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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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Understanding the DX7 - Part 2

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.

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.

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.

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.

MIDI Matters - Part 4

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

Back To Basics: Part 4. After a brief absence, Jay Chapman continues the series where he left off two months ago with a further explanation of how Real-Time commands are used by MIDI.

MIDI Matters - Part 2

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Mar 1987
Understanding MIDI Implementation Charts

The best way of finding out what a new instrument can do is to look carefully at its MIDI Implementation Chart. Jay Chapman acts as your MIDI interpreter and takes you on a guided tour.

MIDI Matters - Part 5

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988
Back To Basics

Final Part: Jay Chapman wraps up his 'Back To Basics' mini-series with a handy recap of bits, bytes and hexadecimal.

Talking MIDI - Part 3

Feature | Sound On Sound, Feb 1986

Jay Chapman designs his own MIDI protocol this month to help show you how the real MIDI system orders about the binary information it uses to represent music.

Personal Composer System/2

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

Jay Chapman sinks his teeth into one of the most complex and sophisticated scorewriting and sequencing programs on the market - Jim Miller's Personal Composer for PC compatible computers.

Talking MIDI - Part 5

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

Part 5 sees software specialist Jay Chapman exploring the innermost secrets of 'channel voice messages' and more in his continuing analysis of the MIDI protocol.

Yamaha MIDI Event Processor

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1986

This new multi-function unit lets you physically access and modify hex code MIDI signals amongst other things. Jay Chapman discovers it may be rather more useful than most would think.

Talking MIDI - Part 7

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

Part 7. In this penultimate episode Jay Chapman explains the usefulness of MIDI's all-important System Exclusive messages.

 

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