Early analogue sequencers?

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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by synthroom » Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:45 am

I love that AON disk set.

I suspect that Anne would have just played the improv stuff straight to tape.

You can sync the Fairlight IIx with the General Interface either with a sync tone that the Fairlight generates and then is recorded to tape. I think something around 4000 Hz was recommended in the manual, or you could use SMPTE time code. That way you could strip your sync info and then record as many sets of Page R playback to tape as you had tracks available.

See the bottom of the 6th (?) page of this CMI brochure:
http://www.hollowsun.com/vintage/fairli ... rlight.pdf

Look by the reels of magnetic tape - in the text they point out that you can syncronize 56 voices/tracks of CMI parts with an 8 track tape recorder - that's 8 voices on each of 7 tracks on tape, with the last track being the sync tone/time code.
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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by madtheory » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:17 am

It gives the kind of flexibilty that is totally taken for granted now.

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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by kk994 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:57 am

Thanks for all the responses. Plenty there to keep me busy.

If anybody is interested KVR has a good article written by Chris Halaby, one of OpCodes founders - The Early Days of Software Sequencers

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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by madtheory » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:06 am

Mark Vail's vintage synth book has a chapter on sequencers too. Not complete, but he does describe the Buchla 400. That had a computer running a score editor, but Fairlight got there first.

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Post by synthroom » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:16 pm

I wonder how many of the Buchla 400s were actually produced? The score editor was pretty amazing for 1982, but the volume of music produced was certainly small compared with all the Fairlights that were in all the top studios around the world.

The link to KVR was good. I remember the Commodore 64 had sequencing software too, pretty soon after MIDI came out. I ran a Dr T's sequencer back then.
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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by meatballfulton » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:18 pm

synthroom wrote: I ran a Dr T's sequencer back then.
The Dr. T KCS? Man talk about early MIDI sequencing, it was nothing but an event list! Nowadays I think Cubase is the only DAW that even has an event list, sheesh.

I remember when stuff like Cubase and Master Tracks Pro came out for the Atari with piano roll editing and drawing CCs with a pencil, that blew my mind.

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I got a copy of MTP in a bundle deal with a used Atari ST. I think the program cost about $300 new...a new Atari ST was only $500...and all it could do was sequence 16 tracks of MIDI. But compared to my MSQ-100 it was like science fiction :thumbsup: Notice the UI isn't much different than what you get in modern DAWs.
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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by madtheory » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:39 am

meatballfulton wrote:Nowadays I think Cubase is the only DAW that even has an event list, sheesh
Pro Tools has an Event List. :)

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Post by synthroom » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:05 pm

I use the event list in Cubase 6.5 still. Seems like a good tool to keep around.
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Re: Early analogue sequencers?

Post by synthroom » Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:13 pm

I put together a web page showing various aspects of a Page R sequence - there's a video of the sequence playing, Page 2 showing the files on the floppy disk, the Page 3 and Page 7 setup pages for the voices, Page D waveform images, and then shots of random sequence patterns with some the editing table for one of the patterns shown for each track.

This disk is for a song titled "Love comes quickly" by a band called The Pet Shop Boys -
http://synthroom.com/fairlight-cmi/psb- ... b-lovequi/
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