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Yamaha TX81Z FM Expander

Review | Sound On Sound, May 1987

This latest four operator FM tone generator takes over where the stop-gap FB01 left off. It may be fully programmable and share some of the new facilities of the DX7 MkII, but is it a winner? Mark Badger finds out.

Steinberg SMP-24

Review | Sound On Sound, May 1987
SMPTE/MIDI Processor

From soft to hard - Steinberg's latest package is a hardware combination of MIDI patchbay, merger, synchroniser and SMPTE reader rolled into one. It operates as a stand-alone unit or in conjunction with an Atari ST micro. But is it all that it's cracked up to be? Mark Badger investigates.

Studiomaster Series II Mixer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987

Studiomaster were one of the first established mixer manufacturers to incorporate MIDI facilities in one of their desks and to mate it to a personal computer. Mark Badger assesses whether the marriage is successful.

Dr T's Keyboard Controlled Sequencer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1987

Mark Badger explores the programming environment of Dr T's 48-track keyboard controlled MIDI sequencing software for the Atari ST range of computers and draws some interesting conclusions...

Of Men and Mice

Feature | Topic: Computing | Sound On Sound, Aug 1987

The world of music is being invaded by computers whether you like it or not. So what can they offer the musician? Mark Badger takes a sideways glance at the development and application of this burgeoning new technology.

Yamaha TX802

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
The Multi-Instrumentalist

Taking over where the TX816 left off, this DX7II in a rack is the very latest in a long line of powerful FM synth expanders. Mark Badger puts it in perspective.

Casio HZ-600 synthesizer

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1987

Looking for a low-cost introduction to synthesis? With its simplified programming method and variant on the Phase Distortion sound, Casio's latest 8-voice, splittable, polysynth could well prove the ideal first choice. Mark Badger explores...

Interior Designs

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987
Yamaha REV5 Reverb

Is there room at the top for yet another digital reverb unit? Mark Badger thinks so — provided it's 16-bit, has a 20kHz effect bandwidth, analogue and digital parametric EQ, can stack two reverb effects and goes by the name of REV5!

Roland TR626

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987
Rhythm Composer

The TR505 was a runaway success at the budget end of the market, but it lacked one important ingredient - separate voice outputs. The TR626 rectifies the matter whilst offering even more features - 30 PCM drum/percussion sounds, 8-note polyphony, sync-to-tape, and MIDI control of nearly all its parameters. Mark Badger investigates.

PAN: The Performing Artists Network

Feature | Topic: Computing | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987

Mark Badger sets his baud rate for the heart of the sun and goes 'on-line' to America to interview Perry Leopold, founder of PAN - a unique communications network for hi-tech musicians.

Total Creative Control

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1987
Lexicon PCM70

Launched over two years ago, the PCM70 digital effects processor is still at the forefront of technology thanks to Lexicon's foresight in making it software updatable and MIDI controllable in every conceivable way. Mark Badger checks it out.

Choosing A Personal Computer For Music

Feature | Topic: Computing | Sound On Sound, Mar 1988

Having made your decision to opt for a software-based MIDI music system, which computer do you choose? Which is best? Are they all the same? Mark Badger considers the three prime contenders.

Sounding Off

Opinion | Topic: Computing, MIDI | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989
Karl Steinberg & Mark Badger

Charlie Steinberg and Mark Badger define their concept of what should and what shouldn't be called a 'MIDI workstation'.

 

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