Roland today released this video celebrating the 30th Anniversary of MIDI, which has become a massively important industry standard, due to the vision of Sequential Circuit’s Dave Smith, Roland’s Ikutaro Kakehashi and others.
The article quotes MIDI creator Dave Smith on the origin of MIDI:
“You could play one keyboard with your right hand and another keyboard with your left hand,” says Dave Smith, a synthesiser manufacturer from California who was working on the issue back then. ”But [musicians] couldn’t play more than one at the same time because there was no way of electrically interconnecting them,” he remembers.
“Computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same time? it kind of opened up a whole new industry.”
In this two-part video review, Neil of airusersblog takes a look at the Arturia Prophet V, an expanded software emulation of a vintage synth classic – the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 vintage Synthesizer.
This video captures a studio tour with Canadian duo Chromeo (Patrick Gemayel and David Macklovitch). They talk some pretty serious geek, show off their great collection of vintage and recent gear and demonstrate how they use it in their work.