|Electronics & Music Maker - November 1984|
A selection of opinions and queries from the E&MM postbag.
The Best of British
Britain's booming hi-tech music industry.
Upcoming electronic music products and events.
Programmable Polysynth with Sequencer
CBS-Fender's 'budget' polysynth retails at £1700. Mick Jones finds out if it can hold its head above the competition.
Eight-voice Polyphonic Sampling Keyboard
Paul Wiffen goes gaga over E-mu Systems' latest attempt at giving the average keyboard player complete control over the sound sampling process.
Glance at the spec and you'd never know this new Italian-built and MIDI-equipped polysynth only cost £699. Paul White has the details.
Instruction Tapes for Piano and Synthesiser
Are instruction tapes an expensive gimmick or a vital aid to achieving a better playing technique? Jay Chapman has been giving them a listen and reports his findings.
At long last, Casio have come up with a keyboard acceptable to both the pro and domestic fraternities. Paul White checks it out.
Sound Sampler for Sinclair Spectrum
If you've got access to a Spectrum, sound sampling can be yours for under £200. Mike Drane reports on a revolutionary British development.
MIDI Digital Delay
Somehow, it had to be Yamaha who'd be first to put MIDI on a digital delay. The possibilities are endless, claims Paul White.
Axxess mainman Patrick Mimran and one of the most remarkable custom-designed synthesisers ever built. Report by Dan Goldstein.
Chris Heath and another batch of E&MM readers' demo tapes: perhaps we should re-title it 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'.
Latest releases by electronic stalwarts Heaven 17 and Depeche Mode - plus others by less well-known bands - come under the Editor's scrutiny.
Loner Peter Hammill has just remixed an album of love songs using the latest instruments technology can provide. Chris Heath reports.
Away from the fickleness of the pop music world, Cabaret Voltaire have been quietly breaking the barriers of underground electronic music. Interview by Dan Goldstein.
A special report on the proceedings at this year's UK Electronica festival. Words by Tony Mills; pictures by Alf Annison, Stuart Catterson, Tony Mills and Chris Jenkins.
The four circuit diagrams that lie at the heart of our MIDI Controlled Sampler project, with a full description to follow next month.
More on click-tracks and how to use them, by E&MM's resident literary module, Steve Howell.
Fancy a theremin? Paul Balfour's simple circuit should do the trick.
Multicolour patches for the Korg Poly 800, Roland Jupiter 8, APR Quadra and Yamaha CS5, though doubtless they can also be adapted for other synths.
Having problems connecting instruments together? Our new series on syncing should solve your problems. This month, John Harris looks at syncing gear to tape.
Frankie says Extract Your Digits. But should we?
What happened when the International MIDI Association talked software, plus more. Newscaster - David Ellis.
Part 5: Sound Systems Revisited
Our series on Clef Products' synth add-on for the BBC Micro comes to a conclusion. Alan Boothman ties up the loose ends.
By a happy accident, Amstrad's first-ever home computer could become the MIDI micro of the future. David Ellis tells us why.
Building E&MM's MIDI interface for the Beeb? Jay Chapman's got some further information you should know.
Jim Grant gives an outline of how the Fairlight CMI copes with performance effects.
Software for BBC Micro
New software for the BBC B and E&MM's analogue and digital percussion modules: it can be used with or without the OMDAC project. Designer Dave Burden describes the system.
for Wasp Synthesiser and Commodore 64
Jethro Hill and some software that allows EDP's Wasp synthesiser to be sequenced from a Commodore 64: amazingly, no additional hardware is required to interface the two...