How Digital Synths Looked In 1977

The Bell Labs Digital Synthesizer is one of the first digital additive synthesizer. Also known as the Alles Machine, it uses 72 computer controlled oscillators mixed together to produce a number of discrete “voices” for output. In the video, inventor Hal Alles introduced the synth while Roger Powell demonstrates how to use it and showcasing it’s innovative design and capabilities.

If you can muster a few thousand dollars, transport its 300lb weight and find one in the wild, go grab one!

(via Synthtopia)

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Luke Davis is a music producer and editor of music blog Sampleface and culture channel Cultureface. In his spare time, he enjoys watching tennis and football and reading.
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