Music Technology - May 1991
"People, people who need people are the luckiest people..." goes the old song. But Tim Goodyer argues that people are often the first casualty of today's music technology.
Sentient life discovered in Birmingham; scientific fraternity in turmoil - perhaps not, but MT's Newsdesk is alive with equally enticing news from the world of hi-tech music and equipment.
An in-depth look at the relative merits of the piano and its many electronic imitators joins a plea from a lonely musician in this month's readers' writes.
Slimmed down for the educational market, Notator Alpha offers comprehensive music scoring on the ST for just under a ton. Vic Lennard gets educated.
Intended to help you find your way around MIDI, Midia forms part of C-Lab's educational ST software programme. Ian Waugh finds it indispensable as a MIDI monitor.
Concluding C-Lab's educational series of programs for the Atari ST is the ear training program, Aura. Ian Waugh teaches the world to sing.
Effects processing is now an integral part of a recording studio - large or small. Aaron Hallas goes back to basics in this introduction to sound treatment.
Atari ST Software
Is it a librarian? Is it a manager? Ian Waugh checks out this flexible ST software companion to Yamaha's SY55 synth - and reckons he can't manage without it.
Following on from last month's pictorial exclusive, this account of Europe's largest hi-tech music exhibition fills in the details. Tim Goodyer files the report.
Digital Stereo Sampler
Having set the music industry standard in sampling with their S1000, Akai are now taking moving pictures into their stride. Simon Trask gets frame-accurate on the S1100.
The charismatic singer, composer and lyricist rejoins the former members of Japan for their first LP in ten years. Tim Goodyer talks technology, philosophy and improvisation with David Sylvian.
Other musicians' playing technique is the one element that often eludes the modern keyboard player - one solution lies in this month's competition prizes: Oberheim's new Strummer and Drummer.
The phrase "size isn't everything" could have been written for this pocket-sized sequencer and synth expander. Simon Trask predicts big things.
They began the '80s as Japan, now they're starting over as Rain Tree Crow. Tim Goodyer catches synthesist Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen for a frank discussion of music and personalities ten years after Tin Drum.
Atari Sequencing Software
Son of Cubase: this stripped-down version of Steinberg's powerful sequencer retains many of its best functions. Nigel Lord and ST, and Cubase makes three.
Digital Percussion Synthesiser
The ability to modify its selection of drum and percussion sounds is the strong suit of this expander from Kawai. Vic Lennard reports on the continuing beatbox boom.
Moog Taurus Pedals
Ultimate bass? Legendary synth pioneers Moog once made the best bass synth on the planet: Paul Ward reassesses the power of Taurus in the light of '90s bass mania.
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