30th Anniversary Special: Technology Predictions, Decades Later

Were They Ahead of Their Time? Read and Decide
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This article is part of Electronic Musician's special 30th Anniversary issue. To read more commemorative content, visit www.emusician.com/30thAnniversary.

“I believe it will be possible to buy the components of an all-digital multitrack home studio for under $10,000 before the end of the decade.”
MARCUS RYLE, KEYBOARDIST (STREISAND, CHAKA KHAN) AND EQUIPMENT DESIGNER (AL ESIS HR16/MM T-8, OB ERHEIM XPANDER) | JANUARY 1990

Every musician in the world is going to own one of these things; count on it. A truly user-friendly digital multitrack for under $4,000. No computer interface, no learning curve, and no bizarre connections. ADAT is more than a technological innovation; it’s a social force.”
EM EDITORS MICHAEL MOLENDA AND NEAL BRIGHTON, AL ESIS ADAT REVIEW | OCTOBER 1992

“In these days of 16, 32, and more voices, it is impossible to build a cost-effective instrument with anything but digital electronics. So, goodbye analog (save those Prophets-5s and Minimoogs).”
DAVE SMITH, PRESIDENT, SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS | JANUARY 1990

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“Nowadays with the use of SMPTE, most new machines will play from wherever you start the tape. So only vocals and acoustic instruments really have to be on multitrack, and will pretty soon be recorded digitally into powerful sampling devices in full anyway. Actually, I wouldn’t give multitrack analog tape recorders more than a couple of years before they’re junk, like the old Mellotrons. Charles Darwin should be alive today, he’d have a lot to say about recording studios, and rock ’n’ roll in general for that matter.”
THOMAS DOLBY | JUNE 1986

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EM: What ideas do you have for which the hardware does not yet exist to realize those ideas? Christopher Franke: Everything can be done.
TANGERINE DREAM INTERVIEW | APRIL 1986

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“With so many powerful new music programs available, the Macintosh will probably become a common sight in recording studios.”
PETER GOTCHER, COFOUNDER, DIGIDESIGN | FEBRUARY 1986

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“Just imagine a future in which Web access is hundreds of times faster than it is today. High-quality music will be easily available—and I suspect that we’ll need it more than ever to soothe the savage beast in the social upheaval that will surely result from this quantum leap in information overload.”
EM COLUMNIST SCOTT WILKINSON | MARCH 2000