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Fix it in the Mix

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jul 1987
With A Sampling Keyboard

Sampling keyboards offer far more creative scope for sound manipulation than most people give them credit for and they can be a real life-saver during studio mixdowns. Craig Anderton reveals some modern day production tips that will allow you to put your sampler to good use.

AudioFrame Grows Up

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989

Although expensive, digital audio workstations are a pointer to the kind of features we can expect to see on the next generation of 'affordable' hi-tech instruments. Craig Anderton takes a look at one of the very latest workstations to appear, the AudioFrame.

How Analogue Synthesizers Work

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Dec 1987

They've been a mainstay of electronic music for over 20 years, they're less expensive than ever before, and they still make sounds the digital machines can't. Analogue synthesizers have been receiving some digital assistance of late, but at heart they're still analogue synthesizers - and if you want to make them perform magic, you need to speak their language. Craig Anderton is your interpreter...

49 Hot Signal Processing Tips

Feature | Topic: Effects Processing | Sound On Sound, Jun 1989

The more imagination you apply to signal processors, the more you can get out of them. Craig Anderton presents 49 tips that take you beyond stock effects and into new ways of creating your own sonic signature.

Shopping For A Synth

Feature | Topic: Buyer's Guide | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988
Sometimes The Little Things Count

When shopping for a synthesizer, most people know to look for major features like the amount of patch storage, whether split and layered keyboard configurations are possible, and so on. But paying attention to features that make it easier to programme sounds is very important if you want to attain your maximum level of creativity. Craig Anderton offers guidance.

Editor’s Note

Editorial | Polyphony, Jan/Feb 1981

AES New York

Show Report | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

New York was the setting for the 83rd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society, where audio manufacturers gathered to show off their new wares. Craig Anderton provides a rundown of the main highlights.

Build a Pulse Width Multiplier

Feature | Topic: Electronics / Build | Polyphony, Jan/Feb 1981

Ensoniq SQ-80

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988
Cross Wave Synthesizer

The onboard 8-track sequencer and sampled waveforms of the ESQ-1 make it a hard act for any manufacturer to follow. So what further features does Ensoniq's new SQ-80 synthesizer have that could possibly outshine its stablemate? Craig Anderton explores...

Dod Mod II: Chorus

Feature | Topic: Maintenance / Repair / Modification | Polyphony, Jan/Feb 1981

Customising Synth Patches

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

Craig Anderton offers some valuable hints and tips to help liven up your synthesizer's factory presets.

Editor's Note

Editorial | Polyphony, Jul/Aug 1981

Ensoniq Performance Sampler

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

The ability to load new samples whilst playing is only one of many performance-related features which make the 20-voice EPS stand out from the current crowd of sampling keyboards. Craig Anderton reveals the others...

Anatek Pocket MIDI Accessories

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1989

Craig Anderton checks out this new trio of pocket-sized MIDI accessories.

Sampling Ensoniq

Feature | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

Craig Anderton goes behind the scenes at Ensoniq's US headquarters to discover more about the company that made sampling technology truly affordable.

Dynacord ADS Sampler

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1990

The ADS sampler has the look and feel of a German sports car - expensive, no-nonsense, and high performance. Craig Anderton takes it for a test drive.

Digital Audio Workstations

Feature | Topic: Digital Audio Workstations | Sound On Sound, Apr 1988

The coming of age of the Digital Audio Workstation has implications that go far beyond being simply another item of interest to electronic musicians. Craig Anderton brings us up to date on what’s happening at the top-end of the professional recording world and how it will affect us mere mortals.

Mixing Essentials - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Mixing | Sound On Sound, Feb 1990
Mixing in the MIDI Age

This two-part feature covers both the art and technology of mixing. The first article on page 48, 'Mixing Essentials', covers audio mixing in general, from a more basic level, and applies to any sort of studio mixing task. The second part, 'Mixing With MIDI’, starts on page 54 and covers techniques made possible by MIDI, specifically automated mixing and sending MIDI instruments direct to your master tape. Craig Anderton is your guide.

Prosonus CD Sound Library

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1988

Searching for new samples? Craig Anderton lends an ear to three discs from this new American CD sound library.

Mixing With MIDI - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Mixing | Sound On Sound, Feb 1990
Mixing in the MIDI Age

This two-part feature covers both the art and technology of mixing. The first article on page 48, 'Mixing Essentials', covers audio mixing in general, from a more basic level, and applies to any sort of studio mixing task. The second part, 'Mixing With MIDI’, starts on page 54 and covers techniques made possible by MIDI, specifically automated mixing and sending MIDI instruments direct to your master tape. Craig Anderton is your guide.

40 Sequencer Essentials

Feature | Topic: Sequencing | Sound On Sound, Aug 1988

In this lengthy article, Craig Anderton explains all the features found on sequencers, from the simple to the esoteric. It is intended for those who are trying to make an intelligent purchasing decision about a sequencer and don't fully understand all the options that are available.

Build a Wa/Anti-Wa Pedal

Feature | Topic: Electronics / Build | Polyphony, Apr 1976
Using the PAIA/DeARMOND Foot Pedal

Integrating MIDI & The Studio

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Sep 1988

MIDI has revolutionised the way we make and record music. But it has developed at such an incredible pace that it is easy to lose sight of MIDI's many benefits. In this lengthy article, Craig Anderton provides a lucid explanation of how you can make MIDI work for you - whether you have a small home studio set-up or a full-blown professional system.

Using the Alesis HR16 as an Expander

Feature | Topic: Drum Programming | Sound On Sound, Nov 1988

Sure, it's a drum machine - but the HR16 also makes a great drum expander module if you know a few crucial tricks about applying it. Craig Anderton explains all.

Making Quantisation Work For You

Feature | Topic: Sequencing | Sound On Sound, Nov 1988

Used effectively, quantisation can do much more for your sequenced music than simply cleaning up a sloppy playing technique. Craig Anderton supplies some helpful guidelines...

 

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