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Roland S50

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1986
Digital Sampling Keyboard

The competition is tough for Roland's upmarket sampler. Paul Wiffen discovers if 16 voices, a fine keyboard, and direct monitor connection are enough to put it at the top of the tree.

The Missing Links

Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1986

Wave goodbye to constant repatching of MIDI cables and problems with the delay-inducing Thru socket using these useful MIDI routing boxes from Quark. Paul Wiffen enlightens us.

Another Chapter In The Story...

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1985

Tired of lurking in the shadows of the contemporary music scene, Keith Emerson, one of the synth world's most influential figures, is now on the verge of re-forming ELP, the band that earned him his reputation.

Yamaha EMT10

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1988
AWM Expander

Every so often a product comes along which changes everyone's idea of what they can expect at a certain price. Yamaha’s new £250 box sets a new standard in price/performance for sampled piano (and other) sounds. Paul Wiffen gets excited enough to spend his own money!

Mono Mode - Part 5

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Music Technology, Dec 1986
Getting the Most from... MONO MODE

Only one drum machine has so far been given an implementation of MIDI's multi-timbral Mode 4 - the Sequential Tom. Paul Wiffen reveals how it can be used.

Using Sequencers - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sequencing | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1984
Swing

Getting The Most From Mono Mode - Part 1

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1986
Part 1: The Casio CZ Series

Baffled by MIDI Mode 4 on the Casio CZ synths? Paul Wiffen plots a path through one of modern technology's minefields, and explains how to get the best from it.

Sounding Off

Opinion | Sound On Sound, Nov 1988
Reverb: Too much of a good thing?

A new column that allows music industry figures to air their views on whatever it is that bugs them! Keyboard programmer, music consultant and author Paul Wiffen kicks things off this month.

E-Mu Emax Sampler

Review | Music Technology, Jan 1987
Polyphonic Sampling Keyboard

An exclusive, in-depth report on the machine that promises to bring Emulator quality to the masses. Paul Wiffen, Emulator fan, finds out if the promises are fulfilled.

Emulator SP12 Updates

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986

Paul Wiffen peers inside the latest SP12 to find a host of clever modifications: they help keep the E-mu machine at the top of the beat-box tree.

Akai S900 Sampler

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986

Akai's super-sampler carries on where their S612 left off. Paul Wiffen finds its ease of use belies its sophistication.

Digidesign Turbosynth

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988
The Return of the Modular Synthesizer

Digidesign continue to add to their innovative range of synthesis programs which use the flexibility of computers for sound creation and the hardware of MIDI samplers to replay the sounds. Paul Wiffen finds he loves the former but hates the latter.

The Gap Narrows

Show Report | Music Technology, Jan 1987
AES Report

Dan Goldstein and Paul Wiffen go down and out in Beverly Hills - and drop in on America's biggest recording convention along the way. Within its walls, a quiet revolution is taking place...

PPG Hard Disk Unit

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

Digital recording direct to hard disk, from the company that built its reputation with the Wave synthesisers. Paul Wiffen examines the new direction.

E-Mu Systems Emax

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986
Sampling Keyboard

The 'baby Emulator', announced only a month ago, gets put through its paces by Paul Wiffen at E-mu's Californian HQ. It's good.

Shape of Things to Come - AES

Show Report | Sound On Sound, Dec 1988
AES Show Report

Forthcoming new products from the hi-tech music recording field.

Oberheim DPX1

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1987
Sample Replay Unit

In a musical climate dominated by preset sounds, why not produce a rack-mounting unit that simply replays other people's samples? Paul Wiffen analyses Oberheim's attempt at doing just that.

Getting The Most From... Mono Mode - Part 3

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

In the third part of this series on the growing uses of multiple MIDI channelisation, Paul Wiffen looks at the advantage of using separate audio outputs on the Akai S900.

Roland MC500 Sequencer

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986

A preview of Roland's first software-based digital recorder. As Paul Wiffen reports, it takes over where the MSQ range left off.

Ensoniq EPSm

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1989
Rack-Mount Sampler/Sequencer

A rack-mount version of the EPS was something Ensoniq swore they would never produce, but they have finally bowed to public pressure. Paul Wiffen looks at the extra memory, extra outputs and SCSI applications, and concludes it has been worth the wait.

Sequential Studio 440

Review | Music Technology, Feb 1987
Sampling Drum Machine/Sequencer

After last month's In Brief preview, Paul Wiffen gets his hands on a first production model of Sequential's new all-in-one drum machine, sampler and sequencer. Is it the master of all trades?

The Synth That Samples

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986
Korg DSS1

A synth that samples, or a sampler with a built-in synthesiser? Either way, the DSS1 takes music-creation a step further, with sampling, waveform synthesis and analogue processing. Paul Wiffen fiddles to his heart's content.

Central Control

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986
Ensoniq ESQ1 Polysynth

The Mirage people announce a synth that uses analogue and digital technology, throws in a multitrack sequencer, and costs just over £1000. Paul Wiffen checks it out.

Special Effects

Feature | Topic: Advertisement Feature, Effects Processing | International Musician & Recording World, Nov 1985
A Producer's Guide

The Paul Wiffen production guide

Dynacord ADD-one

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1986
Digital Drum Module

We preview the most sophisticated electronic percussion system yet devised. It's incredibly versatile, but it doesn't come cheap, as Paul Wiffen reveals.

 

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