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    Boss Dr Sample SP303

    Phrase Sampler

    Boss were one of the first companies to make a compact, budget phrase sampler, in the form of the Dr Sample SP202. Similar products soon followed from other manufacturers, but now, three years on, Boss are making their bid to regain the lead. Chris Carter examines this newly qualified Doctor...

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    IK Multimedia Sampletank XL

    Virtual Sound Module VST Instrument [Mac & PC]

    All sorts of weird and wonderful instruments have been recreated in software, but IK Multimedia's Sampletank is the first serious attempt to make a high-quality workhorse sound module available in virtual form.

    Reviews Aug 2001
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    Practical Phrase Sampling For Modern Music Production: Part 3

    Tips & Techniques

    In the final part of this series, Oli Bell gives you some practical tips and tricks on looping, re-grooving and time-stretching.

    Techniques Jun 2001
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    Practical Phrase Sampling For Modern Music Production, Part 2

    Tips & Tricks

    In part 2 of this series, Oli Bell offers advice on choosing a sampler for modern styles, finding and using samples from the Internet, and deciding which sample CDs to buy.

    Techniques May 2001
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    Practical Phrase Sampling For Modern Music Production: Part 1

    Tips & Tricks

    The sampler has made its presence felt throughout modern music production, and phrase sampling in particular is the backbone of many musical styles. Oli Bell arms his loop points and explores some tricks of the trade.

    Techniques Apr 2001
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    Akai S700

    12-bit Sampler (Retro)

    Most of us know of the legendary S900, which set a pattern that would be followed by succeeding generations of Akai samplers, but who remembers its contemporary, the less well-endowed S700? Paul Sellars renews the acquaintance.

    Reviews Mar 2001
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    Yamaha SU200

    Loop Sampler

    Yamaha's new budget phrase sampler is designed to allow rapid creation of phrase- and loop-based music. Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser put it to the test.

    Reviews Nov 2000
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    Sequential Prophet 3000 [Retrozone]

    16-bit Stereo Sampling System

    Robert Alexander pays tribute to the short-lived yet truely revolutionary Prophet 3000 which, like Sequential themselves, vanished almost overnight...

    Reviews Oct 2000
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    Korg Electribe ES1

    Rhythm Production Sampler

    Korg's Electribe family of instruments aims to combine cutting-edge dance sounds with an easy-to-use interface. Nicholas Rowland meets the latest member, the ES1 desktop sampler.

    Reviews Aug 2000
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    Roland SP808EX

    Sampling Workstation

    Two years after its launch, Roland's innovative SP808 sampling workstation has undergone a dramatic change in appearance, and also now benefits from new effects and improved Zip drive storeage. Chris Carter embarks on an affair with an EX...

    Reviews Aug 2000
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    Emu Systems ESI2000

    Sampler

    With rival sampler manufacturers currently battling it out at the lower end of the market, Emu's latest bid for budget supremacy is the successor to their ESI32 and ESI4000 — the ESI2000. Paul Farrer takes it easy.

    Reviews May 2000
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    Yamaha A5000

    Sampler

    Yamaha's former sampling flagship, the A3000, represented a novel but very powerful approach to sampler design. The new A4000 and A5000, as Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser report, maintain the distinctive design ethos, but should provide even stronger competition to the established names.

    Reviews Apr 2000
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    Akai MPC2000XL

    Percussion Sampler/Sequencer

    Three years ago Paul Wiffen concluded that Akai had brought the concept of the sampling drum machine up to date with the MPC2000. Now he takes a look at its successor to see how much more you get when you XL.

    Reviews Dec 1999
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    Emu E5000 Ultra

    Sampler

    Billed as the most afordable Emulator yet, the E5000 Ultra is Emu's new contender in the middleweight professional sampler stakes — and it's a force to be reckoned with.

    Reviews Nov 1999
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    Emu E4XT Ultra

    Sampler / Sequencer / Synthesizer

    Is it a synth, a sequencer or a sampler? The answer to all three questions is an emphatic 'yes', as Paul White finds out when he takes the E4XT Ultra into his studio.

    Reviews Aug 1999
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    Yamaha SU700

    Sampling Workstation

    The SU700, Yamaha's entry into the 'groove sampler' stakes, is derived from their A3000 studio sampler and inherits some of its sibling's most impressive features — including adventurous effects and imaginative sample-manipulation facilities — while adding quite a few tricks of its own. Derek Johnson and Debbie Poyser go loopy.

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    Fairlight CMI [Retrozone]

    Digital Sampling Keyboard Synthesizer

    Norm Leete waxes lyrical about the mega-synth that introduced sampling to the world back in 1980 and went on to appear on innumerable hit singles and albums.

    Reviews Apr 1999
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    Kurzweil K250 workstation keyboard with Apple Macintosh.

    Kurzweil K250 [Retrozone]

    Workstation Keyboard

    Philip Meehan fondly remembers his first love — a keyboard with the voice of an angel, the mind of a genius, and the body of a heavyweight boxer in a big black coat.

    Reviews Feb 1999
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    Using Sample Loops With Logic Audio

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul White and Paul Joyner explain how to import samples directly to your Mac from an audio CD with Logic Audio — a technique which can be adapted for use with most popular MIDI + Audio sequencers.

    Techniques Feb 1999
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    Akai S6000 sampler

    Akai S6000 & S5000

    Rackmount Samplers

    Akai samplers, in their familiar off‑white rackmount cases, have become fixtures in studios all over the world. Their latest models may use the same colour scheme, but they offer an entirely new user interface and a host of powerful new features.

    Reviews Jan 1999
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    Zoom Sampletrak ST224

    Sampler

    Derek Johnson & Debbie Poyser check out a product which offers up to four minutes of sample time, 22 different effects, audio processing and resampling facilities — for £199. If you'd been reading this only a few years ago , you'd have assumed that some digits had been missed off the price...

    Reviews Jan 1999

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