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    Crumar Bit One, Bit 01, Bit 99

    Synthesizers (Retro)

    Gordon Reid is bitten by the memory of a brilliant, but deeply flawed trio of Italian synthesizer designs that could have been the last word in affordable analogue.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Emu Audity 2000

    Digital Synth Module

    The streamlined '90s exterior of Emu's Audity 2000 claims to hide a virtual modular hybrid, harking back to the company's own lost '70s analogue megasynth.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Novation Supernova ASM

    Polysynth

    Long awaited and much anticipated, Novation's digitally-modelled analogue synth module is the company's most ambitionus offering yet.

    Reviews Aug 1998
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    Steve McNally: Sound Programmer

    Sound Design

    Do you ever wonder who's responsible for the waveforms and sound patches in your favourite synth? If it's a Korg keyboard, then the answer might be Steve McNally, one of the team of sound developers.

    People Aug 1998
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    Synth School: Part 10

    Modelling Electric Instruments

    Last month, Paul Wiffen looked at how virtual synthesis can emulate analogue synths whilst going beyond their hardware-based limitation. Now he looks at its applications for imitating and exceeding older instruments such as electric piano and organ.

    Techniques Aug 1998
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    Doepfer A100

    CV Modular Synthesizer

    Analogue modular synths in the late '90s are something like the old bus joke — none for ages, then loads all at once. Chris Carter catches the latest arrival.

    Reviews Jul 1998
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    Synth School: Part 9

    The Imitation Of Analogue

    Physical Modelling and Virtual Synthesis have been buzzwords for several years now, especially when it comes to imitating analogue synthesis. But what are their advantages and disadvantages, and how do they work? Paul Wiffen explains.

    Techniques Jul 1998
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    Moog Polymoog [Retrozone]

    Analogue Polysynthesizer

    A synth company that produced as many classic and well-loved instruments as did Moog Music is surely allowed the odd turkey! Gordon Reid waxes critical over one of them.

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Analogue Systems RS Integrator

    Modular Synth

    Once upon a time, all synths were like this — discrete analogue sound-generating and sound processing modules, connected in any configuration the synthesist cared to dream up. If you like that idea, Analogue Systems are providing a new alternative to expensive antique systems. Chris Carter does the time warp again...

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Korg SG-Rack

    Stage Piano Module

    A quality acoustic piano sound in a 1U rack-mounting package? Paul Ward lifts the lid to see if there are any strings attached...

    Reviews Jun 1998
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    Synth School: Part 8

    Wave Sequencing To Z-Plane Synthesis

    Paul Wiffen continues to examine transitional synthesis, covering the Wave Sequencing facility, first introduced on the innovative Korg Wavestation, and concluding with Emu's Z-plane technique, which may be regarded as bridging the gap between S&S and today's physical modelling.

    Techniques Jun 1998
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    Novation Supernova

    Polyphonic Synthesizer Module [Preview]

    Simon Trask previews the Supernova, Novation's most ambitious synthesizer module to date.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Access Virus

    Virtual Analogue Synthesizer

    Offering more multitimbrality than its virtual analogue rivals, plus a combination of knobs for instant gratification and an LCD for accessing more advanced features, will the Virus leave the competition feeling a little sick? Paul Nagle finds out.

    Reviews May 1998
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    BOB MOOG: Pioneering Synths

    Interview | Manufacturer

    Paul White talks to one of the seminal figures of the electronic music era, pioneering synthesizer designer Bob Moog.

    People May 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular: Part 2

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer

    Paul Nagle concludes his look at Clavia's groundbreaking new Nord Modular.

    Reviews May 1998
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    Korg Minikorg Family [Retrozone]

    Synthesizer

    It was 1973 and everyone was playing Minimoogs, and ARP Odysseys. So why did the Keio ORGan company produce a little synthesizer with the most unorthodox controls imaginable, call it the MiniKORG 700, and try to convince the keyboard cognoscenti that it was worth buying? Gordon Reid explains...

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular: Part 1

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer,

    Clavia's latest product is something else; an affordable modular hardware synth whose selection of modules and signal routing is user-definable in software, offering the synthesist staggering scope for sound design. In the first of this two-part review, Paul Nagle cross-modulates his joy input with Rapture envelope and goes into self-oscillating ecstasy...

    Reviews Apr 1998
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    Synth School: Part 7

    Transitional Synthesis

    Between the extremes of the broad brushstrokes of subtractive synthesis and the painstaking detail of additive, there have existed many hybrid styles of synthesis combining the speed of the former with the precision of the latter. Paul Wiffen traces the development of this middle ground through its successes and heroic failures.

    Techniques Apr 1998
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    Roland Jupiter

    Analogue Polysynths [Retrozone]

    Roland's Jupiter family yielded one or two shining examples of what an analogue polysynth should be.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Clavia Nord Modular (Preview)

    Virtual Analogue Modular Synthesizer

    If you'd love a modular synth, but couldn't possibly afford a real one, it's possible that virtual salvation is at hand.

    Reviews Feb 1998
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    Korg TR Rack

    Expanded Access Synth Module

    Korg's new module makes the synthesis technology of their flagship Trinity workstation range more affordable — but at what cost?

    Reviews Feb 1998

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