One of this industry's great unsung heroes. People talk of Bob Moog, Tom Oberheim, Dave Smith, etc., but David should be up there in pantheon of great innovators - the man was dabbling with digital synthesis and sampling on a PDP8 mainframe back in 1967 FFS! And designed possibly the quirkiest (and best looking) synths of all time...
I cut my synthesist teeth on that thing!
Great info there HS, loved reading it and I absolutely agree on the last point!
I saw a few programs on the BBC about early electronic music/radio phonic workshop stuff and David always pops up, very clever man indeed :-)
I wonder what the Akai samplers would of been like if they would of made their own proprietary VLSI chips a'la Ensoniq and EMU, I guess they didn't have the resources or need to do this though.
Regardless great workhorse bread&butter samplers that are VERY reliable and stable, I use mine every day.
It's mad how cheap these are now days, I picked up a mint S-2800 few weeks ago for 25 quid, I have it set up in my other room connected to my mixer and turntables should I need to sample anything from a record.
Totally forgot how great the FX were on the old 3x series! (Probs come from the 1100)
The modulated delay, multi-tap delay and flanger are so nice! Much better than the EB-16 fx on the 3200XL I use imo
I recently treated it to a new backlight and inverter so it's silent now :-)
If it ain't broke why fix it I say, the 3200XL has given me hours of fun working with it and some tunes along the way :-)