Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

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Re: Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:48 pm

cornutt wrote:Regarding Moog and Deutsch, my own reading had led me to the conclusion that once they had decided they needed a conventional means of control, the keyboard was simply the most convenient technology available. Given the technology at the time, something like, say, a guitar interface would have been very difficult. But if technology had been such that a guitar controller were the easiest way, my impression was that Bob at least would have been okay with that, since he himself didn't play a lot anyway.
That's true... it was really a practical decision instead of a creative one. However, it's not the only route they could have taken. Remember that the Trautonium had a ribbon, the Theremin used capacitance-sensing fields, the Ondes Martenot used a string... they could have gone with any of those! R.A. Moog Co. had been in business since 1953, and that was 11 years of professional theremin design!
I am thankful he went with the most practical choice, though.
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Re: Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

Post by vin14 » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:03 pm

They both have keys that sound a note when pressed. However a synth is a synth and a piano is a piano, so no!

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Re: Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

Post by meatballfulton » Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:57 pm

cornutt wrote:As for the invention of voice allocation, I'm pretty sure it was someone at Oberheim
I wrote about dynamic voice allocation (as in multitimbral synths)...Ensoniq invented it with the ESQ-1.

Before that all multitimbral synths used fixed voice allocation where the user had to specify how many voices were to be used for each part.
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Re: Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

Post by Bitexion » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:00 pm

One of the cooler keyboards I've seen recently was an ondes martenot string attached to a CV keyboard for the Analogue Systems modular that was displayed in a shop.

So you got both the string+ring and keyboard.

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Re: Is the synthesizer simply an "improved" form of piano ??

Post by cornutt » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:59 pm

Bitexion wrote:One of the cooler keyboards I've seen recently was an ondes martenot string attached to a CV keyboard for the Analogue Systems modular that was displayed in a shop.
That's an Analogue Systems special-order product -- the French Connection. I'm pretty sure it also has the keyboard that moves left and right to create vibrato.
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