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date: 13 December 2019

MOTM [Mother of the Modulars]locked

  • Brandon Smith
  •  and Anne Beetem Acker


[Mother of the Modulars]

Line of high-quality synthesizer modules designed by Paul Schreiber (b Beaumont, TX, 29 May 1956) for Synthesis Technology in Fort Worth. Schreiber, founder and current owner of the firm, studied electrical engineering at Texas A&M (BSEE 1979) and Southern Methodist University (MSEE 1992). He holds nine patents and has designed synthesizers part-time since 1979 while also working as a design engineer for such firms as Tandy/Radio Shack, Cirrus Logic, and Corning Fiber. He founded Synthesis Technology in 1988, first building digital speech processor systems for Texas Instruments.

The acronym MOTM also refers to the format used for synthesizer modules by Synthesis Technology and other companies such as Modcan and Encore. First shipped in April 1998, the MOTM modules are functionally similar to older modular synthesizer designs like those by Moog, Emu, and Polyfusion, and can be configured and patched in the same manner. Originally, MOTM modules came in either kit or assembled form, but supplier and distributor problems beginning in ...

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