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Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:58 pm
by kraku
I was about 11 years old back then. My first synth was Yamaha PSR-36 which allowed me to tweak the sounds. I loved it. It also let me record my own drum patterns. I loved that too. It was the perfect total beginners synth with super simple UI and quick learning curve.

My next (and real) synth was Korg Prophecy. I bought it with my very own money when I was 20 years old :) That got me into the secrets of (virtual) analog synthesis.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:05 pm
by JJQ
I think I was about 25-26...1997-78. A Juno-6, soon followed by a Mono/poly.

I was never into synth music in the 80's. For me it started with the acid and trance of 1992. Harthouse, Risingh High, etc.

Never had any digital synths, but a period with the softshit.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:59 pm
by balma
Now I'm turning 33 on NOVEMBER 12th


I got my first serious synthesizer, and ENSONIQ ESQ-1 plus, on the year 1993. SO , I started at 18...

I will love to go back ten years...

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:06 am
by killanator
redchapterjubilee wrote:Born in the '70s and grew up in the '80s. I was enthralled with synths early but became a drummer instead. Years later, I was chatting with a bandmate about my love for synth music and how I'd love to get into it when I can afford to buy all the synths and sequencers and drum machines, etc. He then told me about Reason and, better yet, gave me a copy of it. So in 2003 at the princely age of 29 I discovered that you don't need a roomful of gear and began to get into synthesis and creating my own electronic music. Five years later and who knows how much gear later I'm still at it.
i was the opposite of that. i thought all electronic music was made in computers, until i came here and discovered some of my favorite artists use actual synthesizers.

i actually have had a yamaha psr-195 since i was like 4, has like 10 synth sounds on it...

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:08 am
by 30h5
I think I was about 17. A friend let me borrow a MC-303 around 1998. I had no instruction manual, no idea how to use it, but I liked it nevertheless. I bought my first synth a year later, a floor model JX-305. I don't know if I could have found a better starter synth. :)

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:46 am
by enx
16 (17 now) and buying my 5th synth (not counting ds-10)

wow that happened fast...

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:17 am
by Esus
cornutt wrote:You bunch of young whippersnappers. :lol: I think I was in the third grade when "Switched-On Bach" was released. People don't realize now what a big deal that was back then. For about two years, geeky, effeminite Walter Carlos was a freakin' rock star. He did TV variety shows with his modular Moog; I'm pretty sure I remember seeing him on Ed Sullivan.
Gotcha beat, Dave. I'm probably vying for head geezer around this forum. :) I was 16 in '68 (and saw Hendrix, Janis & Morrison that year). In fact, my IIIp was built that year. I remember S-OB was all the rage, in addition to d**k Hyman's Minotaur in '69. Automatic Gainsay recently referenced W. Carlos' Secrets of Synthesis--I can't recommend it enough as a tutorial for any aspiring synthesist.
I wonder if that Sullivan show is on YouTube?

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:18 am
by cornutt
Hossinfeffa wrote: What part of Florida were you in? I may have been there at one point. :P
Ft. Lauderdale, from '83 to '88.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:25 am
by cornutt
Esus wrote: Gotcha beat, Dave. I'm probably vying for head geezer around this forum. :) I was 16 in '68 (and saw Hendrix, Janis & Morrison that year). In fact, my IIIp was built that year. I remember S-OB was all the rage, in addition to d**k Hyman's Minotaur in '69.
You saw Hendrix? Damn, I'm jealous. Did you ever hear any of Joe Byrd's Moog stuff? I've heard his United States of America stuff was pretty amazing, but I've never found a copy.
Automatic Gainsay recently referenced W. Carlos' Secrets of Synthesis--I can't recommend it enough as a tutorial for any aspiring synthesist.
I wonder if that Sullivan show is on YouTube?
Probably not, if Carlos has anything to say about it. :shock: I've got the Switched-On Boxed Set, which contains remastered versions of Carlos' first four albums, and a treasure trove of notes. That in itself has been an education -- not only in technique, but also in realizing all of the limitations that synthesists had to work around back then.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:51 am
by Hossinfeffa
cornutt wrote:
Hossinfeffa wrote: What part of Florida were you in? I may have been there at one point. :P
Ft. Lauderdale, from '83 to '88.
Darn, I'm on the gulf coast currently.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:49 am
by braincandy
I was 12 in 1985 and was fascinated with synths after seeing and hearing lots of Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and Simple Minds (esp. "Don't You Forget About Me") on TV and radio. I had already tried drums and guitar and decided synths were the most interesting. I was 13 when I received my first synth, a Yamaha DX21 (although I begged for a Juno-60 or 106).

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:57 am
by Esus
cornutt wrote:
Esus wrote: Gotcha beat, Dave. I'm probably vying for head geezer around this forum. :) I was 16 in '68 (and saw Hendrix, Janis & Morrison that year). In fact, my IIIp was built that year. I remember S-OB was all the rage, in addition to d**k Hyman's Minotaur in '69.
You saw Hendrix? Damn, I'm jealous. Did you ever hear any of Joe Byrd's Moog stuff? I've heard his United States of America stuff was pretty amazing, but I've never found a copy.
Automatic Gainsay recently referenced W. Carlos' Secrets of Synthesis--I can't recommend it enough as a tutorial for any aspiring synthesist.
I wonder if that Sullivan show is on YouTube?
Probably not, if Carlos has anything to say about it. :shock: I've got the Switched-On Boxed Set, which contains remastered versions of Carlos' first four albums, and a treasure trove of notes. That in itself has been an education -- not only in technique, but also in realizing all of the limitations that synthesists had to work around back then.
I have photos of that Hendrix show. When I get time I'll post 'em.
Carlos continues to floor me. If you haven't heard it yet, I also highly recommend Sonic Seasonings.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:04 am
by elsongs
killanator wrote:I feel way younger then anyone else on this forum(im 15, first synth when i was 14) and i was wondering what age everyone else was when they got into synthesis and electronic music production.

I was 14, I got my first synth, a Yamaha DX7 for Christmas 1985.
Yeah, you're really young, kid, but hey...I was once like you.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:17 am
by Big Gnome
Hard to say. I started messing around with synthesizers in depth in my early twenties (I'm just out of my early twenties presently)--that would be my answer; however, I learned to play keys on the family acoustic piano and a cheapo Casio "workstation", and I dove as deep into that Casio as possible when I was around 19; I've experimented with extreme delay effects and such on my guitars since I was 16 or 17; and I'd been messing around (admittedly with little understanding or skill) with cheap non-real time sound design software from my early teens.

Re: what age did you get into synthesis?

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:38 pm
by redchapterjubilee
killanator wrote:i thought all electronic music was made in computers, until i came here and discovered some of my favorite artists use actual synthesizers.
I remember my brother dating this girl in the early '80s whose dad had a home studio. Not sure what all was in it but he had easily a room full of synths. He was most excited that he had a computer to control it all and was still learning how to make it work. That image pretty much stayed with me until college when I roomed with a couple of guys who did sampler-based hip-hop and drum & bass. The hip-hop guy was straight Mirage for everything, but the D&B guy used Cubase for sequencing. It seemed like rocket science to me. Mike had a friend from Nashville who'd come up and do raves live with his 101, 303 & 808 all sequenced old-school. Reason had everything built into it. The drum machine, the sequencer, the synths, the effects, etc. It was that one-stop-shop experience in a somewhat friendly interface that was so inviting to me.