"I had a Commodore 64 with, I think, the Sequential Circuits Model 64 Sequencer Cartridge. And it was the greatest thing in the world (or so I thought at the time). Moving on… The first "real" platform I used for composition was a Mac+ running Performer. Pretty Hate Machine was done with this."more
"I bought a Commodore 64 solely to run Dr. T's Algorithmic Composer package! Jim Johnson's phrase generator allows you to outline scales, bars, change probabilities, weighting, and several more quite involved parameters; what comes out is very usable. Two or three of the most recent episodes (in the fourth series) have most of the music written in this manner. Monophonic phrases are generated (by the computer), played across to another sequencer and then layered and repeated. Miami Vice has long cues and this kind of music can help bridge, say, three scenes."more
"The first thing I did when I decided I was going to be serious about this record was get this in. It was either B16s or the washing machine in the corner of the room - a 24-track. I know people who actually use B16s to master so it's a pretty good setup. A Commodore 64 actually runs the desk and I'm going to get the Soundtracs SMPTE Interface that runs with the Commodore and reads SMPTE off tape in real time to allow me to mute and edit mutes and so on."more
People may think I am weird, that I use a home computer form the 80s in my studio. But the SID chip sounds amazing. The very unique sound is a great addition for some tracks. I use it with a video capturing card, so I do not need a TV for it. The C64 is controlled via MIDI using the MSSIAH cartridge, and there are M4L devices which makes integration into Ableton Suite super easy. The C64 is a really affordable analog synth: about $70 for the computer (Craigslist) and about $50 (+shipping) for the cartridge.