|Electronics & Music Maker - April 1985|
Another dip into E&MM's bulging postbag.
All the latest electronic music news, plus a photographic appendix to last month's Frankfurt Music Fair report.
Dynamic Bitimbric Polysynth
It boasts a list of features as long as your arm and a price tag that makes it one of the most accessible MIDI polysynths, but does the musical reality fulfil the paper promises? Trish McGrath reports.
Another acoustic drum manufacturer gives tradition the thumbs down and goes electronic. Paul White takes an in-depth look at Pearl's first futuristic percussion offering.
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.
Digital Drum Machine and Keyboard Recorder
The people who introduced the world to the concept of digital drums have now applied their expertise to MIDI keyboard recording. Paul Wiffen gives his verdict.
Tucked away in one corner of the Frankfurt Music Fair was an astonishing sound-sampling device with origins in Eastern Europe. Paul White and Dan Goldstein have managed to get their hands on the first model to appear in the West.
Add-on for Digital Delay Lines
Paul White and an ingenious 'black box' that gives older-generation digital delay lines a sampling capability.
Tired of lurking in the shadows of the contemporary music scene, Keith Emerson, one of the synth world's most influential figures, is now on the verge of re-forming ELP, the band that earned him his reputation.
Klaus Schulze seems reluctant to play any gigs in the UK, with the result that his dedicated fans are forced to cross the Channel in order to see him play.
...was the title of The South Bank Show's much-criticised electronic music extravaganza of a couple of months back. Here the programme's musical consultant, composer Tim Souster, argues the case in favour of the show's content.
Liverpool's China Crisis are poised for their third album release this month. It shows a marked maturing of styles and attitudes, due partly to the intervention of producer Walter Becker. Dan Goldstein probes the matter further.
Not, as its name might imply, a wondrous device capable of predicting next week's racing results, but a handy build-it-yourself project that divides down sequencer and drum machine clock pulses. Designer Paul White has the full story.
Steve Howell continues our beginner's guide to synthesisers by describing how sounds are shaped by amplifiers and envelope generators.
The readers' synth sound page. Instruments featured this month include the Roland SH101, Yamaha DX7 and Korg Poly 61.
Answer 12 less-than-straightforward questions related to shabbily reproduced archive photographs, and you could win yourself an Akai AX80 polysynth.
The MIDI Index
We present The MIDI Index, a cost-effective - though as yet untested - circuit that enables Omni only MIDI synths to receive information in Poly mode.
Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer
E&MM's resident FM expert, Jay Chapman, takes a critical flick through the pages of a new book intended to ease the programming on Yamaha's DX7 poly.
Software writer Jim Grant and hardware designer Tim Orr begin our two-part coverage of a new interface that can connect an MCS1 to a BBC Micro using non-MIDI codes
The latest on Atari's astonishing new musical micro, plus news from software people Mimetics and Passport Designs.
Hardware and Software for Sinclair Spectrum
E&MM new-boy Simon Trask gets his teeth into a Spectrum-based sampling system that retails for no more than £50.
Jay Chapman goes through the rest of the functions our own DX editing program, DX7ED, is capable of executing.
More scintillating graphics displays as our CMI series comes to Page 6. Jim Grant puts the text in between the pictures.
Software for Sinclair Spectrum
Gerry Queen gets ridiculously over-enthusiastic about a Sound Design Studio program that does for the Spectrum what Yamaha's own DX7 Voice Editor does for the CX5M.