Self-described nerd Bethany Fournier shared this video, demonstrating sequencing a studio of gear using a 30+ year old Macintosh SE computer and an early version of Cubase Lite.
Here’s what Fournier has to say about it:
When I found this Macintosh while picking in a barn a few years ago, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. This then unleashed a lot of time and energy spent researching and figuring out what I needed to do to make this happen. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot harder than I thought.
I now have a working Mac SE that is able to control my studio via MIDI, and I love it. It’s interesting to see how music had to be made back then.
The closest thing I’ve been able to liken it to is LARPing. When you have something like this, you get to LARP as a bedroom composer in the 90’s, figuring out exactly the tricks they had to use to make the sounds they wanted.
If you have the same questions as my friends: why? I can give you the short answer and the long answer.
The short answer is that I’m a nerd who gets obsessed with things easily and needed something to focus on during quarantine.
The long answer is that I started to notice when listening to old computer-sequenced dance music that there was an interesting sort of lag happening. It wasn’t each track drifting out of time, because it didn’t continue to get worse over the course of the song, but every now and then some things were slightly out of time, and then would resync themselves. I wanted to be able to make that myself.
It comes from the computer not having enough RAM to run all the tracks simultaneously, so sometimes a few hi-hat beats may be off time because the bassline came in. To me, it’s fascinating. If you read this entire thing, thank you. I hope you enjoy the nerdiness as much as I do.