|Electronics & Music Maker - June 1986|
Made In Japan
'Made in Japan' has a new meaning after a trip to the homeland of the DX7.
Among this month's notable happenings: the Yamaha's 'X-perience' hands-on show, a new MIDI converter from UMI, and the latest on this year's British Music Fair.
The other pages feature our opinions, this one features yours.
You have the questions, we have the answers - to all matters technical.
Man At Work
Robert Plant's right-hand man and technology-fiend talks to Tim Goodyer about samplers, studios and dischords.
Something Old, Something New...
Secondhand Polysynth Guide
Whether you can't afford to indulge yourself in this month's Polysynth Checklist or simply prefer something that's now out of production, E&MM's guide to things secondhand could save you a lot of time and trouble.
Yamaha RX21L Drum Machine
Trevor Gilchrist takes a look at Yamaha's Latin adaptation of their RX21. Is it as usable as its more conventional brother?
Drawmer MIDMAN Processor
MIDI routing, filtering and syncing are all handled by this new British 'black box'. Simon Trask checks it out.
Yamaha PF70/80 Pianos
The PF10 and 15 proved how well FM voicing is suited to the electronic piano. Now those instruments have been updated, and Simon Trask has been listening to the results.
Bel BD240 Sampling Delay
Long sample times and astounding sound quality characterise Bel's range of mid-price delay units. But as Ian Waugh discovers, there are some important omissions, too.
The Thinking Man's Guide To Production
One of Britain's most versatile producers talks about working with Howard Jones, forming a new band, and the importance of communication. Paul Tingen listens.
In a career spanning nearly 20 years, Gabriel has done everything from fronting Britain's best-known pomp rock band to manipulating ethnic music using modern technology. Dan Goldstein talks to a man of many talents.
The lowdown on current polysynths, voice expanders and controller keyboards in this month's instalment of our unique buyer's guide.
Multitracking On A Budget
Software for Commodore 64
Do we need another German software package for the Commodore 64. The C-Lab company think we do, and after playing with their first system, Simon Trask finds himself agreeing.
Return of the Big Synth
Roland JX10 Polysynth
Put two JX8P synths in one box, add a few new facilities, and you have a giant of a synthesiser that harks back to the polyphonic instruments of old. Simon Trask (again) tests a glorious anachronism.
Can't afford your own MIDI Thru box? Steve Hartwell's simple circuit does the same job, and costs under a tenner.
Yamaha MEP4 Processor
Simon Trask somehow finds time to examine the most sophisticated MIDI event processor of the lot. Are its facilities usable?
Getting The Most From Mono Mode - Part 1
Part 1: The Casio CZ Series
Baffled by MIDI Mode 4 on the Casio CZ synths? Paul Wiffen plots a path through one of modern technology's minefields, and explains how to get the best from it.
Casio CZ101, Yamaha DX21 and Korg Poly 800 feature in the readers' synth sound page. Plus a review of Skyslip's latest DX7 ROM cartridges.
Back to E&MM's dim and distant past, with a rundown of what we covered in the magazine's first three years on the shelves.