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Roland D-50 - Part 1
Review | Sound On Sound, May 1987
Is the future Linear?
Does Roland's new LA synthesizer mean the end of FM is in sight? Martin Russ falls in love with the world's first ever Linear Arithmetic synthesizer whilst trying to find out...
Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
Hot foot from the BMF, hard-working Martin Russ brings us his review of this innocent-looking multitimbral LA expander which packs many of the features of Roland's D-50 synthesizer, including onboard digital reverb, but with the added bonus of 28 sampled drum sounds!
Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1988
The Expanded Expander
Here it is - the professional version MT32 complete with separate voice outputs, built-in reverb and hardly any noise. Martin Russ looks at Roland’s new studio-oriented rackmount LA synthesizer.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989
Martin Russ orchestrates his way through two fascinating ST programs from French software house, Digigram.
Opinion | Sound On Sound, Aug 1989
Martin Russ worries about software pollution and wonders if we can look forward to 'green' software.
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1990
XRI Systems XR400 MIDI Mate
Is your MIDI system just an accident waiting to happen? Here's an easy way of bringing order to your present tangled mess of MIDI connections. Martin Russ checks out XRI Systems' clever XR400 MIDI Mate.
Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1991
The Studio In A Box?
A studio in a box? Martin Russ looks at Roland's latest entry in the ongoing competition to fit the most functionality in the smallest box...
Opinion | Sound On Sound, Jan 1992
Could the arrival of new storage media such as magneto-optical disks change the way we perceive music?
Feature | Topic: Computing | Sound On Sound, Jun 1992
Martin Russ takes his monthly look at the world of ST music...
Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jun 1986
Martin Russ returns with a light-hearted look at a serious subject - sample looping - and passes on a few handy tips for those of you that are having difficulty with your sampling machines.
Practically MIDI - Part 2
Feature | Topic: Electronics / Build, MIDI | Sound On Sound, Oct 1987
Continuing our new series for DIY fans, Martin Russ shows how you can go about adding extra MIDI Ins, Outs and Thrus to a MIDI interface.
Feature | Sound On Sound, Jun 1988
Practical hints and tips for the modern recording musician. Martin Russ shares some of his hi-tech pearls of wisdom.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1989
Martin Russ has fun turning his Atari computer into a multi-function sampler, drum machine and digital effects unit with the aid of Microdeal's low-cost Replay 4.
Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1989
If you’re tired of playing keyboards and want a more imaginative way to create music, then this mouse-driven MIDI controller may prove an ideal alternative. Martin Russ investigates.
Feature | Sound On Sound, Apr 1990
How To Obtain Extra Drum Sounds For Free!
Bored with the sounds your drum machine makes? Martin Russ provides a bunch of tips to help you perk up your percussion.
Choosing A Computer For Music - Part 2
Feature | Topic: Buyer's Guide, Computing | Sound On Sound, Jun 1991
Atari ST & Commodore Amiga
Part 2. Concluding our look at the relative merits of the big four music computers, Martin Russ puts the case for the Atari ST and its variants, and Paul Overaa explains why his heart belongs to the Commodore Amiga.
Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1992
Emu Proteus Master Performance System
Martin Russ continues his in-depth look at Emu's new keyboard.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1992
Fractal Composition Software
Martin Russ looks at one of the current rash of fractal music programs and finds it anything but chaotic...
Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1986
Software for Apple Macintosh
Our resident Mac user Martin Russ steps his way enthusiastically through two of the best written software packages for the Apple Macintosh computer [in this part] - 'Performer', a comprehensive multitrack sequencing program.
Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987
Martin Russ loops the hours away with Version 1.2 of this new MIDI sequencing package for the Atari ST computer from Germany's C-Lab.
Practically FM - Part 2
Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Jun 1988
Part 2 of our new series for FM synth owners, in which Martin Russ attempts to give away the secrets of FM programming!
Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1989
A Practical FM Editing Solution?
Martin Russ explores the merits of Desk Accessory programs with a look at this Atari-based 'pop-up' DX editor from Pandora Technology.
Feature | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Sep 1989
(But Were Too Afraid To Ask!)
Martin Russ continues his detailed investigation into the inner secrets of MIDI's most powerful messages.
Review | Sound On Sound, May 1990
Announced over a year ago, the all-American DPM3 has finally landed on our shores. Martin Russ takes the wraps off Peavey's much publicised first foray into the hi-tech keyboard market.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1991
The Feel Factor
Martin Russ rydes with the rhythm as he explores Yamaha's latest percussive product.