The Prophet from Silicon Valley: The Complete Story of by Dave Smith, David Abernethy

By Dave Smith, David Abernethy

The tale of Sequential Circuits, the best synthesizer producer of the Nineteen Eighties. one of many nice American synthesizer businesses, based and led by way of San Francisco electronics and laptop graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. prepared the ground for tune of the longer term. Smith introduced effortless, reasonable and robust polyphonic synthesis to all degrees of song construction within the kind of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer. published in 1978, the Prophet led the recent wave circulate into the subsequent decade, making a sonically fascinating soundtrack to eighties tradition. It elevated the palette of all track genres and was once embraced via execs and amateurs alike. Sequential Circuits went directly to create extra leading edge strategies and items resembling programmable results, MIDI, multitimbrality, top quality sampling, laptop and MPC structures and plenty of extra. this present day the Prophet-5 is especially a lot sought-after as a type of actually iconic vintage musical tools. The ebook positive aspects many specific and hugely wonderful and informative tales from ex-Sequential employees, tune moguls, and well-known keyboard gamers. comprises over 240 pictures and illustrations (paperback)

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By Dave Smith, David Abernethy

The tale of Sequential Circuits, the best synthesizer producer of the Nineteen Eighties. one of many nice American synthesizer businesses, based and led by way of San Francisco electronics and laptop graduate, Dave Smith, Sequential Circuits Inc. prepared the ground for tune of the longer term. Smith introduced effortless, reasonable and robust polyphonic synthesis to all degrees of song construction within the kind of the ground-breaking Prophet-5 synthesizer. published in 1978, the Prophet led the recent wave circulate into the subsequent decade, making a sonically fascinating soundtrack to eighties tradition. It elevated the palette of all track genres and was once embraced via execs and amateurs alike. Sequential Circuits went directly to create extra leading edge strategies and items resembling programmable results, MIDI, multitimbrality, top quality sampling, laptop and MPC structures and plenty of extra. this present day the Prophet-5 is especially a lot sought-after as a type of actually iconic vintage musical tools. The ebook positive aspects many specific and hugely wonderful and informative tales from ex-Sequential employees, tune moguls, and well-known keyboard gamers. comprises over 240 pictures and illustrations (paperback)

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