|Sound On Sound - November 1988|
A look at some forthcoming products from the world of hi-tech music and recording.
Matthew Vosburgh reports on this unassuming little program that turns any Macintosh computer into a powerful sound sampler.
Sure, it's a drum machine - but the HR16 also makes a great drum expander module if you know a few crucial tricks about applying it. Craig Anderton explains all.
Used effectively, quantisation can do much more for your sequenced music than simply cleaning up a sloppy playing technique. Craig Anderton supplies some helpful guidelines...
Paul Ireson previews this new British 32-track MIDI sequencer for the Atari ST.
Cheetah MS6 Multitimbral Analogue Synthesizer
Seems like everyone has been waiting to get their hands on this low-cost 6-voice, multitimbral, analogue synth expander. Martin Russ looks at the affordable face of technology.
PC Show Report
A chance to catch up on what you missed, music-wise, if you weren't among the 104,000 people who attended this year's Personal Computer Show at Earl's Court.
Composing music for television can be both exciting and frustrating, as Ian Assersohn and Stephen Frost of Sequenza Music Production discovered when they began writing music for a documentary film about India.
Otherwise known as the big black box at the bottom of the rack, the power amplifier is the most unglamorous piece of audio equipment known to man. David Mellor seeks out its finer qualities.
No-one can deny that Akai's S900 is the 'industry standard' sampler, having kept all newcomers at bay for well over two years. But now there's a new heir to the throne. David Mellor looks at the long-awaited 16-bit stereo, 16-note polyphonic S1000.
From the shrill squeak of the soprano to the sepulchral tones of the basso profundo, the Eventide H3000 can create the full spectrum of human vocalisation out of the merest baritono ordinario. David Mellor gives it an aural test.
Martin Russ describes some ways to use Intelligent Music's 'M' program as an effective aid to structured composition.
David Mellor tries out three new effects units from ADA — a MIDI programmable stereo equaliser, MIDI valve preamp, and a pitch transposer - and finds one that gives his secret studio weapon a run for its money.
Direct-to-Disk Studio System
Here's a computer-based sequencer with a difference - PROMIDI records direct-to-disk, lets you structure your music any way you please, and runs on low-cost PC compatible computers. Ian Gilby investigates...
Mark Prendergast talks with trumpeter, composer, and synthesist Mark Isham about new technology, David Sylvian, Van Morrison, Windham Hill, and his solo career as one of Hollywood's more interesting film soundtrack composers.
Hints, Tips & News From The World Of Music Software
Spurred on by the successful reaction to our previous Steinberg and Dr.T support pages, we bring you a regular new column of hints, tips and news from the world of music software.
Reverb: Too much of a good thing?
A new column that allows music industry figures to air their views on whatever it is that bugs them! Keyboard programmer, music consultant and author Paul Wiffen kicks things off this month.