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Intelligent Music Realtime 1.1

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1989
Software for the Atari ST

If the usual approach to computer sequencing is unappealing or uninspiring to you, you may find the approach offered by this Atari ST program more to your liking. Chris Meyer finds time for Real Time.

Oberheim Prommer

Feature | Music Technology, Apr 1987

Chris Meyer takes an in-depth look at Oberheim's EPROM burner and reader, and considers its renewed significance in the light of continually evolving MIDI applications.

The Synclavier Story - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Digital Audio Workstations | Music Technology, Jun 1989
PART 1

As Fairlight fight for survival the mighty Synclavier undergoes a dramatic upgrade. Chris Meyer takes us on the first of three tours of the new state-of-the-art Synclavier.

We Can't Go On... - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, May 1987
...Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson with the second part in our series on better drum programming. This month: how to make your percussion sounds stand out from the crowd.

The New Standard

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Dec 1986
MIDI Sample Dump Standard

Chris Meyer reports on a new system that could revolutionise the way we treat sound samples - the MIDI Sample Dump Standard - and uncovers its usage in the Prophet 2000 sampler.

We Can't Go On... - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jun 1987
Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. In the third part in our series on creative drum programming, Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson take a detailed look at the various trigger-to-MIDI converters now available.

Digidesign SoftSynth Version 2.0

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1987

The program that can turn your sampler into a synthesiser has added an FM synthesis string to its bow, yet doesn't promise to be a DX replacement. Mac addict Chris Meyer takes a look.

Quick, Quick, Slow

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Music Technology, Jun 1987

Much has been said on the subject of MIDI delays, but so far the truth has been difficult to uncover beneath a flurry of rumour and debate. Chris Meyer gives us the lowdown.

Modes of Confusion

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Music Technology, Mar 1987

Chris Meyer attempts to unravel the mysteries of MIDI's various operating modes, and dispels the myth that some recent instruments have new ones built into them.

Dumping Grounds - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1987

The industrious Chris Meyer again, with the latest news on MIDI Sample Dump Standard. What exactly is the value of transferring a sample from one machine to another?

E-Mu Systems Emulator III Version 1.21

Review | Music Technology, Aug 1988
Digital Sound Production Workstation

The latest version of E-mu's popular Emulator sampler incorporates stereo 16-bit sampling and a hard disk drive. Chris Meyer can't believe his ears.

The Regeneration Game

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Jul 1987
Sampler Updates

Leading the battle against planned obsolescence are the sampler manufacturers, whose machines receive updates almost monthly. We re-test three samplers to find out how they've changed.

We Can't Go On... - Part 5

Feature | Music Technology, Aug 1987
...Beating Like This

If conventional drum pads sound old hat, Matt Isaacson and Chris Meyer might have a few ideas for you as they check out the alternatives in our series on creative drum programming.

MIDI Time Code

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Syncronisation | Music Technology, Jul 1987

The marriage between MIDI and SMPTE is now complete, but the burning question remains: how will musicians and engineers benefit from it? Chris Meyer traces the link from its source to its users.

A Deeper Wave

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Aug 1987
Wavetable Synthesis

Many of today's popular digital synthesisers use variations on "wavetable synthesis". Chris Meyer explains what this mystical but powerful method is all about.

We Can't Go On... - Part 6

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Sep 1987
...Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. If your drum machine is too robotic and your drum kit is too static, Matt Isaacson and Chris Meyer's tour of 'alternative' percussion controllers may be right up your street.

All About Additive - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Apr 1988

In the first of a two-part series, Chris Meyer looks into the workings of additive synthesis and how it can be used to accurately mimic naturally-occurring sounds.

Every Little Bit

Feature | Topic: Digital Audio, Sampling | Music Technology, Nov 1987

Sound quality has long been a grey area in the world of sampling. Chris Meyer finds out it takes more than "bits" to make a sampler sound good.

MIDI in the Mix

Feature | Topic: Effects Processing, MIDI, Mixing | Music Technology, Jun 1988

The scope of MIDI control has expanded beyond that of simply allowing one synthesiser to control another. Chris Meyer explains how you can now shape a whole mix using the five-pin DIN plug.

The Art of Looping - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Dec 1987

Contrary to popular belief, glitching isn't a social embarrassment it's simply the sign of a bad loop; Chris Meyer and Bill Aspromonte suggest ways of improving your sampling techniques.

Is it Live, or Is It Art?

Feature | Topic: Live | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

Leaving the comforts of the studio behind, the Art of Noise step out into the real world of live music, taking their MIDI technology with them. Chris Meyer lends an ear to see how they fare.

Dr T's/Virtual Sounds Samplemaker

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1989

From the American Dr Ts comes an Atari ST program capable of additive, FM, AM and multiwaveform synthesis as well as sample editing. Chris Meyer asks if facilities are everything.

Windy City Day

Show Report | Electronics & Music Maker, Sep 1986
NAMM Report

American software engineer Chris Meyer submits a personal, highly subjective and utterly biased report on Chicago's summer music extravaganza. Well, he was only there for a day.

The American Way

Show Report | Music Technology, Mar 1989
Winter NAMM 1989

Californian sunshine, sea and sand - with all this on offer, why should MT's intrepid reporters want to visit a trade show in Anaheim? Bob "El Bobo" O'Donnell, Chris "El Macho" Meyer and Dan "La" Rue have the answer.

The Unholy Marriage

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Syncronisation | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986
MIDI and SMPTE

Two industry standards settle their timing differences and agree to work together. Chris Meyer checks it out and discusses proposals for the MSMPTE.

 

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