Book Recommendation: Keyboard Presents Synth Gods

Ernie Rideout, former editor in chief of Keyboard magazine, got to spend a lot of quality time with many of the greatest synth players, synth designers, and synthesizers of all time. He collected 20 interviews from the Keyboard archives, all summarized in this book.

Keyboard Presents Synth Gods spotlights leading visionaries who changed the course of music history and who have one sure thing in common: they’d hardly ever use a preset sound (as Ernie Rideout notes).

Keyboard Presents Synth Gods
2011, New Bay Media LLC
190 pages
12 USD,-

Order at: – Synth Gods
or at your local book store via ISBN: 978-0-87930-999-2


Contents (excerpt):

  • Richard Barbieri
  • Wendy Carlos
  • Malcolm Cecil
  • Brian Eno
  • Jan Hammer
  • Greg Hawkes
  • Jean Michel Jarre
  • Dr. Robert A. Moog
  • Gary Numan
  • Prince
  • Dave Smith
  • Tangerine Dream
  • Isao Tomita
  • Rick Wakeman
  • Edgar Winter









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