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    Creating Analogue Sounds On Digital Synths: Part 3

    Recreating Analogue Brass

    Nick Magnus puts on his Indiana Jones hat and treks ever deeper into the heart of your digital synth. This month's Holy Grail is analogue brass.

    Techniques Mar 1994
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    GEM S2R

    Rackmounting Synth Module

    GEM have upgraded, expanded and enhanced their S2 keyboard synth and crammed it into a 3U module. Devoted S2 owner Mike Simmons discovers what he might be missing out on...

    Reviews Mar 1994
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    Boosting Quiet Synths

    Quick Tips

    Paul White offers a tip for boosting gain when recording your synths.

    Techniques Feb 1994
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    Creating Analogue Sounds On Digital Synths: Part 2

    Recreating Analogue Strings

    Nick Magnus continues his quest to emulate analogue sounds on digital instruments. This month, he shows you how to recreate analogue strings.

    Techniques Feb 1994
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    Sound Synthesis: Part 1

    Primer

    Though sound synthesis has a relatively short history, its progress has been rapid, with the result that the basic concepts of synthesis are now becoming lost in the mists of time — yet to effectively programme current synths, it really helps to know them.

    Techniques Feb 1994
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    Korg X3R

    Workstation Synth Module

    Julian Colbeck sizes up the new offering from the prolific Korg camp, the latest to use the company's long-running A12 synthesis system. Is it just the same old stuff in the new box, or does the X3R have enough Unique Selling Points to justify its existence?

    Reviews Feb 1994
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    Roland SH101 [Retrozone]

    Vintage Synth

    Derek Johnson waxes lyrical about a synth he wouldn't part with but is the cheapest he owns — Roland's last monosynth, the 1982-vintage SH101.

    Reviews Feb 1994
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    Studio Electronics SE1 monosynth (photo courtesy of Matrixsynth website).

    Studio Electronics SE1

    Analogue MIDI Monosynth

    In an age of ever‑growing polyphony, Studio Electronics, best known for their vintage synth rebuilds, have returned to first principles — to create the first analogue monosynth for almost a decade. So how does this MIDI‑equipped modern classic measure up to its vintage forbears?

    Reviews Jan 1994
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    Studio Electronics SE1

    Analogue MIDI Monosynth

    In an age of ever-growing polyphony, Studio Electronics, best known for their vintage synth rebuilds, have returned to first principles — to create the first analogue monosynth for almost a decade. Minimoog owner Nick Magnus finds out how this MIDI-equipped modern classic measures up to its vintage forbears.

    Reviews Jan 1994
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    Creating Analogue Sounds On Digital Synths: Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    Make your digital synth put on an analogue hat. Does the current passion for analogue mean you have to put your digital synth back in its box and track down an analogue instrument? Not if Nick Magnus has anything to do with it!

    Techniques Jan 1994
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    Kawai K1 keyboard synthesizer with K1m sound module (photo from SOS June 1988 article)

    Kawai K1 Sequencing Clinic

    Synth Workshop

    Though now discontinued, the K1 and its modular cousins enjoy continuing popularity on the second hand market. Setting this synth up for multitimbral sequencer use is straightforward — when you know how.

    Techniques Jan 1994
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    EMS VCS3 synthesizer.

    EMS VCS3 [Retrozone]

    Analogue Synthesizer

    Synthesist Ian Boddy steps back in time to report on the classic British sound machine, regularly found haunting the electronic music departments of many a university, and a recent addition to the author's own sonic armoury.

    Reviews Jan 1994

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