About William Coakley

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, William Coakley worked with Bob Moog. William introduced the idea of using a divider system for tone generation which formed the conceptual basis for the development of the Polymoog. Also, at that time, the Orchestron was conceived with David VanKoevering who distributed the product. In the early eighties, he assisted Oberheim Electronics with enhancements, corrections and marketing ideas for the Oberheim sequencing system. William Coakley was first to perform live using this system. In the late eighties, William worked with Kurzweil staff (Hal Chamberlain) in developing software for the Midi Board. He also assisted Steinberg Jones, Passport Designs, Opcode, digidesign and others in developing various software packages…alpha/beta.
William Coakley has an engineering background including research and development of Fourier related algorithms for spectral alteration and noise elimination.


Developed and marketed the world renown CD ROM of Steinway and Kawai pianos (Five star rating). KEYBOARD MAGAZINE’s piano pick for 1995. 1996 introduced Volume II (Five Star rating see Electronic Musician May issue pg 152) featuring the Fazioli 10′ 2″ Concert Grand. Licensed Steinway piano to ENSONIQ who featured it in the ZR76 keyboard and EXP-4 expander card.


Created the courses at Palm Beach Community College for Music Technology and Recording/Production. Instructor for 4 years teaching those courses.

THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC DICTIONARY. The first of its kind Published 1988.

Instruments played proficiently: keyboards, flute
Other instruments: Violin, drums, tenor sax, guitar
Perfect pitch

Piano tuner/technician. Concert piano tuner for Baldwin Piano Co. during the 70s. Also, qualified Electronics service technician.


This was my setup in 1984 when I played at the Hyatt Regency and later the LA Cafe in Manalapan, Florida.  Notice a piece of the 3 track AMPEX in the background.  No stand manufacturer made a stand that I could use for my equipment, so Gary Marcinkowski fitted some exhaust pipe extensions on the ultimate support stand… the ceiling is 8 feet.  On the top from the left was the Ursa Major Space Station the first digital reverb under $15,000.  The Eventide 949 Harmonizer was next and above it was an Aural Exciter of course held down by bungy cords.  To the right of that was the Oberheim Drums and Sequencer.  Below was the OB-Xa; then the Emu E1, Polymoog and the CP70 Piano.  Mounted vertically to the extreme right was a dbx 165 Overeasy compressor.  The sound system consisted of 4 EV cabinets with 18″ woofers, vented midrange and 4 tweeters.  The vented midrange was the key to a great sound but EV abondoned its use for some unknown reason.