Chapter 4: MIDI and Electronic Instruments
In This Chapter
Understanding Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
Getting to know synthesizers, drum machines, and other electronic instruments
Synchronizing MIDI devices
My first job in a recording studio was in 1985. I can still remember the first time I walked into that studio. The owner was sitting, arms crossed, in front of the mixing console (called a console in those days because the mixer was an actual piece of furniture that took up nearly the whole room). He looked at me and hit a key on the Macintosh computer sitting next to him. Then all of a sudden, a synthesizer started playing, then another, and yet another. “This is cool,” I thought. But then I heard my nemesis — the drum machine.
Drum machines made me lose my recording gigs as a drummer and drove me to expand my career to that of a recording engineer as well. However, I eventually came to love that drum machine and the many others to follow (sigh). In fact, over the years, I became so captivated by the whole MIDI/drum machine thing that I assembled ...