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Choosing and Using Audio and Music Software by Mike Collins

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1 A Little History

Today, in the first few years of the new millennium, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to music and audio software – whether for Mac or PC. You can buy MIDI sequencers, score-writers, audio waveform editors, multi-track audio recording, editing and mixing packages and virtual studios that fully integrate MIDI + audio + signal processing + virtual instruments.

I’ll make this as brief and to the point as I can, but I do think that it will help you to understand everything better if you know something of how all this came about.

MIDI sequencers

The 1980s was a particularly exciting decade for music technology with the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, the ‘birth’ of MIDI, the Akai S1000 sampler, and the first computer-based sequencers ...

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