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    Suzanne Ciani on Skype

    Synthesis / Sound Design

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    Synth Secrets

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    Vangelis

    The Role Of Synthesizers In Music

    In a rare interview, legendary composer Vangelis shares his thoughts on the role of synthesizers in music — including his beloved Yamaha CS80.

    People . Jun 2020
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    Suzanne Ciani on Skype

    Suzanne Ciani | Podcast

    Synthesizer Pioneer, Sound Designer & Electronic Music Legend

    Join composer and electronic musician Caro C in conversation with Suzanne Ciani, a synthesizer and electronic music legend who has pushed the envelope since the 1960s.

    People Jun 2020
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    Paul White in his studio, 2017.

    Synth Heaven

    Leader

    Having just returned home from SynthFest UK 2019 held at Sheffield's Octagon, I thought it might be appropriate to focus...

    People Dec 2019
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    Dave Smith at Synthplex.

    Dave Smith of Sequential

    Sequential founding father and synth designer Dave Smith made time at Synthplex 2019 to discuss the current state of play of the wonderful world of synthesis.

    People May 2019
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    Sound Design For Ambient Music

    Creative Pitch

    You don’t have to play synths or ‘real’ instruments to make music: embrace the experimental, and you could use almost anything...

    Techniques Nov 2018
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    Modular Profile: Dieter Doepfer

    The Father Of Eurorack

    Dieter Doepfer is known as the founding father of Eurorack, the modular format that now dominates all others — but how did it all come about?

    People Apr 2017
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    Peter Zinovieff: Synth Pioneer

    Video Feature

    Peter Zinovieff has been described as Britain’s Bob Moog. A renowned composer from the mid ‘60s to the present day, he was also one of the founders of EMS who produced seminal synthesizers such as the VCS3 and the Synthi AKS, as used by Brian Eno, Pink Floyd and the Chemical Brothers.

    People Aug 2016
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    Jean-Michel Jarre

    Producing Electronica

    New album Electronica sees Jean–Michel Jarre making connections with a galaxy of other legendary figures from the world of electronic music.

    People Nov 2015
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    The Rebirth Of Keith Emerson's Moog Modular

    Second Coming

    The stuff of synthesizer legend, Keith Emerson's megalithic modular system hasn't just been restored — it's also been completely recreated.

    People Jul 2014
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    Bob Williams: The Analogue Systems Story

    Modular Masters

    Who are the most successful British synth manufacturers of all time? Hint: they’re alive and well — and busier than ever...

    People Nov 2012
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    Graham Wrench: The Story Of Daphne Oram’s Optical Synthesizer

    Oramics

    In the early 60s, pioneering British composer Daphne Oram set out to create a synthesizer unlike any other. The engineer who turned her ideas into reality was Graham Wrench.

    People Feb 2009
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    Spyware Doctor; Cubase 4's Preset Management; Golden ASET

    PC Notes

    Cubase 4's new preset-management system falls under the PC Notes spotlight this month, as does an update to a recommended spyware-protection utility and an eye-catching yet cost-effective soft synth...

    Techniques Jun 2007
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    Granular Synthesis

    How It Works & Ways To Use It

    Granular synthesis is the core technology behind the latest time-stretching and pitch-shifting algorithms, but it can also be used to generate extraordinary evolving soundscapes. We explain how the process works and show you how to get the best from the software that uses it.

    Techniques Dec 2005
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    Alesis Ion User Tips

    Programming Guide

    Although the Ion is already well-respected for its sound quality, its synthesis architecture is also surprisingly flexible. We show you how to get the best from this little beast in your studio.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    Readerzone: Synthfest!

    Philip Taysom

    Walk inside Philip Taysom's studio and you will find classic synths in abundance, all connected and all ready to play...

    People Oct 2004
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    Jan Hammer

    The Synthesizer Performer

    As a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, a composer for film and TV and a performer in his own right, Jan Hammer helped to define the role of the synthesizer player in rock and jazz.

    People Sep 2004
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    Access Virus Masterclass

    Synth Programming Techniques

    Although the Access Virus features one of the most knobby control surfaces amongst virtual analogue synths, there's a lot of programming flexibility available which isn't immediately obvious. We show you how to uncover the hidden possibilities?

    Techniques Aug 2004
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    The Secret Of The Big Red Button

    Synth Secrets

    After more than five years, Synth Secrets reaches its conclusion (and conclusions!). Will we ever look at synthesis in quite the same way again?

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    More Creative Synthesis With Delays

    Synth Secrets

    In the penultimate instalment of this long-running series, we delve deeper into what can be achieved with just a few delays and some creative routing...

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Creative Synthesis With Yamaha XG (Part 3)

    XG Masterclass

    In this final instalment of our series of XG programming tips, we take a look at how the advanced modulation parameters can bring your layered sounds to life.

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Creative Synthesis With Yamaha XG (Part 2)

    XG Masterclass

    Layering voices is one of the best ways to maximise the potential of your XG sound module, so here are a variety of ingenious ways you can use this technique — you can even turn your synth into a high-spec step sequencer!

    Techniques May 2004

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