The Shape Of Things To Come
Details of new MIDI software and something for all Fostex Model 80 owners are amongst the new products we have for you this month.
The latest product to come from those enterprising U-Music people (who brought you the excellent UMI-2B MIDI sequencer for the BBC B micro), is the UMI ConVerter (- and that's not a typing error by the way!).
It has been designed to allow you to play the older-type analogue synths by bringing them right up to date and making them touch-sensitive via MIDI control. So, if you still love using those old Mini-Moogs, Pro-Ones or Roland SH-101s, then this unit will breathe that extra little bit of life back into them. You can use it with any CV synth that has a VCA input socket and for those that allow access to the VCF, you can control the filter via MIDI as well.
Now as if that's not enough, the UMI Converter also includes a MIDI Channel Filter that re-assigns incoming MIDI data on your selected channel to MIDI Channel 1. And if you want to know why that is so useful, then try contacting the UMI distributors: (Contact Details)
If you're a Fostex Model 80 owner, then you should find the latest unit from QuPlay of interest.
The new QP1 has been developed specifically to meet the needs of Model 80 owners on a tight budget. QuPlay tell us that by taking out the various electronic components that allowed their original QP1 to interface with almost any tape recorder, the new dedicated Model 80 version can offer all the same features but at a substantially lower cost.
This new budget unit operates as a remote control for all tape transport functions and allows you to store cue points for accurate drop-in/drop-out, as well as trigger external sequencers and start drum machines, all at preprogrammed points. It comes in the rather fetching black and orange colour scheme of the Fostex Model 80 and you can obtain further information from (Contact Details)
Other than the actual playing pads (which bear an uncanny resemblance to tennis racquets we think!), the PMC1 includes a rack mounting control system that interfaces with the drums via MIDI. Sound generation comes from the control of external sound modules, and Yamaha envisage players linking the PMC1 to the likes of the Yamaha RX11 drum machine and TX816 FM tone generators, though we suspect it will control other makes of expander/drum machine also! (Contact Details)
Long-established importers of Japanese budget signal processors, MTR have now started to market their own design of units under the MTR label. Their first British designed and built product is the DNG-One (Dual Noise Gate), which offers a generous array of facilities that belie the unit's affordable price.
The stereo unit provides Threshold, Attack, Hold, Decay and Floor controls for both channels as well as independent frequency-conscious keying facilities. The external key section has fully-variable high and low pass filters and there's a stereo link switch for 'master' mix gating. (Contact Details)
London-based company Take Note, are one of many new firms who are now turning their attention to supplying professional MIDI software/hardware packages to studios, musicians and educational establishments. On the hardware side, they are now stocking two new MIDI products: the TXT switch box (pictured) which is a 10-in/12-out matrix system for MIDI signal routing, and the MIDI 2x8 Thru box. For the Casio CZ owner they have an affordable 64 memory RAM pack available, and on the software side you'll be pleased to learn that Take Note are now stocking a variety of MIDI programs from Dr.T, Opcode and Southworth (to name just a few) that will run on the Commodore 64, Apple Macintosh, Atari 520ST and IBM PC computers. (Contact Details)
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