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Sampling: The 30dB Rule

Feature | Topic: Sampling, Sound Fundamentals | Sound On Sound, May 1986

Are software-based visual editing displays for samplers a help or hindrance? And what's significant about 30dB? Consultant Martin Russ reveals all...

Sampling or Sam-Click-Pling!

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.

Totally Musical

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1986
Software for Apple Macintosh

Martin Russ reviews the superbly professional Southworth 'Total Music' software recorder for the Apple Macintosh computer.

Stars & Chains

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

Martin Russ outlines the practical benefits that using a Star Network can bring to anyone's existing MIDI set-up and further explores some applications of MIDI Switching Units.

Yamaha FB-01

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986

Offering 240 FM sounds, with up to 8-voice polyphony, and control via MIDI mono mode, the FB-01 takes the crown as the cheapest expander on the market today. Martin Russ casts his vote.

Mark of the Unicorn Professional Composer

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] - 'Professional Composer', a music transcription program.

Mark of the Unicorn Performer

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.

Expand your DX

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1987

Yamaha's DX7 may well be a classic keyboard but its MIDI implementation and small onboard memory are starting to look decidedly limited compared to newer generation keyboards. What's needed is an upgrade, and the add-on E! board from America's Grey Matter Response is certainly that! Martin Russ enthuses over its features.

Postcard from Windermere

Show Report | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987

Music technology consultant Martin Russ reports on the recent Conference On Reproduced Sound held by the Institute of Acoustics.

Roland D-50 - Part 1

Review Series | 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...

FM Theory & Applications

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987
By Musicians for Musicians

The long-awaited book from John Chowning and Dave Bristow comes under close scrutiny; Martin Russ dons his white wig...

Iconix MIDI Sequencer

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987
Software for the Atari ST

This is the first British pro music software to be released for the Atari ST range of computers, and the first to really make full use of the Atari's GEM graphics operating system, according to the manufacturer. Martin Russ checks out their claims.

L.A. Synthesis: What Is It? - Part 2

Review Series | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987

Continuing on from last month's review of the Roland D-50 Linear Arithmetic synthesizer, Martin Russ takes a detailed look at the technical aspects of the D-50, liberally sprinkled with excerpts from a rare interview with Mr Ikutaro Kakehashi, President of the Roland Corporation.

MIDI on the Atari ST

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
Atari ST: Introduction to MIDI Programming

Books about MIDI are thin on the ground; books about MIDI on the Atari ST are even scarcer! However, there is one and you can read what Martin Russ thought of it on page 16...

Roland MT-32

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
Multi-Timbral Expander

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!

Practically MIDI - Part 1

Feature Series | Topic: Electronics / Build, MIDI | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987

One for the DIY fans. In this new series, Martin Russ penetrates deep into the heart of MIDI equipment and explores how they work, what chips they use and more...

The Future of Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987

With the summer shows out of the way and the forthcoming new products all unveiled, Martin Russ looks into the crystal ball and plots out his version of where the world of synthesis might be heading...

Practically MIDI - Part 2

Feature Series | 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.

Practically MIDI - Part 3

Feature Series | Topic: MIDI, Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Nov 1987

While most of us spend our time trying to get our MIDI equipment to work together properly, Martin Russ reveals how to creatively mis-use MIDI and produce some interesting musical results.

C-Lab Creator

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 MIDI - Part 4

Feature Series | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Dec 1987

What is a MIDI Merger and why do you need one if you use a computer-based MIDI sequencer? Martin Russ helps BT's funding by receiving long telephone calls from frantic MIDIphiles.

Practically MIDI - Part 5

Feature Series | Topic: MIDI | Sound On Sound, Jan 1988

Trouble-shooting MIDI Interfaces: Martin Russ boldly goes where no man has gone before in Part 5 of this continuing saga.

Practically MIDI - Part 6

Feature Series | Topic: Electronics / Build, MIDI | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

Martin Russ takes out his soldering iron and creates the MIDI Monitor - an unbelievably useful gadget for anyone with a MIDI set-up of any kind.

Resynthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

Martin Russ breaks off from his 20th century studies way in the future to report on some alternative goings-on which may soon materialise in the form of a new generation of powerful sampling synthesizers.

Yamaha REX50

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1988

Martin Russ reveals the hidden features of Yamaha's budget digital multi-effector and explains how it can be coaxed into supplying more than one effect at once.

 

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