MATRIXSYNTH: RIP Roger Nichols - Creator of the Wendel Sampling Computer

Monday, April 18, 2011

RIP Roger Nichols - Creator of the Wendel Sampling Computer
Update: see site for donations.
via Wikipedia: "Roger Scott Nichols (September 22, 1944 – April 9, 2011)[1] was an American seven-time Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and producer. Nichols was best known for his work with the group Steely Dan and John Denver, but his work includes numerous major music acts including the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Crosby Stills & Nash, Al Di Meola, Roy Orbison, Cass Elliot, Pl├ícido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Rickie Lee Jones, Kenny Loggins, Mark Knopfler, Eddie Murphy, Michael McDonald, James Taylor, and Toots Thielemans, among others. In 2006 Nichols' work was formally recognized by The Recording Academy (Grammys) Producers and Engineers Wing."

"In 1978, Nichols pioneered the technique of "digital drum replacement" by inventing the Wendel sampling computer, which was used to provide some of the drum and percussion sounds on Steely Dan's album, Gaucho, notably the song "Hey Nineteen". This technology is now commonplace in music production around the world."

This sad news in via David Lackey of Innerclock Systems


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  2. Please go to Roger's website and donate.



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