MATRIXSYNTH: Steinberg Pro16 sequencer from '86 | Grandmother of Cubase

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Steinberg Pro16 sequencer from '86 | Grandmother of Cubase


Espen Kraft

"From 1984 to 1986 Steinberg (Research) developed a sequencer for the Commodore 64, a sequencer that would be known as the Pro16. Which in turn evolved into the well known Pro24 for the Atari ST platform a couple of years later, which in turn saw the birth of Cubase, the mother of all Cubase versions we have now.
Steinberg also built their own MIDI interface cartridge for the C64.

The Pro16 is very rudimentary by today's standards, but still a very fast, easy and fun program to use to flesh out ideas for new songs.

Huge thanks to Chris Wareham for the donation of both the program and MIDI interface for the C64!

The program itself can be found online and run from a floppy emulator for the C64."

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