Talk:Dave Smith (engineer)

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This article claims that the first public MIDI demonstration was between a Prophet 5 and a Roland JP6. The Sequential Circuits article claims that the other keyboard was a Roland JX-3P. According to information on the web, both instruments were introduced in 1983, so it could have been either. Electricdruid 00:08, 2 March 2007 (UTC)

The article has since been edited to claim that the two keyboards were a Prophet-600 and a Jupiter 6. This is the problem when people don't include references; we have no way to know which of these three permutations is correct. Specifically The Mix Foundation says Prophet-600/Roland Jupiter 6, whereas both the MIDI Manufacturers Association and Dave Smith's own website say Prophet 600/Roland JX-3P. All three sources seem pretty legit. Ordinarily this would favour the latter option, but the Mix Foundation has a photo which they claim is of the demonstration itself, and that shows the back of a Jupiter 6. I believe that it would be best to say simply that "MIDI was first demonstrated at the NAMM festival in January 1983" until the internet sorts itself out. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 01:42, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

How about moving the list of Sequential Circuits-products to the SC page instead of this one?--Tbachl (talk) 16:31, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

I'm surprised this article hasn't been criticized by the moderators a bit more. It reads like an advertising brochure. The claims for the most part are certainly true, but references are required.Cyberplasm (talk) 06:26, 29 April 2010 (UTC)

This is a very interesting debate. I tried looking up a definitive answer in Kakehashi's autobiography "I Believe In Music" (he is the founder of Roland), and on p. 198, he writes, "At the 1983 NAMM Show, we connected Sequential Circuit's MIDI synthesizer Prophet 600 and either the Roland JP-6 or JX-3P for the first public experiment of digital transmission between MIDI instruments. (My own recollection is that the Roland synthesizer connected with the Prophet 600 was actually JX-3P, but that differs from the memory of others, and I can find no written record.)" Should this be the info included in the article? ---- Synthfiend (talk) 16:21, 13 August 2010

since it's about a Roland keyboard, I think that belongs on the Roland Corporation page, or the MIDI page.

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This article really should be about the person. There should be a separate Dave Smith Instruments article about that business and its products (especially now that there are, have been, and will likely be plenty of products and corresponding awards, etc.) synthfiend (talk) 18:11, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

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