Roland SH-101 Synthesizer

Roland SH-101

In 1982, just as the synth market was moving towards ever greater polyphony and preset capability, Roland took a bit of a sideway step and produced a small 32 key, monophonic, single oscillator analog synthesizer and called it the Roland SH-101. Compared to a lot of the notable monophonic synthesisers gracing many a keyboard wizards […]

EDP Wasp Synthesizer

EDP Wasp Synthesizer

EDP’s Wasp helped bring the synthesizer to the masses. Prior to its release in 1978 you needed very deep pockets if you wanted to buy a synthesizer and to many would be electronic musicians, owning such an instrument was an unachievable dream. Luckily, an aptly named British company called Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) were at […]

Yamaha DX7 synthesizer

Yamaha DX7

The arrival of the Yamaha DX7 in 1983 heralded a brand new form of synthesizer. It was the first commercially successful digital synthesizer and introduced a whole new type of synthesis call Frequency Modulation (FM). Before the DX7 most commercially available Synthesizers had used mainly subtractive synthesis where an oscillator generated waveform was attenuated by […]

EMS Synthi A

EMS Synthi A

Introduced in 1971,the EMS Synthi A looks like a piece of lab equipment with a myriad of knobs and a patch matrix board, all housed in a Spartanite briefcase. The Synthi A uses exactly the same electronics as its 1969 sibling, the EMS VCS 3. Like the VCS3 it has three oscillators (the first two […]

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

Arguably amongst one of the most important synths ever produced, the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 is a 5 voice polyphonic analog synthesizer and is one of the first polyphonic analog synthesizers with patch memory. Designed and manufactured between 1978 and 1984, about 6,000 units were produced in three revisions by Dave Smith and John Bowen. Originally called the “Model 1000”, the […]

Roland Jupiter-8

Roland Jupiter-8

The Jupiter 8 (aka JP-8) easily ranks up amongst the greats in the annals of synthesizer history. Produced between 1981–1985, the Jupiter-8 with its 8 voice polyphony featuring 16 analog oscillators (2 per voice), was Roland’s Flagship synthesizer during the height of the synth pop revolution in the first half of the 1980s. The Jupiter […]

Arp Odyssey

The Odyssey was ARP Instruments Inc’s response to the R.A. Moog Inc’s Minimoog. Released in 1972, the Odyssey is essentially a simplified hard-wired ARP 2600 in a much smaller and affordable package. The Odyssey is a two-oscillator analog synthesizer, and one of the first with duophonic capabilities (the ability to play two notes at the same time). […]

Moog Minimoog Model D

The Minimoog Model D is the stuff of synthesizer legend. Before the Minimoog, synthesizers were huge pieces of kit that were custom built and looked like something a mad professor had dreamed up; huge modular systems with a myriad of knobs and patchwork of wires more akin to a 1950s telephone exchange than a musical […]

Roland JX3P Synthesizer

Roland JX-3P

The Roland  JX-3P is a six-note polyphonic, 61 key synthesizer manufactured from 1983-85 which featured an on-board 128-step sequencer. A slightly modified rack-mount version called the MKS-30 was also available.  It has 32 factory programs in ROM, and storage for user memory for 32 programs. The JX-3P was originally aimed more towards players who wanted the convenience of […]