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Dewtron (Design Engineering (Wokingham) Ltd. or D. E. W. Ltd.) were a small British manufacturer of modular synthesizers which were sold to customers in kit form or as built units.[1] It was founded by Brian Baily on 5 February 1964 in Wokingham, Berkshire.[2] By 1970 the company's products included oscillators, voltage controlled amplifiers, sample and hold and envelope shapers.[3]

Mike Rutherford used a Dewtron "Mister Bassman" bass pedal synthesizer on Genesis albums from Nursery Cryme (1971) onwards, before replacing it with a Moog Taurus I for the album A Trick of the Tail (1976).[4] Yes' frontman Jon Anderson used a similar unit in live performances.[5] Chris Carter, later to form Throbbing Gristle, experimented with Dewtron kit-based synthesizers early in his music career.[6]

The company later moved to the Ferndown area in Dorset (near Wimborne Minster) and shipped some synthesizer modules and related products from there before closing.[2]

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  1. ^ Jenkins, Mark (2009). Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying—From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis. CRC Press. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-136-12278-1.
  2. ^ a b "Defunct Musical Instrument Manufacturers - D & E". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "News" (PDF). Studio Sound. January 1973: 10. Retrieved 3 June 2015. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Prog Pack". Hollow Sun. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hurwitz, Matt (January 2018). "Classic Tracks : Yes". Mix. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "100 Not Out". Sound on Sound. April 1995. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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