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Electronic instruments - Instruments in This Family

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Electronic instruments: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Electronic instruments instruments family is included along with photos when available. Examples of items on this list include Dubreq Stylophone and Programming. {#nodes}
  • The Denis d'or is, in the broadest sense, the first electric musical instrument in history. It was invented and constructed by the Czech theologian Václav Prokop Diviš — his surname is pronounced "Deevish" and often spelled "Divisch" — at his parish in the Moravian town Přímětice near Znojmo in the south-east of what is now the Czech Republic. He was also a pioneer of research into electricity, being most famous for having invented the lightning rod in Europe, contemporaneously with but independently of Benjamin Franklin. His passion for music was crowned by the construction of quite an extraordinary musical instrument he named "Denis d'or", with the French "Denis" etymologically going back  ...more
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  • A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or other percussion instruments. They are most commonly associated with electronic music, but are also used in many other genres. They are also a common necessity when session drummers are not available or desired. Most modern drum machines are sequencers with a sample playback or synthesizer component that specializes in the reproduction of drum timbres. Though features vary from model to model, many modern drum machines can also produce unique sounds, and allow the user to compose unique drum beats.  ...more
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  • The Stylophone is a miniature analog stylus-operated keyboard. Invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis, it entered production in 1968. It consists of a metal keyboard played by touching it with a stylus—each note being connected to a voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor—thus closing a circuit. The only other controls were a power switch and a vibrato control on the front panel beside the keyboard, and a tuning control on the rear. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children's toys. The Stylophone was available in three variants: standard, bass, and treble, the standard one being by far the most common. There was also a larger version called the 350S with  ...more
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