Focusrite taking ownership of Dave Smith’s analogue synths



In a significant music tech industry development, British audio company has acquires US synth manufacturer. Focusrite has announced that it has acquired Dave Smith highly respected Sequential synth brand.


Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits in 1974, designing the legendary Prophet-5 and many other influential synths and drum machines. He was also a key player in the development of the original MIDI spec, announced in 1981.


In 2002, Smith returned to the hardware synth market, starting Dave Smith Instruments. And over the past two decades, his products have been a crucial part of the analogue revival.


In 2018, Dave Smith Instruments was rebranded as Sequential, with Yamaha having returned the name to Smith in 2015. A rebooted Prophet-5 was released in 2020.


Sequential now joins the Focusrite Group’s family of brands, which includes Focusrite, Focusrite Pro, Martin Audio, Optimal Audio, ADAM Audio, Novation, and Ampify. The theory is that Sequential will now benefit from greater resources to expand its global markets and future Research &Development efforts. The acquisition opens up the possibility of tech being shared between Novation- and Sequential-branded instruments.


“With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit,” says Dave Smith. “Phil Dudderidge and his team have a long history of quality, vision, and focus on what musicians and audio professionals really want. We’re excited to join such an industry powerhouse and contribute to our mutual success. I expect great things.”


Focusrite Founder Phil Dudderidge commented: “We’re excited and pleased to add Sequential’s instruments and pedigree to Focusrite Group’s portfolio of world-class audio and music production tools.


“Dave Smith’s history as an innovator speaks for itself. From his creation of the world’s first fully programmable polysynth, the Prophet 5, to his co-invention of MIDI, Dave has literally changed the world of music several times. We’re looking forward to continuing his history of innovation and expanding the global market for Sequential’s instruments.”


Although Sequential has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Focusrite plc, with Dave Smith remaining at the helm, Sequential day-to-day operations and product development will remain unchanged.





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