History of the Synthesizer

From Minimoog to Roland D50. In 1963, American innovator R. A. (Bob) Moog met composer Herbert Deutsch, who inspired Moog to combine a voltage-controlled oscillator and amplifier module with a keyboard in 1964—the first prototype of a voltage-controlled synthesizer minimoog. It wasn’t until 1967, however, that Moog actually called his diverse mix-and-match systems synthesizers.
Wendy Carlos’ LP release “Switched-On Bach” (1968) was responsible for the breakthrough of Moog’s instruments. The record featured Moog’s modular synthesizers and was one of the earliest commercial multi track recordings. The album’s success introduced the synthesizer to a wider audience and made the name Moog synonymous with the instrument.

During the years following the release fo the Minimoog, synthesizers developed in leaps and bounds introducing polyphony, MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) , Sampling and in the end software versions for computers.

What follows below is a summary of some of the most important instruments in the thirty years following 1970 that changed the face and sound of music permanently. Enjoy!


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