Last month, we shared news about a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer that was up for auction.
The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds. While it was a synthesizer, it was more a scientific instrument than a musical one.
The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer above, built around 1905, sold today for US $20,000. Continue reading
In 1988, Akai Pro introduced the Roger Linn-designed MPC 60 MIDI Production Center.
MPC’s went on to change electronic music, becoming a core piece of gear for a wide variety of electronic genres. Continue reading
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Moog Music today released this mini-documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer.
Fifty years ago, on October 12, 1964, Dr. Robert Moog introduced, at the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) New York convention, an instrument that would revolutionize the world of music and instrument design.
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In this video, via AnalogueStudio12, Peter Vogel demonstrates the Fairlight CMI 30A computer music instrument, “the sound of the 80’s”, live on Channel 9, May 11, 2013.
Bonhams will be auctioning a rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer, built by Max Kohl (c 1905) after a design by Hermann Von Helmholtz (1821-1894).
The Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer is considered by some to be the first electronic synthesizer. It uses tuning forks, controlled by electromagnets, to generate fundamentals and overtones, the intensity of which can be varied to create different types of sounds.
Here’s what Bonhams has to say about the rare Helmholtz Sound Synthesizer: Continue reading