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Interviews

Geoff Downes

Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Asia's illustrious keyboard player

In a rare interview, Asia's illustrious keyboard player talks synths, samplers and Mellotrons with David Etheridge.

Geoff Downes - The Collector

Music Technology, Jul 1987

There can be few musicians who've amassed such a huge collection of synthesisers as the ex-Buggles keyboardist. Paul Wiffen talks to him about his machines, and finds he still finds a use for most of them.

This artist was mentioned in these other (non-interview) articles:-

Korg Poly 800

One Two Testing, Apr 1984
Asia and the Poly 800

Geoff Downes reviews the latest Korg Synth.

The Missing Links

Sound On Sound, Feb 1986

Wave goodbye to constant repatching of MIDI cables and problems with the delay-inducing Thru socket using these useful MIDI routing boxes from Quark. Paul Wiffen enlightens us.

Elka EK22/EK44 Synthesizers

Sound On Sound, Nov 1986

Italian-designed keyboards have received mixed success over the years. Elka's old Rhapsody string synth was a popular instrument in the seventies but their main polysynth, the Synthex, failed to set the world alight. That may well be about to change with the release of their impressive 9-voice, multi-timbral, DX7-soundalike, the EK44, and the 6-voice analogue EK22. Or is it? Mark Jenkins offers his views.

Shaping Sound - Part 3

Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Feb 1986
Filtering, Enveloping And Keyboard Sensing.

In the penultimate part of his series, designed to help you get the best from your sampling machines, keyboard programmer Paul Wiffen returns to his analogue roots to modify some samples.

The Synclavier

Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture, Digital Audio Workstations | Sound On Sound, May 1986
New England Digital: A Company Philosophy

Most people have heard of the Synclavier but little is known about the company that produces it: New England Digital. Paul Gilby met up with its Vice-President, Brad Naples, who supplied us with a fascinating insight into the philosophy behind the development of this highly advanced digital recording system they call 'the Synclavier'.

Elka EK44 & EK22 Synths

Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

Which is better, analogue or digital? Elka back the horse both ways by providing synths of both persuasions, with modular versions of both, too. Paul Wiffen thinks they're onto a winner, whichever way you look.

Roland JX8P and PG800

Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1985
Touch-Sensitive Polysynth and Programmer

Criticised in the past for their poor implementation of MIDI, Roland have given their new mid-price polysynth the full works. It sounds good, too, as Paul Wiffen discovers in this exclusive review.

Something Old, Something New...

Topic: Buyer's Guide, Vintage Instruments | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1986
Secondhand Polysynth Guide

Whether you can't afford to indulge yourself in this month's Polysynth Checklist or simply prefer something that's now out of production, E&MM's guide to things secondhand could save you a lot of time and trouble.

Incoming Data

Music Technology, Jan 1993

Separate Outputs

Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987
The Pros And Cons

Seasoned programmer Paul Wiffen reveals the truth about separate voice outputs on samplers. Are they really desirable or are they just a nuisance? And what happens to the polyphony when you use them? We tell you what no others dared!!

The Shape of Things to Come

Sound On Sound, Jul 1988

A chance to check out some of the forthcoming new products that might force you to dig deeper into your pockets later this year.

Sounding Off

Sound On Sound, Nov 1988
Reverb: Too much of a good thing?

A new column that allows music industry figures to air their views on whatever it is that bugs them! Keyboard programmer, music consultant and author Paul Wiffen kicks things off this month.

Synth Computers

Topic: Computing, Synthesis & Sound Design | One Two Testing, Nov 1982

INPUT: computer analysis/Fairlight/Emulator/PPG/Synclavier/edit and compare/explain FILE FOUND: guest reviewer/Tom Dolby... ASSIGN

Review

Topic: Advertisement Feature, Microphones | International Musician, Feb 1986

Smoke

Making Music, Sep 1986
The BMF Goes Up In...

Read today the Bob Dylan story a friend will tell you in the pub next week.

Sounding Off

Sound On Sound, Dec 1990
Form Or Function: What Are We Paying For?

Do manufacturers and distributors care too much about the appearance of products and not enough about performance? Paul Wiffen offers an insider view.

This artist was mentioned in these interviews:-

Geoff Downes

Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Asia's illustrious keyboard player

In a rare interview, Asia's illustrious keyboard player talks synths, samplers and Mellotrons with David Etheridge.

Geoff Downes - The Collector

Music Technology, Jul 1987

There can be few musicians who've amassed such a huge collection of synthesisers as the ex-Buggles keyboardist. Paul Wiffen talks to him about his machines, and finds he still finds a use for most of them.

Art of Noise - Artistic License

Music Technology, Dec 1989

Well established as sampling innovators, the Art Of Noise have just released their fourth LP. David Bradwell talks to the Art's JJ Jeczalik about Fairlights and fairplay.

Art of Noise - The Art of Noise

Micro Music, Dec 1989

Steve Cogan talks to J.J. Jezalik about life, the universe and sampling car doors

Chris Hugget - The Mono Man

Electronic Soundmaker, Aug/Sep 1984

Chris Huggett, the man behind OSCar speaks

Hans Zimmer - No Presets Allowed

Sound On Sound, Aug 1986

Hans Zimmer is the complete antithesis of the serious German synthesist - he smiles a lot for a start! As co-founder of Lillie Yard studio and the proud owner of a surviving Moog Series 8 modular synth, his approach to sound synthesis is a refreshingly traditional one eschewing the very thought of ever using an unmodified factory preset on any of his work! Ralph Denyer explains why.

JJ Jeczalik - Ratman Returns

Recording Musician, Jan 1993
JJ Jeczalik And The Art Of Toys

Best known for his pioneering sampling work and his role in The Art of Noise, JJ holds strong views on the creative use and abuse of studio equipment.

 

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