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Dave Smith’s Mopho

Posted on 18 February 2013 by MasterDelight

You like that big bass? You like that fun, easy sequencing? You like that quality sound? You will love the Mopho by Dave Smith. Check out the video demo below to check out just how fun this little synth can be.

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NAMM 2013 – Dave Smith Prophet 12

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

Holy smokes this thing looks awesome! 12 voices and an amazing architecture. I talked with their head embedded engineer and he said it used six SHARCS. Yes, I said SIX.

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NAMM 2013 – MIDI turns 30

Posted on 25 January 2013 by diode

MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) has turned 30 this year. Originally conceived by Dave Smith of Sequential circuits as a way to control one synth with another, MIDI has been one of the most useful and enduring standards in the music intsrument manufacturing world. Happy Birthday MIDI! I don’t know of many other standards that have had such staying power.

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a couple of the first MIDI capable synths

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the 20th anniversary sign with Bob Moog’s signature

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BBC article on how MIDI changed the world

Posted on 30 November 2012 by diode

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From the article:
“What MIDI did is it allowed the first home studios to be born,” “The computers were fast enough to be able to sequence notes, control the number of keyboards and drum machines at the same timeā€¦ it kind of opened up a whole new industry.” -Dave Smith

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Dave Smith Tempest analog drum machine

Posted on 03 February 2011 by diode

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The newly announced Tempest digitally controlled analog drum machine from Dave Smith instruments looks amazing. I was fortunate enough to speak with Dave Smith himself at their namm both this year. Very nice guy … he even answered my question about how they still manage to acquire curtis chips for production. They apparently have them fabbed custom in batches to make it still possible to use in their new designs. Back to the tempest … it has 6 drum voices with 2 analog oscillators and 2 digital oscillators per voice. The OLED display looks beautiful as well. Watch the video below!

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