MATRIXSYNTH: Synthesized - Computers & Synthesizers Event Set for June 22 & 23 in Cambridge

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Synthesized - Computers & Synthesizers Event Set for June 22 & 23 in Cambridge


via The Centre for Computing History

"Synthesized celebrates the computer and synthesiser - and how the two technologies grew up together.

The two technologies have crossed paths many times since the CSIRAC mainframe played the 'Colonel Bogey March' in 1951. The mighty Fairlight CMI, the PPG and the humble Dragon 32 both share the same processor - as do the Moog Source, Prophet-5 and the ZX Spectrum.

By 1990, the Atari ST found its way into almost every recording studio. Technologies from the flagship Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50 found their way into almost every PC sound card of the 1990s. Today, modern computers can emulate almost any classic synthesiser with near perfect accuracy.

Without computers we wouldn’t have FM, wavetable, additive and phase distortion synthesis - or even be able to save the sounds on our analog synthesiser.

Last year we were lucky enough to have a Fairlight CMI, a PPG Waveterm and a Greengate DS4 together in the same room. We even had Colin Holgate from Greengate and John Molloy from 80s band Mainframe to demonstrate it to us!

This year we hope the event will be even bigger, even better, even noisier and will have more wonderful synthesisers for everyone to see and use! To get you all in the mood, here's some pictures from last year's event."

Gorgeous PPG setup, including a rare Waveterm and Processor Keyboard FD.

You can find a few previous posts featuring Synthesized including video via the Synthesized label.

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