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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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The Changing Fortunes of the MIDI Manufacturing Sector

The Changing Fortunes of the MIDI Manufacturing Sector

(p.344) 18 The Changing Fortunes of the MIDI Manufacturing Sector
Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

By the early 2000s the significance of the personal computer as an alternative medium for audio synthesis had become all too apparent, forcing hardware manufacturers fundamentally to rethink their design and marketing strategies in order to compete effectively with this growing threat to their longer term survival. As a result a significant consolidation occurred through company mergers, leading to a rationalization of product ranges and reductions in manufacturing costs in order to achieve more competitive pricing. An early casualty was the fully programmable sampler, given the ease with which its functions could be replicated using computer software. The primary advantage of these hardware-based products lay in the continuing availability of a custom-designed physical control surface, a feature especially important in performance situations.

Keywords:   Chapter keywords: digital audio, hardware, retro-synthesis, sampler, software, workstation

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