Music Technology - February 1990
In a world of divided people, music is regarded as being one of the great equalisers - but that's only as long as you've got the cash for the gear. How equal are you?
Better informed than The Chart Show, better dressed than The Clothes Show and a better read than The Media Show. If it's news it's in Newsdesk.
The anti-sexism activists call Tim Goodyer to account for articles written and comments passed. Grievances aired in MT's readers' writes.
Computer Controlled Recorder
One of the prime forces for the 90s is sure to be digital recording and editing - as found in TOPAZ. Simon Trask previews a powerful new system from Steinberg Digital Audio.
In the early '70s reggae was the star of the pop charts; these days its profile is lower but its influence almost inescapable, Nigel Lord looks at programming Ja rhythm.
When your favourite keyboard starts to look a little out of date, do you remain faithful to it or sell it? If it's a D50 you could give it multitimbrality, more waveforms and extra memories. Gordon Reid installs the MEX.
This week a new virus appeared on IBM computer - "AIDS" - how long before one appears in your music system? Vic Lennard looks at viruses and how you can avoid them.
Prince Paul | Prince Paul
Already an established musical force from his work with Stetsasonic, Prince Paul has gone on to produce De La Soul's brilliant debut LP. Steven Daly talks technology and sampling ethics with a Prince.
Latest in their line of cost-effective gear is Cheetah's MQ8 sequencer. Simon Trask investigates a budget sequencer that incorporates some of the features of the Zyklus MIDI Performance System.
One of the consequences of MIDI recording is the loss of musical performance. In the first of a short series, Ollie Crooke and Simon Thomas look at the performance applications of MIDI controllers.
Already established in hi-fi, Sansui have made their musical debut in the form of a number of multitrack cassette machines, among them the WSX1. Nigel Lord reckons the "studio in a box" is finally here.
The Atari ST may currently be the most popular music computer, but a lot of music software is still being pioneered on the Apple Mac. Mike Collins visited MacWorld '89 for the latest musical developments.
Not only did Roland's Super Jupiter make a worthy replacement for the Jupiter 8, it is still a sought-after instrument today, as Steve Howell is happy to report.
Take two classically trained musicians, a studio full of hi-tech gear and a will to survive in the commercial world of music and you've got WBTM Music. Claire O'Brien learns how to be a musician and eat.
One of the most popular keyboard samplers of recent years is E-mu's Emax, now its place is to be taken by the Emax II. But will it prove as popular? Dave Richardson gets the Max.
Reviews of Stiletto's patches for the Roland D-series and Casio's CZ synths find themselves alongside a selection of readers' own programming feats in this month's Patchwork.
Atari ST Software
When you're on a limited budget it's important to get the most out of every piece of gear you own. Gordon Reid checks out budget software aimed at getting the best out of your FB01.
The Archimedes computer continues its bid for musical acceptance with Armadeus - a hardware/software package that allows it to sample sound. Ian Waugh goes soft on sampling.