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This History section appears to be greatly improved, and addresses most of the issues raised below. -- 18:48, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
The HISTORY section is factually inaccurate and misleading. No citations are included and several statements are totally incorrect. For example "Sound Modules" are not based on sample playback. Some are but this has nothing to do with the definition of "S.Module." The term (more often used as slang for rack mounted synthesizer or the synthesis component of any keyboard) is rooted in the origin of analog synthesizers like the Moog Modular and Don Buchla's creations. --Joenovice (talk) 18:48, 13 April 2008 (UTC)
Citation footnote - Dispite now having a citation (to a restricted access resource), the central problem is the factual basis of the paragraph's topic. Sound Modules are not distinctly "sample playback." In fact most aren't but are instead sample synthesis whereby small attach transients are stored as, in the specific case of the Roland D50, 8bit PCM audio and then augmented with digital synthesis types like additive, wavetable, or subtractive processes.
Here is another reference which refer to sound modules as "a synthesizer, a sampler, a digital piano, or a rompler."
I added some info to the History section... throughout this article there is no distinction made between single-patch, one MIDI channel keyboards, and the 8-channel MIDI sequencing keyboards. Once workstations like the Korg M1 came out, you no longer needed 2-3 keyboards plus a drum machine plus a sequencer to make music, you could do it with one piece of gear. That was also the end of different types of synthesis for several years at least, all the keyboard manufacturers then started to use samples for their patches. Hyacinth45 (talk) 14:49, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
- I agree. The HISTORY section needs to be rewritten. I can start working on that tomorrow. 【 MqaTalk 】 15:23, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
- I did a complete rewrite of the "History" section. It is still very small, but at least I removed all the inaccurate and irrelevant information. I also did a rewrite of the "Operation" sub-section, and replaced some inaccurate information. 【 MqaTalk 】 15:23, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
POV: Roland-centric explanation on section "Third generation music workstations"
On section "Third generation music workstations", the concept of Groove machine had been explained as if an invention of Roland Corporation in 1996. However, it is clearly biased. In truth, the concept of Groove machine was already realized in 1980s as:
and, especially the products by E-mu and Akai have established the genre in late 1980s. (Note: it is almost simultaneously with the popularization of "Second generation music workstations" by the release of Korg M1).