There is a resurgence of interest in analog music synthesizers as first popularized in the late 1960s and 1970s. This course will give a short history of music synthesizers, and instruction on how analog synthesizers work and how to use them. Discussed will be voltage control, keyboard voltage generation, voltage controlled oscillators and the waveshapes generated, voltage controlled filters, envelope generators, and voltage controlled amplifiers. Digital synthesizers will be mentioned in the history, and there may be one on display, but this class will not cover their operation.
There are no musical or electronic prerequisites for this class, but the thirst for knowledge is always helpful.
A possible future class will cover building small synthesizer circuits, and may require a minimal amount of electronics knowledge.