General Discussion: Sequencing & Sounds Then & Now
I’m having some significant learning curve issues migrating from older proprietary hardware sequencers/hardware sounds to CubaseSX & Soft Samplers. I often wonder how others got to where they are and the level of challenges faced.
Regarding Sequencers: When Midi was standardized in the 80’s, did everyone immediately jumped to computer-based, or was the typical migration path first proprietary hardware sequencers and then a slow progression to PC/MAC computer-based sequencing? And when you did try PC/MAC sequencing, what platform/seqencer did you come from and how difficult was the transition? Was it intuitive and fun, or full of bugs, and a tough learning curve? I can only imagine the frustrations for the early adopters of the first MAC/PC sequencing software. It was surprising to read that some of the earliest computers, such as the Commodore, had relatively sophisticated sequencing software.
Regarding Sounds: This I have more knowledge in compared to the progression of sequencing platforms. I guess we are pretty much today in the midst of watching hardware sounds become obsolete and the mass move to soft synths. But I could benefit from hearing other’s perspective on the challenges faced when you moved from proprietary hardware sounds to soft samples. I know I haven’t found it easy.
Although posting in the Gen Discussion forum and off the beaten path, hopefully you have a few free minutes to tell your story sometime. Maybe me (and others in my boat)will receive inspiration and validation that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and to keep enduring.
Some interesting things found on the web -
Analog Sequencers of all things. A Brief history of midi sequencers (from Google search)
Berfore the induction of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) in 1982, there
were analog sequencers. They would spit out pre-programmed voltages to a sound
generator to produce a series of notes. The patterns they played were liimited and
there were not any editing or manipulation capabilities. The early digital sequencers
before MIDI were a blend of the \"then new\" digital technologies and old analog (voltage) technology. They had a digital memory and control voltage inputs. They were more
acurate and in tune than the analog sequencers, but still very limited with no editing or synching capabilities.
Before MIDI there were many compatibility problems... Brand X\'s sequencer might not work with Brand Y\'s synthesizer... This limited musicians to sticking to one brand for
their electronic music gear. Then the MIDI protocol came along. The MIDI protocol
got all different electronic misc devices manufactured by different companies speaking the same language. This allows musicians to mix and match the brands of equipment they use to fit their needs. It also allows for third parties to create all sorts of utilities and
software for MIDI.
ADULT RATED XXX Pics of vintage computer-based sequencing programs: