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History of the Synthesizer, Part 1
Ever wonder where synthesizers came from?
You may remember Jerry Kovarsky’s “Discovering Digital FM…John Chowning Remembers
” article in the FM101
Series,. Jerry is back with an interesting two-part series entitled “History of the Synthesizer”. In part one he covers early precedents, the development of subtractive synthesis and modular synthesizers and the first Yamaha synths like the SY-1, GX-1 and CS-80. Check out History of the Synthesizer Part One here
About the author
Jerry Kovarsky is a music industry veteran who has worked as a product/brand manager, marketing director, product developer and demonstrator for numerous keyboard manufacturers over a 30-plus year career. An accomplished keyboardist/synthesist, Jerry has been a passionate advocate for making music with keyboards and likes to live at the intersection of technology and art. Author of Keyboard For Dummies, he graduated with a BA in Jazz Studies from William Paterson College (after time also spent at the University of Miami), when his musical aspirations were sidetracked by an opportunity to record and demonstrate early portable keyboards. He now has returned to his musical roots, performing, recording and teaching on the island of Maui, Hawaii.