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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Toppobrillo Sport Modulator Dual Lag Slew Sample and Hold Serge SSG Eurorack

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Roland E-36 Synthesiser Service Manual

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Lumina Kit for the ARP Sequencer from CMS / Discrete Synthesizers

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Steady State Fate Mixmode Expander - Eurorack Modular Synth

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Steady State Fate GND CTRL - Eurorack Modular Synth

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Kawai KC-10 Spectra Keyboard - Synth, Arpeggiator, Drum Machine, MIDI I/O, PS GC

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Q175 MIDI Interface Aid Module - Synthesizers.com modular dotcom MU

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Korg MS-20 Reissue Synthesizer Kit - Full Sized Synth 1/4" Jacks Limited Edition

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Lumina Kit for the ARP Odyssey direct from CMS / Discrete Synthesizers

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ROLAND D5 Multi Timbral Linear Synthesizer & Stand LOOK NOW RARE item

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Novation Ultranova Synthesiser

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WERSI DH10 B Reverb Effects Card for EX10 EX20 DX5 Synthesizer Organ #5682

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Vintage Tama DS200 Analog Drum Synthesizer module w/ pickup

Vintage Tama DS200 Analog Drum Synthesizer module w/ pickup
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ARTURIA MINIBRUTE ANALOGUE MONO SYNTHESIZER MINT/BOXED

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Novation KS5 Synthesiser Keyboard

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Expert Sleepers ESX-8CV CV Expansion Eurorack Module! NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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Waldorf Pulse Synthesizer Synth RackMount Sound Module

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Korg KO1 Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer (Ex Cond. with box/instructions)

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Roland Lucina Synthesizer AX-09 White

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Roland JV-80 JV-30 Multi Timbral Synthesizer Brochure

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Blue Lantern Simple MIDI to CV Converter Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

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♫ Korg 05R/W MIDI synth 05RW rack module 05-RW AI2 O5R/W O5RW O5-RW ♫

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Manhattan Analog CVP Eurorack Module Eurorack Module

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Manhattan Analog MA35 VCF/VCA Eurorack Synthesizer Module

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Manhattan Analog Manual Voltage Processor Eurorack Module

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Clavia Nord Lead 3 Virtual Analog Synth Synthesizer!

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Moog Little Phatty Stage II Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

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ROLAND MT 120 SOUND MODULE !! MT120 D291

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KORG EXB-RADIAS MMT EXPANSION BOARD FOR M3M M3-61/76/88 M3-M

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KURZWEIL K2000 V2 61-KEY POLYPHONIC SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD W/ FREE SHIP

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Vtg Casio CZ-5000 61 Key Electronic Piano Synthesizer MIDI Keyboard +Travel Case

Vtg Casio CZ-5000 61 Key Electronic Piano Synthesizer MIDI Keyboard +Travel Case
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Ensoniq SQ-R Rackmount AS

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Roland MKS-30 Synthesizer + PG200 Programmer

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Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Mono Synth Synthesizer New

Arturia MiniBrute SE Analog Mono Synth Synthesizer New
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Synthrotek Atari Punk Console - Eurorack Modular Synth

Synthrotek Atari Punk Console - Eurorack Modular Synth
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Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4 and Gig Bag all in Mint Condition.

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho X4 and Gig Bag all in Mint Condition.
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YAMAHA MU50 Tone Generator XG Sound Module MIDI SYNTHESIZER MU-50 From Japan

YAMAHA MU50 Tone Generator XG Sound Module MIDI SYNTHESIZER MU-50 From Japan
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Korg M1 MPC-12 World Omnibus Memory Card

Korg M1 MPC-12 World Omnibus Memory Card
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BLUE LANTERN BIG TWERP VCF POLIVOKS FILTER MODULAR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

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Korg Triton LE 61 keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean

Korg Triton LE 61 keys workstation synthesizer/ Great condition/ Clean
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ROLAND SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums Expansion Board Free Shipping Worldwide

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SUIKO ST-10 Japanese Oriental KOTO SYNTH+Sequencer Very Rare

SUIKO ST-10 Japanese Oriental KOTO SYNTH+Sequencer Very Rare
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Power supply Assembly & Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50

Power supply Assembly &  Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50
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Power supply Assembly &  Transformer for Roland D50 D-50 D 50
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Suzuki Omnichord System 100 w/ Box, Manual, AC Adapter

Suzuki Omnichord System 100 w/ Box, Manual, AC Adapter
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Sequential Circuits - PROPHET 5 Rev 3.3 - Operation MANUAL

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Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer*Pre-Owned* BUY IT NOW!

Korg Micro Korg Synthesizer*Pre-Owned* BUY IT NOW!
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FLIGHT OF HARMONY V'AMP VCA/ENVELOPE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUALR MODULE

FLIGHT OF HARMONY V'AMP VCA/ENVELOPE EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODUALR MODULE
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YAMAHA DX7 DX-7 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER WITH EXTRA MEMORY BANKS

YAMAHA DX7 DX-7 VINTAGE SYNTHESIZER WITH EXTRA MEMORY BANKS
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korg micro-preset synthesiser

korg micro-preset synthesiser
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£250.00
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ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.

ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.
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ARP 2600. 4027 oscillator module. Analog synthesizer.
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ROLAND PG-200 Programmer For JX-3P & MKS-30 SYNTHESIZER In Excellent Condition

ROLAND PG-200 Programmer For JX-3P & MKS-30 SYNTHESIZER In Excellent Condition
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Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 Kit Synthesizer (KIT REQUIRES SKILLED SOLDERING...

Mutable Instruments Shruthi 1 Kit Synthesizer (KIT REQUIRES SKILLED SOLDERING...
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