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If Mercedes Benz made a synthesizer

This could be an article on the legendary Yamaha DX1. Or it could just be an excuse to show off these wonderful photos, which if it weren’t for SampleNerd.com could well be lost for all time. Many of the images you will find on this site (unless amended with a copyright notice) are taken from […]

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Hollow Sun: Eventide

Put on your white coat and don’t forget your pen for Part 4 of this exclusive retrospective of Stephen Howell. SampleNerd.com takes a look at Music Laboratory Machines!

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Hollow sun: High Noon

Stephen Howell, after exploring his love of synthesis during his teens, worked on classic releases like the AKAI Headrush and Alesis Fusion in his early twenties due to a fortunate encounter with an AKAI executive. However, exhausted from business dealings and frequent travel, he chose to strike out independently.

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Hollow Sun: AKAI Years

This is part two of a series on Stephen Howell, founder of Hollow Sun. Known for his unique ability to connect the seemingly disconnected, he achieved professional success through a chance meeting with an AKAI executive, leading to a long-term collaboration and the development of an innovative sound library.

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Hollow Sun: The Dawn

The life and career of sample maestro Stephen Howell, who transitioned from singing for the Royal family to becoming a luminary in music sampling, is being chronicled in a six-part series on SampleNerd.com.

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Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer explains why computers are musical instruments, and the value of original work. Also, working with samples and the difference between samples and stems!

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