Upcoming electronic music products and events.
The new year should see the arrival of the Casio CZ101, the first in a new range of Casio keyboards aimed specifically at the pro synth market. The CZ101 is an eight-note polyphonic synth with a miniature keyboard (though a full-sized model is in the pipeline), possessing 16 preset digital voices and a further 16 programmable voice memories, these being storable on RAM cartridge. It boasts a selection of no fewer than 33 waveforms which can be mixed together, plus three envelope generators, two keyboard followers, and octave shift, pitch-bend, programmable portamento, solo voice mix and transpose functions. Fully equipped with MIDI, the CZ101 can be strapped across the shoulder for performers who want to pose, and will retail at just £395 including VAT.
Casio have also launched a full-size keyboard version of their breath-controllable MT400V (labelled MT410V) which will retail at £345.
Further information from Casio, (Contact Details).
First shown at this year's British Music Fair, the Jen DT Piano 73 is a 73-note touch-responsive keyboard with built-in stereo speakers. It has three (mixable) piano presets, variable touch-sensitivity, a split-keyboard facility, and an onboard phaser section with adjustable speed and depth. It retails at £440 complete with sustain pedal, stand, cover and music rest.
Contact British Music Strings, (Contact Details).
Elka have made available a MIDI retrofit kit for their professional polysynth, the Synthex, while new Synthex models complete with MIDI as standard can now be purchased at a reduced price of £1199 (including VAT) from Oxford Synth Consultants, (Contact Details).
For those unfamiliar with the Synthex, it's a five-octave, eight-voice split/layer synth with an onboard four-track sequencer that can use one or two MIDI channels. Unique features include digital ring mod and provision for cross-modulating the two oscillators. See full review, E&MM December 82.
Further information from Elka-Orla (UK) Ltd, (Contact Details).
Linn Electronics have announced the release of the Linn 9000, the first product to integrate a MIDI-compatible keyboard recorder and digital drum machine in one unit, with programming operation identical for both. The 9000 keyboard recorder (or sequencer) memorises every aspect of performance - dynamics, pitch bend, modulation and patch change - for up to 16 MIDI-equipped synthesisers, with a maximum of 32 tracks.
Linn claim that the 9000 digital drum machine embodies all current technology for such devices (including the LinnDrum), while introducing several unique features. These include: 1) front panel velocity-sensitive rubber pads and/or rear panel electronic drum pad inputs for spontaneous dynamic programming; 2) hi-hat decay programming via manual control, allowing simulation of a drummer's varying foot pressure; 3) built-in mixer with separate slider assigned to each drum for programming of volume, panning and tuning; 4) 'Repeat' function providing quick programming of rolls and so on; 5) versatile tempo programming via 'tap' button or numeric entry (including tenths of a beat); 6) 18 drum and percussion sounds.
Recording and editing functions have been conceived to simulate the familiar operation of a multitrack tape machine, with record, play, fast forward, rewind and autolocate buttons among many others provided for easy and efficient operation.
Retrofittable options soon to become available will include: 1) a plug-in audio input circuit board for sampling sounds; 2) a 3.5" disk drive to augment the present cassette capability to load and store drum and sequence programs, as well as drum sound samples; 3) another plug-in circuit board to implement SMPTE interlocking.
For further information contact Syco, (Contact Details).
One for the stocking... 'The Synthesiser and Electronic Keyboard Handbook' is the title of an impressive new publication from one-time E&MM author David Crombie. Covering the history of keyboard playing, how to choose electronic keyboards, playing techniques, music theory, amplification and recording, the new book is published by Dorling Kindersley on November 15 and retails at £9.95, from all good bookshops.
A special Yamaha demonstration, held in association with ABC Music, will take place on Monday December 10, at the Bear Hotel, Esher, Surrey between 7.30 pm. and 10.30 pm. The latest hi-tech equipment, including the DX synths, CX5M computer, QX1, TX816 and KX1 will be put through its paces by Yamaha's Ken Campbell and the ABC staff. Admission is free but by ticket only from ABC Music, (Contact Details).
It's been a busy month for Turnkey. The Turnkey Shop was officially opened by Jools Holland recently. Solely dedicated to home and studio recording equipment, the store - which places the emphasis firmly on 'hands on' demonstrations - is at (Contact Details)... E&MM and sister magazine Home Studio Recording were present at the Hands On Show which, by all accounts, was the best yet and confirmed its position as the most important home recording show in Britain... And meanwhile, Fostex importers Bandive Ltd and Atlantex Music have announced a merger between the two companies, resulting in probably the biggest independently-owned music wholesaler/distributor in the UK.
The DX Owners Club and Yamaha-Kemble have announced the results of the recent DX Voicing Competition, designed to find the best new voices for the DX9. First prize of a Yamaha MT44 multitracker and PB44 patchbay went to John Pagan for his voice 'J M Jarre', and were presented to him by Martin Tennant of Yamaha-Kemble and Tony Wride of the Club.
A cassette containing the voice data for the Top 20 voices will be available shortly (and free of charge) from the DX Owners Club, (Contact Details). Incidentally, the Club is now also geared to cater for the CX5M owners, and a cassette containing 48 new voices for the music computer is available to enrolling members.
If you're wondering what 'J M Jarre' sounds like - turn to this month's Patchwork.
Chase Bit One (E&MM November 84)
It was reported last month that the Bit One could only receive MIDI data at present, but it's been brought to our attention that the Bit One will communicate MIDI information both ways when used with a DX7 fitted with the latest MIDI software...
Step-Time Sequencing (E&MM November 84)
The following table should have been inserted before the fourth paragraph and allows the wiring to be checked without the program: "Now type into your 64: POKE 56579,255 (RETURN) POKE 56577,32 (RETURN)".
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