My personal Audio Equipment History since 1990... or the soft switch from Steinberg to Logic 
A complete Music Studio inside my MacBook Pro. This is all what I ever needed. Thinking back 2 decades, there was an complete different workflow for audio(sound) recording. Digital Recording was "Science fiction". Because the Computer Hardware was just able to play 4 different colors and regulary NO SOUND on an 8000 $ IBM compatible PC. With an expensive midiboard it was possible to run the first Digital MIDI Sequencer Software Cubase (Steinberg) and Notator Logic on that kind of personal computer.

For an young student like me, it was just not affordable. I remember as my one year older brother Matthias showed up with an IBM compatible PC, loaded with the first Midi Sequencing System from the german company STEINBERG. Please Imagine, the fat computer just runs on 25MHz CPU Speed, it was one of the first x386 Processors inside. The 800kb/sec Harddrive was with 200MByte smaller than YOUR USB Drive 5 years ago!!!

There was no way to even record an Voice Over, or an Lead Vocal track. As so, we had our workarounds with this... because what WE DID... WAS ALREADY the FUTURE.

I for myself choosed to buy an "inexpensive COMMODORE AMIGA" computer. It was an integrated system including the complete A500 plus an CDRom Drive and integrated MIDI interface. But an HARDDISC was not even an OPTION at this time.

To boot that proprietary machine from FLOPPY DISK tooks around 6 minutes. And the ONLY available compatible MIDI Music Software "Bars & Pipes Professional" needed also around 5 minutes to get done.

Here comes an screenshot from the last and most advanced Bars & Pipes version:


And here it comes: As I was able to feed / record my Commodore CDTV with MIDI DATA... I could manipulate them and play out the MIDI tracks in real time.
So I decided to buy an analogue cassete tape based 4track recording/ mixing system. the Fostex XR5:


So my question to all "OLD SCHOOL" Audio Engineers around there: How did I syncronize the MIDI Playback with the Tape Playback to play BOTH MACHINES in SYNC & TIME?

Right, I needed some equipment TO CONVERT the MIDI Signal in an (later)readable AUDIO SIGNAL ... to record this FSK (Frequency Shift Key)MIDI Timecode on ONE of 4 tracks on the analog tape recorder.

So i also bought the Roland TR 626 Drum Computer from a second hand shop. Because this machine was an ideal MIDI > FSK(analog audio) Timecode converter.



Please Remind... NEVER EVER the MIDI MACHINE controlled the ANALOG TAPE Playback.
BUT: if i recorded that continous running TIMECODE audio signal to ONE of my available 4 Tracks.... I was able to SYNC the COMPUTER to the TAPE.

Yes, 16 MIDI Tracks feeded 16 different Instuments(Drums/Bass/Piano/Keyboard/Synthesizer) with control data... and 3 additional ANALOG audio tracks played Lead Voice , Backing Voice and real GUITAR.

This all was happen from 1989-1993. And at this time i was really proud of the results...
In 1992, I was one of the first people in europe who ordered an Philips DCC 900 as my personal DIGITAL MASTER RECORDER.


As digital high- end recording systems became more affordable for everyone; this was in 2002... I switched to the MOTU 828 firewire based multitrack recording interface.

Very long time I used also the following analogue & digital music synthesizer: Korg Poly800, Casio CZ201s, Yamaha DX11, Korg 05R/W and the external analog studio effect systems: Alesis Midiverb3, Digitech DSP16, also the superfast and cool sidechain stereo gate/compressor/limiter "DoD866SeriesII" together with an inexpensive 16 Channel console from "behringer". I preferred to use high end Condenser microphones (from the american company CAD) for singing lead voices, acoustic guitars, violins and every kind of real existing noise.




Today I use just Steinberg or Apple Logic Software to create approximately 128 different Audio Tracks, who playback simultan and completely mixed SURROUND ENSEMBLES with EQ, AUX, SENDS, INSERTS, in incredible 24bit/192khz, unlimited SUBGROUPS/BUSSES up to Dolby Digital 5.1, 6.1, DTS, CINEMA SURROUND, THX /Sony SDDS.
The SOFTWARE follows now the HARDWARE: hands on real 100mm Motor faders MIDI Console .

Welcome in the (already existing) FUTURE of Audio and Video in High Definition!




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