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Sounds Natural - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Aug 1987
The Acoustic Guitar

We begin a new series that looks at how to recreate the sound of acoustic instruments using various methods of synth programming and sampling. In the first part, Howard Massey turns his attention to the acoustic guitar.

Sampling in Stereo

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, May 1987

Your sampler may only have a mono input, but that shouldn't stop you taking two-channel samples for a fatter, more realistic sound. Howard Massey shows you how.

Decisions, Decisions

Feature | Music Technology, Jul 1987
Should You Upgrade from a DX7 to a DX7II?

If you already own a Mk1 DX7, you're now faced with an agonising dilemma: do you risk everything and chop it on for the MkII model? Howard Massey weighs up the pros and cons of taking the plunge.

Sounds Natural - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sampling, Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Sep 1987
The Clarinet

The second instalment of our series on programming and sampling the sounds of acoustic instruments. This month Howard Massey turns his attention to Acker Bilk's favourite: the clarinet.

Yamaha QX3

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1987
Sequencer

The latest dedicated sequencer from Yamaha offers 16 tracks, extensive editing capabilities and a built-in disk drive. Howard Massey gives it a spin.

Sounds Natural - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Sampling, Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Oct 1987
The Snare

In the third and final part of our series on synthesising and sampling the sounds of acoustic instruments Howard Massey hits it off with the snare drum.

Yamaha TX802

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1987
FM Synthesiser

Another member of Yamaha's world-beating FM family; Howard Massey finds this powerful rack-mount right up his digital street.

Yamaha RX7

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1988
Drum Machine

One hundred 12-bit PCM sounds and comprehensive programmability make the latest addition to the Yamaha RX range of drum machines one to watch. Howard Massey is on the beat.

 

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