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Synthesizer Feature


Keyboard/Synth reviews, articles, and tips for beginners and beyond

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The synthesisers of modern times have evolved from early experiments connecting electricity and sound, which took place in the late 19th century.

Decades of innovation led to the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesiser, which was built at Bell Laboratories by Herbert Belar and Harry Olson in the early 1950s.

Ten years later Robert A. Moog brought synthesisers to the mass market, with the introduction of a Piano-style keyboard to control the instrument.

Keyboard/Synth Specs

The number of keys on a synthesiser can range from 0 to 88. Different models can have all manner of controls to manipulate the sound, including faders, knobs and ribbon controllers.

How To Play

A Synthesiser is played in a similar manner to the Piano, but the player will often only have one hand on the keyboard, with the other hand adjusting the various controls to change the sound the instrument is making.

The player can also operate a number of pedals at the base of the instrument, the most common being a sustain pedal, which allows the sound to continue after the hands have been taken off the keys.

did you know

Some Synthesisers are so large that they take up a whole room!

The most well-known of these is the TONTO Synthesiser, which has been used on albums by many famous musicians, including Stevie Wonder.