MATRIXSYNTH: Dave Smith Talk on the History of Synths Tomorrow at Stanford University's CCRMA Open to the Public

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Dave Smith Talk on the History of Synths Tomorrow at Stanford University's CCRMA Open to the Public

via CCRMA

Hopefully someone will record it and put it online for those of us that can't make it. Update: embed below!

"Dave Smith will discuss the interesting history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

Bio: Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits in the mid-70s. In 1977, he designed the Prophet-5, the world's first microprocessor-based musical instrument. This revolutionary product was the world's first polyphonic and programmable synth, and set the standard for all synth designs that have followed. The Prophet instruments played a major part in the recordings of all popular music styles, and are still prized by musicians today.

Dave is also generally known as the driving force behind the generation of the MIDI specification in 1981-in fact, he coined the acronym. In 2013, Dave received a Grammy in recognition of his role in the development of MIDI. After Sequential, Dave was President of DSD, Inc, an R&D division of Yamaha, where he worked on physical modeling synthesis and software synthesizer concepts. He then started the Korg R&D group in California, designing the Wavestation products and other technology. He then took over as President at Seer Systems and developed the world's first software based synthesizers.

In 2002, Dave founded Dave Smith Instruments to develop new hardware instruments like the Evolver, Mopho, and Prophet synthesizers, as well as the Tempest drum machine, co-designed with Roger Linn. His latest instrument is the hybrid digital/analog Prophet-12 synthesizer."

CCRMA Colloquium - Dave Smith Instruments

Streamed live on Jun 4, 2014 ccrmalite1·192 videos

At 13:10: MIDI could have been named UMII pronounced YouMe which stood for (Universal Music Instrument Interface). The name was suggested by Roland's founder Ikutaro Kakahashi.

"Dave Smith, designer of the Prophet-5 analog synthesizer will discuss the interesting history of synths, moving from analog to digital to software and now back to analog.

More information:

https://ccrma.stanford.edu/events/dav..."

via Andy Joyce on Facebook

Also see John Bowen's talk on the History of Sequential Circuits.

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