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  • Item Type: Technology
  • Tags: Sampling: A Historical Overview of the Democratization of Music

The capacity to convert audio files into MIDI functions has been a continuous development over the last several decades. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Ableton – which has been in heavy use with musicians of a variety of genres since its…
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The development of a purpose-driven DJ mixer was integral to development and progression of hip hop, disco, and the world of turntablism. Unlike a standard audio mixing board – as one would find in a club or recording studio – DJ mixers typically…
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The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol was first developed in 1981, through the collaborative efforts of Roland-founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, Oberheim Electronics-founder Tom Oberheim, and Sequential Circuits president Dave Smith. The…
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Following hot on the heels of the development of MIDI, Japanese electronics manufacturer Akai – working with Roger Linn, of Linn Electronics – released the first “groove box,” the Akai MPC60, in 1988. Linn – along with companies like Roland – was an…
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The use of magnetic tape for the recording and playback of audio information is a critical part of the history of recorded music. Developed in Germany, in 1928, Fritz Pfleumer was inspired by Oberlin Smith’s invention of recording with magnetic wire.…
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Invented in 1711 by John Shore (Sergeant trumpeter and lutenist of the court), the tuning fork is an acoustic resonator that, when struck, emits a pure musical tone. A tuning fork consists of two prongs, formed by a U-shaped, metal bar (typically…
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Emile Berliner created the first vinyl disc in 1887, following up shortly on the heels of Thomas Edison’s cylindrical phonograph. Initial discs were marketed in Europe, measuring approximately 5” in diameter, and capable of only a very short playback…
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