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4 Famous Classic Analog Synths Every Producer Should Know About

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Posted on: June 19, 2017
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There’s been a lot of attention paid of late to some of the classic analog synths from the early days (60s-70s), thanks to a number of recent hardware-related product developments. It started a while back when several companies released hardware reissues of classic synths, most notably Moog Music’s originally-limited-edition hardware reissue of the seminal Minimoog D, which subsequently became a regular part of the current Moog lineup.

More recently Behringer offered up a series of announcements of their intentions to develop several hardware clones of a number of classic models – including the Minimoog – at significantly lower-than-usual price points. This initiated a fair bit of comment and debate on the idea of cloning another company’s technology, but I’m not going to get into that here. Instead, this article will address the question “why did they choose the particular brands/models they did?”

Why Do It? 

Long-time synthesists, especially those of us who came up when these classic analog synths were current products, have a pretty good idea why: these are many of the same models that have been emulated in software as virtual synths over last several years by various companies like Arturia, who offer virtual versions of many of the classic synths of yesteryear. Each of them is known for having a distinctive character and history that makes them unique and desirable.

And that’s what this article is about. For those who may not be so familiar with those classic designs, I’ll take a brief look at several of the companies and models that did their part to usher in the age of analog synthesis, starting with the offerings from the grandfather of modern synthesis, Bob Moog. 

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