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 […]

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 […]

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 […]