- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Backbeat Books; 2 edition (April 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879306033
- ISBN-13: 978-0879306038
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.1 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 980 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vintage Synthesizers: Groundbreaking Instruments and Pioneering Designers of Electronic Music Synthesizers Paperback – Apr 1 2000
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"For anyone interested in synthesizers, Vintage Synthesizers is a fascinating read. Be careful: it may fuel a lust for yet more equipment that would be fun to own." -- Computer Music Journal
"Informally anecdotal, yet packed with great info and historic detail. I couldnt put it down." -- Wendy Carlos, composer and synthesist, Switched-On Bach
"Mark Vails book could be the most entertaining and useful synth book yet." -- Sound On Sound
"The most comprehensive guide on this technology ever written. Highly recommended." -- Mix
About the Author
Mark Vail is the senior associate editor of Keyboard. He joined the magazine in 1988, and assumed responsibility for the "Vintage Synths" column (now called "Vintage Gear") from Bob Moog in 1990. Vail is also the author of The Hammond Organ: Beauty in the B, and has performed with numerous San Francisco Bay Area bands.
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The piece written by Bob Moog is the highlight of the book and well worth the price. The book as some great colour photos and a lot of B&W photos. Strangely the book is almost barren of any good information on synthesizers made in Japan. Korg, Yamaha and Roland are almost totally ignored with a few Spartan paragraphs. Considering this book has and entire chapter on Keith Emerson custom Moog (it had a fake TV in it ha ha) you would think it would have space for more information about Japanese made synthesizers. European synthesizers are given slightly more coverage but only one chapter.
The rest of the book is basically information on US based synth makers. While US synth makers were important I am not sure they warranted the real estate they got in the book. I think some of that space could have been spent on the rest of the world.
A rather large section on keyboards that were never made but it's not as interesting as it sounds. The book rounds off with a massive selection on non-synth keyboards is included. I think some people may find this interesting but I am a fan of synthesizers so I found it more than a little boring.
This is a great book but it's not all it could be. If your a fan of music or just the gear, you should pick it up. Just skip the boring parts.
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