Music Tech Samplers Chronology

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Key presses trigger a short tape loop to start playing. Common timbres: strings, brass, flute and choir.Beatles - ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’
1962, Mellotron
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Digital sampling facility. Michael Jackson- Thriller Album
1978, Synclavier
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As with synclavier, the quality of the digital sampling evolved until the release of the series II in ‘82. Peter Gabriel Album
1981, Fairlight CMI
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Low memory and low sample rates resulting in grainy low quality samples. Affordable price.
1981, E-MU Emulator
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Only capable of bit depth of 12-bits, still quite highly prized because of the lo-fi nature of its samples.
1986, AKAI S9000
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Includes effects such as reverb and chorus.
1994, E-MU ESI Series
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One of the first software samplers, helped revolutionise the world of sampling. It is only limited by the host’s computer’s memory and processing power.
1997, Nemesys Gigasampler
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First drum machine
1931, Rhythmicon
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First programmable drum machine, produces sounds using analogue synthesis.
1978, Roland CR-78
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First drum machine using digital sampling to produce the drum sounds.
1979, Linn LM-1
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Distinctly analogue sounds
1980, Roland TR-808
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Analogue synth for drums, digital sampling for cymbals.
1984, Roland TR-909
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Fully programmable, digital drum machine with pads to assist with programming.
1988, AKAI MPC60
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Digital sampling facility. Michael Jackson- Thriller Album

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1978, Synclavier

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As with synclavier, the quality of the digital sampling evolved until the release of the series II in ‘82. Peter Gabriel Album

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Low memory and low sample rates resulting in grainy low quality samples. Affordable price.

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Only capable of bit depth of 12-bits, still quite highly prized because of the lo-fi nature of its samples.

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