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Electronics & Music Maker - March 1986


Back To The Future

The future of the synthesiser: experimenter's toy or street-cred home organ?

This article has no OCR bodytext.Newsdesk

The winners of the Quiz of the Decade are named, plus all the music technology news that's fit to print, and isn't covered by our show reports.

This article has no OCR bodytext.Communique

Tangerine Dream head the list of topics aired in the E&MM readers' forum. If you have an opinion to add to any subject, this is the place to head for.

This article has no OCR bodytext.Interface

Return of a regular Question and Answer session. If you've got a problem, E&MM will do its best to solve it for yap.

Five Years Ago

...In March 1981, E&MM's publishers launched this magazine onto an unsuspecting musical public. Dan Goldstein looks back at the issue that started it all.

Talk Talk To Me

Talk Talk

As the band reach their greatest level of British success and release their third album, Talk Talk's Mark Hollis and Tim Friese-Greene discuss the curse of the synthesiser and the blessing of the piano with Tim Goodyer.

Digital Dance

Lexicon PCM70

Paul White gets to grips with the first digital reverb to be fully touch-sensitive over MIDI, and finds it throws a whole load of additional effects into the bargain.

Sequential Prophet VS Polysynth

An exclusive preview of Sequential's first-ever digital synth: Paul Wiffen reckons it's been worth the wait.

Boss RSD10 Sampling Delay

Paul White again, with details of a pitch-following sampling delay for only £200. His conclusion? Buy it!

Yamaha SPX90 Multi-Effect Processor

Yamaha's rack effects box to end all rack effects boxes. Tim Goodyer finds out why you might want two.

This article has no OCR bodytext.Win a DX100

Another exclusive free-to-enter competition. Write a feature on your favourite E&MM-type subject, and you could become a regular freelance contributor - and win a brand new Yamaha DX100 polysynth as part of the deal.

Show Report

NAMM Winter Market, Anaheim

Paul Wiffen, hotfoot from California, reports on the machines that made headlines at the US music industry's winter shindig...

Musikmesse '86, Frankfurt
Show Report

...while Dan Goldstein, sore-foot from Germany, has the details on the new European and Japanese gear that'll soon be flooding the UK's music stores. Prepare for some surprises.

Article Group:
Playback - Spring 86

Featuring Korg and Vox and much more

Review Alias

Step by Step Alias

Back to Back Alias


Art of Voice Alias

Anne Dudley

The Music System

Steve Reich

The quiet man of systems music tells Simon Trask why his work is so often misunderstood - and why tomorrow's 'serious music' won't be possible without computers.

Sampler Checklist

E&MM's unique buyer's guide spreads its wings, with a round-up of what's around in the world of sound-sampling.

Final Score

Steinberg Scorewriter

Simon Trask looks at how the Germans get computers to print out staves, notes and time signatures, and is suitably impressed.

Recording Without Tape

Linn Sequencer Jr

The sequencing half of the Linn 9000 gets a once-over from Paul Wiffen, who concludes it's far from being a replacement for the tape recorder.

This article has no OCR bodytext.OutTakes
Music Review

What have a Sting concert, a Steve Jolliffe album and a David Sylvian video all got in common? They're all reviewed in this month's OutTakes, that's what.

Up and Running

Drum Theatre

Tim Goodyer looks past the bright colours of Drum Theatre to find high technology and ethnic tradition working hand-in-hand, and selling records, too. The band themselves explain.

Sound And Vision

CZ Editing Software

It's taken two British companies - XRI and Joreth - to produce the first computer-based editing packages for the Casio CZ range. Simon Trask finds out if they make programming life easier.

A Digital Hit

Dynacord Percuter S

Digital drums the Dynacord way. Or as Nigel Lord would put it, a better-than-average electronic drum kit at a higher-than-average price. Is the Percuter worth the extra?


The readers' synth sound page, with patches for SCI Pro One, Yamaha DX7 and Casio CZ 101 instruments, plus reviews of anew DX RAM pack and another collection of sounds for sampling.

So You Want To Buy A Cassette Multitracker

Cassette Multitracking Guide

A complete idiot's guide to buying a four-track cassette recorder, with hints on what features to look for, and a rundown of some of the most popular machines.

Electronics & Music Maker - Music Maker Publications (UK), Future Publishing.


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