by Michael and the Arpeggiators
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I started out with accordion lessons at the age of 9, but the music that I really liked was jazz and rock, so I switched over to piano when I was 15. In the 1970s, I was in a pretty good amateur rock band, playing a Wurlitzer model 200A electric piano.

My current keyboards are a Yamaha Genos (previously a Yamaha Montage 7 and before that a Yamaha Motif XF7) and a ROLI Seaboard Rise 25. The Genos is connected to my computer for digital audio (and MIDI) via a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 audio interface.

I use Cubase music production software (my "DAW"), and SpectraLayers Pro for disassembling recorded music into separate tracks containing vocals, bass, drums, etc. I use Cubase iC Pro on an iPad to control Cubase.

For lighter weight projects, I sometimes use Cubasis on the iPad Pro.

My computer is a fanless Surface Pro i5 tablet (right) using a 12.9" iPad Pro as a second monitor (center) via the brilliant Duet Display app, and another 12.9" iPad Pro (left) for use with Cubase iC Pro, or for reading documentation, etc. The Surface Keyboard has all the keys I need for Cubase, and also does a great job of controlling Surface Pro things like screen brightness. It’s all mounted on a great K&M Omega stand.

It’s taken me years to climb the ferocious learning curve of this equipment, but it's really cool what I can do now that I know how.

You can listen to some of the music I've created on SoundCloud. My “band” is usually called Michael and the Arpeggiators (arpeggiators are a feature of synthesizers). But when I work on a Grateful Dead song, I think of myself as The Grateful Not To Be Dead.

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