It looks as though Synthesizer pioneer, Alan R. Pearlman, “crossed-over” on January 5th 2019.
Although more people, especially non-Musicians, will have heard of “Moog” Synthesizers, Mr. Pearlman founded the “ARP Instruments, Inc.” in 1969 and contributed quite a bit to the Music industry. This is what his daughter Posted, regarding his crossing:
My father passed away today after a long illness.
At 93, too weak to speak he still managed to play the piano this morning, later passing away peacefully in the afternoon. He was a great man and contributed much to the world of music you all know today.
Hopefully I can find something more eloquent to say, but I am too sad for words right now.
Here’s the link to the Synthtopia website, where I first learned of his crossing:
Here’s a link to a short, video interview with Mr. Pearlman, from 2006:
Electronic Synthesizers helped shape Music, in every genre, since they were first invented. According to this Wikipedia article, that would be 1876:
The minimoog Synthesizer
Most Synthesizers have a very unique or slightly different sound. The “Moog sound” is probably the most recognizable — especially for those of us who first began listening to Music in the ’60s and ’70s. During those early years, the biggest companies, still known today are:
- Oberheim and
- Sequential Circuits (Later named “Dave Smith Instruments” or simply “DSI”)
Of all the Synthesizers, up to about the 1980s, the original “minimoog Model D” was the most popular. Although I’m a “Drummer”, while I was still in High School, I bought a very basic “Korg” Synthesizer. (I don’t remember its name.) Hearing more and more about this “minimoog” thing, in the early ’70s, I saved-up and bought one from a local Music Store ($1,495). The sounds were rich and the various combinations of sonic textures were easy to pull out of it. It was an amazing experience.
The ARP 2600 and its included Keyboard
Then I heard about something called an “ARP 2600”. After seeing some images and reading several articles on it, I knew I had to buy one. This thing was a monster! It had features none of the Moog Synthesizers, at that time, offered (especially on their “non-Modular” Synthesizers, like the minimoog):
- Ring Modulation,
- Sample & Hold,
- Spring Reverb,
- 3 “complete” (audio / LFO) Oscillators,
- a “Lag” circuit,
- an “Electronic Switch”,
- a “Multiple”,
- Patch Points,
- an “Envelope Follower”,
- and more!
Many, many Musicians have used ARP Synthesizers in their Music… and, even though the ARP company hasn’t existed for decades, many Musicians continue to use those Synthesizers in their Music. Here’s a link to the song “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter. You can see him play the ARP 2600 in this video:
Here’s a page where you can see the different variations of the ARP 2600 over the years:
Although ARP released several different Synthesizers over the years, my ARP 2600 could not only imitate most of their sounds but also added a bit more… that is, until I heard about the “ARP 2500”!
The ARP 2500 Synthesizer
In its day, I really wanted an ARP 2500 but Sylvia and I could never afford one. It was a big powerhouse of its time.
Here’s the link to an “ARP 2500” web page, which explains some of its capabilities:
Jimmy Page, of Progressive Rock band “Led Zeppelin”, has (or had) an ARP 2500. Pete Townshend, of the Rock Band “The Who”, also used an ARP 2500. You can hear that instrument’s “Sequencer” Module on their song: “Baba O’Riley”. It’s right at the beginning. Here’s a link where you can hear that song:
Here’s the Wikipedia page for “ARP Instruments, Inc.”:
Probably the most popular “ARP” Synthesizer was the “Odyssey”.
My notes here don’t do enough to explain the impact Mr. Pearlman and his instruments have had on me, Sylvia and this entire world. Thank you Mr. Pearlman!