequencer and run all the sequenced parts 'live' into the mix. Paul White examines the pros and cons of both approaches.

WOT, NO KEYBOARDS?

Alternative MIDI Controllers Session: Part 1: Bill Bruford; David Cross; Pino Palladino; John parracelli; Louis Borenius; Paul Downing; Andy Holdsworth; Simon Pearson; Chris "Snake" Davies; Frank Felix; Roland Kerridge; Richard Niles

Simon Zagorski-Thomas had a dream; to get together an impressive array of the UK's formost musicians, get them playing alternative MIDI controllers and make a CD of the resulting totally MIDI session - without a keyboard in sight. Here he tells the first part of the epic story... Part 1

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