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Jan 23

Written by: masterblogger
1/23/2014 11:31 PM  RssIcon

A panel discussion today at NAMM was just about as good as panel discussions get. Billed as "The State of 21st Century Synthesis," it featured synth pioneer Dave Smith, Drew Neumann of Cartoon Network and Aeon Flux fame, Gerry Bassermann of Propellerhead Software, Eric Persing of Spectrasonics, and Edmund Eagan of Haken Audio—all respected names in the world of synthesizers—moderated by author and synth historian Mark Vail. Indeed, the audience was also packed with accomplished synthesists, from Michael Boddicker to George Mattson. As one audience member commented, it was "the ultimate nerd convention." Rather than give you a play-by-play of how the conversation progressed, I'll share a series of quotes from the participants just to give you the flavor of the discussion: "These days, just about everything sounds good. It's really a good time to be a musician." —Dave Smith "I heard someone say it takes one-hundred hours to master any synthesizer—two- or three-hundred if it's a Prophet 12." —Drew Neumann "Resynthesis has a long way to go, but I think it will all pay off some day." —Eric Persing "Workstations? Work? If I don't smile while I'm playing a synthesizer, what's the point?" —Dave Smith "Additive is a surprisingly limited palette." —Ed Eagan "I think it's important to have at least one instrument that's not programmable." —Eric Persing "I heard that Pink Floyd locked down the knobs with duct tape and bought a new Minimoog every time they got a sound they wanted to keep." —Dave Smith "I heard it was Rick Wakeman." —Mark Vail

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