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.

 

The latest Synthesizer auction news

Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor / Generator

Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor / Generator
Current price:
£117.07
Ends in:
0d 0h 38m
Doepfer A-171-2 Voltage Controlled Slew Processor / Generator
Seller: eBay

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 UTILITY LFO/DUAL LFO EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 UTILITY LFO/DUAL LFO EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£86.52
Ends in:
0d 0h 47m
ELBY-DESIGNS/PANTHER CGS758 UTILITY LFO/DUAL LFO EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Seller: eBay

EMS KORG RK-100S-BK 37 shoulder keyboard synthesizer key Black from JAPAN

EMS KORG RK-100S-BK 37 shoulder keyboard synthesizer key Black from JAPAN
Current price:
£396.75
Ends in:
0d 0h 54m
EMS KORG RK-100S-BK 37 shoulder keyboard synthesizer key Black from JAPAN
Seller: eBay

F/S NEW KORG monotron DELAY Analog Ribbon Synthesize from JAPAN

F/S NEW KORG monotron DELAY Analog Ribbon Synthesize from JAPAN
Current price:
£39.67
Ends in:
0d 0h 57m
F/S NEW KORG monotron DELAY Analog Ribbon Synthesize from JAPAN
Seller: eBay

Korg Kaosilator Pro Phrase Synthesizer / Loop Recorder w/Box PD-2639

Korg Kaosilator Pro Phrase Synthesizer / Loop Recorder w/Box PD-2639
Current price:
£162.60
Ends in:
0d 1h 2m
Korg Kaosilator Pro Phrase Synthesizer / Loop Recorder w/Box PD-2639
Seller: eBay

CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER - SILVER

CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER - SILVER
Current price:
£138.98
Ends in:
0d 1h 8m
CRITTER & GUITARI POCKET PIANO MIDI - PORTABLE KEYBOARD AND SYNTHESIZER - SILVER
Seller: eBay

ABSTRACT DATA ADE-30 WAVE BOSS EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE ADE30

ABSTRACT DATA ADE-30 WAVE BOSS EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE ADE30
Current price:
£139.35
Ends in:
0d 1h 17m
ABSTRACT DATA ADE-30 WAVE BOSS EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULAR MODULE ADE30
Seller: eBay

Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship

Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship
Current price:
£43.90
Ends in:
0d 1h 55m
Gakken SX-150 MARK II Analog Ribbon Synthsizer SX150 mk2 World Ship
Seller: eBay

Roland RA-50 Real Time Arranger MIDI Sound Module World Ship

Roland RA-50 Real Time Arranger MIDI Sound Module World Ship
Current price:
£105.03
Ends in:
0d 2h 7m
Roland RA-50 Real Time Arranger MIDI Sound Module World Ship
Seller: eBay

4MS TRIWAVE PICOGENERATOR SUPER NOISE/DRONE SYNTHESIZER/DISTORTION EFFECT MODULE

4MS TRIWAVE PICOGENERATOR SUPER NOISE/DRONE SYNTHESIZER/DISTORTION EFFECT MODULE
Current price:
£92.56
Ends in:
0d 2h 10m
4MS TRIWAVE PICOGENERATOR SUPER NOISE/DRONE SYNTHESIZER/DISTORTION EFFECT MODULE
Seller: eBay

CV-13 VERY RARE GUITAR SYNTHESIZER INTERFACE MODEL CV-13 LOWEST PRICE EVER SAVE$

CV-13 VERY RARE GUITAR SYNTHESIZER INTERFACE MODEL CV-13 LOWEST PRICE EVER SAVE$
Current price:
£65.03
Ends in:
0d 2h 16m
CV-13 VERY RARE GUITAR SYNTHESIZER INTERFACE MODEL CV-13 LOWEST PRICE EVER SAVE$
Seller: eBay

ROLAND SRX-98 SPECIAL SRX BOARD 2006 Wave Expansion Board Free Shipping

ROLAND SRX-98 SPECIAL SRX BOARD 2006 Wave Expansion Board Free Shipping
Current price:
£67.96
Ends in:
0d 2h 18m
ROLAND SRX-98 SPECIAL SRX BOARD 2006 Wave Expansion Board Free Shipping
Seller: eBay

KORG R3 Synthesizer/Vocoder NEW!!!!

KORG R3 Synthesizer/Vocoder NEW!!!!
Current price:
£300.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
0
Ends in:
0d 2h 48m
KORG R3 Synthesizer/Vocoder NEW!!!!
Seller: eBay

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus Touchpad Phrase Synthesizer Loop Recorder

Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus Touchpad Phrase Synthesizer Loop Recorder
Current price:
£265.00
Ends in:
0d 3h 0m
Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus Touchpad Phrase Synthesizer Loop Recorder
Seller: eBay

Maxim Synthesizer Drums MDS-002

Maxim Synthesizer Drums MDS-002
Current price:
£714.80
Ends in:
0d 3h 4m
Maxim Synthesizer Drums MDS-002
Seller: eBay

Moog Slim Phatty Rack Mounted Analog Synthesizer

Moog Slim Phatty Rack Mounted Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£400.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
2
Ends in:
0d 3h 20m
Moog Slim Phatty Rack Mounted Analog Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini Nova) & Free T-Shirt

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini  Nova) & Free T-Shirt
Current price:
£269.00
Ends in:
0d 3h 24m
Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini  Nova) & Free T-Shirt
Seller: eBay

New Korg Kaossilator Pocket Synthesiser Black Yellow

New Korg Kaossilator Pocket Synthesiser Black Yellow
Current price:
£129.00
Ends in:
0d 3h 45m
New Korg Kaossilator Pocket Synthesiser Black Yellow
Seller: eBay

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini Nova) & KRK 8400 Headphones

Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini  Nova) & KRK 8400 Headphones
Current price:
£366.00
Ends in:
0d 4h 7m
Novation MiniNova 37 Key Synthesizer (Mini  Nova) & KRK 8400 Headphones
Seller: eBay

New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder

New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder
Current price:
£339.00
Ends in:
0d 4h 25m
New Korg MicroKORG XL+ Plus Synthesizer/Vocoder
Seller: eBay

ADDAC 804 ADDAC804 AUDIO iNTERGRATOR iOS ADAPTOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE

ADDAC 804 ADDAC804 AUDIO iNTERGRATOR iOS ADAPTOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Current price:
£126.52
Ends in:
0d 4h 49m
ADDAC 804 ADDAC804 AUDIO iNTERGRATOR iOS ADAPTOR EURORACK SYNTHESIZER MODULE
Seller: eBay

MOOG MEMORY MOOG SYNTHESIZER

MOOG MEMORY MOOG SYNTHESIZER
Current price:
£4,490.00
Ends in:
0d 5h 14m
MOOG MEMORY MOOG SYNTHESIZER
Seller: eBay

Novation Ultranova Synthesiser

Novation Ultranova Synthesiser
Current price:
£150.00
No. of bids so far:
0
Ends in:
0d 5h 35m
Novation Ultranova Synthesiser
Seller: eBay

Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer

Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer
Current price:
£139.60
Ends in:
0d 6h 5m
Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

KORG EXB-MOSS Synthesizer Expansion Board KLM-2076 for Triton

KORG EXB-MOSS Synthesizer Expansion Board KLM-2076 for Triton
Current price:
£260.16
Ends in:
0d 6h 56m
KORG EXB-MOSS Synthesizer Expansion Board KLM-2076 for Triton
Seller: eBay

Mode Machines SID Limited 8 Bit Groovebox Synthesizer (includes SID chip from...

Mode Machines SID Limited 8 Bit Groovebox Synthesizer (includes SID chip from...
Current price:
£641.99
Ends in:
0d 7h 2m
Mode Machines SID Limited 8 Bit Groovebox Synthesizer (includes SID chip from...
Seller: eBay

KORG DRUMS 1 M1 MSC-03 PCM Card M3R RPC-03 Program Card Set SEALED NEW OLD STOCK

KORG DRUMS 1 M1 MSC-03 PCM Card M3R RPC-03 Program Card Set SEALED NEW OLD STOCK
Current price:
£64.39
Ends in:
0d 7h 16m
KORG DRUMS 1 M1 MSC-03 PCM Card M3R RPC-03 Program Card Set SEALED NEW OLD STOCK
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-101-6 Opto FET VCF : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-101-6 Opto FET VCF : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£91.06
Ends in:
0d 7h 17m
Doepfer A-101-6 Opto FET VCF : Eurorack Module : NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

ROLAND JP-8080 ANALOG MODELING SYNTHESIZER VERY NICE!!!

ROLAND JP-8080 ANALOG MODELING SYNTHESIZER VERY NICE!!!
Current price:
£273.16
Ends in:
0d 7h 46m
ROLAND JP-8080 ANALOG MODELING SYNTHESIZER VERY NICE!!!
Seller: eBay

Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 Synthesizer

Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 Synthesizer
Current price:
£779.99
Ends in:
0d 8h 8m
Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Yamaha TX81Z FM Tone Generator Synthesizer Module with Manual

Yamaha TX81Z FM Tone Generator Synthesizer Module with Manual
Current price:
£90.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
0
Ends in:
0d 8h 51m
Yamaha TX81Z FM Tone Generator Synthesizer Module with Manual
Seller: eBay

Sputnik Modular Oscillator Eurorack Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Sputnik Modular Oscillator Eurorack Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£148.94
Ends in:
0d 8h 55m
Sputnik Modular Oscillator Eurorack Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Brand New Korg Monotron DUO Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer

Brand New Korg Monotron DUO Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
Current price:
£42.95
Ends in:
0d 9h 0m
Brand New Korg Monotron DUO Analogue Ribbon Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Prophet 12 Keyboard Synthesizer + FREE Dave Smith Mopho Desktop Sy...

Dave Smith Prophet 12 Keyboard Synthesizer + FREE Dave Smith Mopho Desktop Sy...
Current price:
£2,412.00
Ends in:
0d 9h 4m
Dave Smith Prophet 12 Keyboard Synthesizer + FREE Dave Smith Mopho Desktop Sy...
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer
Current price:
£389.59
Ends in:
0d 9h 36m
Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Analog/Wavetable Synthesizer with Step Sequencer
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 4-Voice Analog Synthesizer

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 4-Voice Analog Synthesizer
Current price:
£844.88
Ends in:
0d 9h 36m
Dave Smith Instruments Mopho x4 4-Voice Analog Synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Doepfer A-145 LFO w/ Reset : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]

Doepfer A-145 LFO w/ Reset : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Current price:
£64.39
Ends in:
0d 9h 58m
Doepfer A-145 LFO w/ Reset : Eurorack Module : BRAND NEW : [DETROIT MODULAR]
Seller: eBay

Korg Polysix PS-6 classic, rare poly 6 synthesizer

Korg Polysix PS-6 classic, rare poly 6 synthesizer
Current price:
£1,190.00
Ends in:
0d 10h 16m
Korg Polysix PS-6 classic, rare poly 6 synthesizer
Seller: eBay

Expert Sleepers ES-3 MK3 Lightpipe to CV Interface! DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

Expert Sleepers ES-3 MK3 Lightpipe to CV Interface! DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£178.86
Ends in:
0d 10h 25m
Expert Sleepers ES-3 MK3 Lightpipe to CV Interface! DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

ARTURIA PROPHET V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) -- AUTHORIZED DEALER

ARTURIA PROPHET V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) -- AUTHORIZED DEALER
Current price:
£64.38
Ends in:
0d 10h 29m
ARTURIA PROPHET V SOFTWARE SYNTHESIZER (DIGITAL / DOWNLOAD) -- AUTHORIZED DEALER
Seller: eBay

Yamaha Dx Gig Bag

Yamaha Dx Gig Bag
Current price:
£32.52
Ends in:
0d 11h 0m
Yamaha Dx Gig Bag
Seller: eBay

ADDAC 206 Switching & Sequencer Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

ADDAC 206 Switching & Sequencer Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£194.47
Ends in:
0d 11h 19m
ADDAC 206 Switching & Sequencer Module! CLEAN DEMO! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*

FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
Current price:
£552.85
Ends in:
0d 11h 33m
FOLKTEK Modified Omnichord OM-84 bent circuit synth==*
Seller: eBay

Yamaha Sy35 61 key synthesizer keyboard Great Condition Midi 61 key Memory Pro

Yamaha Sy35 61 key synthesizer keyboard Great Condition Midi 61 key Memory Pro
Current price:
£117.07
Ends in:
0d 11h 50m
Yamaha Sy35 61 key synthesizer keyboard Great Condition Midi 61 key Memory Pro
Seller: eBay

*** MFOS Soundlab Minisynth *** synth diy synthesizer music from outer space

*** MFOS Soundlab Minisynth ***  synth diy synthesizer music from outer space
Current price:
£162.60
Ends in:
0d 12h 7m
*** MFOS Soundlab Minisynth ***  synth diy synthesizer music from outer space
Seller: eBay

KORG EXB-MOSS Z1 DSP BOARD + BONUS TRITON EXTREME/CLASSIC/KARMA/RACK/STUDIO/PRO

KORG EXB-MOSS Z1 DSP BOARD + BONUS TRITON EXTREME/CLASSIC/KARMA/RACK/STUDIO/PRO
Current price:
£247.15
Ends in:
0d 12h 14m
KORG EXB-MOSS Z1 DSP BOARD + BONUS TRITON EXTREME/CLASSIC/KARMA/RACK/STUDIO/PRO
Seller: eBay

Moon Modular 501M Oscillator Mixer 1/4" MU Moog Synthesizers.com Synthesis

Moon Modular 501M Oscillator Mixer 1/4
Current price:
£117.07
Ends in:
0d 12h 19m
Moon Modular 501M Oscillator Mixer 1/4
Seller: eBay

Vintage YAMAHA PSR-36 FM Synthesizer/Keyboard -1988 MADE IN JAPAN.

Vintage YAMAHA PSR-36 FM Synthesizer/Keyboard -1988 MADE IN JAPAN.
Current price:
£96.91
Ends in:
0d 12h 42m
Vintage YAMAHA PSR-36 FM Synthesizer/Keyboard -1988 MADE IN JAPAN.
Seller: eBay

Bastl Trinity Drum Machine Sequencer Module

Bastl Trinity Drum Machine Sequencer Module
Current price:
£57.89
Ends in:
0d 12h 48m
Bastl Trinity Drum Machine Sequencer Module
Seller: eBay

Korg Voice Crystal 4 for Korg WS-1 WS1 Wavestation Vector Synth Synthesizer!

Korg Voice Crystal 4 for Korg WS-1 WS1 Wavestation Vector Synth Synthesizer!
Current price:
£45.26
Ends in:
0d 12h 49m
Korg Voice Crystal 4 for Korg WS-1 WS1 Wavestation Vector Synth Synthesizer!
Seller: eBay

2ND GEN KAOSSILATOR WITH ABLETON EXPORT

2ND GEN KAOSSILATOR WITH ABLETON EXPORT
Current price:
£104.06
Ends in:
0d 13h 3m
2ND GEN KAOSSILATOR WITH ABLETON EXPORT
Seller: eBay

Roland XP-50 Multitimbral Synthesizer/Music Work Station. Very Good Condition

Roland XP-50 Multitimbral Synthesizer/Music Work Station. Very Good Condition
Current price:
£310.00
Type:
Auction
No. of bids so far:
0
Ends in:
0d 13h 49m
Roland XP-50 Multitimbral Synthesizer/Music Work Station. Very Good Condition
Seller: eBay

Bastl Trinity Mono Synthesizer Trinity Module

Bastl Trinity Mono Synthesizer Trinity Module
Current price:
£52.03
Ends in:
0d 13h 59m
Bastl Trinity Mono Synthesizer Trinity Module
Seller: eBay

Waldorf MicroWave XT(10 voice)

Waldorf MicroWave XT(10 voice)
Current price:
£780.49
Ends in:
0d 14h 6m
Waldorf MicroWave XT(10 voice)
Seller: eBay

Dave Smith Tetr4 Tetra 4 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesiser Instrument RRP:£683

Dave Smith Tetr4 Tetra 4 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesiser Instrument RRP:£683
Current price:
£500.00
Ends in:
0d 14h 19m
Dave Smith Tetr4 Tetra 4 Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesiser Instrument RRP:£683
Seller: eBay

ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 SOUND MODULE MIDI SYNTHESIZER 880 1010 2080

ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 SOUND MODULE MIDI SYNTHESIZER 880 1010 2080
Current price:
£169.95
Ends in:
0d 14h 22m
ROLAND SUPER JV-1080 SOUND MODULE MIDI SYNTHESIZER 880 1010 2080
Seller: eBay

TMC1458CG 8-PIN Gold Pin OP AMP, Motorola for Synthesizers, Mil Electronics-2

TMC1458CG 8-PIN Gold Pin OP  AMP, Motorola for Synthesizers, Mil Electronics-2
Current price:
£6.35
Ends in:
0d 14h 25m
TMC1458CG 8-PIN Gold Pin OP  AMP, Motorola for Synthesizers, Mil Electronics-2
Seller: eBay

4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£51.38
Ends in:
0d 14h 31m
4ms Buffered Mult Multiple Eurorack Module! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay

Korg MicroArranger

Korg MicroArranger
Current price:
£325.20
Ends in:
0d 14h 38m
Korg MicroArranger
Seller: eBay

4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!

4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Current price:
£44.88
Ends in:
0d 14h 49m
4ms Modular Row 45° Angle Adapter! BRAND NEW! AUTHORIZED DEALER!
Seller: eBay
 

NOTE: to keep the site running smoothly, product data is only refreshed once every 5 minutes, approximately. Click on a product to see the most up-to-date data on the seller's page.

Leave a Reply