Electronic music has come a long way since the first synthesizers were introduced in the 1970’s.
These early synths became popular with progressive rock bands, like who used them to create cosmic, strange soundscapes. However there were problems for these early pioneers as often the synths from different manufacturers were incompatible with each other. This is the reason why “Midi ” was invented. This is now the name given to a digital standard for musical instruments, Midi is short for “musical instrument digital interface”.

Synthesizers are electronic, keyboard-based instruments that produce artificial, “synthesized” sounds. Synthesizers are not just portable, electronic pianos, even though they are often thought of as such. While synthesizers produce a piano sound, their main purpose is to create sounds not specifically found on any other instrument.
The process of creating these sounds can be very tricky; while some synthesizers come with pre-created sounds, or patches, many come with a clean slate. The synthesizers produce sounds by a series of dials and knobs dedicated to a variety of aspects: oscillation, modulation, sustain, delay and attack, just to name a few. Some synthesizers even create sounds based on a patch bay.
Some synthesizers use the same principle as that of old telephone operators who patched calls through with cords and inputs. Many older synthesizers did not offer the option of saving the sounds created; instead, the user has to keep a record of the dial settings. You needed to keep a precise record of to recreate a sound after each session.

Synthesizers found their way into almost every type of 1980s pop music – and then fell right out of favour. They quickly became associated with 1980s cheesy pop, the very thing that new rock and punk bands were against.

Lucky for the electronic musician in 2010, these early complicated synthesizers have now been reproduced as plugins that work within the computer music composing software, so we can get on with the fun part of composing without having to spend time fiddling with the technical side of things.