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Sequential acquired by Focusrite


Exciting news for one of MIDI's most important people 

We're excited and pleased to add Sequential's instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group's portfolio of world-class audio and music production tools,Dave Smith's history as an innovator speaks for itself. From his creation of the world's first fully programmable polysynth (the Prophet 5) to his co-invention of MIDI, Dave Smith has literally changed the world of music several times. We're looking forward to continuing his history of innovation and expanding the global market for Sequential's instruments.

Before your mind goes wild conceiving the ultimate Novation x Sequential product mashup, it's safe to say that Sequential and Novation will continue to operate independently, as separate entities under the Focusrite Group umbrella. Dave Smith will remain at the helm of Sequential, leading engineering, product development and mentorship of Sequential's new breed of designers.

by Focusrite Executive Chairman Phil Dudderidge

A message from Dave Smith about the acquisition

Check out our article about Dave in our MIDI History series


MIDI History:Chapter 6-MIDI Is Born 1980-1983 -  

Visionaries including Dave Smith from Sequential Circuits, and Ikutaru Kakehashi from Roland began to worry that this lack of compatibility between manufacturers would restrict people's use of synthesizers, which would ultimately inhibit sales growth

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