December 5, 2012
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars to test new drugs on patients, only to make billions more once a drug is approved by the FDA for medical use. Some of these drugs are revolutionary, but many of them are simply derivatives of existing medication with a new name. The reason why these companies are able to profit so much is due to patents that can last up to a decade, preventing others from stealing their formulation and marketing it themselves.
The same types of patents exist for DJ equipment as well. The direct drive motor was owned by Technics (now Panasonic), and the SL-1200 series turntables was able to proliferate without any serious competitors on the block. Since their patent ran out, other companies such as Numark and Stanton have been able to capitalize on the design and create their own offerings.
The same story has unfolded for Roland’s TB-303 …
October 18, 2012
It’s not a big shocker when you hear things about jobs getting outsourced to different countries, or even worse – being replaced by emotionless robots. Just look at the way we produce music, if you think we’re wrong. How many electronic artists actually sit down and transcribe music in traditional notation? Now think about this: How many artists can identify the key of a song by using their ears alone?
It’s not that humans aren’t capable of these doing these things, after all, the people who created software and algorithms had to know what to look for in the first place. Maybe we’re just getting lazy and we want to spend more time “getting to the point” rather than scratching our heads. Sequencers were the first logical step in replacing other humans that were once needed to trigger kicks and snares on a synthesizer; now you can have it all …