|Moog Modular Keith Emerson model|
These things aren't for the faint of heart since you really have to know about the inner workings of synthesis in order to make them sing, since there's no presets to rely on. Of course, that's exactly why we love them so much as well. Each sound is completely nuanced based upon the programming, not an algorithm.
Here's a very cool movie about modular synthesis featuring a variety of synthesizer heavyweights including Malcolm Cecil, Dick Hyman and Suzanne Ciani, who really pioneered the use of the instruments back when they were first new.
You can find out more about Moog Modulars here.
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