Music Maker Equipment Scene
Dolby Laboratories have announced a new professional multitrack noise reduction unit, their SP series, which is now in production. It provides up to 24 channels of Dolby-A with a separate power supply unit housing two fans. Each channel consists of a standard Dolby 22 module plugged into a new interface card designed for high headroom and low distortion. Controls allow rapid resetting of Dolby level for nonstandard-level tapes, LED level display for each channel enabling calibration to ±0.1dB, and further LEDs for checking clipping and assisting alignment with peak reference level (DIN) tapes. All record/play functions have discrete FET switching. The established Dolby MH series will continue to be produced.
For further details contact Dolby, (Contact Details).
Keyboard players will be interested to learn of a new 'electronic tutor' developed by a company in Preston. The Prelude looks like a pocket calculator, sitting in the hand and giving an instant liquid crystal guide to more than 600 chords, as well as major and minor scales.
The advantage of the Prelude over more conventional printed tutors is its immediacy — you punch in the chord you need and the 'answer' is instantly displayed, and the device should interest all keyboard players who need a bit of help in the chord construction department.
A handy tool for the polyphonic amongst us, the Prelude sells for £19.95 (inc VAT).
It can be bought mail order for an extra 40p from the makers, Speedy-plain Ltd, (Contact Details).
A new addition to the successful Korg range of instrument tuners is the Micro Six, which we will be reviewing in the near future. It is a compact device designed for acoustic and electric guitars and electric basses. The Micro Six is based on a quartz crystal oscillator, and is claimed to be accurate to within 0.025 of a semitone. The tuner's range will now comfortably encompass open bass string tuning, which has posed problems in other devices. You even get a colour option — black, blue or white — and the Micro Six will cost you £27.50p (inc VAT).
For more information contact Rose-Morris, (Contact Details).
Debate continues as to which Japanese guitars are made at which factories — some people have even argued that all oriental guitars come from one huge factory! This is far from the truth, and to dispel these rumours and give a guide to what comes from where, here is a table of the major brands and the factories at which they are made, followed by a map with the factories marked on it and a key with their addresses. Corrections and additions are welcomed.
|Aria||Aria (Nagoya); |
|Aria Pro II||Matsumoku|
|GR (Roland gtr synth)||Fuji Roland|
|Hondo Pro II||Matsumoku|
|Ibanez||Chusin; Fuji Gen-Gakki|
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