|Electronics & Music Maker - July 1984|
A novel 'backing band in a box' comes under Paul White's critical gaze.
A User Report on the Yamaha DX9
Almost entirely overshadowed by its immensely popular elder brother, the DX9 deserves a better deal. Or at least that's what Steve Howell claims in this special user report.
Innovative UK manufacturers Autographies have come up with a music system that gives the synth player access to the Commodore 64 micro's SID chip. Mick Jones analyses its potential.
Paul White takes a look at a new Dutch 'black box' that promises to bring digital percussion sampling within the reach of the common people.
From darkest Wales comes a powerful new PA mixer/amp that can also double as a sub-mixer for a bank of keyboards. Paul White has been using it for just that.
Just when you thought all DDLs were the same, Ibanez come up with a budget model that still manages to incorporate a maximum delay time of over three-and-a-half seconds. Review by Paul White.
Programmable Personal Keyboard
A personal keyboard that lets the musician think for himself, from the people who make more of them than anybody else. But is it really more than just a toy? Vince S. Hill thinks he knows the answer.
A special feature for owners of the oft-neglected Sinclair Spectrum. There's an update for E&MM's original MicroMIDI interface board, plus patch dump software for two MIDI Poly-synths, the SCI SixTrak and Yamaha DX7.
The E&MM Buyers' Guide For Beginners
So you've saved your pennies and want to join the world of synthesisers, but don't know where to start looking? E&MM's buyers' guide shows you how.
Paul Wiffen gives some useful tips on how to record sequences in real time.
The Human League are still one of the world's most successful synth bands, but their new album was a long time coming, and they've stuck guitars all over it. The League's Ian Burden explains why.
One of Tangerine Dream's founder members has recently stumbled back into the limelight courtesy of a fine first solo album. Dan Goldstein spoke to him about its construction.
One of the seventies' most original instrumental bands, Jade Warrior almost ceased to exist four years ago. Now a new album and some rare live appearances look like reestablishing them for good. Interview by Dan Goldstein.
The second part of our constructional article on building a MIDI interface for the BBC Model B home computer. There's a complete parts list and some more software to get your board up and running once you've built it.
The sound of the human voice is one of the most difficult acoustic tones to reproduce electronically, but reading Steve Howell's step-by-step guide should set you on the right track.
The fourth part of Jay Chapman's guide to Yamaha FM. This month, he broaches the delicate subject of programming sounds from scratch.
Readers send in their own synth sounds and details of how to programme them. Among the instruments featured this month are the Moog Source, the Roland SH101 and the same manufacturer's Juno 106.
The ins and outs of copyright protection.
SMPTE codes for the home studio and yet more software for the Synclavier, among other things.
MIDI Computer Interface and Software
German company Jellinghaus have been producing some interesting-looking MIDI software for some while. Now Rosetti are bringing it into the UK, and David Ellis has managed to get his hands on a few review samples.
In the first instalment of a two-part article, UK synthesist Ian Boddy gives budding EM performers the confidence and advice you need to take your show on the road.
Part 3: The Detailed Program Interface
Our analysis of the Programmable Digital Sound Generator enters its third phase. Your guide: Alan Boothman.
A versatile rack-mounting power supply unit is described by its designer, Paul White.
A complete guide to all the PCBs and kits still available from E&MM.
Many home-built electronic music projects aren't done justice by their external appearance. Paul White provides some hints on how to make your latest kit look more stylish.