Behind the Synth: Howard Massey Chat

Behind the synth showcases the people bringing you Yamaha synthesizers. In this episode we chat with keyboardist, producer, and author Howard Massey. Howard literally wrote the book on digital FM. His first two books were “The Complete DX7” and “The Complete DX7II.”

Beyond synths, Howard is also an authority on music recording and production. “Behind the Glass” features interviews with the world’s leading record producers. Howard also co-authored “Here, There and Everywhere” with legendary Beatles engineer, Geoff Emerick.

Howard recently finished the FM 101 article series. This series is among the best writing on FM Synthesis we’ve ever seen. As the author of the DX7 opuses from the 80s he had this to say about writing FM 101 and MONTAGE: “I had not had an opportunity to work with MONTAGE before this project and it was fascinating seeing how far along the technology has come since the 80s. There is much more power and flexibility, but the basics of FM are the basics of FM-that doesn’t change.”

Blake Angelos

Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.

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