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'''Ken Stone''' is an over-enthusiastic synth hobbyist who started dabbling when modular synthesizers were both rare and expensive. His initial exposure to them was in 1974 when he heard the album "Popcorn" by ElectricElektrik CoconutCokernut. Not long after that, the travelingtravelling music teacher brought his newly acquired Minimoog to school.<ref name="ks">All biographical information was provided by Ken Stone.</ref>
 
It would be several years before Ken was able to get a synth of his own. In the mean time, DIY electronics was the only way he could produce any sound-makers. It wasn't until December 1980 that he was able to convince his father to buy him one, and even then, it was a very minimal system – modular, of course. That synthesizer was a Roland System 100M modular, specifically, one 110 VCO-VCF-VCA module, one 140 2 ENV-LFO, one 191J 5 module system rack, and the 181 49 keyboard controller. The only way to fill the gaps in the 191J was DIY. Unfortunately, back in those days, information was scarce and key parts were impossible to find.<ref name="ks" />
As his own synth grew, so did his web site, and the number of designs available.<ref name="ks" />
 
A number of times after designing what he thought was a new and innovative module he would discover it had already been done before, by [[Serge Tcherepnin]]. After that he looked closer at [[Serge Modular Music System|Serge Systems]] and liked what he saw, adopting the form factor for his own PCBs. Serge Tcherepnin was contacted, and soon, by agreement, Serge's designs were also being made available to DIYers again.<ref name="ks" />
 
From the late 1990s until early 2016, Ken sold PCBs associated with his designs, under the flag [[CGS]]. CGS is short for ''Catgirl Synthesizer'', which from a description of his work, by [[Grant Richter]], reflecting the colorful images he used on his synthesizer panels at the time.<ref name="ks" />
 
In 2016 Ken retired from selling PCBs, passing both his designs and those of Serge to [[Laurie Biddulph]] of [[Elby Designs]].<ref name="ks" />
 
While Ken is more often involved with the electronics in his synthesizers than actually producing music, he has been known to publicly share the occasional recording.<ref name="ks" />
 
== See also ==
* [[CatGirl Synth]]
* [[Ken Stone/1973 classic Serge|Ken Stone's 1973 classic paperface Serge]]
 
== References ==
 
== External links ==
* Ken Stone's notes about [https://web.archive.org/web/20030618014214f/http://www.cgs.synth.net/organ/index.html electronic organs], (archived).
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20170430153353fw_/http://www.cgs.synth.net/synth/index.html History]. A little about how Ken Stone became involved with synthesizers, building and playing these entirely for enjoyment and the consequences of not being able to afford the expense of kits, 1999, (archived).
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20170430151727/http://cgs.synth.net/ "Modular Synth", the CGS web site] on Archive.org
* [http://www.synthpanel.com/ "Modular Synth", the CGS web site] on synthpanel.com
* [http://serge.synth.net/ Ken's historic Serge Modular web site]
* [http://www.elby-designs.com/ Elby Designs]
* [https://otherunicorn.bandcamp.com/ Ken Stone] on Bandcamp
* [https://web.archive.org/web/20170430153353fw_20170430153353f/http://www.cgs.synth.net:80/synth/index.html about how Ken Stone became involved with synthesizers], etc.
* [https://www.youtube.com/user/otherunicorn/videos on YouTube]
 
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