Book Recommendation: SYNTH GEMS 1 (by Mike Metlay)

SYNTH GEMS 1 – Exploring Vintage Synthesizers: The Rare, The Odd, and The Awesome. The latest publication in Kim Björn’s brilliant book series takes you on a tour of over 60 remarkable keyboards — large and small, famed and rare, elegant, beautiful, and brutal… and ranging from classics that define entire genres to rare oddities that bring their own grace to the world.

This first part of SYNTH GEMS comprises 320 pages, countless first-class pictures, and a foreword by Vince Clarke. It’s a real “must-have” …

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

The cover picture is remarkable (we like it a lot)! It show neither the Minimoog, nor the Jupiter-8, no … it shows a Crumar DS-2. How briliant to introduce the secret treasures of the vintage corner with an Italian suitcase synthesizer!

SYNTH GEMS 1 will be released  in the EU on October 1st, 2021. The launch in the US, UK and the rest of the world will be on November 1st. Price is 69 USD.

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers

SYNTH GEMS 1 - Exploring Vintage Synthesizers


SYNTH GEMS 1 – Exploring Vintage Synthesizers: The Rare, The Odd, and The Awesome

SYNTH GEMS 1 is your guide to an eclectic and amazing collection of synthesizers as art. Experience the history, technology, and sonic innovation of electronic music in a completely new way. 

As much for serious synth enthusiasts as for newcomers to electronic music, SYNTH GEMS 1 is an enlightening look into the wonderful world of vintage synthesizers.

  • 60+ selected vintage synthesizers
  • 330+ unique color photos
  • Foreword by master synthesist Vince Clarke
  • 320 colorful pages printed on high-quality certified-ecofriendly paper
  • Hardcover format (9.8″ x 9.8″ / 25 x 25 cm)

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“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman, Synthesizers.com, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Synthesizers.com, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.

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