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    Creative Sampling: Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Even the more basic sound-manipulation tools offered by most samplers can lead a safe sample into a world of weirdness. Nicholas Rowland reverses, stretches, bends and loops, all in the interests of sampling science...

    Techniques Jan 1999
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    Creative Sampling: Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    These days, samplers are the electronic musician's bread and butter — but they need not be used in commonplace ways. In the first part of a short series, Nicholas Rowland looks at ways to spice up your tracks with samples from unusual sources.

    Techniques Dec 1998
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    Ensoniq ASRX Pro

    Resampling Production Studio

    The ASRX, Ensoniq's entry into the world of all-in-one sampling and sequencing workstations, has just received a major upgrade and a fresh lick of paint. Chris Carter finds out whether the improvements justify its new 'Pro' label.

    Reviews Dec 1998
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    Yamaha A3000 v2

    Pro Sampler & Upgrade Kit

    When Yamaha Launched the A3000 a year ago their approach won quite a few fans, and now they're demonstrating their renewed commitment to sampling with a comprehensive upgrade. Chris Carter's movin' on up...

    Reviews Sep 1998
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    Roland SP808 Groovesampler

    Sampling Workstation

    The new SP808 has little in common with its namesake, the TR808; one was an analogue rhythm unit, the other is a feature-packed sampler, multitrack digital audio recorder, synth and remix tool. Clearly, Roland are hoping that some of the 'hi-tech classic' status of the TR will pass to the new SP.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Emu Systems Emax II (Retrozone)

    Sampling Keyboard

    The high quality converters and resonant filter imbue the 16-bit Emax II with a musicality and sonic character second to none.

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Emu ESI4000

    64-note Polyphonic Sampler

    Emu's latest sampler release is a new budget module to replace the ESI32. But with recent price drops from Akai and Yamaha's return to the sampling fold, have the company done enough to fend off the competition?

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Boss Dr Sample SP202

    DJ Looping Sampler

    Boss's popular 'Doctor' range of inexpensive and useful studio gear is now over 15 years old, but remains very much alive, and the Dr Sample SP202 is the latest newcomer, offering quick and easy sampling for DJs or beginners in the field. Chris Carter gives it a full physical...

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Solving Akai Sampler SCSI & CD-ROM Compatibility Problems

    Tips & Tricks

    Using a sampler without some sort of hard drive is just not an option these days, which means that some understanding of SCSI is necessary. Devoted Akai samplist Paul Farrer explains some of the pitfalls that can befall the unwary user of SCSI'd up samplers, and examines some of the other cross-platform issues that can complicate sampling.

    Techniques Nov 1997
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    Ensoniq ASRX

    Sampling Workstation

    Using a separate sampler, sequencer, synth and drum machine? With the new Ensoniq ASRX you could take just one box into the studio. Chris Carter just samples and goes...

    Reviews Sep 1997
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    Akai S20

    MIDI Digital Phrase Sampler

    The release of the S20 means that £500 now buys you into the prestigious Akai name — and gets you a supremely easy to use sampler which will perform both on stage and in the studio. Chris Carter goes completely loopy...

    Reviews Jul 1997
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    Yamaha A3000

    Digital Sampler

    Given the wide range of studio and synthesis equipment Yamaha make, it's perhaps odd that there's been no serious sampler in their catlogue for almost 10 years. Now, after putting a toe in the water with the well-received SU10 mini-sampler, they're taking the pro sampling plunge once more with the A3000. Chris Carter finds that still waters run deep...

    Reviews Jul 1997
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    Emu E4X

    Turbo 128-voice Stereo Sampler

    A new expandability has come to Emu's professional range of samplers. Paul Wiffen lifts the bonnet of the top-of-the-range model and finds an e6400 lurking inside.

    Reviews May 1997
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    HD Recording With The Akai S1100 Sampler

    Tips & Tricks

    Akai's S1100 hard-disk recording option caused quite a buzz on its release, and even now makes this well-specified sampler even more versatile. Chris Carter passes on some hard-won tips for making the best of S1100 HD recording.

    Techniques Apr 1997
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    Roland S330

    Digital Sampler (Retro)

    Darius Pocha suggests that one of Roland's 'ones that got away' is an excellent second-hand buy: the S330 sampler. Additional material by Derek Johnson.

    Reviews Feb 1997
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    Akai CD3000XL

    Sampler

    Akai's new CD3000XL features the 32-voice polyphony, expansion options, DSP functions and other goodies of the S3000XL, but adds a built-in CD-ROM drive for good measure. Paul Ward takes it for a spin.

    Reviews Jan 1997
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    Making Seamless Sample Loops With Your Hard Disk Recorder

    Tips & Tricks

    Does looping drive you loopy? If you have a hard disk recording system, and currently spend hours hunched over your sampler trying to find perfect loop points, this article could be for you. Simon James supplies the foolproof method...

    Techniques Oct 1996
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    Creating Custom Sample Textures

    Tips & Tricks

    Have you ever wished you could create strange, ethereal textures like the ones you hear on the best sample CDs? Paul White shows that it's not as difficult as it might seem.

    Techniques Sep 1996
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    Yamaha SU10

    Stereo sampler

    After a hiatus of several years, Yamaha return to sampling with the cheapest, most portable dedicated sampler yet. Derek Johnson coins a phrase...

    Reviews Mar 1996
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    Sampling Basics, Part 3

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul White concludes this series with a look at phrase and loop sampling, the use of keygroups and mapping, and the use of the modern sampler as a synthesizer.

    Techniques Mar 1996
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    Sampling Basics, Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul White continues his introduction to sampling with a look at some of the extras, accessories and peripherals that you might need in order to get the most out of your new purchase.

    Techniques Feb 1996

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