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Monitoring & Vocals
If you can't get a good performance from your vocalist, it could be your method of monitoring that's at fault. Paul White offers some helpful advice.
Setting The Right DAT Recording Level
Digital recording is very different from analogue when it comes to setting the right recording level. Jerry Halatyn helps you to understand your DAT machine...
Charlie Lab Digitar
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...
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?"
Following in the footsteps of Roland, Emu and Korg, Ensoniq have now taken the plunge into plug-in hardware with the latest release, the 16-bit Soundscape card for the PC. Paul Nagle puts it through its paces.
Yamaha Promix 01
Yamaha's latest digital mixing console was by far the biggest crowd sensation at this year's APRS in London, taking many people by surprise with its low price and wealth of features. Dominic Hawken lends a listening ear to the first unit in the country.
Axe heroes wanting that classic Marshall stack sound without the bulk should check out this floor-mounting DI unit. Paul White put his foot down.
Opcode's new Overture notation program has been called "dtp for music" and aims to bring the arcane art of music notation into the age of user friendliness. derek johnson finds it's worthy of note...
Roland Super JV1080
Roland's latest synth module boasts an impressive spec, including a 32-bit RISC processor, 64-voice polyphony and the ability to hoast up to four expansion cards simultaneously. Could it be the only synth you'll need? Dave Crombie finds out.
Rolls RP93 Patchwork MIDI Switch Controller
Paul White checks out the new MIDI switch controller from Rolls.
P&R Wall Box
Paul White gets a look at a versatile modular wall box with up to 32 inputs.
Can the Texas-built Ross RCS1602 compete with the wealth of low-cost UK-built desks? Shirley Gray searches for the answer.
Boris Blank (Yello): Recording Zebra
Paul Tingen talks to Boris Blank, one half of idiosyncratic Swiss duo Yello, about the release of their 10th album, Zebra.
Don Was & Don Smith: Recording The Rolling Stones
Countless bands have been influenced by The Rolling Stones, which makes it all the more interesting to find out how they work and record. Richard Buskin talks to top producer/musician Don Was and engineer Don Smith about their contributions to the Stones' new album.
Mark Goodier & Bill Padley: Wise Buddah Music Radio
As Wise Buddah Music, Radio FM DJ Mark Goodier and his business partner Bill Padley are producing and editing programs for the BBC with little more than a Mac computer, a DAT machine, and some high-powered Digidesign editing software. Paul White talks to them about how they manage it.
Pete Wingfield: What Is A "Classic" Record?
What constitutes a classic record? Why is that one record still sounds fresh and exciting 20 years after its release, while another seems dated within six months? According to producer, songwriter and musician Pete Wingfield, the secret lies in keeping the musicianship as real as possible, and not resorting to drum machines and sequencers.
Producing Music & Effects For A Major TV Documentary, Part 1
"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to produce the music and sound effects for a major international documentary series, largely in a home midi studio." Could it be done? In part 1 of their two-part assignment, special agents Paul D. Lehrman and Steve Olenick found out.