The broad familiy of musical instruments can be classified using many systems, including Hornbastel-Sachs. Within this system, most electronic instruments, such as theremins, organs, keyboard synthesizers, and drum machines could be considered Electrophones, specifically, of type "53. Radioelectric instruments: instruments in which sound is produced by electrical means"
Broadly the gear that synth DIY is concerned with are synthesizers (analog and digital) and samplers, sequencers, drum machines, effects as well as ancillary equipment such as controllers (and protocols), amplifiers, mixers, as well as with repairing and modifying these.
- Wikipedia:Electronic musical instrument
- Sound samples from classic synthesizers like the Moog Modular
- 120 Years of Electronic Music – About instruments that synthesise sounds from an electronic source, leaving out tape recorders (aka Musique Concrete) and hybrid instruments that use electronics to manipulate or amplify sounds.
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