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Are you tired of cheap synthesizers that tend to fall apart at the slightest nudge? Or change their sound simply because you accidentally scratched it while changing out cords? The Dave Smith Prophet 12 is …

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Doctor Who – masters of sound
January 5, 2010 – 11:53 am | No Comment
Doctor Who – masters of sound

The video below is a look inside the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and a description of how the Doctor Who theme was created, all without synthesizers.
Delia Derbyshire, Ron Grainer and the rest of the crew at …

Music for 100 metronomes
December 31, 2009 – 11:59 am | No Comment
Music for 100 metronomes

Györgi Ligeti was a Hungarian composer who lived from 1923 until 2006 in Germany and Austria, and was considered by many to be one of the most imaginative composers in the last 50 years. …

Jean-Jaques Perrey on the Ondioline
December 30, 2009 – 10:25 am | One Comment
Jean-Jaques Perrey on the Ondioline

The Ondioline was one of the precursors to the traditional synthesizer – it was a vacuum tube-powered keyboard instrument, invented in 1941.
The neat thing about the Ondioline (and unlike most other keyboard instruments from the …

How to recreate Prodigy’s “Smack my bitch up”
December 29, 2009 – 10:45 am | No Comment
How to recreate Prodigy’s “Smack my bitch up”

Prodigy’s ledgendary track “Smack my Bitch up” from the album “The Fat of the Land” was mostly created with a number of samples. In this video, Jim Pavloff shows you how to recreate the …

Awesome synth guitar performance
December 28, 2009 – 7:07 pm | 3 Comments
Awesome synth guitar performance

Playing guitar on a synthesizer has been a cliche since the 80′s when Jan Hammer ripped it up on the theme to Miami Vice. I rarely hear synth guitar that I like, but this …

New synth fridge magnets
December 28, 2009 – 12:28 pm | No Comment
New synth fridge magnets

Our synthesizer fridge magnets have been extremely popular lately, and we’ve added more to what we already offer. We have a brand new, additional line of fridge magnets that are created from photographs of …

Merry Synth-mas !
December 25, 2009 – 11:38 pm | One Comment
Merry Synth-mas !

Sy Mann on the Moog synthesizer: Switched On Santa – 1969
Electronic Music Engineered by legend Jean Jacques Perrey.
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Sy Mann showed his eariiest musical talent at age 6 when he began to correct mistakes, made …

Oscar Peterson – techno producer?
December 22, 2009 – 1:04 pm | 5 Comments
Oscar Peterson – techno producer?

The picture below is a scan from an old Roland ad from 1982. It depicts Oscar Peterson on the Roland PianoPlus!, with a Roland TR-606 and TB-303.

It’s pretty ironic how Roland saw the 303 …

Cardboard Synth
December 21, 2009 – 11:38 pm | One Comment
Cardboard Synth

You could make a synth or noise box out of just about anything, and Konservendose created a synth out of a cardboard box and discarded gum wrappers for touch pads. Brilliant.
The LEDs are synched …

Trent Reznor before Nine Inch Nails
December 21, 2009 – 8:06 pm | No Comment
Trent Reznor before Nine Inch Nails

Before Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor was in a much lesser known band called The Exotic Birds. The Exotic Birds were a typical 80′s synthpop band from Cleveland, Ohio. They started up in 1983, …