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XR300 SMPTE Synchroniser

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1988
XRI Systems

This low-cost unit from XRI brings the power of true timecode synchronisation to the masses. Paul Ireson checks it out.

A Mother's Touch

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1989
Roland A50 Mother Keyboard

Roland have left the business of making MIDI controller keyboards up to others for at least three years, but have now just released two new models. Paul Ireson gets carried away with Roland's latest mother keyboard, the A50.

U Got The Look

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1989
Roland U20 Keyboard

Is the U20 just a revamped U110 with a keyboard or does it have what it takes to de-throne the Korg M1? Paul Ireson finds out.

The Production Centre

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1988
Roland D20 LA synthesizer

With its 8-track sequencer, rhythm composer, digital reverb and built-in disk drive, Roland's latest multitimbral LA synthesizer would be better described as a budget 'music workstation'. Paul Ireson reveals why ...

Sound Control: Alesis Quadraverb

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1989

Four simultaneous effects and real-time MIDI control are features found on several recent effects processors, but the Alesis Quadraverb is the first to bring both together in a single unit. Paul Ireson lends an ear.

Digital Dream Baby

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1989
Casio DA2 DAT Recorder

Following hot on the heels of their DA1, Casio have now released the DA2 portable DAT recorder. Paul Ireson takes a look at what's new.

Octapad II

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1988
The Perfect Beat

Is this the ideal way to programme rhythm patterns into your drum machine? Paul Ireson gives Roland's updated drum-to-MIDI convertor a good bashing!

Nobody's Perf/X

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1989
Oberheim Cyclone and Systemizer Performance Effects

Oberheim's two Performance Effects units are something of a new direction for a company associated with classic analogue synths. Paul Ireson tries them out and finds a few surprises in store - not all of them pleasant.

Roland D5

Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1989

Roland's D5 is the latest addition to their range of LA synthesizers. Paul Ireson takes a look at a budget keyboard with some great features.

Roland MC500 MkII

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1988
With SUPER MRC Software

When Roland's forward-thinking design team made the original MC500 an ‘open’ system, they did users a favour. Built-in obsolescence became less of a fear, provided Roland stuck to their promise of future updates and upgrades. The release of the Super MRC software shows they have. It's available on its own for existing MC500 owners, or packaged with expanded hardware in the guise of the MC500 MkII. Paul Ireson keeps you updated.

Elka CR99 MIDI Disk Recorder

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1989

Paul Ireson takes a look at a new kind of direct-to-disk recorder, which stores MIDI rather than audio data. Could it be the ideal live sequencer, he wonders?

The Musical Micro

Show Report | Topic: Computing | Sound On Sound, Nov 1989
1989 PC Show Report

Over 100,000 people attended this year's show; Paul Ireson reveals what you missed music-wise if you stayed at home.

Trackman Sequencer

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1988

Paul Ireson previews this new British 32-track MIDI sequencer for the Atari ST.

Yamaha RX8 Drum Machine

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1989

For over a year now Alesis have had the 'budget' 16-bit drum machine market all to themselves, but the release of the Yamaha RX8 provides musicians with an alternative. Besides 16-bit sound quality, Yamaha's new machine boasts a broad range of 43 sounds, flexible MIDI control, RAM card storage, and more. Paul Ireson checks it out.

Emu Systems Proteus

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1989

The prospect of a high-spec sample player bearing the Emu name, but costing 'under £1000', had musician's waiting with baited breath for its appearance. Now Proteus is here, and Paul Ireson breathes a sigh of relief as he finds that it was worth the wait.

Orla Master Keyboard

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

As more musicians finally begin to wake up to the benefits of using a dedicated master keyboard, Paul Ireson checks out two recent examples from Orla, the DMK7 and DMK8.

Digitech DSP 128 Plus

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1989
Multi-Simultaneous Effects Processor

Hot on the heels of the Multiverb and Quadraverb comes Digitech's contender for the title of best 'four effects at once' signal processor. Paul Ireson checks out the form.

Blue Moods

Interview | Sound On Sound, Dec 1989

In 1984, The Blue Nile released an album widely hailed as the finest debut LP of recent years. After five years of silence, they've produced another masterpiece in Hats. Paul Ireson talks to the men behind two of the decade's finest records.

Trackman Sequencer

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

Following on from last month's preview, Paul Ireson provides a thorough rundown of this easy-to-use, 32-track, pattern-based sequencer for the Atari ST.

Action Replay

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1989
Akai S1000PB 16bit Stereo Sample Player with SWM and Workstation Disks

Do you find the idea of sampling your own sounds unappealing? Why not settle for a high quality replay-only sampler like the Akai S1000PB and spend the money you save on more library disks? Paul Ireson checks out the machine and Akai's newly launched set of Workstation and SWM disks.

Waldorf Microwave

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1989

The PPG Wave was one of the most powerful synths of the early Eighties, but it died a death along with so many other dinosaurs. Now its particular method of wavetable synthesis lives again in an entirely new rack expander, which combines the best of the Wave's original audio architecture with full MIDI control. Paul Ireson learns how to cook better sounds, faster.

Akai XE8 Drum Box

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

Remove the sequencing facilities from your drum machine and what do you get? A damned good idea for a new product that's what! Paul Ireson checks out Akai's 16-bit sampled drum box - the perfect companion for your sequencer.

FM's Finest Hour

Review | Sound On Sound, May 1989
Yamaha V50 Workstation

Paul Ireson explores Yamaha's latest professional keyboard, which integrates FM synthesis, a drum machine, a powerful sequencer and a multi-effects unit into a single package. Could it be FM's finest hour?

Tascam Cassette Decks

Review | Sound On Sound, Jan 1990

Let's face it, every studio needs a master cassette deck. Paul Ireson takes a look at Tascam's new mid-priced two and three-head machines.

Waiting For The Perfect Song

Interview | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988

Since introducing the world to the delights of pure synth-pop in 1981, Vince Clarke has continued to demonstrate his mastery of the popular song form through the medium of synth technology. Paul Ireson investigates.

 

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