The Synthesizer – a brief history

Minimoog panel (From the Collection of Van Taylor Displayed at Buffalo Museum of Science)

Although the first electric musical synthesizer was invented as early as 1876 by Elisha Gray, it was only when, in 1971, Bob Moog introduced one of the first widely available and relatively affordable portable synths – the legendary Minimoog Model D – that the analog synthesizer finally came into it’s own.

Other notable synthesizer manufacturers like ArpEMS, RolandKorgYamaha appeared on the scene and in 1978 EDP (The Electronic Dream Plant) produced the first true budget synth, The Wasp, which along with their Spider sequencer, opened up the power and potential of electronic music to the masses.

In the 80′s, the availability of cheaper analog synths, sequencers and drum machines, coupled with the introduction of polyphonic synthesizers, led to an explosion of electronic based music. It was a golden age for the synth and the “must have” instruments of the time were Sequential Circuits‘ Prophet 5, Roland’s Jupiter 8, Yamaha’s CS80 and DX7, and the formidable Polymoog. Music would never sound quite the same again.

 
These instruments are hard to find now, but keep an eye on Slexa’s up to the minute worldwide vintage synthesizer and classic electronic keyboard search listings, and you may just be able to grab one of these dream machines at a bargain price.

 

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Yamaha BS200 (YS200) EOS B200 Digital Synthesizer Keyboard - All Original

Yamaha BS200 (YS200) EOS B200 Digital Synthesizer Keyboard - All Original
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Yamaha CS-80 Keyboard Power Supply Repair Rebuild Kit

Yamaha CS-80 Keyboard Power Supply Repair Rebuild Kit
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Rare!! TWO BOOKS _ THE A-Z OF ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS – Peter Forrest - Moog etc..

Rare!! TWO BOOKS _ THE A-Z OF ANALOGUE SYNTHESISERS – Peter Forrest - Moog etc..
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BASTL Instruments MIDI BASTL Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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Moog VX-352 Control Voltage Input Expander for Minimoog Voyager RME

Moog VX-352 Control Voltage Input Expander for Minimoog Voyager RME
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FOLKTEK = Illuminist Garden = acoustic electronic synth art =analog modular

FOLKTEK = Illuminist Garden = acoustic electronic synth art =analog modular
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Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU
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Moog Slim Phatty Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Synthesis MIDI CV Gate

Moog Slim Phatty Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Synthesis MIDI CV Gate
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Blue Lantern CV Arpeggiator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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Moon Modular 567 Universal Programmer 1/4" MU Moog Synthesizers.com Synthesis

Moon Modular 567 Universal Programmer 1/4
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Blue Lantern Stereoscopic VCA Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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Blue Lantern CMOS Master Clock Divider Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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Pittsburgh Modular Audio Mixer Attenuator Eurorack Format Analog Audio Synthesis

Pittsburgh Modular Audio Mixer Attenuator Eurorack Format Analog Audio Synthesis
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ELBY-DESIGNS IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER

ELBY-DESIGNS IF112 DOUBLE DEKA VCO OSCILLATOR MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER
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Korg X3 Synthesizer Workstation Specifications and The M-Audio Midisport 2x2

Korg X3 Synthesizer Workstation Specifications and The M-Audio Midisport 2x2
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novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship

novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyborad World Ship
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Yamaha DX21 FM Synth Very Good Condition DX7

Yamaha DX21 FM Synth Very Good Condition DX7
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Yamaha AN200 Desktop Virtual Analogue Control Synthesizer

Yamaha AN200 Desktop Virtual Analogue Control Synthesizer
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EoWave Modular Orage Voltage Controlled Oscillator VCO Eurorack Synthesis Module

EoWave Modular Orage Voltage Controlled Oscillator VCO Eurorack Synthesis Module
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Synthesizer Keyboard 44 Key NEW Dealer

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Synthesizer Keyboard 44 Key NEW Dealer
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EoWave Modular Poles Dual Ch. Attenuator Inverter Amplifier Eurorack Synthesis

EoWave Modular Poles Dual Ch. Attenuator Inverter Amplifier Eurorack Synthesis
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ELBY/DESIGNS/PANTHER ED108 CHAQUO CHAOTIC SIGNAL GEN EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY/DESIGNS/PANTHER ED108 CHAQUO CHAOTIC SIGNAL GEN EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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EoWave Modular Sommateur X6 Mixer Attenuator Eurorack Analog Synthesis

EoWave Modular Sommateur X6 Mixer Attenuator Eurorack Analog Synthesis
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KORG Triton - synthesizer sampler MIDI keyboard

KORG Triton - synthesizer sampler MIDI keyboard
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PROFESSIONAL BOSS VT-1 VOICE CHANGER WITH A TELEPHONE INTERFACE.

PROFESSIONAL BOSS VT-1 VOICE CHANGER WITH A TELEPHONE INTERFACE.
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EoWave Modular EO-310 Sensor Signal Processor CV Eurorack Analog Synthesis

EoWave Modular EO-310 Sensor Signal Processor CV Eurorack Analog Synthesis
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LOW-GAIN SHORTBUS V1 / COMBINER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE / LOWGAIN SHORT BUS

LOW-GAIN SHORTBUS V1 / COMBINER EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE / LOWGAIN SHORT BUS
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Heat Sink for Kurzweil K2000R or K2500R rack synthesizers

Heat Sink for Kurzweil K2000R or K2500R rack synthesizers
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Genuine Kurzweil K2000 or K2000R Operating System OS EPROMs (v3.18J)

Genuine Kurzweil K2000 or K2000R Operating System OS EPROMs (v3.18J)
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Kurzweil K2000 ribbon and power cables for floppy drive -- tested and working

Kurzweil K2000 ribbon and power cables for floppy drive -- tested and working
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Kurzweil K2000 ribbon and power cables for floppy drive -- tested and working
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Kurzweil K2000R transformer (for rack synth) -- tested and working

Kurzweil K2000R transformer (for rack synth) -- tested and working
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Kurzweil K2000R transformer (for rack synth) -- tested and working
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ELBY-DESIGNS ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD

ELBY-DESIGNS ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD
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ELBY-DESIGNS ED123 12-SLOT PASSIVE BUSBOARD FOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER BUS BOARD
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Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Live Performance Synthesizer/Loop Touch Pad

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus + Live Performance Synthesizer/Loop Touch Pad
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ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC VCF FILTER/VCO EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS757 BI-N-TIC VCF FILTER/VCO EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
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4ms Rotating Clock Divider Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Rotating Clock Divider Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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4ms S.C.M. Breakout 4 Shuffling Clock Multiplier! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms S.C.M. Breakout 4 Shuffling Clock Multiplier! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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FOH Flight of Harmony IMP Chaotic Voice Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Flight of Harmony Sound of Shadows Delay Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Flight of Harmony Sound of Shadows Delay Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Flight of Harmony Sound of Shadows Delay Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer Multi-Band Filter Module NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Flight of Harmony Plague Bearer Multi-Band Filter Module NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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ROLAND JP-8000 SCREWS/SHIELD COVERS SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART

ROLAND JP-8000 SCREWS/SHIELD COVERS SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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ROLAND JP-8000 SCREWS/SHIELD COVERS SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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ROLAND JP-8000 KEY CONTACT PCB SHORT BOARD SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART

ROLAND JP-8000 KEY CONTACT PCB SHORT BOARD SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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ROLAND JP-8000 KEY CONTACT PCB SHORT BOARD SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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Synthrotek Atari Junk Console Kit DIY Noise Synth Astroids Punk APC Lofi

Synthrotek Atari Junk Console Kit DIY Noise Synth Astroids Punk APC Lofi
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EoWave Modular Flexion Sensor Gestural Control Voltage CV Analog Synthesis

EoWave Modular Flexion Sensor Gestural Control Voltage CV Analog Synthesis
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EoWave Modular Flexion Sensor Gestural Control Voltage CV Analog Synthesis
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Bubblesound VCOb Oscillator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound VCOb Oscillator Module! Eurorack! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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Bubblesound uLFO Low Frequency Oscillator! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Bubblesound uLFO Low Frequency Oscillator! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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DinSync SARA VCF Dual Core Filter Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
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ROLAND JP-8000 KEYBED RUBBER CONTACT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART

ROLAND JP-8000 KEYBED RUBBER CONTACT SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART
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Univox Mini Korg K1 Analog Vintage Synthesizer

Univox Mini Korg K1 Analog Vintage Synthesizer
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Univox Mini Korg K1 Analog Vintage Synthesizer
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Korg PA900 Arranger Keyboard with 61 Note Semi-Weighted Keys

Korg PA900 Arranger Keyboard with 61 Note Semi-Weighted Keys
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Korg PA900 Arranger Keyboard with 61 Note Semi-Weighted Keys
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Doepfer A-118 Noise/Random Eurorack module modular

Doepfer A-118 Noise/Random Eurorack module modular
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Doepfer A-118 Noise/Random Eurorack module modular
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART PITCH BEND ASSEMBLY

KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART PITCH BEND ASSEMBLY
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BLUE LANTERN FM JOYSTICK CONTROL EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE JOY STICK

BLUE LANTERN FM JOYSTICK CONTROL EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER MODULE JOY STICK
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USED Yamaha CS-1X Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment

USED Yamaha CS-1X  Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment
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USED Yamaha CS-1X  Keyboard Perfect Working Worldwide Shipment
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER SPARE PART AUDIO IN/OUT/PEDAL MIDI IN/OUT/THRU JACK PCB

KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER  SPARE PART AUDIO IN/OUT/PEDAL MIDI IN/OUT/THRU JACK PCB
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER  SPARE PART AUDIO IN/OUT/PEDAL MIDI IN/OUT/THRU JACK PCB
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART KEYBOARD GAIN PCB BOARD

KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART KEYBOARD GAIN PCB BOARD
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD SPARE PART KEYBOARD GAIN PCB BOARD
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It's 1962 - we are to "Dig That Crazy Electronic Music" in cool electronics mag!

It's 1962 - we are to
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It's 1962 - we are to
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FLAME FX6 FX-6 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE

FLAME FX6 FX-6 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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FLAME FX6 FX-6 MULTI-EFFECTS DSP SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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FLAME TAME MACHINE QUANTIZER/LOOPER SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE

FLAME TAME MACHINE QUANTIZER/LOOPER SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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£224.35
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FLAME TAME MACHINE QUANTIZER/LOOPER SYNTHESIZER MODULAR EURORACK MODULE
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART FLOPPY DRIVE WITH MOUNT

KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART FLOPPY DRIVE WITH MOUNT
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KORG PA80 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD REPLACEMENT SPARE PART FLOPPY DRIVE WITH MOUNT
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Yamaha TX802 TX 802 ORIGINAL MANUAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE VERSION

Yamaha TX802 TX 802 ORIGINAL MANUAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE VERSION
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£16.64
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Yamaha TX802 TX 802 ORIGINAL MANUAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE VERSION
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