Founder’s Bio

Welcome to SynthTweaks.com

My name is David O’Connor and I am the founder of SynthTweaks.com (formerly Synthesizers.Audio). This little project is all about the synthesizers of AusDisciples Band, the music created with them and the techniques used to write, record and mix that music. Much of the music featured here is instrumental but there are a few exceptions.

I have had a fascination with synthesizers since 1984. That was my first year of high school and was also the year I joined the school concert band playing trumpet. It was also the year that I discovered the Roland Juno 6 analog synthesizer sitting invitingly in the school music room. Being keenly interested in both electronics (I am now qualified and well experienced in that field) and music, that synth with all it’s knobs, switches and sliders was an irresistible curiosity! My music teacher soon spotted my interest and allowed me to take the synth home on the weekends and that delighted me no end!! However, at that stage, I was not a keyboard player by any stretch of the imagination so my beginnings with the Juno were spent making blips, bleeps, squelches, wind, helicopter noises and sci-fi type sounds.
It wasn’t long before my Dad suggested that I actually learn to play it and he and Mum agreed to get me piano lessons. I kept up the lessons for a few months (long enough to learn the basics) and then taught myself the rest.

That was the beginning of what has become a lifelong fascination with synthesizers and the musical and sound creation capabilities they provide. I have been slowly but steadily building my collection of synthesizers now for thirty years.

The first synth I actually owned was an original Mk1 Yamaha DX7 and it is still in my collection today and used frequently. Also in my collection, although not the actual synth that we had in our high school music room, is a Roland Juno 6 which I swapped with a friend for a set of stock Ford Cortina wheels and tyres! That was back when digital synths were the ‘in thing’ and analog synths had lost their resale value. Fast forward a couple of decades and vintage analog synths are now fetching premium prices! I paid $400 for my Roland System 100 synth complete with the original boxes and manuals in mint condition in the mid 90s. One of those in similar condition to mine was listed in 2012 for nearly US$15,000 on ebay!! …..despite that, mine is NOT for sale!

These days (since November 2008), I am first and foremost a Christian and, as such, the music I now write is based on the stories, historical accounts, prophecies and parables contained in the scriptures many know as the Holy Bible. Before you run away screaming, “not another site forcing religion down my throat!!,” I want you to know that it is not my desire to try to force you to believe or follow anyone or anything!! Not even God Himself does that!
I want you to be able to enjoy the music I present here and to enjoy reading about how the music was created.

If you DO decide you want to know more about my faith, what I believe and why I have decided to become a disciple (a student and follower) of Jesus Christ, my AusDisciples.com website will answer all your questions and satisfy your curiosity. You will also find the entire catalogue of AusDisciples Band music (including the synthesizer music featured here) at AusDisciplesBand.com which is a sub-section of AusDisciples.com.

So, I hope you will enjoy SynthTweaks.com and visit frequently. I will be adding new music and new articles as I am inspired and I will be sharing it all for free. Please feel free to comment on the articles but don’t be concerned if your comments do not appear straight away. In these days of uncontrolled and unhindered spammers, I have chosen to moderate comments manually to keep this place free of such clutter and nonsense.
Please also note that I currently have limited internet data allowance and thus, I may edit comments which contain data rich content such as video and links to other such data rich media. It would be impossible for me to watch and verify such content with the few GB of data allowance per month I currently have!!
On the other hand, there are numerous music and synth related videos which I have previously posted on my YouTube channel and many videos from others that I am already familiar with. As such, I will post such video content from time to time and also allow others to post videos which I have previously seen.

Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. charlie dennis's Gravatar charlie dennis
    December 25, 2014    

    hey Dave,

    you are amazing, brother!!!!!

    peace,
    Chas

    • December 25, 2014    

      Hey Chas,
      Great to see you posting here! Thanks for the compliments. I give all credit to our creator though. HE is amazing!!

      God bless,
      Dave.

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