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A New Angle On FM?

Review | Sound On Sound, May 1989
Yamaha TQ5 Expander

Stylish or ugly, don't let the TQ5’s unconventional casing distract you from the fact that with its 8-track integral sequencer and digital effects, this 4-operator FM expander packs a pretty powerful punch for the money. David Hughes reports from his ring-side seat.

Akai EWI & EVI

Review | Music Technology, Sep 1987
Wind Controllers

Unveiled at NAMM and stars of the BMF, these two new instruments receive their exclusive preview in MT. Tim Goodyer takes a deep breath before taking a closer look.

Akai EWI-2000 & EWV-2000

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1988
Electronic Wind Instrument

State-of-the-art wind synthesis. Man Jumping's Andy Blake gets his fingers around Akai's wind controller and voicing module and finds a happy marriage between expression and analogue synthesis.

Big K

Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Oct 1984
The Siel System

A detailed look at Siel's new DK600 keyboard Interface, and Expander.

Big Mother

Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Dec 1984
Roland Mother System

Roland's innovative MIDI set-up; Mother Keyboard, Planet-P piano voice module, Planet-S synth module, and the impressive Super Jupiter... an in-depth test.

Born Again

Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Dec 1984
Korg EX800

Korg's Poly 800 resurfaces as a keyboardless expander the EX800 for use as part of a MIDI system-full review.

Boss Dr Synth DS-330

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1992
Sound Module

Carry On Doctor...

Box Of Tricks

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Dec 1988
Oberheim SEM

Oberheim had expanders on their minds long before Xpanders. Steve Howell extols the virtues of yesterday's modular approach to synthesis.

Casio VZ8M

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1989
iPD Synth Expander

The VZ8M is the latest application of the synthesis system behind Casio's popular VZ synths. Simon Trask evaluates iPD synthesis in this age of digital development and analogue reincarnation.

Casio VZ8M

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1990

If you're tired of sampled sounds and are searching for a source of non-imitative synthetic voices to balance your repertoire, these low-cost instruments could well deliver the goods. Martin Russ finds out.

Cheetah MS6

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1988
Synth Expander

The long-awaited, rack-mounting, multitimbrol, budget analogue synth expander from Cheetah has arrived. Simon Trask turns on and trips out.

Cheetah MS800 Synth Module

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1992
Digital Wave Synthesiser

Cheetah's latest synth had already been axed and revived before the public got a glimpse of it. Simon Trask gets his hands on one of the cheapest, oddest and most intriguing modules on the market.

E-Mu Systems Proteus

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1989

E-mu's Proteus sample player has been one of the stars of recent trade shows, yet it's been in desperately short supply in the UK. Vic Lennard finds it's been worth the wait.

E-Mu Vintage Keys

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1993
Sound Module

Take 20 classic keyboards into the shower? Now you can just trigger and go with E-mu's Vintage Keys sound module, provider of sampled keyboard sounds from the Minimoog to the Mellotron. But who would you have in goal?, asks Peter Forrest

Elka ER33

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1987
The 'Alternative' FM Expander

Ian Gilby looks around for an 'alternative' multitimbral FM expander and uncovers a wealth of features hidden inside Elka's versatile 19" rack-mounting companion to the underrated EK44 polysynth - the ER33.

Emu Systems Proteus

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1989

The prospect of a high-spec sample player bearing the Emu name, but costing 'under £1000', had musician's waiting with baited breath for its appearance. Now Proteus is here, and Paul Ireson breathes a sigh of relief as he finds that it was worth the wait.

Evolution Synthesis EVS1

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1990
Synthesiser Expander Module

Looking for a digital complement to analogue gear or another expander to take the pressure off the rest of your rack? Ian Waugh discovers sonic flexibility at a price you can afford.

Hi-Tech Xpansion

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1985

As Yamaha's 'X' range of hi-tech hardware continues to grow, Dan Goldstein and Trish McGrath present an exclusive appraisal of two of the range's most affordable additions, the TX7 FM Expander and QX7 MIDI Keyboard Recorder.

Invision Protologic

Review | Music Technology, Jan 1991
Proteus Expansion

With the success of E-mu's Proteus sample reader assured, Invision are offering a hardware upgrade that's likely to see the Proteus' use become even more widespread. Vic Lennard explores the logic.

K-1r

Review | Micro Music, Aug/Sep 1989

Jez Ford makes waves with Kawai's value for money synth expander

Kawai K1

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1988

Kawai's latest synthesiser combines samples with sounds created using additive synthesis. Simon Trask investigates what could be a new dimension in synthesiser technology.

Kawai K1/K1M

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1988

Before you try to win one in our competition, this preview of Kawai's latest synth (and rack-mount alternative) should help whet your appetite.

Kawai XS-1

Review | Music Technology, May 1993
Synthesiser Module

Remember the module? It's like a synth but it's got no keys. Weird, huh? Simon Trask takes a look at the new 1U, half-rack, 16-bit, MIDI box of sounds from Kawai.

Korg 01/W Pro & 03R/W Synths

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1992
Synthesiser and Module

Korg's latest additions to their popular 0-series synth range include the professional flagship 01/W Pro-X keyboard and the more affordable 03/R rackmount. Simon Trask assesses their position in Korg's line and today's keyboard market.

Korg M1R

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989

The release of the M1R puts the M1’s hot sounds in a compact rack-mounting package that will undoubtedly appeal to musicians and studios already burdened by a surfeit of keyboards. Martin Russ looks beyond the surface appeal.

 

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