Monday, January 03, 2011

Booktip V - The A-Z of Analogue Synthesizers by Peter Forrest

This 'Encyclopaedia of all the great analogue synthesizers and keyboards' is written by Peter Forrest and is probably one of the most detailed analog synthesizers-catalogs out there.

The books list all analog synthesizers that were ever produced, and is spread across 2 parts with a total of 600 pages, filled with useful info about manufacturers, statistics and lots of pictures in black and white.
Both books also have a 16-page full-color-section, stuffed with cool pictures.

The first edition of Part One (A-M) was published in 1994, two years before Part Two (N-Z) arrived. The Revised version of Part One was published in 1998.
Although the layout of the books and some b/w pictures may look a bit cheap the books are highly informative if you are interested in analogue synthesizer history.

ISBN Part One A-M revised 0 9524377 2 4
ISBN Part Two N-Z              0 9524377 1 6
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  1. That's cool Pierre, I have another good book called 'Vintage Synthesizers' by Mark Vail on ISBN 0-87930-275-5. A mainly US account but does touch on Euro and far-eastern manufacturers and also touches on early digital synths. Worth a read.

  2. @Tony Thanks for your suggestion, but i already blogged about that one. Very interesting book indeed, one of the first ones i bought. Find that and all my earlier book-tips at or with the 'search by label' in the right column of the blog.
    I still have at least 6 books to blog about in the future, but feel free to send/mail more suggestions.

  3. I should have checked, I'm not suprised you already have it. Check the photo on p20 - I met Barb Fairhurst of Sequential Circuits in Amsterdam in around 1981 - she sent me a box of goodies (T-shirts, stickers, tapes) on her return to the US.

  4. I cant find part one anywhere!! where did you find them? i tried emailing the publisher and my emails just got returned :(