In the last blog post of this series we looked at the analog pre-history of the samplers we know and love today. The concept of a true digital sampler – something that could record, play and store sound while being manipulated like a synthesizer – only became practical in the late 1970s. Even then, most mere mortals would have to wait until the mid-80s and the budget sampler boom to get their hands on one. More on this to come in the next article. Early digital sampling machines were dinosaurs by today’s standards – bulky, expensive and equipped with very limited memory which translated into very short sampling times.