This week's Synthbits comes from YouTuber Polyphonic and it's all about the "Dream Machine": the legendary Yamaha GX-1 Synthesizer.
Yamaha released a large analog polyphonic synthesizer organ called the GX-1 at the 1973 NAMM Show. At over 600 lbs, the 3 manual GX-1 is a remarkable keyboard instrument. It features two 61-note keyboards, each controlling dual oscillator 8-voice polyphonic analog synthesizers, a single oscillator analog monophonic lead synth controlled by a smaller 37-note keyboard and a triple oscillator analog bass synth controlled by a 25-note pedal board. The GX-1 is the epitopmy of hugeness in sound and size with a orginal retail price of $60,000.
Check out this fascinating video on the Yamaha GX-1 (and make sure you check out some of the other great videos on Polyphonic's channel):
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Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.