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A History Of Guitar Synths | Podcast

Evolution of the guitar synthesizer By Paul White
Published April 2023
Paul White

Paul White takes us through the history and evolution of guitar synths, from early attempts at creating onboard sounds and audio-to-MIDI pickups, through to using pedals and plug-ins to emulate synth effects.

Show Notes


00:00 - Introduction
00:13 - Types Of Guitar Synths
04:03 - The Introduction Of MIDI
05:19 - Pitch To MIDI Pickups
08:04 - Alternative Systems
10:38 - Using Pedals To Emulate Synths
13:31 - Introducing Plug-ins
15:10 - The Future Of Audio To MIDI


Paul White - Guitar Synthesizers: A Personal Journey

Paul White with Roland GR-500 and Transcendent 2000.The author with Roland GR-500 and Transcendent 2000 c.mid-1970s.

Presenter: Paul White - Biog

Paul White initially trained in electronics at The Royal Radar Establishment in Malvern, UK, then went on to work with Malvern Instruments, a company specialising in laser analysis equipment, before moving into technical writing.

He joined the Sound On Sound team in 1991 where he became Editor In Chief, a position he held for many years before becoming Executive Editor in 2020. Paul has written more than 20 recording and music technology textbooks, the latest being The Producer’s Manual.

Having established his own multitrack home studio in the 1980s Paul has worked with many notable names, including guitarists Bert Jansch and Gordon Giltrap. He’s played in various bands over the years and currently collaborates with Malvern musician Mark Soden, under the name of Cydonia Collective. Paul still performs live claiming that as he has suffered for his music he doesn’t see why everyone else shouldn’t too!

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