And the Grammy Goes To…December 12, 2012 | Go back to previous page | Categorie(s): Other News
The Recording Academy® awarded Dave Smith and Roland Corporation’s Ikutaro Kakehashi the 2013 Technical GRAMMY® Award for the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). The MIDI protocol and interface design were co-developed by Dave and his original company, Sequential Circuits, and Japanese instrument manufacturer, Roland. The first MIDI-equipped synthesizer, the Prophet 600, was designed by Dave and started shipping thirty years ago this month. It was at the NAMM show in January of 1983 that MIDI communication between two instruments from different manufacturers—Sequential’s Prophet 600 and Roland’s Jupiter 6—was publicly demonstrated for the first time. Congratulations to Dave and Mr. Kakehashi!