HARDWAREPERIPHERIQUES ★ DHCP Midi interface and 8 track sequencer software ★

Audio - Dhcp Midi Interface (Amstrad Computer User)Hardware Peripheriques
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This is the easiest Midi software and interface set to drive. No bells or whistles - or icons for that matter.

The display is simple to read, self-explanatory and clear to look at. As a lover of icons I was a little disappointed at the lack of them, but after using the sequencer I am converted. An 8 track recording studio is a reasonable description.

Eight separate tracks, each working in real time - what you plays is what you hears -with the ability to quantify notes, which means to put them right if you play out of time.

Each track can be looped to save repetition and, as you record, an indicator decrements from 100 per cent to zero. A metronome, which sounds like that infuriating handclap on Hooked On Classics, is there to help you stay in time.

The software will save program or patch changes. There is a notepad, useful for remembering which track is bass, piano, drums and so on. All Midi channels are accessible from individual tracks and velocity - how hard you thump the keys - is stored if your keyboard can send the data for it.

The first time I had to refer to the manual was when charged with the task of reviewing it, and then only to check if there were any more features lurking.

If you are a Music Machine owner and you are wishing that you'd waited for this 8 track polyphonic package, there's some good news for you. DHCP do the sequencer configured for the Music Machine as well.

For references on DHCP Electronics, apply to Jean-Michel Jarre - it was David Hickford at DHCP who did the software for the Laser-harp at the Docklands concert.

ACU #8902

★ YEAR: 1989
★ PRICE: The DHCP Midi interface and 8 track sequencer software {on disc) costs £104.90. The software alone, configured for the Music Machine if required, costs £34.95 on disc.

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