Used to control the Audity (shown) and other synths, this was the first polyphonic digital keyboard with a built-in sequencer.
First synthesizer with a built-in digital sequencer whose events could be edited on a CRT video display.
ROLAND DIGITAL CONTROL BUS
This direct precursor of MIDI debuted in the Juno-60 and Jupiter-8 synths and the JSQ-60 and MSQ-700 sequencers.
First MIDI-equipped synth to go on sale. The Yamaha DX7 followed shortly thereafter.
DR. T’S ALGORITHMIC COMPOSER
This precursor to KARMA, and Stylus RMX’s Chaos Generator, ran on the Commodore 64. Jan Hammer used it for Miami Vice soundtrack ideas.
MULTITRACK SEQUENCING SOFTWARE
Hybrid Arts MIDITrack (shown) for Atari, Opcode MIDIMac for Mac, and Dr. T’s Keyboard Controlled Sequencer for Commodore 64.
The first multitimbral MIDI synth featured 49 miniature keys and digital “phase distortion” synthesis.
A short-lived but capable MIDI competitor. You could record the OB-8 synth on the DSX sequencer (6,000 notes; ten tracks), and tempo sync to the DMX drum machine.
Now a Cycling ’74 program, it introduced realtime, user-programmable MIDI processing.
OPCODE STUDIO VISION
First MIDI sequencer to include audio tracks streaming directly through the computer’s CPU.
SEER SYSTEMS REALITY
First soft synth to run directly on your computer’s CPU. It required a Creative Labs sound card, which may have limited its popularity.
OPEN SOUND CONTROL
OSC is introduced as a next-generation music control language, and is still making inroads thanks to apps like TouchOSC (shown).