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Triadex The Muse

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    The Triadex Inc. The Muse is a sequencer-based synthesizer, produced in 1972. It is an algorithmic, deterministic event generator, utilizing early digital integrated circuits to generate an audio output that can sound very musical. It produces a sequence of notes based on the settings of about a dozen different parameters, including four small sliders that control Volume, Tempo, Pitch, and Fine Pitch.

    Since the Muse was designed as a composition tool, not a synthesizer, there is no control over the timbre of the sound; rather, the front panel controls affect the melodies that are generated. The exact logic behind the composition engine is rather technical, and not exactly intuitive.

    The four small sliders in the lower-left control Volume, Tempo, Pitch, and Fine Pitch. The switches to either side are used to start and stop the sequence or to step through it note-by-note.

    Of the eight larger sliders on the right, four control the musical intervals used (labeled A, B, C, and D), and four control the theme (labeled W, X, Y, and Z). A rest can be substituted for the lowest note by flipping a toggle switch.

    The tempo clock can be slaved to that of another Muse, allowing for multi-part compositions. The Muse even had an even rarer accessory option called the "Light Show", which flashed colored lights in time to the music.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Oscillator(s)
    Oscillators: 1
    Waveforms: Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 1
    Timbrality: 1
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches RAM: 1
    Case: Desktop
    Controls: Sliders, Switches
    Display Type: LED
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out
    Audio Output Count: 1
    Year Released: 1972
    Units Made: 300
    Used By
    Charles Cohen, Lenny Seidman, Jeff Caine, George Kuetemeyer, Eddie Jobson, Rex X Ray and Stephan Spera, Paul Wozniki and the groups: Heavenside Layer, Ghostwriters, Watersports, The Orchestra of Philadelphia Electronic Musicians.
    Design Notes:

    Designed by Edward Fredkin and Marvin Minsky at MIT.
    Manuals & Documents

    Virtual Software
    Retail Street Price: $300 - convert
    Used Price: $1,000 - $1,500 - convert
    YouTube Videos
    References & Sources
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