List of Classic Synthesizers

This is intended to be a list of classic instruments which marked a turning point in musical sound or style, potentially worth an article of their own. They are listed with the names of performers or styles associated with them. For more synthesizer models see Category:Synthesizers.

  • Alesis Andromeda (Duran Duran, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, Orbital)
  • ARP 2600 (The Who, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, Weather Report, Edgar Winter, Jean Michel Jarre)
  • ARP Odyssey (Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Ultravox and their former frontman John Foxx, Styx, Herbie Hancock, Covenant, Alphaville_band)
  • Buchla Music Box (Morton Subotnick, Nine Inch Nails, Suzanne Ciani)
  • Casio VL-1 (Trio)
  • Clavia Nord Lead (Polysics, Nine Inch Nails, Covenant, The Killers, God Lives Underwater, Zoot Woman, The Weathermen, Jean Michel Jarre)
  • Casio CZ-101 (Erasure, Covenant, They Might Be Giants, Moby, Ore)
  • E-mu Emulator (The Residents, Queen, Depeche Mode, Deep Purple, Genesis, The Rolling Stones (Chuck Leavell), Alphaville)
  • Fairlight CMI (Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Peter Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Queen, Mike Oldfield, Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise, Kate Bush)
  • Future Retro 777 (Richie Hawtin, BT, The Chemical Brothers, The Crystal Method, Skylab2000, Aphex Twin, Deadmau5)
  • Hammond organ (Procol Harum, Deep Purple, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Uriah Heep, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, The Stranglers)
  • Korg DSS-1 (Uriah Heep, Ore, Steve Winwood, Joe Zawinul)
  • Korg DW-8000 (Keith Emerson, Depeche Mode)
  • Korg Karma (Peter Gabriel, Jordan Rudess, Rick Wakeman)
  • Korg M1 (Bradley Joseph, Queen, Pet Shop Boys, The Cure, Vangelis, Joe Zawinul, Depeche Mode)
  • Korg MS-20 (Covenant, Verdena, Alphaville)
  • Korg Trinity (David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Faithless, Matthew Bellamy)
  • Korg Triton (Bradley Joseph, Derek Sherinian)
  • Korg Wavestation (Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Genesis, Jan Hammer)
  • Kurzweil K2000 (Jean Michel Jarre, Richard Wright, Duran Duran, Covenant)
  • Kurzweil K250 (Stevie Wonder, Paul Shaffer)
  • Lyricon (Michael Brecker, Tom Scott, Chuck Greenberg, Wayne Shorter)
  • Minimoog (Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Stereolab, Devo, George Duke, Rick Wakeman, Sun Ra, Camel)
  • Moog modular synthesizer (Wendy Carlos, Tomita, Tonto's Expanding Head Band, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tangerine Dream, The Beatles)
  • Moog Taurus (Rush, Genesis, The Police, U2, The Rentals, Steve Hackett)
  • Hartmann Neuron (Hans Zimmer, Peter Gabriel, Guns N' Roses, David Sylvian)
  • Oberheim OB-Xa (Gary Numan, Rush, Prince, Queen, Laurie Anderson, Styx, Supertramp, Van Halen)
  • Oberheim Four-, Eight- & Two-Voice (Herbie Hancock, Prince, Supertramp, Rush, Styx, Vangelis, Weather Report)
  • PPG Wave (Rush, Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Nine Inch Nails, The Fixx, Thomas Dolby, Alphaville)
  • Moog Polymoog (Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, Blondie, Yes, Genesis)
  • Roland D-50 (Jean-Michel Jarre, Enya, Erasure, Gary Numan)
  • Roland JD-800 (Bradley Joseph, Keith Emerson, Genesis, Depeche Mode, MC Hammer, Gary Numan, William Orbit)
  • Roland JP-8000 (Asia, The Crystal Method, Depeche Mode, The Prodigy)
  • Roland Juno-60 (A-ha, Enya, Eurythmics, Ultravox, Alphaville)
  • Roland Jupiter-4 (John Foxx, Duran Duran, The Human League, Simple Minds, Covenant)
  • Roland Jupiter-8 (ABBA, Queen, Rush, Duran Duran, OMD, The Cars, Huey Lewis and the News, Alphaville)
  • Roland TB-303 (Skylab2000, Techno, Acid House)
  • Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 (ABBA, Berlin, Phil Collins, The Cars, Level 42, Roxy Music, Steve Winwood)
  • Steiner-Parker_Synthacon, the Steiner VCF is a totally different take on the classic filters appearing in other synthesisers up to 1975.
  • NED Synclavier (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Laurie Anderson, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny Group, Sean Callery)
  • EMS VCS3 (Roxy Music, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Brian Eno, King Crimson)
  • Yamaha CS-80 (Vangelis, Genesis, Eddie Jobson, Toto, Stevie Wonder)
  • Yamaha DX-1 (Dire Straits, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder)
  • Yamaha DX7 (a-ha, Queen, Rush, Steve Reich, Depeche Mode, Zoot Woman, Covenant, Genesis, David Foster, The Cure, Brian Eno, Howard Jones, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, Jens Johansson, Alphaville)
  • Yamaha Motif (David Bowie, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Green Day, Elton John, Stevie Wonder)

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