Posts Tagged ‘retro technology’

I really like the looks of the new Telemark synth from Analogue Solutions. After selling my small modular I’m looking into buying a new modular, and maybe the Telemark could be the start of a new system?

Anyway, here’s a great demo of the new synth. Below is a demo of the original Oberheim SEM that Telemark is modelled after.

Music Radar has a review of the Telemark synth, read it here



Analogue Solutions has made a rack-mount version of their Semblance synth and called it Telemark. It seems like it’s got some additional controls (or a matrix?) as well, but there’s no more specific information yet. The Semblance itself is a clone of the Oberheim SEM (Synthesizer Expander Module). I like the look of this thing.

I found this video through Synthopia. I just had to put it here. I wonder who has made this.. it’s real computer music!

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.

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* 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

I kinda like this funky dude!

The Synapse synth magazine from the late 70’s is full of goodies for all synth enthusiasts out there. Scanned gif-images of the magazine pages can be found on this web page. In the magazine you will find interesting interviews with among others Brian Eno, Tom Oberheim, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Schneider/Hutter, Todd Rundgren, Herbie Hancoc and Bob Moog, along with reviews of then new synths such as the Arp Omni, SC Prophet, Yamaha CS-80 and the Korg VC-10 Vocoder. And lot’s of other goodies including DIY tutorials and record reviews. Good stuff!

Check out this cool video of Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones playing the Fairlight CMI.
This beautiful synth / sampler / sequencer / music system was revolutionary in the late 70’s / early 80’s. Even now the Fairlight system looks and sounds very futuristic and cool.

Now Fairlight makes an audio controller, the Xynergy.
The Fairlight history.
Other cool Fairlight videos on YouTube:
Greg Sneddon demos the fairlight
Peter Gabriel also used this expensive synth to sample ethnical sounds