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10 synths that defined the '80s

John Bonham

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"For a while, it seemed like the '80s was the decade that music revivalists had chosen to ignore. Conventional wisdom had it that its records were typified by overblown production and digital sounds, but all of a sudden, guitars are out and synths are back in.

The likes of La Roux, Ladyhawke and Empire Of The Sun have all released albums that sound like they could have been released 25 years ago. Even Spandau Ballet have made a comeback.

In celebration, MusicRadar presents a rundown of the machines that gave us the sounds that defined a decade. If you want to take your music back to the '80s, these are the instruments (whether in real or software form) that you need to seek out."


Music videos of each of the following synths are embedded in the article.

10. Oberheim DX/DMX Drum Machine

9. Roland D-50 Synthesizer

8. PPG Wave 2.2/2.3 Synthesizers

7. New England Digital Synclavier

6. Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer

5. Ensoniq Mirage

4. Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer

3. Fairlight CMI

2. E-MU Systems Emulator

1. Linn Electronics LM-1 Drum Computer


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November Rain orchestra was all synth. Same with Live And Let Die.

I feel like such a fag for saying this, but don't forget about that synth line in Paradise City.


Oh ya I forgot. Thanks for reminding me I think I'll go cry now. :(

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