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    Zeta Jazz & Synthony

    MIDI Violin & MIDI Controller

    For over a decade, Californian company Zeta have kept the flag flying for strings players who'd like to bring their skills into the synth age. Alan McClure takes a bow..

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    Yamaha G50

    MIDI Guitar Interface

    The so-called guitarist's dream has failed to deliver on so many occasions that many guitar players now seem sceptical about the whole concept of MIDI guitars. Does the Yamaha G50 give us cause to rethink our prejudices, or does it simply reinforce them? Paul White finds out.

    Reviews Dec 1996
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    Emu Launch Pad

    MIDI Controller

    Emu's Launch Pad provides a hardware control surface for the Orbit sound module, but can also be used with other MIDI gear. Paul Nagle finds out whether it's destined to become a springboard for many a successful mission.

    Reviews Oct 1996
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    Access Waldorf Microwave & Oberheim Matrix 1000


    Modern synths are undeniably powerful, but for many users that power remains locked in by non-intuitive digital parameter access editing. Paul White and Paul Nagle check out a pair of knob-equipped hardware programmers that could reveal hidden depths for Microwave and Matrix 1000 owners.

    Reviews Sep 1996
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    Fatar MP1

    MIDI Pedalboard

    Best known for their low-cost controller keyboards, Fatar have now released a new kind of controller — the MP1 MIDI pedalboard. Paul Ward brings his lower limbs into the sonic fray...

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Kat trapKAT

    MIDI Percussion Controller

    Following their flagship drumKat MIDI percussion controller, KAT Inc have released the new trapKAT, designed with 'real' drummers in mind as well as rhythmically-minded MIDI musicians. Paul White gets that groovy feline...

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Kenton GS8

    MIDI Guitar Switcher

    David Mellor goes all gooey about Kenton's new MIDI guitar switcher, designed to put a stop to all the embarrassing onstage effects pedal swapping that goes on in the dark between numbers.

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Roland GI-10

    Guitar MIDI Interface

    Paul White packs away the keyboard and plugs Roland's new guitar-MIDI interface into his sequencer.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    JL Cooper Cuepoint

    Universal Autolocator

    JL Cooper's new remote controller could become the nerve centre of your studio, driving all your MMC-compatible studio equipment from its front panel. Control freak John Harris checks it out.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Roland MCR8

    MIDI Multi-Controller

    Roland's new MCR8 hardware controller seeks to take the strain out of parameter access synth or software editing, by offering you real-time manipulation of any MIDI values from its front panel sliders and knobs. Paul Ward checks it out.

    Reviews Jan 1995
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    Charlie Lab Digitar

    Pocket MIDI Guitar

    How do you fancy a way of playing guitar patches, like a guitar, without the expense of a guitar synth system? Impossible? Derek Johnson finds out...

    Reviews Jan 1995
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    Korg Wavedrum

    Drum Synthesizer

    Amongst the black rackmount boxes and sleeky anonymous keyboards, one new hi-tech instrument stands out, as much for what's inside it as for its appearance. SOS brings you the exclusive first look at the latest incarnation of physical modelling technology, korg's adventurous new Wavedrum. Review by Julian Colbeck.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Hands On Starlite

    MIDI-to-light Controller

    Hands On Development came into the field of MIDI-controlled lighting very early, with their sophisticated Limetime controller. Now the Starlite offers even the most fiscally challenged the opportunity to add another dimension to a live performance. Martin Russ seeks enlightenment.

    Reviews Apr 1994
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    BCK Lite Show

    MIDI-to-light Controller

    This compact unit allows you to add MIDI-controlled lights to your performance for less than the cost of a modest sound module. Paul White checks it out.

    Reviews Mar 1994


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