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Mister Memory

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Jan 1989
Memorymoog

Intended to be their finest moment, Moog's "ultimate" polysynth proved problematic and unreliable - yet it won many devotees. Steve Howell recalls the sound of analogue.

Cardiff University Electronic Music Studio

Feature | Topic: Education | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1982

If you are serious about electronic music, then you'll appreciate this study report.

Roland MC500 MicroComposer

User Report | Music Technology, Feb 1987

It's been available for well under a year, but already, Roland's latest MicroComposer is establishing itself as something of an industry standard. Steve Howell gives a comprehensive user's eye view...

Depeche Mode

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1982

In contrast with the main feature we take a look at one of today’s modern commercial, electro-music bands.

History By Numbers

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Feb 1987
A Re-Review Of The Roland MC4 Microcomposer

...But let us not forget what went before. Steve Howell again, on the machine that introduced the world to recording music by punching in a set of numbers. It's still usable today.

Korg Polysix

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1982

The Jupiter Legacy

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Feb 1990

Not only did Roland's Super Jupiter make a worthy replacement for the Jupiter 8, it is still a sought-after instrument today, as Steve Howell is happy to report.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, May 1989

Recently voted 'Best Sampler' by SOS readers, Akai's S1000 has quickly established itself as the industry standard 16-bit machine. So who better to reveal the innermost secrets of the instrument than the creator of the new SWM and Workstation sample disks, Akai product specialist Steve Howell. This month he kicks off the series with an explanation of how to take your own samples.

2600 Paths to Happiness

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Apr 1988

Another old synth makes its comeback. This time it's Steve Howell's much-prized ARP 2600 with its graphic panel layout, modular construction and built-in amplification.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jun 1989
Sample Editing & Manipulation

PART 2: Akai product specialist Steve Howell passes on more useful tips to help you make the most of your new S1000 sampler.

Simmons SPM8:2

Review | Home & Studio Recording, May 1987
MIDI Programmable Mixer

A programmable mixer that will find a good home in a home studio.

Making the Most of your Akai S1000 Sampler - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989
Multiple Loops & Timestretch

In this final part of the series, Akai product specialist Steve Howell explores sample editing using multiple loops, and the S1000’s new timestretch feature.

Modular Synthesis - Part 10

Feature | Topic: Sequencing, Syncronisation, Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1984
Using Sequencers with Modular Systems

Steve Howell looks at different methods of triggering modular sequencers from click-tracks on tape.

Advanced Music Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1983
Oscillator Modulation

Modular Synthesis - Part 3

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1984
Bass Sounds

RSF Kobol Expander

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1983

Advanced Music Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Sequencing, Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1983
Sequencers

Sequencer Anatomy

Larry Fast

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1983

A prolific American synthesist interviewed

Modular Synthesis - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1984
Producing String Sounds

A new in depth look at building up complex patches

Advanced Music Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1983
Sample and Hold

Back to Basics - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1985

Continuing our series for the complete newcomer to electronics in music, Steve Howell takes a look at the VCO, the synthesiser's heartbeat.

Advanced Music Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1983
Voltage Controlled Filters Part 1

Siel 16-track Live Sequencer

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1985
Software for Commodore 64 and Spectrum

He was unimpressed by the same company's step-time MIDI package, but how does Steve Howell rate its real time equivalent?

Advanced Music Synthesis

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Sep 1983
Voltage Controlled Filters Part 2

Back to Basics - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1985

Steve Howell continues our beginner's guide to synthesisers by describing how sounds are shaped by amplifiers and envelope generators.

 

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