For the first 15 years, pro-quality synths had been priced far beyond the reach of most musicians – in the US$tens of thousands. These machines (and their microprocessors) are a factor of ten cheaper. And synthpop explodes.
The 600’s 1978 big brother, the legendary (no-MIDI, 5P/1T*) Prophet-5, was polyphonic, included a 40-preset memory,and was the first to use a microprocessor (*) (*) (with the 2 CPU , no MIDI, 4P/1T Roland Jupiter-4right on its tail).
You could even get ▷a keytar remote▹ for it!
Another (2 CPU , no MIDI, 16P/2T) synth released in (August?) 1982 is the (ARP) Rhodes Chroma.
In the following year, Yamaha introduces the first stand-alone digital, FM (*) (MIDI, 16P/1T) synth, the DX-7 (*), which (at $2000!) sells far more units than previous synths … well over 100,000. Alas, it’s a knobless hell. (*) Also in 1983 the (no-CPU,MIDI,6P/1T) Roland JX-3P and (MIDI,6P/2T) Roland Jupiter-6 synths are released.
*P=polyphony (1P=monosynth), T= timbrality
See also: Electronic musical instrument, Roland MC-8 Microcomposer (1977), Roland MC-202 (1983), Casio VL-1 (1980), Kurzweil K250 (1984), E-mu Emulator (1982), Fairlight CMI (1979), alphaSyntauri (1980), New England Digital.
Release of album Various Positions by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen looses the song Hallelujah on the world.
Barely noticed until Jeff Buckley‘s 1994 cover , it’s now heard in dozens of covers and films. It’s a clever earworm that prises calculated liturgical motives with bleary, enigmatic lyrics that went through 80 revisions. Sadly its cliches invite performances that are parodies.
K.D. Lang, 2005