Dave Smith (Sequential Circuits) has passed away

We’ve lost a friend which I could spend ages and would’ve written a tribute magnificent enough to warrant a post. Forgive me. I can never meet this great friend Dave Smith who’s legacy is nearly touching the entirety of computer music technology of today. Sequential Circuits Prophet 5. Korg Wavestation. I read some better tributes and he seemed very humble for a giant man. Synthesizer nerd stuff. He was the coolest. I got Sequential Circuits Tom.

-Fumu / Esopus

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And let’s not forget that he proposed and co-invented MIDI!

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Christian,

Upon re-write I removed that because I felt too nerdy putting that. He has said in interview that only the Japanese manufacturers agreed to talk to him so Sequential and the big Japanese manufactures debated it for a long time. They didn’t have it perfect but it was all kind of clandestine and they didn’t form a laboratory test on it. Today the DIN-5 plug still is standard.

-Fumu / Esopus

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Dave Smith’s original proposal for midi had many useful suggestions including device ID so you could merge without much bother. That, and several other ‘ideas’ never made it to midi.

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How I found out was seeing the thumbnail for this video this morning. Having now watched the interview, I highly recommend it. Especially if you’ve never heard him interviewed before.

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