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1983 was the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade. The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call.

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  • Trax Records is founded
  • Digital sampling is launched with the Emulator
    • 1983: The new Emulator -- the first digital sampling keyboard. When sounds were programmed into it, the Emulator could "play" breaking glass or vocal fragments from other records, or it could make countermelodies out of just about any sound "tuned" as a musical note. Its first use in a dance record was a subtle one: in Cuba Gooding's revival of his former group The Main Ingredient's "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" coproducer John Robie created a background chorus out of one syllable, "bop," sung into the Emulator and played back as a chord. Of course, sampling had gone on for much longer ... because ... what is sampling but digitized scratching? --jahsonic [Jul 2004]

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