Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

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Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by Alex E » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:21 am

SCI and Oberheim come to mind, as well as DSI now. Any one's I'm missing?

I heard Alesis had a factory in Culver City around the Quadrasynth era, and probably much earlier than that.
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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:40 am

if you count modular, I think Blacet and Metasonix are in CA. Buchla might be also.

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Post by tim gueguen » Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:02 pm

Serge used to be, but now they're made in Wisconsin.
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Post by V301H » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:01 pm

emu produced modular Synths, Samplers, designed the scannning keyboard, and SSM IC's.

360 Systems had one of the first ROMpler keyboards. They also invented the first (and very expensive) Polyphonic Pitch-to-Voltage converter for interfacing guitars to Synths.
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Post by schmidtc » Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:37 pm

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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by Z » Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:10 pm

Don Buchla is from CA (and maybe still lives there). Were/are his synth built there, too?

What about Linn & JL Cooper?

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Post by renton » Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:42 pm

Z wrote:Don Buchla is from CA (and maybe still lives there). Were/are his synth built there, too?

What about Linn & JL Cooper?
when i was in the bay area two years ago i met a guy who was working for buchla, so unless anything has changed recently i'd say they're still made in CA

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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by bouzoukijoe1 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:06 am

Facebook says the company is in Berkeley CA, but not sure where they are actually made.
http://www.facebook.com/Buchla/info

also add E-mu http://www.creative.com/emu/corporate/

also if you count Focusrite (Novation) http://us.novationmusic.com/node/2285
for some reason I thought Novation was a UK company
their Facebook still shows a UK address http://www.facebook.com/novationmusic/info

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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by Ashe37 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:58 am

Weren't Ensoniq synths mostly designed and built in CA even though the company was based in PA?

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Post by analoglsd » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:07 pm

Buchla is definitely in the Bay, I've met a couple people who worked there.

Toppo Brillo modules is in Oakland.

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Post by HideawayStudio » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:57 pm

bouzoukijoe1 wrote:for some reason I thought Novation was a UK company
their Facebook still shows a UK address http://www.facebook.com/novationmusic/info
They were - and still are a UK company. All of the famous Novation products were designed here in High Wycombe in the UK.

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Post by elsongs » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:35 am

Z wrote:Don Buchla is from CA (and maybe still lives there). Were/are his synth built there, too?

What about Linn & JL Cooper?
Roger Linn is an alum of Hollywood High School and when the LM-1 came out, he based the company out of his Hollywood Hills home.

JL Cooper was based out of West L.A.

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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by elsongs » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:37 am

Ashe37 wrote:Weren't Ensoniq synths mostly designed and built in CA even though the company was based in PA?
No, they started in PA, and didn't move to CA until the awful Creative Labs acquisition that put them in the same cage as E-mu.

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Re: Synthesizers designed and manufactured in California?

Post by elsongs » Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:45 am

Alex E wrote:SCI and Oberheim come to mind, as well as DSI now. Any one's I'm missing?

I heard Alesis had a factory in Culver City around the Quadrasynth era, and probably much earlier than that.
Alesis started out in Los Angeles, and most of its products were designed and made out of its Culver City factory. Later, they moved to Santa Monica when the Andromeda came out.

Although the DX7 and all of Yamaha's other FM synths were manufactured in Japan, FM technology was born in Stanford University.

West Coast: E-mu, Sequential, Oberheim, Buchla, Alesis

East Coast: Moog, Ensoniq, Kurzweil

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