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The Unholy Marriage

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Syncronisation | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986
MIDI and SMPTE

Two industry standards settle their timing differences and agree to work together. Chris Meyer checks it out and discusses proposals for the MSMPTE.

I Want Your Samples

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986

As sound-sampling becomes accepted as a technique, what will musicians do with their machines after the novelty has worn off? Chris Meyer takes a sideways look.

Windy City Day

Show Report | Electronics & Music Maker, Sep 1986
NAMM Report

American software engineer Chris Meyer submits a personal, highly subjective and utterly biased report on Chicago's summer music extravaganza. Well, he was only there for a day.

Is it Live, or Is It Art?

Feature | Topic: Live | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

Leaving the comforts of the studio behind, the Art of Noise step out into the real world of live music, taking their MIDI technology with them. Chris Meyer lends an ear to see how they fare.

The New Standard

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Dec 1986
MIDI Sample Dump Standard

Chris Meyer reports on a new system that could revolutionise the way we treat sound samples - the MIDI Sample Dump Standard - and uncovers its usage in the Prophet 2000 sampler.

Digidesign SoftSynth Version 2.0

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1987

The program that can turn your sampler into a synthesiser has added an FM synthesis string to its bow, yet doesn't promise to be a DX replacement. Mac addict Chris Meyer takes a look.

Modes of Confusion

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Music Technology, Mar 1987

Chris Meyer attempts to unravel the mysteries of MIDI's various operating modes, and dispels the myth that some recent instruments have new ones built into them.

Oberheim Prommer

Feature | Music Technology, Apr 1987

Chris Meyer takes an in-depth look at Oberheim's EPROM burner and reader, and considers its renewed significance in the light of continually evolving MIDI applications.

Dumping Grounds - Part 1

Feature Series | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Apr 1987

The start of another series, in which Chris Meyer reveals just how useful the new MIDI Sample Dump Standard can be in everyday applications.

We Can't Go On... - Part 1

Feature Series | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Apr 1987

...Beating like this. We start a major new series on how to make your drum machine - no matter what its spec - sound more interesting, both sonically and rhythmically. Your guides are Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson.

We Can't Go On... - Part 2

Feature Series | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, May 1987
...Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson with the second part in our series on better drum programming. This month: how to make your percussion sounds stand out from the crowd.

Quick, Quick, Slow

Feature | Topic: MIDI | Music Technology, Jun 1987

Much has been said on the subject of MIDI delays, but so far the truth has been difficult to uncover beneath a flurry of rumour and debate. Chris Meyer gives us the lowdown.

Dumping Grounds - Part 2

Feature Series | Topic: MIDI, Sampling | Music Technology, Jun 1987

The industrious Chris Meyer again, with the latest news on MIDI Sample Dump Standard. What exactly is the value of transferring a sample from one machine to another?

We Can't Go On... - Part 3

Feature Series | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jun 1987
Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. In the third part in our series on creative drum programming, Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson take a detailed look at the various trigger-to-MIDI converters now available.

MIDI Time Code

Feature | Topic: MIDI, Syncronisation | Music Technology, Jul 1987

The marriage between MIDI and SMPTE is now complete, but the burning question remains: how will musicians and engineers benefit from it? Chris Meyer traces the link from its source to its users.

The Regeneration Game

Feature | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Jul 1987
Sampler Updates

Leading the battle against planned obsolescence are the sampler manufacturers, whose machines receive updates almost monthly. We re-test three samplers to find out how they've changed.

A Deeper Wave

Feature | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Aug 1987
Wavetable Synthesis

Many of today's popular digital synthesisers use variations on "wavetable synthesis". Chris Meyer explains what this mystical but powerful method is all about.

We Can't Go On... - Part 5

Feature Series | Music Technology, Aug 1987
...Beating Like This

If conventional drum pads sound old hat, Matt Isaacson and Chris Meyer might have a few ideas for you as they check out the alternatives in our series on creative drum programming.

We Can't Go On... - Part 6

Feature Series | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Sep 1987
...Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. If your drum machine is too robotic and your drum kit is too static, Matt Isaacson and Chris Meyer's tour of 'alternative' percussion controllers may be right up your street.

Every Little Bit

Feature | Topic: Digital Audio, Sampling | Music Technology, Nov 1987

Sound quality has long been a grey area in the world of sampling. Chris Meyer finds out it takes more than "bits" to make a sampler sound good.

The Art of Looping - Part 1

Feature Series | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Dec 1987

Contrary to popular belief, glitching isn't a social embarrassment it's simply the sign of a bad loop; Chris Meyer and Bill Aspromonte suggest ways of improving your sampling techniques.

The Art of Looping - Part 2

Feature Series | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Jan 1988

In the second part in our series on successful sample looping Chris Meyer concentrates on the mysteries and subtleties of crossfade looping.

The Art of Looping - Part 3

Feature Series | Topic: Sampling | Music Technology, Feb 1988

The final part of this series on creating good sample loops. This month it's yesterday's synthesisers that submit their sounds to the digital manipulation of Chris Meyer.

All About Additive - Part 1

Feature Series | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, Apr 1988

In the first of a two-part series, Chris Meyer looks into the workings of additive synthesis and how it can be used to accurately mimic naturally-occurring sounds.

All About Additive - Part 2

Feature Series | Topic: Synthesis & Sound Design | Music Technology, May 1988

In the final part of a look into the world of additive synthesis, Chris Meyer explains the different approaches to additive synthesis adopted by various manufacturers and which synths have employed them.

 

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