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Just when you thought it might be safe to start hitting real drums again, Paragon Systems announce (yes!) another electronic drum kit. At the moment it seems that it's our Midlands readers who may already be aware of the Paragon set-up, though wider distribution is promised. The kit is what we might loosely term Simmons-based, and each control module has a basic set-up of two analogue drum sounds. The module and two six-sided pad will sell at about £230 - pads come tom-sized or bass-sized. Detailed info from: Paragon Systems, (Contact Details).
Well, some months ago we reckoned that the "Deluxe Exciter" was the best name we'd heard for an effects pedal. Now Washburn, bless their little chips, have topped it with their wonderful new "Stack In A Box" unit. Kinda cute, huh? And you may be interested to know what it does, too: no clipper amps here, as in olden-day distortion, but a four-stage FET pre-amp that gets itself all overdriven. We only have a US price to fiddle with as yet - $119 - but we expect Washburn UK will just have to pick up such a delightful box.
Peavey have a new valve amp that they'd like you all to hear about, the Encore 65. Funnily enough, this is a 65-watt combo. One of its new features is something Peavey have called "pump" - a circuit that overdrives the pre-amp valves and introduces additional gain into the said circuit. You can turn on the pump with a footswitch, and check it's working by a glance at relevant LED. What else do you want to know? Low, mid and high passive eq, a pull for 8dB boost on high-end and another for upper-mids, built-in reverb, effects looping facilities, ¾in wood cabinet, Scorpion 12in driver, and a price of £366.85. Does that help?
A good idea is the new DX Owners Club, started by Yorkshire resident and Yamaha DX fan Tony Wride. The aims of the club are to be "a non-profit-making organisation which intends to promote the free exchange of information between DX owners and Yamaha", and as you might imagine from that, Yamaha are totally behind the project, as indeed are One Two. Or should that be is One Two? Anyway, Tony hopes to get a register of DX owners and a blank of exchangeable voice data to advise members on getting particular sounds, and to circularise members regularly with news and information. To join will cost you the princely sum of one pound (where have we heard that figure before?), for which you'll get a DX Owners' Club Card, five brand new sounds to program into your waiting DX, a sheaf of blank patch sheets, and regular mail-outs. If you're interested immediately, you should send a cheque or postal order for £1, made payable to "DX Owners Club", to Tony Wride, DX Owners Club, (Contact Details). You'll need to enclose a large SAE and the following info: your full name, address and phone number; your age; which DX keyboard you own and where you bought it; any other equipment you use with the DX; your musical influences and favourite artists; whether you consider yourself pro, semi-pro, amateur, or none of these; and whether you'd be willing to help other DX owners program their machines. And that should be that, look out for more specific info on the club's activities in future issues of One Two. In the meantime, best of luck to Mr Wride.
And while we're on the subject of DXs (makes a change), Yamaha tell us that they have a casette sampler of some of the voices available on the DX9. One side has 10 minutes of standard DX9 voices for you to marvel at, the other contains voice data of the demo'd sounds for you to load direct into a DX9. The cassette is called "Playing With Reality" (yeah!) and you should be able to get it free from Yamaha DX stockists, or direct from Yamaha at (Contact Details).
If you're passing through LA (it's in California) on one of your frequent trans-globe jaunts, you may well care to drop into the New England Digital Corp's new sales and service office, which apparently opened there in May. NED are best known as the makers of the Synclavier digital music synth, and have just copped a $2 million investment from a bunch of generous chaps called Carlyle Capital Corp. Hence the new offices and, we're promised, expansion of the product line and entry into new markets. No address for Carlyle Capital, unfortunately.
The One Two ligging coach left the reception late the other day to take in AHB's Hilton jaunt down in seedy Park Lane, where the initialled one were keen to tell us of improvements in their range of System 8 mixers: smoother-travel faders for channel input, group output and left/right faders, an additional pushbutton eq-cut for switching the eq out on channel input; new internal connections which mean you need now only connect your multitrack machine to Tape Input sockets; and all power supplies now include +48V phantom power as standard. And sole London dealers for the System 8 mixers so improved were announced as HHB, who you can contact at (Contact Details). Doubtless they'd be glad to send you fuller info on the System 8, or if you're outside London write direct to AHB at (Contact Details).
While we understand that the approaching Summer, with its long hot balmy evenings, will mean a mass exodus of OTT readers into the great outdoors, we are also aware that you can't sit outside all night. So what's to do when the dew begins to fall, but return to the video machine, and all those rock shows you so cleverly remembered to record... Like the Midsummer Night's Tube (C4) on June 29th, five hours of stuff, starting at 8pm. Planned attractions include film of BB King, Darryl Hall & John Oates and Paul Young with five or six other groups live in the studio. Jools Holland is reputed to have done a travelogue on New Orleans, but that will be competing for space with a Boy George In Japan feature. No big phone-in competitions this year though, as response to their last was so large (27,000 calls per hour) that British Telecom rang Tyne Tees during the show and asked them to stop overloading the telephone network. The Tube proper will be back for a thirty week run in the Autumn. London Weekend have been threatening to continue their erratic Saturday night concert shows, but their rather uncertain programming (they've lost the Tarot cards) means they rarely know in advance when the next is scheduled. Channel 4's "Play At Home" seems a better prospect for consignment to immortality. Starting on July 12th, and running for the next ten weeks, this series features the rampant imaginations of your own favourite popsters-on film. RPM Productions lent film crews and other facilities to ten different groups, saying simply 'make your own programme'. Big Country take a look at the workings of a rock tour, while Siouxsie & the Banshees star in a surreal remake of the Mad Hatter's Tea-Party. Surprise, surprise. Perhaps you tuned your VTR into the last of the High Band series; these cheap-skate progs enabled C4 to show commercially released videos by such tedious turkeys as Ultravox, Phil Collins, T. Dolby and UB40. By the time they reached the small screens, most of these promos were nine months out of date. And they looked it. After consulting her tea-leaves a second time, the lady at London Weekend said that they would be running repeats of the Tube on Saturday nights, starting "sometime in July". With the distinct possibility that Whistle Test will return in Autumn (and we have been warned to watch out for surprises) the BBC is being cagey about its plans for the summer... but we will have another Rock Around The Clock evening on the August Bank Holiday Saturday/Sunday. Big boulder in the BBC rockery, Mike Appleton, is unwilling to divulge his plans, but it is devoutly to be wished that this year's efforts are an improvement on 1983's cure for insomnia.
One Two Testing - Jul 1984
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