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A hardware sampler from Yamaha? What madness was this? Time to reminisce about the Yamaha A3000,Star Trek, and the mashed-potato song…


It’s 1997 and a young Holmes is in the middle of his Music Tech A Levels. After getting his hands on a shiny silver Korg Trinity for synth and sound duties, his attention turns to hardware samplers, but which should he go for? The Akai S2000 seems a reasonably priced and highly praised staple, or there’s EMU’s ESI-32, with its characterful filters and (moderately) large screen… But wait! What’s this? Yamaha has just released a feature-packed 2U rack sampler for around the same price. Sold! It was a while back now, but I seem to remember my thought process went something along those lines. At the time, Yamaha wasn’t really known for sampling, so it was a bit of a shock release. And also, it was, God forbid, blue. It seems weird saying that out loud, based on the colours of today’s hardware, but at the time, this was a pretty avant-garde move. The RRP for the A3000 was £1,299, with a few additional upgrade options to boost the paltry 2MB of memory and add additional outputs and a SCSI port. After saving up some money, I got mine with a few of the extras, and began my sampling odyssey.

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Now settled into 2018 we look ahead to the future of music. With NAMM 2018 behind us we had a chance to ponder on the many new and exciting pieces of tech we saw and their impact on music creation. In this issue, we bring you our annual show report, containing info on all the latest tech that you can expect to get your hands on in 2018. In keeping with the ‘future’ theme, our lead interview highlights the work of the legendary technological pioneers at the Bell Labs and their collaboration with artist Beatie Wolfe. Their augmented reality, 3D work Raw Space reimagines the album as a multi-sensory, immersive experience. We also speak to Aki Mäkivirta from Genelec about the advanced tech at the heart of the award-winning The Ones monitors. Elsewhere this issue, we have a guide to taking your mixes to the stage, our usual tips and tutorials and an expanded reviews section. We hope you enjoy the issue…