10 tools that changed the world of music
The time has come to get into the dark closet and get out of there the ten most epochal musical instruments that have allowed music today to become what it is. So, 10 tools that forever changed the world of music.
Guitar Fender Telecaster
The first serial electric guitar with a solid, not acoustic or semi-acoustic soundboard. Then, however, it was called differently – Fender Broadcaster, and it looked a bit wrong, but in essence it is the same famous Telecaster, which musicians around the world use to this day. The name Telecaster was coined by Leo Fender in 1951. A brilliantly simple design that does not go out of fashion, as well as the characteristic metallic, slightly muffled sound of this guitar, was liked by Keith Richards, and Johnny Greenwood, and Graham Coxon.
Fender Precision Bass Bass
Double bass is shit. Thank Fender for their invention. But Precision Bass sounds almost the same, but only twice as compact and much louder, and besides, playing it is so simple that even Sid Vicious could handle it. So Precision Bass is still out of competition. A model with two controls and a split-in-two pickup was assembled in 1957 and has not been discontinued since.
Guitar Gibson Les Paul
Admittedly, the Gibson Les Paul has undergone a number of changes since its first release in 1952: virtually no detail has remained the same – neither the design, the pickups, nor even the color. The only thing that has not changed is the mysticism that made this guitar beloved by great musicians – Jimmy Page, Bob Marley, Steve Jones, Noel Gallagher and others.
1966 year. Pete Townsend from The Who is nervous about his guitar not having enough volume on stage. After hearing his moans, Jim Marshall makes his first 100-watt amplifier specially for him, he perches it into two speakers, each of which has four twelve-inch speakers. So the first Marshall rack is born, and Jim Marshall himself becomes the world’s most famous amplifier manufacturer.
Synthesizer Moog Minimoog
Before the “minimug”, the synthesizers were hefty and clumsy, and in order to switch one sound to another, it was necessary to change the whole board with transistors. In 1970, Bob Mug excluded the concept of “bulky” from the vocabulary of keyboardists and did the impossible for that time: he made a small synthesizer with unlimited sound capabilities. His “minimug” could reproduce the widest range of sounds: from naturalistic, imitating real acoustic instruments, to frantic howling and buzzing electronic ones. In a word, it was the father of all analog synthesizers.
Deca Technics SL-1200
The heyday of DJ culture in the early 80s returned to the DJ tables a bunch of old equipment led by Technics SL-1200 turntables. Reliable as a tank, with a massive aluminum chassis and direct-drive motor, they are still used everywhere from hip-hop parties to the Homelands festival. Everyone loves them – simple DJs in clubs and super producers of dance music, who earned their first million on these decks.
Portable studio Tascam Portastudio 144
In 1978, Tascam launched the production of this machine, which allowed the musicians to move the recording studio to their bedroom. Equipped with four miniature magnetic heads, Portastudio can simultaneously record and play four tracks on a regular tape recorder. Since then, the inaccessible mysticism of the great rock stars has been overthrown – now everyone could record without paying hundreds and thousands for expensive studio time. Bruce Springsteen recorded the album “Nebraska” on Portastudio 144, bringing to life the dream of millions of garage rockers and moneyless future superstars.
Drum Roland TR-808
Launched in production in 1981, the Roland TR-808 was not the first drum machine to appear on the music market, but its characteristic sound forever became the classic day of all electronic engineers in the world. The rhythm section of any of the genres of dance music is based on the ideas embodied in the TR-808, and many DJs and producers use this drum machine in its metal or computer performance today.
Atari 1040ST Personal Computer
When Atari launched the computer in 1987, its integrated MIDI ports and multimedia capabilities made the 1040ST an ideal platform for music software manufacturers. Of course, the Atari 1040ST has long been a thing of the history, and it was replaced by many other, more powerful computers, but Cubase and Logic Pro (the most popular recording programs among musicians – approx. Ed.) Which later became the international standard were first written specifically for Atari
Sampler Akai S900
In 1987, this car marked the advent of a new era of sampler music. Akai S900 was not made to order, but sold in ordinary music stores.