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The History of Synthesizers

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  • The Musical Telegraph Was Invented

    The Musical Telegraph Was Invented
    Built by American electrical engineer Elisha Gray. He accidentally discovered the sound generation from a self-vibrating electromagnetic circuit, then he invented a basic single-note oscillator.
  • The Teleharmonium was Invented

    The Teleharmonium was Invented
    The Teleharmonium added the capability of addative synthesis.
  • Amplifying Vacuum Tube

    Amplifying Vacuum Tube
    Lee De Forest's invention allowed the construction of many other types of electronic instruments.
  • Audion Piano

    Audion Piano
    Invented by Le De Forest
  • Theremin

    Invented by Léon Theremin in 1920
  • Ondes Martenot

    Ondes Martenot
    Invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928
  • Trautonium

    Invented by Friedrich Trautwein in 1929
  • Novachord

    The Hammond Novachord released in 1939, was an electronic keyboard that used a frequency-divider for sound generation, with vibratos, filter, resonator-network and a dynamic envelope controller
  • Electronic Sackbut

     Electronic Sackbut
    In the late 1940s, Canadian inventor and composer, Hugh Le Caine invented Electronic Sackbut, which provided the earliest realtime control of three aspects of sound (volume, pitch and timbre), corresponding to today's touch-sensitive keyboard, pitch & modulation controllers
  • RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer

    RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer
    RCA developed the first programmable sound synthesizer, RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer, and installed it to Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in 1957.
  • Portable Synths

    In 1961, Harald Bode wrote a paper exploring the concept of self-contained portable modular synthesizer using newly emerging transistor technology
  • Moog

    Robert Moog released the first commercially available modern synthesizer in 1965.