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Nomad SMC 1.0 SMPTE/MIDI controller

Review | Sound On Sound, May 1987

Nomad's first product is a low cost SMPTE reader/generator that allows MIDI drum machines, synths and sequencers to sync to tape easily. David Mellor puts it to the test.

Inside Views: Ray Dolby

Interview | Sound On Sound, Jul 1987
The world's best known engineer

Ray Dolby's name appears on almost every recording device imaginable, yet few people outside the industry know much about this most famous engineer. In a rare interview he talks to David Mellor and explains the evolution of Dolby noise reduction.

Alesis HR-16 Drum Machine

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

A CD standard 16-bit drum machine? Things have progressed a little from those 8-bit Linn Drum days, passing through 12-bit standards on the way, and now reaching the ultimate level in consumer digital fidelity. Whether excellence or overkill, Alesis have gone the whole way with the HR-16. David Mellor gives it the long-awaited ear test.

Hot Stuff

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1988
Toa MR-8T 8-track Cassette Recorder

If you thought eight tracks on standard cassette was an impossibility, think again. David Mellor assesses the world's first 8-track cassette recorder. Will it do to 8-track tape machines what the portastudio did to 4-tracks? Read on and find out...

Recording the Soundtrack for TV Commercials

Feature | Topic: Composing for Business, Video / Film / Picture | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

David Mellor looks at the world of advertising, and how music is created and mated with the visuals in a TV commercial.

Tascam TSR8 vs Fostex E8

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989
The 8-Track Challenge

The 8-track challenge: with the release of a new Tascam machine and the recent price cut on the Fostex E8, we thought it opportune to compare the two models. David Mellor adjudicates in the battle of the budget 8-tracks.

Getting into Video - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Syncronisation, Video / Film / Picture | Sound On Sound, Nov 1989

PART 3; David Mellor looks at how the requirements of different types of music for TV and film can dictate the sophistication of your synchronising capabilities, and at how machine synchronisation works in practice.

Recording Techniques - Part 6

Feature | Topic: Mixing, Recording | Sound On Sound, May 1990
The Mixing Console (2)

Part 6: The mixing console. David Mellor continues his close examination of the recording studio's most complex and expensive piece of equipment.

The Professionals: MCPS

Feature | Topic: Music Business | Sound On Sound, May 1987
The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society

The second of an occasional series in which David Mellor takes a look at the organisations that help musicians and composers earn an honest crust in this hard world. This month: the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society.

Yamaha DMP7 Digital Mixer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1987
Digital Mixing Processor

A fully automated, digital mixer with built-in multi-effects and full MIDI control for under £3,000? Hard to believe. David Mellor visits the Yamaha research and development centre in London to try out this amazing innovation in the flesh and discovers that the DMP7 is no fantasy!

Cheetah MK5V MIDI Master Keyboard

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

As the world of musical synthesis shrinks ever more into a 19" black box format, where do we find the MIDI master keyboard to persuade these expander modules to give up their sounds? Since the big manufacturers currently seem reluctant to give us soundless MIDI keyboards, is there a small company we can turn to who can supply us with the equipment we need? David Mellor lets the cat out of the bag.

Sound Recording Practice

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1988

Generally regarded as 'The Bible' of the recording world, David Mellor reviews this handbook of recording techniques and equipment produced by the Association of Professional Recording Studios.

Fostex R8 - The 8-Track Take-Away

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989

In these space-conscious times, Fostex have developed a diminutive new 8-track tape recorder you can store out of sight and control fully from its detachable front panel remote control/autolocator. David Mellor takes it for a spin...

Domestic DAT

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989
Sony DTC M100

David Mellor compares the new Sony DTC M100 Digital Audio Tape recorder with the studio industry standard - the Sony DTC 1000ES.

Recording Techniques - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Recording | Sound On Sound, Dec 1989

What makes one recording engineer better than another, and how can you improve your recording engineering skills? In this introduction to a new series on recording techniques, David Mellor outlines an engineer's role in the studio, and explains why a good engineer is so important.

Soundcraft 6000 Mixer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1990
The Ideal 24-track Partner?

It may not be a new product, but recent events in the world of 24-track recording look like giving the Soundcraft 6000 console a newfound popularity. David Mellor investigates.

Yamaha QX5 Sequencer

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986

Less a sequencer more an astonishingly flexible 8-track digital multitrack for keyboards. David Mellor pinpoints the essential differences and judges where the QX5 fits into the Yamaha product line.

Tantek Master Matrix

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1987

It may sound like something out of a Dr Who plot but this British electronic patchbay system attracted enormous interest from pro studio users at this year's APRS show. David Mellor got hold of a Matrix to find out just what all the fuss is about.

Alesis MMT-8 MIDI Recorder

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

In an age when most MIDI sequencers seem to come on floppy disk, Alesis hits the market with their new hardware sequencer, the MMT-8. It doesn't boast a video monitor or multi-mega tracks, so can it compete with the omnipresent beige box? David Mellor yearns to learn.

The Professionals: APRS

Feature | Topic: Music Business, Recording Studios | Sound On Sound, Jul 1988

In the third of an occasional series on the professional bodies who look after the interests of musicians and engineers, David Mellor talks to the APRS, the body which represents many of this country's leading recording studios.

How to Set Up a Home Studio - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Home Studio, Maintenance / Repair / Modification | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989
Cables

Part 2: Cabling. David Mellor reveals all the prospective home studio owner needs to know about cables.

Inside the Synclavier - Part 2

Feature | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989

PART 2: David Mellor explores the sampling capabilities of the world’s most expensive musical instrument - the Synclavier.

Korg T2

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1989
The Professional's Keyboard?

Korg's follow-up to the successful M1 takes them further upmarket. David Mellor looks at an instrument for those willing to pay a little extra for the professional touch.

Recording Techniques - Part 7

Feature | Topic: Recording | Sound On Sound, Jun 1990
The Session

Part 7: David Mellor puts a typical band into a typical studio and looks at the various stages of recording, from initial planning up to instrumental overdubs.

Studio Tokyo

Feature | Topic: Recording Studios | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986

You'll be hard pushed to find a UK studio that isn't choc-a-bloc with Japanese studio equipment, but have you ever wondered what they use? David Mellor takes a slow boat that bypasses China, and visits two Tokyo studios to find out.

 

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