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A Mother's Touch

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1989
Roland A50 Mother Keyboard

Roland have left the business of making MIDI controller keyboards up to others for at least three years, but have now just released two new models. Paul Ireson gets carried away with Roland's latest mother keyboard, the A50.

Elka MK88/MK55

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1988
Master Keyboard Controller

Two new master keyboards from Elka change Deborah Parisi's mind about the merits of silent keyboards.

Ensoniq EPS

Preview | Music Technology, Aug 1988
Sampler

It's nearly three years since Ensoniq struck it rich with the Mirage sampler. Simon Trask previews Ensoniq's new sampler and asks "can they repeat their success with the EPS?"

Ensoniq EPS

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1988
Performance Sampler

It's been a while in the pipeline but Ensoniq's successor to their popular Mirage sampler is up and running. Simon Trask checks out the latest "peoples' sampler".

Ensoniq EPS Update

Review | Micro Music, Jun/Jul 1989

Paul Wiffen takes an exclusive look a Ensoniq's latest offering in the field of sampling

Ensoniq EPS16 Plus

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1991
Digital Sampling Workstation

After a recent change in UK distribution, Ensoniq look set to increase their popularity with this upgraded version of their EPS sampler. Simon Trask likes what he samples.

Ensoniq Performance Sampler

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

The ability to load new samples whilst playing is only one of many performance-related features which make the 20-voice EPS stand out from the current crowd of sampling keyboards. Craig Anderton reveals the others...

Ensoniq SQ-80

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988
Cross Wave Synthesizer

The onboard 8-track sequencer and sampled waveforms of the ESQ-1 make it a hard act for any manufacturer to follow. So what further features does Ensoniq's new SQ-80 synthesizer have that could possibly outshine its stablemate? Craig Anderton explores...

Ensoniq SQ80

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1988
Cross Wave Synthesiser

The successor to Ensoniq's popular ESQ1 expands on the sound and sequencing facilities and adds polyphonic aftertouch to the ESQ's spec. Simon Trask goes in search of the performance synthesiser.

Ensoniq VFX

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1989

"A new synth, a new style of synthesis" could be Ensoniq's motto as they unveil their new VFX and its Transwave synthesis. Simon Trask previews the sound of things to come.

Ensoniq VFX

Review | Micro Music, Dec 1989

Paul Wiffen tinkers with the synth/workstation that has made the competition sit up and listen

Ensoniq VFX

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1989
Dynamic Component Synthesiser

Initial impressions of the VFX have been glowing, to say the least, but will Ensoniq's latest synth break the Japanese stranglehold on the marketplace? Simon Trask investigates further.

Ensoniq VFX

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989

Following on from last month’s praise-filled preview. Paul Ireson takes a longer, harder look at Ensoniq's new VFX synthesizer, and finds that the beauty of this machine is far more than skin-deep. Is this the synth of 1989? Read the review to find out...

Ensoniq VFX Synthesizer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1989

Unheralded even by rumours and speculation, Ensoniq's new VFX synthesizer has arrived. Prior to a full review next month, Paul Ireson offers his first impressions of what could turn out to be the most sought after synth of 1989.

Ensoniq VFX-SD

Preview | Music Technology, Dec 1989

One of the most refreshing synths of '89 was Ensoniq's VFX, but how does it fare with a new keyboard, disk drive and a powerful onboard sequencer? David Bradwell looks at Ensoniq's workstation.

Gem S2

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1992
Workstation Synthesiser

Did Gem fix it?

Masters of the Universe

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988
Elka Master Keyboards

With rack expanders forever dropping in price, the concept of one 'master' keyboard capable of controlling all MIDI devices in a system becomes more appealing by the minute. And with the MK88 and MK55, Tony Wride believes Elka have fulfilled the promise of MIDI and produced the ultimate master keyboards, jam-packed with features.

Prophet T8

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Oct 1983

A new studio standard?

Prophet T8

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1983
Touch-Sensitive Polyphonic Synthesiser

The new Sequential Circuits touch sensitive programmable poly synth

Prophet T8

Review | One Two Testing, Feb 1984

In depth.

Roland A50 & A80

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1989
MIDI Keyboard Controllers

As MIDI equipment becomes more and more sophisticated, the job of a MIDI controller keyboard becomes more and more demanding. Simon Trask takes the A train with Roland's latest MIDI controllers.

The Professional

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Aug/Sep 1984

Yamaha's DX1, here at last

Yamaha CS80

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Sep 1990

Once infamous as a roadie's nightmare, the CS80 has settled in synth history as an instrument of almost unmatched character. Peter Forrest rediscovers the pain and the pleasure.

Yamaha DX1

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1983
Programmable Polyphonic FM Synthesizer

An overview of this flagship of the DX range of FM-based synthesisers

 

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