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    Paul Nagle: Northern Exposure

    Electronic Musician

    Writer and electronic musician Paul Nagle successfully combines a day job with live performance and regular CD releases. Paul White zooms up the M6 and comes in for a landing at his well-stocked studio.

    People . Feb 1998
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    Oberheim Xpander

    Analogue Synth Module [Retrozone]

    Not all analogue classics have keys. The Xpander was an early module that packed in more features than its moderate size would lead you to expect, and left a legacy still discernible in modern synth design.

    Reviews Jan 1998
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    Alan Wilder: Recoil

    Unsound Methods

    Anyone in any doubt as to the popularity of Depeche Mode should see this man's studio. Alan Wilder, formerly the programming powerhouse of the group, and now striking out on his own, has poured the profits of his years with the Mode into this astonishing home setup. Here he talks about the studio, his new album, and his days with Depeche.

    People Jan 1998
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    Yamaha VL70m

    Breath-controller Sequencing Workshop

    Paul White finds a few ways around the restricted breath-control facilities of the Yamaha VL70m.

    Techniques Jan 1998
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    Doepfer MS404

    MIDI Analogue Synthesizer

    Apart from a few MIDI-supported commands, the Doepfer MS404 is completely analogue — so there are no patch memories, no SysEx, and no storable front-panel settings. Chris Carter explains why you'd nevertheless be mad to overlook it...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    ARP Odyssey

    Duophonic Analogue Synthesizer [Retrozone]

    For the synth afictionado, the ARP Odyssey is up there with the Minimoog in terms of its power and sonic quality. Gordon Reid explains why he loves his Ody...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Upgrades

    Dance Box

    Quasimidi are delivering on their promise to provide new goodies for owners of the 309 dance box. Derek Johnson raves a bit...

    Reviews Dec 1997
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    Alesis DM5

    Drum Module

    Paul White checks out the successor to his beloved D4 and ends up casting sidelong glances at his cheque book.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Roland JX3P

    Polysynth [Retrozone]

    Michael Anthony takes us back to the mid-eighties, when MIDI was in pre-school playgroup, and manufacturers built synths that couldn't decide if they were analogue, digital, or both...

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Waldorf Pulse

    Monosynth

    A monosynth that doesn't cost monopoly money? Paul Nagle thinks Waldorf's new Pulse offers the most fun you can have with your presets off...

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Akai SG01v

    Vintage Sound Module

    We try out Akai's first synth in absolutely ages — and discover a monster in sheep's clothing.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Klaus Schulze: Digital To Analogue Conversion

    German Philosophy

    The Godfather of German electronic music, Klaus Schulze favoured an all-digital approach to recording the '80s. The last few years, however, have seen a radical revision of his former philosophy. Paul Tingen meets the man for whom old working habits die hard...

    People Feb 1996
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    Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus: Part 2

    Tips & Techniques

    Paul Farrer looks at ways of using Proteus 2 samples to create a convincing orchestral arrangement.

    Techniques Oct 1995
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    Kurzweil K2500R

    Production Station Rack [Preview]

    Long-term K2000 user Paul Ward gets to grips with the latest in Kurzweil's line of groundbreaking synths for just long enough to produce this hands-on preview...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Mark Shreeve

    Vintage Gear, Hollywood & Samantha Fox

    Having nearly made it in the '80s with an awesome sound on a par with Trevor Horn's productions, UK electronic music stalwart Mark Shreeve is back, with his sights set on Hollywood. Jonathan Miller discusses vintage gear, multi-million pound albums, and Samantha Fox.

    People Sep 1995
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    Making The Most Of Your Emu Proteus: Part 1

    Tips & Techniques

    In the first of a 2-Part series, Paul Farrer offers some hints and tips for improving the sounds you can coax from Emu's popular Proteus range.

    Techniques Sep 1995
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    Yamaha MU50 & Yamaha CBX-K1

    Tone Generator & MIDI Keyboard XG

    Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup.. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Oberheim OBMx

    Analogue MIDI Synth Module

    It's not only the distinctive looks of the legendary Oberheim synth that the designers of OBMx have borrowed; they've also incorporated its legendary sound quality into a '90s MIDI synth made in the true analogue mould. Dave Crombie wonders if it's too good to be true...

    Reviews . Sep 1994
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    Waldorf Wave

    Analogue/Digital Dynamic Spectrum Wavetable Synthesizer

    Waldorf's dream machine is finally off the drawing board and in the real world, and looks sure to set synth players' hearts beating a little faster.

    Reviews Jul 1994
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    Yamaha VL1

    Virtual Acoustic Synthesizer

    Is 'physical modelling' set to become the buzz-phrase of '90s synthesis? Martin Russ exclusively tests out Yamaha's innovative new synth and reveals all...

    Reviews Jul 1994
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    Novation BassStation

    Analogue Bass Synth

    Given the scarcity and high prices of Roland's seriously trendy TB303 Bassline, the field has been wide open for enterprising manufacturers to fill the demand for a cheap and funky bass synth. Novation's BassStation is but the first of three contenders.

    Reviews Jul 1994

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