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The fall and rise of Sequential

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🎬 Sequential is an American synthesizer company founded in 1974 as Sequential Circuits by Dave Smith.

In 1978, Sequential released the Prophet-5, the first programmable polyphonic synthesizer, used by artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and John Carpenter.

In the 1980s, Sequential was pivotal to the development of MIDI, a technical standard for connecting electronic instruments

Prophet-10 – Image by StingR – Own work, CC0,

📉 In 1987, Sequential went out of business and was purchased by Yamaha.

Smith continued to develop instruments through a new company, Dave Smith Instruments.

🔁 In 2015, Yamaha returned the Sequential Circuits trademark to Dave Smith Instruments, which rebranded as Sequential in 2018.

In 2021, Sequential was acquired by the British audio technology company Focusrite plc.

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