Retro synth ads that are as ridiculous as they are beautiful

We’ve already covered some awesome vintage instrument ads from the 60s. Now it’s time to fast-forward a few decades to a time that the fine line between ridiculous and ingenious were constantly being blurred.

The 80s saw some gigantic technological steps when it came to music. In particular, the synthesizer metamorphosised from a lumbering beast into a monolith that would define the era. However, no amount of technological innovation could overshadow the 80s aesthetic – especially in retrospect – it was simply too in your face to ignore. So, here’s a little tribute to the poor synth and its awkward 80s adolescence.

Casio synth ad

Here are some retro synth ads from the 80s that border on the ridiculous and the sublime…mostly the ridiculous.

Casio Keyboard CZ-101 (1986)

Casio MT-520 (1987)

Roland Product Line

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Korg Poly-800 (1983)

Casio MT-520 (1987)

Casio CZ -230s

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Yamaha DX-100 (1985)

Casio Casiotone 701 (1982)

Casio CT-670 (1991)

Ok so this is from 1991, but it’s got Herbie Hancock in it so….

Roland SH-101 (1982)

korg ad

Casio SK-1 (1985)

Or if you’re not into dogs..

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Glorious stuff.

[via Enmore Audio]