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    Roland VS1680

    24-bit Digital Studio Workstation

    In the space of just two years, Roland have doubled the power of their hard disk multitrack concept, going from the eight tracks of the VS880 to the 16 of their latest baby. Paul Nagle admires the VS's sparkling new options.

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Fostex FD4

    Digital Multitracker

    Though the FD4 doesn't have a built-in recording drive, it records to a choise of popular types, costs less than £400, and has been designed to be almost as easy to use as a cassette multitracker. David Mellor goes back to basics...

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Alesis ADAT XT20

    Digital 8-track Recorder

    Paul White tests the 20-bit Alesis ADAT XT20, to see whether it wil really help us make better recordings or just allows us to record our low-level hum and noise more accurately!

    Reviews May 1998
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    Roland VS840

    Digital 8-track Workstation

    Digital multitrackers are now nothing new, but this one records to a built-in Zip drive using low-cost 100Mb cartridges. Duke Ashton carries on recording.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Korg D8

    8-track Digital Recording Studio

    Paul White tests an integrated 8-track digital studio package, no larger than a drum machine, that comes with just about everything you'll need to make high-quality recordings.

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Sony PCMR300

    DAT Recorder

    Paul White tests a new Sony DAT recorder offering professional features at an affordable price.

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Yamaha MD8

    Multitrack Minidisc Recorder

    If you liked the look of last year's Minidisc-based digital 4-track machines, but need more tracks, look no further. The Yamaha MD8 manages 8-track recording and palyback, but is still priced at just under a thousand pounds. Martin Walker suddenly finds less need to bounce.

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Kinetix Wobbly Bits

    Variable-rate Digital Recording System (Preview)

    Paul White previews a new digital conversion technique designed to provide high-resolution sounds without the need for extravagant sampling frequencies.

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Akai DPS12

    Digital Personal Studio

    Akai build on their years of expertise in stand-alone digital recorders with a truly portable personal multitracker offering a digital mixer and 12 tracks of audio on a removable-media drive. David Mellor takes it away.

    Reviews Mar 1998
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    Digital Audio Labs V8

    Multitrack Hard Disk Recording System

    Hard disk recording always strtches any computer to the limit, and if you want eight simultaneous tracks or more you'll definitely need help. Martin Walker finds out whether the V8 system can come to the rescue.

    Reviews Mar 1998
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    Tascam DA302

    Dual DAT Deck

    Derek Johnson finds Tascam's dual DAT deck, the first ever, is at least twice the fun...

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Digidesign Pro Tools 24

    Digital Recording & Editing Environment

    Pro Tools has made a leap to 24-bit, but does the increased theoretical quality really translate to a better sound, and it is worth the extra money? Mike Collins finds out.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Ensoniq PARIS II

    PCI Hard Disk Recording System

    When it comes to computer audio editing, the user interface is extremely important. Having physical controls to grab hold of has already give Ensoniq a lot of advance publicity for their Paris hard disk recording system.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Fostex CDR200

    CD Recorder

    Why are CD recorders like buses? Paul White investigates.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Roland VS880 S2

    CD-writing Upgrade

    If you own a VS880, you can already record, edit and produce a stereo mix of your masterworks, all with out leaving the 880's tape-like hard disk recording environment, but now Roland have added the ability to make a CD master in the same way. Paul Nagle goes for the burn.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Digidesign Pro Tools

    Digital Recording & Editing Environment (Preview)

    Pro Tools moves up a bit (or eight) and Mackie's dedicated hardware controller for the system finally arrives. Mike Collins gets an advanced viewing.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Tascam DA98

    Digital Multitrack Recorder

    It started in 88, dropped to 38, now rises to 98... no, it's not the chart performance of the new Spice Girls album, but Tascam's rather strange way of numbering the models in their respected DA series of digital multitrack recorders. Hugh Robjohns checks out the new flagship in the range.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Fostex D160

    Hard Disk Multitrack Recorder

    Pioneered by Fostex, the concept of the 'personal' digital multitrack — a stand-alone digital recorder with a simple, cassette multitracker-like interface — has been around for two years now. But the new D160 is the first of the bunch to offer 16-track capabilities.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Event Electronics Gina

    Multitrack PCI Soundcard

    Layla, Darla and Gina are the eagerly awaited multi-channel PCI soundcards from Event Electronics, which promise a complete audio solution featuring eight independent outputs. Martin Walker interfaces with Gina — and falls in love.

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Philips CDR870

    CD Writer

    Are you hanging up your stocking on the wall? Are you making your own re-recordable CD masters on a stand-alone CD writer for under £500? Paul White is...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Yamaha CDR400TX

    CD-R Writer

    Yamaha's new CD-ROM burner comes with the option of a cut-price copy of Toast 3.5, allowing you to create backups, burn CDs, and even make your own CD-ROMs. Paul White tries out the combination.

    Reviews Dec 1997

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