I stumbled across an interview with synth engineer an inventor of MIDI, Dave Smith. He founded the company Sequential Circuits back in the 70’s, SC is most known for the popular Prophet 5 analogue synth released in 1978. This was the first polyphonic analogue synth, and the first one to include a patch memory system making it possible to store the sounds you created. The company later made the Prophet VS vector synth in 1986. SC was sold to Yamaha Corporation in 1987. Smith then started working for Korg R&D in California and there he helped create the Korg Wavestation synth (1990), based on the vector technology from the Prophet VS. In the 90’s he was president of Seer Systems, a company known for the first commercial software synthesizer, Reality, released in 1997. He then started Dave Smith Instruments and the digital/analogue hybrid synth DSI Evolver (2002) was their first product . They later made a new eight voice version of the Prophet, called the Prophet ’08. Dave Smith Instruments latest synth is the MoPho, a small one voice analoge monster based on the Prophet ’08.

Episode 1

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Episode 2

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Episode 3

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Trivia
* The logo of Prophet 5 synth uses the Stop font by Aldo Novarese. It could be yours for NOK 341. Wikipedia is great!
* The “First synth to..” list on Matrixsynth

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