Tom Oberheim Demonstrates His New Two Voice Pro Synthesizer

This video captures a visit by Tom Oberheim to deliver one of his new Oberheim Two Voice Pro synthesizers.

Oberheim drops by the home of SF Bay area musician Mikael Johnston to deliver Mikael’s new Two-Voice synthesizer, and gives us a tour of the synth and his design philosophy in the process. Continue reading

Tom Oberheim Demos The Two Voice Pro, Talks Analog Revolution & Answers Synth Questions

Reader Amy Lee (Ani) let us know about this new video of synth pioneer Tom Oberheim, who was filmed demoing his brand new Oberheim Two Voice Pro and talking about his experiences in the world of synths and music.  Continue reading

Moogfest Daytime Lineup To Feature Moroder, Anderson, Emerson, Buchla, Oberheim, Smith, Linn And More

laurie-andersonMoogfest 2014 organizers have announced their lineup of daytime presenters, which includes a kick-ass lineup of futurists, musicians, scientists, authors, filmmakers and pioneers of electronic music instrument design.

The lineup includes multimedia artist Laurie Anderson, disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder, film composer Cliff Martinez, futurist thinkers Jerome Glenn, Nick Bostrom, and George Dvorsky plus MIT Media Lab’s Joseph Paradiso, Sonification Professor Bruce Walker, and more from Make Magazine, OMNI, and SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

And then there’s the Electronic Music Instrument Pioneers: Herbert Deutsch, Roger Linn, Don Buchla, Tom Oberheim, Dave SmithMalcolm Cecil, Keith Emerson and more.

Moogfest takes place April 23-27th, 2014 in downtown Asheville, NC.

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The Past, Present And Future Of MIDI

At the 2013 NAMM Show, MIDI creators and innovators Alan Parsons, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, Jordan Rudess, George Duke and Craig Anderton participated in an uber-panel, discussing the past, present and future of MIDI. Continue reading

Open Mic: How Do You Decide What Gear To Buy?

We live in a great time for synth lovers.

There are more companies making synth gear than ever. Many classic synths continue to evolve, in great synths from companies like Dave Smith Instruments, Moog Music and Oberheim. There’s an insane variety of modular synth modules available. And software synths are getting cheaper and showing up on new platforms.

All this great gear and software, though, raises a problem: what to buy? You could go broke buying gear, and still just be scratching the surface of what’s available.

I bought gear impulsively for a few years – until I realized my music room was getting crowded and something had to go if I wanted to get anything new.

Now, I’m trying to hold out for instruments that represent the best in class for various types of synthesis. For example, a large format modular synth, with modules from MOTM,, Encore Electronics and others. Or a Yamaha DX-5, which is one of the great 80’s FM synths.

A lot of musicians look for gear that their favorite artists use – so that they can perform with those same types of sounds.

How do you decide what gear or software to buy? And what’s next on your list?