The 27th Annual Grammy Awards, held thirty years ago, on Feb 26, 1985, featured an all-synth performance by the epic lineup of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, and relative newcomer Howard Jones.
The performance has been described as “The most ’80s thing that ever happened. Ever.” Continue reading
George Mattson has been working with and building synths for about 40 years. He invented the first keytar synthesizer, created the Mattson Mini-Modular synthesizer and is now working with Synthrotek on a new line of Eurorack modules. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: In this video, Fabrizio Muratori delivers 1:37 of keytar shredding on the Alesis Vortex keytar. Continue reading
This video, via Greig (Theremin Hero), captures an 8-bit NES Keytar performance of the Game Of Thrones theme – with MIDI-controlled lasers.
Greig’s NESKeytar is a cross between an original Nintendo console, a Guitar Hero controller and a miniature toy keyboard. The hybrid instrument fully utilities the NES sound chip to produce lo-fi arpeggios, heard in this tribute to the theme of Game of Thrones. Continue reading
Saturday Synth Porn: This photo captures Michel-Lag-Chavarria and a custom circular keyboard, created for Jean Michel Jarre.
Here’s what Michel Lâg-Chavarria has to say about the unusual keyboard: Continue reading
This official video features Korg’s James Sajeva giving a quick overview of some of the new Korg products at this year’s NAMM Show. Continue reading
2014 NAMM Show: Korg has announced that it is bringing back the keytar, with the Korg RK-100S.
The original RK-100 Remote Keyboard was introduced in 1984, and was designed to free keyboardists from standing behind a stack of gear.
Thirty years later, the new RK-100S improves on the original with new features and functions, including two ribbon controllers, an arpeggiator, and a vocoder. There are also ‘favorite’ buttons that allow you to register frequently-used sounds for one-touch selection.
The RK-100S also offers a built-in sound engine, not found on the original RK. Its MMT sound engine provides not only the standard analog synthesizer waveforms such as sawtooth and square, but also additional oscillator algorithms such as formant waveforms, noise, and PCM, which power two hundred programs
Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a keytar synth jam, with shredding & ‘synth face’ – a great cover of Gary Moore’s Still Got The Blues by Keytar Jeff. Continue reading