Pro­peller­head Re­Cy­cle! (1994)

Computer Music - - Make Music Now -

Sam­ple-based mu­sic was cut­ting edge in the ear­ly1990s, but be­fore 1994, pitch and time were in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked. If you wanted to in­crease the tempo of a sam­pled beat, the pitch would like­wise in­crease – and vice-versa. Re­Cy­cle! changed all that, of­fer­ing an in­tu­itive means by which beats could be sliced, re­ordered, and played back at dif­fer­ent tem­pos with­out af­fect­ing pitch, then off­loaded into a hard­ware sampler. It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment that pushed mu­sic into en­tirely new ar­eas.

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