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Ketoff SynKet

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The SynKet, built by the Italian engineer Paul Ketoff in 1962. It was the first portable voltage controlled synthesizer that was designed for live performance of experimental music. It had three small, closely spaced, touch-sensitive keyboards, each of which controlled a single dedicated oscillator.

Based on a combination of vacuum tubes and transistors, the SynKet was based on the voltage controlled ideas of Harald Bode. The SynKet was quite innovative with three square wave oscillators. Featuring many of common control elements found in synthesizers today including filters, LFOs, patch-able modulation routing, and even a remote three-tiered mini-keyboard with velocity control.

The SynKet was designed by Paul Ketoff for the composer John Eaton who used the Synket on several of his works such as "concert Piece for SynKet and Symphony Orchestra" 1967, "Blind Mans Cry" (1960), "Mass" (1970).

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 3
Waveforms: Pink Noise, Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Velocity
Filters: 3
Filter Modulation: Input, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Oscillator, Velocity
Filter Notes:
+ Multi-band filter: 40 Hz - 10,240 Hz
LFO: 3
LFO Parameters: Triangle
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 3
Timbrality: 3
Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
Modes: Mono, Polyphonic
+ Spring reverb
Case: Desktop, Keyboard
Case Details: 3 x 2 Octave Keyboards
Keyboard: 25 keys, Mini-Keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
Controls: Velocity, Buttons, Knobs, Sliders, Pitch - Proportional Pitch Control, Modulation 1/8" Jacks, Pedal - Filter, Pedal - Volume
Display Type: LED
Audio Output Connections: XLR, Mono Out
Audio Output Count: 1
Year Released: 1962
Year Discontinued: 1977
Units Made: 12
Used By
John Eaton, Ennio Morricone
Design Notes:

Designed by Paolo Ketoff.
MSRP List Price: Not Available - convert
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