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    Akai S3000XL

    Sampler

    Long-time Akai sampler user Paul Ward tries to stop his credit card from leaping out of his pocket as he gets to grips with the tempting additions to Akai's mid-range sampler.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Akai S2000

    Digital Sampler

    Come on down, Akai's new low-cost sampler! Astonishing value for money at a mere £999, the basic S2000 is expandable to a top-of-the-range spec by means of add-on cards. Paul White spins the (data) wheel of fortune to see whether Akai have played their cards right this time...

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Creative Loop Construction

    Tips & Techniques

    Wilf Smarties explores the never-ending world of sample loops and how best to use them in your music.

    Techniques Sep 1995
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    Emu Systems E64

    Digital Sampler

    Hot on the heels of the ESI32 and EIV samplers comes Emu's latest mid-price unit. We sent Paul Wiffen to find out how the E64 differs from its siblings

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Sampling Analogue Synthesizers

    Exploration

    Given the outrageously high asking prices of so-called classic analogue synths, it can often pay to hire them and sample the sounds yourself. Paul Ward passes on a few tips.

    Techniques Jul 1995
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    MIDI Timing Delays & Your Sampler

    Tips & Techniques

    Timing delays, stolen notes, lack of sampler memory... having trouble playing back your sample files over MIDI? But all these problems can be things of the past. All it needs is a little care and planning — as Wilf Smarties explains.

    Techniques Apr 1995
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    Emu Systems Emulator IV

    Digital Sampler

    Once upon a time an Emulator was all eights: 8-bit, 8-voice, 8-outs, but that was a decade ago. Ten years on and the latest Emulator has more of the 128 about it: 128 voices, up to 128Mb of RAM. Paul Wiffen finds out if everything else about the EIV is 16 times as good.

    Reviews Apr 1995
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    Roland MS1

    Digital Sampler

    The would-be samplist now has a wide range of samplers to choose from in the medium to high price ranges, but the sub-£800 zone has been looking decidedly bare — until now. Derek Johnson checks out the sampler that plugs the gap...

    Reviews Mar 1995
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    Creative Use Of Your Sampler

    Tips & Techniques

    Are you forever coming up with the same old 'N-N-N-N-Nineteen' effects on your sampler? do you reach for that jaded Peruvian noseflute sample every time you want a 'really original sound' for your latest masterpiece? Fear not, for top tipmeister Paul Ward is back, with more off-the-wall uses for you to try out at home...

    Techniques Feb 1995
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    Emu ESi32

    32-Voice Digital Sampler

    News of the ESi32 has set the hearts of ambitious but fiscally challenged samplists beating faster. Mike Barnes brings you this exclusive review of the machine which packs EIII sampling power into a box costing under £1200, and wonders 'Is it too good to be true?"

    Reviews Jan 1995
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    Using Samplecell II With Sound Designer II

    Exploration

    David Mellor explains why he abandoned his hardware sampler in favour of Digidesign's computer based sample playback card, and takes a look at what you need to make it into a fully fledged sampling setup.

    Techniques Nov 1994
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    Emu ESi32

    16-Bit Sampler (Preview)

    Emu took up the opportunity of a whistle-stop Autumn press tour to announce new products — including their lowest-priced sampler to date — which set the company's agenda for the coming months. Derek Johnson previews the new kit on the block.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Emu ESi32

    16-Bit Sampler (Preview)

    Emu took up the opportunity of a whistle-stop Autumn press tour to announce new products — including their lowest-priced sampler to date — which set the company's agenda for the coming months. Derek Johnson previews the new kit on the block.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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    Roland S760 Expansion?

    Sampler

    The S760 sampler represented excellent value for money on its release back in February this year. Now it looks even more impressive, with the arrival of the OP760/1 expansion board and the v.2.12 system software. Paul Wiffen checks them out.

    Reviews Oct 1994
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    Perfect Piano Loops

    Tips & Techniques

    Sampled piano aficionados know the particular problems involved in constructing a good loop of this essential instrument. Craig Anderton passes on a personal solution.

    Techniques Jul 1994
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    Typhoon OS, Yamaha TX16W

    Alternative Operating System For Sampler

    The TX16W was about to go down in the annals of electronic instrument history as a brilliant-sounding sampler handicapped by a pig of an operating system — until a group of Swedish users took matters into their own hands. Duncan Werner investtigates the ultimate in third-party development.

    Reviews Jun 1994
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    Creative Sampling Made Easy

    Tips & Techniques

    You don't have to stick to library samples all the time, and you needn't spend hours creating your own. Paul White reveals a few short cuts.

    Techniques Jun 1994
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    Organising Your Sample Library

    Tips & Techniques

    A large, painstakingly assembled sample library is of little use if it's so badly organised that you can't separate your tablas from your trumpets. Dave Stewart gives some tips to help you make your library a model of accessibility.

    Techniques May 1994
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    Roland S760

    16-bit Sampler

    Roland's latest offering in the 16-bit sampler stakes is more compact, more expandable, and less expensive (by a fair margin) than its predecessors. But have they had to make significant omissions to achieve this? Paul Wiffen investigates.

    Reviews Feb 1994
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    The Shape Of Things To Come

    Issue 1 New Product News

    A chance to do some crystal gazing at product developments in the music / recording / visual fields.

    Reviews Nov 1985

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