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Setting The Pace

New technology takes Music Technology into the realms of desk-top publishing. A new era and a new look for the magazine that takes music and technology on its own terms.

YOU CAN'T STOP the march of progress, we're told. And so it is that, taking a momentary break from reporting on it, MT is about to become a victim of high technology. Has a computer virus consumed all the Free Ads, some hi-tech criminal run off with the month's hot reviews or a rogue wordprocessor chip translated the entire issue into Japanese, I hear you ask? Not quite - I'm referring to the fact that, as of our September issue, Music Technology will be what those in the know call desk-top published.

What this means to us is that our current IBM-based Itek typesetting system and "traditional" methods of magazine paste-up are to be replaced by shiny new Apple Macintosh IIs, megabyte hard disks and some of the latest DTP software. No longer will hoards of art assistants do battle with galleys, hot wax and potentially lethal scalpel blades. Instead they'll be positioning text and pictures, and choosing typefaces with the aid of computer layout screens and mice. Most appropriate, I'm sure you'll agree, although there are definite signs of culture shock in the art department at the moment.

What this means to you is that MT will look a little different. It's almost three years since the magazine underwent its last style (and name) change. That's quite a long time in magazine publishing terms, and quite a lot of publishing water has passed under the bridge since. As a result, the changeover to DTP seemed to present the ideal opportunity for us to bring a few things up to date. First of all, there's a new cover logo you can see it previewed at the top of this page, so you'll know what to look out for on the news stands next month. Along with this, you'll find the general layout of the magazine has been improved to make it easier on the eye.

The magazine's content, however, will remain largely unchanged. We're still aiming to bring you definitive reviews of all the latest gear, helpful and informative technical features and interviews with artists making the most interesting and innovative music. We're constantly on the lookout for fresh opportunities to bring you what you need to improve your music, your understanding of the role of hi-tech equipment in making music (any music), and your enjoyment of it, so any suggestions you may have are always welcome. After all, it's not my magazine, it's our magazine - so if any of you are doing nothing for half an hour, the mail needs sorting and there's a pile of photographs to be fiIed from last month's issue...

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Music Technology - Copyright: Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.


Music Technology - Aug 1989

Editorial by Tim Goodyer

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