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UMI-2B

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1985
A Soft Touch

Jay Chapman discovers why this 16 track MIDI sequencer package for the BBC B micro, described as the musical equivalent of the humble word processor, is receiving so much acclaim from studio users.

Master Keyboards

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986
Yamaha KX88

Jay Chapman explains the theory and practicality of using a master keyboard like Yamaha's KX88 in your MIDI set-up. What are the benefits it can bring? Read on to find out...

Understanding the DX7 - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1984

The fourth part of Jay Chapman's guide to Yamaha FM. This month, he broaches the delicate subject of programming sounds from scratch.

Talking MIDI - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Dec 1985

Jay Chapman sets the scene for a regular series written to help you better understand the practicalities of life with the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

Sight Reading

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1985
Yamaha DX7 Digital Synthesizer

E&MM's resident FM expert, Jay Chapman, takes a critical flick through the pages of a new book intended to ease the programming on Yamaha's DX7 poly.

Understanding the DX7 - Part 5

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1984

Jay Chapman continues his search through the workings of Yamaha FM synthesis. This month, how to modify DX factory preset sounds.

Talking MIDI - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Jan 1986

Who says you can't use those hi-fi DIN cables to connect all your MIDI gear together? This month, Jay Chapman takes a logical look at the hardware side of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface.

BeeBMIDI - Part 8

Feature | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1985

Jay Chapman goes through the rest of the functions our own DX editing program, DX7ED, is capable of executing.

BeeBMIDI - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Computing | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1984

Software listings that enable owners of our BBC Micro MIDI interface board to view the internal workings of the Yamaha DX7 on screen, with a cassette available from E&MM for the finger-sore.

Talking MIDI - Part 4

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Mar 1986

Jay Chapman delves deep into the murky waters of MIDI's often ignored Mono Mode in pursuit of multi-timbral expression!

MIDI Matters - Part 3

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Apr 1987
Timbre Editing Via MIDI

Jay Chapman leans back and takes a philosophical overview of timbre editing via MIDI.

Understanding the DX7 - Part 6

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Sep 1984

Our guide to Yamaha FM synthesis continues: this month, Jay Chapman looks at the delights of sub-algorithms.

Talking MIDI - Part 6

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Jun 1986

Part 6. Resident software specialist Jay Chapman clears up some misleading terminology first, then moves on to relate how the MIDI protocol organises such matters as Program Changes in those humble synthesizers we all take for granted.

MIDI Matters - Part 4

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987
Sample Editing Via Midi

Why is it there are so many computer-based sample editing packages being released? Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that they make working with a sampler considerably easier. Jay Chapman ponders their worth.

Hotlicks Tapes

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1984
Instruction Tapes for Piano and Synthesiser

Are instruction tapes an expensive gimmick or a vital aid to achieving a better playing technique? Jay Chapman has been giving them a listen and reports his findings.

Understanding the DX7 - Part 7

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1984

The end of our quest to make Yamaha's revolutionary DX synths easier to comprehend and program. Jay Chapman performs the closing ceremony.

MIDI Matters - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Aug 1987
Back To Basics

Jay Chapman takes a side step from his regular foray into MIDI and presents this 'back to basics' article especially for the many new readers who have picked up on the series since it first began.

BeeBMIDI - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Computing, Electronics / Build | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1984

Building E&MM's MIDI interface for the Beeb? Jay Chapman's got some further information you should know.

MIDI Matters - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Syncronisation | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987
Song Position Pointers

Sound On Sound's MIDI Doctor Jay Chapman, returns with a new series that concentrates on specific aspects of MIDI and explores their relevance and use in a musical set-up. This month: the Song Position Pointer.

MIDI Matters - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
Back To Basics

Jay Chapman continues his 'back to basics' description of the technicalities of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface for the many new readers who have picked up on the series since it first began.

The Music System

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1984
Software Surplus

Fuss In Boots?

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987
Cheetah MK5 MIDI keyboard

A master MIDI keyboard for under £100 may sound like a joke to you, especially when it is sold by Boots, but Jay Chapman quickly stopped laughing when he plugged it in. Find out why...

MIDI Matters - Part 3

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Oct 1987

Jay Chapman continues his 'back to basics' description of MIDI with a light-hearted pot-pourri of handy hints and tips.

BeeBMIDI - Part 5

Feature | Topic: Computing | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1984

Jay Chapman's crusade to get E&MM readers writing their own BBC software continues, with a look at how interrupt-handling works out in practice.

The Legend Lives On

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1987
Yamaha DX7IID

The DX7 has become both one of the best-selling synthesizers of all time and a truly 'classic' instrument. So how do you improve on that? Jay Chapman reviews Yamaha's recently launched and long awaited successor to the DX7.

 

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