Macbeth M5

Posted by Scott

I use a lot of analog synthesizers in my music so I thought it was time to start posting some nice examples of musical instrument design. I have always been obsessed with vintage analog synthesizer interfaces and although the Macbeth M5 is a modern analog synthesizer, it adheres to the design ethics of and pays homage to the modular synthesizers of the 60’s and 70’s.   The color scheme and layout is evocative of the classic Arp 2600.  There is something so raw and utilitarian about the construction and layout of these that’s just beautiful. If you look at the interfaces of modern digital synthesizers it’s all plastic eye candy and blinking lights. I must admit, I have never played an M5, but it looks so good I think I can give it a pass sound unheard.  Photo Via Macbeth. I will start posting some examples from my studio soon.

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Scott says:

October 22, 2007 at 1:07 pm

I like a lot of the Roland stuff, but never been a fan of the Juno…It does have a nice look to it though.
I believe the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 (1978) is credited with being the first Polyphonic Synthesizer (there were others but the P5 was seen as the first “practical” example)


Justin Meyers says:

October 22, 2007 at 1:24 pm

I thought that was the first ‘programmable’ polyphonic? or maybe both, that would speak a lot for the Prophet 5.

Have you ever checked out the SidStation?

Doesn’t look that great, but it’s a nice module.