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Thanks to Gareth Qually, here are some details on the Sequence software:

  • Maximum 400 sequence tracks (maximum 2OO tracks simultaneous playback)
  • Unlimited simultaneous input notes (maximum 128 simultaneous output notes)
  • Uses the built-in extended memory of the C1 for storing sequence data, for a capacity of approximately 39,OOO notes with the standard 512Kbytes of built-in extended memory, or 193,OOO notes when the optionaI EMB15 RAM board is installed
  • Clock resolution of 48O clocks / quarter note
  • Full utilization of the C1's two MIDI IN and eight MIDI OUT terminals
  • Master TracK containing tempo and meter data. Use an unlimited number of tempo change points, with precision of 24 tempo changes per quarter note (same as MIDI clock)
  • Powerful realtime tempo modiriers such as tempo LFO for each track
  • Clock: Internal (front panel slider), Internal (Master Track), MIDI Clock, MIDI Time Code, Time Code (SMPTE, etc.), Tap
  • External synchronization with SMPTE (read and write all formats), MIDI Time Code, and MIDI Sync
  • Sequence tracks can be routed through a Rhythm Note Assign Table to support various drum machines without needing to shift note numbers
  • Loop recording allows you to repeatedly record over a specified section, especially useful when entering rhythm patterns
  • Tempo of 2O sixteenth notes to 4OO dotted half-notes per minute (5-l2OO quarter notes per minute)
  • 1024 Patterns ("floating" tracks) can be defined as frequently used phrases and effects, and pasted into or played as part of a track
  • 128 MIDI Macros (any message defined byte-by-byte) can be defined, and triggered from inside a track
  • Three types of editing windows (up to 4 windows can be displayed at once)
    - Master Track window: edit tempo and meter data
    - Note window: draw and edit notes as bar graphs
    - Numeric window: directly change any type of data
  • Pull-down menu commands from mouse or keyboard
  • Edit regions as small as a single clock or as large as an entire song
  • Auto Punch In/Out
  • Real Time record and Step Input
  • Sequence and data positions displayed both in Measure/Beat/Clock and absolute time (Hour:Minute:Second:Frame), especially suitable for video and film work
  • Set and locate to fifty-two Rehearsal Marks


Daren Myers recalls :

In 1988 I purchased my Yamaha C1 computer from Computers and Music in San Francisco (near Montgomery and Market in the financial area of downtown by the Art Acadamy University).  When I purchased it, it was $3500 with the 20 MB hard drive option.  It DID NOT come standard with the Voyetra Sequencer Plus software, as stated in your article, that was another $500 on top of the computer itself. It DID come with the Yamaha MS-DOS 3.0 operating system floppy, and a MIDI MONITOR disk, which allowed you to use the computer as a midi monitor/mapper device.  It also had the SMPTE in/out ports built into it, which the Voyetra SPG program did support. There was also a version of Cakewalk that supported the C1 hardware.  I knew an oscar award winning film scorer that used a C1 up until around 2000, because it was such a solid sequencer, and had the SMPTE capability making it perfect for that kind of work.

You still see them being sold on eBay for around $200 in various states of operation.  Usually the hard drive no longer works.  My hard drive stopped working years ago, I use a Iomega parallel port zip drive instead (100 MB versus the 20 MB of the hard drive, so its still an upgrade) and I use Dos 6.0 now also.  The LCD screen is blue on blue, so its very hard to read, I use an external monochrome monitor instead.  I still use the Sequencer Plus program, which is available now on the Turtle Beach FTP site for free, but they won't give you any suport, you're on your own with that.  It's 22 years after it's introduction, and in terms of sheer midi sequencing abilities, combined with an ADAT setup, or synched to a hard drive recorder, IMHO it's still the greatest midi workhorse of all time.  I would never sell mine, partly because you don't ever deal with the hassles of a GUI interface, which adds unnecessary overhead.  It does one thing, sequence midi data, and it does it the best.



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