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Dan Alvarez is an Emmy award-winning composer and producer based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Bibio is Stephen Wilkinson from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, England. His works from 2005 to 2009 consisted mostly of acoustic guitar and tape manipulation which can be described as tape-warbled, half-remembered, nostalgia-inducing folk.

We compared the sound similarities and functions of our Jupiter 8 with the new Roland Boutique series synth the JU-08.

Deep Signal Studios will hold its first Vintage Synth Recording Workshop in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 11, 2016 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, at the Handbag Factory in Downtown Los Angeles. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop, headphones, and audio interface to track vintage synthesizer parts for their midi sequences or live keyboard playing. This workshop is a unique opportunity for producers to use highly-sought after vintage hardware synths for their music productions. This is a free event.

UPDATE: We have announced a 2016 event. Details here.

UPDATE: See photos and videos of this 2015 event.

Kurzweil Mark 6, Mark 8, Mark 10 and Mark 110 save song files in a proprietary Kurzweil format (.SNG). These files are not compatible with any sequencer outside of the Kurzweil unit itself. In order to load these files into a modern DAW/sequencer they must first be converted to standard midi files.

Digital Orchestrator Pro was Voyetra's flagship digital audio workstation. It handled multi-track midi sequencing and audio, and projects were saved in a proprietary .ORC format. We can convert Digital Orchestrator Pro .ORC files to .MID, or deliver them to you in Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Ableton, Garage Band, or any other sequencer file format you wish.

The Alesis MMT8 was a popular hardware midi sequencer made in the late 80’s. In many ways it was the precursor to Roland’s GrooveBox series with its row of 8 track select/mute buttons and shift-function buttons. It was famously used by Orbital throughout the 90’s in their live shows. They would often stop half way through a set to load the second batch of songs into their multiple MMT8s from tape.

Voyetra Sequencer Plus Gold was a mid 80's midi sequncing software that ran in DOS on IBM 268, 386, and 486 PCs. It was used by video game music producer Bobby Prince to compose the music for the first iterations of clasic PC games like Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, and the Duke Nukem series. It was also used by the Sisters of Mercy Floodland album. DOS midi sequencers on vintage hardware, including VSGP, are notable for their accurate timing in comparison to more modern computer based midi sequencers.

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