Zoë Blade\'s notebook



On sequencing

I think I might change from C-LAB to Cubase, now. The thing I didn't like was having to go up into a menu to transpose - you know, transpose... how many?... OK... and if you didn't like it, go back up, do it all again - whereas C-LAB always had that little block on the side. But the new version of Cubase has that little block on the other side, so there's nothing to stop us, really.

— Paul Hartnoll, Orbital, 1993[1]

Cubase is much better for arranging: you can get an overall picture so much easier. They tried, with C-LAB, with that block arrangement, but I do like to be able to see an overview.

— Phil Hartnoll, Orbital, 1993[1]

By next year, they seemed to change their mind:

We've used it ever since we had a computer, which is about four years. I've always wanted to try Cubase with its arrange window, 'cos that's how you tend to visualise music — left to right and linear — but now I'm not so sure, because I know this system so well.

— Paul Hartnoll, Orbital, 1994[2]

Equipment list

Circa 1993-1994:


  1. The Magic Circle Music Technology, Jun 1993
  2. Music of Spheres Sound On Sound, Apr 1994

Artists: Aphex Twin | Autechre | Juan Atkins | Orbital | The Future Sound of London | The Prodigy | Wendy Carlos