The Alpha Syntauri Computer Music System

US John Chowning and Ellen Lapham demo the synth      07/04/22

The Alpha Syntauri was a music system designed around the Apple II, 20 years before soft synths came to the scene. It features 16 digital oscillators, 8-note stereo polyphony and 8-part multi-timbrality - with an external keyboard available in 49 or 61 key versions (the latter of which was velocity-sensitive).

In this video Ellen Lapham, the then president of Syntauri Corportation goes over the system described by Vintage Synth Explorer as sounding "fiercely, aggressively digital". Alongside her is the father of FM, John Chowning who shows some of his synthesis experiments with the machine.  

It's a great demo if you can handle the reasonably low-fidelity upload. There are some more intriguing music video from the same channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mekonin/videos

 

About the author [midierror]: midierror makes nifty Max For Live devices, innovative music hardware, award winning sample packs and hosts a podcast speaking to people in the music world.



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