Like it or not the 80s are well and truly back, the fashion, the music and here in the UK it seems the politics too! The 1980s is a decade that divides opinion especially when it came to popular culture. Some people love it and embrace it in all its flamboyant over-the-topness.
Others, like myself, believe that it had to happen in order to get where we are now, ie the technology wouldn’t have advanced without going through this initial transition into the digital era. This is especially true of the music scene though I don’t necessarily want to hear it again.
For those of you who do love the music from that era though this is the post for you. Music Radar has lovingly put together this list of the top ten most pivotal synthesisers from the 1980s and given examples of where you can find their dulcet tones including artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince and lord of the synthesiser Gary Numan.
So here’s the rundown in all its glory:
1. Linn Electronics LM-1 Drum Computer (pictured)
2. E-MU Systems Emulator
3. Fairlight CMI
4. Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer
5. Ensoniq Mirage
6. Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer
7. New England Digital Synclavier
8. PPG Wave 2.2/2.3 Synthesizers
9. Roland D-50 Synthesizer
10. Oberheim DX/DMX Drum Machine
Check out the article as they’ve provided lots of links to YouTube clips demoing the synths and giving a little history. In an age of soft synths you certainly appreciate how much money and space you needed to use the hardware to create electronic music in the 80s if nothing else.
Let us know your opinion of these synths or any experience you’ve had using them.