One problem facing all musicians at one time or another is the matter of artistic control and the ability to realize a sound without having the facility to play the instrument responsible for that sound.

In 1946, a clever man named Harry Chamberlin saw a solution to this problem. One day, while playing his home organ, Harry got out a portable tape recorder to record his playing for some friends. After having made the recording, the BIG IDEA struck him. He thought, “if I can make a recording of myself playing, why not build a machine that plays recordings of these (and any other) sounds?” Harry had seen the first sampler that has culminated to date in the machine that you, dear reader, are about to load these sounds into.