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MIDI Supplement - Part One

MIDI Product Guide

Comprehensive model-by-model listing of all available synths, drum machines, sequencers and accessories featuring the MIDI standard.


As little as six months ago, the idea of a Midi Product Guide such as the one below would have been almost unthinkable. There simply weren't sufficient numbers of compatible items to go round, and it seemed there was a danger that the new interface was not going to be as widely accepted as was necessary if it was to be a success.

Today, however, the situation is very different. It would appear that the marketing men of the world's electronic musical instrument manufacturers have all decided simultaneously that MIDI is now almost obligatory — the vital ingredient that every newly-introduced piece of equipment must include somewhere within its specification.

Of course, some companies have entered the MIDI race more wholeheartedly than others. A quick glance at the lists below will tell you that Roland have well-nigh twenty MIDI devices either currently available or coming shortly, whereas Korg have only one. All that means is that the wider acceptance of MIDI as an interface standard has happily (for Roland) coincided with a whole batch of new instrument releases. It's expected that most of the major manufacturers will soon be incorporating the new system with as much gusto as Roland — there are few anti-MIDI dissenters in the ranks of contemporary musical instrument designers.

Another interesting point is the degree to which manufacturers and private individuals have been developing MIDI retro-fit kits for synths and other instruments no longer in production. Such developments are of course entirely in keeping with MIDI's claim to being the first truly universal, non-supercedable interface, and if the modification is carried out properly it'll certainly breathe new life into what might otherwise have become an obsolete piece of equipment. If you are thinking of getting your equipment updated, however, do make sure that your MIDI spec is the same as everybody else's (as far as that's possible at the moment) and bear in mind that any work you have carried out will almost certainly invalidate remaining manufacturer's warranty commitments.

Happy MIDI shopping!


POLYPHONIC SYNTHESISERS


AKAI
AX80 £TBA

CRUMAR
BitOne £TBA

KORG
Poly 800 £635




ROLAND
JX3P £795
Juno 106 £799
Jupiter 6
£1995



SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS

Six Trak £795
Prophet 600 £1495
Prophet T8 £4795



SIEL
Opera 6 £1299



YAMAHA
DX9 £799
DX7 £1299
DX1 £POA

MODULAR SYNTHESISERS


OBERHEIM
Xpander £TBA




ROLAND
MKB1000 Keyboard £1499
MKS10 Piano Module £899
MKS30 Polysynth Module £749

SIEL
Expander £TBA

YAMAHA
T8PR DX Rack £3995

RHYTHM MACHINES


ROLAND
PB300 £320
TR909 £999




SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS
Drumtraks £949

YAMAHA
RX15 £499
RX11 £749

SEQUENCERS AND KEYBOARD RECORDERS




AKAI
MS16 Music Processor £TBA



ROLAND
MSQ700 Digital Keyboard Recorder £935
PR800 Digital Keyboard Recorder £415

SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS
64 Sequencer (runs off CBM 64 micro) £185



YAMAHA
QX1 MIDI Recorder £2399

OTHER KEYBOARDS




ROLAND
HP300 Home Piano £899
HP400 Home Piano £1125

WERSI
Alpha 300 Organ/Synth Ready-build £4504
Kit £1356

ACCESSORIES




AKAI
MS404 MIDI/Analogue Converter £TBA

ROLAND
MD8 MIDI/DCB Interface £265
MM4 MIDI Thru Box £49
MPU401 MIDI Processing Unit £TBA
OP8M CV/MIDI/DCB Interface £TBA

SIEL
Computer Interface £TBA

MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENTS




ROLAND
GR700/G707 £1500/£699



SYNTHAXE
SynthAxe Guitar Interface/Controller £TBA


YAMAHA
CX5 Personal Computer £499
D1500 Digital Delay £639

In addition, several computer-based systems such as those manufactured by Fairlight, Octave-Plateau, PPG, E-mu Systems, Kurzweil and Passport Designs are also MIDI-compatible or will be in the near future.

Thus far, MIDI retro-fits for the following keyboards have been announced as being available, though it should be noted that with the exception of the Poly 61 and OB8 mods, none of these are carried out in the United Kingdom. The keyboards are: Korg Polysix and Poly 61; Memorymoog; Oberheim OB8; Roland Juno 6, Juno 60 and Jupiter 8; and SCI Prophet 5 and Prophet 10.



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Electronics & Music Maker - Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.

 

Electronics & Music Maker - May 1984

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