Op­code Sys­tems Stu­dio Vi­sion (1990)

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The di­rect an­ces­tors of many of to­day’s DAWs first ap­peared as MIDI se­quencers in the 1980s, in­clud­ing Logic, Cubase, and Sonar. Among the most pop­u­lar de­vel­op­ers was Op­code Sys­tems Inc, who re­leased a num­ber of MIDI se­quencers through­out the decade, cul­mi­nat­ing in Vi­sion in 1989.

Op­code’s big­gest se­quencer break­through would come in 1990. Ini­tially called Au­dio Vi­sion, Stu­dio Vi­sion was the first com­puter-based hy­brid MIDI and au­dio work­sta­tion that could be recog­nised as a fore­run­ner of the mod­ern DAW. Like Sound Tools, Stu­dio Vi­sion re­quired Digidesign’s dig­i­tal au­dio ac­cel­er­a­tor card. Un­like Digidesign’s prod­ucts, though, Stu­dio Vi­sion com­bined MIDI and au­dio tracks in a sin­gle co­he­sive in­ter­face. This al­lowed users to play­back dig­i­tal au­dio record­ings in sync with their MIDI se­quences.

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