|Sound On Sound - April 1992|
Another round-up of new products, plus news from the world of hi-tech music.
Peavey DPM2 & DPM3SE Plus
Peavey's DPM3 synth now has a little brother in the DPM2, and the DPM3 itself has been upgraded with new features that increase its powers dramatically. Martin Russ looks at a dynamic duo.
Getting Studio Acoustics Right
In major studios or in home setups, a good listening environment is essential. Wilf Smarties presents a practical guide to creating the right space for your sound.
Sampling Classic Electro Sounds
Nothing seems to be more demanding of a sampler than the sound of the bass drum on a TR808 drum machine. Why should a piece of primitive retro-tech pose problems for so many respectable and apparently ultimate quality machines? Wilf Smarties explains.
Auto-accompaniment software seems to be growing up, offering real interaction and creativity in place of tacky preset patterns. Martin Russ looks at Improviser, an ST program that does just what its name suggests.
Soul II Soul
As Soul II Soul return this month with a third album, Paul Ireson reports from their private studio on the writing and recording of more club classics.
A large mixing console can have literally thousands of knobs and switches. David Mellor explains how to use every last one of them - almost! Part 1 of 2.
With The Roland JD800
One year after reviewing the instrument that brought back knobs and sliders, Julian Colbeck presents an in-depth user report on Roland's flagship JD800 synthesizer.
Roland JV80 & JY30 Synths
Is Roland's new JV80 their best keyboard since the D50? Julian Colbeck thinks it is, as he puts the company's two newest synths to the test.
Just as MIDI has made it as easier to produce great music, so it has facilitated the production of worthless garbage. Paul D. Lehrman explains the problem and how to avoid it.
In Part 1 of a 2-part review, Cubase enthusiast David Mellor looks at the fully matured version of one of the world's favourite sequencers.
Digital Audio Workstation
Korg are well known for making musical instruments, but the Soundlink takes them into the new field of hard disk recording/editing. David Mellor watches the price of hard disk editors descend to breathable regions of the atmosphere.
Guitar Effects Processor
The Zoom 9002 effects processor won universal praise for its combination of compact size and classy sound. Dave Lockwood checks out its newly-launched little brother, the Zoom 9000.
Martin Russ tries adding a French accent to his music, with Feeling Partner's blend of arranging, harmonising and sequencing for the ST.
Studio Condensor Mic
Audio Technical new AT4033 offers the performance and precision construction that usually carry a premium price tag. Dave Lockwood looks at this attractive alternative to some big name mics.
Macintosh Midi Interface
For those with large MIDI setups, 16 channels just isn't enough; Opcode's Studio 5 offers the Mac muso up to 240 independent channels, plus MIDI patchbay and processing facilities. Mike Collins approves.
Yamaha's DTS70 drum trigger-to-MIDI convertor promises ease of use and high performance. Warren Cann puts it to the test.
Hints, Tips & News From The World of Music Software
More hints and tips from the software publishers themselves. This month: C-Lab; Steinberg; Opcode.
Your chance to win Yamaha's new AWM synth module!
Retrofit MIDI muting to your mixer with this great prize!
You may know what the letters 'AAD' or 'DDD' on your CDs mean, but did you know that you won't be seeing them anymore? And just how much information is relevant or useful to the listener?