The 14 synthesizers that shaped modern music – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music.

You must have heard the sounds from those syntetizers on your favourite pop songs. Now you get to know which synth made which sound you liked.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Father of the Digital Synthesizer

    Long before Stanford University was considered a technology powerhouse, its most lucrative patent came from an under-spoken composer in its music department. Over the course of two decades, his discovery, “frequency modulation synthesis,” made the school more than $25 million in licensing fees.

    But more importantly, FM synthesis revolutionized the music industry, and opened up a world of digital sound possibilities. Yamaha used it to build the world’s first mass-marketed digital synthesizer — a device that defined the sound of 80s music. In later years, the technology found its way into the sound cards of nearly every video game console, cell phone, and personal computer.

    “I was aware that I was probably the first person to ever hear these sounds, and that what I was hearing was something musical that had probably never been heard by anyone before — at least, not by anyone on this planet.”
    — John Chowning, Inventor of FM Synthesis

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oxygene instruments explained

    Jean Michel Jarre talking about some of the analog synths used in Oxygen

    Jean Michel Jarre explains the instruments he used for his new version of Oxygene

    “very exciting instruments” – a very nice little tour, capturing the essence of each instrument within a few seconds.

    This video should be shown to the people who keep saying he can not play instruments and just play backs. He is the master of electronic music

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The ATtiny MIDI Plug Synth

    MIDI was created over thirty years ago to connect electronic instruments, synths, sequencers, and computers together. Of course, this means MIDI was meant to be used with computers that are now thirty years old, and now even the tiniest microcontrollers have enough processing power to take a MIDI signal and create digital audio. [mitxela]’s polyphonic synth for the ATtiny 2313 does just that, using only two kilobytes of Flash and fitting inside a MIDI jack.

    Putting a MIDI synth into a MIDI plug is something we’ve seen a few times before. In fact, [mitxela] did the same thing a few months ago with an ATtiny85, and [Jan Ostman]’s DSP-G1 does the same thing with a tiny ARM chip. Building one of these with an ATtiny2313 is really pushing the envelope, though.

    Is it a good synth? No, not really. By [mitxela]’s own assertion, it’s not a practical solution to anything, the dead bug construction takes an hour to put together

    Polyphonic Synth Cable


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