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Monday, October 11 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Keynote: The Soul of the Machine: Do Electronic Instruments Have a Personality? A Conversation with Dave Smith and Marcus Ryle

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After 50 years, we can say that analog subtractive synthesizers have stood the test of time, and while many new types of synthesis have emerged, manufacturers continue unabated to design and release instruments based on this model. Musicians develop an affinity for different types of instruments that have a common basic design, such as the guitar, based on the nuances of the sound and feel of the instrument. Is that true for synthesizers and what exactly are the characteristics that attract players to these instruments? Since founding Sequential Circuits in 1974, Dave Smith has devoted much of his career to developing instruments that musicians will love to play. This session will be a conversation between Dave and fellow music technology pioneer Marcus Ryle. Together they will explore some of the reasons for the enduring appeal of electronic instruments, each from their own unique perspective.

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Marcus Ryle

Marcus began his professional industry career as a design engineer at the synthesizer company Oberheim Electronics. From 1980 through 1985 he was a key architect and designer of such instruments as the OB-Xa, OB-8, Xpander, and Matrix-12, as well as the DSX sequencer and DMX drum... Read More →
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Dave Smith

Sequential Circuits
Dave Smith is a legendary instrument designer and Grammy-winner, and the founder of Sequential Circuits in 1974. In 1977 Dave designed the Prophet-5, the world’s first fully-programmable polyphonic synth, and the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor. Sequential... Read More →

Monday October 11, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT