Using analog tape, it and the Chamberlin
were the first keyboards to play
recorded sounds of real instruments.
Based on a DEC PDP-8 computer,
it had then-unheard-of 12-bit/22kHz
First sampling workstation. Created signature
sounds for Kate Bush (shown),
Thomas Dolby, and many others.
First “affordable” ($8,000) sampler you
could easily throw on a keyboard stand.
First integrated drum machine/
sequencer/sampler. Ancestor of Akai
First actually affordable (approx.
$1,500) sampler for the weekendgigging
First affordable, mass-produced sampler
to up audio resolution to 12 bits.
Its crunchy, grimy sound and oddball
swing/shuffle propelled countless
Designed by Roger Linn. Arguably the
single most important beatbox after
the Roland TR-808.
BITHEADZ UNITY DS-1
First soft sampler to offer many of the
features of today’s plug-ins.
First soft sampler to stream samples
directly from hard disk.
First clip-oriented soft sampler you
could truly play like an instrument.