As I migrated from Atari 800XL to Atari 1040ST
, I have also switched musical software, from Hybrid Arts MidiTrack II to Steinberg Pro-24
. The Pro-24 had 24 tracks with a more powerful editing engine that allowed for versatile production techniques to be used.
As I had the Roland MT-32 sound engine at the time, I was looking for a graphical editor to be able to program the instrument. Luckily, Steinberg
had at the time Synthworks MT-32, a full programmer/librarian software for Roland MT-32.
Having purchased two software pieces, each requiring a dongle was an issue as Atari 1040ST only had one printer port, in which the dongle is connected to.
The solution was Steinberg Midex, a 4 midi out, two midi in and empty slots for 4 copy protection dongles. This setup allowed me not only to leverage Steinberg M-ROS, which is Steinberg’s pseudo multi tasking features, allowing to run both Pro-24 and Syntheworks MT-32 at the same time, but also 96 midi out ports and 32 midi in ports. I could expand my studio further! Atari 1040 ST with a color display.Steinberg Pro-24 music composition softwareSteinberg Midex hardware
Up until 1986, I was happily programming my beloved Atari 800XL in Basic, Assembler and C, but when I got my first synthesizer, Roland HS-60 (a Juno 106 with speakers) I immediately looked for ways to compose full length musical pieces with it. A local Hybrid Arts distributor provided me with a MidiMate device, connecting the Roland with my compute, also included a copy of Hybrid Arts’ MidiTrack II sequencer software.
As seen in the attached photos, the software’s interface was quite crude, but provided me with hours upon hours of pure fun recording compositions. The album ‘Projects I’ contains music created with that setup.
In the screen image, one can notice 16 tracks, track name, send/receive via up/down arrow, type of midi event, number of transmitted notes and percentage of memory used for that track.
More on Hybrid Arts can be found here
Here’s the full text of the Arrival track transcript. The text is being spoken by a computer software that handles speech to text which undergoes vocoding to melody.
“6000 years ago, the Sumerian civilization had flourished. Many clay tablets have been preserved to tell its story. Within those tablets are defined some of the very basic elements which are widely used today like the modern calendar and the metric system.
Astronomy held an important place at that time.
It was also said that the earth is a round blue ball, a view that can only be seen from outer space.
It is at that time that records of extra-terrestrial visits have been documented in clay in the form of the gods coming down from heaven to rule the earth, those gods are references by the Sumerians as Anunnaki.
Moreover, the giant leap mankind have made in the past several tens of thousands of years is attributed to genetic engineering by the Anunnaki.
Recent advances in DNA research have established that there was an Eve who lived about 250 to 270 thousand years ago, a first mother from who all modern humans stem, no matter what their racial heritage is.
Anunnaki originated from the 10th planet in the solar system, a planet called "Nibiru", which stands for "The Planet Of The Crossing" and its symbol in the Sumerian clay tablets is the cross sign.
Modern science has not yet located "Nibiru" as it is said that it has a rotation span around the sun of 3600 years, though irregularities in the orbits of Neptune and Pluto suggests a strong gravitational force of a nearby planet.
This is the musical voyage of the 10th planet "Nibiru" and its inhabitants the "Anunnaki", which have come to planet earth and changed its nature forever.”
Moab is now released! A one year long journey has come to fruition with the album’s release.
Within the album the listener will find a blend of analog and orchestral sounds with a wide palette of timbres. My analog modular synthesizer is heavily used as well as the rest of my outboard gear, like the Roland MKS-70 and the Oberheim Matrix-6R to name a few.
Additionally, authentic orchestral sounds were used.
The album is now available on iTunes and other digital media stores and will be available shortly at my record store, Mellojet.
Moab, my fifteenths album is in its final stages of production. Last piece to be composed, arranged and produced is in mid flight, while mastering work for the rest of the album is ready.
Expect it to be finalized within a few weeks, in time for the album’s 11.11.11 release!