The Earliest Commercial Electronic Music Synthesizers


The first commercial electronic music synthesizers came on the market at about the same time in the 1960's.

Robert Moog on the East Coast created the Moog synthesizer and Donald Buchla built the Buchla synthesizer on the West Coast.






Don Buchla is pictured with one of his high end Buchla synthesizers. These early synthesizers were not plug and play like the more modern instruments. Each sound had to be created by connecting different modules together with patch cords in order in order to get just the right sound. Buchla had worked with Morton Subotonik and other composers at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in developing this instrument.

The Moog synthesizer in the NTSU Electronic Music Lab was used by Merrill Ellis to compose and on stage to perform his compositions for orchestra and synthesizer.

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