Learn about the evolution of the synthesizer

‘Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back)’ celebrates the impact of synths on music and culture by providing a comprehensive researched catalogue of every major synthesizer, drum machine, and sampler made between 1963 and 1995.

From acid house to prog-rock, there is no form of modern popular music that hasn’t had the synthesizer impact on its history. As a result, they have long been objects of fascination, and desire for keyboard players, music producers, and fanboys alike. Whether looking at an imposing modular system or posing with a DX7 on Top of the Pops, the synth has also always had an undeniable physical presence.

From its inception in the early 1960s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that software took over in the mid-1990s, this book tells the story of synthesizers from analogue to digital, and back again.

Tracing that history and showing off their visual beauty with quality illustrations, this an absolute must for any self-respecting synth fan.

“This book has grown out of a life-long obsession with synthesizers and electronic music, and it’s fantastic to be able to share this with my fellow synth obsessives and music fans who celebrate the synth’s role in modern music. I’m eternally grateful to Velocity Press for going with me on this journey and supporting the project so keenly.” – Author, Oli Freke.

Synthesizer Evolution will be available in shops on 8th January 2021 but you can pre-order it now for November delivery, signed by the author, and with your name in the book.


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.