Part Two of Jerry Kovarsky’s History of the Synthesizer starts around 1980. Yamaha introduced the GS1 and GS2 in 1981, the first FM synthesizers based on John Chowning’s research. Two years later came the legendary DX7. Jerry’s article continues with the birth of MIDI, digital sampling and the first physical modeling synthesizers like the VL1.
Check out History of the Synthesizer Part Two, and if you missed Part One go here!