This is a demo of the New England Digital Synclavier II, by synthesist Richard Atkinson.
The Synclavier was an early digital synthesizer, sampler and workstation. The original Synclavier was released in the late 70’s, while the Synclavier II was released in 1980.
- 64 voice polyphony
- FM synthesis, additive synthesis, resynthesis
- 16 track audio recording
- 76 keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
- 32MB RAM (expandable to 768MB)
- Sampling at up to 100kHZ
Specifications for the Synclavier II vary from machine to machine, because they were custom built.
The Synclavier was an influential element on many 80’s recordings, including recordings by Trevor Horn, Michael Jackson, Pat Metheny, Jack Nitzsche, Frank Zappa and Alan Silvestri.