Using analog tape, it and the Chamberlin were the first keyboards to play recorded sounds of real instruments.
COMPUTER MUSIC MELODIAN
Based on a DEC PDP-8 computer, it had then-unheard-of 12-bit/22kHz resolution.
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 MPC series.
First actually affordable (approx. $1,500) sampler for the weekendgigging masses.
First affordable, mass-produced sampler to up audio resolution to 12 bits.
Its crunchy, grimy sound and oddball swing/shuffle propelled countless rap tracks.
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.