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The First Commission - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Composing for Business | Sound On Sound, May 1987

Part 1. Regular contributor Tony Hastings recounts a personal tale of how a lucky break resulted in his first commission in the lucrative world of advertising jingles and soundtracks.

Making The Right Connection

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1988
MX8 MIDI Patchbay/Processor

With so many low-cost MIDI-equipped units around, the days when you could make do with a Thru box and a few cables are long gone. A MIDI patchbay is now an essential purchase, and one of the best is the MX8 MIDI Patchbay/Processor from Digital Music Corp. Tony Hastings checks it out.

Slap 'n' Tickle

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986

High quality sampled bass sounds that you can play from any MIDI keyboard, sequencer or drum machine are offered by the 360 Systems MIDI BASS. Tony Hastings assesses its performance.

Life In The Fast Lane

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1988
Korg M1 Music Workstation

As Korg prepare an armada of new products to invade the music shops, Tony Hastings investigates the M1 Music Workstation - the flagship that looks set to blow a lot of the competition out of the water.

The Professional's Choice

Feature | Topic: Sequencing | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Steinberg Pro16 MIDI Sequencer

Tony Hastings takes you through the recording of a song using the facilities of the Pro 16 MIDI Sequencer software from Steinberg Research.

Sounding Off

Opinion | Sound On Sound, Jul 1989
A Punter's Eye View

Musician, ‘superstar’ and SOS contributor Tony Hastings has a right old go at equipment manufacturers and music shops.

Making The Most Of Your Mirage - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Nov 1986

Back with another fascinating instalment of hints and tips, Tony Hastings offers further guidance to those Ensoniq Mirage owners wishing to develop their sampling skills.

Born Again

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1989
Rhodes MK80 Piano

The Rhodes electric piano features on countless classic tracks, and is one of the most imitated keyboard sounds of all time. Now Rhodes are back, with a new keyboard that updates a classic sound with all the benefits of contemporary MIDI technology. Tony Hastings checks it out.

Alesis MPX

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986
MIDI Patch Transmitter

This latest add-on for the popular MIDIVERB and MIDIFEX lets you control the effect patch selection remotely by hand. Tony Hastings wishes he had thought of the idea first.

Tascam MM1

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1989
MIDI Mutable Mixer

Most small mixers simply don't have enough inputs for even a modest home recording setup. One that certainly does is the new 20:2 Tascam MM1, complete with MIDI mute automation. Tony Hastings checks it out.

Making The Most Of Your Mirage - Part 3

Feature | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986

Tony Hastings brings you his third instalment of Mirage hints and tips which begins to unravel the confusion that surrounds the use of the MASOS functions - including 'ramp scaling'.

Closer To The Edit

Review | Sound On Sound, Dec 1986
Mirage Visual Editor

Our resident Mirage expert Tony Hastings checks out this useful means of improving the sample manipulation facilities of the Mirage - in the form of a software package from Steinberg Research.

Making the most of your Mirage - Part 4

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Jan 1987

Tony Hastings brings his enjoyable series of hints and tips to a close with a look at the Mirage's final four MASOS functions.

Soundworks S900 Visual Editor

Preview | Sound On Sound, Feb 1987
Software for the Atari ST

After his recent jaunt on BBC TV's 'Micro Live' show, Atari ST owner Tony Hastings tries out Steinberg Research's new editing software for the Akai S900 sampler.

Thinking Of Going 24-Track?

Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1986
Software for the Atari ST

If your studio's musical output is largely synthetic in nature and you are considering an increase in tracks, then Steinberg Research's Pro-24 recording software for the Atari 520ST micro could prove a better option than a conventional tape recorder. Tony Hastings tells why.

Inside Views: Steinberg Research

Feature | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture | Sound On Sound, Jul 1986

The first in a new series that takes a behind the scenes look at companies specialising in the development of hi-tech music and recording products. This month Tony Hastings catches the night boat to Hamburg to report on MIDI software designers Steinberg Research.

Ensoniq ESQ-1

Review | Sound On Sound, Aug 1986

A multitrack sequencer with a built-in synth or a velocity-sensitive 8-voice polysynth with a built-in 8-track step/real-time MIDI sequencer? Tony Hastings tries to make up his mind about this versatile and well-priced instrument.

Making The Most Of Your Mirage - Part 1

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986

Tony Hastings begins a new series of valuable hints and tips aimed at helping owners of Ensoniq Mirage samplers get the best from their instruments.

On The Flight Deck at Terminal 24

Feature | Topic: Recording Studios | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986

If you've the tenacity to take on and beat the (ex-)GLC, then putting together an upmarket 24-track studio is a piece of cake! Tony Hastings visited this South London studio to glean the details of how it came to be and what it offers.

Simmons SPM8:2 MIDI Mixer

Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1987

A mixer from Simmons? Why not? The application of MIDI control to audio mixers is resulting in a radical departure from traditional designs, as Tony Hastings found out when he road-tested the SPM8:2 recently.

The First Commission - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Composing for Business, Video / Film / Picture | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987

Tony Hastings provides plenty of inside information as he concludes his tale of how a lucky break resulted in his first commission in the lucrative world of advertising jingles and soundtracks.

 

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