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the birth of MIDI on the ATARI ST - Robert Moore (hybrid arts)
« on: January 29, 2019, 04:39:24 PM »

In the past I started a music software company called Hybrid Arts, Inc.
We helped keep Atari alive for its last year or more, by convincing
them that there was a Music market for personal computers.  Atari was the
first computer manufacturer to sell to the music market.  We invited them to share
a booth with us at NAMM in June 1986, which they did.  That was their first
music trade show they (or any other PC manufacturer) ever participated in.  That
show resulted in around 30% of their sales, to the music market, which we had
already been selling to for more than a year prior.  At the end of Atari, much more than
½ of their sales (possibly 100%), was to the music market, because of the
strong MIDI / Music products from our company and others, Steinberg and many

    The Atari ST, using one my "inventions", the ADAP, a professional 16 bit,
digital audio music and sound design and editing system, actually became a
standard Sound Editing system for about a year.  Todd AO, Glen Glenn had 1
in each of their 10 PAP rooms for sound editorial.  Todd AO is the largest
sound for film and tv, company in the world.  The ADAP was their sound
editing system for more than a year (from 1988 to 1993).  The ADAP is still
used today on every episode of "The Simpson's" and "King Of The Hill", by
Bobby Mackston and his company Mackston Soundworks, located at Sony Pictures
Studios.  Bobby uses the ADAP with an Atari ST, because the ADAP does things
no other system does and faster.  He uses his Avid AudioVision for most of
the editing, but for simple quick FX that his $65k system can't do, like
MIDI control of FX, creating stereo 16 bit loops of Bart Simpson and
etc.,....  I think you kind of get the idea.

    HAI developed some great products.  HAI was the first to offer MIDI software
and hardware starting in May 1983, and first demonstrating a 16 track MIDI
Recorder and full graphic interface and programming, using a light pen, for
the ProPhet 600!  This integrated system of 16 Track MIDI Recorder and GUI
P600 programmer, Librarian was in a single program.  We first showed this
product in October 1983.  MIDI was not excepted by the MI manufacturers
until December 1983.
I was the idea person and founder of HAI.  Most and all key products were my
Some of this info is at my WebSite, if you are interested, at---->

I do still have several, original, HAI MIDI interfaces and SMPTE synce boxes
and the software for the Atari 8bit CPU's and ST's,... as well as software
for all products.  I have been wondering how to sell this.  Perhaps you can
help me?

How do you advertise now?

Oh well, the point of all of the above was really to say, HAI started off in
my basement, my new business is now in my upgraded garage,.... I understand
how "tiny Businesses" operate and I prefer it that way.
Soooooooo, thanks for the help and I appreciate what you, Cathy (and
others?) at your business are doing.

                                Robert Moore - Owner
                                WorldMusic, USA

PS:  If you visit, you will find a RoundTable there called,
MIDI/WorldMusic RoundTable.  I started that for GE / GEnie back in 1988,
which is also when I started my present company, WorldMusic, USA.  MWR's
purpose was to provide data music services to music makers around the world.
At GEnie you will find soug and sound files for Atari computers, as well as
all other CPU's.  My contract with GE was from 1988 to 1992.  GE saw my BBS
at HAI, which lived from 1983 until 1992 (HAI's end) and GE wanted the same
service on GEnie.  GE called me, offered me a contract and I reproduced our
MIDIWorldMusic Network for them.
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