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Geoff Downes

Interview | 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

Interview | 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.

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Improbability Factor: 42

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1985

Level 42 keyboardsman Mike Lindup takes a break from recording of the next album to talk to Tim Goodyer about Fairlights and Synclaviers, among other things.

Art of Noise - Artistic License

Interview | 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

Interview | Micro Music, Dec 1989

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

Chris Huggett - The Mono Man

Interview | Electronic Soundmaker, Aug/Sep 1984

Chris Huggett, the man behind OSCar speaks

Hans Zimmer - No Presets Allowed

Interview | 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

Interview | 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.

Simon Darlow - Slave to the Great Outdoors

Interview | Music Technology, Dec 1987

After an apprenticeship under the wing of the Frankies' Trevor Horn, Simon Darlow spreads his own; he talks to Paul Tingen about the hazards of writing, playing and producing your own album.

Yes - The Yes Generation

Interview | Music Technology, Jan 1988

Technical excess brought them success in the 70s, Trevor Horn rejuvenated them in the '80s, now they're working towards the '90s. Deborah Parisi asks the Yes men if there's anything left to say after 20 years.

Yes - Chris Squire

Interview | International Musician, Feb 1985

...while Paul Gallotta discovers how bass got its top end from the Yes man

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Korg Poly 800

Review | One Two Testing, Apr 1984
Asia and the Poly 800

Geoff Downes reviews the latest Korg Synth.

The Missing Links

Review | 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.

The A-Z of Analogue - Part 5

Feature Series | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Dec 1993

This month, Electronic Dream Plant to Elka.

The A-Z of Analogue - Part 7

Feature Series | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Feb 1994

This month: Farfisa to Fuller.

The A-Z of Analogue - Part 10

Feature Series | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, May 1994

This month: Hohner

Total Recall - Part 13

Feature Series | Topic: Vintage Instruments | The Mix, Sep 1994

including The A-to-Z of Analogue

Elka EK22/EK44 Synthesizers

Review | 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

Feature Series | 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

Feature | 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

Review | 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

Review | 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...

Feature | 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

News | Music Technology, Jan 1993

Separate Outputs

Feature | 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!!



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