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Electronic keyboard: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Electronic keyboard instruments family is included along with photos when available. These items, like Novachord and Trautonium include images when available. (5 items)
Novachord is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Electronic keyboard - Instruments in This Family
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The Novachord is often considered to be the world's first commercial polyphonic synthesizer. All-electronic, incorporating many circuit and control elements found in modern synthesizers, and using subtractive synthesis to generate tones, it was designed by John M. Hanert, Laurens Hammond and C. N. Williams, and was manufactured by the Hammond company. Only 1,069 Novachords were built over a period from 1939 to 1942. It was one of very few electronic products released by Hammond that was not intended to emulate the sound of an organ. ...more on Wikipedia

Family: Electronic keyboard

Ondes Martenot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Electronic keyboard - Instruments in This Family
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The ondes Martenot, also known as the ondium Martenot, Martenot and ondes musicales, is an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot. The original design was similar in sound to the theremin. The sonic capabilities of the instrument were later expanded by the addition of timbral controls and switchable loudspeakers. The instrument's eerie wavering notes are produced by varying the frequency of oscillation in vacuum tubes. The production of the instrument stopped in 1988, but several conservatories in France still teach it. In 1997, the Ondéa project began designing an instrument based on the ondes Martenot. Since the Martenot name is still protected, the new ...more on Wikipedia

Family: Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

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Synthesizer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Electronic keyboard - Instruments in This Family
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A sound synthesizer is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals converted to sound through loudspeakers or headphones. Synthesizers may either imitate other instruments or generate new timbres. They are often played with a keyboard, but they can be controlled via a variety of other input devices, including music sequencers, instrument controllers, fingerboards, guitar synthesizers, wind controllers, and electronic drums. Synthesizers without built-in controllers are often called sound modules, and are controlled via MIDI or CV/Gate. Synthesizers use various methods to generate signal. Among the most popular waveform synthesis techniques are subtractive synthesis, ...more on Wikipedia

Family: Keyboard, Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

Variations: Moog, ARP String Ensemble, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Continuum, Akoustik Piano, + more

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Theremin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Electronic keyboard - Instruments in This Family
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The theremin, is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist. It is named after the Westernized name of its Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The instrument's controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the thereminist's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude with the other. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker. The theremin was used in movie soundtracks such as Miklós Rózsa's for Spellbound and The Lost Weekend and Bernard Herrmann's for The Day the Earth Stood Still and as the theme ...more on Wikipedia

Family: Electronic instruments, Electronic keyboard

Variations: Electro-Theremin