Synket (SYNthesizer KEToff)

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The appearance of high-quality, low-cost silicon transistors in the early 1960s enabled electronic instrument designers to incorporate all the basic synthesizer features in relatively small, convenient instruments. The Synket, built by the Italian engineer Paul Ketoff in 1962, was designed for live performance of experimental music. It had three small, closely spaced, touch-sensitive keyboards, each of which controlled a single tone. Its foremost exponent was John Eaton, who concertized widely on his Synket throughout the 1960s and ’70s, performing his own compositions.
Paul Ketoff, designed and built a portable voltage-controlled synthesizer, known as the Synket, for the composer John Eaton. Although interest in its capabilities, especially as a live performance instrument, led to the construction of a number of copies, the synthesizer was not marketed commercially.

The Synket was the first portable voltage controlled synthesizer, made in Rome, Italy in the mid 1960's and Designed by Paul Ketoff for the composer John Eaton. Eaton used the Synket on several of his works such as "concert Piece for Synket and Symphony Orchestra" 1967, "Blind Mans Cry" (1960), "Mass" (1970).

- Made in 1962, in Rome, Italy by Paul Ketoff for John Eaton.
- It used Transistors
- Relatively small and convenient instrument.
(First Portable voltage controlled synthesizer)
- Designed for live performance
- It was not marketed commercially
- Three small touch-sensitive keyboards each of which controlled a single tone:monophonic
- John Eaton Concertized widely on Synket with his own compositions.