Interview Dave Rossum E-Mu, Part four – English Version

Dave's new comany. The letters E und Mu are surely not emphasized by accident...

Dave’s new comany. The letters E und Mu are surely not emphasized by accident…

Peter:

E-mu is still a well-known brand name. Even with all the efforts CREATIVE LAB is putting in there, E-mu will never represent soundcards. It’s still well known for their outstanding sampler, synthesizer and drum computers. These days many brands are getting revitalized. Dave Smith shows everyone right now how that works. Could you imagine revitalizing E-mu? Even though the company wouldn’t be called E-mu anymore – maybe something like DAVE ROSSUM INSTRUMENTS? What do you think about that idea?

Dave:
I think my friend Dave Smith might not like that particular name choice! But in fact, I can now announce that I’m starting, with Marco Alpert, a new company: Rossum Electro-Music. I don’t think I’ve got the energy or time to completely rebuild E-mu, but we’ll have some fun and hopefully make some nice products.

Peter:

What are your plans of Rossum Electro-Music? Hardware, Software… digital or analog, and when can we expect the first Rossum Electro Products?

Dave:
Rossum Electro-Music will carry on the classic E-mu tradition to create powerful (and fun-to-use!) musical hardware.  So there’ll be interesting analog technology, some real innovations in the digital domain, and, of course, a focus quality construction and reliability. Our first products, which you’ll be hearing more about this winter, will be unique entries in the exploding Eurorack synthesizer market. While they build upon ideas that we pioneered at E-mu, they take advantage of current tech to offer a whole new range of creative capabilities. We’re really excited about what we’re working on and have high hopes that the Eurorack folks will share that excitement. Farther down the line, well, we’ll just have to see…  For now, I’m just having a ton of fun doing this.

Peter:
Are you already retired? What are you up to these days?

Dave:
After leaving Audience earlier this year, I joined Universal Audio in Scotts Valley as a Technical Fellow. UA, like Audience, employs a number of ex-muons, as well as many other colleagues from years past. It’s great fun working with all of them. Furthermore, UA is investing in Rossum Electro, so I’m splitting my time between the two. I don’t know that I’ll ever retire. Technology and music are in my blood, and I’m still having lots of fun on the job. Maybe I’ll even get a shot at changing the way the world makes music once again!

Peter:
Dave, thank you so much for that interview! Thanks for the extraordinary and exciting insight of the history of E-mu!!!

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