Electronics & Music Maker - October 1984
A selection of opinions and queries from the E&MM postbag.
Upcoming products, books, records and events.
The world's most advanced portable domestic keyboard is just about to hit the UK. Dan Goldstein finds out what FM voices, PCM drums and MIDI add up to.
Electronic Percussion System
Marketed in the US as E-Drums, these Swedish-built percussion units combine high quality digital samples with immense constructional sturdiness. Dan Goldstein again.
Programmable Rhythm Machines
Yamaha's first-ever self-contained programmable drum machines have PCM-encoded voices and MIDI. Kendall Wrightson gives his verdict.
First reviewed in prototype form over a year ago, the 360 has been the subject of some significant hardware modifications since then, and Paul White reports on a more recent production sample.
Tama are the first acoustic percussion manufacturer to enter the electronic arena: Paul White tested the first example in the country to see if the Japanese could make something more than a Simmons copy.
Start of a new series in which readers are invited to submit 'extended letters' on an electronic music topic that's of interest to them.
Programmable Percussion Machine
The Latin percussion variant of Korg's new budget drum machine duo comes under the scrutiny of Trish McGrath. Is its beauty more than skin deep?
Almost every keyboard exhibitor at the British Music Fair was using these British-designed and built speakers to play their products through. Paul White tries to find out why.
A new prestige keyboard line-up that fuses traditional modular synthesis concepts with the latest interface technology. The complete system surveyed by Dan Goldstein.
Seven years old and still going strong, Ultravox discuss writing, recording and performing with Dan Goldstein. They also explain why they've got four OSCars...
We highlight three recording studios that place the emphasis on music hardware rather than expensive recording equipment: in order of price, East London Community Studio, Hollow Sun, and Computer Music Studios.
Playing with Time
MCS stands for MIDI Controlled Sampler, E&MM's most exciting build-it-yourself project yet. Tim Orr gets the ball rolling with a discussion of the effects this Powertran unit can be used to produce.
Reader Marek Bokowietz has constructed a complete electronic drum kit from E&MM's own percussion modules, the Syntom, Synbal and Synclap.
Readers send in details of their own synth sounds and how to play them.
The end of our quest to make Yamaha's revolutionary DX synths easier to comprehend and program. Jay Chapman performs the closing ceremony.
Using Sequencers with Modular Systems
Steve Howell looks at different methods of triggering modular sequencers from click-tracks on tape.
Part 4: Further Hardware Details
The resumption of our series describing the design of Clef Products' new computer music system for the BBC micro, the PDSG. Designer Alan Boothman takes up the story.
Music Computer and Software
1984's most eagerly-awaited electronic music product is finally making its way into dealers' showrooms. David Ellis has been taking a look at the micro itself, Yamaha's exclusive FM sound chip, the controlling keyboard and the first batch of software.
Part three, and Jim Grant outlines the basics of sound sampling.
Two alternative hardware modifications for adapting our music control micro-peripheral for use with the BBC B.
Sound Sampling System for Apple II/IIe
Mainframe's sound-sampling add-on for the Apple is now available to the general public. David Ellis puts the system through its paces.
October sees the official launch of E&MM's own music software division. We tell you what's available now, and a little of what you can expect from us in the future.