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November 24, 2011 12:11 AM Subscribe
posted by w0mbat (22 comments total)
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a tiny English company called Electronic Dream Plant
produced their first product, the EDP Wasp synthesizer
, the first of a short-lived range of creepy-crawly-named devices
. In the golden age of big wooden and metal synths the wasp was made of plastic
, battery-powered, with a built-in speaker, a keyboard with no moving parts, and used a brilliantly minimalist CMOS circuit design (in fact, people are still copying
the Wasp filter circuit
). It was the first analog synth to be truly affordable. The Wasp's accessibility, unique sound and portability saw it quickly used by musicians ranging from buskers to rock stars.
The Wasp's main designer Chris Huggett
later went on to design some of the most respected synths and samplers of the following decades like the OSCar
and he helped make Akai's hit S range of samplers
working with EMS
synth legend David Cockerell
. These days Mr Huggett designs Novation
's terrific sounding
synths. Not too many working Wasps survive, due to their flimsy construction, but EBay demand is very high for the few that live on.
The sound is as popular as ever
, you can still get them repaired
, and because of the kind of cottage industry that gave birth to the Wasp in the first place, the magic box required to MIDI-control Wasps
is still in production.