[sdiy] SF Bay Area Alert: Dave Smith at CCRMA today

Terry Shultz thx1138 at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 5 22:00:31 CEST 2014

Hi All,

I have known Dave Smith clear back in the days I worked for Tom Oberheim 
and Dave Rossum at E-mu.

Much work was done by many folks,i.e. E-mu designed/patented the 
Polykeyboard technology, AutoTune, several SSM chips . Stanford CCRMA 
and John Chowning developed the FM Synthesis ip licensed to Yamaha. List 
is large....

I am just happy to see Dave Smith, Tom Oberheim, Don Buchla and many 
other folks still bringing good audio synth's back to another generation 
of musicians in the USA and Rest of World.

Wolfgang Palm, Bob Moog, Ray Kurzweil and many others were high impact 
folks as well. Max Matthews, Dr. Gareth Loy and many others were 
instrumental in software techniques for audio.

So many people deserve remembrance in alternative controllers, Dave 
Simmons, Neil Steiner, Roger Linn, Bill Bernardi r.i.p. "Lyricon" 
inventor and so on....

I wish we could get more of these guys to lecture and put up on YouTube 
their experiences and facts before they fade into the sunset.

Harold Rhodes, of "Rhodes" piano worked down the street from me in 
Fullerton. Harry Chamberlin lived out in Upland not far from me , I was 
happy to be able to have worked ,  cooperated with so many talented 
designers in my time here in Southern Calif.

So let's see if we can get more of these guys to talk to us about what 
has been and could be.

best regards always,


On 6/5/2014 11:30 AM, Donald Tillman wrote:
> On Jun 4, 2014, at 4:14 PM, Doug Terrebonne <dougt55 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> technology. He then took over as President at Seer Systems and developed
>>> the world's first software based synthesizers.
>> Sorry I have to call BS on that. There were software synths well before Seer. Digidesign's SoftSynth and TurboSynth come to mind...
> I don't know much about this area, but let's consider the context.
> DigiDesign's SoftSynth is not real time, right?  It crunches and writes out to a file as it goes, and you get to play the file back later.  I'm guessing Dave Smith was only considering a software synth that could be used in performance.
> And is TurboSynth similar, or does it require DSP hardware or something?
> Also, his talk was strictly about commercial products, he's not including lab or academic work.
> So does the use of the phrase "first software based synthesizer" simply imply commercial, real time, and no hardware support?
>    -- Don
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