After many a recording session, struggling with drifting oscillators, Felix started sketching up his ideas about a synth and founded Synton in 1973. Syrinx’s features: two-voice-split-keyboard, state variable filters and unconditionally stable VCO’s… Halas, Syrinx never left the drawing board and ended in a drawer, its dummy in the dumpster. The under-capitalised start-up, veered off to 19” special effects outboard gear such as phasers, filters, noise limiters and sound mixing consoles, vocoders and custom designed synth modules. 1978 enter Bert Vermeulen, tech genius – out there in a good way.

Since the scrapped Syrinx it took almost a decade before Curtis chips landed on Earth. This fuelled a new Syrinx design provided with a formant filter as planned for the Moog/Crumar Spirit, after many in-depth conversations with Bob Moog. Bob started distributing Synton products in his Big Briar time. The Syrinx was released in 1982 and dwindled down in 1983. Was it too late, too early? Simply enough it was both: just not well timed. It takes two to tango – but not with a giant like Yamaha (DX7) and a micro-mini-midget like Synton (Syrinx)…