Keyboards & Synthesizers

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Keyboards and Synthesisers are musical instruments used to create sounds. Musical instruments have been utilized to produce and create different sounds since the advent of time. Keyboards and synthesizers may seem similar and commonly mistaken to mean the same thing. However, there is a difference. Keyboards are used to create a wide range of sounds and can be utilized at home. Synthesizers, on the other hand, are more tailor-made for musicians who seek to mold their sound or edit existing sounds extensively. The creation of keyboards and synthesizers created a progressive era that pushed music to new heights. Synthesizers produce sounds through different methods such as frequency modulation synthesis and additive and subtractive synthesis.

Synthesisers first emerged in the market in the 1960s in the United States. The first model was known as a Moog synthesizer named after its inventor, Robert Moog. He is credited with introducing analog synthesizers, which included filters, synthesis, and envelopes. A cheaper and smaller Moog synthesizer was developed in 1970. This made the synthesizer a lot more affordable, and music producers began experimenting with the new device. Yamaha got into the market with their first synthesizer in 1974, the SY-1 synthesizer. It came with excellent sound quality and set the standard for synthesizer models and varieties. This led to the emergence of soul music in the late ’70s.

The Japanese manufacturer Yamaha continues to be a market leader in this industry. Modern synthesizers come with a built-in keyboard. The contemporary synthesizer is now utilized in almost all genres of music. A new kind of music referred to as EDM- Electronic Dance Music and the South African Kwaito are as a result of modern synthesizers. Various companies have invested heavily in research and development in musical instruments, such as;

  • KORG

A Japanese manufacturer founded in 1962, formally known as Keio Electronic Laboratories and based in Tokyo, Japan. They produce musical instruments such as guitar amplifiers, electric guitars, electronic tuners, audio processors, among others. Examples include SV-2 Stage Vintage Piano and the minilogue XD-Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer

  • Rolland

A Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and software. It was founded in 1972 and currently based in Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Their factories are also in Taiwan and the United States. Examples include Fantom Series and JU-06A

  • Novation Digital Music Systems LTD

A manufacturer based in Wycombe, United Kingdom, and founded in 1992 by Mark Thompson and Ian Jannaway. They specialize in musical equipment and software. Examples include Circuit Mono-Station and Summit.

  • Arturia

A French company founded in 1999. They specialize in electronics, more specifically, musical instruments. It is based in Grenoble, France, and produces software synthesizers, MIDI Controllers, drum machines, etc. Examples include the Matrix Brute and Mini Brute 2

It is nearly unfathomable to have a music concert in these modern times without these instruments. Music concerts such as Tomorrowland utilize modern synthesizers to a great extent. It helps to performance artists to sing their music in different tones, rhythm, and sound that may be new and different from what their audience is used to on radio and TV. Keyboards and Synthesisers are here to stay, and the sky is the limit as far as music production is concerned.