Anthony Marinelli and Mark Barton Discuss All Things Synth

Mar 14, 2024 | Anthony Marinelli Music

​Synth pioneers Anthony Marinelli and Mark Barton (Voltage Modular, Pro Soloist, GX-80, and more!) discuss analog vs digital, that 1969 Moog IIIc modular, Mark's history of innovation in the field, and much more in this video where Mark's article "Why Modern Digital Synthesis Is More Analog Than Analog" comes to life.

"I'm delighted to invite super inventor, musician and all around warm-hearted interesting person Mark Barton to the channel for a sincere discussion about his white paper titled "Why Modern Digital Synthesis Is More Analog Than Analog". While comparing Analog vs Digital Instruments, we'll cover topics such as signal-to-noise differences, digital filtering, the psychedelic digital experience, if there are expressive digital instruments, acoustic vs electronic instruments, the advantages and disadvantages of endless possibilities vs embracing limitations and finally, the pro's and con's of unpredictability vs repeatability.

We'll also discuss Mark's latest inventions at Cherry Audio and we'll tackle the question if selling all your electronic analog instruments makes sense in 2024. And please let us know if you're a buyer or seller after hearing from Mark.

Mark Barton is a brilliant audio engineer, with a list of accomplishments a mile long. In the 1970s, Mark designed the Pollard Industries Syndrum, which defined the sound of electronic drums for the disco generation. He's also done groundbreaking work in speech synthesis, including writing the MacInTalk text-to-speech system for the first Apple Macintosh computer, and designed the innovative Zeroscillator hardware synthesizer module for Cyndustries. For the past five years, Mark has been brining his talents to Cherry Audio with modules and bundles for Voltage Modular under the MRB Labs and Cherry Audio/MRB brands, and has contributed to the wildly popular instruments Miniverse, Novachord + Solovox, GX-80, Lowdown, Eight Voice, Rackmode Signal Processors, and, most recently, Synthesizer Expander Module and Pro Soloist."

Anthony Marinelli's musical touch as both composer and performer is connected with some of the most influential creative minds over the last 40 years. He’s composed and conducted original orchestral scores for over 80 feature films including Young Guns , Internal Affairs , The Man From Elysian Fields , 15 Minutes and Planes, Trains & Automobiles , been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic for his symphonic work "In the Family Way", written over one thousand TV commercials in a myriad of musical styles, co-founded Levels Audio Post (LA's premiere post production facility) and performed and arranged on big-box-office films and influential hit records such as Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Anthony's extensive work as a young arranger, orchestrator and performer for Quincy Jones , Jack Nitzsche , Lamont Dozier , Arthur Rubenstein, and Giorgio Moroder was vital in launching his own career. His early years pioneering modular analog synthesizers along with his wide-ranging music scholarship positioned Anthony at the center of the music technology revolution. He attended the University of Southern California School of Music as a piano and composition major.

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