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Focusrite acquire legendary synth company Sequential

The legacy UK audio company has added Sequential to its list of brands

Focusrite Group has acquired Dave Smith’s legendary synth company Sequential. The group – whose brands already include Novation, ADAM Audio, Martin Audio and more – has bought a majority share in the synth company behind the iconic Prophet series, headed up by legendary electronic instrument designer and Grammy Award winner Dave Smith.

Of the acquisition, Smith said: “With Focusrite, we’ve found an ideal home and a perfect cultural and technological fit.” Sequential’s day-to-day operations and product development remain unchanged and will continue to be guided by Dave Smith and his team. 

Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Sequential and Dave Smith were responsible for some of the most iconic analogue synths in history including the polyphonic Prophet-5 and the Pro-One mono synth. In 1982, he co-created MIDI, the communication protocol used in studios to this day.

Focusrite recently released a series of AI-driven plugins, The Collective.