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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).
    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.
    Manuals & Documents
    MSRP List Price: Not Available - convert
    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
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