Is it still possible, nowadays, to produce and mix electronic music without a computer?

Which are the technical difficulties to overcome in order to have an efficient system that responds to our artistic wishes? How can we organise a structure that can be reproduced over time, even months later, and that is not entirely improvisation-based?
In this series of articles we will understand how to design a studio based only on external hardware, and how to produce and mix Out of The Box.

The subjects we will analyse will be:
.synchronization via MIDI Clock;
.MIDI events and controls;
.interaction with CV controls;
.audio signal flow;
.stereo and multitrack recording;
.integration of our system with a computer (MIDI / Audio).

There will be practical examples mainly based on my experience with various sequencers, synths and samplers, but of course everything that will be described here can be also applied to almost every machine out there, after reading the related manual.

Here is an overview of the equipment that we will analyse in the practical examples:
.Tascam DP-24 – multitrack recorder
.Akai MPC1000 with JJOS operating system – sampler with integrated sequencer
.Doepfer A100 – modular synth
.Yamaha TG77 – multi-timbral polyphonic synth
.Novation Mininova – mono-timbral polyphonic synth
.Arturia Microbrute – mono-timbral monophonic synth
.TC Electronic M-One XL, TC Electronic D-Two and Lexicon MX300 – rack effects

See you soon!