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Experiments, Experiences and Philosophy
History of Sound
Roland releses the TR-808 drum machine in 1980.
The E-mu Emulator was released as well as the PPG Wave.
Roland released their Jupiter-8, polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled.
In 1982 Passport Designs developed with their “Soundchaser” the concept of synthesizers as a computer peripheral.
In 1982, flutist Larry Beauregard connected his flute to Di Giugno´s aX audio processor, enabling real-time pitch following.
In 1982 Commodore release their C64, which enabled a broad public to make their first steps in producing music by a computer
In 1982 Roland released the TB-303, a bass synth, most often used by Chicago house producers.
In 1982 Roland released the legendary SH-101, one of the favourites of dance music producers of the time.
In 1983 Yamaha´s DX7 so called FM synth (in fact it was PM) conquered the popular music of the 1980s.
MIDI technology (Developed by Dave Smith and Roland) was standardized in 1983 by a panel of music industry representatives
Miller-Puckette develops the graphic signal-processing software MAX in the mid 1980s.
Roland´s Alpha Juno appeared in 1985, but was mostly used by techno producers in the 1990s.
In 1985 both, Atari and Commodore released their personal computers equipped with MIDI music software.
Laurie Spiegel develops the “Music Mouse – and Intelligent Instrument” for Macintosh, Amiga and Atari computers in 1986.
Barry Truax developed a way to create granular synthesis in real time in 1986.
Rolands D-50 of 1987 combined sample-based synthesis and onboard digital effects.
The Korg M1 from 1988 started the era of workstations based on ROM sample sounds.
Peavey´s DPM-3 of 1990 was the first commercially availyble synthesizer, which was completely based on standard DSPs (digital signal processors).