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Begin and using MIDI

To be equipped to start

One day, at the beginning of 1992, by looking at the advertisements of a music magazine, I was attracted by the price of a small sound-module with the format "computer-box". It was the Roland CM-32P, sound generator with 64 presets resulting from the sound module U-220 (31 voices of polyphony, multitimbral 6 parts, integrated reverb, port for a sound card from the SN-U110 Series Sound Library, no drum channel, programmable only by MIDI…). The advertiser broke the prices, oddment of the instrument ! Blow, next saturdays, I went in this Parisian store to buy the machine. With, it was necessary a keyboard controler. The salesman proposed to me Roland PC-200. Immediately returned at my home I connected the engine on my hi-fi stereo. The sounds were sampled (only) in 12 bits, and that it was definitely more beautiful than the 8 bits of Replay-4 Microdeal !

The CM-32P from ROLAND

Minou, a friend of childhood, lent PRO24 to me, so that I can fix my compositions. I recorded them on K7 to make them listen. While speaking about my passion in my entourage, a college of office says to me that he knew somebody who used CUBASE on Atari, and whom he was going to speak to him about the fact that I made. Thus I could discover the sequencer leader. There was well Notator, the competing product, but its use was much less intuitive at my eyes.

But, with my six ways of multitimbrality, it cruelly missed the beat/rhythm given by the drum and the percussions. "Good, it still will be necessary to make heat the credit card" am I say ! "While looking at more closely in the classified advertissements, perhaps I will find something ?". And well yes, of the stores specialized in the trade of musical instruments of secondhand make eighth, quarters, to see even full pages of advertising !". It's by this skew that I found a new instrument: the Roland MT-32. And I do not have change this mode of acquisition since. I had finally the channel "Drums" which was missing to me, with a multitimbrality of 8 ways, a polyphony of 32 voices. There like CM-32P, it was only programmable by MIDI.

The MT-32 from ROLAND

A few times afterwards, I resold these instruments which I found too summary to buy, always secondhand, models of the higher category: a Roland U-110 at the end of 1992, then a Roland D-110 at the beginning of 1993 (Roland ! Roland ! Roland !... and yes I like this manufacturer !). The instruments and some multi-effects which I describe on this site, I acquired them gradually, year after year, often used (store or private individual). The purchase of a new material can be guided by the desire for being with the top level, as in microcomputer. But then I put myself two questions: this synthesizer quickly won't be exceeded: (by a competitor or worse: a version 2 of same manufacturing, frustrating !), is it worth really all the money which I put inside (purchase price divided by the number of hours of use before nonuse or resale) ? In any event, technical progress and investment never did good housework ! Then, at lower cost, in the "second hand" I find a material balancing as well as possible, for my particular situation, price and performances. It's the requirement in new sounds which often generates the need for acquisition. Ah, the sound pallet !…

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