NEW VLOG N°4: “Dawn of the DAW”
Come! Join us! Let’s go waaaay back in time – back to when it all started!

  • Adriaan Taylor

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62468a86be9b26d9bdb9a723617e9b09e44f4bbdf7b9b36bcb10b6ba946720f1.jpg Been a long journey for sure. Back in the day i was on an apple 2gs on this internet that thing lasted me 10 years! – had a syquest 88meg cartridge harddrive and 12×12 pen tablet way back when.. music programs were clunky but in some ways it was more fun then now.. Today for me anyway i do everything live.. not line by line. _”i subscribe to the Vangelis way of working” So an odd setup. But loving the retrospective look back.. ! Thanks – http://adriaantaylor.com/#demos

  • I started in the late ’70’s. After being a drummer for some years, I picked up keyboards at a local Synth shop in Scottsdale, AZ. My first that I owned was an Ensoniq EPS sampler, 61-note keyboard. It used floppy discs to load banks of samples, 8-bit mostly some were 12-bit later on. Then I worked on an album and brought in the ARP 2600, The Oberheim Matrix and a mini Moog. WOW! incredible sounds. Went directly to 2″ analog tape. I also bought the Korg M-1, Roland U-110 and later the Kurzweil all rack modules and MIDI driven from the Ensoniq. Worked on scoring industrial videos, commercial spots and later sporting events and animations. My next keyboard was the Ensoniq TS-12 with a 12-track sequencer and banks of FM sounds. Could also load from floppy discs, my old EPS samples. Today? A big MAC with SSD drives. And 10TB of sample storage. Including quite a few 8Dio libraries. 🙂

    But now I find myself getting back to analog synthesis. Using Modular synths. ZebraHZ, V3 from Arturia, etc. And creating my own sounds as I did back in the day. Still use some libraries, but I have found my scoring and sound design work has flourished since going back to basics. Got to create your own sound these days as competitive as the sound and scoring market is.

  • Peter White

    I credit 8Dio for helping me realize the folly of addition. Beauty can always be reduced to a simple essence that you love. I stopped buying instruments that don’t make me feel something in one note.

    When you already have that essential beauty, adding stuff hides it. If you lack the beauty, cramming more notes, more tracks, more effects is fruitless. Worse is when you add so much shit, you convince yourself that it’s good.

    It’s the same with every art – music, film, food. One good ingredient is all you need. Ten bad ingredients is brown mush.

    How about some activities to help wake everyone up? “Post your favorite recording produced in awesome simplicity”. Or “Three track throwdown” – make something wonderful and complete, using only three tracks.

    I’m glad you raise this. Technology is at once a savior and a false god.

  • Michael Koumbas

    oh Man you blew me away!! Love this video! You forgot to mention Shadow of the Beast on the Amiga 500!!!!

  • My god a trip down memory lane. Our family got a C64 in 83′. The Amiga 256 in 85′. Pro Tracker was fantastic. I still use my Korg M1 as a midi keyboard. I have a Roland MC-505 with that optical encoder as well. lovely video.

  • bruno clement

    Nostalgia… some good memories are forming in my head as I have been watching your video. I have not forgotten exactly but it is so different now (there are cheap emulations of the Fairlight CMI or even the Synclavier as VST plugins now. Who would have thought back then ?). I started out with Digital performer on Macintosh, a MT32, A FB01, a DX 21, a Juno…). Then I got an Atari 1040 (with a midi port ! ) and an incredible software called Pro24. Then came Cubase (that one is still around obviously, but it has changed so much). Then I stopped doing music for about 10 years and when I went back to it I had almost to learn everything from scratch. There were audio, midi, samples, librairies, effects, tools to mix and even do the mastering on a single computer. And you could become one of those « bedroom producers » or even practice on a train with a laptop and headphones. I think I always knew it would come to that but it is still mind boggling. And today. I am using a Macbook pro, Ableton live (with all kinds of Max msp tools), a lot of plugins, sample libraries and midi tools, and there is something that is very promising : AI. I am starting to use Orbcomposer, an AI for music composition, and from what I have been reading so far there are quite a lot of interesting things that are coming out of the research labs. It is still very exiting. I agree though, I think simplicity requires that you trust your abilities, it can come with a lot of practice, when you reach the point were you don’t have to show off anymore to express yourself. You are confident. Most of the time, the more simple it gets, the more it « speaks » to your listeners and their emotions. And watever the tools we use that’s the main objective, right ?

    When you are starting, you can be tempted to use too many notes, too many sounds. Great guitar players need only to play the « right notes » in a solo and sometimes it seems so simple yet so powerful. Thank you for these memories, I am going to discover the New Ambient Guitar I just purchased now.